When it comes to romantic weekend getaways, we all want a little something special

For couples, romantic weekends away are about doing something a bit out of the ordinary, whether that's trying out a new activity together, hopping on a plane to discover the sights, sounds and tastes of a new city, or just sinking into a relaxing hot tub with a bottle of something bubbly. No matter if you're looking for secluded luxury or that city centre buzz, there's a holiday rental out there for you.

Romantic holiday destinations in the UK

If you've only got a couple of nights to play with, you don't want to spend half your romantic weekend getaway stuck on a plane. A holiday letting in the UK will keep the travel time down to a minimum, and it's also a cheap way to score an indulgent weekend getaway for 2.

A weekend break in the Cotswolds is as convenient as it gets

Many couples will be looking for romantic holiday destinations that are easy to get to from London, and you'll struggle to find anywhere better placed than the Cotswolds. It's so near London that plenty of people there commute into the capital, but it feels a world away – think rolling hills, picture-perfect villages and high-end gastropubs for a romantic meal out.

With an Edinburgh city break, romance wears tartan

The Scottish capital's got romance by the boatload, and Edinburgh's brilliant rail connections make it the perfect weekend city break for couples. Stroll hand-in-hand down Princes Street, explore the iconic landmark of Edinburgh Castle, or climb up to Arthur's Seat and look out over the city together as the sun goes down.

Romantic holiday destinations in Europe

Europeans know how to turn on the charm, and a romantic weekend getaway on the Continent is a great way to spend a couple of nights together with your nearest and dearest. Best of all, a holiday rental in a romantic European city is usually just a short flight or train ride away.

Paris is the queen of romantic weekend getaways

Ask most people which European city is top of their list for a romantic weekend away, and chances are they'll tell you it's Paris. The French capital's incredibly quick to get to, giving you plenty of time to spend strolling by the River Seine, sipping vin rouge in the bohemian Montmartre district, and exploring sights like the Louvre museum and Notre Dame cathedral.

Don your boater and stripy top for a romantic break in Venice

Italy's got so many romantic cities to choose from that it's difficult to know which one to pick for your weekend away – but how about starting with a holiday rental in Venice? This elegant floating city is like nowhere else in the world, with elegant old mansions and galleries clustered along its famous waterways. If you're feeling really flush, you could treat your other half to a romantic evening gondola ride down the famous Grand Canal.

Romantic holiday destinations further afield

Sometimes you want to really push the boat out for a romantic weekend away, and if you can wangle a day or two of annual leave then it brings some more extravagant destinations within reach. Best of all, with a holiday home rental, your dream break might turn out being cheaper than you think.

Indulge in Westeros-style romance in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik's famous as a major filming location for Game of Thrones, and if you pick this Croatian seaside paradise for your couples' weekend away, you'll soon see why. With its winding medieval streets and elegant domed towers, a villa holiday for couples in Dubrovnik is just about as romantic as it gets. Plus, when you get home, you can tell everyone you took your other half to King's Landing for the weekend.

Be the star of your own movie with a romantic weekend in New York

What's your favourite New York rom-com? Breakfast at Tiffany's? When Harry Met Sally? Maid in Manhattan? New York City is the undisputed home of the romantic comedy, and with a romantic weekend away in the Big Apple, you can have your very own slice of that movie magic. For maximum romance points, book yourself a New York holiday rental round Christmas time and head for the ice rink in Central Park.