6 of the best couple getaways around the world

6 of the best couple getaways around the world

The demands of daily life, both at work and at home, can take their toll on anyone—or any twosome—so it’s always worth it to seize an opportunity to get away from it all. And when it comes to romantic getaways for couples, the possibilities are endless. You can visit a wealth of historical attractions in Lisbon or go on an incredibly scenic drive in Banff National Park. Up for unique and thrilling adventures? Read local ghost stories to each other while exploring Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, or dive with several shark species in Fiji’s Beqa Lagoon.

Inexpensive romantic getaways

A vacation with your significant other doesn’t have to drain your bank account. Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, is often named one of the best romantic getaways in the US, while Lisbon, Portugal’s postcard-perfect capital, is among the top options for an affordable couples getaway further afield.

Lisbon offers both beach and city adventures

Romantic escapes in Europe can be budget-friendly, and Lisbon is a fine example. The pretty pastel-colored cityscape provides a dreamy backdrop for sweet moments, whether you’re exploring the streets on foot or tram, or drinking wine on your vacation home rental’s balcony. Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower are must-sees, along with Sao Jorge Castle, which overlooks the city. Of Lisbon’s urban beaches, Carcavelos Beach is the most accessible and therefore the busiest, but if you put in the effort, you’ll find quiet spots where you can soak up the sun with just your partner for company.

Enjoy quiet dates in Savannah’s enthralling attractions

With a lively riverfront area lined with shops and cafes, as well as a historic district that features charming cobblestone squares and beautiful parks, Savannah certainly won’t disappoint couples looking for scenic places to enjoy a meal or stroll hand in hand. Some things you can do for free: Have a picnic at Forsyth Park under oak trees covered in Spanish moss, explore the famous Bonaventure Cemetery—a favorite haunt (pun intended) among shutterbugs, history buffs, and nature lovers—and visit the Savannah Botanical Gardens.

Bedroom with an exposed brick wall in a Savannah vacation rental

Beach destinations for couples

It’s not hard to see why beach getaways always rank among the most romantic vacations couples can take. Whether you’re in a hidden lagoon in Fiji or a cliff-backed beach in Croatia, your trip will be all about sun, sand, sea, and your sweetheart.

Fiji trips are full of adventure and ocean scenery

Fiji ranks among the world’s favorite far-flung beach getaways for couples. Most vacation rentals are on the 2 main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, but you’ll inevitably end up visiting at least a few of the 300-plus other islands in this South Pacific archipelago. Snorkel and swim with manta rays in the Yasawas Islands, delight in excellent bird-watching on Taveuni Island, and go on a thrilling shark dive in the Beqa Lagoon. Complete your Fiji couples getaway with sea kayaking tours, spa visits, and sunset strolls.

There’s no shortage of beaches in Croatia

Croatia’s 3,600 miles of coastline, distributed among its mainland coast and its many islands, guarantee endless opportunities for blissful beach time with your significant other. Peppered with historical landmarks, the cities and towns here are all equally pretty. You can spend a few days exploring glamorous Dubrovnik while based in a sea-facing apartment, then move to Hvar Town for non-stop partying in the summer months. Croatia’s a foodie paradise, too, with tons of must-taste local dishes and a cosmopolitan restaurant scene.

Two glasses of wine on a dining table for 2, set up on a Croatian villa rental’s sea-facing balcony

Romantic mountain getaways

There’s nothing like a high-altitude adventure with your partner, no matter which time of year you go. In both Banff and Chamonix, you can wake up to great views from your mountain cabin or apartment rental, then spend the day on the slopes and hiking trails.

Banff’s beautiful landscapes are hard to beat

When it comes to romantic mountain getaways, it barely gets better than Banff. Vacation rentals here include glamping tents, quaint log cabins, and modern condos. Beside the usual menu of outdoor pursuits, you can also enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Minnewanka or head to Banff Upper Hot Springs for a relaxing dip in the thermal waters. For an adventure that’s really just the 2 of you, go on a scavenger hunt to find the pairs of red chairs that Parks Canada has set up at some of the best viewpoints in Banff National Park.

Enjoy a winter escape to charming Chamonix

Fancy a faraway ski trip that’s packed with romance? In the French commune of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, or simply Chamonix, you can get as cheesy as you want—literally. Fondue is practically obligatory here, or you can try other cheese dishes like raclette and tartiflette. Whether you’re high up on a hot-air balloon flight, getting drinks at an après-ski bar, or snuggling by the fireplace in your Chamonix vacation rental, the Mont Blanc massif looms large around you—a stunning snow-capped landscape even in the warmest months on the year.