With beautiful Europe and bustling cities, romantic dinners to private safari tours, there is a holiday out there for everyone. but what are the best summer vacations for couples?
From the vibrant streets of Zanzibar to the stunning countryside of Provence to the balmy island of Mo’orea, we have compiled the top 5 getaways for couples. Whether you are planning the ideal honeymoon, celebrating your anniversary, or taking the love of your life on a surprise escape just because, read on to discover the most unforgettable romantic destinations in August.
1. Zanzibar – Tanzania
Home to a cluster of secluded islands fringed by white-sand beaches, a maze of fascinating alleys and passageways, and a vast stretch of undiscovered rainforests, Zanzibar is ideal for couples who want to combine adventure with relaxation. Zanzibar is the perfect place to chill out after an exciting exploration of Tanzania’s outstanding wildlife and renowned national parks.
Whether or not you love history, you will be amazed by the twisting walkways of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, if not for its intriguing past, then for its array of specialty boutiques, jewelry shops, rooftop restaurants, and breathtaking view of the sunset over the Indian Ocean. For a more laid-back ambiance, explore the Michamvi Peninsula for its cozy hotels and quiet lodges lined along a spectacular coast. Venture further and discover enchanting experiences on one of the private islands littered across the archipelago. Here, your options range from intimately luxurious (exclusive treehouse accommodations) to quirkily fun (marvelous underwater bedrooms).
2. The Lake District – England
The surreal beauty of England’s Lake District has inspired poets and painters, and rightly so. Aptly named as the Lakelands, the district boasts of 16 glacial lakes nestled like crystal ribbons between moors, mountains, and valleys. The bustling southern part of the region is home to historic literary attractions, while the much quieter North is a haven for nature lovers. Both exude an atmosphere of romance that is unique to the Lake District.
If you love history and literature, spend the day discovering the life of the great poet William Wordsworth at the Dove Cottage in Grasmere or the works of author Beatrix Potter at Hill Top in Hawkshead. Then rent a rowboat and explore the setting of Swallows and Amazons.
For couples who love the outdoors, nothing is more exciting than exploring the stunning landscape of the region. Cycle across secluded lanes and scenic mountain trails or scramble up Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.
One of the district’s appeal is its plethora of outstanding accommodations, from elegant Bed and Breakfasts to high-end hotels. Make sure to experience lodging in one of the lakeside cottages, usually enclosed by breathtaking gardens and woodlands. Some of these independent cottages are over 100 years old, beautifully restored and refurbished to suit your needs. After a full day, you can relax in a cozy home, cuddling by the log fire while delighting in a stunning lake view or luxuriating in a hot tub drinking a glass of champagne. What could be more romantic than that?
3. The Amalfi Coast – Italy
With its garden balconies, secluded hill-top villages, and an unparalleled view of the glimmering sea, nothing comes close to the dreamy charm of the Amalfi Coast. Whether you want to sail along the coast of Capri, stroll down lemon groves in Sorrento, admire the sculptures and gardens in Villa Cimbrione, or explore the piazzas in the village of Atrani, the region’s ambiance of relaxed romance will astound you.
The Amalfi coast is teeming with hotels that boast of infinity pools overlooking gorgeous shores, luxurious spas for two, and exclusive dinners in terraced gardens heavy with the scent of lemons and orchids. Take the love of your life on a yacht cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, ascend the mountains of Positano before shopping at its trendy boutiques, marvel at the ornate architecture of the early 13th century Amalfi Cathedral, and take in the incredibly striking view from Villa Rufolo in Ravello.
There are also some amazing places to eat here too. The coast never disappoints, from Michelin-starred restaurants to family-run cafes. Here, you will find hearty mouth-watering pasta dishes, newly caught seabass and oysters, and salads made with locally-grown produce and fresh mozzarella cheese. Add to these delights old-school glamour and a breathtaking landscape, and you have the ingredients for a perfect couple getaway.
4. Mo’orea – French Polynesia
The tropical island of Mo’orea is one for romantics; it even resembles the shape of a heart. Who wouldn’t fall in love with this paradise’s brilliant blue waters, glistening white sand, and clusters of green palm trees? With its fascinating traditions, extraordinary cuisine, and diverse marine life, Mo’orea offers more than just stunning scenery.
Probably there’s no better way to bond as a couple than by discovering the gems of Mo’orea together. Start by driving to Belvedere Lookout for an unforgettable view of Mt. Rotui, Cook’s Bay, and vast pineapple fields in the lush Opunohu Valley below. You can strengthen your vows at the lookout by adding your padlock to the love lock fence.
Climb the peak of Magic Mountain to delight in a 360-degree view of the island, then swim with blacktip reef sharks and stingrays at the Lagoonarium. Sample pineapple liquor at the Jus de Fruits de Moorea and shop for black pearls at the local jewelry stores. In the evening, enjoy an outdoor dinner on a restaurant over a lagoon while witnessing a Polynesian dance.
Surprise the love of your life with a stay at a fabulous Moorea overwater couples villa, where you can dip in crystalline waters directly from your front deck and access an exclusive show of teeming marine life from your private solarium.
5. Provence – France
Forget about Paris, the city of love. We move to the less crowded yet equally delightful region of Provence, with its snow-capped peaks, enchanting countryside, rolling vineyards and olive groves, and endless stretch of stunning coast along the French Riviera. Add to the mix great food and fine wine, sleepy medieval towns and old cathedrals, a long and deep history, and you have the perfect destination for a romantic getaway.
The activities you can do in Provence are as diverse as its landscape and varied as its traditions. Be sure to put in your list a trip to a Provencal market to buy freshly-baked bread, warm pastries, sun-dried tomatoes, and locally produced olive oil. Bear in mind that August is the best time to visit a lavender field not only to see the wondrous purple flowers but also to smell their fragrance. Indulge in the countryside’s best rose wine and cheese pairings, lounge at a seafood restaurant at the charming port of Cassis, or bask in the sun at a resort in Nice.
Look for white horses and black bulls in the wild wetlands of Camargue, marvel at the 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard aqueduct in Avignon, or walk amidst sunflower fields in Arles, Vincent Van Gogh’s inspiration for some of his best works.
Have an amazing time with your other half and enjoy some of the most romantic summer vacations the world has to offer – what is the most romantic trip you have taken? Let us know in the comments below.