Best Luxury Holiday Destinations for Couples

Are you and your loved one planning a romantic holiday? Perhaps you’re seeking an adventurous destination in the heart of New Zealand or looking for the perfect place to enjoy a luxury honeymoon on the Mediterranean’s pristine coast. With our top luxury holiday destinations for couples, you can find the perfect escape for you.

Short haul getaways

  • Peloponnese
  • Kéa
  • Menorca
  • Zakynthos
  • Mallorca
  • Sicily
  • Lake Como

Long haul getaways

  • Dubai
  • Napa Valley
  • New York
  • French Polynesia
  • New Zealand
  • Dominica
  • St Lucia

1. Peloponnese, Greece

Best for: Exploring the historic remnants and monuments across the island.

Take a step back in time and explore the rich history of Peloponnese. With your loved one, you can take scenic walks into the Ancient Messinia, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in this region of Greece. Peloponnese is also the birthplace of the Olympic Games, offering plenty of sight-seeing options including Olympia. Witness the ruins of the athletic training areas, temples dedicated to Zues and Hera, and much more.

Site of Olympia, Peloponnese

The ancient civilisation of Mycenae and Sparta are descendants of Peloponnese, leaving behind many historical sites that you can explore while on the beautiful Greek island. While you’re exploring the likes of the Ancient Corinth, the Ancient Nemea, the Temple of Apollo and even Olympia, you’ll be soaking up the stunning landscapes of towering mountain peaks, lush forests and sweeping ocean.

Our chosen Peloponnese hotel: W Costa Navarino.

W Costa Navarino is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to venture out and explore the historic sites of Peloponnese. While it’s situated nearby the Ancient Messinia, this uber-chic retreat is the perfect place to totally unwind with your loved one. Also located on 450m of unspoilt, golden sands, you can quickly immerse yourself in authentic Greek living.

W Costa Navarino, Peloponnese

In between exploring the cultures and beauty of the Greek island, you’ll be enjoying the many excellent facilities that this resort offers. Enjoy taking a soothing swim in the swimming pools and gazing at the mountainous landscape from the rooftop gardens, as well as trying your hand at golf on one of their four signature golf courses.

When you’re ready to refuel after a day exploring, dine at one of 21 high-quality restaurants across two sister resorts, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort.

2. Kéa, Greece

Best for: Escaping to private, off the grid luxury.

Kéa is situated in the Aegean Sea’s Cyclades archipelago and the only way you can get to this island is by ferry, helicopter or private rib from Athens. Worlds away from mainland and surrounded by crystal-clear azure waters, this island excellent for escaping the hustle and bustle, and losing yourself in quiet island life.

Kéa Island, Greece

While you’re away from the crowds and under the glorious sunshine, you can enjoy exploring the wonders of Kéa Island from its many archaeological sites and ancient stone-carved lion to the laid-back culture and picturesque villages including Ioulida.

Our chosen Kea Island hotel: One&Only Kea Island.

At One&Only Kea Island, you and your loved one can sink into blissful seclusion whilst soaking in the mesmerizing views from your villa’s private terrace or swimming pool. The resort offers a private, romantic setting that is perfect for celebrations and honeymoons, and you can fully privatise the resort to make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

One&Only Kea Island

You also have the option to venture out to Athens and the Cyclades, where you can enjoy lounging on their beautiful beaches. For days spent in the resort, be sure to enjoy a treatment from the Chenot Spa offering holistic health focus for the mind, body, and soul.

3. Menorca, Spain

Best for: Swimming and diving in the crystal-clear ocean.

Jet to Menorca to swim in the twinkling, turquoise ocean that surrounds the laid-back, picture-perfect island. If you’re seeking a beach holiday with excellent diving opportunities, Menorca offers crystal-clear, calm waters for you to enjoy all-day long. Whether you’re taking a soothing swim, diving with the colourful fish and other marine life or partaking in the many watersports that are available in Menorca, you’re in the perfect place to enjoy it all.

Menorca, Spain

Even if you prefer staying on land, the stunning blue waters make for a stunning backdrop whether you’re lounging on the beach or dining on the beachside.

Our chosen Menorca hotel: Vestige Son Vell.

Choose the Vestige Son Vell for a stay with easy access to the nearby coves. Take a short walk or bike ride from the resort to the secluded cove to see the beautiful sunsets rising above the calm waves or watch as the reflection of the moon and stars bounce off its surface.

Vestige Son Vell

This peaceful hotel is the perfect option for you and your loved one if you’re seeking boutique luxury. You’ll be staying in the resorted Manor House, where the suites are spacious and feature their own terraces.

“I loved visiting Vestige Son Vell. I’ll never forget cycling down to the sea straight from the hotel to the beautiful cove to spend an afternoon in the sun. There’s an array of watersports to enjoy here, plus a memorable boat tour along the picturesque coastline.” – Grabrielle Rowntree, Luxury Travel Specialist

4. Zakynthos, Greece

Best for: Swimming with the native turtles in the ocean.

If you’re seeking something unique but not too far from home, Zakynthos in Greece offers the chance to swim with the different species of turtles. ‘Smugglers Cove’, otherwise known as Navagio Bay, is best known for its sightings of loggerhead turtles (Caretta-Caretta turtles), an endangered species you can say hello to when snorkelling!

Turtle in Zakynthos

There’s nothing quite like seeing these beautiful marine creatures and dotted around the island are snorkelling and scuba diving schools who’ll take you to the best places to see them. Along with turtles, you can swim with the native fish in the crystal-clear ocean.

If you prefer to stay on land, you can take to the beach to see the turtles nesting along a handful of beaches along the Zakynthos coast. You can visit these beaches at any point of the day, and you can see the eggs hatching between April and June.

Our chosen Zakynthos hotel: Porto Zante Villas & Spa.

Sprawling on the private sands of Zakynthos is Porto Zante Villas & Spa. Welcoming everyone of all ages, this award-winning resort many facilities to keep you entertained.

Porto Zante Villas & Spa

Head out onto the beach with your loved ones to dive headfirst into all kinds of fun. Take to the azure waters for canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, sea cycling, electric jet skis, or snorkelling, keeping a keen eye out for the beautiful sea turtles!

On land, you could take part in beachfront yoga, tennis, horse riding or cycling. If you’re still seeking those turtles, watch out for them long the beaches, or as you walk along harbours.

5. Mallorca, Spain

Best for: Impressive, luxury resorts and charming towns.

When you’re looking for the perfect resort to immerse yourself in island luxury with your loved one, Mallorca is home to many remarkable resorts. The hotels of Mallorca allow you to experience the best of the island, either located on the inviting sandy beaches, nearby the tranquil, UNESCO-listed mountains, and even on Sir Richard Branson’s 1000-acre estate (Son Bunyola Hotel, Mallorca).

Mallorca, Spain

Foodies are welcome to indulge in the gourmet feasts and authentic Spanish cuisine at Castillo Hotel Son Vida. Find all-inclusive luxury at Ikos Porto Petro to lose yourself in all the the surroundings offer with the complimentary activities and entertainment including aqua aerobics, beach volleyball, basketball, yoga, and mountain biking. Set in the picturesque Serra Tramuntana Mountains is La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca, ideal for honeymooners and offering a quiet and private location.

Not only can you sink into the bliss of sumptuous resorts, but you’ll be on an island of interesting towns and rich historical heritage that you can explore. Discover art museums, archaeological sites, and natural charm throughout.

Our chosen Mallorca hotel: Grand Hotel Son Net.

At Grand Hotel Son Net, you can delve into all the luxuries of Mallorca. Find yourself in a rustic, beautifully maintained country house, located nearby the hills of UNESCO-listed Sierra de Tramuntana, making for some of the most breathtaking views in Mallorca.

Excellent for a gourmet trip away, this resort features its own vineyard. Savour the flavours of the homemade wines in one of the three restaurants and bars in the resort, perfectly paired with the meals made with locally sourced ingredients.

If you’re missing the soothing waters of the ocean, take to the private poolside and dine on the delicious Mallorcan cuisine.

6. Sicily, Italy

Best for: Exploring charming towns and their romantic architecture.

Get a taste of cosmopolitan life on the Mediterranean coast in Sicily. Here, you can get to know the vibrant Italian culture along with the contrasts of laid-back, relaxing coastlines and the bustling excitement of Sicily’s capital, Palermo.

Sicily, Italy

Here, you can explore the Norman architecture through the historic streets, and make visits to its Baroque churches and many inviting restaurants and bars. Plus, be sure to visit the many designer boutiques lining the narrow streets.

Our chosen Sicily hotel: Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare.

At Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare, you’re not only staying in a luxury hotel set on the sands of a private beach, but you’re a three-minute cable car away from Toarmina Village, a beautiful hub of fascinating history and bustling culture. Named the ‘Pearl of the Ionian Sea’, this village is a unique blend of beaches, historic buildings, and beautiful views that you can see on the hiking trails.

Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina Mare

If you choose to stay in the resort, you can lounge on the private beach or enjoy the hotel’s many superb facilities from the fitness centre to the incredible wellness centre located in the sub-tropical gardens. When you’re ready to refuel after a long day exploring the nearby town and soaking in the elegant charms of the resort, you can dine at Restaurant Oliviero, serving sublime seafood and Mediterranean cuisine.

7. Lake Como, Italy

Best for: Embarking on romantic boat trips across the iconic lake.

Lake Como is one of the most famous lakes in Lombardy, enveloped by lush rolling mountains and colourful villages. Because of its sheer beauty, diverse cultural hotspots and balmy weather conditions, this lake is one of the most loved and visited in not just Italy, but also Europe.

You’ll soon lose yourself in the romantic settings of the lake, where you can marvel at the beautiful surroundings and lake-side monuments on a romantic boat trip. Hire a private motor to sail past the beauty of the lake or enjoy an adrenaline-pumping experience and see it all by seaplane.

Our chosen Lake Como hotel: Grand Hotel Tremezzo.

At Grand Hotel Tremezzo, you can revel in a romantic experience at the beauty of the lake without leaving the grounds. Lake Como is quite literally set on the doorstep of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, and you can watch the dancing waters and gaze at the pine-swathed mountains from your own sun lounger.

Excellent for couples, this resort offers a myriad of romantic activities, from private boat rides to explore the beauty of the lake and relaxing on the nearby Lido Beach that boasts a pizza bar, to a ‘Water on Water’ swimming pool on top of the lake.

8. Dubai, Middle East

Best for: Premium shopping scene, exquisite restaurants with safari adventures.

If you’re a couple seeking a luxury, Middle Eastern holiday with superb beaches, world-class shopping and unforgettable safari adventures, Dubai is the ideal couples getaway. Situated on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, you’re treated with golden sandy beaches with glistening waters. The laid-back beach atmosphere goes hand in hand with the vibrant city life of Dubai, where you’ll find Michelin-star restaurants and a luxury shopping scene with extravagant malls.

Dubai, Middle East

In Dubai, you won’t be stuck for things to do. For those of you who are seeking adventure, there’s plenty offered to you in this incredible city. From sightseeing famous attractions like the Burj Khalifa to visiting the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and desert safari excursions, Dubai is nothing short of extraordinary.

Our chosen Dubai hotel: One&Only The Palm

We recommend One&Only The Palm because it embraces serenity for your romantic escape. Discover the true meaning of laid-back luxury at this resort, boasting incredible views of the sunset at the beach it’s set on, as well as dining on culinary excellence in one of the three restaurants.

Find total relaxation with a luxury spa treatment, complimentary to you every day of your stay. For something more adventurous, enjoy complimentary access to the Aquaventure waterpark for an incredible day out.

Set outside of the bustling city but close enough to venture in, as well as being nearby the beach and desert safaris excursions, you can enjoy a blend of privacy and adventure in this Arabian-chic resort.

9. Napa Valley, California

Best for: Fine dining and exclusive wine tours for a romantic atmosphere.

Journey to the region that produces 90% of America’s wine, where you can savour the incredible local flavours and take romantic walks through spectacular vineyards.

In Napa Valley, you can explore its rolling landscapes in the most unique ways that are unforgettable on your romantic trip, from hot air balloon rides for ariel views to the Napa Valley Train. Especially perfect for foodie couples, you can dine at Michelin-star restaurants to enjoy organic cuisine.

Our chosen Napa Valley hotel: Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley.

Stay in the heart of the world-class vineyards with Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley.

This luxury getaway offers an unparalleled experience in North America’s food and wine capital, where you can spend your days absorbing stunning views and partaking in private wine tastings. Explore the area with your loved one either by a scenic bike ride or a hot air balloon.

10. New York, USA

Best for: Immersing in vibrant, bustling city life.

New York is the perfect destination for romantic celebrations such as Valentine’s Day and even proposals!

New York, USA

However, if you’re seeking a luxury city break with your loved one, this city is excellent for a long weekend break to discover all the city’s attractions from famed West End shows, the exquisite dining scene, unrivalled shopping, and the renowned skyscrapers. Be sure to escape the bustle and enjoy a soothing walk in Central Park, perfect in either summer or winter.

Of course, there are plenty of incredible New York experiences you shouldn’t miss, and we can explore every avenue for your luxury couple’s holiday.

Our chosen New York Hotel: The Fifth Avenue Hotel.

The Fifth Avenue Hotel is a quirky hotel set in the heart of shopping districts. Known as ‘millionaire row’, Fifth Avenue is seen from most of the rooms in this hotel – choose the Fifth Avenue Suite for excellent views, whilst also enjoying the unique décor inspired by the tranquillity of a Japanese garden.

The Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York

Situated nearby Times Square, The Rockefeller Centre and the Brooklyn Bridge, you’re just a short walk from being in the lively heart of the city.

11. French Polynesia, Australasia

Best for: Honeymooning on stunning beach resorts and relaxing on luxurious coasts.

French Polynesia is a place of romance. Boasting captivating white-sand beaches, soothing azure waters and soaring peaks, this tropical oasis offers the ultimate romantic getaway.

French Polynesia

Brimming with plenty of natural beauty and relaxing spots for couples, French Polynesia stands as a dream destination. Relax on pristine beaches, enjoy a multitude of watersports or hike or cycle around the island to come close to native wildlife, vibrant cultures and incredible views.

Our chosen French Polynesia hotel: The Brando.

The Brando is one of the best hotels for couples in French Polynesia. Find fine white sand, gin-clear seas and lavish beach villas set beneath a brilliant blue sky during your entire stay. All villas feature a private pool for complete privacy with your loved one.

The Brando, French Polynesia

Inspiring Travel offers an incredible twin centre, where you can pair the luxuries of The Brando and French Polynesia with Bora Bora.

12. New Zealand

Best for: Outdoor adventures through mountain ranges.

New Zealand is the perfect touring destination for couples, offering a huge array of activities for all ages. Whether you’re adventurous and sports-minded couples or a couple searching for breathtaking scenery in the majestic mountain ranges of the country, there’s plenty for all.

New Zealand

There are many activities that range from sailing, scenic helicopter flights, overnight guided hiking tours, cycling, wine-tasting tours, overnight cruises on Milford and Doubtful Sound – the list is endless! New Zealand is definitely one of our top fun holiday destinations for couples.

Our chosen New Zealand hotel: Kaikoura PurePods.

Enjoy the ultimate unique adventure in the picturesque mountains of New Zealand’s South Island. With the Kairkoura PurePods, you can embark on hikes along numerous trails that offer panoramic views of the rugged landscapes that surround your PurePod. The off-the-grid location makes you feel like you’re worlds apart from civilization, and you have to take a short walk from the car park to the pods.

Kaikoura PurePods

For lazy days, you can lounge in your pod that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the views to shine through. Soak up the incredible views at every corner of the pod.

13. Dominica, Caribbean

Best for: Hiking through and gazing at tropical landscapes.

Escape the bustle of the Caribbean Islands and enjoy a stay on this strikingly unspoilt island. Widely known as the ‘Nature Island’ of the Caribbean, Dominica is swathed in lush rainforests with cascading waterfalls, serene rivers and picturesque lakes dotted around the island.

Dominica, Caribbean

Bursting with natural beauty and many activities that accommodate your sightseeing, you’re in the perfect place to delve into the rhythms of authentic Caribbean with your loved one.

Our chosen Dominica hotel: Secret Bay

Secret Bay is located on the Secret Beach on the Northwest coast of Dominica. Completely immersed in the natural beauty of the island, this resort offers a peaceful remote escape. Secret Bay also offers secluded cliff-top villas featuring fabulous sea views, plus exclusive treetop bungalows for a unique stay in complete privacy.

Secret Bay, Dominica

Located on a cliff top, you can marvel at daily view of the two nearby beaches, views of the Cario River a sea cave and much more. You can venture onto the beaches to enjoy all-kinds of watersports fun with your loved one from swimming underwater into a sea cave to night snorkelling.

14. St Lucia, Caribbean

Best for: Immersing in the rhythms of tropical island life.

Popular with honeymooners, St Lucia is known to be one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. Marvel at the rugged volcanic peaks and swim with vibrant marine life in the sparkling waters of St Lucia, an island that offers a truly unique romantic getaway.

St Lucia is just a small island (just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide!) and you can enjoy a beautiful adventure discovering local wildlife and cultures alongside total relaxation on its inviting beaches.

Our chosen St Lucia hotel: Calabash Cove.

Enjoy total peace and relaxation in Calabash Cove, a boutique retreat located on the pristine coast of St Lucia. Boasting adults-only luxury alongside sensational views of the sea you can easily lose yourself in this retreat’s flair for romance. For the days when you’re yearning to explore the island’s beauty, you can enjoy a short walk to the Bonne Terre Tropical Gardens, Reduit Beach, and Pigeon Island National Park.

Rodney Bay Village is five minutes from Calabash Cove, where you can indulge in the island’s top shopping locations with numerous restaurants, bars, nightclubs, excellent speciality shops and supermarkets.

If you feel inspired by our top luxury destinations for couples, speak to our Travel Specialists today.

What you’re looking for might be different to the next couple’s idea of the perfect romantic escape, and our experts go above and beyond to get to know what you want.

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