Top 10 Most Romantic Places On Earth
Romance is one of life’s great gifts. Some would say it can also be one of life’s great challenges and that’s when we need a helping hand.
Luckily the world is full of incredibly romantic places and once you get to one of these places there isn’t much that can stop love from blossoming.
Japan has the third largest economy in the world and has been a driver of globalisation for much of the last fifty years. But throughout this massive change it has retained its unique culture, supported by a history as strong as any country on earth. The traditional Japanese spirit is warm and welcoming.
The romance of Japan comes from its traditions and from its physical beauty which, in springtime, is quite stunning. Spend time enjoying the exotic gardens and wonderful palaces and temples throughout the country and then settle in for a meal in a traditional restaurant where the ritual of eating becomes a ceremony.
For many people outside Japan the delights of their culture and the beauty of their country remain slightly mysterious. But there is no doubt that it’s alive with romance. It will sweep you away before you know it.
9. New York City, USA
Like Paris and Havana, the other two big cities on our list, New York has an incredibly rich history. It has been the financial capital of the world for much of the last century as well as a hub for global commerce, fashion, culture and the arts. While finance and commerce are not terribly romantic topics there is no doubting the pull of the bright lights of New York for any romantic couple wanting to experience the world.
Famous landmarks abound all over New York, many of them globally recognized buildings that combine stunning architecture with amazing height. New York is certainly the home of the skyscraper and has one of the best known skylines anywhere.
So after seeing the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State, why not take to one of the many rooftop bars and wait for the evening to work its magic. You are in New York after all.
8. Fez, Morocoo
If you are looking for an exotic and ancient setting for your romantic adventures then it’s hard to go past Fez in northern Morocco. This historic city takes you back in time with a dazzling array of colorful, tiled facades, narrow lanes that open into squares with intricate fountains, bazaars full of spices, minarets pushing skyward from the cities ancient mosques and the buzz of people on their mules going about their daily lives.
The medina of Fes el-Bali (Old Fez) is where you will find your romantic setting. Boutique hotels like Riad Fes with cool, walled pools and terraces overlooking the old city will make you feel like an ancient prince and princess. Enjoy a massage before a traditional Moroccan meal on the terrace as the sun sets and this ancient city glows in orange. The perfect place to relax after a day exploring one of the most romantic places on earth.
7. Hotel Saratoga, Havana, Cuba
Cuba. One of the last true socialist economies in the world, it blends color, classical architecture and a love of music and dancing with passion and a joy for life that makes it truly unique. Add a touch of tropical warmth and a sprinkling of Spanish culture and you have the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
Hotel Saratoga opened in 1879 and quickly became one of Havana’s most important hotels and a favored hangout for local writers, artists and the socially connected. Located in what is now known as ‘Old Havana’, this beautiful, elegant building sits diagonally opposite Cuba’s most important cultural venue, the Grand Theatre of Havana on Paseo de Marti.
A suite here will surround you with fine antique furniture, crisp linen, 24 hour concierge and majordomo services and even childcare if you need it. Most importantly you will have a wrought iron balcony with very special views of the Grand Theatre, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Partagas Cigar Factory and the center of old Havana.
After a glass of champagne on the balcony as the sun goes down, you are perfectly placed to have dinner bought up to your room, go down to one of the hotels excellent bars or restaurants or venture out to find a romantic dinner nearby. Simply beautiful.
6. Maui, Hawaii, USA
Weddings and honeymoons are part of the fabric of Maui and what an absolutely gorgeous place for romance. Warm, unbelievably friendly and spectacularly beautiful, the second largest Hawaiian island is more relaxed than the main island with a spread of resorts and small towns dotted among the fertile mountains and cascading waterfalls.
How’s this for romantic? A day exploring the nearby waterfalls with a picnic lunch on a checkered rug followed by a dip back at the beautiful hotel pool before dressing up for a candlelit dinner for two overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The breeze is warm, the sunset expansive and, strange as it may seem, the citronella burners give the setting the smell of relaxation. Your worries will melt away and let romance blossom. This really is one of the romantic places on earth.
5. Venice, Italy
For a very special place to propose marriage, renew your vows or just spend time together, reclining into the cushions of a gondola with a bottle of Champagne at hand has to be one of the most romantic things you can do.
Venice is unlike any other city on earth. The spectacular architecture and strange way the buildings all disappear into the water makes for an unforgettable sight. Tour the Grand Canal, the Palazzo Ducale and St Mark’s Basilica (with waterproof boots!). Buy a Venetian mask at La Bottega die Mascareri, lunch at one of the small bars (bacaro’s) that the locals frequent like Anice Stellato, and then wonder back to your room at The Gritti Palace, one of the finest hotels in Venice.
For a romantic dinner out try Osteria Boccadoro. It’s a bit off the main tourist track and serves some of the best traditional local dishes with plenty of fresh fish and pastas to share. An unforgettably romantic place.
4. Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Mamanuca Archipelago, Fiji
The South Pacific evokes images of untouched tropical beauty – crystal clear waters with white sand, palm fringed beaches and coral reefs. The perfect setting for romantic strolls, lunch by the water and a swim in the warm sea.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort has won numerous awards as one of the most desirable tropical resorts in the world. The private over-water bures all have a big, open living/bedroom, an open air bathroom and large deck that must rank as one of the best places in the world to have a romantic private cocktail.
If you are looking for a romantic escape where you can leave all the hustle and bustle behind, this simply has to be near the top of the most romantic places on earth.
3. Chalet Trois Couronnes, Verbier, Switzerland
There aren’t many things more romantic than curling up together in front of a roaring log fire in your bedroom in a luxury chalet in the Swiss Alps. Add a bottle of fine French Champagne on ice, some caviar and Burt Bacharach in the background and romance cannot help but flourish.
Chalet Trois Couronnes is one of the finest properties in Verbier and quite possibly one of the best chalets anywhere in the world. The design, building materials, craftsmanship and fittings (art works and antiques) are all of the highest quality.
Leaving your bedroom might not be easy but there is plenty more to enjoy here. The indoor pool is a work of art and how about a romantic outdoor spa with a stunning view down the mountainside? Why not.
2. Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece
The Greek Islands are high on the list of honeymoon destinations for newly weds from around the globe. Why? Because hanging out in this stunningly beautiful part of the world is undoubtedly one of the most romantic things a couple can do. Bright blue seascapes, the quaintest whitewashed houses and brilliant purple bougainvillea. Pretty special.
The Katikies Hotel on Santorini is the epitome of Greek Island chic. An incredible view, an infinity pool that just bursts with turquoise, white sun lounges, white umbrellas, white walls and brilliant white rooms to take it all in. A perfect match for your white linen clothes that contrast with your lovely tan.
Katikies and other gorgeous hotels throughout the Greek Islands provide special wedding packages so if you are looking for somewhere that’s romantic and well set up for your nuptials, this could well be the place.
1. Hotel Balzac, Paris, France
There was no way that Paris wasn’t going to be at the top of the list, and Hotel Balzac oozes the romance and charm that defines this most beautiful city. Paris is the place where love happens; in a museum, over a caffe latte or a carafe of the best house wine or walking along the Seine. And the finest rings and jewelry are just a stroll away.
The Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Sacre-Coeur and Arc de Triomphe; there are landmark destinations everywhere that provide a sense of history that is intoxicating. Of course dinner out in Paris is a must for the romantic couple. You are never far from a bustling bistro serving garlic snails and frog’s legs along with a house brand champagne or an undiscovered Bordeaux red.
Finish off the candlelit evening with a few of the best French cheeses and half bottle of Sauterne before walking home with a busker playing in the distance. The most romantic place on earth? We think so.
Las Vegas just missed out on one of the Top 10 romantic places to go, but it sure deserves a mention for its wedding industry. It is one of a kind!
Not only can you get married just about anywhere in the world without leaving Vegas – Paris, Venice, Egypt, Monte Carlo and more – you can also be legally married by Elvis and do it at 3am in the morning if you like.
Las Vegas might not have made the Top 10 most romantic places but it tops the list of incredible places for incredible weddings.