At Expedia, we think you and your partner deserve the world. That’s why we pull out all the stops when it’s time for you to book your relaxing couples’ holiday. From the thermal baths of Budapest to enthralling elephant rides in Sri Lanka, you won’t be short of inspiration!
Romantic city breaks come thick and fast in Europe, with gondola rides, Gothic cathedrals and quaint old towns serving up lasting memories. The only question is this: which romantic getaway will you head on first?
No couples’ holidays list would be complete without Paris, the romance capital of the world. Embellished with wide boulevards, manicured gardens and dainty curb-side bistros, romantic Paris breaks are, quite literally, postcard-perfect. Stroll along the River Seine arm-in-arm, enjoy a candlelit dinner atop the Eiffel Tower and weave your way through the monumental Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (also known as the Sacred Heart Basilica). Whatever you choose to do on your romantic break, Paris makes sure it’s always extra special.
Basking in a lagoon of the Adriatic Sea, Venice simply bubbles over with romance. With waterways instead of roads, this peaceful aquatic city enjoys the enveloping plashing of gondola oars and faint campanili (bell tower) echoes in place of car horns.
To take your romantic Venice break to new heights, hop into a horse-drawn carriage and clip-clop along the high street. If you prefer to be at water level, take your own private gondola along the Grand Canal and sit back as a sonata serenade sings out under the stars.
With its pastel-coloured waterfront buildings, boutique hotels and criss-crossing cycle lanes, Amsterdam couples’ holidays are the epitome of natural, stripped-back beauty.
By day, Amsterdam’s cool cafes and coffee shops come to life, with street-side flower shops proffering dainty roses and tulips to loved-up passers-by. By night, the bridges light up, softly glowing into reflective halos in the canals below. Soft music billows out from nearby restaurants and lapping water folds into the air as evening cruises head off - it doesn’t get sweeter than this.
If you want to experience something extraordinary on your next romantic break, you needn’t look far; some of the best romantic spots are just a short plane journey away.
Can’t wait to slip on a swimsuit? Head to Budapest, where you’ll find open-air thermal spas warming the mainland of Margaret Island (so relaxing, in fact, they are known for their healing powers). Looking to bring back some killer snaps? Set your sights on pretty Prague. This capital city is an architectural haven, with gorgeous Gothic churches and Baroque buildings taking you and your partner back to where the Romanticism movement truly made its mark.
If you’re looking to make lasting memories with your partner, a couples’ holiday to the Maldives is how you do it. Cuddle up in your overwater bungalow, take a boat ride out to the pretty atolls that surround the resorts and sample fresh coconut milk from the palm trees that sway majestically in the breeze.
Naturally, if you have your sights set on the Caribbean’s rum-soaked islands, you should follow the mellow calypso beats to Barbados. Just imagine the hot Barbadian sun beating down on the clear waters of Bottom Bay as powder-soft sand sifts through your fingers. A dream destination for old romantics, Barbados couples’ holidays deliver ‘wow’ moments at every turn.
If your idea of a romantic getaway is exploring the world’s most beautiful landscapes, then it’s time to pack your bags and grab a direct flight to Thailand. Famous for its coral reef-fringed tropical islands and breath-taking mountain ranges, Thailand couples’ holidays take the world’s stage for Instagram-friendly getaways (no filters necessary). Laze on the white sand of Ko Phi Phi, the glamorous setting of The Beach, steal a kiss as you scale Khao Mokoju and cuddle up as the sun goes down on Ko Chang’s epic beach parties.
For scenery which is just as diverse as Thailand – but with a few forested volcanoes thrown in for good measure – head through Malaysia and Singapore to the gorgeous shores of Bali. On your couples’ holiday in Bali, you won’t be short of outdoor activities to do together. Hold onto each other as you scale the stunning cliffs of Uluwatu, hide away between Suluban Beach’s natural limestone coves and pick from your favourite Balinese dishes on a Bukit Asah Bugbug hillside picnic. Bliss!
If you envision yourself diving into deep-blue lagoons, snuggling up on secluded beaches and paddling playfully in hot springs, then Sri Lanka should be your first stop. Sunbathe on the tropical shores of Unawatuna or, if it all gets too hot, take to the sleepy mountain villages of Ella and Bandarawela, where clusters of jungle canopies will keep you cool.
If you’re more of a city slicker and fancy picnicking in botanical gardens one minute and picking out rings at Tiffany and Co the next, there’s only one place to go for your couples’ holiday – and that’s New York. This melting pot of the Americas rarely leaves couples wanting more, with quaint romantic walks, sprawling skylines and Michelin-starred dinners just some of the highlights on a Big Apple getaway.