Romantic trips and luxury beach vacations have been difficult, if not impossible, for most of us this year. We could all need some time away with the one we love, whether we spent it crammed together at home as a family, with parents overseeing kids’ schoolwork, or in a tiny, one-bedroom apartment with a significant other.
We’ve hand-picked some of the world’s most romantic resorts for the ultimate lovers trip; there’s something for any couple looking for some alone time. So, of course, combining your shore excursion with a bit of romance is a no-brainer. To that end, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s sweetest, sultriest, and most romantic beach getaways to help you find a little more love.
This post is part of our destination inspiration series
With so much natural beauty to inspire them, it’s simple to see why Italians have a reputation for being passionate lovers. This island, located just off Italy’s gorgeous Amalfi Coast, is a Mediterranean dream come true.
Stroll hand-in-hand along the beach, the aroma of lemon trees wafting softly around you, a cold bottle of the island’s famous limoncello stowed away for an unexpected sunset aperitivo. Then, take an afternoon trip to the world-famous Blue Grotto, where the sun transforms the calm waters into a surreal electric blue.
Virgin Gorda is the most romantic of the British Virgin Islands. For honeymooners searching for a tranquil vacation, the island’s quiet, laid-back ambiance is ideal. There are also several beautiful beaches on the island.
The famous Baths, however, is one of the most romantic. The Baths is a distinctive geologic structure of bulbous rocks strewn across the beach near the island’s southern end. Couples can relax and bathe in the warm waters in a series of natural grottos formed by the rocks.
After a soak, there’s lots more for honeymooners to do here. First, relax on Devil’s Bay’s sandy beaches while snorkeling the adjacent reefs, or book a diving tour in the bay. Then, stay till sunset, when you can sip a fruity beverage while watching the sun sink gently over the horizon. The region becomes incredibly magnificent at dusk, creating a one-of-a-kind spectacle that you’ll never forget.
Sandwiched between two of the county’s most famous towns, just north of Padstow and south of Newquay, are what can only be described as sandy pieces of heaven. Trevose Head, National Trust, is more of a headland than a beach, but the bays on its eastern side are magnificent.
Polventon Bay, Booby’s Bay, and Harlyn Bay have different sizes and popularity, but they’re all equally beautiful places to spend quality time with your significant other. What could be better than going to one of the coves, laying down a blanket, and basking in the sun with your loved one before returning to your lovely cottage?
Turks and Caicos
The broad, sugar-sand beaches of Turks and Caicos Island make it exceedingly easy to find a remote patch of shore to imagine as your own private beach, even during peak season.
Claim a spot for you and your special someone at one of the local ultra-private resorts, such as the luxurious Amanyara on Providenciales or Como on Parrot Cay, where celebrities like Donna Karan tuck away their holiday houses for the complete “I own an island” impression.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful beach elsewhere on the planet. Shipwreck Beach, also known as Navagio Beach, is a genuinely otherworldly location that has been featured in National Geographic.
The beach is only accessible by boat, making it ideal for charter guests who can enjoy breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea. Moreover, the beach has lived up to its name. The MV Panagiotis ran aground on the beach in 1980, and her rusted-out hull may still be seen there today.
If you’re chartering in Greece, this is a must-see location. Not only is getting there an adventure but there are numerous secret beaches buried under Zakynthos’ limestone cliffs, such as adjacent Sfoggio Beach. So spend the day bouncing from beach to beach along the coast!
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