Romantic getaways often mean candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach, and pampering accommodations. But some destinations boast their own romantic je ne sais quoi—in places like Paris, Bali, and San Sebastian, there's just something in the air.
Wellington’s mystical ambiance attracts those in search of romance. The city’s natural beauty makes it the perfect homebase for exploring. Travelers can wander misty hillsides, stroll along waterfront promenades, or hike through green valleys. Visit Wellington Botanic Garden for an up-close look at exotic trees and plants.
VIENNA: Step back in time and tour an imperial castle at Schönbrunn Palace. The grounds include sculpted marble fountains, pristine hedgerows, and picturesque garden views. For a taste of Austria’s famous pastries, visit Demel. Guests can enjoy a slice of rich Viennese Sachertorte, and watch as chefs create confections in a glassed-in courtyard. End the day at Deutschordenskloster, a quaint, fresco-lined room that offers Mozart chamber music concerts.
PARIS: The City of Light is also the city of love. Whether you're strolling along the Seine hand-in-hand or enjoying a candlelit meal at a cozy bistro, the romantic ambiance is hard to ignore. For a view of the Eiffel Tower and lavish amenities fit for a king, book a room at the Shangri-La Hotel. Take a walk through the peaceful Palais-Royal, Paris’s most secluded garden. For unparalleled views of the city and fairytale sunsets, climb the steps to Sacré-Coeur.
MAUI: Maui is often described as magical, and the island lives up to its reputation. Visitors can stroll hand-in-hand through white sand beaches, hike through lush valleys, and explore quaint, historic villages. Take a trip to South Shore Maui, which features some of the island’s best beaches and resorts. Haleakala National Park boasts the island’s highest lookout point, and 360-degree views of the park’s volcanic crater.
You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a scene from 101 Nights in Istanbul: Towering minarets, narrow winding streets, and stunning mosaics are nestled alongside Western-style shops and restaurants, and visitors can stroll through ancient palaces and markets. Take in stunning Byzantine art and architecture at Aya Sofya, one of the world’s largest religious monuments. Walk through rose gardens and tour a former sultan’s Harem at Topkapi Palace.
FEZ: Stepping through the gates into Fez feels like entering a time machine: The city’s medieval streets, covered markets, and historic sites will heighten your senses, and take you back to a different era. Visit Heri el Souani to tour granaries designed by an ancient king. Pass through Medina Square in nearby Meknès to view Bab Mansour, an elaborate marble gate with engraved tiled panels.
CINQUE TERRE: The rocky shores of the Italian Riviera belong in the pages of a romance novel. Visitors can explore quaint harbor villages, hike up stunning trails, or stroll through beachfront promenades. Climb the Cinque Terre trails to explore vineyards and villages, and lookout over the sea. The world-famous Giardini Botanici Hanbury features one of the largest gardens in Italy and offers panoramic views of the water.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston’s pristine gardens, historic ambiance, and laid-back Southern charm make it an ideal romantic getaway. Stroll through magnolia-lined streets in the city’s South of Broad neighborhood, which features sprawling mansions and verdant parks. The Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park offers picture-perfect scenery, complete with waterfalls and views of the Charleston Harbor.
BUENOS AIRES: It's easy to get swept away by Buenos Aires’ colorful nightlife and diverse culture. Sit back in Teatro Colón’s red velvet seats and take in an opera or ballet. The Palermo neighborhood boasts some of the city’s finest restaurants and boutiques, and it offers acres of parks perfect for picnicking or long walks. Dance the night away at Rojo Tango, a popular club that features five-star food, cabaret performances, and glamorous velvet-lined interiors.
BRUGGE: Fairytale Brugge will enchant visitors. The city’s open squares, quaint houses, and cobblestone streets create a romantic atmosphere, and couples can take boat rides through picturesque canals. Climb the Belfort’s 366 winding steps for bird's-eye views of the city. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage ride to Beguinage, a sprawling monastery with bridges and swan-filled ponds. For canal-side accommodations and upscale amenities, book a room at the Fodor's Choice hotel De Tuileriëen.
BALI: Bali is not just a pretty face: While the island’s picturesque scenery attracts visitors from around the world, its unique culture and tradition keeps them coming back for more. Watch the sunset over clear blue water in Sanur, a popular beach destination. An iconic attraction, Tanah Lot, is a 15th-century temple that juts out of the ocean on a small rock formation. Don’t miss the five waterfalls between Bedugul and Singaraja.