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Top 10 Romantic Getaways for Grown-up Couples

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Love is in the air, and it’s time to whisk your special someone away on a romantic getaway. We’ve handpicked 10 of the most enchanting destinations for Grown-up couples seeking a blissful escape filled with charm, culture, and unforgettable experiences.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini’s breathtaking sunsets, pristine white architecture, and sparkling blue waters make it the perfect destination for a romantic escape. Wander through the charming streets of Oia and Fira, sampling the delectable Greek cuisine and exploring the unique boutiques. Take a catamaran cruise around the island to discover hidden beaches, soak in the stunning views, and sip on some of the island’s finest wines at a local winery. Santorini is sure to captivate your heart and create lasting memories.

Venice, Italy

The enchanting city of Venice, with its winding canals, ornate bridges, and historic palazzos, offers an idyllic setting for a romantic retreat. Take a leisurely gondola ride along the Grand Canal, share a gelato as you stroll through the picturesque streets, and steal a kiss on the legendary Bridge of Sighs. In the evenings, indulge in a candlelit dinner at a canal-side trattoria, savouring the exquisite Italian cuisine and taking in the magical atmosphere of this unique city.

Paris, France

Known as the ‘City of Love,’ Paris is synonymous with romance. Wander hand-in-hand along the Seine, explore the charming streets of Montmartre, and share a picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower. Discover the city’s world-famous art at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, and indulge in Paris’s renowned culinary scene, from sumptuous croissants at a local patisserie to an intimate dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. A romantic escape to Paris is a must for any love-struck couple.

Kyoto, Japan

For a truly unique romantic getaway, head to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. Stroll through the mesmerising Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, explore the city’s numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, and immerse yourselves in traditional Japanese culture with a tea ceremony or kimono-wearing experience. As the sun sets, meander along the historic streets of Gion, Kyoto’s famous geisha district, before indulging in an exquisite multi-course kaiseki dinner, prepared by a skilled Japanese chef.

The Maldives

The Maldives, with its overwater bungalows, crystal-clear waters, and powder-soft sand, is the epitome of luxury and romance. Pamper yourselves with a couples spa treatment, snorkel hand-in-hand through the vibrant coral reefs, and dine under the stars at a private beachside table. With its unrivalled natural beauty and indulgent experiences, the Maldives is the perfect destination to celebrate your love and create unforgettable memories.


Bruges, Belgium

The fairytale town of Bruges, with its medieval architecture, picturesque canals, and charming cobblestone streets, is a haven for couples seeking a romantic European getaway. Take a leisurely canal cruise, explore the historic Markt Square, and climb the Belfry for panoramic views of the city. Be sure to indulge in some of Belgium’s finest chocolates, waffles, and beer during your stay, making your romantic escape to Bruges even sweeter.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Charleston’s antebellum mansions, historic streets, and warm Southern charm make it a delightful destination for a romantic getaway. Wander hand-in-hand through the beautifully preserved streets of the historic district, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and explore the enchanting gardens of the Magnolia Plantation. Savour the flavours of the South with a candlelit dinner at one of Charleston’s acclaimed restaurants, and don’t miss a sunset stroll along the picturesque Battery promenade, hand-in-hand with your loved one.

Prague, Czech Republic

The magical city of Prague is a dreamy destination for couples seeking a romantic European escape. Wander across the iconic Charles Bridge, explore the fairytale-like Prague Castle, and lose yourselves in the winding cobblestone streets of the Old Town. As evening falls, settle in at a cosy wine bar or riverside café to enjoy some Czech delicacies and soak up the city’s enchanting atmosphere. Prague’s picturesque charm and rich history make it a perfect backdrop for a romantic adventure.


Buenos Aires, Argentina

For a romantic getaway infused with passion and culture, look no further than Buenos Aires. Often referred to as the ‘Paris of South America’, this vibrant city offers a unique blend of European elegance and Latin flair. Discover the colourful streets of the Palermo and San Telmo neighbourhoods, indulge in the city’s renowned steak and Malbec wine, and experience the sultry rhythms of tango at a traditional milonga. Buenos Aires is a city that will ignite the senses and capture your heart and Argentina is a destination that will capture your heart(s).

Queenstown, New Zealand

Nestled among the stunning landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is an idyllic destination for adventure-seeking couples. Embark on a scenic cruise across the serene Lake Wakatipu, soar over the breathtaking mountains on a helicopter tour, and indulge in some of the region’s finest wines at the nearby vineyards. For thrill-seeking duos, Queenstown is also the perfect place to try bungee jumping, skydiving, or jet boating together. A romantic getaway to Queenstown promises a perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure, and relaxation.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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