From the hottest spots to catch a beautiful sunset to the most romantic hotels and restaurants, Away.com’s experts uncover new ideas for getaways that set the mood for romance. Plus, an interactive map lets travelers quickly browse for trip suggestions, and more than 20 photo galleries provide ample inspiration.
If you’re planning a getaway for Valentine’s Day or another special occasion but are not quite sure where to go, Away.com has selected the top 10 romantic getaways for 2010.
Away.com’s Top 10 Romantic Destinations(1)
2 Paris, France
3 Kauai, Hawaii
4 New Orleans, Louisiana
5 Riviera Maya, Mexico
6 Bali, Indonesia
7 Venice, Italy
8 Vancouver, Canada
9 Fiji, Australia-Pacific
10 Miami, Florida
View the complete Romance Guide, full destination descriptions, photos and more at http://away.com/romance.
Its allure comes from the miles of rose-colored beaches with frothy waves warmed by the sultry Gulf Stream. Combining British formality and tropical ease, Bermuda is ideal for destination weddings and honeymoons.
2. Paris, France
No city in the world is as connected to the feeling of love as is Paris. Period. Its curving river, iconic landmarks, intimate cafes, and celebrated works of art are the physical embodiments of a culture dedicated to love, romance, and sensuality.
3. Kauai, Hawaii
Adventure and romance go hand in hand here, and couples looking for exhilarating activities will find plenty to do. Known for its secluded beaches, Kauai also provides tons of thrills in the form of snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, helicopter tours, and catamaran cruises.
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
The Big Easy is well on the comeback route from Katrina, and nowhere in the United States can you find the level of culture, music, and excellent food as you do in N’awlins.
5. Riviera Maya, Mexico
Palm trees, beach bars, and Mayan ruins strung along the Caribbean Sea provide a suitable backdrop to some of the world’s best all-inclusive resorts. After all, relaxation is a key component to romance.
6. Bali, Indonesia
An exotic island of volcanoes, waterfalls, and rain forests, Bali has a dreamlike cadence punctuated by the heady perfume of tropical flowers and gamelan music. Coastal beaches and the lush interior make Bali a popular draw for couples.
7. Venice, Italy
Everyone knows about the canals, but Venice has so much more, from sunsets over St. Mark’s Basilica to day trips to nearby beach towns. Sophisticated eateries, Old World architecture, and, of course, boat rides in the canals complete the picture.
8. Vancouver, Canada
Few places combine cosmopolitan sophistication with a spirited love of the outdoors as seamlessly as Vancouver. British Columbia’s jewel features blocks of upscale shops and eateries, parks full of ancient cedars, and a wealth of cultural treasures.
9. Fiji, Australia-Pacific
Fiji’s seductive beauty lies mostly in miles of pristine beaches arcing at the edge of see-through aquamarine seas that couples can enjoy all alone. Romance takes many forms, and Fiji embraces them all, from adventure diving to the sweet nothingness of swaying in a hammock under a palm tree.
10. Miami, Florida
Sun-kissed days and steamy nights. Moonlight strolls on a balmy beach. An ocean view from your hotel room. Miami pampers couples with luxury resorts, grand old hotels, intimate boutique hideaways, and Art Deco jewels.
(1) The Top 10 Romantic Destinations for 2010 were selected by Away.com’s staff of editors and travel contributors and are based on the research and opinions of the writers.
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