When it comes to finding the perfect romantic holiday destination, the amount of choice on offer can often feel somewhat overwhelming. But there are certainly some places that offer more in the way of romance than others. From the classic romantic hotspots to more unusual destinations, we’ve put together this pick of the best places in the world for loved-up couples. Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day or your dream honeymoon destination, you’ll find all the inspiration you need in this top ten of the world’s most romantic spots.
The Lake District, UK
You don’t have to go far to find the perfect romantic holiday destination; in the Lake District you can see the natural beauty and moody lakes that inspired Romantic poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge. Country cottages and small boutique hotels create a cosy, romantic atmosphere, so even if the weather doesn’t hold up for your stay, there’ll be no need to go outside.
Paris is well known as one of the most romantic places on earth, so it's little wonder that every year thousands of couples choose to make a trip to the French capital. From starlit cruises along the Seine to the bohemian beauty of Montmartre, Paris is always guaranteed to please in the romance department. Why not brush up your skills in the language of love before you go with a course from Rosetta Stone?
This city of two parts is one of the lesser-travelled romantic holiday destinations, but it has been growing in popularity over the last few years. With stunning architecture and views to rival those of Paris, but a quirky charm entirely of its own, the Hungarian capital of Budapest is the ideal choice for couples looking to take the road less travelled.
Island hopping in Croatia
Croatia joined the tourist scene fashionably late, but with over a thousand islands, 66 of which are inhabited, there are plenty of things to love in this stunning country. Head out on an adventure exploring some of the country’s islands, each of which has its own unique character. For romantic trips, we’d recommend the secluded, vineyard-packed island of Vis, as well as Hvar, for its beauty and chic bars.
San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian is a beautiful beach town in the North of Spain. Tapas are as rich in the history of San Sebastian as they are in flavour. Share and indulge in the rich tastes of boquerones, olives or jamón with your sweetheart. Speaking some Spanish, to get to know the locals at the very traditional Pintxo bar La Viña, helps. With the Rosetta Stone Spanish App you will arrive prepared.
The Maldives is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, and with its picturesque views, coral reefs and white sand beaches, there's little wonder that so many couples choose to make a romantic trip to this island nation in the Indian Ocean. If you're looking for the ultimate in luxury and undisturbed beaches, this might just be the place for you.
The first impression of Marrakech is always an assault on the senses – labyrinthine markets, the cries of street vendors and the smell of rich spices all compete for attention – but a stay in one of the city's luxurious riads will quickly restore you to the peace you'd expect from a romantic trip away.
Rome is a well-known choice for a romantic break, and for very good reason. With its famed landmarks, stunning architecture and as the setting of many classic films such as Roman Holiday and La Dolce Vita, Rome is a dream holiday destination for many. Soak up the sights with your loved one, enjoy a gelato in one of the many beautiful squares and dine in one of the many excellent restaurants – there are so many things to do on the perfect Roman holiday.
A trip to Tokyo should prove a highlight for your romantic stay in Japan. Did you know that in Japan Valentine’s Day is celebrated in a very unique style? It is the women who present gifts to men. To express their feelings special chocolate honmei-choco is offered in a heart-shaped box. Surprise with "I love you" in Japanese in Odaiba, a famous dating spot in Tokyo. This shopping and entertainment district is on one of the largest man-made islands in the world.
London to Venice on the Orient Express
With a trip on the Orient Express the joy is as much in getting there as it is in arriving at your destination. On board this famous train you’ll experience the luxuries of the golden age of travel, including stunning accommodation and fine dining. Take the classic journey from London to Venice or venture further afield with one of the company’s many other options in Asia, South America and Africa.