Nomad’s Travel Picks: Couple’s Paradise
Our guide to the most romantic destinations around the world!
· 6 min read
From stunning beaches and breathtaking views to rich culture and history, these destinations offer intimate getaways and unforgettable experiences that will create lasting memories. Each one is perfect for enjoying romantic moments, indulging in local cuisine, and immersing in the unique offerings of each location.
So, whether you're seeking a quiet escape or an adventurous journey, this guide is the ultimate resource for planning a romantic vacation for you and your significant other. Discover hidden gems and create memories that will last a lifetime with Nomad’s guide to the most mesmerizing destinations for couples. We’ll talk about the following destinations:
The Maldives offers a unique desert island experience so take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit this secluded oasis! You can discover a magnificent paradise of over 1000 reef-fringed islands, home to some of the world's best beaches. Not only is the beach the whitest, but the water is the purest, the wildlife is breathtaking, and the palm tree woods are simply stunning. All of this natural beauty makes Maldives the perfect travel destination for a romantic Valentine's Day trip or a honeymoon destination away from the rest of the world!
We suggest you begin your Maldives journey at Malé, the capital city and cultural centre of the islands. In a single day, you can marvel at the Friday Mosque, which was constructed in the 17th century, see the Old National Museum and the modern one, which shows relics from Buddhist rulers and Islamic sultanates, and view the work of local painters at the National Library & Art Gallery.
If you want to mix more local culture with island activities you might head to** Haa Alifu Ato**ll in the north to visit the residence and birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, who is famous for his campaign fighting against the Portuguese after they invaded in 1558.
The Baa Atoll is a famous romantic location where couples may walk hand-in-hand on the white sand beaches at sunset or hike the lush island interiors while listening to native birdsong in areas like Dharavandhoo.
💡Nomad Tip: Visit the Hanifaru Marine Protected Area to see manta rays, legendary clownfish, and so much more at the amazing snorkelling and scuba diving areas. Also, the Lhaviyani Atollis an excellent alternative or addition to visiting the Baa Atoll.
Also known as the Hawaii of Japan, Okinawa is a tropical paradise that combines stunning natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage. The Okinawa prefecture is Japan’s southernmost prefecture, and can be divided into three main island groups (Okinawa Islands, Miyako Islands, and the Yaeyama Islands), consisting of a few dozen small islands in total. The island groups stretch over about one thousand kilometers from Kyushu to Taiwan.
With its romantic scenery, serene beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Okinawa is the perfect place for couples to spend quality time together. The subtropical climate of Okinawa also makes it an excellent choice for those seeking to escape the winter for a warmer Valentine’s, with its temperature ranging in the low 20-degree celsius currently.
Couples can enjoy a variety of activities in Okinawa, such as taking a sunset walk along one of the most beautiful beaches in Japan, exploring the picturesque streets of a traditional Okinawan village - which are distinctively different from the rest of Japan. Additionally, Okinawa's delicious cuisine and nightlife scene offer plenty of opportunities for couples to dine, drink, and dance together.
We suggest you try the **Okinawa soba **- also known as the Okinawa ramen - which is a staple of Okinawan cuisine. The Okinawa soba is much chewier and thicker compared to the typical Japanese soba or udon, as it is made from 100% wheat flour. Be sure to have some spareribs or three-layered pork to go alongside the soba for the complete experience.
💡Nomad Tip: For a more secluded experience, the beaches at Miyako Island are the place to go. Couples can also choose to book a stay at one of Okinawa's many beachfront resorts or private villas, where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean and spend intimate moments together.
Santorini, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, is a popular and romantic travel destination for couples. With its picturesque white-washed buildings, blue-domed churches, and breathtaking views of the caldera, Santorini offers a fairy-tale-like setting for couples looking for a romantic getaway. The island is famous for its stunning sunsets, which can be enjoyed from one of its many restaurants or bars with a view, or from the comfort of a private balcony in a traditional, cave-style room.
The island offers a variety of activities, such as exploring the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, taking a scenic boat tour, or strolling through the charming villages and trying local cuisine. In addition, Santorini is also home to several hot springs, where couples can relax and soak in the therapeutic waters surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
Hike to the top of the island's highest point, **Mount Profitis Ilias, **for a panoramic view of the island and the Aegean Sea. Visit the traditional villages of Oia and Fira for their charming cobblestone streets, blue-domed churches, and picturesque architecture. Go on a tasting tour at Santorini’s wineries to sample the delicious wines made from local grape varieites and learn about the winemaking process. Santorini is truly a magical destination with something to offer every traveler!
💡Nomad Tip: Visit the Santorini Art and Cultural Museum in Fira, which showcases the island's history and cultural heritage through various exhibitions and events. This museum is housed in a beautiful, 19th-century building and provides a deeper understanding of Santorini's past and present, from its archaeological discoveries to its folk art traditions
Bali, Indonesia is a popular travel destination for couples, and for good reason. With its stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and diverse range of activities, Bali offers a romantic experience for couples of all interests and preferences. Compared with other destinations of similar nature, Bali is also slightly easier on the wallet and is a destination that you could consider if you are on a tighter budget.
The beaches at Bali could get pretty crowded with tourism, especially during peak surfing or diving season. For a quieter time away from the crowds, Thomas Beach is a beach that you could check out. Located between two of the most popular beaches in Bali, the Thomas Beach provides a stark contrast for those looking for some chill-out time.
For a more romantic and private experience, consider staying in one of their villas, complete with private pools and breathtaking views of the island’s landscapes. You should also most definitely experience the world-class spa treatments that Bali offers.
Away from the beaches, you could also soak in the beauty of its rice terraces and lush forests, or explore its rich cultural heritage through visits to its many temples and traditional villages. Visit the **Tegallalang Rice Terrace **for one of the most stunning and picturesque views in Bali.
💡Nomad Tip: Consider renting a scooter to help you get around Bali!
Maui, also known as the "Valley Isle," is a fantastic travel destination for couples seeking a romantic getaway. With its pristine beaches, stunning sunsets, and lush tropical landscapes, Maui provides the perfect backdrop for couples to create lasting memories. The island is filled with plenty of activities to keep couples busy, such as scenic drives along the Road to Hana, hiking to breathtaking waterfalls, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, and taking a sunset dinner cruise.
In addition, Maui also offers a range of luxurious accommodations and spas, where couples can relax and pamper themselves. Whether it's exploring the island's natural beauty, trying local cuisine, or simply relaxing on the beach with a loved one, Maui is sure to provide an unforgettable experience!
We suggest you visit the summit of the dormant Haleakala volcano. This breathtaking excursion offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, as well as the opportunity to watch the sunrise or sunset from the top of the volcano. You can also take a scenic drive along the winding road to the summit and take in the stunning vistas along the way.
Another unique experience is a visit to the Maui Ocean Center, which is one of the largest tropical aquariums in the world. There you can walk through a tunnel of sea creatures, observe marine life up close, and learn about the rich marine ecosystem of Hawaii. You can buy your tickets here.
💡Nomad Tip: Book an early morning or a sunset boat tour to experience the beauty of the island from a different perspective. You'll be able to witness the breathtaking colors of the sunrise or sunset while sailing through the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and see the lush, tropical landscapes from a new angle. This is sure to create lasting memories and add a touch of romance to your Maui getaway.
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