Are you looking for an unforgettable couples’ getaway to relax and unwind? Take a look at these five destinations which can offer the perfect combination of romance and luxury!
Palm Springs, California
If you’re looking to stay reasonably close to home, this desert paradise has everything you’re looking for — a midsized city with big-league festivals, museums, eateries and stores without the jams of L.A., just a couple of hours away. The two of you can do your Mad Men role playing among the scads of midcentury modern homes and the style’s influence throughout the area. Major golf and tennis tournaments, music and film festivals, the famous tram ride up to the woodsy peak of one of California’s highest mountains and fiery sunrises and sunsets will light up your days and nights in this luxury haven.
La Paz, Mexico
This port city is two hours away from the luxury resorts and extravagant party scene of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of Baja California. But it has much to offer couples looking to slow down and reconnect. There’s lots to discover under the surface of the Sea of Cortez, dubbed “the aquarium of the world” by none
other than Jacques Cousteau. Surfing, kite- and windsurfing, golf, sportfishing and island-hopping are also popular here, and there are several romantic restaurants to choose from for dinner and drinks. The beautiful oceanside artists’ colony of Todos los Santos is an hour away down the road to Cabo.
Starting with its platinum-white beaches and tangerine-aubergine sunsets, everything on the Caribbean island beckons to couples of all ages. Swing by the Mount Gay Distillery on its north end to sample the
world’s oldest brand of rum. Harrison’s Cave further inland is an otherworldly wonderland of dramatically lit stalagmites, stalactites, streams and waterfalls. The Flower Forest Botanical Garden in Richmond is a veritable Eden with towering forests and flowering plants wherever you roam. The luxurious, adults-only House in Paynes Bay is regarded as one of the most romantic hotels in the Caribbean.
New Orleans, Louisiana
This classic city is full of neighborhoods offering their own brands of romance. Grab your partner’s hand for a stroll through the Garden District’s antebellum mansions and tree-lined streets, and definitely spend some time with the French Quarter’s Spanish- and Creole-infused architecture, more landmark restaurants than you can ever hope to squeeze into one trip, colorful characters and deep connection to history. Some of the nation’s first luxury hotels were built here, creating a centuries-long tradition of service that continues today, including some newer properties in repurposed churches, department stores and warehouses.
For couples with a little more time on their hands and looking for a slightly offbeat European destination, Vienna is nearly impossible to beat. Block upon block of Baroque architecture will transport you to a less hurried and more romantic world. Share your royal fantasies with each other at Hofberg Palace or several
others that can be found throughout the city, ride a horse-drawn carriage over cobblestoned streets and learn how to waltz at one of the many available classes. And don’t forget the vineyards and wine taverns!