With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re taking you on a whirlwind tour of the most unexpected destinations for romance all around the world. From Washington D.C.’s historic neighbourhoods to Dubai’s glitz and glamour, we’ve found a destination perfect for romance no matter what type of couple you are.
World-renowned as the capital of the United States, there’s more to Washington D.C. than national monuments and political happenings. Beyond the popular tourist sights, Washington D.C. is a city made up of quirky neighbourhoods, each with its own characteristic panache.
Looking for luxury? Head to Georgetown’s tree-lined cobblestone streets, take in the historic architecture, and check out some of D.C.’s best restaurants. If an evening of culture is your thing, you’ll want to book seats at one of the many theatres in Penn Quarter and Chinatown. Then, check out the area’s lively nightlife. For something a little more under-the-radar, the Shaw neighbourhood’s up-and-coming food scene and historic live music venues might be the perfect place to book a romantic table for two.
If being surrounded by natural beauty gives you the warm fuzzies, Cape Town is your ultimate romantic getaway. Presided over by the stately Table Mountain, Cape Town boasts a stunning waterfront, sweeping vineyards, and a beautiful diversity of culture and history. Known as the “Mother City,” it prides itself on hosting the best restaurants, events and exhibits in South Africa. Cape Town is spoiled for natural beauty and stunning vistas; there is so much to explore in and around this jewel of a city, best seen hand-in-hand with your love.
Playa del Carmen
Though Spring Break might come to mind when thinking of this coastal part of Mexico, Playa del Carmen is the perfect destination for relaxing days and alluring nights. Palm-lined beaches tailor-made for lounging by day and lively clubs to spend your nights dancing add up to plenty of quality time for just the two of you. For even more quality time together, explore Mayan ruins, swim in magical cenotes, or book a romantic spa day, complete with couple’s massage.
Auckland is full of incredible experiences. The city’s gorgeous harbours, iconic views, abundant wineries, and hip restaurant and nightlife scenes mean that every night is date night in Auckland. Sunny skies and beautiful beaches are just two extra reasons to book a trip to New Zealand ASAP. Book a volcano tour and admire sweeping views or kayak to Tiritiri Matangi Island at sunrise for the ultimate in adventurous romance.
One of the hottest destinations in South America, Santiago brims with energy and spirit. Swaths of colonial architecture nestle against chic shops and modern restaurants, while upscale galleries counter Santiago’s vibrant street art. Bustling markets will capture foodies’ hearts by day while the city’s lively nightlife will keep you dancing into the wee hours.
For couples who love nothing more than exploring together, Dublin is waiting. Historic castles, medieval cathedrals, cozy cafés, pops of colourful street art, and live music enjoyed while nestled in a corner booth at one of Dublin’s iconic pubs can all be found in this lively city. With Dublin as your home base, you’re just a day trip away from the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most breathtaking places.
Cosmopolitan glamour thrives harmoniously with historic heritage in Dubai. Luxury shopping and rooftop dining destinations high above the city provide endless indulgence, but take time to discover Dubai’s old souks; buzzing with activity, they offer a different side of this spirited city. Dubai is truly a feast for the senses with endless experiences sure to keep you and your sweetheart entertained and enamoured.