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There’s nothing better than escaping on holiday with your partner on a couples holiday. A romantic getaway can leave you with lasting memories that you cherish for life.
Some cities are widely associated with romance, such as Venice - but everyone's idea of romance is slightly different. Some swear by the dreaming boulevards of Paris, others by more remote places, such as the Maldives.
Couples travel is one of the best ways to bond and create lasting memories. Whether you're looking for a romantic beach escape or a thrilling adventure in the great outdoors, there are countless destinations that offer something for every type of couple.
When planning a couples getaway, make sure you factor in enough time for activities and relaxation. Even the most laid-back trips can become stressful if you don't feel like there is enough time to truly enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. To avoid any potential pressures, plan your schedule in advance, so that each day has plenty of time for leisurely walks, sunsets, picnics or whatever strikes your fancy while away.
The experts at Out Of Office can plan your perfect itinerary - whether that's an action-packed adventure or a more gentle pace visiting art galleries and opera houses. If seclusion is what you're after then we have plenty of ideas - from sunsets in Mauritius to a wedding in beautiful Bora Bora.
We are the experts when it comes to delivering the most memorable gay honeymoons on earth. Our expert team has planned thousands of honeymoons for couples all over the world and so we know what’s hot and what’s not –...
French Polynesia is one of our most popular destinations. It is a beautiful unspoilt paradise in the South Pacific. Comprised of over a hundred islands, it’s a French overseas territory. One of our most popular itineraries is this combination of...
Island hop through the Greek Islands. Visiting Athens, Mykonos and Santorini, this deluxe itinerary allows you to explore both historical Greece and relax in the sumptuous Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini in ultimate luxury. Explore the highlights of Ancient...
Lake Como and Lake Garda are among the most romantic destinations on earth. Ideal for a honeymoon, gay or straight, this itinerary takes in both of Italy’s famous Lombardy region lakes. With stays at both Lake Como and Lake Garda,...
French Polynesia is renowned for its overwater bungalows and this itinerary encompasses three stunning properties. You will be staying in overwater villas in Tahiti, Bora Bora and Mo’orea. French Polynesia is known for being one of the best countries in the...
Italy is a country with so much to see that one visit never feels like enough. This itinerary will, however, take you across the country to visit Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome so you’re taking in some of the best...
This itinerary will give you the chance to explore Paris and then take to the vineyards of Provence. You’ll go truffle hunting, explore Medieval castles and taste the finest foods and wines. Local experts will guide you round the streets of...
You haven’t “done” Europe until you’ve acquainted yourself with its two most influential cities. In London, you’ll see everything from Buckingham Palace to the bustling streets of Soho. Paris is only a short train ride away. In the French capital,...
Discover magical Italy in this incredible tour that takes in Naples, Pompeii and the island of Capri. Staying in beautiful accommodation you’ll visit some of Italy’s most beautiful towns, cities and the stunning island of Capri. See Pompeii which Mount...
Escape to the tropical paradises of Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands on this highly popular multi-centre trip. Be captivated by the mix of stunning landscapes, sacred temples and rich culture that make the region so unique. Explore rice terraces,...
Paris remains a perennial favourite for a couples vacation. It often ranks as the most visited city in the world. It’s packed with romantic hotels, cafes and restaurants. There are endless places to explore if you’re looking for a culture fix. The nightlife is also pretty wild. Le Marais is the gay district and it captures the best of Paris: great food, great nightlife, stunning shops and loads of gay bars.
You could also consider up and coming cities, such as Lisbon and Dubrovnik – both great cities for a couples vacation. Neither city was a particularly big draw twenty years ago. How times have changed. The faded glamour of Lisbon attracts more and more tourists each year. It’s friendly to your wallet, too. You’ll want to visit Lisbon sooner rather than later: as Europe’s emerging destination it’s rapidly gentrifying. Wiling away the night in a dreamy underground fado club is pretty romantic.
If you don’t associate cities with couples vacations you could opt for an island. Santorini is Greece’s most romantic island and it’s packed with intimate, boutique hotels. It can get very busy in peak season. Supposing you’d prefer Robinson Crusoe seclusion, the Maldives is a great choice for a couples vacation.
Check out some of our top romantic itineraries and hotels. Sri Lanka and the Maldives is one of our most popular twin-centre itineraries. You’ll get to experience the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka and then unwind on an idyllic Maldivian beach. Greek island hopping is also a popular choice for OutOfOffice travellers – especially Santorini, Mykonos and Naxos, the latter being a great choice if you’d like to avoid the crowds.
Many couples vacations are centred around your choice of hotel. Ceylon Tea Trails in Sri Lanka’s Golden Valley of Tea is a dream destination. Staying in a luxury colonial building surrounded by the smokey mountains of Bogawantalawa makes for an unforgettable experience.
The cave hotels of Santorini are also ideal for romance. Perivolas, a family-run establishment, represents the height of Cycladic elegance and minimalism. The infinity pool and direct caldera views are very appealing. Or, if you’d like something a bit more *out there*, head to the red sands of Uluru in Australia’s Northern Territory. Here you’ll find Longitude 131, a luxury desert hotel. It offers the world’s most unique and romantic glamping experience.
The Islands of Tahiti are home to an abundance of luxury resorts and hotels, many of which boast world-class reputations. Amongst these is a selection of smaller, and more intimate destinations that offer a more private and personalized experience of...
Mauritius is one of the pearls of the Indian Ocean. Unlike its Indian Ocean neighbor the Maldives, Mauritius is comprised of one single island. Mauritius is considered to be a great beach destination, especially on the north side of the...
See the rarefied charms of the Maldives in the South. You’ll find some of the world’s finest coral reefs and dive sites. From underwater villas to premium luxury all-inclusive resorts, we’ve got the lowdown on the best of the best...
Experience the Four Seasons Resorts in the Maldives. Both are easily accessible from the airport. Four Seasons Kuda Huraa was the first property in the Maldives. It’s a beautifully classic 5-star resort decked out with traditional Maldivian materials and colours,...
Six Senses Laamu & Gili Lankafushi embody the best of Barefoot Luxury in the Maldives. You’ll experience all the luxuries you can desire at both of these resorts while walking everywhere without shoes: the main restaurant at Gili Lankanfushi is...
You’ll find an abundance of marine life in the Baa Atoll. It’s a Unesco-designated Biosphere Reserve. Hanifaru Bay is the place to be if you want to go diving and see manta rays and sharks swimming around the atoll. You...
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January is often the worst month of the year. The festive season is over, you’ve over-indulged and another year has flown by. Ouch. The desire for sunnier climes is more pronounced than usual.
Portugal is a great choice for a couples vacation in January. The weather is temperate but not scorching. The faded glamour of Lisbon is instantly charming, the food scene is excellent and your money goes much further here than London or Paris. Combining Lisbon with a trip to Sintra and Porto is the best way to optimise your experience of Portugal.
A couples vacation to Key West is always a good bet in February. It’s quieter so the streets won’t be flooded – shrieking kids can really put a dampener on a romantic trip. Key West is, needless to stay, one of the best destinations in America for gay travellers.
You can stay in a charming boutique hotel, unwind on the beaches and enjoy the cultural atmosphere that inspired the likes of Ernest Hemmingway and Tennessee Williams. Sunset Keys Cottages is one of the best luxury properties for a romantic trip. It’s located on a private island just a mile from the coast of Key West.
If you’re looking to seriously impress your significant other, Lake Garda and Lake Como is the way to go. You’ll be visiting – arguably! – the most romantic parts of Italy. The Lombardy region is surrounded by great natural beauty. It’s also home to some of Europe’s most charming luxury hotels. On this itinerary, you’ll experience two of the very best: Grand Hotel Tremezzo and Villa Cortine.
Japan’s cherry blossoms are in full bloom in spring. Take a boat tour through Kyoto and see a stunning sea of pink-purple blossoms. The cherry blossoms tend to bloom by the end of March. April will be the optimal time to see them in all their glory. Your partner is guaranteed to be impressed.
You could combine Kyoto with the bright lights and vast skyscrapers of Tokyo. Japan is packed with culture and it boasts a fascinating and highly unique history. Until WW2, Japan was never conquered. It’s culture evolved throughout the centuries, rarely influenced by outside forces.
Croatia is an increasingly popular destination and it’s ideal for a couples vacation. Much of Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik, so it may look a little uncanny when you arrive. It can also be very crowded. Going to Croatia in May is a great choice for a romantic trip. It’s less busy and the weather will be excellent. You can wander the narrow streets of Dubrovnik, enjoy its charming beach and maybe indulge in a spot of Croatian island hopping. It’s also a great choice for foodies.
French Polynesia is one of the most romantic places in the world. It’s an authentic, unspoiled tropical paradise. You’ll find the softest sands and the bluest waters on the planet. It’s also very gay-friendly. French Polynesia is home to The Brando, one of the finest luxury hotels. Staying in an overwater bungalow in this part of the world is one of the major bucket list experiences. It’s also impossibly romantic.
If you’d like a sunny, all-inclusive getaway, Cancun is a great choice. The weather will be excellent in July. The Hotel Zone is, sure enough, where all the hotels are. There are countless hotels to choose from in Cancun. You can eat, drink, swim and unwind on the beach – sometimes that’s all you really need. For a culture fix, head to Chichen Itza and prepare to be dazzled by the ruins of the Mayan civilisation that dominated what is now Mexico before the arrival of the conquistadors.
The French Riviera is synonymous with glamour. It’s comprised of Monte Carlo, Cannes, Monaco and Nice – the word “bouji” comes to mind. The French Riviera has long been a stomping ground for the European elite. Driving from Nice to Monte Carlo, you’ll find many charming medieval villages and marinas. Many grand yachts bobbing in the harbours. The French Riviera is, needless to say, a fabulous choice for a romantic break with your significant other.
During September, the Fiesta de la Mercè will be underway in Barcelona. There’ll be parties and parades all over the city. Barcelona is always a great choice for a luxury romantic getaway. Our favourite hotel in town is Soho House Barcelona. It’s part of the famous Soho House brand and it’s as stylish as you’d expect it to be. You’ll be greeted with excellent views from the hotel’s rooftop bar.
Rome is very hot in the summer months and often very busy. Sightseeing is less satisfying in the sweltering heat. Take a couples vacation to the Eternal City in October. The weather is at its best and it’s less busy. It may even be quiet enough to snap a selfie by the Trevi Fountain. Rome has long been a draw for lovers. If you happen to be history lovers as well as bedfellows, you can’t beat this city. It was, of course, the capital of the greatest western empire in antiquity and it has the ruins to prove it.
Malta is increasingly popular as a romantic destination. It’s also been hailed as the most gay-friendly country in Europe, according to the Rainbow Index. Malta is temperate in November – you can expect eight hours of sunshine a day in November. Valletta is one of the world’s tiniest capital cities. It’s very charming and it took the form of King’s Landing in Game Of Thrones.
Put your lighters in the air everybody say “yeeeeea”. New York is indeed a place of movie scenes. It’s especially evocative in December as the festive season kicks off. How many Christmas movies are set in New York? Lots! Experience an all-American Christmasy vibe with your partner – that’ll add a real sense atmosphere. You can take a ride in a horse-driven carriage through Central Park like Carrie and Mr Big. Dreamy.
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