The Most Romantic Places in the World
Published 16 September 2016
Looking for romance? Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, a proposal or simply a bit of alone time with your partner, look no further than these dreamy locations.
Quebec City, Canada
Ever dreamt of staying in your very own castle? Well now you can at Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world. The elegant towers and turrets are at their most appealing when dusted in a light covering of snow, and even if you don’t stay, be sure to treat yourselves to a glass of Champagne or afternoon tea in the cosy fireside restaurant.
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New York City, USA
Setting for a million on-screen love stories, you can’t get much more romantic than New York. Just imagine watching the sunset from the top of the Empire State Building or holding hands for a stroll along the winding pathways of Central Park. Be it among the spring flowers, the summer sunshine, the golden autumn leaves or the winter snow, this city will enchant you at any time of year.
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Topping countless ‘Most Romantic Cities in the World’ lists, the City of Light is filled with leafy avenues, sweeping boulevards and some gorgeous architecture to boot. For extra romance, gaze across the Seine from the stately Pont Neuf, built in 1607, or ascend the Arc de Triomphe after dark for the best view of the Eiffel Tower’s hourly glitter-fest.
New England, USA
New England is charming in the fall. Think snuggly fireside chats, strolls among the sun-dappled trees, and the gorgeous golds and russets of autumn. Bring your scarf and hat, breathe in the fresh air and get ready for all those cheesy couple-throwing-leaves-at-each-other photos. Try Boston’s parks, New Hampshire’s White Mountains or Maine’s Acadia National Park for the best of the leaf colours.
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What could be more romantic than a private dinner under the stars? A private dinner under the stars on the beach perhaps? Seated on the warm sands, you can whisper sweet nothings at each other and, with the waves lapping at your feet, tuck into a sumptuous meal lit by candles and shooting stars.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora’s deep blue seas and bright white sands just scream desert island paradise. For the true Robinson Crusoe experience, choose an overwater bungalow and you’ll not only have the rippling waves to yourself but you’ll be able to watch a plethora of coloured fish dart about beneath you. You’ll never need to leave your room!
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Kyoto takes on a fairy tale aura during March and April, when the whole city turns a dusky shade of pink. It’s a beautiful city whenever you go, but cherry blossom season is a wonderful time to tour Kyoto’s temples and slurp on steaming hot bowls of ramen. At this time of year, gentle breezes swirl the petals about like confetti, and piles of cerise ‘snow’ mount up along the pavements, making for particularly Instagram-worthy photographs.
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Plenty of Antebellum mansions survive in Georgia, preserving the striking neoclassical-style 19th century Deep South architecture for 21st century visitors. Many houses are filled with sumptuous décor (think chandeliers and gold-encrusted ceilings), and grand views across rolling hills and cotton plantations. For a lovely romantic evening, watch the shadows lengthen and the fields turn gold as you dine among the sugar canes, sip local wine and watch the whole place take on a hazy, romantic feel.
To stay in a plantation, check out our Deep South Highlights itinerary, which includes a night on the historic Nottoway Plantation.
Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
As you sail over Bagan’s 3,000-odd temples, their spires emerging from dense forest and dawn mist, the Irrawaddy river shimmering in the distance, and just the occasional light breeze for company, you’ll see why I included Bagan in this list of the most romantic places in the world.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
There’s something old-school romantic about heading off into the thick African bush with your binoculars and safari hat and spotting wild elephants and lions. But for the crème de la crème of wildlife watching, nothing beats the Ngorongoro Crater. Here, not only are the animals in abundance, but the crater’s steep mountainsides create dramatic panoramic views. For the ultimate honeymoon hideaway, stay in the opulent Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, perched right on the crater’s edge.
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Sonoma Valley, California, USA
Vineyards all over the globe are perfect for a spot of you-and-me time among the wineries, whiling away your days sipping fruity Shiraz and citrusy sauvignons. But the Sonoma Valley in California stands out for its impressive 19th century architecture, not to mention some of the best artisan restaurants in the Golden State. There’s a distinct lack of people here, as most tourists head to the more famous Napa Valley instead, meaning you’ll be guaranteed some much-needed peace and quiet with your other half.
Sonoma can be easily visited on a day trip from San Francisco. One of Round the World Experts’ favourite holidays to San Francisco is our Coastal California Journey, which can be tailor-made to suit you.
A floating city that has remained unchanged for over 600 years, Venice’s reputations precedes it. For the ultimate in romance, and prime proposing territory, take a gondola ride among the canals and Venetian architecture, although this is perhaps slightly less romantic when you see the price. Ah well, you only live once and all that.
It’s quite telling that Indians themselves go on honeymoon to Udaipur, which boasts one of the loveliest locations of any city in the country. On the edge of the tranquil Lake Pichola, the imposing City Palace, complete with glittering stained-glass windows and intricate mosaic floors, watches over the town. A sunset cruise on the lake is hard to beat, especially if you stop for a sundowner or two at the luscious Taj Lake Palace hotel on the way.
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Although undoubtedly a beautiful city, Dubrovnik doesn’t usually make it into the romantic places lists. But I just had to include it this time because here among the ancient city walls, overlooking the deep blue sea, I got engaged. But proposal or not, it’s a gorgeous place, great for a his-and-hers stroll or a starlit dinner overlooking the sea.