10 Couples Vacations You and Your Beau Will LOVE
Whether you and your S.O. are looking to get away from it all among palm trees, rolling hills, or desert landscapes, these 10 destinations offer as much romance as escapism. Because a couples’ vacation shouldn’t feel like work, we’ve also zeroed in on those places that offer logistical ease and minimal travel time from major U.S. cities. So go ahead and put that OOO on, because vacation starts….now.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
This tiny island group has finally risen to the top of travelers’ lists thanks to increased flights from the States and a brand-new international airport on the main island of St. Vincent. While the tony isle of Mustique has long captured the attention of jet-setters, it’s worth exploring less-traveled Canouan, where the Mandarin Oriental, Canouan recently debuted on Godahl Beach—one of the best swaths in all of the Caribbean—with hillside villas and a glass-floored overwater spa. Rather have an island to yourself? On the private isle of Petit St. Vincent, 22 individual cottages guarantee tons of alone time, as do the secluded hammock-outfitted lounges that line West End Beach.
Whether or not you buy into the mysticism for which the Southwest is known, the romantic vibes in its main hub are undeniable. You’ll feel it from your Sonoran-inspired room at The Scott Resort & Spa (as well as its Caribbean-inspired cocktail lounge and restaurant) and during your hand-held stroll through Old Town, which is lined with art galleries, taquerias, and boutiques selling turquoise jewelry pieces and handmade books. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you just bought that crystal.
This seasonal island springs to life from April to September, when its pink-sand beaches are packed with East Coasters seeking a British territory version of the Hamptons. Post up at Rosewood Bermuda, where recently refreshed suites have beach-mod flair. You’ll be tempted to chill on your balcony overlooking Castle Harbour, but it's worth hopping a buggy down to the beach club for rosé, Bermuda fritters, and a swim in those crystal-clear waters.
New development is energizing California’s preeminent wine region. Case in point: the revamped MacArthur Place, a boutique hideout in the heart of Sonoma that offers Mediterranean flavors at its on-site restaurant, Layla. For a novel wine tasting experience, book an excursion with Bohemian Highway, where you and your plus-one can deep-dive into the local viticulture via a souped-up Land Rover (complete with a rooftop tent for camping out along the rugged Sonoma coastline).
Miami Beach, Florida
Between the sexy Latin vibes, the swanky bars and restaurants, and—oh, right—the beautiful people everywhere, Miami Beach is every bit the hot couples’ getaway. Steal away from South Beach crowds at The Setai Miami Beach, a quiet Asian-inspired enclave with a Zen-inducing spa, then trick your carnivorous S.O. into a vegan meal at Planta South Beach—a restaurant so buzzy and delicious you’ll forget that the “meat lover’s pizza” is meatless.
Hawaii is a classic romance-to-the-face couples’ destination, but don’t expect any cheesy rose-petal turndowns at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. This totally luxe retreat on the less-traveled isle of Lanai recently launched a charter service for up to six passengers (turn your romantic getaway into a couples’ vacay?), which gets you to the beach quicker and—bonus points—more stylishly (for the affordable price of $250 per person).
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There’s no Caribbean escape more chic than this wait-am-I-in-the-South-of-France island. Simly flying in above St. Jean Bay—surrounded by red-roofed villas and filled with glistening yachts—will immediately lull you into a relaxed state of mind. Couples who prefer a secluded enclave can post up at newly rebuilt Le Sereno, an iconic Grand Cul-de-Sac resort with just 39 whitewashed rooms. At Restaurant Le Sereno, dig your toes in the sand as you dig into plates of their famous gnocchi.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The Pacific Coast sunsets are reason alone to seek out Cabo for a couples’ vacation. But with splashy new resorts like Montage Los Cabos, (located on 39 quiet acres fronting Santa Maria Bay with one of the region’s only swimmable beaches), plus chic farm-to-table restaurants like Acre Baja, couples will get even more bang for their Instagram buck this year.
There’s no better place to live out your Wild West fantasies than a luxe dude ranch in the desert plains of southern Wyoming. At the adults-only Magee Homestead, couples can explore 7,000 acres of historic ranch lands during daily horseback rides, hikes, and biking excursions. You’ll likely spot more wildlife than people—there are no more than 27 guests visiting at a time, guaranteeing the secluded vibes you came for.
Boutique stays don’t get chicer than The Wauwinet, a historic inn located on the northeastern shores of Nantucket Island. After brunch at Topper’s, borrow two of the resort’s complimentary Priority Bicycles for a scenic lap around the island. With more than 30 miles of trails, you can pose for pics at Sankaty Lighthouse, explore the historic fishing village of ‘Sconset, and, of course, drink one too many beers at Cisco Brewery (you’re on vacation, after all).
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