Luxury romantic getawaysEnjoy a little luxury on your romantic break
Any holiday can be as luxurious, and as romantic, as you want to make it. The most important thing, after all, is choosing the right setting and having the one you love alongside you. Indeed, it almost doesn’t matter where you go if you’re looking for a spot of pampering or some intimate time alone; but the truth is, some destinations are synonymous with love, romance and luxury. Cities such as Venice and Paris are famed for bringing that romantic spark alive, no matter how long you’ve shared your lives together.
Whether you’re jetting off on a honeymoon or simply fancy treating yourselves to a break, nothing beats choosing your ideal destination as a couple. There are hundreds of romantic destinations around the world, and although the hardest part may be selecting just one, it’s a great time to bond over that imminent break away. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite spots, where you can enjoy luxury and romance in equal measure. Some will spring to mind, but others may surprise you: wherever you choose to stay however, you can rest assured you’ll find the peace, tranquility and intimacy you desire in a HomeAway holiday rental.
Five luxurious and romantic holiday destinations
Cannes is known for being the home of the internationally-acclaimed film festival, but it's also so much more than that. Cannes is a European hotspot, renowned for its history, cuisine, and local culture: everything you want when looking for luxury and romance. Not only can you stay in your own private holiday rental, but also spend time on the goregeous beaches, eat in the elegant restaurants, and take long romantic walks with your honey on La Croisette. There are spas and museums to visit, and you can even make your way to the Îles de Lérins, where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned. Cannes is adventurous, exciting, romantic: the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday.
Can you think of a more romantic setting than a picturesque shoreline where you can watch swans gently float up to bask in the sun? Zurich is somewhat of a hidden gem when it comes to romantic holidays, and not many people realise just how lovely this city is. Couples can spend hours holding hands and admiring the scenery, or rent paddleboats to take out on the lake. There are so many surrounding villages and romantic vistas to see that Zurich must be considered a lovers' paradise. It boasts attractions to suit the tastes of any couple. Besides the romance and quiet of the daytime, it also offers excellent nightlife at its many nightclubs. And when it comes to fine dining, no trip is complete without a visit is the Rive Gauche!
If you want to visit a city that's like something out of a fairy tale, then why not visit one that inspired one of the most famous stories ever told? Munich is home to the Neuschwanstein Castle, known for being the site of the fictional Sleeping Beauty by Walt Disney. Of course, this is not the only magical castle to visit in this area, as there are many hidden within the mountains which surround Munich. Even more special is that you can take a horse-drawn carriage tour to all the castles, catapulting you back in time and allowing you to feel as though you're in the midst of your own fairy tale. Munich is scenic, historic, and full of surprises for couples looking for the perfect mix of romance and luxury.
For those seeking a romantic and classical atmosphere, Florence is sure to please. There are a plethora of world-famous sites to see, including the awe-inspiring sculpture the Foundation of Neptune, and the Piazza della Signoria, a square which is sure to delight couples of all ages. Aside from the historical sites and masterpieces to be enjoyed in Florence, there’s no end to the outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants where you can simply sit and soak up some Mediterranean sunshine. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the famous chocolatier Rivoire is the perfect place to indulge your tastebuds. At the end of your day, spent walking through the city and sightseeing, why not end your evening by watching the sun set on Piazzale Michelangelo, located in Oltrarno? From here, you can enjoy a perfect panoramic view of the city: it’s sure to astound.
Although not one of the most obvious choices for a romantic getaway, Reykjavik is sure to please the adventurous and off-beat. Visit the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa situated just outside of the city. Even in the wintertime, the water is so warm that it's almost a surreal experience to look at the surrounding snowy landscape whilst soaking in it. You can also tour the Golden Circle, a passage to one of the most famous destinations in Iceland, the Gullfoss waterfall. If you're feeling active, you will find horse riding, snowmobiling and much more available on your holiday. At the end of your busy day, retire to your luxurious private accommodation and spend the rest of the evening enjoying each other's company (and maybe a nice glass of wine) with no bother from the outside world.