Weekends away for couples are about doing something a bit special

It's not often in our busy modern lives that we get the chance to escape everyday life and head off for a weekend with that special someone. That's why weekends away for couples are so important, and when you do manage to get that magic weekend blocked out in the diary – even if it's just 1 or 2 nights – you'll want to make sure it counts.

Staying close to home with a couples' weekend break in the UK

Weekend breaks for couples in the UK are about getting away from it all. Just you, your partner, a holiday rental somewhere secluded, and a bottle of something bubbly. Whether you go for something simple like a lodge or log cabin, or pull out all the stops renting a luxury place with a hot tub, there's no substitute for a romantic weekend away.

Treat your partner to a weekend in wonderful Wales

Whatever you're looking for from your couples' weekend away, chances are Wales has got it. It's a land of castles, beaches and epic mountain landscapes, and your holiday rental could be anything from a laid-back seaside cottage to a rustic mountain bolthole in the heart of Snowdonia.

Escape together to Cornwall and Devon

You just can't beat Devon and Cornwall for a country escape, and there's a reason they call this part of the world the "English Riviera". The beaches and cute little fishing villages are to die for, and if you're not careful, that couples' weekend away could turn into a serious love affair with the South West – never mind with each other.

Romantic weekend breaks for couples in Europe

Thanks to the magic of budget airlines and bargain holiday rentals, a couples' weekend break in Europe can often be every bit as cheap and convenient as staying in the UK. Of course places like Rome and Paris are well-known lovers' hotspots, but how about these other top European cities for romantic weekends away?

Lose yourself in the medieval charm of Krakow

This ancient Polish city sure is a looker. From your Krakow holiday rental, you and your partner can watch the world go by in the medieval main square, explore the spectacular buildings and museums of the Wawel Castle complex, or wander the characterful streets of the old Kazimierz Jewish Quarter. The city's got charm by the bucketload, and it's the perfect place for a romantic couples' weekend break.

Romantic breaks don't come much more hip than Berlin

Hip, arty and effortlessly fashionable, Berlin's an inspired choice if you're looking for a weekend break for couples. The German capital's well known for its monuments, museums and galleries, but it also boasts plenty of green space and waterways. Snuggle up close with your loved one on a boat trip, then sample the city's famous foodie and nightlife scenes before retiring back to your holiday rental.

How about heading somewhere a bit different?

Sometimes with a couples' weekend away, you want to push the boat out a bit. Of course you don't want to spend too much of your break sat on a plane, but if you're willing to fly just that little bit further then you could take your significant other somewhere a bit more unusual.

Get yourselves acquainted with Reykjavik

Iceland's a seriously cool destination these days. Most folk flying into Reykjavik head straight out of town in a rush to get to the volcanoes and hot springs, but a couples' weekend away is perfect for exploring the city itself. With striking modern architecture like the Hallgrimskirkja cathedral, and more museums than you can shake a Viking longsword at, it's also a surprisingly walkable city, with buzzing nightlife and stunning views.

Have a weekend break to remember in Istanbul

Put simply, there's nowhere in the world like Istanbul. Set at the meeting point of 2 continents, it's got an identity all of its own, with spectacular Byzantine architecture, Ottoman palaces and impossibly ornate mosques. Don't forget to set some time aside to practise haggling in the Grand Bazaar and take a boat trip on the Bosphorus. It'll be a couples' weekend break you'll never forget.