Take the weekend off and head out on a couple's getaway

It's that classic dilemma. You and your other half have got a long weekend and you want to go away somewhere, but what destination do you pick? Do you want to go somewhere romantic or somewhere exhilarating? A secluded country escape or an urban city break? Are you wanting a cheap weekend getaway for couples, or are you looking to really push the boat out? Well, whatever you decide on, you can be confident that there's a holiday rental out there to suit you.

Weekend getaways for couples in the UK

If you've only got a weekend to play with, a couples' getaway in the UK could be just the ticket. And it's called a "getaway" for a reason. Chances are you're going to want to escape the city and head somewhere secluded where you can settle down in front of the fire together. You could even look for a luxury bolthole with a decadent hot tub.

Wander the Lakeland fells hand in hand

There's a reason the Lake District is the UK's most popular national park, and it would make the perfect escape for more outward-bound couples looking to spend a bit of quality time out in the fresh air together. The Lake District's full of holiday lettings, including plenty of compact cottages that are just right for two.

Sip a wee dram together in Scotland

<p>There's pretty much nowhere in the UK that's quite so romantic as the wild Scottish Highlands. Head north with your loved one, and you can tramp the mountain paths, get some killer selfies with the peaks in the background, then retire back to your holiday home to enjoy a dram of whisky together by the log burner.</p>

City break weekend getaways in Europe

With so many bargain flights out there, there's never been a better time for a cheap couples' weekend getaway to the Continent. Europe's got so many cultured and romantic cities that it's difficult to know which one to pick, but how about starting with one of the big hitters?

Get stuck into some sharing plates in Barcelona

Barcelona's hands-down one of the most amazing destinations for a couples' getaway, and it's only a 2-hour flight from London. This vibrant Catalan city is legendary for its exuberant architecture, its atmospheric Gothic Quarter, and of course its delicious regional food. Head to the main street of Las Ramblas, order up some sharing dishes, and dive right in.

Give your partner tulips in Amsterdam

At just over an hour's flight time, international city breaks don't get much more convenient than Amsterdam. There's a reason it's one of the top spots for a cheap couples' getaway, and with its mix of museums, picturesque canals and laid-back nightlife, isn't it time you got on your bike and booked a holiday rental there?

Heading further afield for your couple's getaway

Sometimes you want something a little bit special out of a couples' weekend away. If you can handle the longer flight times then it could be worth picking somewhere a bit more unusual for your couples' getaway. Sure, some of these destinations might be a bit pricier to get to, but by sorting out a holiday rental you're going to be making some decent savings on accommodation.

Spice up your relationship with a trip to Marrakesh

The sights, sounds and smells of Marrakesh are like nothing you've ever come across before. Wander the bustling medieval Medina, practise your haggling skills in the hectic souks, then take a tour round the colourful Bahia Palace. Get some food and watch a snake charmer in the main square of Djemaa El Fna, then retire to your holiday rental safe in the knowledge that couples' getaways don't come much better than this.

It takes two to tango in New York

Looking to really push the boat out? Sure, it's an 8-hour flight, but claw yourself a day or two of annual leave for a long weekend and New York is the king of weekend getaways for couples. Marvel at the bustle of Times Square, take a stroll in Central Park, and pay the obligatory visits to the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Sort yourself out with a New York holiday rental, and see how much you and your significant other can cram into one weekend.