Whether you swiped right, matched on eharmony, or met the old fashioned way late night in a bar with an 80's cover band blaring Journey, the best way to sweep your partner off their feet is to take them on the trip of a lifetime. It doesn’t matter how long you've been dating, there's never a bad time to surprise your lady with some airline tickets and a long getaway to a romantic destination. While some couples are just getting to know each other and others are looking for new ways to surprise each other our recommendations for the best couples vacations has been separated by the dating stage.

Just Dating

During the early phases of the relationship you're still trying to find out if they're the one. You've been to a few concerts together and spent many late nights at the local watering hole, but now you want to step up the relationship and spend more meaningful time together. These “just dating” locations will help you impress them with your culture and worldly knowledge and make for a great vacation in between the
sheets. Don’t worry, you have your entire life to Netflix and chill.

Greece, Mykonos

This crazy party island is for the couple that wants to lay out on the beach during the day and party all night to the hottest dj’s. The island has some 20+ beaches to choose from and like all European beaches, these are generally topless. But the beaches in Mykonos take it a bit further, like the ancient greek gods, clothing is optional! Don't be surprised to see someone sunbathing in their birthday suit. After drinking in your daybed at Scorpios beach beach club head into town for some amazing nightlife. Head to Scandinavia Bar for some great drinks and good music. If you're looking to stay out till sunrise, make your way to Paradise Club Mykonos to see some of the hottest DJ's.


Another epic island destination, but this one is completely different from Mykonos. Iceland is recommended for the active couple who prefers drinking a beer under the Northern lights over drinking vodka while watching Pretty Lights. Instead of staying up all night in a club, you'll spend evenings watching the midnight sun set over the Icelandic mountains. The best way to see Iceland is with a camper van. Renting a campervan allows you to visit all the sites on your own schedule. Some of the must sees during your visit to Iceland are: The Blue Lagoon, Skogafoss waterfall, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and snorkeling in Silfra fissure. The campervan may not be a 5­star hotel, but nothing is more memorable than getting frisky with a 200ft waterfall thundering in the background. After spending 3 days in a camper, spend 2 romantic nights at Hotel Budir. This secluded hotel was ranked by Conde Nast as one of the Best Hotels in Northern Europe. Spend your time hiking, whale watching, horse riding, or relaxing in front of the fireplace with your better half. This may be the land of Ice but when you and you leave, you’ll both remember it for much hotter reasons.

Ready to Propose

They've met your parents and share a Netflix account with you. Now it's time to get hitched. Don't propose on a baseball field marquee, take them to a location that authors and artists have immortalized in history. You’ll be spending the rest of your lives together so design an epic memory to kick off your forever love.

Lake Como

Lake como is the land of Bellagio and George Clooney’s vacation home. Located in northern Italy, Lago di Como is a charming lake where the slow days are filled with gelato, risotto, and beautiful boat rides. There are many great Hotels and AirBNBs to rent, but the best are the Grand Hotel Tremezzo and the Villa d’Este. Villa d’Este is one of Italy's nicest hotels where celebrities and aristocrats frequent. Since the ring likely busted your budget and a reservation at Villa d’Este may be unlikely, take a day trip to this romantic hotel for lunch and a walk around the grounds. No matter where you stay, there's nothing more romantic than taking a private boat around the lake; this will make any proposal or vacation unforgettable.

Carmel­ by­ the ­Sea

The only stateside destination in the list of romantic date locations, Carmel, California is one of the most magical locations in the US and the world. Located only steps away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean and a short drive to Pfeiffer falls, a must see for any visitor, Carmel is a perfect place to propose to your sweetheart. Lodging in Carmel is mainly bed and breakfast locations, one of the bests is the award winning Carriage House Inn. During your time in Carmel be sure to take a drive down 17­mile drive, eat lunch at Pebble Beach, or like most romantic weekends, stay in bed all day. When you’re ready to come up for air, make sure to stop in at the Cottage of Sweets and buy some sweets for your sweetheart.

Anniversary Trip

Safari in South Africa

What better way to reignite the primal urge than by watching some primal herds? Going on a safari is one of the most life­-changing experiences one can have while on vacation. There's nothing better than hearing a lion roar to claim his territory or watching a pride of lions stalk a buffalo for dinner. The best private game reserves are also some of the most romantic lodges. At Londolozi near Kruger national park, they have special packages that include private game drives and private wilderness picnics. Be sure to bring your camera on this life changing experience and if you don't have a telephoto lens, you can rent one from the resort.

The Maldives

Want to snorkel off of your own private bungalow, walk pristine white beaches, and eat unlimited free ice cream? Then Six Senses Laamu is the perfect place for your anniversary. Located in the Maldivian archipelago and roughly 20 hours of flying from NY, Six Senses Laamu is a resort that offers something for everyone. They have scuba diving, snorkeling, water sports, and their own private surf break. If ocean activities don't interest you then relax at the pool bar while your personal butler takes care of your every need. This island has no shoes or cars! Everyone walks barefoot and rides a bike for transportation. Charge up the GoPro, grab your scuba certification, and pack plenty of sunblock for this remarkable anniversary getaway.

Jul 31, 2016 | EXPERIENCE