It might be an al fresco wine tasting in Italy, a chance to learn the tango in Buenos Aires with an expert tutor or sharing a sky blazing with stars in the Moroccan desert. Wherever you wish to explore, there’s nothing like travel to bring loved ones even closer together, and our experts know the most romantic destinations on all seven continents – and how to experience them to the fullest. Celebrate Valentine’s Day all month, start planning your own romantic journey, whether with that special someone or family or close friends – these journeys aren’t just for couples, and each one sparks memories you’ll cherish forever.
Unforgettable Experiences in the Most Romantic Places
Head for the vine-covered hills for a hands-on cooking lesson at a beautiful Northern California vineyard. Join the chef in selecting fresh ingredients from the vineyard’s gardens, and then cook your own farm-fresh lunch in an open-air, wood-fired oven. Pair your creation with a perfect varietal from the estate’s cellar for a one-of-a-kind culinary treat.
Join your private guide for a hike around the canyon’s rim and then descend into the canyon itself on trails little used by other hikers, with your expert guide unlocking the secrets of this natural wonder. Return to your accommodations at Amangiri for your choice of its irresistible amenities, including horseback riding and a 25,000-square-foot spa.
Visit remote and beautiful South Baranof Island, a secluded haven of dramatic fjords, natural hot springs, abundant wildlife and numerous waterfalls. Start with a visit to Baranof Warm Springs for a hike and a soak in three natural pools that overlook a rushing waterfall. Then wander into the nearby fjords for relaxed kayaking amid the falls and towering cliff faces. As evening arrives, glide into a pristine cove for a sundowner before dinner.
Share delectable cuisine with the ones you love on a customized foodie adventure. Toss authentic pizzas with an expert pizzaiolo; taste mortadella, ciccioli and salsiccia passata in Bologna, with a chance to make your own tortellini; and tour an acetaia (vinegar producer), where you enjoy the flavors of sweet, thick balsamico. For a complete Italian odyssey, travel nearly the entire navigable coast on an exclusively chartered small ship cruise, disembarking to explore with our award-winning Expedition Team.
Visit Lapland on a romantic journey filled with a wide array of couples’ activities that capture the wonder of the region. Imagine soaking in a Jacuzzi while watching for the northern lights or snowshoeing beneath sparkling Arctic night skies. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-draped forests of a real-life winter wonderland, relax in a traditional Finnish sauna — perhaps opting for a dip into the icy waters of a local lake — or visit with Sami herders at their reindeer farm.
Lujan de Cuyo in the wine-growing region of Mendoza is known for its excellent Malbecs, and it’s also the setting for a cooking class and wine tasting hosted at a state-of-the-art winery renowned for its simple and unique architecture. Argentina is also the birthplace of the tango, and you can learn some fancy footwork of your own at a private tango lesson at the Rojo Tango cabaret. Stick around after your lesson for dinner and a dazzling floor show at the famed venue.
Sanctuary Baines Camp in Botswana sits in a grove of trees in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, where you can supplement daily game viewing with walking safaris and night game drives. Baines’ six suites feature private verandas, a perfect spot for an open-air “star bath” under the most brilliant night sky you’ve ever seen, with the nearby Boro River shimmering in the starlight. Your camp attendants can even wheel your four-poster bed outdoors for a magical night al fresco.
Relax on your private veranda overlooking the Mara River at Sanctuary Olonana and watch the ever-changing parade of wildlife, and then rise with the animals to soar in a hot air balloon high above the plains, taking in jaw-dropping views and observing animals in a way impossible from the ground. Touch down in the Masai Mara to find a Champagne breakfast spread out exclusively for you.
Experience Thailand at its most romantic with a stay in a private pool villa at the Four Seasons Koh Samui. Set on a secluded island in Thailand’s Laem Yai Bay, this beautiful resort fronts its own private beach. With its al fresco living areas, private infinity pools and beachfront restaurant serving up freshly caught fish, every corner exudes tranquility and calm, and for the ultimate in relaxation, there’s always the option of an open-air treatment at the Secret Garden Spa.
A timeless destination that served as a crossroads between Africa and Europe, Morocco offers a wealth of experiences for couples and loved ones to treasure. Prowl the bustling medinas and souks, hunting for spices, jewelry and local handcrafts; learn the art of Moroccan cooking at a private lesson with a Fez dada (traditional family cook); ride in a hot air balloon over the Atlas foothills; and spend an unforgettable night under the Sahara Desert stars at A&K’s Exclusive Desert Tented Camp.
There is no more famous monument to love than the Taj Mahal, built by the emperor Shah Jahan as a resting place for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. On a journey with A&K, you catch your first glimpse of the breathtaking monument from the window of your luxury hotel. Pay your first visit to the Taj Mahal that very evening, as the setting sun bathes it in a soft orange glow. The next morning, visit the masterpiece again, when the rising sun lends a warm, pink tint to its marble face.
Escape to the beaches of Australia’s Lizard Island, your own secluded oasis in the Coral Sea, where you spend three luxurious days doing as much — or as little — as you choose. Explore your island paradise with your choice of activities such as windsurfing, sailboarding, snorkeling and fishing. Savor your last day on the island as you view the reefs from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat or try out that one last hammock you have yet to enjoy.
For those adventuresome couples looking to check off their seventh continent together, nothing beats an exclusively chartered voyage to the world’s greatest wilderness, a place of awe-inspiring panoramic views and an incredible diversity of wildlife, from penguins and lounging seals to mighty breaching whales. With its soul-stirring beauty, Antarctica is a perfect place to pop the question, and there is likewise no better way to renew your vows than against this backdrop of towering natural ice sculptures and expansive blue sky.