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Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, an anniversary trip or a much-needed getaway, a couples vacation should be special. So don’t settle on just anywhere. Here are eight of the world’s most romantic spots. (Permission granted to forward to your honey.)

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Bora Bora

The most extraordinary of the French Polynesian islands, Bora Bora is exotic, extravagant and drop-dead gorgeous thanks to sweeping beaches, lush forests and blue lagoons. The entire island is only six miles long, but it’s home to two volcanic craters, a sandy-bottomed turquoise lagoon and Matira Beach, one of the most dazzling stretches of sand in the world. This vacation is a splurge, but it’s one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for good reason: Most of the island’s luxury hotels boast thatched-roof, glass-bottom bungalows built over the crystal-blue ocean. But even if you’re not staying at a five-star resort, the natural wonder is priceless. 

Where to stay:

$$$: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora (pictured)

$$: Le Méridien Bora Bora

$: Classic Bora Bora Airbnb Bungalow

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Paris, France

They call it the City of Light, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s the City of Love. You’d be hard-pressed not to find couples smooching under the Eiffel Tower or along the banks of the Seine, and there’s no shortage of gorgeous high-end restaurants to celebrate a special evening over a bottle (or four) of wine. Even if you’re not down for the cliché PDA experience of Gay Paree, it’s a great city to explore as a duo (as opposed to a group or family). For instance, you can grab stools at the bar of a busy restaurant where it’s impossible to get a table; you can go to the Louvre...and leave whenever you feel like it (wild!); and you can meander slowly and aimlessly with a pastry in hand at your leisure. While hotels in Paris can be on the expensive side, there are lots of options for a couples vacation, from luxury hotels to a chic Airbnb studio ideal for two people. 

Where to stay:

$$$: Relais Christine

$$: Les Bains

$: Petit Studio Airbnb (pictured)

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Santorini, Greece

You can’t visit the most picturesque of the Greek islands and not fall in love over and over again. Shack up at one of the many private villas overlooking the sea or enjoy a candlelit dinner while watching the sky turn fiery orange and red. We highly recommend the hillside town of Oia, Santorini’s most famous (and most Instagrammed) spot, covered in whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches. There, besides eating all the feta cheese you can before you leave, you should hike the famous trail from Oia to Fira, a route that takes hikers along the caldera, that is, the moon-shaped volcanic crater filled by the Aegean Sea, on the coast of Santorini. Psst: While the resorts are incredible, there are some amazing finds on Airbnb as well. 

Where to stay: 

$$$: Tsitouras Collection

$$: Sunset Cave Airbnb (pictured)

$: Terracotta Cave Airbnb

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Savannah, Georgia

It’s hard to imagine a city quainter than Savannah, with its adorable bed-and-breakfasts, oak-lined streets and Victorian architecture. Walk hand in hand through Parisian-inspired and Spanish moss–draped Forsyth Park, then stop in the beautiful beach town of Tybee Island, just 30 minutes from downtown. With great new hotels popping up and one of the best food scenes in the South—Bowerbird for coffee, Collins Quarter for brunch and Husk for dinner—Savannah is really giving Charleston a run for its money when it comes to romantic weekend getaways. 

Where to stay:

$$$: Perry Lane Hotel (pictured)

$$: The Gastonian Bed and Breakfast

$: Victorian Airbnb

 

TripAdvisor/The Gritti Palace

Venice, Italy

Between the old-world charm, quaint canals and open-air cafés, Venice was basically made for lovers. Yes, Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco (which can definitely use your tourism after flooding) are striking architectural monuments, but a lot of the romance of Venice is found in its backstreets. Get lost in the floating city’s serpentine streets, sip Aperol spritzes, visit the opera. And don’t you dare leave without taking a gondola ride.

Where to stay: 

$$$: The Gritti Palace (pictured)

$$: Hotel Danieli

$: Suite Tower Rialto Airbnb

TripAdvisor/Chateau Grand Barrail Hotel

Bordeaux, France

If you’re looking to wine and dine, there’s really no better place in the world. Many of the restaurants in French wine country are set in 18th-century chateaus, boasting Michelin stars, vast wine lists and rich regional dishes like steak in bordelaise sauce and fresh oysters with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon. But there’s more to do in Bordeaux than just eat. Bicycle through the vineyards and charming streets of the city via guided bike tour (book with Bordeaux Bike Tour), stroll the banks of the beautiful waterfront and visit the Dune of Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe, after which, of course, you can go back to eating and drinking wine. 

Where to stay:

$$$: Hostellerie de Plaisance

$$: Chateau Grand Barrail Hotel (pictured)

$: Airbnb in Historical Center

 

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Quebec City, Canada

If you’re seeking a European feel without crossing the Atlantic, look no further than the Frenchiest place in Canada. It’s one of North America’s oldest settlements and a good choice for the history-buff couple. But don’t worry, there are plenty of things to do outside of gawking at historic landmarks, including the wild and fun Quebec Winter Carnival, an annual celebration with parades, fireworks and concerts that runs through much of February. As you walk through Old City’s stone buildings and narrow cobblestone streets, you’ll feel as if you’re in Paris. Go in winter for cozy moonlight carriage rides and the aforementioned carnival, or visit in summer to picnic on the Terrasse Dufferin, looking onto the fortified Château Frontenac. The best part? Lodging in this gorgeous city is fairly reasonable.

Where to stay:

$$$: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (pictured)

$$: Auberge Saint-Antoine

$: Airbnb Apartment

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The British Virgin Islands

If you want a quiet and tropical beach getaway without traveling across the world, the BVIs are one of the best destinations for a couples vacation. The hotels are small and secluded, and the beaches are totally unspoiled. Take a private boat to hop around the chain of tiny islands, treat yourselves to dinner on the beach or just relax and take in the Caribbean sunshine.

Where to stay:

$$$: Rosewood Little Dix Bay

$$: Surfside Gardens Cottage Airbnb

$: Anegada Beach Club (pictured)

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