We all love spending time with our kids, but sometimes parents need a bit of time to themselves away from the hustle and bustle of family life. They need time to dedicate themselves to their own relationship and have fun together.
But where to go?
Don’t worry: there’s a whole world out there – literally. And there are plenty of places to choose from, from the white sand beaches of Bali to the majestic culture of Paris. Here are some incredible romantic destinations.
There’s a reason tourists flock to Bali in their millions every year: it’s beautiful. The island has some of the most picturesque scenery in the world and is every inch the model tropical island retreat. Despite its popularity, the island itself is relatively unspoiled. It’s surrounded on all sides by an azure-blue ocean which is perfect for watching sunsets.
Bali has been home to people for a long time, and as a result, the island is full of cultural landmarks. Perhaps the most famous is the Tanus Lot – a fifteenth-century temple built on top of a rocky outcrop that juts off the island. There are also beautiful, romantic natural features that couple can enjoy, including the island’s waterfalls between Singaraja and Bedugul.
If you want to have the beach to yourself, head on down to the south of the island away from the main tourist centers. Here, the beaches are relatively people-free, especially if you go outside of the peak season. Echo Beach on the south side of the island is a ribbon of sand that looks perfect in the morning before the mist has risen.
While Brussels might lack personality, the cultural center of Belgium, the city of Brugge certainly doesn’t. The city is almost perfectly preserved, with beautiful, old-fashioned buildings everywhere you look. The cobbled streets and picturesque middle-age beauty of the city are enough to create a romantic atmosphere for any couple.
There are all sorts of activities to be had in the city. You can climb the 366 steps of the Belfort, a tall tower that overlooks the old part of the city. Or you can take a ride by carriage to Beguinage, a giant monastery complex around which the city developed. There are all sorts of opportunities to save money on hotel accommodation through sites like DontPayFull.com, making Brugge a relatively cheap European destination. There are all kinds of hotels to choose from in the city, from budget bed and breakfasts to the Hotel De Tuilerieen, one of the most prestigious in all of Belgium.
If you’re looking for a romantic meal out, then head straight on over to the De Karmeliet, an eighteenth-century open house with al fresco dining.
Despite Argentina’s economic problems, it’s capital city, Buenos Aires, remains a beautiful and surprisingly romantic destination. The culture of the city is eclectic and diverse, and the city emphasizes many of the traditional passions, like ballet and opera. After you’ve finished at the show, there is a host of restaurants that will have you too, as well as some exquisite boutiques in the Palermo district of the city.
It’s worth remembering that the season in Buenos Aires is the opposite of the season in the northern hemisphere, including the US. Winter in Buenos Aires is summer in America. The spring – between September and December – is the best time to go if you want to avoid the crowds.
Charleston, South Carolina
Don’t fancy going abroad without the kids? Then you could always take a trip to Charleston in South Carolina. Charleston is famous as a romantic destination because of it’s laid back Southern charm, beautiful historic buildings, and sprawling gardens.
Nearby is the Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, somewhere you can go to enjoy pristine scenery, complete with views of the old-fashioned harbor as well as waterfalls according to theguardian.com.
There are plenty of places to eat here too, including outlets in the stunning French quarter of the city where you can get freshly-caught seafood as well as artisanal pasta dishes.
Cinque Terre, The Italian Riviera
Italy has always been a romantic destination for couples. But one of the highlights of the country has to be Cinque Terre, a small town carved into the rock face overlooking the Italian Riviera. It’s widely considered to be one of the most beautiful coastal resorts in all of Italy.
Around Cinque Terre are stunning vineyards as well as the world-renowned Giardini Botanici Hanbury – a large garden which overlooks the water. The gardens are connected to a network of trails which run through the surrounding mountains, providing some great hiking opportunities.