It’s no secret that places like Paris and Rome rank high on the list of best romantic vacations for couples.
So if you’re looking for a truly exotic place to escape to, somewhere a little more obscure, why not let us help you?
Whether you need some serious snuggle time in the Southern Hemisphere sun or the adrenaline rush of a foreign city, look no further than these 10 under-the-radar spots.
Let the romance of those far-off romantic vacations and destinations lull you and your significant other back in love
1. Colchagua Valley, Chile
Move over Napa, Chile has a growing and beautiful wine region with 54,000 hectares of vineyards and 5 star hotels. Colchagua Valley is the star of this show, with about a dozen quality wineries to tour and an early American art museum. Don’t leave without trying the region’s star red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Accommodation: The Casa Silva Hotel is a small boutique hotel with a luxurious touch, as well as its own wine bar, well-reviewed restaurant and vineyards through which guests can take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride.
2. Nyungwe, Rwanda
Rwanda is not the first place that comes to mind when you think of romance, but picture this: trails nestled in a lush rainforest surrounded by rolling green hills as far as the eye can see. Parc National Nyungwe Forest is East Africa’s largest protected high mountain rainforest in southern Rwanda and is home to more than 13 different species of monkeys, among other exotic creatures.
Overnight stay: The 5-star Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers private villas with fireplaces, private balconies and very sexy in-room Jacuzzis and a shared infinity pool, all set on a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest.
3. Muscat, Oman
Another unexpected addition to the list, Oman is exotic, sweet and sexy, with Muscat as its chic capital. rich in history (Archaeologists have found remains from the 6th century BC. found), this port city offers souks (markets) for strolling and old walled towns as well as simple, fresh cuisine, the Al Hajar mountains to the west and the Gulf of Oman to the east.
Where to sleep: The chedi, a Leading Hotel of the World on the Gulf, offers everything from BOSE sound systems to rainfall showers to ensure guests feel pampered. Suites are idyllic and luxurious, with free cocktail hours and sumptuous breakfasts.
4. Grindavik, Iceland
Just half an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and largest city, you can find complete relaxation at a geothermal spa known as the Blue Lagoon. Originally part of a lava formation, Grindavik’s steaming blue pool now houses a cozy sauna, silica mud treatments and a cavernous geothermal steam room. And because it’s naturally heated, the lagoon stays at a balmy 38 degrees Celsius even in winter, so you can stay outside and enjoy the glorious Icelandic skies.
Where to sleep: Hotel Borg, in Reykjavik, was Iceland’s first luxury hotel when it was built in the 1930s, and although it’s been modernized it retains its Art Deco charm. The luxurious Tower Suite is booked a year in advance.
Although this peninsula – a British territory in southern Spain – is said to be one of the oldest areas in the world, it is not often seen as a romantic destination. But its chic beaches, unique culture and ancient roots make Gibraltar no standard beach holiday.
Where to sleep: The rock hotel, a colonial style resort and one of the most famous in the entire Mediterranean, is situated on the tip of the island with absolutely fantastic views of Spain and Morocco. The hotel offers British touches such as manicured gardens and afternoon tea.
If you want an exotic vacation in China but not ready to fully commit to the Far East, Macau is your sexy haven. A little Hong Kong and a little Vegas, this island is a clever mix of bustling Cantonese markets and glittering casinos.
For a truly romantic stay, however, step away from the nightlife and spend an evening in Coloane, a waterfront neighborhood that was home to pirates in the early 20th century but is now teeming with delicious food and colonial charm. Whatever you do, don’t miss sharing one of Lord Stowe’s sweet pancakes as you stroll past the Chapel of St Francis Xavier.
Accommodation: The Westin Resort in Macau Unique Amenities – Full-service spa, luxurious exercise center and the signature Heavenly Bed you’ll never want to leave – all located in Coloane, directly on the South China Sea.
7. Catanzaro, Italy
What’s more romantic than wrapping yourself in silk and velvet? How about this in Italy? Forget Rome, Naples and the Amalfi Coast and head south, all the way south, to Catanzaro, a former industrial city still known for its luxurious fabrics, with sweeping coastlines and amazing Byzantine architecture.
Stroll through idyllic public gardens or tour one of the Calabria region’s best historical sites, a 16th-century cathedral housing art as old as the remaining tower of the Norman castle. Even if you just enjoy the view from this peninsula, You are guaranteed intimacy other Italian cities are absent.
Accommodation: Look at the 4-star hotel palace for luxury by the sea, proximity (the hotel is on Catanzaro’s seafront promenade), and amenities like an on-site Turkish bath.
8. The Maldives
Looking for the most beautiful beach in the world? You will find a competitor in the Maldives. But while the natural beauty of the porcelain sands and turquoise waters are breathtaking enough to warrant a vacation, the activities this island chain offers will also guarantee you and your partner a sexy adrenaline rush.
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Dive coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, surf 8-foot waves or take a sunset cruise to a secluded fishing spot. The laid-back luxury and organic vibe of the Maldives will stay with you for months after you return home.
Where to sleep: The Four Seasons Maldives offers sunrise and sunset views, beachfront villas with private pools, a full-service spa, and five distinct restaurants.
9. Hvar, Croatia
Croatia’s gift to couples and travelers is enchanting Adriatic nightlifefairytale architecture and historic cathedrals, just a few minutes away from secluded Adriatic beaches.
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To really get in the mood, head to the stars. Hvar has one of the most beautiful observatories in the world, situated on a hilltop in an old French quarter. Or tempt your taste buds with the deliciously fresh seafood that Croatians are proud of; The seafood risotto is a must.
Where to sleep: Hotel Podstin offers its own private beach as well as a spa and other luxurious extras, all 15 minutes’ walk from the center of Hvar.
10. City of Paisa, Colombia
Colombia has a nice hidden secret in Medellin. This gritty, sprawling urban destination is known for its industry prowess, but has recently emerged as a hub for expats and artists alike.
The best place in town? Take your sweetheart to Pueblito Paisa, a recreation of an ancient Antioquian village where street vendors sell arepas and musicians walk the streets playing tunes. You won’t find a more breathtaking view anywhere else in the city; Get a 360 degree view of the lights and sounds of Medellin on a crystal clear night.
Accommodation: The Intercontinental Medellín has pools, a spa, tennis courts and an on-site pastry shop just a few miles from Pueblito Paisa.
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Annemarie Dooling is a YourTango contributor who writes about love and travel.