Nothing brings couples together like shared interests, and sometimes nothing is more romantic than revisiting what brought you together in the first place. Telluride is great for skiing—and chilling back at the lodge with hot toddies, in an oh-my-we'd-better-go-warm-up sort of way. But even if skiing isn't your thing, find a place to go do whatever it is that you do together. You'll be amazed how it can reinvigorate your relationship.
Jaipur is one of the most romantic getaways in India. The desert town is great for a winter getaway. Full of incredible Rajasthani cuisine and artwork, over a hundred hotels with every degree of comfort you could want, and beautifully ornate attractions like Amber Fort. Depending on what kind of romantic you are, you might also appreciate that this is a huge jewel-cutting and jewelry center for South Asia.
Gorgeous Morocco makes for a beautifully romantic getaway if you know where to go. In Marrakech, you can watch the sunset from a hot air balloon over the Atlas Mountains or take a camel trek across the Sahara. If neither of those strike your fancy, you can try dining in a Berber tent with a private chef. Dance the night away in a club, or let belly dancers and fire dancers do the dancing for you.
Sometimes the best way to draw closer is to have experiences that are uniquely yours, and there's no better way to do that than by steeping yourself in a culture vastly different from your own. Tokyo has night cruises both along the bay and in a helicopter, gorgeous gardens full of cherry blossoms, and more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a plethora of bed and breakfast getaways, beach resorts, and luxury hotels—however you want to stay in Carmel, you'll have your needs met. Of course, there's plenty of scuba diving and aquariums, but the Bluff Path, cottages, and the small size of the town are part of what give the area its romantic charm.
Maldives is more a place for knocking the other person completely off their feet with beautiful scenery. If you're so in love that you're never going to leave the room, this isn't the locale for you. The hotels and restaurants here are all pretty singular—this is the place with both a restaurant and a hotel suite underwater, after all. But that's more a statement of what's possible in Maldives than an attempt to draw visitors—one look at the scenery and you'll know they don't need gimmicks to get people here.
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4. Monte Carlo
This probably isn't the place for people who're just setting out in the world (unless those people are spectacularly wealthy). There's only one public beach in Monte Carlo, but there is plenty of romantic mood-setting here among the opulence and excitement of the casinos, races, and more.
Of course, you don't have to travel across the world to find a romantic getaway. Honolulu is a well-oiled tourist machine, sure, but it's one that's well-suited for couples' retreats just as much as it is family vacations. Dine on the rim of a volcano, swim in the Pacific, spend New Year's Eve together, or take in any of the rest of the beautiful landscape and culture of the Hawaiian islands.
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Sure, it's a little rote, but sometimes the classics are classics for a reason. Venice's canals make it unique in an immediately identifiable way. The food is incredible, and the summers are glorious. Just watch out for other tourists.
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You can't really talk about romantic getaways without mentioning the City of Light. Paris has everything you need to make a grand romantic gesture: the language, the food, and monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.
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