World’s Top 25 Romantic Staycation Ideas for the Couples (All Budgets)

  • By: Nikita
  • Date: July 15, 2021
  • Time to read: 12 min.

There are some places that simply make us want to fall in love. It could be the colorful sunset casting a dazzling glow upon your mate, or just the addition of a live trumpet and a few horns while dining outside on the veranda; nevertheless, feeling enamored is something we all look forward to. So whether you’re looking to rekindle the flame with a longtime lover or spark one with new honey, these places from around the world are bound to set the right mood.

  1. Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii has been a longtime favorite travel destination for decades, drawing visitors with its pristine beaches and sunshine. But what makes Honolulu especially ideal for couples are the ample opportunities for both adventure activities and kicking back beachside. So whether you’re into zip-lining and scuba diving, or beach yoga and sunbathing (followed by several mai tais), this island city is the place to be. To kick up the romance, head to Ocean House Restaurant, fit with tiki torches and waterfront dining. Nearest airport – Daniel K Inouye International Airport. 

Budget

$42 on meals, $21 on local transportation. total – $196 per day 

  1. Togean Islands, Indonesia

With calm waters, beautiful underwater scenery, and stunning reefs, Togean Islands are the perfect spots for a romantic trip in Indonesia. Relax on the white sandy beaches and go snorkeling and diving to explore the different types of corals found here including barrier reef, Patch Reef, and Atoee. Also indulge in Island hopping to the secluded Karina beach and Bajo Village. The nearest airport is Fuaʻamotu International Airport. 

Budget

$11 on meals, $20 on transportation, $80 on hotels. Total – $111 per day

  1. Napa Valley, California

A walk through a field of grapes, a private barrel room tasting, a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. If you want to feel the love in the air, Napa is it. Just outside San Francisco, this region is surrounded by stunning scenery and rolling vineyards. Plus, the weather is almost always on point (think sunshine and blue skies). A visit to the most romantic of wineries – Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui – and a vineyard-side picnic is a must. And don’t miss one of the many hot springs resorts, best followed by dinner at one of Napa’s many critically acclaimed restaurants. Nearest airport Napa Country airport. 

Budget

$40 on meals, $146 on transportation. Total $230 pr day 

  1. Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling is a hill station like no other. Whether it’s the air of the mountains or the overall environment, it’s uncertain what truly makes it so distinct. Its simplicity and innocence are some of its endearing aspects, which is why it’s a great place to spend a few days with your loved one. Have a cup of fresh Darjeeling tea and enjoy the simple things in life. Set a breakfast date at Keventers and take a walk through some tea plantations like Marybong Tea Estate and absorb the delightful aroma of fresh tea. Bagdogra airport is approximately two and a half hours by road from Darjeeling

Budget

$40 on transportation, $10 on meals, $40-50 on hotels. Total- $150 per day.

  1. Komodo, Indonesia 

Indulge your senses in the natural beauty and exotic charm of Komodo Island which is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia with your partner. Take a dip in the blue waters of Pink Beach and watch the marine beauty including the amazing corals. Go diving at Merah Beach, Batu Bolong and Tatawa islands. And make sure you visit the Komodo National Park and see Komodo dragons up close in their native habitat. Komodo is indeed one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. The nearest airport is Komodo International Airport

Budget

$27 on transportation, $40 on meals. Total – $222 per day 

  1. Havelock (Andaman Islands)

It’s untouched and devoid of any unneeded urbanization. Just sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and you. There are a couple of resorts like the Silver Sand Resort that truly help you experience what Havelock really is. Enjoy the beauty of doing absolutely nothing in the Andamans. Grab a cocktail, lie on the beach, spend that much-needed time together and let your surroundings spoil you. The nearest airport is Veer Savarkar International Airport.

Budget

Total $300/day. Meals- $40, transportation – $200, Hotels- $50-60 

  1. Bamberg, Germany

The Bavarian town boasts a well-preserved medieval old town that has earned the city an entry on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Pegnitz river bickers through the scenery of cobblestoned streets and half-timbered houses, and various bridges connect the old town with the surrounding districts. Romantic walks through a picture-perfect town, candlelight dinners, and historical sites are on the agenda during a honeymooner’s trip to Bamberg. Nearest airport- Nürnberg/Nuremberg international airport. 

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Budget

$39 meals, $13 on transportation, hotels $120. Total – $240 per day.

  1. EZE, French Riviera

The small medieval village of Eze on the French Riviera (known as the Cote D’Azur) is famous for its poetic beauty, authentic charm, and breathtaking panoramas of the blue Mediterranean Sea. Perched in an ‘eagle’s nest’ on the top of a green mountain peak, the village light ochre houses and the picturesque church can be seen from far. Despite its tiny size, the village with its narrow cobblestone streets is fit for a storybook, and flowers blooming year-round leaves its visitors absolutely mesmerized.

Closest airport to Èze is Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE). 

Budget

Meals – $80, transportation- $100, hotels- $100. Total – $320 per day

  1. GIVERNY, Normandy 

For over 40 years, until his death in 1926, Giverny was the home of Claude Monet, the world-famous painter who founded the Impressionist school. With a passion for gardening as well as for colors, Monet conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his riverside, pastel pink house and its romantic gardens with the famous green Japanese bridge, visitors can still feel the atmosphere that reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionism and marvel at the floral compositions, water lilies, and nymphéas, his greatest sources of inspiration. The nearest airport to Giverny is Paris Orly (ORY).

Budget

Meals- $33, transportation- $46. Total – $119 per day 

  1. Moselle Valley, Germany 

The Moselle Valley spans across southwestern Germany and into France and Luxembourg and is home to some of the most impressive scenery in Germany. The meandering river cuts through the vine-clad hills which are dotted with dreamy villages and ancient castles. Don’t miss out on a tour of Burg Eltz, a gem of a castle that sits atop a hill surrounded by a lush forest, and a tasting of the award-winning Riesling wines from the region – it hardly gets any more romantic than that. The nearest airport to Moselle Valley is Cologne Bonn (CGN). 

Budget

Hotels- $73, transportation- $40 , meals- $30. Total – $150 per day. 

  1. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Idyllic seaside villages, captivating coastline vistas, iconic Greek temples, and pristine gardens draw travelers to Amalfi’s 34-mile spellbinding stretch in Italy’s Campania region. After driving along hair-raising turns, you’ll be rewarded with bewitching sights: Positano’s pastel-hued buildings, traditional trattorias, chic hotels, and ornate handmade ceramic tiles; Atrani’s quaint piazzas and postcard-perfect cliff-side location; and Ravello’s captivating gardens and sculptures in Villa Cimbrone.The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Naples International Airport (NAP).

Budget

$59 meal, $63 on transportation. Total- $191 per day

  1. Seville, Spain

Seville is a dream for architecture and culture lovers. Andalucía’s crown jewel is equally photogenic as it is storied, with its violet jacarandas and orange tree-lined streets, ornate ceramic tiles, and blend of Moorish, Jewish and Christian influences, from the Alcazar Palace to the Seville Cathedral. Up the romance factor with a captivating flamenco dance performance and leisurely alfresco meals – complete with sangria and toasted churros dipped in chocolate at a local tapas bar in Barrio Santa Cruz. The nearest airport is Jerez airport 

Budget

Total- $155 per day. Meal- $40, transportation- $30, hotels- $50

  1. Big Sur, California

In Big Sur – the 90-mile picturesque stretch between Monterey Bay and San Simeon in central California – plunging coastlines and inspiring redwood groves are everyday vistas. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is especially cinematic, with is granite cliffs, cascading McWay Falls, towering trees, and colorful wildflowers, affording plenty of idyllic vantage points for photo ops. The closest airport is Monterey Regional (MRY) (22 mi)

Budget

Total – $264 per day. Meals $30, transportation- $40

  1. Oludeniz, Turkey

Oludeniz is one of Turkey’s coastal gems perfect for romantic escapes and one that appeals to most tastes and budgets. Splash the cash and stay in a luxury boutique hotel with an ancient church as its centerpiece, hideaway in the hills and hire your own fancy villa, or opt for budget eco-cabins and the sounds of nature – there are lots of options on offer. And, if you fancy getting out and about, take a leap of faith and fly side by side on tandem paragliding jumps, explore local bays on a romantic Blue Cruise, or simply enjoy a sundown drink and a top-notch meal in one of the many fantastic restaurants along the beachfront. The nearest airport to Ölüdeniz is Dalaman (DLM) Airport. 

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Budget

Meal $50, transportation- $40. Total $160 per day

  1. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled in Slovenia has earned the reputation of being one of the most romantic getaways in Europe as well as the world’s most romantic places to travel to. This is due to its fairy-tale-looking scenery: a lake filled with emerald water, mountains all around, a castle hanging on the side of a cliff,  and an island with a long tradition of grooms carrying their brides up the 99 steps to ring the bell and make a wish. There are lots of activities to do around Lake Bled that are perfect for couples: cuddling in front of magnificent waterfalls, walking through gorges, rowing on a gondola, visiting the castle, and many others. The nearest airport to Lake Bled is Ljubljana (LJU).

Budget

Total – $89 per day. Meals – $22, transporation- $11

  1. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is beautiful with cobblestone streets, lively bars, and restaurants and decorated with unique sculptures and artwork. It’s perfect for a romantic stroll by the water at sunset or finds some unique handmade gifts at the markets. There are resorts and dining options to suit every budget, however keeping with the romantic couple’s trip, you should stay at an all-inclusive adults-only resort that provides ocean and pool views from your balcony, and a spa bath in the middle of the room. The resort is perfect for lazing by the pool on a deck chair in the afternoon or at the swim-up bar. The nearest airport to Puerto Vallarta is Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport which is 7.1 km

Budget

Total – $202 per day. Meals -$40 , hotels – $113

  1. Hoi An, Vietnam

Even though Hoi An is a popular tourist destination in Vietnam, finding quiet and romantic spots isn’t hard to do. There are many activities and ways to spend some quality time with your significant other. There are plenty of seats dotted along the banks and some peaceful viewpoints where you and your partner won’t be disturbed. The nearest airport is in Da Nang which has domestic connections from Hanoi. 

Budget

Total- $40 per day. Meals- $8.66, transportation- $16

  1. Viñales, Cuba

Find your perfect couple’s countryside escape in Viñales, Cuba. This dreamy UNESCO World Heritage Site is best known for its beautiful limestone karst (rock) formations and use of old-fashioned farming methods. Make sure you have at least two days to explore the area. During the day, there are all kinds of opportunities to explore—salsa lessons, horseback rides, hiking in the Parque Nacional, cocktail mixing classes, and more!  Regardless of where you book your accommodations, be sure to wake up early and watch the sunrise over the Viñales Valley at least once. The nearest airport to Viñales is Nueva Gerona (GER) Airport which is 128.8 km away.

Budget

$40 for 2 days. $5 for transportation, $11 for meals

  1. Zakopane, Poland

Zakopane is a picturesque mountain resort located in the south of Poland, right at the foot of the most beautiful mountains in this part of Europe. Zakopane is a perfect destination for couples, as there are many romantic things to do. Couples can stroll along Krupowki street – the most famous place in Zakopane, full of shops, pubs, and restaurants. For hiking couples, there is a great trail starting in Kasprowy Wierch. The trail leads along with Red Peaks – Ciemniak, Krzesanica, Malolaczniak, Kopa Kondracka, and is considered one of the most picturesque trails in Tatras. Nearest airport- Daqum airport

Budget

Total- $150per day. Meals- $40, hotels – $74

  1. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

From its medieval castle to its meandering cobbled alleys, Cesky Krumlov is the stuff of fairytales – and the perfect setting for a romantic staycation. This is a place where time seems to stand still, giving you all the time to explore its charming streets and scenic vistas with your favorite person in the world. You can easily spend two to three days in Cesky Krumlov with your beloved. The nearest airport to Český Krumlov is Linz (LNZ) Airport which is 64.1 km away

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Budget

Hotel $104, meals- $28 . Total – $150. 

  1. Santorini, Greece

As one of the most popular romantic staycation on the planet, and one of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Santorini might require a long plane ride and a puddle jumper flight, but trust us, it is worth the journey. Blue-domed houses so white, they sparkle are a treat to behold, while the twinkling azure Aegean Sea beckons travelers in the distance. This picturesque sea is the main reason many couples choose Santorini. In addition to its ability to cool off even the most overheated of travelers, this watery haven offers captivatingly pink, orange, and golden sunsets best viewed from the town of Oia. It’s still utterly romantic, but you won’t be the only ones enjoying Mother Nature’s fantastic nightly display — Oia gets packed at sunset, no matter the season. Nearest airport- Paros airport

Budget

Total- $458 per day. Transportation- $130, hotels- $83

  1. Krabi, Thailand

Thanks to an unbelievable shade of blue water, the low cost of aromatic and flavorful food, and dreamy beaches, many jet-setters make a point to visit the beach resorts of Thailand. There are dozens to choose from, with Phuket being one of the most popular, Koh Samui attracting a 20-something crowd, and Krabi being among the most romantic. Here, you will be able to disconnect in a quiet, yet gorgeous, landscape. The nearest airport to Krabi is Krabi (KBV) Airport

Budget

Meals $12, transportation- $4.26. Total- $47 per day

  1. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Finally finding someone you could imagine sharing your life with feels like sourcing a diamond in the rough, a four-leaf clover—or well, seeing a leopard in a tree. Going on a safari in South Africa is one of those bucket list items that everyone dreams of, and there’s no better person to share the immense wonder of the African bush with than your partner. Though you can drive yourself through the legendary Kruger National Park, a more romantic option is staying at a game lodge in the exemplary Sabi Sands Game Reserve, where many luxury resorts offer couple experiences you never imagined possible. Nearest airport- Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Budget

Total- $721 for 3 days

  1. The Berkshires, New England

Many couples look forward to their first weekend away, where they can test their skills of navigating life together — even if it is just agreeing on directions or a place to eat. For a long weekend adventure that’s accessible to the East Coast, The Berkshires is an ideal romantic destination. While all seasons offer a variety of perks, most partners choose Autumn or early winter for their escape. During this time of year in the mountains of Western Massachusetts, leaves are hosting their annual color show, dazzling with hues of vibrant red, warm oranges, and unbelievable yellows. The closest airport to the Berkshires is Albany International Airport (ALB). 

Budget

Total- $208 per day. Hotels- $111, transportation- $63

  1. Seychelles

It’s impossible to fall out of love while vacationing in Seychelles. One of the most romantic destinations on the planet, this 115-island archipelago sits serenely in the Indian Ocean, about 1,800 kilometers off Africa’s east coast. The region’s magnificent scenery caresses its visitors, intriguing them to snorkel in the crystal-clear water, trek through the jungle, and climb over dramatic volcanic boulders. The nearest airport to Seychelles is Mahe Island (SEZ). 

Budget

Total- $229 per day. Meals $40. Transportation- $80

 

No matter how many trips you have taken while you were single, there is something special — and beautiful — about traveling with someone you’re head over heels about. Not only can you finally rest your head on the plane mate beside you, but you now have a partner with whom to explore the most romantic places in the world.