Top Ten Romantic Destinations

It wasn’t easy trying to come up with a list of the top ten romantic destinations – let’s face it Italy probably has ten on it’s own! I had to narrow it down to my personal favourites and even at that, I don’t know how I left out the Cinque Terre or Amalfi Coast!



It’s impossible not to fall in love with Paris. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and sip champagne from the bar at the top. If you are feeling brave, you can always be one of the many people who choose it as their place to propose! If that’s not your thing, take a stroll around Montmartre and enjoy the views from the Sacré Coeur. Or relax and absorb the city from a boat trip on the Seine. Finish off your day with some classic French cuisine in one of it’s many brasseries – formidable!

Paris one of my top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert

Whitsunday Islands

My trips around Australia led me to some pretty spectacular places but the one place that stands out in my mind is Whitehaven beach in the Whitsunday Islands. It is still probably the best beach I have ever been on and one that I will find it hard to beat. The sand is amongst the purest in the world, it is so fine you can even use it to polish your jewellery!

Whitsunday Islands one of my top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert

Florence / Tuscany

The Ponte Vecchio bridge is full of couples browsing it’s jewellery shops – just looking for the right one. The Duomo is one of the most impressive I have ever seen.  The city is so easy to navigate that even a leisurely stroll taking in the Italian style is enough to bring out the romance in you. If you have time, take a trip to the Tuscan countryside and visit Siena, San Gimignano or the Chianti wine region. In fact Im struggling to decide which is more romantic, Florence or the surrounding countryside…. For more info on Tuscany, you can read all about it elsewhere on my blog.

Florence one of my top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert


A trip on a gondola and a coffee on St Mark’s Square – it has to be done right? Ignore the expense (they both cost a small fortune) – the views from both are breathtaking. The small winding streets and bridges are a pleasure to explore. Where else will you find a city of such scale and beauty, built on water?

Venice one of my top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert


White powder beaches , year round temperatures of 30 degrees, each resort is on its own island and you generally arrive at your hotel by seaplane. This is pure paradise! The laid back atmosphere means that even in the deluxe hotels, the dress code is casual– so girls, no need to pack ten pairs of heels!

Maldives one of my top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert


This multicultural paradise is vastly different from the paradise islands of the Indian ocean or South Pacific. You will see college students on gap years mingle with honeymoon couples who are staying in five star resorts. There are six main islands, each offering something different. The combination of rugged landscapes, waterfalls, volcanoes, superb beaches and the relaxed vibe ensures a holiday in Hawaii will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Hawaii one of my top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert

Bora Bora

This was a toss up between Bora Bora and Tahiti – both in French Polynesia and both absolutely world class romantic destinations. Of course you just have to have an overwater bungalow! I think it was more the Four Seasons Hotel in Bora Bora that won it over for me – just take a look! #bucketlist

Bora Bora one of my top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert


It’s not all about Santa you know! If you like the snow then there is nowhere better. It really is a winter wonderland and will definitely fill you with child like wonder. From late August to late April this is the best place to watch the Northern lights. Of course you have to stay here though! Enjoy a log cabin with glass igloos so you can watch the Northern lights from the comfort of your cosy bed.

Lapland one of my top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert


Santorini has to be on everyone’s bucket list. That picture postcard that you see on almost every advertisement for Greece – how could you not want to go there? Every time I see it, I picture myself sipping a cocktail in a small Greek taverna, watching one of the most amazing sunsets. Romantic – eh I think so!

Santorini, one of the top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert


Our holiday in Tanzania is still the best holiday I have ever experienced. The deluxe tented safari camps, the most spectacular game viewing – we experienced nature at it’s very best. And then to finish off my trip of a lifetime – a week relaxing on the beach in Zanzibar – pure bliss! For more info on Tanzania, read my blog.

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I would love to hear your favourites – please comment in the box below.



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