For most of us, day-to-day romance is more likely a hobble to the fridge than a long walk on the beach, so it’s important to squeeze the lovey-dovey mush out of every getaway with our significant other.
But while some hotels seem plucked straight from a Julia Roberts rom-com, others swing closer to Fatal Attraction (although that might be down to your dating preference). With that in mind, we’ve scoured the globe to find you and your loved one the most romantic places to escape together.
Or by yourself. Julia did Eat, Pray, Love too, I suppose.
Our top picks: The World’s Most Romantic Getaways
Four Seasons Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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As getaways go, it’s hard to go further than Bora Bora. The island paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is synonymous with luxury honeymoons and romantic retreats, and the Four Seasons is the pick of any resort on the island.
Couples can stay in one of the unbelievable overwater bungalows, complete with private splash pools, mountain views, and one of the most serene atmospheres on the planet. If you can pull yourself away from your hut, snorkel safaris, fine dining, and world-class spa treatments await.
Les Fermes de Marie
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If sun and sea aren’t as high on your priority list, Les Fermes de Marie can’t be topped. The French resort features alpine farmhouses beautifully converted into the coziest chalets you’ll find anywhere.
While open year-round, few places look picture-postcard-perfect as the farm covered in a blanket of snow. Skiing is close by, and the three on-site restaurants will wine and dine you to the highest standard of local French cuisine.
Icelandic Glass Cottage
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Room service and five-star restaurants are nice and all, but if it’s a getaway you want, it doesn’t get more literal than this. This Icelandic glass cottage sits alone on a lava desert, where panoramic views take in some of the most beautiful volcanoes in the country.
At night, couples can lay in bed and watch the night come alive as the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, dances across the sky. Once-in-a-lifetime stuff, and not another person in sight.