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7 Underrated Romantic Destinations for Couples

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Lapland, Finland

Throw clichéd expectations to the wind and take your partner to any of these overlooked romantic destinations.

Whether searching for a beach-side resort or aching for an amorous adventure, you want and deserve the everlasting memories of a special experience made more distinguished by a destination’s underrated reputation. Cities like Paris and Venice, or island destinations like French Polynesia and the Caribbean, have embraced their romantic reputations, but the following list comprises an eclectic array of destinations guaranteed to delight, entertain, and enchant the one you love.

Whether proposing, celebrating your honeymoon, or simply indulging in the sensual ambiance, you deserve a romantic escape into unforgettable territory.

  1. 1. Azores, Portugal
  2. 2. Lapland, Finland
  3. 3. Puglia, Italy
  4. 4. Maasai Mara, Kenya
  5. 5. Zanzibar, Tanzania
  6. 6. Bariloche, Argentina
  7. 7. Riverston, Sri Lanka
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1. Azores, Portugal

São Miguel Island in the Portuguese Azores

São Miguel Island in the Portuguese Azores

The Azores archipelago exhibits gorgeous natural backdrops reflected in the azure waters of the Atlantic, emerald forests that frame mountainous trails, and whitewashed walls of charming towns that glint in the sunlight.

The nine islands boast dramatic, untouched landscapes for couples thirsty for a combination of adventure and seclusion. Hiking trails lead deep into hidden canyons or along the ridges of cliffs that overlook the ocean. Horseback rides along the beach at sunset will fulfill your wildest dreams, while caverns will unveil the volcanic origins of the islands.

With 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including vineyards and colonial towns, marine reserves, and natural parks, the Azores have diverse options for those who want everything on a romantic getaway.

Learn more: Azores Tours & VacationsAzores Islands Travel Guide

2. Lapland, Finland

Glass Igloo accommodations in Lapland, Finland accommodations in Lapland, Finland

Glass Igloo in Lapland, Finland. Photo courtesy of Levin Iglut Golden Crown

Disconnect from the fast pace of modern life for supernatural beauty in the serene winters of Lapland. This secluded destination within the border of the Arctic Circle attracts a certain type of couple, those who find charm and passion in bundling together in the warmth of a cozy accommodation with views of sprawling blankets of snow.

This overlooked, distant region of Finland casts a fabulous spell over visitors between November and March in the form of the dancing aurora borealis. The snow-covered landscape offers a paradise for skiers, with spectacular views and sightings of reindeer foraging in the wilderness and the villages of the indigenous communities.

After snuggling beneath the Northern Lights, refresh yourself in a hot sauna or travel through the winter wonderland by dog sled.

Learn more: Finland Tours & Vacations

3. Puglia, Italy

Truilli homes of Alberobello in the Puglia region of Italy

Alberobello in the Puglia region of Italy

Italy always tops the list for travelers looking for a passionate escape in Europe, but the true spirit of romance coalesces in the beautiful Mediterranean’s southeastern region of Puglia.

Step away from the crowds of Tuscany and Venice for a captivating view of the crystal-clear waters that lap at the coastline. The region’s charm is accentuated by authentic cuisine and enchanting historic towns. If you prefer to relax with a cocktail in hand, you can lounge on white-sand beaches in the shade of an umbrella. Food enthusiasts travel inland to sample olive oil or enjoy the ambiance of a coastal town. Local restaurants serve the morning’s catch.

Embrace Alberobello, with its white walls and distinctive conical rooftops or wander the streets of Lecce to enjoy the Baroque splendor of its architecture.

Learn more: Italy Tours & VacationsItaly Travel Guide

4. Maasai Mara, Kenya

Couple on viewing wildlife on the savannah in Keyna

Maasai Mara, Kenya

The vast plains and lush greenery of Kenya’s Maasai Mara inspire the dreams of a luxury safari. The landscape’s captivating views exhibit abundant wildlife and whisk you into a magical ambiance of romance and seclusion that spans 580 square miles.

Acacia trees, herds of zebras, and migrating wildebeest speckle the scenery, just brushing the surface of famed images. Fantastic encounters with Nile crocodiles, hippos, and the renowned Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo – await you.

Romance becomes intertwined with the thrilling panorama of wildlife that’s suited for lovers eager for luxury and isolation. Discovery and majesty are found in the community conservancies and Maasai villages spread across the protected reserve.

Learn more: Kenya Safaris & ToursKenya Safari Guide

5. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The intimate and natural charms of Zanzibar can be found approximately 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania. The turquoise and azure waters that surround the island shimmer like jewels as they caress the soft, white sands of pristine beaches.

You can dip into the water to swim and snorkel in coral gardens, happening upon pods of dolphins, or relax on comfortable loungers while listening to the tides. If interested in culture and heritage, you can stroll the streets of historic Stone Town to find the fascinating combination of African, Arabian, Indian, and European influences in the architecture, customs, and cuisine.

The frenzied movement of daily life at home fades away against the backdrop of cobblestone alleys, ancient mansions, distinctive mosques, and fragrant marketplaces known as souks. In the comfort of your enchanting accommodations, the effortless grandeur of the Indian Ocean will surely impress you.

Learn more: Tanzania Safaris & ToursTanzania Safari Guide

6. Bariloche, Argentina

Couple in Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche, Argentina

Interested in summer bike rides around the shimmering waters of an alpine lake or eager to hit the ski slopes after breakfast in a Swiss-style chalet? Bariloche provides the active couple with a perfect, year-round romantic destination.

Hiking trails around the Lake District and confectioneries that produce some of Argentina’s best chocolates accentuate the charisma that characterizes Lake Bariloche at the northern end of the country’s famous Patagonia region. Indigenous, European, and migratory influences create a spirited heritage.

Bariloche has become an oasis for couples who love climbing, riding horses, and exploring on mountain bikes, or winter sports enthusiasts happy to shred through the snow along steep, picturesque slopes.

Learn more: Argentina Tours & VacationsArgentina Travel Guide

7. Riverston, Sri Lanka

The Knuckles Mountain Range in Riverston, Sri Lanka

Riverston, Sri Lanka

With a landscape consisting of rainforest, wildlife, and rugged mountains, romance abounds in the island nation of Sri Lanka’s undeveloped Riverston area in the Knuckles Mountain Range.

Timeless ruins in untamed jungle terrain that highlights more than 2,000 years of history  become an irresistible prospect. Asian elephants parade across the landscape to their favorite watering holes in national parks that also host leopards, water buffalo, and colorful birds. Hikes from Riverston introduce visitors to the wildlife, with trails traversing the diverse plains to traditional villages where Sri Lanka’s rural culture comes to life.

You can wander the Cloud forest and feel the spray of waterfalls brush your cheeks, stroll to towering viewpoints for unrivaled photography, and enjoy evenings in endearing accommodations as the sounds of nature lull you to sleep.

Learn more: Sri Lanka Tours & Vacation

Explore Underrated Romantic Destinations

Couple walking on the beach in the Azores

Azores, Portugal

Bring your partner to these overlooked romantic destinations to create memories as you explore breathtaking coastlines, picturesque forests, or frozen regions few others have the pleasure of visiting. You can customize our luxury honeymoon vacations to include any of these unexpected destinations for an unforgettably intimate experience.

If you would like to uncover more information about romantic travel, browse our honeymoon travel guide. We offer vacation ideas, travel tips, and more insight into planning the perfect couples’ or honeymoon trip.

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