50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

Begin Slideshow
Donald Nausbaum/Getty Images

1 of 52

Rediscover romance this year by stealing away to one of these hot spots.

Romance doesn’t always involve strolling a beach at sunset. Just ask Deanna Matyskiel, who
went on a spa retreat with her husband in a gorgeous Palm Springs, CA, resort. “My
therapist kept cracking his knuckles,” says Matyskiel. “And my husband was less
fortunate: when he was on the massage table, one of the table legs broke and he fell
off.”

Romantic? Maybe not at that time, but the Matyskiels were able to laugh about it later (at
least, after the resort refunded their money) and connected through the shared experience. Of
course, romance often springs from more traditional moments too: hiding away in a secluded hotel,
sitting down to a candlelit dinner, and watching the sunset from a remote beach.

And traditional romantic hot spots still attract travelers in search of these experiences.
“The Caribbean has really come back as a major
destination in the last year,” says Georgia Johnson, director of marketing and sales in the
weddings department at American Express Travel. “And the one island that is constantly
requested for romantic travel is St. Lucia. Other popular islands tend to be Jamaica and Dominican Republic.”

It’s not surprising that beach getaways remain one of the most popular romantic vacation
options: you can spend long, warm days snorkeling, enjoy afternoon naps in an over-water bungalow,
and take sunset walks along the water. At least, that’s what you’ll find at the
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa in the
Cook Islands. Or head to another romantic locale, Bali, where the Four
Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
has perfected the seaside repose with its new Beds on the Beach nights. Barefoot waitstaff serve
cocktails and Asian-inspired tapas on silk-draped canopy lounge beds located directly on the
sand.

Some travelers may get antsy from all this beach time, but not newlyweds, according to Susan
Breslow, a guide to honeymoons and romantic travel for
About.com. “After the stress of a wedding, most couples
prefer to finally relax at a tropical resort by the water,” says Breslow. “Those
willing to fly further to arrive at a more exotic spot—still by the beach—are heading
to Tahiti, the Seychelles, and the
Maldives, among other destinations.”

Other couples like to turn their trips into epic adventure stories. For them, there’s the
outstanding horseback-riding program at India’s palatial
Mihir Garh hotel on the wild plains of Rajasthan. And if you
literally want to go to the ends of the earth, take a cruise to Antarctica, following in the
footsteps of explorers James Cook and Ernest Shackleton. From the cozy Prince Albert II ship, you’ll see hulking glaciers, blue icebergs, southern fur seals, albatross, and
chinstrap penguins.

To help inspire you, we pulled together 50 of the hottest romantic getaways this year. Just
don’t forget that a romantic moment can happen anytime, anywhere—even when it involves
falling off a massage table. —Jennifer Flowers and Clark Mitchell

50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

Rediscover romance this year by stealing away to one of these hot spots.

Romance doesn’t always involve strolling a beach at sunset. Just ask Deanna Matyskiel, who
went on a spa retreat with her husband in a gorgeous Palm Springs, CA, resort. “My
therapist kept cracking his knuckles,” says Matyskiel. “And my husband was less
fortunate: when he was on the massage table, one of the table legs broke and he fell
off.”

Romantic? Maybe not at that time, but the Matyskiels were able to laugh about it later (at
least, after the resort refunded their money) and connected through the shared experience. Of
course, romance often springs from more traditional moments too: hiding away in a secluded hotel,
sitting down to a candlelit dinner, and watching the sunset from a remote beach.

And traditional romantic hot spots still attract travelers in search of these experiences.
“The Caribbean has really come back as a major
destination in the last year,” says Georgia Johnson, director of marketing and sales in the
weddings department at American Express Travel. “And the one island that is constantly
requested for romantic travel is St. Lucia. Other popular islands tend to be Jamaica and Dominican Republic.”

It’s not surprising that beach getaways remain one of the most popular romantic vacation
options: you can spend long, warm days snorkeling, enjoy afternoon naps in an over-water bungalow,
and take sunset walks along the water. At least, that’s what you’ll find at the
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa in the
Cook Islands. Or head to another romantic locale, Bali, where the Four
Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
has perfected the seaside repose with its new Beds on the Beach nights. Barefoot waitstaff serve
cocktails and Asian-inspired tapas on silk-draped canopy lounge beds located directly on the
sand.

Some travelers may get antsy from all this beach time, but not newlyweds, according to Susan
Breslow, a guide to honeymoons and romantic travel for
About.com. “After the stress of a wedding, most couples
prefer to finally relax at a tropical resort by the water,” says Breslow. “Those
willing to fly further to arrive at a more exotic spot—still by the beach—are heading
to Tahiti, the Seychelles, and the
Maldives, among other destinations.”

Other couples like to turn their trips into epic adventure stories. For them, there’s the
outstanding horseback-riding program at India’s palatial
Mihir Garh hotel on the wild plains of Rajasthan. And if you
literally want to go to the ends of the earth, take a cruise to Antarctica, following in the
footsteps of explorers James Cook and Ernest Shackleton. From the cozy Prince Albert II ship, you’ll see hulking glaciers, blue icebergs, southern fur seals, albatross, and
chinstrap penguins.

To help inspire you, we pulled together 50 of the hottest romantic getaways this year. Just
don’t forget that a romantic moment can happen anytime, anywhere—even when it involves
falling off a massage table. —Jennifer Flowers and Clark Mitchell

Donald Nausbaum/Getty Images

50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

Did you enjoy this article?

Share it.

Explore More