World's most romantic places to take your loved one

 

If you're looking to treat the special person in your life, what can be more special than a trip to beautiful faraway lands? Many people have an idea of where their perfect romantic destination is but there are many surprising options. If you have a honeymoon, anniversary or are just looking for a romantic holiday then read on for some great ideas.

Venice: Italy's most romantic getaway is known the world over for it's unique canals, stunning architecture and great food. There are numerous art galleries including the Guggenheim, excellent shopping and of course many fantastic options for romantic strolls or gondola rides. Top tip: grab a coffee and watch the world go by next to the Rialto bridge.

Key West: At the far end of Florida, Key West is a little oasis of tropical escapism. This sleepy town has a unique buzz all of it's own. By day take a cruise and go diving amongst stunning coral reefs, by night sip a sundowner and chow down on a fantastic selection of global cuisine. Top tip: Book a dolphin encounter for a true date to remember.

Sydney: Australia's biggest city is diverse and exciting and has much to offer those looking for a bit of romance. Take a cruise around the harbour or take a trip up the Sydney Tower Eye for great views across the city. Sydney also offers some of the best city beaches in the world including Manly and Bondi. After a hard days sightseeing grab a drink and choose from the exceptional cuisine at Darling Harbor or around Circular Quay. Top Tip: Catch a show at the world famous Opera House, there's actually a lot more than just opera!

Santorini: The Greek Islands have many options for a romantic getaway but Santorini is perhaps the most famous option. The main town Thira sits atop a hill looking across whitewashed buildings to the stunning Mediterranean. Take a stroll around the old town and eat freshly caught fish as the sun sets across the most spectacular view in the Med! Top Tip: Therasia Island just off the main island of Santorini is host to some fabulous hot springs, perfect for a swim.

Rio de Janeiro: South America's most captivating city may not present itself as the most romantic option but the sheer infectious vitality of Rio is sure to bring out the romance in anyone. The scenery is fantastic with the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue watching across the bay and there is some of the best nightlife in the world to be experienced. Cariocas (the residents of Rio) are also very welcoming so you're almost assured a fun stay! Top Tip: Rio is famous for Copacabana and Ipanema but head instead to Leblon or Arpoador for a more authentic beach experience.

Bali: Indonesia is a huge and diverse country but Bali has a draw all of it's own. Beautiful scenery, ancient temples and a laid back lifestyle make Bali one of the most romantic destinations in Asia. Avoid the tourist area around Kuta and find your own getaway at one of the many retreats scattered along the coastline. Top Tip: Take a pilgrimage to the spectacular temple at Pura Ulun Dara Bratan next to Lake Bratan.