Of course, Valentine’s Day is always the perfect excuse to plan a romantic escape, but who said romance needs any excuse? Whether it’s an anniversary, a honeymoon, or just a spontaneous surprise getaway for bae, find your inspiration below. Read on to discover our favorite destinations in the southern hemisphere that you won’t find on any standard list of romantic escapes!
Paraty, Costa Verde - Brazil
Located in the Bay of Ilha Grande and surrounded by mesmerizing green islands, Paraty is a town with its roots strongly planted in its colonial heritage. Not only famous around the world for its beauty but a favorite amongst locals too. Paraty combines coastal charm with artisan shops, fantastic dining options, and an air of utter romance.
Pousada Literaria de Paraty
Set in the Historic Center of Paraty, Pousada Literaria de Paraty is the perfect place to enjoy the culture and heritage of the region in romantic luxury. With a heated pool, spa, and fantastic self-sustaining restaurant, you will only get the best on your romantic vacation!
Where land and sea seamlessly meet, Bali is undoubtedly one of our most recommended romantic getaways. Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, or adventure through a diverse and enchanting world, you can be sure that Bali will bring this all together, while offering you and your loved one the chance to spend time together in peace.
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Set on a limestone plateau overlooking the cerulean ocean, Alila Villas is designed around serenity, peace, and nature. Each villa comes with its own pool, Cabana and the option for full service from a butler to ensure that you and your partner don’t have to worry about anything other than each other while enjoying the spectacular scenery!
North Island - New Zealand
From rejuvenating in the geothermal springs of Rotorua, to hiking through the UNESCO world heritage site that is Tongariro National park, or maybe just embracing the inner movie buff in your relationship at Hobbiton, you can rest assured that New Zealand’s North Island has everything and so much more for a romantic journey!
Set on the jewel that is Waiheke Island in Auckland, Delmore Lodge is the lap of luxury for a couple who wants to enjoy the best in life. The resort, built on the cliffside, overlooks the Owhanake Bay, giving spectacular views to enjoy while sipping a sundowner, followed by a dinner using home-grown produce, paired with award-winning wines from the surrounding estates.
Tikehau - French Polynesia
For some, the ultimate romantic escape is sitting on the beach, with a cocktail in hand, soaking up the sun with your partner. If you are one of those people, then Tikehau in French Polynesia is a must! With stunning turquoise waters, deep green jungles, and vibrant and friendly people, this is the ultimate place to take your dream romantic beach vacation!
With a choice between bungalows, villas and suites – either on the beach or over the water – this luxury resort has it all to give you the chance to relax and soak up the sun. Enjoy time in the spa, or snorkel off your “balcony”, followed by a candlelit dinner to bring you and your partner even closer. Le Tikehau is a resort that seems made for romantic getaways and couples fascinated with the wonder that is French Polynesia!
Lizard Island - Australia
Situated on the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island is part of 1,000 hectares of nature reserve. With stunning beaches, as well as terrestrial and aquatic life found nowhere else in the world, you are sure to see many sights to make a trip worth remembering! To top it off, being part of a nature reserve means that you and your partner will get the peace and quiet you really need to enjoy nothing but the world around you (and of course, each other)!
Lizard Island Resort
As the only resort in the reserve, Lizard Island Resort is geared towards privacy and romance. Made up of 40 rooms, and a small number of villas set on the beach, the resort is tailored to give couples the break-away that they are after. With spa treatments, peaceful beaches, and fantastic food, this is one of the top resorts for a romantic getaway for two!
New Caledonia - South Pacific
Located close to Australia, New Caledonia is an island paradise like no other. From a lagoon that is registered as a UNESCO world heritage site, to spectacular natural scenery, and of course superb hospitality, this is one island that should be on every couple’s romantic bucket list!
Le Meridien Ile Des Pins
Set on the white-sand beaches of Oro Bay in Ile Des Pins, Le Meridien is a romantic getaway in paradise. With all the amenities anyone could ask for, set on an idyllic island paradise, couples will be treated to luxury all the way through their stay!
Ol Kinyei Conservancy - Kenya
Rated as one of the top romantic getaways in Kenya, Ol Kinyei Conservancy is a place with a focus on peace and quiet for the animals, while at the same time offering a perfect escape for couples looking to admire the wildlife in their own company. By limiting the number of people and vehicles which can enter at any given time, Ol Kinyei gives any couple looking for privacy a place to enjoy nature without the hordes of tourists.
Porini Mara Camp
As one of only two camps found in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, the Porini Mara Camp is sure to be a perfect home for a few romantic nights in the bush! While the camp is tented, it offers luxury second to none, with palatial tented suites, food fit for a royal couple, and the peace many campsites could never offer!
Kruger National Park - South Africa
Set in north-eastern South Africa, the Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Allowing animals to freely roam, even across borders, means that you are promised breathtaking scenes of animals just being animals while also enjoying the company of your loved one!
Kapama Karula Hotel
As one of the most romantic hotels in the Greater Kruger area, Kapama Karula offers a range of activities to any couple looking to experience nature at its fullest! Spa treatments, private game drives to see the Big 5, and romantic candlelit dinners in nature, what more could you ask for?