Planning a romantic summer getaway or honeymoon and looking for the perfect place? I was recently asked what destinations I thought were the most romantic, and these are the top five that really made an impression on me.
1 – Hermanus, South Africa
Why it’s romantic — Along the coast there is a cliffside pathway through South Africa’s natural fynbos and flowers where the air is brisk and misty from the waves crashing against the rocky shore. Just north of this seaside town, there is a wine valley known as Hemel-en-Aarde, which translates to “Heaven and Earth.” The pinot noir here is spectacular and the views are breathtaking. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite places on earth.
WHERE TO STAY: Birkenhead House
WHAT TO SEE: Quad Bike Ride to Hamilton Russell Vineyard
2 – Seaside, Florida
Why it’s romantic — It’s one of the few places I know where you can watch both the sunrise and the sunset on the same beach. The water is a mesmerizing jewel tone color, the sand as soft as baby powder, and couples can rent bikes and slowly meander down the paths from beach-to-beach.
WHERE TO STAY: A beachfront honeymoon cottage.
WHAT TO SEE: Brunch at Vue on 30A
3 – Bologna, Italy
Why it’s romantic — Bologna is an aphrodisiac for foodies. It’s off the beaten path and less touristy than Rome or Florence.. There’s miles of porticoes to stroll through and tiny bistros offering the best of Italian food. The Emilia-Romagna region is known for it’s artisan foods such as Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and handmade pastas. If you want to get lost in a romantic candlelit dinner, this is the place.
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Cornona d’Oro
Why it’s romantic — The scenery here is epic. So much so, that’s it’s actually a film location for Game of Thrones. Go during the off season and it will feel like you have your own cliffside, stone-walled, medieval town all to yourself. Spend the afternoon sailing the Adriatic Sea or sipping local wine and nibbling on Pag cheese in a little bistro.
WHERE TO STAY: Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
WHAT TO SEE: Walk the wall of the ancient city and then settle in for a glass of local wine and lite bites at Dvino Wine Bar.
WHERE TO STAY: CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
WHAT TO SEE: Walk along the Maleon to see the sunset.