If you’ve already got that special someone but aren’t the biggest fan of lovey-dovey clichés, planning a romantic weekend away can be a pain. So, to make it a little easier, we’ve put together some of the best destinations for couples who are less than romantic.
Pompeii in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius
Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii was the site of one the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. Just walk the streets of this ancient Roman city and you’ll spot signs of nature’s destructive power and how life in this once bustling area was brought to a standstill.
It’s about as far from romance as possible, but sharing this intense sneak peek into history is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll always remember. After you spend the day exploring, enjoy an intimate dinner at Home Max. Candles optional, breathtaking sunset guaranteed.
The Tokyo skyline
When it comes to avoiding romantic clichés, heading to a country with “anti-love” protests seems like a safe bet. Even if you don’t feel like joining in, Tokyo is still a dream destination for the romantically disinclined – because this hectic city caters to every taste and hobby.
After a day of shopping, eating, and sightseeing, curl up with your significant other and a good book at the Book and Bed. Or spend an evening at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, the setting for Lost in Translation – a must-see before visiting Japan.
Puffin Island in Wales
Wales is another destination where romantic celebrations are slightly out of tune with the rest of the world. The Welsh celebrate Saint Dwynwen—the patron saint of lovers—on January 25, making it an ideal spot for a Valentine’s Day getaway for people who don’t “do” romance.
Travelers looking to get away from it all— especially all those hearts and flowers—will love Anglesey. As Wales’ biggest island, Anglesey is covered in historic landmarks and surrounded by amazing sea views. But if you want your getaway to be even more of an escape, Puffin Island is just a short boat ride away.
Rotorua, New Zealand
Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley in New Zealand
The geothermal activity around Rotorua might have given this New Zealand destination the nickname of “Sulfur City,” but the 98-foot high Pohutu Geyser is also a fascinating part of Maori culture. Visit the Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley to see the bubbling mud pools and watch the regular geyser eruptions.
If sulfur isn't your thing, book a few nights at these apartments and make the most of their naturally-heated swimming pool.
Take a road trip
Hardknott Pass in Cumbria, UK
Road trips are the perfect way to spend time together without all the extras of a traditional romantic weekend. Treat yourself to gorgeous scenery and routes made famous by some of history’s most charismatic travelers.