Holidaying while in the first flush of love probably means that all you really need is a nice hotel and a beautiful sunset for gazing dreamily at one another. But if you prefer to schedule your romantic gestures and want to make the most of your first holiday as a couple, we’ve compiled a list of the best destinations for new love.
Keep it short and sweet in Rome, Italy
Three words: gelato, gelato, gelato
It’s always a good idea to test the waters with a quick weekend away, before booking an epic roadtrip or tropical paradise for you and your partner. The romantic associations with Paris might be a bit overwhelming for a new relationship, so why not try Rome?
Another European capital city with great weather, Rome has lots to look at while wandering hand-in-hand. It’s also easy to navigate and, most importantly, the ideal place to eat your body weight in gelato (or go full rom-com and rub each others noses in it). Check into the centrally located and romantically decorated Gregoriana5 guest house.
Pamper yourselves in Goias, Brazil
An active first holiday with plenty of time to relax
Even if you’re planning a fairly active first holiday together, make sure to factor in plenty of downtime. A visit to Caldas Novas in Goias, Brazil, will give even the most adventurous of couples incentive to relax.
Here, you’ll find hot springs combined with paintballing facilities at Lagoa Quente, the arduous hiking trails of Parque Ecológico Serra de Caldas, followed by gentle strolling through the gardens of Jardim Japones, and Hot Park, the largest hydrothermal park in Brazil. To increase the levels of relaxation from easy-going to euphoric, check into the all-inclusive Hotel Taiyo, a luxury hotel that has its own sauna and hot springs.
Stroll through the surf in Khao Lak, Thailand
Perfect for long lazy days in the sun
A beach holiday is always a good idea, regardless of how long you’ve been together. But especially in the beginning of a relationship. Khao Lak in Thailand has all the trappings of an ideal romantic respite; spend long lazy days in the sun, work up an appetite swimming and diving, then enjoy a sunset dinner and a late night stroll along the beach.
As the coastal villages that make up Khao Lak are relatively undeveloped in comparison to the rest of the Thai coast, visitors are guaranteed a tranquil atmosphere, white beaches, and miles of natural beauty. Stay close to the beach and only a short walk to the Khao Lak National Park by checking into the Casa De La Flora.
Make a romantic gesture in Cologne, Germany
Lock down that new love in Cologne
Maximise the time spent gazing adoringly into each other's eyes by organizing your first holiday to somewhere that’s easy to get around, with or without a map (one of the classic crisis points of any couples holiday). There’s always the option of a resort but if you’d prefer a city break take a look at Cologne.
Like lots of German towns, on a map Cologne looks quite spread out but in reality all the tourists attractions are within a few minutes’ walk of each other. Book a room overlooking the river at art’otel Cologne and then stroll across the Hohenzollernbruecke bridge, where over 40,000 ‘Love Locks’ have been left by other couples.
Explore with ease in Quebec, Canada
The perfect romantic background
One of the many great things about starting a new relationship is that just being together is enough to make any trip special, so why not travel somewhere pretty enough to provide the perfect romantic background, like Quebec.
This French-Canadian city is home to the Quartier du Petit Champlain, a narrow, 17th-century cobbled street, full of bistros, bakeries and plenty of opportunities for people watching. Follow this up with a walk along the Terrasse Dufferin – a walkway between the city’s upper and lower Old Town – and then have dinner overlooking the St. Lawrence River at Hotel 71.