Santorini, Greece

What makes it special:  The jaw-dropping beauty of the caldera, the windy streets and the unique building styles on Santorini Island make it an unforgettable location for a honeymoon, anniversary or romantic trip.  (FYI - A “caldera” is a volcanic crater.  Santorini’s caldera is mostly underwater, but parts of the island sit on the caldera, and you can see more it off the shore from the towns of Fira, Imerovigli, Firastefani and Oia.)

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Travel tips:  For the most romantic trip, stay in a hotel on the caldera.  The views can be breathtaking, like what is seen from the Santorini Princess hotel shown above.  This hotel is right along possibly the most amazing hiking trail I’ve ever been on, which goes from Fira to Oia. (You can just hike part of the trail of course, as you can jump off at one of the towns along the way).  The hotel is set just far away enough from the towns to make it feel private and special, but close enough that access is not hard via the hotel car or taxi.  Because it is so extraordinary, it can also be very expensive.  One way to get a room at a fraction of the price is to go mid-week or later in the season, such as September or October.  Aside from sightseeing on land or relaxing in the hotels, the other “can’t miss” thing to do in Santorini is to take a day-long catamaran tour for an unforgettable experience. 

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Paris, France

What makes it special:  Paris is known as the City of Love.  It’s alluring combination of food, culture, sights, the Seine River, art, charming streets, museums and music makes it one of the most romantic cities in the world.

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Bora Bora

What makes it special:  Bora Bora is one of the most romantic islands in the world, featuring dramatic scenery, privacy and stunning over-water bungalows.  It seems the whole island is geared towards romance.  

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Florence

What makes it special:  Florence is a special place with incredible art, history, views and food. Some of the most breathtaking places in the city are the walks along the Arno river, Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square), the Duomo, the museums, and the streets and piazzas in the city center.  The historic center of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The photo above shows the Duomo, as seen from Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset. For an unforgettable trip, be sure to stay in an amazing hotel for memories to last a lifetime.

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Bali

What makes it special: Bali’s dreamy landscapes, succulent food, culture of joy and luxury make Bali an incredibly romantic spot.

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Napa Valley, California

What makes it special: Napa Valley’s peaceful nature, its unique landscape, its wineries, its incredible food offerings, its selection of charming hotels, and its spas make it a place for romance. 

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Rome, Italy

What makes it special:  What sets Rome apart and makes it such a unique city is the sheer depth and breadth of its history, which intermingle with modern day life.   There is something truly spectacular about walking among buildings and ruins that are thousands of years old. Not only that, there are so many of them.  One night while walking home from dinner, my husband and I stumbled across a huge set of ruins that was lit up magically in the night.  There were few other people around and this discovery gave us this incredible sense of awe.  Before going to Rome, I thought it would be a crowded dirty city, but after visiting it all I can think of the amazing buildings, the art, the food and most importantly, the amazing experiences we had.

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Rome has so many incredible places to visit.  This photo was taken on the Tiber (Tevere) river. 

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This photo of a violinist playing was taken on Via del Corso, near Piazza del Popolo.

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Budapest, Hungary

What makes it special: Budapest is incredibly picturesque and is one of the most historic places in the world, with the banks of Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and the Andrassy Avenue being UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  On top of the stunning scenery, the city is known for amazing food, and is known as the City of Spas, with its numerous thermal baths. 

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Moorea, French Polynesia

What makes it special:  Moorea is one of the most jaw droopingly gorgeous islands in French Polynesia.   With a relaxed vibe, stunning geography, amazing snorkeling, and a reputation for having opportunities for both adventure and relaxation, Moorea is without a doubt a top romantic destination.

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Maui, Hawaii

What makes it special: Consistently ranked as one of the top spots for honeymooners, Maui is a beautiful Hawaiian island that embodies the spirit of “Aloha.”

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Hvar Island, Croatia

What makes it special:  Known as the Queen of the Dalmatian Islands of Croatia, Hvar island is a relatively secluded spot that is rich with history, food, wine and sights. 

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Montreal, Canada

What makes it special:  Montreal is rich is history, style, food, music, culture and greenspace.  One of the most romantic spots is Old Montreal (shown above), where you can wander the cobblestone streets, enjoy a gourmet meal or take a romantic carriage ride. 

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Capri, Italy

What makes it special:  Capri’s allure comes in part from its rich history of being a unique escape.  The island has a magical aura to it, and views abound. 

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Anguilla

What makes it special: A relaxing island with plenty of beaches and romantic restaurants, Anguilla is known as an island for romance. 

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Kyoto, Japan

What makes it special: Kyoto has a rich history and stunning natural beauty.  In Kyoto, there are numerous unique things to do such as step in time to visit a number of World Heritage Sites, enjoy the beautiful bamboo forest, go to an ancient hot springs, or dress up as a samurai or geisha.

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Mykonos, Greece

What makes it special:  Mykonos is known for stunning beaches and a charming unique downtown.  While the island does have its fair share of partiers, there are plenty of opportunities for romance.  It is a perfect spot for a few nights while hopping to or from another island, such as Santorini, which can be reached via ferry.

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One of the unique parts about Mykonos are the somewhat hidden and very windy streets that have numerous gems, such as the romantic Avra Garden Restaurant shown above.   

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Majorca, Spain

What makes it special:  This Spanish island is known for its coves, beautiful mountains and historical remains. 

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Taormina, Sicily, Italy

What makes it special:  Taormina is a stunning cliff-side town in Sicily near Mount Etna, an active volcano.  The city features a magical and mythical quality, with an ancient forum and beautiful walking street that is completely closed to cars.  The views in this enchanted city are views that you will never forget.  If you enjoy hiking, be sure to take a walk up to Castelmola from Taormina to visit the unique and charming town high up in the hills.

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Cotswolds, England

What makes it special: This picturesque country spot in England is overflowing with charm with a multitude of romantic hotels and restaurants.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

What makes it special: Called the Jewel of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik features a beautiful and well-preserved old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  

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Monaco

What makes it special: This very upscale city-state is known for luxury, yachts, the Grand Prix, and the famous casino.

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Monaco’s Monte Carlo Casino is a top attraction in Monaco.

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Big Sur, California

What makes it special: Big Sur’s stunning scenery and quiet nature make it a place to remember.

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Phuket, Thailand

What makes it special:  Phuket is an eclectic and fairly large island with amazing beaches and scenery.  The top two tricks to making a visit to Phuket romantic are to completely avoid the town of Patong, (which is like a fraternity house on steroids) and to booka  beautiful hotel. From Phuket, you can go daytrip island-hopping to stunning nearby spots. 

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Tuscany, Italy

What makes it special:  The incredible food, relaxing ambience and rich history make Tuscany a romantic place in which to unwind.

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Venice, Italy

What makes it special: Venice’s canal and unique architecture give the city a magical feel. 

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

What makes it special: The Amalfi coast is recognized a UNESCO World Heritage site for its stunning beauty and its natural diversity. The views are simply breathtaking, and it is no wonder this is a popular honeymoon or romantic trip destination.

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