Have you been looking for a romantic getaway to make unforgettable memories with your significant other? In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d collaborate with a few fellow Instagram travel couples and narrow down what we consider to be the best travel destinations for couples.
Get ready to be inspired! These locations look so dreamy and romantic that it makes me want to book flights ASAP!
Instagram Couple #1: @MrandMrsBackpack
Their choice: The Maldives
What they had to say…
Shawn and I have never been to the Maldives, but it’s definitely on our travel bucket list! We’ve dreamt of romantic walks on these pristine white beaches for quite some time!
Instagram Couple #2: @TwoTickets.ToAnywhere
Their Choice: Thailand
“Thailand, it seems that everybody who has been loves it. Whereas everybody who hasn’t been is quick to warn you of its dangers and has a bad story to tell of one of their friends experiences during their gap year! We can honestly say before visiting Thailand that neither of us were particularly looking forward to it. We felt as if we were obliged to visit during our travels through South East Asia. I’m glad to say that we were both seriously wrong to feel like this and we left loving the country as have most of the couples and backpackers that came before us.
The north is home to picturesque landscapes, thousands of beautiful temples, incredible food and ‘authentic’ cultural experiences. Our favorite place we stayed was at Dream Home Guesthouse in Chiang Dao. It’s a family run business and the family was the friendliest people we have met on our travels. Not only that, the price tag of 800 baht for a peaceful retreat with breakfast included made it that much better. The south of Thailand boasts sun-kissed white sand beaches, clear blue seas, marine life that will blow your mind and parties that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
This is a country where you can hike a mountain, relax in a hammock, trek through a jungle and go white water rafting. You can visit more amazing temples than you could possibly imagine, you can get up close to elephants and realize how tiny you are in comparison, you can snorkel, scuba dive, party, socialize, sit on a beach or even spend your time in a meditation retreat! You can eat some of the best food you’ll ever eat for some of the cheapest prices you’ll ever pay. Our point is, that Thailand has something for everybody. It can be whatever you want it to be and offer any type of vacation you want. From the super kind locals, pristine southern islands and superb national parks in the north, we would be happy to recommend this country to any couple looking for an escape.”
We agree with Jack and Becky on this one. Thailand can be so romantic and definitely deserves to be on the list of best travel destinations for couples! Keep up with this awesome couple on their Instagram @twotickets.toanywhere
Instagram Couple #3: @BarbieAndPanda
Their Choice: Whitsundays, Australia
What they love..
“The Whitsundays is a group of islands off the East Coast of Australia. It is such a magical place for us as we went there right after getting engaged. However, it is a magical place in general with amazing hidden little beaches and islands that are 5 feet wide and 100 feet long! It is also home to a large part of the inner Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel with all sorts of colorful fish, some as big as a large child! You can eat fresh oysters right off the rocks. You can relax on some of the whitest sand beaches in the world, like Whitehaven! And you can truly disconnect from life and connect with your love. It’s a perfect spot for all sorts of couples. Ones who are new into relationships, ones who are newly married and even couples who have extended their families and have little ones.
A lot of the islands are uninhabited and we recommend chartering a boat so you can see a wider variety of islands and beaches. We chartered a boat using Whitsunday Escape and had a wonderful experience. However, if a resort is more your style, Hamilton Island is scattered with lots of options.”
We just recently visited the Whitsundays and guys, Whitehaven Beach is seriously incredible! It’s your picture perfect, postcard beach destination! Corina and Greg have been to some amazing destinations that you can check out on their Instagram @barbieandpanda
Instagram Couple #4: @GillsGoGlobal
Their Choice: Gili Islands, Indonesia
Why you should get giddy about Gili..
“The Gili Islands off the coast of Bali in Indonesia consist of Gili Taragawan (Gili T), Gili Air and Gili Meno. Accessible via a 2-3 hour ferry journey from Bali. The remote location and popularity of Bali means these hidden gems are often overlooked. We love Bali, in fact, we got married there. But the Gili’s are so beautiful and charming that we extended our journey there to start our honeymoon on Gili T. These three gorgeous islands have something to offer everyone.
Once you get to the island, consider renting a bike (or many hotels offer them for free). It’s an easy and fun way to explore the island. You’ll notice that the one side is the party side (side by the ferry dock) and the other side is the chill side (by Ombak Sunset Hotel), which comes in handy when you’re looking for what night life suits you!
If you’re a “relax on the beach” holiday-er, the beaches are white and the water is crystal blue. There are so many places to lay out in the sun and bronze your tan, or grab the shade of a palm tree and get into that page turner of a book while sipping on a fresh coconut or cocktail.
If your more the “adventure” holiday-er, there’s plenty to keep your adrenaline going. Horseback riding was one of my personal favorite adventures, as you got to ride them on the beach and into the ocean. When you go, be sure to book a dive or snorkelling tour, what these islands are well-known for and are said to be the sea turtle capital of the world!
In the evening, the Gili sunsets are incredible – the sky looks like it is on fire! Gili T is Instagram famous for its over water swing, a popular place for that perfect postcard picture. After sundown, you can catch a movie on the beach, under the stars near the Ombak Sunset Hotel, or head to the busier side of the island for some partying!”
You’ll likely see hundreds of pictures on Facebook and Instagram of couples loving the Gili Islands, so Christina and Allan aren’t wrong about this one, that’s for sure! Get more inspiration for travel on their Instagram @gillsgoglobal
Instagram Couple #5: Yours Truly! @MobileMarhankas
Our Choice: Costa Rica
We think Costa Rica is the ultimate getaway for couples, especially if you’re looking for adventure! For two weeks, we spent our days white water rafting, ziplining through the jungle, hiking volcanoes and rappelling into canyons and then unwound on stunning beaches watching gorgeous sunsets. Check out our blog post The Ultimate Costa Rica Adventure Itinerary to see more of what this amazing country has to offer.
If your ultimate romantic getaway is pure relaxation, Costa Rica is for you, too! There are tons of relaxing hot springs, particularly in La Fortuna. We stayed at Volcano Lodge and Springs and left feeling completely rejuvenated. High five for the couples spa package! You can also find all-inclusive resorts all over the country where you can spend your holiday sipping cocktails by the pool, followed by long sunset walks on the beach and then dance the night away under the stars.
Not only that, the country adopts a “pura vida” lifestyle. The people are all about living a happy life, free of worry and stress. They were so kind and accommodating and it made our holiday that much more relaxing and enjoyable.
Have you ever been to any of these destinations? What’s the most romantic place you’ve ever been?
Side note: tell your significant other you love them every single day. You never know when it could be your last.
Happy travels, friends!