All You Need Is Love: Destinations to Discover With Your Valentine Any Time of Year
While Valentine’s Day celebrations may look a little different this year, let’s not forget that love should be celebrated all year around! This certainly rings true for 49%* of global travelers who have recently revealed their intention to pick a destination for its romantic atmosphere. That’s why we have shot our Cupid’s arrow to reveal some of the most romantic destinations around the world, based on our traveler endorsement data**, for couples to use as inspiration for their next lovers’ getaway, whenever it’s safe to travel again.
Tepoztlán, which is one of Booking.com’s top endorsed destinations for romantic escapes, has something for every couple to fall in love with; from the atmosphere, which feels mystical and enchanting due to the stunning mountains that surround the area, to the bohemian town itself, where traditional crafts and tasty sweet treats are sold at the daily market. At night, along the colorful cobblestone streets, plenty of alfresco restaurants pop-up, making Tepoztlán the perfect spot for a candlelit dinner under the stars.
Where to stay: Prepare to be wooed by the Amomoxtli 5-star hotel. From arrival, guests will experience world-class service and top of the range hotel facilities, including a gorgeous outdoor pool with breathtaking views of the mountains. The bedrooms’ interiors ooze luxury too, with most rooms featuring their own lovers’ hideaway; a private garden terrace.
Pokolbin, located near the Hunter Valley, where some of Australia’s most sought-after vineyards are located, is a fantastic destination for couples to visit and try some of Australia’s finest wines. It is easy to see why this destination features in our top places for Romantic Escapes endorsed by travelers, as it is not just the wine that draws love birds to Pokolbin, the fine-dining food scene is also thriving, making it the perfect spot for indulging in delicious Australian cuisine on date night.
Where to stay: Set amongst 25 acres of land in the heart of the Hunter Valley is Hermitage Lodge. This premium, boutique hotel has an award-winning Italian restaurant, as well as its very own vineyard where couples can enjoy a tasting experience right on Hotel’s land.
When visiting the village of Lissewege you may feel like you are stepping back in history, with its timeless, whitewashed cottages and 13th-century architecture. It is most definitely the medieval charm of this village which makes it one of our most endorsed destinations for a romantic vacation. In the daytime, couples can stroll along the picturesque canal or hire bikes for a scenic ride through the meadows.
Where to stay: For any romanticists who like to get swept up in history, then a stay at the characterful B&B Pronkenburg should be added to the list. The accommodation is an 18th-century manor which even comes with its own moat. The B&B has since been modernized for a truly comfortable stay while retaining some of the manor’s original features.
Moltrasio, which according to our endorsement data is one of the most romantic destinations in the world, is the very definition of a hidden gem. The small, picturesque town, nestled along the idyllic Lake Como, boasts views that are second to none. It is no wonder that Lake Como is a desirable wedding destination and many famous faces have said ‘I Do’ in front of the gorgeous backdrop of the lake over the years.
Where to stay: Overlooking the stunning lake is Como Lake Amazing View - byMyHomeinComo. The clue is in the name given the spectacular vistas from the apartment’s balcony. This also means that couples don’t need to travel anywhere to find a romantic spot to soak up the lake’s tranquillity. The apartments are smartly furnished with a well-equipped kitchen for those wanting to cook up a feast to treat their loved one to.
Had Nes, Israel
This destination is like a relaxing retreat for couples wanting to spend time to reconnect with each other. Undoubtedly, the serenity of Had Nes and the breathtaking views of the Sea Galilee are attracting lovers to visit, making it one of Booking.com’s top-endorsed destinations for romance. Couples visiting can enjoy a peaceful hike along River Jordan, or explore the surrounding area’s vineyards, to taste authentic Israeli wines during a romantic outing.
Where to stay: With superb, panoramic views of the Sea of Galilee, the Cnaan Village Boutique Hotel & Spa features luxurious suites, which all come with a hot tub and a private garden. Here, travelers can sit back and appreciate the beautiful surroundings of Had Nes.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 47,728 respondents across 28 markets (1,997 from USA, 1,987 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 1,996 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,994 from Australia, 985 from New Zealand, 1,993 from Spain, 1,993 from Italy, 1,993 from France, 1,984 from UK, 1,989 from Germany, 1,977 from Netherlands, 983 from Denmark, 986 from Sweden, 998 from Croatia, 1,997 from Russia, 999 from Israel, 1,997 from India, 1,992 from China, 991 from Hong Kong, 1,991 from Thailand, 1,977 from Singapore, 998 from Taiwan, 953 from Vietnam, 1,990 from South Korea, 1,987 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2020.
**Based on endorsements for Romantic Escapes and Romantic left on Booking.com as part of post-stay reviews.