When you’re choosing the destination for your next couple's vacation, just remember: bad decisions can have bad consequences. Now, we’re not saying that if you pick the "wrong" place that the end is nigh for you and your significant other -- but we are saying that our five couple's getaway picks are nearly guaranteed to set the scene for romance. From the exotic charm of a Traveler’s Choice winner to an undiscovered city (and more in between), these spots will make for an unforgettable (in a good way) vacation a deux.
Voted the world’s number one holiday destination by travelers in 2015, Marrakech is the Moroccan gateway into Africa. The blend of culture here is its key appeal, and the city’s collection of mosques, markets, palaces, gardens and bazaars is a big draw for couples. However, all that pales in comparison to the nighttime desert camel tours (although we’re steering clear of the ubiquitous "hump" jokes). Plus, the personalized hospitality of the riads of Marrakech make it a great choice for couples.
Where to Stay: We recommend the Riad Ambre et Epices where quality time can be spent in the courtyard plunge pool or inside the cozy fireplace lounge.
2. San Francisco
What is a couple's vacation if not a prime excuse to share the images of your happiness with the world via the magic of Instagram? Well, a real chance to spend quality time together somewhere awesome without the hassles of jobs, roommates, and bills falling through the letterbox, you say? Er, okay, that too. Clearly one of the most romantic cities in the world (the 10th most romantic to be precise), San Francisco has so many Instagrammable spots you might even be tempted to get a Selfie Stick. Those memories of the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and views from Twin Peaks and Alcatraz (because you’re prisoners of each other’s hearts, of course) will last a lifetime -- and if they fade you’ll always have those San Fran Instagram posts to look back on.
Where to Stay: Choose to stay at the Hotel Vitale, located on the Embarcadero waterfront; between couple's soaks in the spa and the views from the terrace, you might never leave the hotel.
3. Playa Del Carmen
JFK and Jackie headed for an Acapulco honeymoon after tying the knot back in 1953, but for 2016 we think Mexico’s Mayan Riviera is the ultimate spot for a couple's retreat. Playa Del Carmen is the perfect place to hide away from it all with your partner, and there are plenty of luxury digs to choose from.
Where to Stay: We recommend the Rosewood Mayakoba, which comes with upscale restaurants, beautiful pools, a spa, and a mile-long stretch of private beach -- ideal for romance.
Some couples like to find a spot and stick to it, but as confidence in the world economy slowly creeps back, people are more and more willing to take a risk on a new destination and head somewhere different, according to 2015 travel trends. And things don’t come a lot wilder than Cuba. As travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba have been relaxed, Havana has heated up even more. However, there are fears of what effect the increased tourism and investment will have on the country’s unique essence. Which means, if you’re a couple who have always dreamed of the Buena Vista Social Club, the classic cars, and the old-fashioned image of Havana, then now is the time to go.
Where to Stay: Stay centrally amidst the action of Old Havana at the Hotel Telegrafo. An atmospheric, mid-range hotel, it has a prime location for sightseeing -- oh, and it was the first hotel in Havana to have telephones!
Five-star service, luxury plunge pools, private beaches, and spectacular sights are all worthy traits in an ultimate couple's spot -- but how about some old time European glamour, too? Nicknamed the "Paris of the East," Budapest is quietly establishing itself as one of Europe’s most covetable vacation spots thanks to its balance of old and new. From the architecture and museums to the nightlife and the coffee (yes, really), Budapest is the city for couples with a sense of adventure. Filled with a myriad of hot springs, it's a great place to take in the sights and then enjoy a nice soak.
Where to Stay: Stay at the elegant, art nouveau Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace on the bank of the Danube River and treat yourselves in the on-site spa.