If you’re thinking about jetting off somewhere sunny with your other half, we’ve put together a go-to guide to the best places for couples’ holidays. Forget those hours trawling through lists of boutique hotels in your favourite destinations. We’ve thought of everything, from sun-splashed getaways on the Greek islands, to do-nothing days at adults-only hotels in the Dominican Republic – to list just a few. Keep scrolling to decide where you’ll go next…
Riu Palace Macao, Dominican Republic
If your idea of the perfect romantic getaway is wandering hand in hand along the talc-white sand, then you’re in luck. The Riu Palace Macao is pulled up on a good-looking beach freckled with lofty palms and nap-ready sunloungers. The whole place is adults only, so there’ll be no little nippers splashing around in the hotel’s three pools. However, if you feel like being a big kid, you can always race your partner down the six slides at Splash Water World next door – you’ll have free access. When it comes to mealtimes, you’re well set. There’s a sprawling international buffet and three à la cartes, which include a steakhouse, an Italian trattoria and a Japanese place. Plus, you’ve got a fusion restaurant right on the beach that’s got ‘candlelit dinner for two’ written all over it.
Check out the Riu Palace Macao
Secrets The Vine Cancun, Mexico
Bit of a luxury lover? We’ve got the romantic holiday destination for you. Perched on a coastline edged by tropical beaches, Secrets The Vine Cancun pulls out all the stops with Unlimited Luxury® – its ultra All Inclusive offering. Forget lovers’ tiffs over who’s going to pay the bill – everything’s included here. We’re talking access to seven à la carte restaurants, cocktails mixed with premium spirits, 24-hour room service, and waiters that’ll bring your drinks right to your sunlounger by the pool or on the beach. Curious about the cuisines on offer? There’s everything from Mexican and Mediterranean, to seafood and steak. And if all of that’s not enough, the hotel also comes with a huge spa. There are 14 treatment rooms and some of them are couples’ suites, so you can get pampered with body wraps, massages and facials without having to leave each other’s side.
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Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica
If you’re browsing beach holidays for two, chances are that you’re after a hotel that’s heavy on peace and privacy. Say hello to Couples Tower Isle in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Tropical gardens and a private beach are just part of the picture at this adults-only retreat. The ‘do not disturb’ sign is firmly in place throughout the grounds – wander along the plant-edged pathways and you’ll end up on footprint free sands, just across from the hotel’s very own naturist-friendly island. Yep, that’s exactly what you think it is. Hop on the free shuttle boat from the beachfront jetty and after a couple of minutes on the water, you’ll dock at Tower Isle. Here, you’ll find a pool, a sun deck, a beach and a bar, all set up for perfecting that full-body tan. Want advice on the perfect room? The sea-view suites get our vote.
Take a peek at the Couples Tower Isle
TUI MAGIC LIFE Candia Maris, Crete
We get it, soaking up the sun day-in-day-out on holiday isn’t for everyone. That’s where the beachfront TUI MAGIC LIFE Candia Maris comes in. If you’re a bit of a fidget when you’re away, there’s nowhere better for an All Inclusive holiday than a TUI MAGIC LIFE. Think round-the-clock food and drink and enough activities to try something new every day. But the TUI MAGIC LIFE Candia Maris is special – as well as all of the above, this Greek retreat in Crete is adults only. That’s right, no kiddos allowed, which means you’ve got free rein of everything from the trampolines and the indoor bikes, to the trio of pools and bars. You can also head out on the Aegean Sea in a canoe, explore the cycling trails on two wheels, or work up a sweat in a fitness class, like HIIT or Legs, Bums and Tums.
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