Couples' getaways can be wonderful and romantic but spending multiple days in a row together in a new place can also put a relationship to the test. It makes sense. Travel is stressful (hello, TSA lines). It often requires compromise. You each may have certain expectations of how the trip should go. You also might be getting less alone time than you're used to. All of those factors have a way of highlighting incompatibilities you may have never noticed before. The key to actually enjoying your vacation-for-two starts with picking the right spot for your trip, says Jim Augerinos, president and luxury travel consultant at Perfect Honeymoons. In Augerinos's experience, the most successful trips are typically to places neither partner has been before, but aren't too difficult to get to. That maximizes your chances for bonding (because your'e both having the same, new experiences), while minimizing travel stress. And yes, it needs that certain je ne sais quoi that will highlight your warm fuzzy feelings for each other. Another tip from Augerinos: “Choose a destination that appeals to each person," he suggests. "It's not fair to go on a golf getaway if one person isn’t into golfing. Don’t cater to just one person’s interests.” Given these guidelines, every couple's perfect getaway will be unique to where they live and what they love. But if you're not sure where to start with planning, these destinations offer a great jumping off point. Los Angeles, California Where to stay: Malibu Beach Inn
This picturesque seaside haven has chic lounge chairs right outside its back doors, so you can enjoy the balmy weather together with your toes in the sand. Book a room with a balcony view of the Pacific Ocean. (Rooms from $555 a night.)
What to do:
Start off your day with homemade granola at
the city’s best. If you’re the outdoorsy types, try a hike in the
Runyon Canyon Park Trails
. Parasailing in Santa Monica (about a 20-minute drive from the hotel) makes an unforgettable date. End the day of adventure at the farm-to-table
restaurant, which is located at the end of a pier and serves up dishes
like vegetable paella and lobster mac and cheese.
More Hudson Valley, New York Where to stay: Collective Retreats
Take "glamping" to the next level on a picturesque organic farm. Each tent is outfitted with real beds made with 1,500 thread-count linens and cozy down comforters. There's also electricity and private bathrooms with rain-style showers. (Tents from around $399 a night.)
What to do:
for a scenic hot air balloon ride. Heights not your thing? Hudson has several stylish boutiques and shops. Plus, the Collective Retreats crew can help you plan out the outdoor adventures of your dreams, including activities such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, and fly fishing.
More Savannah, Georgia Where to stay: The Perry Lane Hotel
This luxe property is
especially great for couples. The staff will set you and your partner up with a picnic basket complete with gourmet food and fresh flowers to take to a nearby local park together. (Rooms from $179 per night in winter and $228 per night in the spring and summer.)
What to do:
Check out nearby Little Tybee Island, where you can go kayaking, try wind surfing, or just lounge on the
Noodle Bar is a must-visit
(we recommend their Na Na Noodles with shrimp)
Or check out the fast-casual, South African-inspired sandwich shop,
, where the line is often down the block in the summer. Be sure to ask for an extra splash of their addictive special sauce.
More Turks & Caicos Where to Stay: The Shore Club
This luxe, romantic property is on the less-developed side of the island, where you can find peace, quiet, and intimacy.
But because Turks & Caicos is fairly easy to navigate, you'll still be within easy reach of all the excitement. Plus, the trip is only 90 minutes from Miami by plane, so travel time won’t eat up a substantial chunk of your trip. (Rooms from about $450 a night.)
What to do:
Turks & Caicos is all about the beach.
Augerinos says the water is as blue as you’ll find in the Caribbean. When you need a snack break, try
. This food truck is an extension of the popular (and nearly impossible to get into) restaurant
, which is the most famous on the island. But this recommendation isn't a consolation prize. “The food truck is way more casual and the menu is more whimsical,” Augerinos says.
Photo: Getty Images. More New York, New YorkWhere to stay: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
This property was designed with sustainability in mind (think: room keys made of recycled wood instead of plastic and plants everywhere), and has a killer skyline view of Manhattan. Plus, the hotel offers special experiences for two. On Valentine’s Day, for instance,
the staff will set you and your love up with a private, in-room astrology reading and sound bath — plus a 50-minute facial, a 25-minute sugar scrub, and a reflexology treatment. Still not sold? The'll add chocolate heart-shaped macaroons to sweeten the deal. (Rooms from $349 in the low season and $549 during the high season.)
What to do:
Start your day with a classic cup of joe from
, or breakfast at
, a popular French brasserie that
offers delicious beignets. If the weather is nice, hit the streets for a romantic morning walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or, a little farther uptown, through Central Park. Grab lunch at
the famous Halal Guys
food truck, check out
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
, and end the day clinking drinks and enjoying the views at
BarSixtyFive at the Rainbow Room
If you’re still going around 11 p.m. or midnight, head to the Empire State Building. It's a little-known secret that the roof deck is open until 2 a.m. A late-night visit offers amazing views of the lit-up NYC skyline, and you’ll skip the insane lines that plague the iconic building during the day. Remember, it’s the city that never sleeps, so you and your S.O. will have plenty of time to pack it all in.
More Newmarket on Fergus, IrelandWhere to stay: Dromoland Castle
If you’re going for Downton Abbey vibes, this idyllic and memorable property is for you. It’s been around since the 16th century, which is evident in its regal hallways, roaring fireplaces, and walled garden. (Don’t worry, it has plenty of modern amenities too.) Plus, the castle is just 10 minutes from the airport, so you’ll waste no time once you land. (Rooms from about $344 a night.)
What to do:
On this trip, you have every excuse to never leave your hotel. The property has a spa, a golf course, and a mouth-watering tasting menu at
The Earl of Thomond
restaurant. If you’re into it, you can also go on horse rides, or visit the castle’s
school to get up close and personal with falcons, hawks, and owls. But if you're eager to sightsee too, rent a car; you’re an hour’s drive from the stunning
Cliffs of Moher
Photo: Getty Images. More Canyon Point, Utah Where to stay: Amangiri
If you and your boo are eager to unwind, look no further than this secluded hideaway. The surroundings are otherworldly, with beautiful buildings set amongst gorgeous red rock canyons. Stay in cozy pavilions, and enjoy indulgent spa treatments, and Pilates and yoga classes. (Rooms from $1,550 per night in February.)
What to do:
Take a break from the spa for an outdoor adventure out West, which the Amangiri staff will help you plan. The resort is within driving distance of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Monument Valley Tribal Park, home of the Navajo Nation. Other on-site adventures for nature junkies include
hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and boating on Lake Powell.
More Denver, ColoradoWhere to stay: The Maven
This kitschy hotel is full of more than 700 eye-catching pieces of art, plus it has urban patios and luxurious round soaker tubs in the rooms. It's conveniently located in the heart of the popular LoDo neighborhood (short for lower downtown). You're one block away from both Coors Field, where you can watch baseball from the stadium's rooftop bar, and Denver Union Station, which is filled with cute shops and restaurants. (Rooms from $209 a night.)
What to do:
If you go in the summer, you can catch a Colorado Rockies game, then grab a cone at
Little Man Ice Cream
. The old-timey bookstore
is worth a visit too. Then share plates at the Asian fusion hot spot
, where we suggest ordering the Korean Fried Chicken Bao Buns.
And of course, don't forget to pack your hiking boots
. Saint Mary’s Glacier
is about an hour's drive away. There, you'll find trails suited for moderate to intermediate trekkers. Or drive 40 minutes to
, where you can
check out the amphitheater — a geological wonder that has a theater built into three-hundred-foot rock monoliths where they hosts concerts,
, and other events — and do some hiking or biking in the surrounding park.
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