There are numerous romantic getaways perfect for celebrating an anniversary. You might enjoy soaking in Iceland’s hot springs while the Northern Lights are out, and a trip to Italy, complete with spritzes and the Mediterranean, is unparalleled. A 45-year anniversary might call for a relaxing train ride through California’s wine country, while more daring couples might choose an African safari or a hot-air balloon ride over the Arizona desert. A private jacuzzi in a luxurious hotel room in a foreign location might be more your speed. We’ve gathered a list of destinations to consider for any kind of relationship, milestone, or mood, as the destination will play a large role in determining the schedule for your special anniversary. These travels, ranging from extreme adventures to quiet getaways, show that anniversaries are the perfect opportunity to explore the globe together and take your relationship to the next level.
Here are 12 of our favourite anniversary trip ideas for your next romantic anniversary trip…
The two of you might celebrate your anniversary in style by taking a quick flight to the south of France, where you could spend your days lounging on the beach, seeing charming villages, and shopping at upscale designer boutiques. The French Riviera is the ideal setting for a romantic anniversary getaway, whether you choose to spend your days exploring the charming streets of Nice’s Old Town.
For a trip to the beach with a twist, book a flight to the Florida Keys. Travel to Key West along the Overseas Highway and enjoy the local cuisine, excellent snorkelling, delicious Key lime pie, and breathtaking scenery along the way.
Rolling hills blanketed in vineyards, small luxury hotels, amazing restaurants, and, of course, plenty of great wine—California wine region has it all. If you’re looking for a fun and classy way to see wine country, the Napa Valley Wine Train is a great choice with full-day tours.
One of the most memorable ways to commemorate another year together is to tick an African safari off your bucket list. You can’t go wrong with a safari in Kenya, especially in a luxury lodge that looks out over the Maasai Mara. Seek out the Big Five—elephants, rhinoceroses, buffaloes, lions, and leopards—if you’re in Africa.
Some vacationers like river cruises because it’s like visiting several different places in one trip, yet they only have to unload their bags once. Take a cruise down the Danube, the Rhine, or the Douro to see Europe’s medieval towns, ancient cities, and picturesque wine districts.
You should think about spending your anniversary in the Maldives, where you can enjoy both privacy and romance. You and your loved one will feel like you’ve arrived on your own little island as you relax in a traditional overwater bungalow surrounded by colourful coral reefs and some of the bluest water on Earth in the Maldives, a country with 1,190 islands (comprising 27 atolls). (You may even consider renting out an entire island to yourself.) All-inclusive resorts like Maafushivaru and Komandoo Maldives Island Resort help make this Indian Ocean destination perfect for honeymooners and other lovebirds.
Hot springs, glacial lagoons, and active volcanoes will make every moment of your vacation unforgettable. The natural landscapes of Iceland are mystical, from the Blue Lagoon to the black sand beaches, and especially the night skies, where you can hopefully catch a glimpse of the northern lights—an experience that no couple should miss.
Celebrate your anniversary in Sedona, Arizona, home to breathtaking red rock formations, luxurious spas, and mysterious vortexes (energy centres ideal for healing and meditation). This spiritual hub is also one of the most romantic destinations in the United States, set against a backdrop of striated canyons and blossoming cactus. Anniversary celebrations in Arizona can include hot-air balloon excursions over the desert, sound healing sessions, and stargazing.
New York City is full of one-of-a-kind opportunities, from food and entertainment to historic hotels. Every type of couple can find a perfect date in the city. You could spend the day exploring The Met and then go to a Broadway musical that night. Perhaps you and your significant other are the type of wealthy people who enjoy window shopping on Fifth Avenue before indulging in the supper of a lifetime at Eleven Madison Park. Alternatively, you might get a suite at The Plaza and not leave till your flight back home (no shame!). You won’t have any trouble choosing a beautiful place to stay in New York City, since there are many options from Brooklyn to the Lower East Side.
Honeymooners and romantic vacationers continue to flock to Greece for its picturesque whitewashed villages, lively beaches, and stunning blue calderas. Choosing which island(s) to visit in Greece is the most important part of organising a trip there. The Cyclades, which includes Santorini, is the most visited of Greece’s six principal archipelagos.
This faraway place features pink sand, hidden coves, and shimmering seas. Seychelles, an African archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is a top romantic destination due to its stunning beaches and private luxury resorts. The islands shine with Creole cuisine, fragrant spice farms, and gleaming granite cliffs.
Japan is a great destination for a romantic getaway for a number of reasons, including: strolling amid cherry blossom showers in Kyoto; eating your way through Tokyo’s ramen restaurants; and soaking in the onsens (hot springs) of Hakone. You and your significant other can keep yourselves occupied in Tokyo visiting historic temples, strolling the famous city streets, and dining on Michelin-star sushi and squid-ink sticky buns.
Whether you’re celebrating your 25th honeymoon in the Maldives or your wooden anniversary with a first-time city break vacation, an anniversary trip is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your spouse in a breathtaking setting. Any marriage could benefit from a little more thrill and surprise, and a romantic getaway is a great way to find it.
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