When choosing your Valentine’s day location, let your heart do the leading. Romance exists in warm tropical breezes and cool winter strolls. There is no singular perfect place. But across the board, these destinations are magical and enchanting and will set the scene for a memorable and loving holiday.
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lover’s don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
For year-round stars above your head and powdery sand beneath your toes, pack a bag and head to the Mexican Riviera. Tulum is one of the most seductive vacation spots on earth. Perfect for the couple craving relaxation and intimacy, its limited electricity, breathtaking sunsets, and low-key vibe create an exotic environment for sharing. Situated just an hour and a half south of Cancun, it’s close enough to popular tourist destinations, while being far enough away to feel like you have truly escaped. The world-class restaurants and hotels enhance its natural beauty and provide a perfect space to connect with your beloved.
DO: Tulum National Park
Just a quick taxi or a bicycle ride away are the awe-inspiring Tulum Ruins.This 13th-century walled-in Mayan site is the ideal day trip for you and your partner. Explore the Castillo, an impressive archaeological site overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Imagine the Mayan people staring out at those same waves, feeling that same bright Mexican sun. Make sure to pack a swimsuit for a lazy day on the beach afterward—access is granted with the entrance fee to the park.
Carretera federak Chetumal — Cancun km. 230, Tulum, QROO, Mexico +52 984 802 5404
EAT: EL TÁBANO
Enhance your trip with the perfect dining spot. The entrance of this restaurant calls to you from the street with its bohemian vibe and inviting rustic tables. Take a seat amongst the jungle and dim lights and soon enough a surfer-clad server will provide you with a list of the night specialties. Cozy up and pick from an innovative menu that has impressed the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and international guests from across the world. Expect traditional Mexican Riviera foods with a modern and flavorful twist—the whole grilled fish, pork ribs in tomatillo sauce and roasted poblano peppers filled with ratatouille are a must and pair well with wine from their primarily Mexican list. Make sure to leave room for dessert! The extensive menu will have your mouth watering and your heart swooning. You are on a romantic vacation and deserve only the best.
El Tabano, Carretera Tulum – Boca Paila Km 7, Col. Tulum, 77780, Q.R.
There is something intrinsically timeless and beguiling about a winter stroll through Parisian streets. Considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, the French are known for their passion. It’s only fitting that the city has the capability to enchant its guests and inspire love songs and poetry.
DO: Eiffel Tower At Night
The chilly temperatures cannot keep lovers from watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle with 20,000 golden lights. Every nocturnal hour on the hour, the tower illuminates for 5 minutes of glittering luster. Grab your loved one, and sweep them off their feet with this twinkling romantic backdrop.
Idyllically located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres is one of the last authentic French gourmet bistros. The interior is classic with toile wallpaper and red velvet booths, reminiscent of 1930‘s Paris. Expect thick, flaky bread and warm, salty butter on every table, coupled with Champagne to complete the evening. Round out your meal with their world-famous vanilla floating island, with nougatine on top and a warm cafe. Allard is guaranteed to transport you to another era full of mystery and enchantment.
Allard, 41 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France +33 1 58 00 23 46
CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
Beautiful and illusive, these five charming seaside villages are nestled up in the mountains of the Italian Riviera. Only reached by train or boat, this destination is worth the journey. Visit in the off-peak season to enjoy the region without the hustle and bustle of tourists.
Of the five charming fishing towns, this is the jewel. Visit the 16th-century Belforte Tower, which offers incredible views of the area, the 11th-century Doria Castle and the 14th-century Santa Margherita d’Antiochia church.
EAT: Ristorante il Gambero Rosso
Visit this restaurant for original and creative cuisine, which is influenced by the Ligurian traditions. Indulge in wine from the region, and admire the picturesque scenery as you delight in fresh seafood, pastas, and spices. A must stop on your vacation.
Ristorante il Gambero Rosso, Piazza Marconi, 7- Vernazza, Cinque Terre +39 0187 812 265
Valentine’s Day is observed around the world. Enjoy this time with your partner and show them your appreciation with a trip to one of these relaxing and intimate destinations.