The Most Romantic Getaways in 2016

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Planning a romantic getaway this year but not sure where to go? My long time best friend is getting married next month and she recently asked me for a list of potential honeymoon destinations. I soon realised that I haven’t really covered the topic of romance on my blog (other than the most romantic small towns in Europe), as for me it hasn’t really been an issue in the past! Having met my boyfriend a little over a year ago we have taken a few trips in the past year that fall into this category, so I’m finally ready to share them with you now that the opportunity has presented itself! Here are the most romantic getaways to take in 2016 (tried and tested by yours truly!)

Nihiwatu Resort

Nihiwatu, Indonesia

This resort is a destination in itself. Located a short one hour flight from Bali, Nihiwatu has all the benefits of Indonesian hospitality and geographic pleasantries (warm weather and sunshine!), without the downsides to the business of nearby Bali. The resort is located on Sumba Island, which is home to around 600,000 locals, but the remote location of the resort will transport you a world away from reality. The best part is that if you want to immerse yourself in local culture, the hotel will arrange for your visit to nearby schools and villages to meet the locals (although you’ll meet plenty of friendly faces working at the resort itself!) With magical sunsets, tree houses for accommodation and a “make any request” policy, there really is nowhere else in the world quite as romantic as those purpley pink sunsets at Nihiwatu.

Yarra Valley, Australia

Yarra Valley, Australia

If you’re looking for something a little more low-key and budget friendly, then consider a trip outside of Melbourne to the nearby Yarra Valley to stay in this unique vintage air stream. WOW contributor Emma Kate recently visited to test the waters and proclaimed it the most gorgeous, unique accommodation on offer in this part of the world! The above photo makes her point hard to argue with.

Sedona Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

If you and your partner are looking to get off the grid, then look no further than a road trip in Arizona. Last year myself and my boyfriend drove the length of the State in search of small towns, dessert, canyons, and Navaho Nation. We both agree that the best stop in our itinerary was the town of Sedona, located in the red rock region of Arizona (you can’t beat a red rock sunset… you just can’t!)

Thalia, Tasmania

Tasmania, Australia

Australia’s “flavour of the month” is without a doubt Tasmania (or Tassie to locals), as it has quickly shot to international recognition as one of the world’s best islands and a couple of years ago the capital, Hobart, was dubbed the coolest city in the world. For an ultimate romantic getaway, consider these highlights: Thalia Haven (pictured); Saffire Freycinet (the world’s best boutique hotel); or Pump House Point (a gorgeous lakeside retreat).

Uluru Australia

The Outback, Australia

The Outback of Australia only fell on my radar recently, despite being a born and bred Australian (I know, I know… just plain blasphemy). But I believe we all have a tendency to venture to foreign lands before we explore our own, and after finally realising that, I promptly decided now was as good a time as any to change that. If you can picture yourself at a warm sunset with Uluru in the background, glass of champagne in hand and having just dismantled your camel ride to dinner, then look no further than the red centre – the heart of Australia.

Mcway Falls, California Coast

Big Sur, California

The most impressive road trip I have ever embarked on was a few days travelling from San Francisco to Los Angeles along Pacific Coast Highway One. Driving through the iconic Big Sur National Park was an ultimate highlight, stopping at popular Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls, Carmel by the Sea and Santa Barbara along the way. The only regret I have would be doing it alone (although I had a really great time), as it was truly a place like no other that you could really (and I mean really, really, really) enjoy with your loved one.


Prague, Czech Republic

It is hard to imagine any other city in Europe quite as enchanting and mystical as Prague. While it has become incredibly popular over the last few years (even more so than before), it is still entirely possible to enjoy a romantic getaway in this magical and somewhat eery city that makes you realise just how old Europe really is (it is a great look back at architecture through the years). For the best experience, try travelling in the off season and be sure to include a day trip to the most charming town in Europe – Cesky Krumlov.

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Uluwatu, Indonesia

Bali has quickly become the first choice for Aussies heading overseas, however you can rest assured knowing there are still some hidden gems away from the hustle and bustle that allow you to transport yourself to another time and place entirely. Alila Villas in Uluwatu have incredible pool villas with an even more impressive view that stretches across the ocean.

Santorini village, Greece

Santorini, Greece 

Its hard to write a list of the most romantic getaways and skim past that one destination we all dream of when thinking of an ideal escape – to the white buildings and bright blue doors of Santorini. Located in Greece, Santorini is a popular holiday destination for honeymooners, particularly in the warmer months… so be sure to book in advance!


Cotswolds, England

And finally a little escape to the English countryside is always hard to beat. The Cotswolds are located around a 2 hour drive from London, making the region entirely possible to be visited as a day trip but if its romance you want, its romance you will find, by taking the time out to yourselves. The region is best explored by car as there are plenty hidden gems away from the more popular tourist spots. The best way to tackle it would be to make an adventure out of it and come without an agenda – just wander as you please and let locals guide the way.

Are you off on a romantic getaway this year!? Feel free to share below!

    Danielle @ Our Passport Pages
    March 8, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Ah I LOVE LOVE LOVE Prague! Thanks for sharing!

    February 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    This is a really fantastic list and I think you did a great job not just pointing to the obvious romantic getaways. I personally would love to drive the PCH and visit Cotswolds!

    February 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I shared some on my blog!

    January 29, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I remember that Indonesia trip, it looked amazing! That sunset is so crazy beautiful. I love the Santorini and Tasmania recommendations too!

    January 26, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I should try the lake in California one day! Maybe when I get a car…It is hard to get around without a car here in US

    Noelle Konrad
    January 26, 2016 at 10:27 am

    A perfect little weekend retreat would be Lake Tahoe, California. Especially right now with all of the snow. It’s just magical.

    January 26, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Oooh so many great ideas that it would be hard to pick just one for a honeymoon! Indonesia and Arizona look incredible.

    January 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    3rd one looks amazing!!

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    January 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Brooke, This is fantastic! I am planning my wedding/honeymoon for 2016 and some of these destinations are giving me some wonderful inspiration. thanks!

    Charlotte Buckle
    January 25, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I would have never thought to look at many of these places! What a great list! Thank you so much for sharing.
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    shannon off duty
    January 25, 2016 at 4:39 am

    The Cotswolds looks the most beautiful. I would love to go there! So romantic:)

    January 25, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Haha, so I live in a “romantic getaway”? Happy to hear that you love Prague so much! ^_^ But trust me, working and/or studying here can be just as hectic and stressful as everywhere else… though, after an unsuccessful exam, I can get a nice walk around the Old town to relieve the stress a bit 🙂

    Agata Lemos
    January 24, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    We went to Dubrovnik for our honeymoon and I recommend to anyone who is looking for a romantic destination. All this cafes and restaurants by the harbour, historical building and the proximity of the nearest islands makes it just perfect.

    January 24, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    As surprising as it sounds, I would also ad Amsterdam to that list ! 🙂

    Exept from that : I totally agree.

    Kenza from

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    January 24, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Cotswolds is excellent. Krabi in Thailand is really great romantic place to be.

    Gabi @ Books & Trips
    January 24, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Dubrovnik, Croatia should also be on this list! Lots of romantic destinations out there 🙂 Great inspirational post, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

      Agata Lemos
      January 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      I absolutely agree Gabi!

    Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)
    January 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Santorini is on my wish list!

    January 24, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Cotswolds looks fabulous! I will put this destination on my travel list!

    January 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Some of world’s greatest romantic escapes.

    E from The Roam Pear
    January 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I am so glad you put Cotswolds onto the list, the place is beautiful. I am most definitely sharing this with my friend and her boyfriend as they are looking for somewhere together as a couple. And Brooke every since you posted about Thalia Haven and your instagram photo I have been obsessed with this place. I hope to be able to visit soon.

    Ernie powell
    January 24, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    We went to italy last year and came across Fireflies and Figs. Romantic and then some! It is newly opened and has been beautifully created by the lovely owners. Most romantic place i have been. Check it out

    January 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I can’t wait to get to every place on this list! I’ll be going to some of them this year, excited!

    January 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Brooke, do you know which company Emma used for the airstream? I’m dying to try it out! Thanks x