Top Ten Romantic Exotic Destinations in the World

Romance is taking over the whole of February as it turns out with Valentine’s making a show mid-month, and of course we can’t forget to mention that this is also the National Heart Month. So what better way to celebrate romance and good health than taking a chilled vacation with your significant other somewhere gorgeous, exotic and bound to wow the two of you?


We have already checked out top ten romantic hotels and top ten romantic cities. Now it is time to check out some of the most exotic romantic getaways in the world. .


Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

Claimed to be one of the last undeveloped and unspoiled parts of the Caribbean; located just 45 miles off the eastern shore of Nicaragua is Little Corn Island.  The island is surrounded by coral reef and offers great snorkelling and diving or if you’re not a completely aquatic person, enjoy the beach an scenery on horseback.


Check yourself into the Casa Iguana, the island’s first eco-lodge: Private cabins on the water are complete with beach hammocks and spectacular views.



Gozo, Malta

The Maltese islands are not what we’d call undiscovered but you have to check out the smaller Gozo Island which, believe it or not, still feels undiscovered. Getting there is an adventure in itself, getting the ferry from Malta to Gozo. You absolutely have to visit the Ggantija temples, they are among the world’s oldest religious structures. Not only are you getting a romantic getaway bit a bit of history and beautiful architectural views too. Rent a villa with a private pool for less than a hotel. Or relax at the Ta’ Cenc hotel and spa



St. Martin, Caribbean

This island is split between two cultures: The French control the quieter Northern tip and the Dutch control the lively South end - so where will you be heading? Check out the Le Galion beach, a stretch of calm turquoise water with few visitors and a fun Euro-chic vibe. Up for total exploration> make sure you rent a car to explore the island on your own terms and slot in an open-top ferry ride to get yourself to the Illet Pinel island - a total must see!


Stay at central Les Balcons: It overlooks Oyster Bay and is just minutes from both the Dutch and French capitals.


Alphonse Island, Seychelles

Enjoy a remote escape on this private island off the coast of Africa. With 82 inhabitants you’re guaranteed a no-hassle crowd-free holiday! Love fishing and diving? Then this is the place for you if you're after a more active romantic vacation. Explore the Alphonse lagoon by canoe or go sailing on the Indian ocean - you and your partner are bound to have an adventure filled and a totally memorable holiday! There is one hotel on the island, Alphonse Resort; it features 25 chalets and 5 executive villas.


Kauai, Hawaii

Talking about relaxed places and a vacation away from the crowds, this is one of the least touristy of the Hawaiian islands and one of the most relaxing places to get away from it all. The northern side of the island features the Limahuli botanical gardens and the beautiful Waialeale Volcano. Kayak the Wailua River, snorkel on Poipu Beach or go ziplining above Kauai’s valleys; so much to do!

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Check yourselves into the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel sits on ten acres of land and offers the only protected swimming and snorkeling beach on the island.


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Have everything handed to you on a silver platter, worry about absolutely nothing but enjoying your romantic getaway; stay at the all inclusive resort, the Paradisus Punta Cana resort with 12 restaurants, 7 swimming pools, 4 tennis courts, a casino, spa and health club - why would you ever want to leave? Need a natural tanning session then hit the Bavaro Beach or the Macao Beach - if you’re feeling adventurous, attend surf school and enjoy the waves!

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Tahaa, French Polynesia

Taha’a is one of the lesser traveled islands in the South Pacific; its neighbours are Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea. You absolutely have to take a helicopter ride for spectacular views of the Tahitian lagoons (make sure you don’t forget your camera!). While you’re there too get some snorkelling and scuba diving in.


Check yourselves into the Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa; its overwater suites are huts suspended above the lagoon with clear views of Vanilla Island and complete privacy.


Bora Bora, French Polynesia

We can’t talk about a French Polynesian island and not mention the infamous, exotic Bora Bora. Check yourself into the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and Spa, located on an island at the edge of Bora Bora's lagoon, with white-sand beaches and spectacular views of Mt Otemanu, this resort is within a few minutes' boat ride of the main island.

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Spoilt for choice when it comes to water sports and major relaxation as the resort boasts an amazing traditional full spa serve; you really couldn’t ask for more! Oh, and I can’t forget to mention their major selling point; their traditional Polynesian-style bungalows set over the lagoon with direct water access or in lush tropical grounds with their own private garden and plunge pool - again could you really ask for more!?


Togian Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia

These islands are inside a huge bay of the larger island of Sulawesi. It apparently take a whole lot of dedication to get to this orgeous island (there’s flying, boat and car rides - we’re not even going to mention the timing) but all in all you will undoubtedly not regret the travelling because this place is just that perfect! Snorkel in the centre of Tomini Bay, known to be the calmest bay on earth. The Togian Islands are also amongst the best spots for diving in Indonesia.


Stay at Togian Island Retreat in an ocean-front cottage with only the necessities—a bed, mosquito net and private bathroom.Yes this vacation seems somewhat demanding and definitely gets back to basics in an almost luxe way but you can’t beat it when it comes to your romantic down time - most definitely a well earned vacation.


Lifou, New Caledonia

Lifou is the largest of the French Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific. It remains relatively undeveloped. With some of the nicest beaches in the world you need to visit this place. Check out Peng Beach and explore its caves and creeks or take a full tour of the island. Don’t miss the cliffs at Joking, the Maceweng Vanilla Plantation and the Catholic Chapel at Easo, which dates to 1898, you can’t not love a bit of old school meets new school classics! Stay in an Oceanside bungalow at the Drehu Village Hotel and your holiday is all but made!


We can’t help but wish we were checking out all of these fabulous exotic romantic getaway spots, but then reality hits and it turns out you might only be able to check out one. While you take your pick, why not check out our Special Offers for a last-minute romantic vacation that won't break the bank?

By Mpona Lebajoa