Whether you’re traveling for your honeymoon or just looking for a romantic getaway, island destinations offer fun and romantic ways to spend time together. As two people who have made it their mission to scour the globe for the best island destinations, we’ve narrowed down our list to ten of our favorites. Here are ten tropical islands that are perfect for couples travel.
10 Most Romantic Tropical Island Getaways
This little island is lush with sugarcane fields, tea plantations, and hidden villages to explore with your honey. One attraction lets you walk on the bottom of the ocean with a unique helmet which allows you to breathe normally underwater — no scuba training required.
We stayed at the Four Seasons and the St. Regis while on the island and both of these resorts are the epitome of romance. I recommend staying at both resorts, that way you can experience two different sides of the island.
Snorkeling or Scuba diving enthusiasts can enter the undersea world of Bonaire, which is one of the best places in the world to get your Scuba certification. If you and your partner are sporty, you can learn to windsurf. Wildlife enthusiasts will find over 200 species of birds, and history buffs can see some Caquetio Indian drawings.
Sand Dollar Condominiums offers comfortably-decorated studios and apartments — all with sea views. If you prefer a hotel that is steps away from some of the best diving on Bonaire and has excellent Scuba instructors, Buddy Dive Resort is your place. We absolutely loved our stay at both of these places.
Perfect for honeymoon travel, Aruba hosts restaurants that give you a private dinner with your feet in the warm sand or water. Try tandem parasailing or have a romantic horseback ride on the beach. Drive up to the California Lighthouse to enjoy scenic vistas while staying cozy in your car.
Palm Beach is where you will find a plethora of romantic hotels. Aruba Marriott Resort knows how to cater to couples and the views from your balcony will take your breath away. This resort will always hold a special place in my heart.
For bohemian couples, Maui offers wine tasting, yoga workshops, and a seed-to-cup coffee tour. Take a road trip to Hana village and, along the way, visit the Seven Sacred Pools and camp under the stars. From waterfall swims to zipline challenges, there’re countless ways to spend time together. You can even take a day trip to the quiet island of Molokai.
The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa are our two favorite spots to stay on Maui for romance. Both of these resorts have amazing snorkeling right out front, delicious restaurants, and perfectly-landscaped properties. An afternoon snorkel with turtles, followed by happy hour by the pool (AKA lazy river) is an ideal day for us on this Hawaiian island.
Nicknamed “The Private Isle,” you’ll need four-wheel drive to travel on the unpaved roads, but nature abounds. Early morning or sunset walks or bike rides in the Garden of the Gods will leave you both breathless from the myriad colors and long shadows of its rock formations.
If you like couples travel for culture, Thailand is lavish with ancient temples and floating markets. Rent a cottage on the beach on one of Thailand’s amazing islands — then take Thailand home with a couple’s cooking class. Of course, no visit would be complete without a couple’s Thai massage.
In July, whales visit the islands to breed, making whale-watching easy. Year-round, you and your partner can enjoy beach barbecues with fire-pit ovens, romantic kayak trips to private beaches, and boat rides in glassy lagoons perfect for snorkeling.
For ideas on where to stay, visit our Insider’s Guide to Travel in the Cook Islands.
Want to get away from the world? Stay at a secluded villa amidst quiet rice paddies. For some sweet moments, make your own chocolate at the Pod Chocolate Factory and release baby sea turtles safely into the ocean. For adventure, visit the underground houses of the Gala Gala Caves or brave the swings and bridges of the Treetop Adventure Park.
Live the tropical island life to its fullest in Bora Bora, Tahiti by staying in an overwater bungalow. Breakfast is delivered by canoe, but be sure to eat like the locals at roulettes (think food trucks). Explore the ocean in a submarine scooter or swim with the sharks and rays.
Couples can stay in bungalows here, too, and Moorea offers Monoi-oil massages scented with vanilla, coconut, and tiare blossoms. Go on guided hikes to explore ocean vistas, peaks, and lava tubes. If you’re looking for a souvenir of your island destination, visit the pearl farms to find beautiful black pearls.
The Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort is one of the best values you will find when it comes to overwater bungalows.
Photo Credit: Roderick Eime