You can’t talk about a baecation without mentioning the destination on almost every couple’s bucket list, the Maldives. This tropical nation, composed of 1,000-plus islands in the Indian Ocean, is made for romance. Mesmerizing blue waters, secluded over-water bungalows and sandy beaches set the mood the moment you arrive. For the ultimate in romantic privacy, head to the Soneva Fushi resort for a “just us two” castaway feel in its spacious beachside Crusoe Villas or to the sister property Soneva Jani, where the colorful Water Villas will make you feel as if you’ve stepped right into a postcard. The Soneva motto is “No news, no shoes,” so don’t expect any television to distract you from your love. Instead, arrange for a treat for your sweet from the ice cream parlor, enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach, explore the deep blue sea on a snorkeling trip or share a kiss under the stars at the resort’s in-house observatory.
Bali. Just the name conjures images of blue waters, sandy beaches and romantic interludes. Grab an ocean view suite at The Laguna in Nusa Dua and indulge in stress-free love with stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and a butler who will cater to your whims. Partake in supercheap massages on the beach, party till sunup in Kuta, ride motorbikes down tree-lined streets, take cute couple photos with monkeys at ancient temples and, most important, be grateful your love brought you to paradise in the first place.
Don’t let negative media images of Africa fool you; the Motherland is perfect for a romantic getaway, and no destination is sexier than Zanzibar. A Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa, the country’s relaxed culture is just what a crazy-in-love couple needs. Its Caribbean vibe and friendly people will immediately feel familiar. Head straight to the coast when you land and fall into the luxurious arms of the Meliá Zanzibar resort. If you can pull yourself away from the beautiful rooms with views of the Indian Ocean, indulge in a couple’s treatment at the spa, go swimming with wild dolphins, dance the night away at the Gabi Beach Club or sign up for a cooking lesson and learn why Zanzibar is called the “Spice Island.” Maybe some of that spice will rub off on you and your boo!
Mexico is the perfect destination for a love getaway. Take advantage of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ Sun and City package to get the best of both worlds. Stop in Mexico City to explore its historic streets during a bike tour, experience the exploding culinary scene with a date night at Huset and soar above the clouds in a hot air balloon over ancient temples. Next, hit the Four Seasons Punta Mita for some relaxing fun in the sun. Soak up rays and sip cocktails poolside or on one of the resort’s two private beaches. Make your own special blend of tequila together or, if drinking it isn’t your thing, indulge in the resort’s signature massage using—you guessed it—tequila. Talk about drunk in love!
A Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches, Nicaragua is a destination on the rise. Begin your trip on the streets of Granada or León taking pictures alongside colorful buildings and vibrant people who are perfect for stunting on the ’Gram. Opt for a scenic flight to the Emerald Coast, where the romantic vibe of Mukul Resort will be waiting. Settle into your private villa oasis and take in the ocean breeze from your balcony. Uncover the country’s secrets as you bike through the forest, take a relaxing sunset cruise, stay fit with daily yoga, enjoy a beachside Thursday night Nica Luau or dine on delicious local cuisine.
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