You’ve made it through a pandemic’s worth of quarantining and working from home together. The world is slowly waking back up. And you’re ready for a vacation. Treat yourselves this winter to the getaway of which you’ve been dreaming for the past 18 months or so. Whether that’s a sun-splashed beach on a remote tropical island or schussing down powdery white slopes at a world-class ski resort, we have the best ideas for winter vacations for couples. Just in time.
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For Fun in the Sun
Dana Point, California: This easily accessible, warm-weather paradise has everything you seek in a romantic weekend winter gateway. Sun, seascapes, sunset overlooks, and neverending beaches. Several five-star resorts and spas line the Pacific Coast here, so you’ll have plenty of choices.
St. Martin/St. Maarten: Get the best of both worlds on this dual-personality island: culture, watersports, and spa visits on the Dutch side, and incredible dining, spectacular beaches, and bustling beach bars on the French side. It’s one of the many islands in the Caribbean tailor-made for winter vacations for couples. Consider St. Barts and St. Kitts, too.
Los Cabos, Mexico: Golf, hike, sail, swim – Los Cabos and its two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo have everything you’re seeking in an easily accessible, sun-splashed getaway. Home to myriad five-star resorts, the area is tailor-made for over-the-top spa treatments, sunset cruises where the champagne flows freely, and Michelin-starred dining.
For exotic vacations
Kauai, Hawaii: There’s no place quite as lush and green as the island of Kauai, known for its natural beauty and privacy. Hawaii is for romantics, allowing you to keep your privacy at a luxury resort. Venture out for fine dining, massages, and perhaps a helicopter tour of the dramatic Napali Coast.
Republic of the Maldives: Where can you go for a winter vacation for couples that’s far from reality and comes with plenty of sunshine and white-sand beaches? The Maldives, 26 natural atolls surrounded by the turquoise lagoon of your dreams. Check into an overwater bungalow for the ultimate indulgence, with the sea beneath your feet and meals delivered on a whim by outrigger canoe.
For Getting Cozy
St. Moritz, Switzerland: Whether or not you’re skiers, St. Moritz is as sexy an alpine retreat as it gets. There are world-famous spas here, harnessing the area’s own mineral springs. So be sure to visit after a day of skiing or head there from the start. Later, indulge in the high-end dining available around Lake St. Moritz.
Lake Tahoe: The sky’s the limit when it comes to snowsports around Lake Tahoe. Ski, snowboard, snowmobile, dog sled – it’s all here. The skies are blue, the temperatures are crisp but not unbearable, and the snow is powdery. Plus, at day’s end, there’s fantastic dining, convivial bars, and shopping for hours.
Prague, Czech Republic: Don’t mind the cold? Visit Prague together during the winter, and you’ll have the city to yourself. Splurge on a historic, city center hotel, and you’ll have easy access to the romantic Vltava River, ancient churches and castles, and the city’s best dining.
And One More We Love in the Winter
Amalfi Coast, Italy: Avoid the summer crowds and head to the gorgeous, romance-inspiring Amalfi Coast, the epitome of Italian coastal living. The temperatures may be chillier, but with far fewer tourists, you’ll feel like a local as you drive the region’s iconic winding roads, marvel at the colorful, cliff-hugging architecture, and enjoy delightful accommodations and cuisine in the Campania area.
Also, consider Tuscany, a wintertime gem when the crowds dissipate, and authentic Italian lifestyle reemerges like along the Amalfi Coast. There are cooking lessons with top chefs, award-winning spa treatments, and tiny medieval towns to visit. Not to mention, lots of local wine to taste.
Rekindle your romance this winter. Together, we’ll find the perfect winter vacation spot that speaks to your hearts.