What is it about beaches that make them so romantic – the warmth of the sun on your back, the soft sand between your toes or the gentle sound of waves lapping the beach as you drift off to sleep on your sun lounger?
When it comes to finding the best beach vacation for couples it very much depends what you’re looking for. For some it may be blissful seclusion, with plenty of time for each other and not much interaction with other guests. For others if may be the excitement of exploring new countries, different cultures and socializing with locals and fellow travelers.
What about activities? Are you happiest doing nothing but lying horizontal on the beach soaking up the sun? Or do you yearn to be in the water, enjoying the fast-paced jet-skiing and paragliding?
Whether you’re looking for the best beach vacations for couplesfor your honeymoon, anniversary or you just want to spend some time with that special someone, we’ll help you find the best summer beach vacations for couples.
1. BEST ALL-INCLUSIVE BEACH VACATIONS FOR COUPLES IN CANCUN
Mexico’s resort of Cancun, on the popular Caribbean coast, is the home of the all-inclusive holiday with megalithic-style beach-fronted hotels packed with facilities and activities for the best beach vacations for couples.
You can think of Cancun as a destination in two parts – Downtown Cancun where you’ll find markets and cantinas, and the Hotel Zone, with a staggering 22km of beach backed by restaurants, shopping malls and nightclubs. World-class golf courses, high-energy water sports and swathes of white-sand beach define a couples beach vacation to Cancun.
Need more than one swimming pool? Tick. Most resorts in Cancun will have a multitude of swimming pools – up to seven in some cases – offering a variety of experiences such as infinity pools, pools with Miami Vice-style swim-up bars, adults-only pools, waterfall pools and over-the-top water parks all surrounded by sun terraces, water features and palm trees.
The all-inclusive nature will mean all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – are included, as are all snacks and drinks. Dinner won’t be in just one restaurant either. There will undoubtedly be a buffet restaurant and a swathe of themed restaurants from Italian and Asian to Latin American, with more casual pool-side restaurants and sports bars offering the universal international cuisine.
And even though Cancun is awash with bars and nightclubs, chances are your all-inclusive hotel will have its fair share of bars that open late or even for 24 hours a day, plus you’ll be able to get free entry to some of the big-name clubs in Cancun.
Away from the beach Cancun can be seen as a jumping off point for boat trips to Isla Mujeres, tours to centuries-old Mayan sites like Tulum or Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula.
2. COUPLES BEACH VACATION IN FIJI
Fiji is home to hundreds of islands, all surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean. In fact there are 333 islands in Fiji, so there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to finding the best couples beach vacation.
With a reputation for love and romance, Fiji is regularly voted one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, so it’s perfect for a couples beach vacation. And with its array of white-sand beaches, spectacular surf, abundant waterfalls and plenty of sunshine, it’s easy to see why Fiji is a top couples beach destination.
You can choose from family resorts, with water slides, activity centers and water sports galore, to secluded luxury retreats for adults only, with private chefs, vegetable gardens and just a few other guests.
Fiji’s Yasawa Islands always score highly with couples looking for beach destinations. This chain of 20 islands, just a 30-minute flight from Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, is all about sun-soaked beaches and private, island retreats.
One of the best all-inclusive beach vacations for couples is Turtle Island Resort where there are 12 private beaches and just 14 couples welcome at any one time means guests are guaranteed their own private beach every other day of their stay to use as they wish.
This all-inclusive private islandresort is a paradise for those seeking privacy and tranquility. There are 14 light-filled bures (Fijian villas) that sit alongside the iconic Blue Lagoon – yes that Blue Lagoon from the Hollywood movie.
All-inclusive dining treats include fresh fish caught in the local waters and fruits and vegetables grown and harvested on the island. You can dine under the stars, enjoy a sunrise breakfast or a lunchtime picnic on a private beach. Couples can also dine on a floating pontoon festooned with lanterns.
3. BEST SUMMER BEACH VACATIONS FOR COUPLES IN GREECE
For our northern hemisphere couples beach vacation it doesn’t get more idyllic than Greece and her islands. Think blindingly-white houses with blue-shuttered windows, thick clusters of deep pink climbing bougainvillea and plenty of cats slinking in the shaded doorways. The allure of Greece as a summer couples beach vacation is hard to beat.
Days will be filled with long lunches at family-run tavernas and time spent on the quiet, pebbly beaches. Choose from ancient, sleepy villages with archeological sites dotting the wild oregano-scented hills in Paxos and Thassos, to the move lively islands of Corfu and Rhodes, where tavernas come to life at night.
In Rhodes Town there’s an exciting mix of the old and new, with years of history and culture mixing with a thriving modern holiday resort. Here you’ll find the UNESCO-listed old town, a shingle beach and lots of designer boutiques and fancy restaurants.
4. BEST BEACH VACATIONS FOR COUPLES IN ST LUCIA
The Caribbean island of St Lucia manages to successfully combine heavenly beaches with rainforest-covered mountains, colourful waterfalls and volcanic peaks. In St Lucia – as with most of the resorts in the Caribbean – you’ll enjoy all-inclusive luxury, meaning you won’t have to worry about meals and drinks starting to add up.
There’s Rodney Bay and Smugglers Cove in the north of St Lucia to Cap Estate in the center. Vacations to Cap Estate are ideal for beach bums with great big sweeps of sand in every direction, and Rodney Bay – one of St Lucia’s top sunbathing spots – is just down the road.
If golf is your thing, then you’ll enjoy the St Lucia Golf Club in Cap Estate, the only 18-hole course on the island, while the north offers sensational scuba diving. There are also resorts that focus on health and wellbeing, with DreamBeds, rainfall showers and plenty of packages that include yoga, wellness massages and nutritious food.
5. COUPLES BEACH VACATION IN THE MALDIVES
When it comes to the best beach vacations for couples, you can’t go wrong with the Maldives. Vacations to the Maldives are synonymous with luxury: powder-soft, white-sand beaches, world-class diving and one-hotel islands.
For the best all-inclusive beach vacations for couples to the Maldives, you’ll be spoilt for choice with more than 1,000 islands to choose from, of which just 200 are inhabited. A couples beach vacation to this chain of 26 coral atolls will leave you feeling relaxed and recharged.
The Maldives is home to the iconic water-stilted hotels that perch above the glistening Indian Ocean. Couples will love the all-inclusive resorts, five-star accommodation and VIP treatment in the Maldives. You can expect infinity swimming pools, private butlers and four-poster beds, plus underwater restaurants where no filter will be required for those Instagram shots, or a table for two at the beach.
The Maldives is also a watersports enthusiast’s dream with windsurfing, jetskiingand catamaran sailing on offer plus the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. After a day’s activities, unwind with a couples’ massage at one of the award-winning spas. For some culture, explore the Maldivian capital of Male, with its bustling streets, HukuruMiskiiy – the oldest mosque in the country – and National Museum.
6. BEST SUMMER BEACH VACATIONS FOR COUPLES IN VIETNAM
You might not think a vacation to Vietnam would include the beach, but in addition to the history-rich colonial cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll discover golden beaches, luxury hotels and the charming floating villages of Halong Bay.
With its setting in the Gulf of Thailand, the island of Phu Quoc is an off-the-beaten track boutique beach destination. It boasts picture-perfect all-white beaches, aquamarine water and tropical jungle. In Phu Quoc couples will love the silk-clad rooms, tropical gardens and lavish suites at some of Vietnam’s most exclusive resorts.
The Phu Quoc National Park has walking trails and plenty of wildlife, and the largest town is Duong Dong, worth a visit for its vibrant markets. Up the tempo with an excursion to Vietnam’s capital, Ho Chi Minh City, for a unique blend of European and Asian history.
EXPLORE TURTLE ISLAND FIJI
Some of the best beach vacations for couples can be found at Turtle Island. A truly unique couples beach vacationdestination, Turtle Island is home to 12 private, white-sand beaches, so you’ll feel as if you’re marooned on an idyllic island, just you and your significant other. What are you waiting for? Get in touch today to start making memories.