unique romantic retreats

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When people usually think romantic retreats, they think Hawaii, the Caribbean or Paris, but the world is a very big place full of wonders and awe-inspiring locations! So we’ve put together a little list of romantic places together so you and your partner can explore the world through its unbeaten paths.

1. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

You won’t get many couples that choose Egypt over Hawaii for a romantic getaway, but this sandy paradise is more than you think. It is located on the Southern tip on the shores of the Red Sea and with a sub-tropical climate you can expect lots of beach time and romantic resorts where you are your beau can relax and enjoy such a unique location. Far from the desert images you may associate with Egypt, this city is full of lush tropical greenery and water sports.

2. New Orleans, USA

New Orleans is one of my favourite places in all of America. With such a rich history, both devastating and joyful, this city is a world unto it’s own. The Cajun cuisine is to die for, with such unique produce around. The French quarter is dynamic and beautiful providing a fun and lively stay among the world of the city. Outside of the city proper there are so many things to explore, the historic cemeteries and voodoo culture, the independent stores, the swamps and the countryside, good ol’ southern hospitality is here in droves.

3. Budapest, Hungary

Often named one of the most beautiful and exemplary cities to visit, Budapest is steeped in lavish history and full of life, making it the perfect location for your romantic trip away.

4. Shanghai, China

This place is buzzing with people, history and lights. An industrious city, they have gone all out to create one impressive cityscape. It also provides easy access to the countries gorgeous countryside and natural wonders, not to mention the usual tourist spots like the Great Wall.

5. Melbourne, Australia

Australia has lots of wonders to offer you on your trip, but my favourite city has to be Melbourne. Easily explorable, ever interesting offering a bunch of secret delights like the Japanese Mountain Retreat, it is the gateway to a gorgeous countryside drives including wineries, and the city itself has a beautiful skyline, best viewed from your hotel window on the Yarra River.

Japanese Mountain Retreat

Sarah is a travel writer who enjoys exploring the world’s hidden wonders.


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  • Christina

    New Orleans is such a wonderful city. I went to College in Mississippi and NOLA was always the place to be.


  • http://amiciarai.com/ Amicia Rai

    Personally, I’ve been to Budapest, Shanghai and Sharm El Sheikh. They are all beautiful places to visit of course, but personally Shanghai is my absolute favourite of the three! It is such a beautiful, colorful city, and there are soooo many things to see! ^_^

  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

    So many of the places on this list are at the top of my must see! Mardi Gras in New Orleans has been on my bucket list for years, gotta make that happen!

  • http://www.notinjersey.com/ Dara

    I’ve been to the beach in Egypt – not as far south as Sharm El Skeikh, but it was beautiful!

  • http://likealittlefox.blogspot.com/ gabrielle

    that last room looks like one of the guesthouses my bf and i stayed in when we were in japan! we slept on tatami mats on the floor with these big comfy blankets and it was so cozy. i loved it!


  • http://heleneinbetween.com/ Helene

    i love NOLA! but i would really love me some australia…!

  • Sarah

    You’ve inspired me – I’m going to see if we can swing a trip to Budapest for my husband’s birthday in March! Might as well!

  • Ashley Angle

    I visited Budapest in May. It’s goregous and a must see!!!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • Chelsea

    Your blog always gives me such wanderlust! These look incredible.

  • Amy Ruffo

    We stayed in Hurghada, Egypt on the West Bank of the Red Sea and had an amazing time. You can snorkel, see ruins of sunken ships via submarine, visit Bedouins in the desert or stay at your resort. The contrast of the turquoise water against the deep golden sand is spectacular. I just hope that things calm down a bit politically so that it is safe to visit once again. New Orleans is also a good pick for a romantic destination.

  • Stephanie F

    Ah! How I would love to go on a romantic retreat right now! Very tempting.

  • Kayla Magness

    Caleb and I have always said one of our big anniversaries will be spent in Australia!! Its my #1 spot!!

  • Helen Winter

    Not so sure about New Orleans! I didn’t feel very safe there at all when I visited in 2011 – although I was 18, and having my first trip overseas with a trek group. New Orleans is beautiful and undeniably has a thriving culture, but I did find it quite violent… some fellow trekkers of ours got robbed (allegedly) at gun point in a strip club (possibly karma!) and then later got punched in the face! We also had a drunk man screaming outside our hotel room who we had to run around to get into the lobby.

    I’m not sure how true this is either but we were told not to go into Armstrong Park as it is gang territory and to only stay in the French quarter (out of the city).

    Saying that though, my boyfriend went in the summer and he enjoyed it – although I think he mostly enjoyed the Hurricane and Grenades! He did however mention how he asked a woman for directions, who was nice enough to get the map app open on her phone to show them, but she was holding a knife!

  • http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/ Megan C. Stroup

    My brother and mom just spent Christmas in Sharm El Sheikh! How coincidental. Also, Budapest is a great choice. Especially the thermal baths!