In light of Valentine's Day, let's hang up our backpacks for a moment and daydream about romantic dream destinations for couples.
It's normal to get tired of the daily routines we have at home, and, to be honest, romances can start fading away as well.
But, if you don't want that to happen, and you wish to see the world together with your beloved – consider saving up for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to one of the five incredible places below.
These destinations are perfect for travelers who want to spend time with that special someone.
And, of course, for newlyweds, who are looking for the perfect honeymoon spot too!
1. Cayo Espanto, Belize
Belize is a small yet amazingly diverse country.
The country's islands, known as “cays” (pronounced as “keys”), offer a multitude of options for couples looking to relax on sandy, palm-fringed shores.
First, the weather is incredible all year, so it's the perfect getaway regardless of the season.
Second, at four small acres, Cayo Espanto is tiny and offers guests plenty of privacy.
It's only a few miles from the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Cay, making the logistics of getting there easy.
And third, if you decide to stay here, you'll get a private overwater bungalow off a private dock, and most amazingly – your own private island.
Of the destinations on this list, Belize is one of the more budget-friendly to reach from the United States.
2. North Island, Seychelles
If you are a fan of the British royal family, spend your romantic dream vacation or honeymoon in Seychelles.
Seychelles, located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, was the honeymoon destination of choice for Great Britain's Prince William and Kate! And it is easy to understand why.
First, it is widely known that Seychelles is an idyllic chain of tropical islands. And once again, the weather there is perfect.
But what is even more amazing about these islands, especially the North Island, is that at this resort, the staff of 130 people looks after a maximum of just 44 guests.
Expect world-class service, along with as much privacy as you (or a prince and princess) need.
3. Mandarin Oriental Sanya, Hainan, China
The Mandarin Oriental Sanya is often called the Hawaii of China, and for a good reason.
This small island will pamper you with fabulous weather, warm water, and luxurious resorts.
Moreover, this is a well-known surf spot in China. So, in these respects, there's certainly a similarity to Hawaii.
If you're traveling from North America, staying here will be a bit more expensive than in the Caribbean, but it's also an opportunity to stretch your boundaries.
4. Fowl Cay Resort, Exumas, The Bahamas
The Exuma cays belong to The Bahamas, and if you're a fan of celebrities, you may find yourself in the company of one vacationing here.
Johnny Depp, for one, has a private island nearby.
Fowl Cay Resort is also a good option for a couples getaway, as you can get your own private island.
5. Hapuku Lodge, New Zealand
And finally, one of the most uncommon but still very romantic places can be found in the faraway land of New Zealand.
It is unique for a good reason – the Hapuku Lodge is not technically built on earth; it's built on trees!
The suites are built 30 feet off the ground on steel supports among local manuka trees so that you can spend a few nights in an actual treehouse.
What makes it even more unique is the mountain scenery.
Hence, you won't only have fun staying in a tree, but you'll also get a chance to gaze your eyes upon the spectacular scenery.
Jason Batansky is a 29-year-old entrepreneur, blogger and occasional Daily Beast contributor in constant motion since his first solo trip abroad over 10 years ago.
His three online businesses have allowed him to travel and live throughout South America, South East Asia, and Europe, while working here and there wherever he found reliable Wi-Fi access and motivation, two elements necessary to running online businesses that can be difficult to obtain simultaneously in the world’s most beautiful locales.
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Wednesday 20th of April 2016
Thats all cool, hope that i can go there someday! But as an Indonesian, im so proud that Indonesia also has some place who seems close like that. Its in Nusa Penida Island, so many hidden paradise spot there :)
Thursday 25th of February 2016
I have heard of 4 out of 5 of the places above. I am aware China has a shoreline, but would never think of it as a romantic seaside destination, more like a romantic paddy field destination. Added to the list! Cheers! :)
Wednesday 17th of February 2016
I haven't heard of some of these places. Sounds amazing. I'd have to say the Seychelles would be at the top of my list :)