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10 most romantic destinations to consider exploring in 2023

It has been said that couples who travel well together, stay together – and there is no better way to do so than choosing a vacation in a luxurious setting. From lagoon-hopping onboard your private floating sanctuary to exploring ancient cities filled with history, each destination is just as unforgettable as the last. 

Take a look at what we believe to be some of the most romantic places to visit in 2023. Whatever it is you look for in a vacation, there is a perfect romantic destination for every couple.

1. Kayak to hidden lagoons in Thailand

With a Moorings yacht charter experience, your romantic adventure can go the extra mile by renting a two-person kayak for your getaway. It provides the perfect opportunity for nature lovers wanting to explore Thailand’s turquoise lagoons and exotic wildlife up close. From fruit bats feeding to tropical lizards and the many species of macaque monkeys, we would recommend kayaking in the spectacular National Park of Ao Pang Nga. Once there, we would also urge couples to explore a little further and bask in the beauty of the tapering stalactite structures towards Hlam Tang.

It doesn’t have to stop there, for a real show-stopping romantic experience together, some evening kayaks in Phuket offer the exquisite opportunity of releasing kratongs, a tropical flower offering with candles into the water under a canopy of stars. Finishing the day off with a delicious and deserved post-kayaking buffet of tom kha gai and fresh jackfish all cooked over a traditional hot stone pot to bring the night to a close.

2. Beneath the waters in Belize

This remarkable little country brings a sizeable range of experiences for visitors, outpacing others many times its size. With 450 islands, there is an unsurprisingly big focus on the water with it being one of the world’s great diving nations, not just for experts with years of logged dives, but for complete novices too. We’d recommend visiting Belize during the full-moon in springtime to swim up close with whale sharks. These gentle giants are frequently known to inhabit Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve during this time, providing the ultimate experience for thrill seekers travelling in the Americas.

Mix it up with something a little more on foot and look to explore the ancient Mayan cities filled with palaces, pyramids and plazas, now inhabited by their resident howler monkeys.

3. Experience the grandeur of the US Virgin Islands

With three beautiful islands to explore by both land and sea including St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, you won’t run out of things to see and do on your yacht charter. For a unique experience, we’d recommend exploring Christmas Cove where the crystal-clear waters are often welcomed by stingrays and sea turtles beneath the waves. To experience these islands to their fullest, why not opt for a fully crewed charter where your onboard chef will dazzle you with fresh delicacy delights each day and your captain will ensure your days are tailored to your every need. Whether you want to mix your days up ranging from sailing to fishing, or simply want to enjoy a new stunning new view each day, the US Virgin Islands has something for everyone.

Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

4. Cruise along the Croatian coastline

The Dalmatian Islands in Croatia are among the most famous in the Mediterranean region with their myriad wild, rugged and picturesque spots to explore. However, the best way to see every corner of the Croatian coast is by sea. The idyllic beaches along here are the true attractions with stretches of glittering white sand framed by the dramatic Biokovo mountain range and turquoise blue waters, perfect for exploring aboard your private charter yacht. 

5. Hunting for treasure in Tahiti

The Islands of French Polynesia offer every aspect of what a South Pacific romantic escape should be. Where the shimmering volcanic islands are floating alongside those turquoise barrier reefs as fabled lagoons converge, it sets the perfect tropical scene in paradise.

Once you’ve experienced the Marquesas’ traditional fire dancing off the shores of Bora Bora and had your fill of the freshwater shrimp, it is time to head towards Raiatea’s west coast where the rare aquatic of Anapa Perles (Anapa pearl farm), for a different kind of romantic excursion. Here you are welcome to search for your very own black oyster pearls in their natural habitat, where you might even find yourself snorkeling alongside manta rays, green sea turtles, and tropical reef fish. 

6. The hidden gems of the Amalfi Coast

Discover the best of what Italy has to offer and create memories for a lifetime by immersing yourself in what the Amalfi Coast has to offer and indulge in the local cuisine, also known as the food of romance. Why not travel a little further offshore and explore the quaint shores of Ischia, a brief 25-minute sail from Procida. Known as a somewhat hidden destination of culinary talent, a select few Ischia locals, aptly named “the culinary curators of Campania”, have continued the unique tradition of cooking recipes on hot underwater fumaroles underneath the volcanic sands of Le Fumarole Beach. Or if you are looking for something a little more intimate with an interactive twist, why not hire your very own private cook on board your yacht to teach you how to prepare and cook a traditional local dish.

Amalfi Catamaran Charter

7. Romance in St Lucia

With its iconic Pitons, gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, and balmy tropical climate, St. Lucia is the ideal backdrop for that much-needed romantic beach retreat.

From thermal mud baths to hiking the cascading Diamond Waterfalls and a romantic private dining experience on the beach, there is something to suit every couple.

8. Seychelles will leave you speechless

Looking for a destination that will leave you speechless? Look no further, as the peaceful talcum-powered beaches and vibrant sunsets in the Seychelles will do exactly that. There is nowhere more romantic and remote than sailing around the 115 islands that comprise the Republic of Seychelles. Famous for its resident giant tortoises that are nesting along their shores, as well as lush mountains and tropical forests that house species of birds found nowhere else on earth, it is filled with extraordinary experiences ready to be explored. The best way to experience the impressive beauty of these islands can only be done through yacht charter, setting the scene for romance from the moment you come on board.

9. Cruise your way around Corfu

Known for its beauty and historic significance, Corfu is one of the most attractive destinations in the Mediterranean. From beautiful beaches to lively tavernas, snug harbors, and intriguing archaeological sites, Corfu is the best of the very best when it comes to offering a charming and idyllic cruising vacation. With so many romantic backdrops, you can enjoy open-water tranquility while exploring all of the scenic ports and grand history of the region.

10 most romantic destinations to consider exploring in 2023

10. Fall in Love with the Windward and Leeward islands

Looking for somewhere a little more cosmopolitan with a vibrant nightlife, sophisticated fine-dining and an endless selection of picturesque beaches ready to take your breath away, then St Martin is for you. But the reasons to visit don’t stop there. Try zip lining across the verdant landscape in Rockland Estate, experience an authentic and legendary guavaberry liqueur tasting at the St. Maarten’s Guavaberry Emporium, or lose yourself as you wander around the most wonderful haute boutiques in Marigot. With the neighboring islands of Anguilla and St. Barth just a short sail away, this Leeward Island is a destination that will leave you breathless.

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Selina Bessey

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