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10 most romantic destinations to consider exploring in 2023
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 holiday 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 hiring an intimate two-person kayak for your holiday. 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 the macaque’s 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 stalactites structures towards Hlam Tang.
It doesn’t have to stop there, for a real show-stopper 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 than 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, Croix, St John and St Thomas, you won’t run out of things to see and do on your yacht charter. For something more intimate and remote 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 with ultimate romance and luxury, why not opt for a fully crewed power 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 golfing to fishing, or simply want to enjoy a new stunning new view each day, the US Virgin Islands has something for everyone.
4. Kayak for two along the Croatian coastline
The Dalmatian Islands in Croatia are among the most famous in the Mediterranean region with its wild, rugged and full of picturesque spots to explore on foot. However, the best way to see every corner of the Croatian coast of Makarska Riviera 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 in a two-person kayak.
5. Hunting for treasures off the coast of Bora Bora
The Islands in 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 idyllic 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 welcomed to search for your very own black oyster pearls in their natural habitat, where you might even find yourself snorkelling 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 emerging 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 the 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 Italian chef on board your yacht to teach you how to prepare and cook a traditional local dish.
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. The Seychelles will leave you speechless
Looking for a destination that will leave you speechless, then look no further as the peaceful talcum-powered beaches and coral coloured 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 on Seychelles. Famous for inhabiting giant tortoises that are nesting along their shores, as well as their luscious 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. Sail your way around Corfu
Known for its beauty and historic significance, Corfu is one of the most attractive destinations in the Mediterranean. From the beautiful beaches to lively tavernas to snug harbours and intriguing archaeological sites, Corfu is the best of the very best when it comes to offering a charming and idyllic cruising holiday. With so many romantic backdrops, you can combine open-water tranquillity whilst exploring all of the scenic ports and grand history of the region.
10. Be ready to be blown away by 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. The Windward and Leeward islands is a destination that will leave you wanting more.
Article by: Selina Bessey / The Moorings