Planning A Romantic Getaway To Remember
Are you looking for an anniversary vacation you and your spouse will never forget? Do you need ideas to get the creative juices flowing so you can plan a relaxing vacation? We’re going to help you get started! Planning a romantic getaway is always a good idea, no matter how many years you’ve been together. From beach getaways to weekend romantic spa packages, planning a romantic trip can be a hit if done right, but it shouldn’t be stressful. That’s why we’ve decided to give you some amazing anniversary trip ideas so you and the one you love can plan a celebration that you will dream about for years to come.
Not only are these spots great for romantic couple’s vacations but they are also great options for places to get married, renew vows and even good for family anniversary getaways – if you’re looking to bring everyone along!
Anniversary Beach Getaways
Let’s start with beach getaways. Who does’t love those two words put together? Not a single person! Right? Well, while not all couples can afford a beach getaway honeymoon, as being newly wed for most people means newly broke, those that are lucky enough to have a honeymoon on the beach know it is a fantastic idea for a romantic getaway. No matter how long you’ve been together or what you’re celebrating adding some beach-side celebration will only increase the romance!
Taking a vacation for your anniversary on a beach is always a good bet. What’s more perfect than sitting on the beach beside you’re partner with a cocktail in your hand and the sand between your toes. who knows… an anniversary beach vacation could just be what you need to keep the fire going in your relationship.
If you’re convinced an anniversary vacation on the beach is just what you’re looking for, here are some great destinations to consider.
Mexico, Cuba and Dominican Republic
When you’re from North America, Mexico, Cuba and Dominican Republic are places that come to mind when looking into vacation getaways… okay, Cuba is not quite the first place one thinks of if they are from the US, but that is quickly changing. These destinations offer sandy beaches, suntans, relaxation and romantic suites that are a fraction of the cost compared to other places in the Caribbean or back home in North America. Most resorts offer all inclusive packages where the drinks and food are included with many offering upgraded anniversary vacation package, or even wedding package, deals to up the romance factor.
We’ve been lucky to have vacationed in Cuba a couple of times and found it a perfect couples destination for romance. Both times we stayed at Melia resorts and had a particularly memorable time at the brand new Melia Marina Veradero, Cuba with the family. Searching for the best anniversary vacation packages might get a little tricky but using sites like TripAdvisor to read reviews and compare prices from competing sites might help you find the best anniversary trip ideas for a beach vacation. Don’t forget to sort through both the good and bad reviews and weigh the pros and cons of each place.
What comes to your mind when you think about Belize? White sand, beaches, crazy turquoise water and amazing snorkeling? But did you know Belize is also known for its Eco-lodges and world class scuba diving? Belize’s barrier reef is a famous diving and snorkeling location that attracts enthusiast from all around the world, while the Mayan ruins attract others looking to hike through the jungle and unlock the past hidden beneath the cover of the trees for the last thousand years. If trekking through the jungle like Indiana Jones and searching for Nemo isn’t your idea of a romantic anniversary getaway then there are 295 miles of coastline filled with amazing beaches available to satisfy your wildest dreams. Belize is a place for that couple looking to relax on the beach but want the option to head out on some adventure every once in a while. It’s pretty reasonable to say that heading to Belize is a top anniversary trip idea.
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Maui is best known for its beach resorts and romantic retreats for couples, being located in the mid-Pacific makes Maui a perfect place to get a tan, surf, shop and enjoy endless outdoor activities like snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing and mountain biking, just to name a few. If you love to hike, Mt. Haleakala is right there for those adrenaline seeking couples, and is named the islands tallest at 10,023 feet (3,055 m). The view of the sunrise from above the clouds on Mt Haleakala is considered one of the best in the world and can provide a wonderful romantic excursion. If you’re big on adventure, the beaches on Maui stretch for miles, and is the perfect place for couples to relax under the sun and watch the waves roll in.
The Maldives is a collection of hundreds of islands sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Known for its beaches, blue lagoons and coral reefs, The Maldives is a true tropical paradise for couples looking for a romantic getaway. If you’re looking for a cheap vacation, the Maldives might not be the best place to go as thea’re the home of some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t head there to enjoy your anniversary in style and luxury.
Heading to The Maldives or Other Expensive Destinations on a Budget
To many of us, a trip to the Maldives or any other luxurious island like Bora Bora or Fiji would only happen in our wildest dreams, but the truth is that a trip to these places doesn’t have to cost as much as you think… if you can find a decent flight at the right time of the year, where you won’t be charged too much to stay at a beach front resort. By planning ahead and keeping a watchful eye on flights, it’s possible to head there for your anniversary. Organizing an anniversary getaway for high season might not be smart for a traveller looking for a more affordable vacation to these expensive locations, but doing so in low season may have you finding the deals to get there on a budget!
High season in the Maldives is from December to February, with a price hike during Christmas and New Year. Heading there between May and November though, will save some of those hard earned dollars. What does it mean to travel during low season? Usually, low season brings precipitation, and while rain can put a damper on a vacation, from our experience, tropical rain showers are fast to pop up and equally fast to disappear. With some downpours lasting only an hour or two, and the sun coming back out right after, scheduling your vacation during this time isn’t really as bad as some would have you think!
Not only is it short-lived, the rain provides some added benefits. It gives you more time at the bar, restaurant or even your suite hanging out with your better half… and isn’t quality time with that person one reason why you plan anniversary vacations in the first place?
Note: High and low seasons vary depending on the location, so make sure you know what time of the year is the best time for your wallet and the best time to go on a romantic anniversary getaway.
We usually use SkyScanner to find the cheapest times of the year to fly. The site allows you to search for lowest prices over the course of an entire month.
Our Favorite Vacation Ideas For Couples
Breezes In Nassau, Bahamas
The Bahamas is known for having some of the most pristine beaches in the world and Breezes Resort Bahamas can be found on one of those outstanding beaches. Located on Cable Beach, Breezes Bahamas is a paradise with some of the best service around, no wonder this resort is one of the top anniversary vacation destinations. With 391 rooms, three pools, four restaurants, a spa, fitness center, three tennis courts and tons of daily water activities and day trips, there is no way you could get bored here!
Santa Maria, Cuba – Melia Resorts
With crystal clear water, white powdered sand and sunshine all year round, Santa Maria, Cuba is one of the best places for an anniversary vacation. We found the Melia Resort (our review of the Melia Santa Maria) to be the best resort on the island of Santa Maria. Not only is the resort right on the beach with wonderful service, it also has some of the best food to be found at a resort in Cuba, and for that reason it’s a the top of our list for anniversary trip ides.
When thinking of a romantic cruise for couples, you probably don’t think of Viking, because you might say that you’re too young to go on a Viking River Cruise… but you couldn’t be more wrong. Viking River Cruises is a luxurious cruise line with attentive staff that is there for you day and night, fantastic meals that have your mouthwatering in anticipation and stops at world class cities, where you can explore on your own or take a tour with their professional tour guides. Couples can roam different cities every day or just stay on the boat and relax. If you’re not interested in river cruising, Viking has ocean liners with routes all over the world… how does a romantic cruise on the Mediterranean sound for an anniversary idea?
Anniversary Destinations In Asia
Coming up with any anniversary getaway ideas is tough when you want to think outside of the box, there are so many different places in the world you probably haven’t even considered. It’s normal when thinking about anniversary vacation spots to think of going to the typical island destinations – to Mexico, Dominican or even Cuba (if your North American), but when most people think about heading to Asia for a romantic couples vacation, they might think it’s way too far for a getaway. They couldn’t be more wrong. We spent a lot of time in Asia (13 months to be exact) and found so many places that would be great anniversary vacation spots that we decided to share a few with you.
Anniversary In The Philippines
We’ve discovered that, not only is the Philippines is a great place for a vacation, it is perhaps one of the best anniversary vacation spots in the world. Head to Boracay and stay at what we found to bethe best couples resorts in the Philippines, or stay outside the chaos that is Manila at The Nobu, in the golden towers of the City of Dreams… Both amazing places for a romantic getaway and great vacation ideas for couples.
We shot a couple of videos of the places we stayed in the Philippines
Okinawa is perhaps most well-known for the American military bases located on the island, but it is also a magical place filled with places to party, eat and relax. You can easily be at a gorgeous beach in the morning and come afternoon, be shopping in one of the many Japanese shopping centres located on the island before enjoying some world class dining. Okinawa has beaches with the bluest water, some of the best dive sites in the world and temperatures that barley drop below 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit), no matter what time of the year… it’s no wonder we think Okinawa is one of Asia’s best anniversary destinations.
If you’re a history buff, you can find your fair share of historical World War II sites all over the island as one of the biggest battles of the war took place on Okinawa. While we were there we heard about The Peace Memorial Park and how the displays within its walls tell the story of the suffering the Okinawan people endured. If you find yourself on the island for one of your anniversary vacations, make sure to take a little bit of time to learn about the people, their own individual culture and customs, and the hardships they have endured and overcome.
Koh Tao, Thailand
Located in the gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao is a tiny island with a huge scuba diving community and is one of the best, and cheapest, places to dive in the world. This piece of paradise makes a great anniversary trip idea for couples who love to dive. We decided to spend one of our anniversaries in Koh Tao and even though we didn’t plan on it before arriving, we ended up getting our open water diving certificate just because it was so darn cheap! Check out the awesome video by Fat fish movies while we were diving in Koh Tao.
Other Anniversary Trip Ideas
Florida keys is one of the most romantic places in the world primarily because of their sunsets… okay its because of more than just their sunsets. The Keys are the most southern point in the continental United States, which is not only pretty cool, it also means great weather. Only 90 miles from Cuba, Key West is the last island in the archipelago where the weather is perfect all year round, the parties are plentiful (if you’re in to that) and good food is around every corner. If you ask anyone, those three reasons alone are what make the Florida Keys a stunning anniversary vacation destination. The atmosphere and vibe of Key West is a combination of the Caribbean, island life along with the historic yet carefree, party-vibe of New Orleans. The sunsets may make you cry, the food my make your stomach leap with joy and the entire island may make you forget about any troubles you have… that’s probably what makes it perfect for a couples romantic getaway. We drove down through the Keys, from Miami to Key West, and found that there were 5 things you must do when traveling to the keys.
Las Vegas is more than burlesque shows and smoky casinos now a days. Vegas is full of fantastic hotels, that transport you to another place and/or time in the world. The hotels are so incredible, most days you don’t even have to leave to have fun. With daily shows, restaurants and buffets, pools and hot tubs, bars and clubs, and let’s not forget the good old casino, each accommodation is an escape from the real world. Las Vegas is a place where you can find reason to get divorced and get married in the same day, it’s sin city alright, but it’s also a very romantic place for couples and for people looking for a romantic getaway. Not just for those looking to elope or renew their vows with Elvis nearby, it is also dubbed as one of the best anniversary vacation spots in North America.
You can find honeymoon suites with heart shaped hot tubs right in the room. If you want, you can have dinner at a new restaurant every night, and because there are over 2300 restaurants in Vegas, you’ll never have to go to the same one twice. Gambling isn’t your thing? That’s all good! Vegas will keep you busy no matter what you’re into. The hotels and casinos encourage visitors to come and stay and gamble at their establishments, so finding decent inexpensive anniversary trips to Vegas is possible no matter where you are flying from.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie then New Zealand is perfect for you! With an abundance activities, including skydiving and hikes up volcanoes, there is everything for a couple seeking adventure… oh and lets not forget New Zealand is where The Lord Of The Rings was filmed so there’s no shortage of spectacular scenery.
Although New Zealand is comprised of two islands, the northern island is where the majority of New Zealanders call home and is where many beautiful beaches, volcanoes and geothermal areas are located. A 12 hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles might sound like a long distance to fly for an anniversary but the scenery and friendly people make the journey well worth it. In actuality, it is closer to the west coast of North America then Ireland or Italy. A visa isn’t required for U.S and Canadian citizens which is a bonus when you’re trying to plan a trip to this majestic place. If you’re not from the U.S or Canada, check out the New Zealand Immigration website to see if you need a visa to visit New Zealand.
Niagara on the lake
With 50,000 honeymooning couples heading to Niagara Falls Canada, Niagara is a popular place for a romantic getaway. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a 30 minute drive from the Falls and is where the Niagara river meets lake Ontario. Spend and afternoon on a wine tour through a few of the many wineries in the region but remember don’t drink and drive! This wine region offers bicycle tours or other guided tours and many wine festivals have discounted passes for designated drivers. If you’re new to wine and wine tastings, we’ve written 9 things we learned about wine tasting when we went on our first wine tasting tour and recently attended the Ice Wine Festival.
One Modern Couple At The Niagara Icewine Festival
Since we were driving ourselves to the wine festival, we decided to go over the course of two days so we were able to take turns as designated driver and so we decided to stay nearby at Riverbend Inn and Vineyard. This quaint, historic hotel is perfect for honeymooners, couples celebrating an anniversary and is located in a perfect location for couples who love to go on wine tours. The Riverbend Inn also specializes in throwing small weddings with some spectacular views and scenes for photos and are able to provide a romantic suite for the bride and groom.
Anniversary Weekend Ideas
If you don’t have time for a romantic vacation for a week or two, you can celebrate over the weekend. Head out on a road trip or fly somewhere close by. There are many couples resorts and weekend vacation packages at spas and you can probably find some amazing anniversary vacation packages around your own hometown. Although it wasn’t for our anniversary, we took a long weekend and turned it into a road trip to New Brunswick. It was a great trip and a romantic excursion for the two of us. You don’t have to drive the whole time like we did, but make sure to plan out your getaway in order to maximize the time you have during the weekend. And don’t forget it’s your anniversary, so be creative!
How To Find Cheap Anniversary Trip Ideas
Finding out how to get a deal for a romantic getaway can be tough. We’re bombarded with tons of different prices and deals for different locations, resorts, flights and hotels online. The best way to find a deal however, is to be patient and do your research. Knowing the right websites to look for those deals is also one of the greatest challenges when it comes to finding the perfect anniversary vacation for a couple looking to relax, not get stressed out over the booking process.
It’s very possible these days to take a cheap romantic vacation. You can find a cheap flight a guest house or inn for under $100 a night. Or find a unique place on Airbnb (sign up with Airbnb through us and receive a free $20 credit) and book a flight through SkyScanner to find the best flight and accommodation deals. If you’re looking for more great sites to use, we’ve created a “Travel Resources Page”.
We also have an e-book “Free Travel Tools You Should Know About” to help you book trips and vacations wisely. This free e-book is actually a collection of apps and sites that we found and use to find the best deals for flights, hotels, and resorts, as well as some other tools you might find useful while travelling the world. This book doesn’t show you where to get the cheapest all-inclusive deals around but it will show you where you can find the cheapest flights, and what days of the month or year is the best for booking a flight to a destination.
Note: keep in mind when booking a flight, you’ll typically find the cheapest flights about 3 months before the trip.
Booking and planning your own vacation takes a little more effort than going through a travel agent or a single site but it can pay off in the end, like booking through Hotels Combined, a site which takes hotel booking sites and compares prices though them to save you money. There is a lot more work, but a lot more freedom of choice and savings, by traveling on your own time. You can definitely create a fantastic anniversary vacation by planning it on your own and travelling on your own time.
Milestone Wedding Anniversary Vacation Ideas
If you’re looking for anniversary trip ideas and still can’t decide, then maybe you should consider taking a more traditional approach. Traditionally, married couples would give anniversary gifts in different categories based on the number of years they’ve been married. Nowadays, not many married couples follow this way of gift giving but you can take some of the trip ideas we’ve given, combine some traditional anniversary romance, and be creative with them. Take the old way of thinking about wedding anniversary gifts and use them to create modern day anniversary trip ideas.
1st anniversary, paper
Want to present your gift in a unique way? Think about the plane ticket as one of the best paper gifts one can give! Planning something a little more low-key? A gift certificate to a weekend at a spa or tickets to a wine festival are paper trails you’ll definitely want to leave!
5th anniversary, wood
A getaway to a cabin by a lake or on a mountain for a ski trip definitely takes care of a gift of wood for a 5th anniversary. Strap on some snow or water skis or grab a surf board and you’ve got another great anniversary trip idea for a gift! The more modern take on the 5th anniversary themed gift is silverware. Fulfill this requirement by booking a luxury cruise in the Caribbean or on a river in Europe. Dining on our Viking River Cruise had us polishing each piece of silverware as we ate every last bite of every amazing meal.
10th anniversary, tin
While tin is the traditional gift, the modern anniversary gift for a 10 year anniversary is aluminum, so make sure a plane ride is involved or think about a great adventure by train. You can watch the scenery pass while heading to your destination making the travel a part of the whole experience.
20th anniversary, china
While fine china dishes may be the original intent, a trip to China to see The Great Wall is an experience of a lifetime, we were there in Beijing in 2014 and headed to the Great Wall and had one amazing time. With so much to see in China, you can spend any amount of time, from a long weekend to see the Wall, to a longer vacation exploring the terracotta soldiers, the night markets, historical attractions like Tiannanmen Square or some of the many gorgeous scenic views across the country.
25th anniversary, silver
Sliver reminds us of the silver screen. Being married for 25 years is no small feat so we don’t mean you should just head to a local cinema for a movie. Instead, head to where movies are made… Hollywood, California. Check out the beaches, explore Los Angeles and stay in the same hotels the stars of the big screen stay. Exploring Hollywood’s past and present would be a unforgettable way to celebrate 25 years together.
50th anniversary, gold
Hitting the 50 year wedding anniversary is very impressive and a great milestone to reach as a couple, so why not have a big celebration? Lets face it, you’ve been married for 50 years so we know without doing the math that you probably don’t want to go far… Why not head to the golden beaches in Florida? It’s great for a couple who want their family to join them on their wedding anniversary trip. Florida has a reputation for entertaining the young, the old and everyone in-between and you’ll easily find yourself having one of the most memorable vacations of your 50 years together.
Get other traditional anniversary gift ideas from Hallmark and create your own anniversary trip ideas for whatever year you’re celebrating
Get Planning That Amazing Anniversary Getaway
We’ve given you many different vacation trip ideas. So many, we may have made your decision a little bit more difficult. With that said, there are so many different places you can head to experience the best anniversary vacation possible. Remember, to plan the best romantic vacation make sure to take your time to find the best spot in the world, wherever that may be, to spark those romantic flames and keep them burning.
Please let us know if you need a hand in the planning, or have any other great vacation trip ideas that we can add to this list.