With Valentine’s Day coming up, you’re probably dreaming of all the wonderful things to do with your favourite person. And if you’re looking for a romantic place around the world to consider exploring in 2024…we’ve got you covered whether you’re a new couple, a married pair, or two lovers seeking out a future honeymoon destination. On our list of 20 of the most iconic romantic destinations worldwide there’s something for all types of couples to make memories this year. Excellently, you can fly directly from Changi Airport to most of these locations in Asia and beyond.
1. Bagan, Myanmar
Old Bagan, is an ancient city dating back to the 9th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Myanmar. Today, it is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the world with 1,500 years of history and culture. Eager couples can explore a range of interesting temples, hot air balloon over the city, eat Burmese food, and even watch the sunset on the gorgeous Irrawaddy river, to name a few things. You can pay as little at $60 per night for a hotel in Bagan. Interestingly, you can drive 42 hours from Singapore or else take a three hour flight from Changi Airport to Yangon Airport before and spend a night there before taking an eight hour bus or train to the ancient city.
2. Mount Fuji, Japan
Take your partner on a trip to Tokyo in Japan before heading to Mount Fuji for a romantic holiday. Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain and volcano in Japan and a symbol of sacredness in the country. The beauty of Mount Fuji is situated between scenic gardens and parks such as Arakurayama Sengen Park, wildlife reserves, snow resorts, and much more. Certainly, one of the most romantic destinations to visit worldwide. Wonderfully, Singaporeans can hop on a six hour and 65 minute direct flight to Tokyo before reaching Mount Fuji by bus or train within two hours.
3. The Maldives
As one of the world’s most romantic holiday destinations, it is not a surprise why couples flock to The Maldives yearly. Fall into a realm of tranquility being surrounded by crystal clear blue waters and white sand beaches. With over one hundred exotic resorts to pick from…you’ll be spoilt for choice. Eat dinner on the beach, get stuck into water and adventure sports and plenty more activities. If you have it, splash some extra cash to stay in an overwater villa, like the picture, for the most pleasure with your bae.
4. Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s most exotic locations and a hidden gem relatively unknown to people outside Asia. Nevertheless, the island is part of an archipelago of 99 islands nearby. It makes an epic romantic getaway or magical honeymoon just over one hour flight from Singapore. Plunge into a world of mystery as you explore the exquisite beaches, enchanting tropical rainforests, conquer outdoor activities, and swim in the turquoise waters. It is safe to say that this spot is one of the most romantic worldwide and offers everything you need for a magical holiday with bae.
5. The Northern Lights, Finland
Why not swap your short sleeves and flip flops for a rumble in the snow under the Northern Lights in Finland? Certainly, Finland is a trip of the a lifetime considering it’s a 13 to 14 hour direct flight from Singapore. Particularly, Kakslauttanen Artic Resort in Saariselka is one of the most famous places to sleep under the stars with someone you love and enjoy the Northern Lights in a cosy igloo in Finland. This one-in-a-lifetime experience features a bedroom with a glass roof and luxurious facilities surrounded by nature. The perfect winter escape for couples. Perhaps, you could book a romantic getaway here at the end of the year since it’s a top pick of ours for Christmas holidays from Singapore.
6. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is one of the most famous travel destinations in the world. There’s plenty of affordable experiences in Bali to make it a dream holiday for couples to remember. Stay in the jungles of Ubud, or rent a cheap hotel or Airbnb in Uluwata with gorgeous views of the sea, or hop on a boat to Nusa Penida, be a digital nomad in Canggu, to name a few popular locations to go. Whatever your budget, Bali is the perfect escape for couples to connect, catch unbeatable sunsets, and sea views.
7. Santorini, Greece
Nothing will ever beat walking through the blue and white cobblestone streets of Santorini while holding hands with your partner. Definitely, this place is one of the greatest romantic getaways on the planet. Immerse yourself in Greek history and culture, explore island boutiques, delight in tasty Greek food in a seaview restaurant, swim in cave pools and plenty more. One of the most unforgettable things to do here is watch the sunset.
8. French Polynesia
The islands of the French Polynesia offer an out-of-this-world couples’ retreat. Stay in Bora Bora where you can select between various luxurious hotels. Opt for a picturesque hut on the ocean with sea access, a pool, romantic dinners on the patio and so much more. However, if you’re budget is a little tighter, stay in a beautiful beachside resort that can be just as romantic. The quickest way to get to French Polynesia is a 16 hour non-direct flight from Singapore.
9. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Feel like the main couple in a Disney movie by taking a day trip to this magical palace near Bavaria. It was the inspiration of both the Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella castle, as well as Magic Kingdom in Disneyland. If you go in winter, you may be lucky enough to catch the iconic castle submerged in a winter wonderland which offers a fairytale experience.
📍 Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
10. Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An is nestled along the central coast of Vietnam and offers a enthralling holiday for lovers. The colourful ancient town has withstood the testament of time with preserved architecture with a mix of French, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese designs. Couples can take a cooking class, cycle around the countryside, meander down the river in a coconut boat surrounded by lanterns, and visit one of the most ig-worthy places in Asia – Golden Hands Bridge – to name a few things. Wonderfully, Vietjet Air offers two hour and 50 minute direct flights from Changi Airport to Da Nang Airport which is just 35 minutes drive from Hoi An.
11. Cappadocia, Turkey
In a beautiful region in central Turkey, you’ll find this stunning valley, which is popular for taking hot air balloon rides across the sky. Fall in love with your partner all over again against the backdrop of otherworldly landscapes and views of hundreds of hot air balloons floating above the rocky valley in Cappadocia. Discover the Fairy Chimneys and opt to stay in a cave for the most surreal experience. Incredibly, this spot caters for all types of budgets, so you are bound to grab a bargain. The nearest airport is 42km from Cappadocia.
12. Dubai, UAE
For couples who love fast paced city life, Dubai is an excellent romantic holiday destination. Just seven hours and 30 minute direct flight from Singapore, fill your days with exotic yacht rides, beach swims, luxurious dining, landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, pool parties, desert safaris, and much more.
13. Venice, Italy
Venice is the epitome of elegance and romance in Europe. Prepare to fall in love with this Renaissance-inspired city, enriched in culture, with your partner by your side. Be sure to take the famous boats for a charming journey through the city canals. Drink fine Italian wine, kiss under the Bridge of Sighs and visit Doge’s Palace, just to name a few fun romantic activities.
Thailand is another exotic destination to visit on our list. Wherever you go, whether that be Koh Samui, Koh Lanta, Koh Tao, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, or others…you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time with your partner. Get your daily dose of happiness by taking part in water sports like kayaking through caves, hiring a scooter, discovering hidden gems and unknown beaches, swimming with elephants, just to name a few things. Indeed, the exclusive romantic atmosphere of Thailand is a delight for lovers looking to unwind. If you’re in Phuket, you need to check out the world’s first floating beach club – YONA Beach Club.
15. Paris, France
If you’re looking for a city escape to Europe, Paris is the leading city for couples when it comes to romance. Kiss atop the Eiffel Tower, have a picnic near the Louvre, walk hand in hand down the bustling streets of Paris, explore art galleries, visit Disneyland Europe, and plenty more. Whatever you desire, Paris is sure to be able to offer it to you. Perfect for any budget because you can find heaps of affordable hotels.
16. Amalfi Coast, Italy
For some glitz and glamour, escape to the Amalfi Coast. And if you are thinking of proposing, Positano is a hotspot for popping the question against a lush backdrop. Wake up and have breakfast on a clifftop terrace, admire the colourful houses, wine and dine at sunset, and plenty more enjoyable activities. Consequently, this place is a must-visit on your Italian adventure. Definitely, one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
17. Kyoto, Japan
Embrace Japanese culture for something a little different and head to this beautiful off-the-grid spot. Kyoto offers one of the most surreal travel experiences you will ever have. With numerous attractions, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites…you won’t get bored. Visit golden temples and shrines, avail of Geisha traditions, stroll through peaceful gardens and bamboo forests, chow down on some iconic Japanese cuisine, and so much more. Kyoto is the perfect place to spend time with someone you adore. Excitingly, you can fly from Changi Airport direct in just six hours.
18. Bruges, Belgium
Explore Belgian chocolate shops, charming pubs, scrumptious eateries and drink plenty of wine on the ultimate foodie adventure with your love in Bruges. Additionally, one of the best couple things to do is ride a romantic carriage through Bruges, while admiring windmills and architecture. The greatest time to go is at Christmas when you can indulge at the world-famous Bruges Christmas Market.
19. Tuscany, Italy
Italy is full of romantic destinations. In the Tuscany countryside, at every turn, you will find breathtaking scenery, world-class vineyards and lots of scrumptious food and wine to indulge in. Try staying at Castello Di Ristonchi, which is a 1,000-year-old medieval castle, sitting on the Tuscan hills, overlooking olive groves, villages and vineyards. Indeed, it is a magical experience. If you’re gonna go all the way to Europe, be sure to do a tour around Italy so you can visit all of our bucket-list romantic destinations.
20. Seychelles, East Africa
Another one of the most romantic destinations, nicknamed the Island of Love, is Seychelles. Escape to the Indian Ocean to embrace this romantic haven that’s both secluded and peaceful. Many have chosen to get married or honeymoon here as it is a seductive spot for couples. Equally, some romantic leisure activities include gliding through the ocean on a boat, laying on a net over the sea while watching magical sunsets on the beach.