There’s no bonding experience for couples quite like travelling the world and discovering the unfamiliar together.

But whether you plan to celebrate an occasion or simply want to spend quality time away from home, it can be difficult to choose the perfect place to go. These one-of-a-kind romantic getaways can’t be had just anywhere. From a private meditation session for two in the Serengeti to swimming under the stars in Maui, these destinations offer couples amazing excuses to get away.

Create a lasting impression in the sunny Seychelles

Couple relaxes on the beach in Seychelles

Heat things up by soaking in the warm rays together on a beach accessible from Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. Petite Anse Beach is a haven for romantics, marked by picturesque sunsets and powdery sand, and the Resort has secluded tree houses nestled on the hillside. Each of these inspiring villas is perched on stilts in the lush jungle for beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Settle in with an in-villa dinner or massage, arranged by Four Seasons.

Make your getaway memorable and share the love by saving and sponsoring a coral fragment together.

Speak with a Concierge to arrange this exclusive experience, Love Grows Beautiful Things, which includes a guided snorkelling excursion and a hands-on chance to make your own addition to the heart-shaped Coral Nursery.

Besides swimming together through the majestic reefs of the Indian Ocean – a memory you’ll bond over for years to come – you’ll participate in helping to preserve marine life. Even after you leave Seychelles, you’ll know a symbol of your love will continue to grow there.

Swim under the stars in Maui

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The sky’s the limit on how you spend your private evening at the pool: add couple’s massages, live musical performers, or even a bartender at the swim-up bar.

Guests at Four Seasons Resort Maui don’t have to go far to find romance. With the Resort’s Serenity Pool After Hours package, reserve the adults-only pool to swim under the stars and enjoy a private dinner together.

“The Serenity Pool is a magical spot.”
– General Manager Jean Claude Wietzel

From dusk until dawn, the entire 2,650-square-foot (246-square-metre) pool is all yours, as well as the six luxury cabanas outfitted with flat-screen HD televisions.

Capture breathtaking photos in Lisbon

Guests at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon can capture the European charm of Portugal’s capital city during a private, four-hour photography tour aboard a vintage motorcycle. Take a seat in the sidecar or directly behind your expert driver, and a professional photographer will lead you through winding cobblestone streets to the city’s top sites.

The photographer will also snap shots of both of you, so you can bring the romance home with a personal souvenir. Lisbon’s hills, pastel buildings and views of the Tagus make the perfect backdrop for engagement photos, or to capture the magic of an anniversary celebration or romantic weekend escape.

Relax with a couple’s massage on Mauritius or in Westlake Village

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There are few activities more romantic than a rejuvenating couple’s massage.

The After Eight Spa and Gourmet experience at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita takes place in a private treatment room over the water, and is a perfect way to spend some downtime together. The experience tops off a rejuvenating spa treatment with a gourmet meal for two – all while the water laps serenely beneath you.

For another option, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village (voted one of the top spas in America by Condé Nast Traveler) offers plenty of ways to bond during a couple’s spa experience. Spend alone time in private hot tubs and double showers, and then enjoy the fireplace as you cuddle on a cosy daybed.

Meditate in the wild of the Serengeti

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Connect on a spiritual and intimate level with your loved one during a guided meditation in Africa.

Imagine this: You and your partner are led on a walk in the grandeur of the Serengeti just before sunset. The sun slips behind the horizon as you go through a private, guided meditation series and absorb the peaceful serenity of your surroundings. The Sunset Kopje Nature Walk and Meditation at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti brings that experience to life.

Fly in the clouds above Scottsdale or Hampshire

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A hot-air balloon ride is the perfect way to escape together during a trip to Arizona or Hampshire.

Take flight at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North as your guide takes just the two of you into the clouds for an unbelievable view of the Sonoran Desert from above. Go at sunset or sunrise, then drink a toast to your love afterwards with a glass of Champagne.

If your getaway takes you to the United Kingdom, gaze on the green hills of Hampshire from above with a hot-air balloon tour over the English countryside. Admire the romance of the historic castles and villages near Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, and share a kiss as you float in the clouds.

Make a delectably sweet proposal in Austin or Santa Barbara

After Executive Pastry Chef Javier Franco’s Say I Do dessert spiked in popularity with guests at Four Seasons Hotel Austin, he brought the chocolate proposal with him to the West Coast at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. When this dessert is served, hot chocolate is poured over delicate chocolate “petals” to reveal a cake cushion holding the engagement ring. Regardless of which property you’re at, it’s an unforgettable way to ask for your love’s hand in marriage.

Dine high in the sky in Dubai

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Add fireworks and flower arrangements to your private dining experience for a special occasion – or just to show how much you care.

Have dinner at the only venue offering panoramic views of both the Dubai city skyline with the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab: the Mercury Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. The 7th Heaven dining experience gives couples private access to the entire sky-high outdoor lounge for an unforgettable evening.

Celebrate with a work of art in Bora Bora

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Originally from France, Alain Despert moved to Bora Bora and now finds inspiration for his colourful paintings in the natural beauty of the South Pacific. Photography courtesy Alain Despert

Some couples say “I love you” with chocolates and flower – others say it with art. During a romantic island retreat at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, take a break from the beach to visit local artist Alain Despert at his home. Travel by yacht to Despert’s village of Vaitape, where you’ll sip wine, enjoy the views and learn about the artist’s inspiration and work. Don’t leave without purchasing an original painting that captures the beauty of Bora Bora – a perfect keepsake of your special trip that you’ll appreciate for years to come.

Ride horses to the beach in Bali

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Time your tour on horseback for sunset to enhance your romantic and scenic journey. Photography courtesy Gavriel Jecan / Getty Images

Take a tour for two on horseback during a stay at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. The beach tours are ideal for couples looking for a romantic excursion. Ride to Berawa Beach, passing tranquil rice paddies and spectacular ocean views along the way.

Stargaze mountainside in Jackson Hole

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The night sky in Wyoming is spectacular, especially when sharing it with a loved one. Photography courtesy Sam Elkins

Fine wine and cheese, a warm fire, a cosy blanket and thousands of stars twinkling in the night sky are a recipe for romance. The astronomer at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole will point out the most impressive constellations to the two of you while you cuddle beside the surrounding Tetons and gaze up at nebulae, comets and other galaxies.

Take off on a scenic drive from Milan or Beverly Hills

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The beautiful landscape of Lake Como makes for an enchanted place to spend the day together. Photography courtesy Simone Becchetti

Travel back in time, and in style, behind the driver’s seat of a vintage Italian roadster while in Milan. Take a romantic drive around scenic Lake Como in a 1961 Giuletta Spider and see lakeside villas, ancient villages and beautiful landscapes from the classic car.

If you’re staying at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel), allow a chauffeur to take you up the Pacific Coast Highway in an Aston Martin DB9 Volante convertible. Enjoy a dip in the sea and a private tour of the Getty Villa in Malibu before ending the night with a helicopter ride and romantic meal for two.

Tell us about your perfect romantic getaway

On Twitter and Instagram, we asked you to tell us where you’d like to travel on your dream trip for two and what you’d like to experience once you arrive. Here’s what we heard from you:

When you have the whole world to choose from, these are the places you go to get closer:

What do you do once you arrive in these romantic destinations? You voted for the most romantic vacation activity and some of you even shared personal recommendations for fellow travellers.

@luxe.for.less.dubai: “The Maldives. It starts when you come in to land at Male Airport and you fly over glorious blue and turquoise atolls.”

@nsimonew: “Sitting at Ferraro’s for dinner as the sun goes down, sipping Champagne and then watching the stars come out one by one over an amazing meal. Perfection! #FSMaui”

@francisfriday: “@FSLanai, relaxing at the pool with your sweetheart, Champagne in hand, watching the sunset over Hulopoe Bay and Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock).”

More romantic experiences await at Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world

Consider these additional offerings as you plan your next romantic getaway:

Private dining

Couples’ activities

Spa packages for two