Whether your relationship is on life support or you just want to spice things up a little, couples holidays away from the norm can do wonders. The places listed below are the Original Travel suggestions for luxury couples holidays designed to rekindle the romance or simply to take your other half by surprise, be that on a sexy city break or with some remote you and him/her time.

If you want to take the ultimate plunge, included in the list are also the places we think best suited to spring a surprise proposal. After that - and assuming the answer is 'yes' - we would like to draw your attention to our honeymoons collection.

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Make sure you know which place would suit best – after all, taking your ultra-urban girlfriend to a lodge in Swedish Lapland with no electricity might not have the desired effect.

Tom, Original Traveller

Where to go

The Venice Canal

Venice

Simply one of the world's most beautiful and romantic cities and a must-visit destination.

Venice
St Vincent & The Grenadines

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Relax and unwind in style on St Vincent & The Grenadines, sampling a slice of the Caribbean high life.

St Vincent & The Grenadines
Big Sur

Big Sur

The coast of California between San Francisco and Los Angeles is home to one of the most famous stretches of road in the world, and one of the most romantic and dramatic road trips.

Big Sur
Yucatán Peninsula

Yucatán Peninsula

A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.

Yucatán Peninsula
Marcus Aurelius Column, Rome

Rome

The world’s greatest open-air museum is also one of the most alluring and vibrant of modern cities.

Rome
Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm is one of the most appealing cities in Europe.

Stockholm
St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Built in defiance of nature and logic, St. Petersburg is a monument to the will of Peter the Great. His city became a ‘window on the West’ and remains Russia’s cultural capital.

St Petersburg
Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Rio de Janeiro has perhaps the most stunning physical setting of any city in the world, with the legendary beachfront neighbourhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema the city’s most famous districts.

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde
Hawaii

Hawaii

Aloha. Welcome to the 50th State of the U S of A and one that is completely unlike any of the other 49.

Hawaii
Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast.

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
The Great Ruaha River

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Tanzania boasts not one, but two, of Africa’s best kept secrets.

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks
Bordeaux & The Dordogne

Bordeaux & The Dordogne

Vineyard visits, spectacular chateaux, wine tasting and luxury accommodation; what more could a person want?

Bordeaux & The Dordogne

What to do

Airstream Adventure in the Salt Flats

Airstream Adventure in the Salt Flats

There’s camping and there’s glamping, and it doesn’t get much more glamp than on a two-night Airstream caravan expedition through the 4,000 square miles of the Uyuni salt flats.

Airstream Adventure in the Salt Flats

Where to stay

Sunset at Post Ranch Inn, luxury hotel in the Big Sur

Post Ranch Inn

This cliff hanger luxury hotel - it literally does hang over the cliffs - is one of the few places to stay along the Big Sur (of this standard anyway), meaning guests can explore uninterrupted to their hearts content.

Post Ranch Inn
Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

A luxury hideaway on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll. Reaching the resort involves a half-hour scenic flight by seaplane from the Maldives’ capital of Malé.

Soneva Fushi
Garden view at Hotel de Russie, Luxury hotel in Rome, Italy

Hotel de Russie

The five-star Hotel de Russie is ideally located just off Piazza del Popolo and close to the Spanish Steps.

Hotel de Russie
Monastero Santa Rosa, luxury hotel in Italy

Monastero Santa Rosa

Owner Bianca salvaged the 17th Century monastery in 2001, and thanks to her painstaking restoration project, it has now been restored to its former self and is home to the luxury boutique hotel Monastero Santa Rosa.

Monastero Santa Rosa
Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Vamizi is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

Vamizi Island
 Padaste Manor

Padaste Manor

A luxury boutique hotel, Pädaste Manor is located on Muhu Island surrounded by landscaped parkland, forests and meadows. Only accessible by ferry, Pädaste Manor is remote and idyllic, adding to its charm.

Padaste Manor
Kinsterna

Kinsterna

Four miles from the vast rock citadel of Monemvasia, Kinsterna Hotel & Spa was once a medieval manor house that has now been lovingly converted into an immaculate boutique hotel.

Kinsterna
Grace Santorini

Grace Santorini

The ultra luxurious Grace Santorini is made up of typical Cycladic white houses carved into the hillside high above the Caldera and is the perfect place from which to watch the island’s famed sunset.

Grace Santorini
The pool at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, luxury hotel in Mexico

Las Ventanas al Paraíso

Las Ventanas al Paraíso (Windows on Paradise) is a luxurious resort located at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, where the desert meets the sea.

Las Ventanas al Paraíso
Pool view at Song Saa, luxury hotel in Cambodia

Song Saa

Few could have predicted that Cambodia's untouched Koh Rong Archipelago would be the destination of one of the most hotly awaited hotel openings of recent years.

Song Saa
Petit St Vincent

Petit St Vincent

Seclusion thy name is Petit St Vincent. This private island in the Caribbean is the ultimate luxury antidote to the chaos of modern day life. Formerly discovered by US airman Haze Richardson whilst sailing in the Grenadines in 1963, the island has since been bought by business moguls Phil Paterson and Robin Paterson, who have reincarnated the property to a rather sublime state for its guests.

Petit St Vincent
Jade Mountain

Jade Mountain

Set into a mountain with spectacular views over the Pitons and Caribbean Sea, Jade Mountain is made even more special by the fact that the entire fourth wall is missing from all of the rooms.

Jade Mountain
Ol Lentille

Ol Lentille

A collection of four luxury private houses set on a 14,500-acre private conservation area 50 miles north of Mt Kenya.

Ol Lentille
Pool at Taj Lake Palace, luxury hotel in India

Taj Lake Palace

Built on top of a small island in 1746, the structure was purposely designed without any land visible beneath or around it, creating a surreal and enchanting atmosphere.

Taj Lake Palace
Lounge at Samode Palace, luxury hotel in India

Samode Palace

The hotel offers a quiet, elegant and luxurious atmosphere, and the owners, (the existing royal family of Samode) play a very active role in running the property.

Samode Palace
Amankora Punakha

Amankora Punakha

While some of the other Aman properties are based on designs from dzong fortress monasteries, Amankora Punakha is a lovingly converted Bhutanese farmhouse, with a correspondingly intimate feel, and set in orange orchards and farmland with the ever-present mountains as a backdrop.

Amankora Punakha
Perivolas

Perivolas

Perivolas is an immaculate Aegean retreat and one of the most famous hotels in Greece.

Perivolas
The Pool at Tea Trail Bungalows, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Tea Trail Bungalows

Summerville has the air of a country cottage, Castlereagh has an eclectic style, and they sit opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh lake.

Tea Trail Bungalows
Masseria San Domenico hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Masseria San Domenico

Located on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, the Masseria San Domenico is one of the finest hotels in south east Italy.

Masseria San Domenico
Nihiwatu

Nihiwatu

Nihiwatu is a luxury hotel on Sumba Island but also just happens to be one of places that receives the most amazing feedback from deeply satisfied clients who have visited.

Nihiwatu
Oberoi Lombok

Oberoi Lombok

All rooms feature a private shaded terrace with garden or ocean views, sunken marble garden baths and butler service, while some also have private swimming pools.

Oberoi Lombok
Fregate Island

Fregate Island

Frégate, named after the graceful bird, is a near-perfect, 740-acre private island in the Seychelles, accommodating a maximum of 40 guests.

Fregate Island
Cavas Wine Lodge

Cavas Wine Lodge

Enclosed by immaculate vineyards, this superb Mendoza estate is located in a private 60-acre valley.

Cavas Wine Lodge
Pacuare Jungle Lodge

Pacuare Jungle Lodge

Situated on the bank of the Pacuare River and nestled in the rainforest, this lodge is renowned for the enjoyment of nature whilst respecting and protecting the environment.

Pacuare Jungle Lodge
Hotel Caruso, luxury hotel in Italy

Hotel Caruso

Housed in an 11th Century palace, a historical charm is prevalent throughout. Frescoed ceilings and ancient walls have been expertly restored, and luxury is still very much the ethos.

Hotel Caruso

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