Instead of spending money on gifts this Valentine’s Day, spend some time together. After all, traveling is one of the best ways to test your relationship, and there are plenty of places to make memories and have a magical couples getaway.
Click through to see the best romantic weekend getaways this Valentine’s Day.
The Adventurous Couple: Queenstown, New Zealand
Where to stay: Sofitel Queenstown and Spa
Average daily cost: $93
The adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is home to just about every extreme sport you can imagine. You’ll be able to reminisce about the time you went bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, whitewater rafting or even paragliding together with a backdrop of both mountains and water to play on, hike, bike and explore to your heart’s content.
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The Romantic Couple: Paris
Where to stay: The Peninsula Paris
Average daily cost: $195
One of the quintessential weekend getaways for couples, Paris is never a bad idea. Ultra-romantic with a light dusting of snow in the winter, it’s the perfect place to steal a kiss under the dazzling lights of the Eiffel Tower, linger at the Louvre, indulge in fondue and crepes, and stroll down the Champs Elysees hand in hand.
The History Buff Couple: Ancient Egypt
Where to stay: Steigenberger Alcazar
Average daily cost: $22
The pyramids are some of the most impressive man-made constructions on the planet, and they belong to one of the richest and most powerful civilizations in history.
Take in the grandeur of the pharaohs and kings as you marvel at what it must have been like to live in the age of Cleopatra, and get treated like royalty for the weekend. It’s virtually guaranteed that Giza and the Sphinx are better than any history book brought to life.
The Nerdy Couple: London
Where to stay: The Savoy Hotel
Average daily cost: $201
London is home to over 300 museums and galleries, so every niche and fascination can be explored. Whether you’re into art, history or fashion, the diverse offerings appeal to a wide variety of curiosities.
Some of the must-sees include the Tate Modern, The British Museum and the National Gallery, but you’ll also want to warm up with some high tea and pay a visit to Buckingham Palace to live out your royal fantasies on Valentine’s Day.
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The Bucket List Couple: Finland
Where to stay: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Average daily cost: $144
If you’re the couple who is always looking to check something off your bucket list, go see the Northern Lights — one of the most magical experiences to have this winter.
For seriously romantic getaways, huddle up in your private glass igloo while taking in the beauty of the dancing lights streaming across the sky.
The Eccentric Couple: Japan
Where to stay: Conrad Tokyo
Average daily cost: $116
Themed restaurants are common, as is ordering full meals out of vending machines. It’s no secret that Japan is quirky, but if you want to try something extra weird this Valentine’s Day, book a love hotel by the hour or visit a cuddle café together.
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The After-Hours Couple: Las Vegas
Where to stay: Wynn Las Vegas
Average daily cost: $249
If you’re always in search of the hottest club and newest nightlife venue, Sin City is the place where you can enjoy debauchery after dark. Las Vegas is known for its opulence and gluttony and is a place to “go big or go home.”
Splurge on a celebrity chef-prepared meal before hitting the latest show and partying until the sun comes up. Or, check out these free things to do in Las Vegas.
The Outdoorsy Couple: Patagonia
Where to stay: Hotel Las Torres
Average daily cost: $83
Pretty close to the edge of the earth, Patagonia and Torres del Paine boast some truly incredible landscapes. And Hotel Las Torres offers awesome all-inclusive packages that include guided tours and excursions to the best parts of the park.
You’ll ride horses from their stable and dine on gourmet chef-prepared meals with fresh produce that’s grown on-site. It’s a five-star getaway, perfect for splurging this holiday season.
The Bookworm Couple: Dublin
Where to stay: The Merrion Hotel
Average daily cost: $124
A designated UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin was the home of countless famous authors such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and George Bernard Shaw to name a few.
You can create your own walking tour or even attend a literary pub crawl — if you can manage to pull your nose out of the books for the night, that is. Grab a pint and snuggle up for the evening as you let your imagination run wild.
The Foodie Couple: Italy
Where to stay: Hotel Ala
Average daily cost: $142
If food is the way to your heart, Italy is always a safe bet for romantic vacations. Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast are absolutely stunning, but there’s nothing quite like canoodling on a Venice gondola as you breeze through the canals feeding each other pizza and pasta as you go.
The Pampered Couple: Napa Valley
Where to stay: Hotel Napa Valley
Average daily cost: $230
If you’re part of a couple who likes to indulge, head to Napa for gourmet cuisine, wine tasting and spectacular spas. With almost 50 hotels, wellness centers and day spas offering massage treatments, it’s easy to indulge in a little R&R this holiday.
The Snow Bunny Couple: South Lake Tahoe
Where to stay: The Landing Tahoe Resort & Spa
Average daily cost: $94
If you want to experience a premier ski getaway, consider Tahoe, which gets 40 feet of snow and 300 days of sun each year. You can make fresh lines at more than five different resorts in one trip. The nightlife is killer, and who doesn’t like cuddling up by the fire after a long day on the slopes?
The Sun-Kissed Couple: Mexico
Where to stay: One&Only Palmilla
Average daily cost: $47
If you’re craving sun and sand, simply head south of the border. Mexico has more than 450 beaches along the Pacific Ocean. If an umbrella drink and a hammock are calling, Cabo, Cancun or Puerto Vallarta make for a romantic escape.
The Urban Couple: New York City
Where to stay: The Library Hotel
Average daily cost: $228
There’s something magical about the city that never sleeps. The skyline makes you feel small, yet the energy is electric.
Go for a romantic stroll in Central Park, and take in the views from the Top of the Rock before retreating for some alone time as the city buzzes outside.
The Extravagant Couple: Dubai
Where to stay: Burj Al Arab
Average daily cost: $282
With the tallest skyscraper (Burj Khalifa), the first seven-star hotel on the planet and the largest mall in the world (Dubai Mall), Dubai isn’t about subtlety — but that’s indicative of the travelers it attracts.
For a truly memorable Valentine’s Day, you can go on a desert safari, private yacht, sandboarding, hot air ballooning and indoor skiing, all in one action-packed weekend. If your partner can keep up, that is.
Average daily costs were sourced from Budget Your Trip.