Which world destinations do BERGEN readers find most romantic? One of them might surprise you.
Certain places naturally make you feel starry-eyed when you’re with that special someone: Paris, for example. But not all couples choose “typical” love locales. No matter the destination, the feeling of amore is woven into every moment, from moonlit strolls along local streets to couples’ massages and alfresco dining.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
“We’ve been fortunate to celebrate two romantic moments in Jamaica. It’s where we got engaged and also where we honeymooned. We’ve never been anywhere else where it felt like time slowed down drastically and all the normal day-to-day distractions completely vanished. Perhaps it’s simply the vibe of the island. There’s no schedule to keep; we planned our days as we went along. When you don’t have to be anywhere, you can really enjoy being together. The complimentary bottles of Appleton rum and endless plates of jerk chicken didn’t hurt either.” —Laurie Paravati and Ben Sherman, Rutherford
“From the minute you arrive at Crystal Springs Resort and Spa, you feel like you’ve flown somewhere exclusive. The lodgings are beautiful and the couples’ massage is to die for. The rooms all have their own fireplaces and balconies that overlook beautiful mountains. The best part is their year-round outdoor pool, where you can get a cocktail and swim outside—even in the winter months! One moonlit night we walked the property together. There’s just something special about the place.” —Zabrina and Jason Kearns, Bogota
“Bali is our favorite destination for a romantic vacation—we love the private villas, fiery sunsets, exquisite food, rich culture and warm smiles. For our honeymoon, we stayed at Disini Luxury Spa Villas and enjoyed a private pool, butler and gorgeous garden view outside each window. One night, we had the entire pool filled with flowers and floating candles. It was a magical moment.” —Kerri and Chris Geene, Franklin Lakes
“One of the most romantic nights of our marriage took place in Rome. We enjoyed dinner alfresco on a little street off Piazza Navona and then joined other couples and families in the evening passeggiata—walking without a plan or a guidebook, simply soaking in the sights, the lights and the beauty of the Eternal City together.” —Louise and Joe Casapulla, Waldwick
“We honeymooned on the island’s North Shore and truly enjoyed the unparalleled beauty of the place. It was the perfect setting for a romantic dinner on the beach at sunset, a hike to the top of the Diamond Head volcanic crater and a horseback ride in a private session. Together we watched the sun set each night over the ocean from our beachfront cottage.” —Catherine and Ramon Rosario, Ramsey