The World's Most Romantic Destinations Will Have You Booking Your Honeymoon Immediately
The New Year is an ideal time to start plotting your 2017 romantic getaways—maybe even a honeymoon. For some fresh inspiration, make sure to pick up a copy of The World's Most Romantic Destinations
. From the editors of National Geographic, the photo-driven tome spotlights 50 places around the world to celebrate love, including where to stay and eat while you're there. And because not all couples are created equal, the book, which is divided by seasons, selected destinations for everyone from wildlife fans and divers to foodies and culture lovers. Here's a sneak peek to help get your planning started.
Kauai is an island filled with outdoor adventures, including stand-up paddleboarding in Hanalei Bay.
Room to book: St. Regis Princeville, whose signature infinity pool overlooks the bay.
Come dusk in Belgium, the canal in old town turns the belfry tower and surroundings a breathtaking shade of gold. Take it all in on a romantic walk.
Room to book: Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, which dates back to the 15th century and has original art works by Matisse and Klimt.
The Tiger Nest Monastery, which visitors can climb to, sits on a cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley.
Room to book: Zhiwa Ling, set in the hills outside Paro, where the serenity is unprecedented.
This island in the South Pacific is a go-to if you're looking to stay in an overwater bungalow.
Room to book: Le Méridien Bora Bora has rooms on the water with glass floors so you can watch the tropical fish swimming underfoot.
Private huts on Benguerra Island provide shade and a cool breeze while lounging on the snow-white sand.
Room to book: andBeyond Benguerra Island, which is located in a protected marine reserve teeming with tropical fish, sea turtles, rays, and manatee-like dugongs.
Private infinity pools in the open-air rooms—or sanctuaries, as they call them—of Jade Mountain resort offer the best views of the Pitons.
What to do: Tour the geothermal field in the Pitons World Heritage site, a volcano crater that's home to bubbling mud pools and sulfur hot springs.
Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century palace in Bavaria where King Ludwig II lived until his death in 1886.
Room to book: Hotel Tilman Riemenschneider, in Rothenburg, a former brewery from the 1500s.
Arrive at Machu Picchu early and you'll have the scenery and ruins all to yourselves.
Room to book: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, where you'll feel as if you're in a secret garden filled with hundreds of orchid, bird, and butterfly species.
Here's an idea for an epic winter wedding: Exchange vows in front of Icehotel's igloo.
Room to book: Icehotel, where some of the ice rooms feature en suite bathrooms and saunas. Regular "warm" rooms are also available.