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10 of the Most Romantic Beach Getaways in the World

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The image that comes to mind for me when I hear about romantic beach getaways is Vince Vaughn’s Couple's Retreat movie, in which everything that could potentially go wrong during a beach vacation does. From a disastrous hotel suite to awkward beach yoga, the protagonists’ trip is terrible — but taking an intimate beach vacation with your partner doesn’t have to be a disaster. 

If you and your significant other just need to escape and find some temporary inner peace, here are ten romantic beach getaways to help you get your groove back. 

1. Honua Kai Resort & Spa – Maui, Hawaii

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The Honua Resort’s spacious suites have private balconies and tasteful Hawaiian décor.  

If a day at the spa is your idea of relaxation, you can visit the resort’s Ho’ola Spa for a massage, or just to bask in the sauna. That’s not all Honua has to offer, though: you can take in exquisite ocean views as you enjoy the sun, delight in authentic Hawaiian cuisine, and get your hula on.

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2. Sylvia Beach Hotel – Newport, Oregon 

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Fair warning: if you or your partner have a fear of heights, this retreat may not be all that relaxing for you. But The Sylvia, situated on a cliff over Sylvia Beach, is still an idyllic getaway. 

It’s also a particularly great destination if you and your significant other are bookworms. The rooms are named for authors and literary genres, and although the hotel doesn’t have TV or Wi-Fi, it boasts a huge library, filled with books by authors ranging from Melville to Morrison. 

If the two of you get tuckered out from intimate days spent reading and walking on the beach, you can always check out the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant Tables of Content, where incredible ocean views meet exquisite cuisine. 

3. Montage Resort & Spa – Laguna Beach, California

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If you love exploring, art, or both, then you should head to the Montage Resort & Spa in Southern California. 

The resort boasts a beachfront spa, three swimming pools, and fine dining. It’s located in the artist community of Laguna Beach, where you can gaze at Warhol paintings or a sculpture by a local artist.

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4. Asbury Park — New Jersey

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Asbury is nestled right in the middle of the Jersey Shore, which, as a local resident, I can assure you is nothing like it appeared on the MTV show. Cookman and Lake Avenues are filled to the brim with small shops and restaurants, and boast all the tiny cafés and people watching opportunities of a French boulevard.

This small beach town is central Jersey’s cultural hub, teeming with art galleries, music, and history. To all you Springsteen fans: this is where Bruce played his first shows. He still frequents the neighborhood, too — so you and yours might even spot the Boss during your next beach vacation.

5. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Charleston, South Carolina

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Going on your honeymoon or just need time away from the kids? Then you should definitely check out The Sanctuary, which is really what its name suggests. It’s located on the beautiful seaside right near Charleston. 

Begin your honeymoon with chocolate-covered strawberries, sparkling wine, and a rose petal turndown. And then strap on your tennis shoes for a day on the courts or play on one of the award-winning golf courses. You can even kayak on the Kiawah River, where — if you're lucky— dolphins might come to say hi.

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6. Las Alamandas– Costalegre , Mexico

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Looking to hide away in paradise? Las Alamandas is a tranquil getaway along Mexico’s Costalegre coast, situated on a 1,500-acre nature reserve. Guests stay in a private Spanish-style villa that comes with its own Jacuzzi and secluded patio. If you choose to opt for the Casa de Sol suite, you’ll enjoy a sparkling infinity-edge pool, full bar, and an enormous outdoor terrace that overlooks the ocean.

If you’re a fan of Mexican food, there’s plenty of it to enjoy. You can also arrange a private candlelit dinner for you and your lover atop Lookout Point, so named for its stunning views of the Pacific.

7. Six Senses Zighy Bay – Dibba, Oman

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If you’re looking for some Arabian nights, you should head to the Musandam Peninsula in Oman. At the Six Senses Resort in Zighy Bay, you’ll stay in village-style accommodations and enjoy a private marina for those romantic nights out at sea. You can also see some spectacular views – picturesque mountains on one side, and the sandy Zighy Bay beach on the other. 

The possibilities are numerous: feel the sand beneath your feet, take a sunset cruise, or taste the culinary delights of the Middle East.

8. The Surin Phuket – Pansea Beach, Thailand

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Does an exotic cottage-style getaway sound up your alley? At The Surin Phuket in Thailand, you’ll stay in your own cottage with a private sun deck where you and your beloved can bask in tropical greenery. The resort also has a pool, sports facilities, wedding services, and a spa.

In the luxury spa, you can book a couple’s treatment for Thai-inspired services that use locally sourced ingredients. 

If you’re more outdoorsy people, there’s still plenty for you to do: play beach volleyball, take a catamaran sailing lesson, snorkel and scuba dive, and play some late night tennis on lighted courts.

9. Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

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Dubai is really one of the most unique cities in the world. Where else can you indoor ski and embark on a desert safari in the same day? 

Locals don’t settle for second place: the city has broken several records. It boasts the world’s tallest building, longest painting, and largest indoor theme park. 

If you’re looking a romantic night out in Arabia, what could be better than strolling through one of Dubai’s local markets?

10. Bibione, Italy

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Maybe you and your partner just want a low-key trip to the beach. In that case, the Bibione beach by Venice is just like going to your local beach — but way better, because it’s in Italy! Bibione is a tiny town with tons of friendly locals, and it’s just a train or car ride away from Venice. 

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Featured photo: Austin Dixon / Unsplash. Additional images via jtriefen / Flickr (CC); beckytekkie / Flickr (CC); John Sonderman / Flickr (CC) ; Jazz Guy / Flickr (CC); Bill Showalter /  Flickr (CC); jagerm / Flickr (CC); Six Senses Zighy Bay on Facebook; The Surin Phuket on Facebook; Claudia Dal Ceredo / Flickr (CC); Wikimedia Commons.