Escape on a cruise
Put away your smartphone, shun the hassle of cooking and don’t even think about making the bed. A cruise ship is the perfect place for couples to skirt reality for a while. Pretty much anything you could want is at your disposal, and you hardly need to lift a finger. The top cruise lines have upped their game in the culinary realm, so sample those appetizers, main courses and desserts, and splurge for a drink package. For uber-relaxation, book a couples’ massage. Celebrity Cruise’s AquaSpa, for example, pampers you as the ocean floats by.
Splurge for a dream vacation
Hawaii exudes the dreamy, romantic and sensual like nowhere else. The Big Island was named by Away.com as a top-10 destination for a honeymoon vacation on a budget. “Hawaii is a great choice for a honeymoon, but many people think they can’t afford it,” says Away.com’s senior editor Kate Chandler. “The trick is to look beyond the name-brand places on the Big Island, like Kona, in favor of a hidden-gem like Kealakekua Bay.” Hawaii is known for its sandy beaches, but offers far more: snorkeling expeditions, lush golf courses, fascinating cultural and natural history, and plenty of delectable food. You can also choose to do nothing at all.
Take a hot air balloon ride
What better way to experience the beauty of Napa and Sonoma wine country than with a bird’s-eye view? Book a sunrise or sunset tour, complete with a mini-picnic and local sparkling wine to set the mood as your drift above the vines and wineries. Very few things can match the serene energy you feel as you watch the first rays of sun begin to paint the morning sky.
Catch a gig
It takes two to tango, but when in Austin, do as the Texans do: the two-step. Orbitz.com named Austin one of its 2012 Hotspots, and for good reason. It’s the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, and the music mecca lives up to its reputation. It’s home to more live-music venues per capita than anywhere in the United States, so any time, day or night, just follow the sounds to find something playing. While you listen, loosen your belt and enjoy the good eats Austin has to offer. The city is well known for its barbecue and Tex-Mex dishes.
Watch the stars
For those who prefer to experience the outdoors with a touch of luxury, head somewhere like Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah. Located on 600 acres, the resort was designed to blend into its surroundings; every window has a sweeping view of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. One of the best aspects of the American Southwest, whether you’re staying at a ranch or roughing it in a tent, is that you’re never far from an unobstructed view of the night sky. Grab a blanket or two and snuggle up for some truly romantic stargazing.
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