For couples seeking a romantic retreat, there aren’t many better places in the world than Greece and Cyprus. Think of stunning sunsets, dreamy open-air restaurants, crystal clear waters, secluded beaches, luxury spas, private pools and sipping cocktails on the beach. We’ve selected the best island holidays for couples looking to book an enchanting escape.
Home of Aphrodite, goddess of love, Cyprus is a top choice for couples with year-round sun and stunning scenery. Attractive beaches and enticing waters await you on Cyprus’s coast, whilst inland you’ll find an abundance of rolling hills dotted with olive and citrus groves, charming villages and welcoming locals. Couples can taste local wines and mouth-watering cuisine. Fresh seafood is plentiful and can be enjoyed al fresco, as the locals do. Stay at the stylish adults only hotel, The Napa Plaza, Ayia Napa, for dazzling architecture in a great location.
Perhaps the most famous island in the world for a romantic retreat, Santorini simply has it all. With unrivalled beauty around every corner, traditional villages, unique black sand beaches and distinctive blue domed churches, the iconic island is a bucket list destination for many and one of the best island holiday destinations for couples. The magical sunsets and breath-taking views are unequaled and with world class wineries as well as top rated restaurants serving the finest Greek cuisine, romance thrives on this Cycladic gem. The Strogili is an Adults Only Boutique hotel styled on the local architecture, featuring a Palm tree lined swimming pool and is a great choice for a Santorini couples holiday.
The infamous island of Mykonos is one of the most exclusive islands in the middle of the Aegean Sea. The island is perfect for couples seeking wild nightlife with plenty of bars, nightclubs and beach clubs on Greece’s top party island. Mykonos is instantly recognisable for its superb sandy beaches, immaculately whitewashed cube houses, churches topped with striking blue domes and 16th-century windmills. Elegant boutiques and high-quality shopping make it a favourite for those who like their getaways to have a bit of VIP style. Destino Pacha Mykonos is an Adults Only Hotel overlooking the white sands and turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, combining traditional Myconian architecture with the iconic Pacha pool scene.
Crete is an island of extraordinary beauty making it perfect for couples. With some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, the longest summers in Greece and a world-class archaeological museum which is a ‘must-see’ for history buffs, this diverse island does not disappoint. A gourmet trail into the countryside to find rural tavernas which produce their own cheese, meat and olive oil as well as sampling village recipes before taking home some honey, flavoured by mountain herbs is highly recommended. No matter where you visit on this beautiful island, stellar hotels, shimmering beaches and spectacular charm will follow, making a couples holiday to Crete an utterly unforgettable adventure. The Domes Aulūs Elounda is a sophisticated Adults Only “Cool Inclusive” hotel, with stunning views of the Mirabello Gulf of Elounda and the Island of Spinalonga.
Beach fans will love the gorgeous island of Corfu. This jewel has some of the best beach resorts in Greece for couples. Covered with olive and cypress trees, surrounded by beautiful shores, and filled with a warm, welcoming culture, it is an island adored by couples and honeymooners. A beautiful climate, ensures guests return year after year to enjoy Corfu’s gorgeous coastline, which is dotted with hidden coves. More adventurous explorers can take a drive through the more mountainous regions in the north or visit traditional villages in the south. The MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas overlooking the beach of Agios Ioannis Peristeron, is a luxury yet intimate hotel that delights at every turn.
Other fantastic islands which make for the perfect island holiday for couples include Skiathos which boasts more than 50 sun-kissed sandy beaches lapped by Caribbean-blue water and a chic nightlife, the popular island of Rhodes with ancient temples and castles, quiet coves and traditional villages and the spectacular island of Zante with golden sands, traditional charm, beautiful countryside, and romantic seclusion. Can’t decide on one island to visit for a romantic getaway? The Cycladic islands of Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos make the ideal setting for a romantic island hopping holiday.