10 Romantic Islands You'll Fall in Love With

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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Whether you're celebrating your undying love or looking to rekindle the flame, what better place to do it than a secluded oasis set adrift in the sea? We combed the planet for the most romantic islands we could find, where idyllic sunsets, private bungalows, and dinners for two are de rigueur. Here are 10 of our favorites.



Hawaii on the whole is rather romantic, but Kauai is something else entirely. Abundant in natural wonders, from the majestic Na Pali Coast to the lushly green valleys that thread through Waimea Canyon, the so-called Garden Isle offers a kind of adventurous paradise. Its dramatic beauty lends itself to excursions for two: sailing the coasts via catamaran, hiking mountain trails, kayaking Hawaii's only navigable river, or whiling away untold hours in laid-back surfing hamlets like Hanalei Town. Of course, just kicking back with your ku'uipo (sweetheart) and sipping mai tais on miles of dreamlike beachfront is always an option.

Where to Stay: From its grand porte cochere to its panoramic views of Hanalei Bay, the St. Regis Princeville Resortis all modern island elegance. At the blue-chip bar, an outdoor Champagne ritual (complete with saber uncorking and bright-pink sunset) closes out an unhurried day.

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