By Jenna Matthews
Whether it’s around the world or closer to home, these gorgeous destinations may just be the most romantic places on earth to steal a kiss with the one you love.
1. Mauna Kea, Hawaii
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The top of the tallest mountain in the world – if we’re counting from the sea floor – at sunset has to be one of the most romantic and adventurous places to steal a kiss. Head up there before sunset to take in incredible 360-degree views for as far as the eye can see. Watch the sunset over the nearby volcanoes and then take in the free star-gazing tour halfway down the mountain. This is one of the best places in the world to see the night sky is all of its glory.
2. Milford Sound Boat Cruise, South Island, New Zealand
Cruising through a glacier-cut fiord in this awe-inspiring national park is sure to spark romance. The drive to get to Milford Sound itself is beautiful and is sure to inspire lots of kisses, but standing on the front of your luxury cruiser as it goes almost directly under Shannon Falls will definitely top the list. With the mist filling the air and a sense of adventure all around you, you'll find yourself in an embrace that will inspire romance for years to come.
3. Waitomo Caves, North Island, New Zealand
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Waitomo Caves can spark a romantic moment at any time during your tour. These incredible natural caves will satisfy even the most adventurous appetite, while still having the safety of a trained guide. As you float through complete darkness with a million twinkling glow worms overhead, you realize there isn’t a better place to steal a kiss.
4. Tanah Lot Temple, Bali
Exploring the rocks around Tanah Lot Temple at low tide has to be one of the most romantic moments you will ever experience. Enjoy the breathtaking architecture and the dramatic oceanfront location. This temple, located on its own island, may attract many tourists, but there are plenty of places to get away from the crowds and have your own private moment.
5. Oia, Greece
This amazing town on the island of Santorini is known for its breathtaking sunsets and beautiful cliff-perched architecture. With almost every balcony offering an ocean view, you can stay pretty much anywhere on the island without disappointment. At sunset, grab a drink and snuggle in for the best show that nature has to offer from the comfort of your own balcony.
6. Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia
This Hot Spring Complex and Resort has a unique feature that the other man made hot spring pools cannot compete with. Nestled among the pools is an entrance to a 150 foot naturally fed breathtaking hot spring cave. The surrounding natural rock and amber lighting transports you to a whole other world. As relaxed as you will be in the odorless natural mineral water, you will still have plenty of motivation to steal a kiss or two in the beautiful cave.
7. Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi Sweden
Every year for the past 25 years this unique and very artistic hotel has been rebuilt out of snow and ice for travellers from around the globe. Stay in the Northern Lights Room, where you can fall asleep under an artist’s version of the aurora borealis. It’s the ultimate romantic getaway.
8. Machu Picchu, Peru
The mysterious Machu Picchu is Peru’s most popular attraction for very good reason. Whether you join a quick one-day excursion or a seven-day hike up the Inca Trail to see the magnificent Machu Picchu, once you’re up there, it’s as if time stands still. Marveling at the impressive architecture of this ancient settlement, you will find many secluded places to have a quick kiss, surrounded by awe-inspiring structures.