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Rekindle the Romance with the Couple's Getaway of a Lifetime

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By Summar Ghias, dealnews contributor

Don't let relationship ennui get the best of you, especially with all the springtime love in the air. What better way to enrich your romantic life than with a couple's getaway to an exotic locale? Whether you choose to frolic along the white sands in St. Thomas; explore the many wonders under the sea together in the Bahamas; sail on a catamaran to view a wondrous Kauai sunset; or relish in each other's company in a secluded cove in Catalina Island; you're bound to feel the magic of these island destinations.

With only 32 square miles to call its own, the island of St. Thomas boasts just the right sense of intimacy to spice things up. Get sparks flying with a 4-night flight and hotel package for two at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort (from $1,188, a low by $326; expires May 7). The renovated hotel features killer views from atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, and you could do far worse than the infinity pool with views of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Spend some quality time on the beach and take the Skyride 700 feet above the city for breathtaking aerial views, or venture to the childhood home-turned-art gallery of Camille Pissarro, the renowned French Impressionist, for a dose of colorful culture. With beauty abounding, you and your significant other will have no trouble taking the romance up a notch.

A fellow U.S. Virgin Islands member, the larger island of St. Croix has an amalgam of pristine beaches, diverse culture, and storied landscapes. Enjoy the mix with a 3-night stay for two with a $20 dinner credit at the Hibiscus Beach Resort (from $229, a low by $185; expires May 6). Not only does the hotel sit alongside Pelican Cove beach, which is dotted with coconut palms and hammocks, but couples can also explore the undersea sights of a coral reef and an array of tropical fish courtesy of the resort's complimentary snorkeling gear. Most restaurants on the island are open-air, which make for always-serene and romantic meals overlooking the water.

Comprised of 700 islands scattered over 100,000 square miles of clear turquoise waters, the Bahamas is home to the world's third largest barrier reef, not to mention many a romantic retreat. Marvel at the beauty firsthand with a 4-night flight and hotel package for two at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort (from $1,063, a low by $43; expires May 7). The hotel is located in the capital city of Nassau and on a 1,000-foot stretch of Cable Beach. Coupled with luxe accommodations, seven acres of waterscape – including three freshwater pools with flowing waterfalls, a swim up bar, and whirlpools nestled amid tropical vegetation – you can relax with your partner with Bahamanian rum punch in hand, explore underwater caves, swim with dolphins, and revel in the magic of the vibrant coral reef all on one trip.

If you'd like to handpick your schedule to maximize you and your lover's alone time, book a flight to the Bahamas at your own convenience; but remember to take advantage of this 4-night stay for two at the all-inclusive Wyndham Nassau and Crystal Palace Casino (from $368, a low by $7; expires May 13). The hotel's renovated suites offer their own private balconies, high speed Internet access, and flat-screen TVs. The grounds themselves combine the thrill of Vegas style casinos with laid back beach bumming, nine onsite restaurants, and indulging spa treatments.

From the soaring cliffs of the Napali coast to the sprawling Waimea Canyon, Kauai is sure to have you and your beau enthralled from start to finish. Heighten all of your senses while wooing your better half with a reservation at the Aston Islander on the Beach (from $109, a low by $7; expires May 15). The centrally located beachfront hotel sits on Kauai's Coconut Coast and features thatched huts, hand-carved furnishings, and plantation-style decor. It is also within walking distance of shopping and dining, allowing you to prep for the day's activities with a full stomach and all the necessary accessories to explore heavenly beaches, sail the seas in a catamaran alongside dolphins and green sea turtles, and marvel at the vibrant hues of a the Kauai sunset.

If Maui is your Hawaiian destination of choice, settle into equally lush surroundings with a relaxing 3-night stay at the Lumeria Maui instead (from $788, a low by $109; expires May 9). The hotel sits on a secluded tropical garden in northern Maui, overlooking North Shore beaches and the Haleakala Volcano. The peaceful grounds are accommodating for couples who want to kick off their shoes – literally – and stroll barefoot through the gardens. The Lumeria Maui also prides itself on locally sourced farm-to-table meals, and encourages meditations via free yoga classes.

The Caribbean island of Jamaica offers a number of attractions that'll keep your courtship alive and well, including plenty of romantic restaurants, beaches, and legendary Colonial great houses. Immerse yourself in the culture with 5-night stays for two at the all-inclusive Jewel Runaway Bay Golf and Beach Resort (from $930, a low by $73; expires May 9). With the option to lounge in a hammock underneath swaying palm trees, explore Green Grotto Caves just minutes away, sway to live Reggae at summer festivals, or meander along pristine beaches, you'll want to runaway here together for years to come.

Known as the Island of Romance, Catalina Island is perfect for a quick getaway. Located just 22 miles off the coast of California, the island is so laid back there isn't a single traffic light to be found. Much of Catalina Island is unpopulated and romantic coves dot the landscape, ideal for couples looking to pack a picnic and find their own nook to relax. Stay in a room with a garden view at the Casa Mariquita Hotel (from $118, a low by $51; expires May 9) atop hills surrounding the Mediterranean-inspired town of Avalon. The hotel is within walking distance of the beach and local restaurants along the town's main drag, not to mention next door to a trolley service that will take you straight to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, home to rare Catalina ironwoods and other foliage.

Looking for that one tropical paradise to seal the deal on your love, once and for all? The island of St. Maarten may do it for you, with its combination of French and Dutch charm, stunning shorelines, and picturesque mountains. Unpack your things and settle in for a 4-night stay at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach and Casino (from $940, a low by $142; expires May 10). The hotel overlooks Great Bay Harbor on the Dutch side and is just a 10-minute walk from the capital of Philipsburg. But don't limit yourself to just one part of the island: Take a guided snorkeling trip through Creole Rock where you may spot dolphins, eagle rays, and barracudas. The combination of quiet beaches, lively nightlife, Creole barbecue, and stunning backdrops will have you and your partner yearning for an extra week in St. Maarten.

With these deals to tropical paradises brimming with romance, you're guaranteed to take your relationship to new levels. But, if you've got different ideas for a vacation, be sure to check out our daily travel deals for other airfare, hotel, and vacation packages

At the time of publication, these travel deals offered the lowest prices we could find. Deals may include blackout dates, additional taxes, and fees. Some of our prices may be based on mandatory double occupancy.


Summar Ghias is a freelance writer who attributes her love for big cities to the diverse cultural, artistic, and food-centric experiences that can be had in them. A former assistant editor at Budget Travel, Ghias has freelanced at several other titles including Girlfriend Getaways, Discover, People, In New York, Spinner.com, and AOL Travel, among others.

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