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61 Best Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples (2023)

Are you looking for fun and LOW-STRESS romantic Christmas getaways this year? Here are the BEST Christmas vacation ideas for couples in 2023. You’ll find a ton of variety on this list, but all as low-stress as you can get.

So, what does your perfect Christmas getaway look like this year? Cuddling in a cozy cabin in front of a wood-burning fireplace, with ski runs nearby? Strolling hand-in-hand along snow-kissed European streets? Or maybe it’s the adventure of a lifetime, or a super-relaxing luxury beach vacation?

To make these Christmas getaways for couples as low-stress as possible, each one centers on a fantastic accommodation or a pre-planned tour. And all have flexible payment and cancellation, too (but be sure to check details before booking).

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Best HOLIDAY VIBE Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples in USA and CANADA

There’s something special about a traditional Christmas vibe when considering Christmas getaways for couples. Twinkling lights on a Christmas tree. Mistletoe. Wood-burning fireplace. Maybe even a little snow outside.

If this is important to you, here are 10 best Christmas vacations for couples where you can still enjoy that traditional holiday vibe. All of these romantic Christmas getaways are in the United States and Canada.

1. KEYSTONE, COLORADO | Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples in USA

Keystone Resort, Colorado Christmas vacation ideas for couples
Cozy Keystone Resort, Colorado. Photo credit: Booking.com

If you love the mountains or just some guarantee of snow over the holidays, Keystone, Colorado might be your perfect Christmas vacation idea in USA. Surrounded by three mountain peaks, each with a ski lift, the 4-star Keystone Lodge and Spa makes the perfect travel destination at Christmas. Keystone Resort embraces the magic of the season, with special Christmas meals featured at its restaurants and winter-wonderland activities, like skating and snow-tubing down a hilltop course.

Enjoy the upscale rustic vibes throughout the lodge and spa, with decent restaurants and bar, spa pools, hot tubs and saunas to warm you up after a day on the mountains. Take advantage of free shuttles to the lifts and early bypass lift passes. Wifi and parking are included.

2. WHITEFISH, MONTANA | Christmas Vacation Ideas in USA

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Cozy lobby at Firebrand Hotel. Photo credit: Booking.com.

You can’t get much more picturesque than Whitefish, Montana at Christmas. If you love skiing or snowshoeing in the mountains, warming up with craft beer and spirits, and strolling along snowy, festive streets, you’ll love Christmas in Whitefish!

A terrific place to stay for Christmas in Whitefish, Montana is Firebrand Hotel. Couples love the cozy, comfortable beds, elegant decor and easy walking access to downtown. Plus, a spa, rooftop hot tub, restaurant and bar. After your day on the ski hill, cozy up in your bathrobes and slippers. Price includes wifi and airport shuttle.

Want more ideas? Check out this MASSIVE list of hotels for romantic getaways in USA!

3. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA | Romantic Christmas Getaways in USA

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Glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel. Photo credit: Booking.com

Now, if you’d like a little glitz and glamor for your romantic Christmas getaways in USA, head to the famous west-coast city of Los Angeles. Los Angeles will give you a glamorous the celebrity holiday vibe

While Los Angeles has SO many famous prestigious hotels, the best of the best take you right to the epicenter of glamor: Beverly Hills. If you’re looking for luxury, definitely check out The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, which will almost guarantee you at least one celebrity sighting. Another fantastic luxury hotel is the Beverly Wilshire, at the foot of Rodeo Drive and featured in Pretty Women. Both options put you in a fantastic spot for excellent dining and shopping.

If you’d prefer a luxury beach Christmas getaway in Los Angeles, jump ahead!

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4. NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK | Christmas Getaways for Couples in USA

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NYC Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas tree. Photo credit: Alex Haney from Unsplash.

If you’re looking for the best holiday vibe Christmas getaways for couples in USA but want more activity, you can’t get much more epic than NYC. From gazing up at the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree to oooing at 5th Avenue window displays and The Nutcracker on Broadway, you’ll have an absolutely fabulous romantic Christmas getaway in New York City. As soon as you know your travel dates, book your tickets to see New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

The Whitby is a 5-star luxury NYC hotel with fantastic reviews, lovely decor with individually-designed rooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. Situated between Times Square, Central Park and Fifth Avenue, the best of Christmas in New York City is at your doorstep.

Park Terrace Hotel on Bryant Park is a less pricey but still gorgeous 4-star hotel, near Times Square, Empire State Building and Grand Central Station. Over Christmas, Bryant Park also decks the halls with a giant Christmas tree and ice skating.

Or, search Plum Guide for the top homestays in New York City. Their team of professionals vet the best of the best, so you can book with confidence. Find gorgeous apartments with the views you’re after.

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5. LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK | Christmas Vacation Ideas in USA

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Cozy Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa at Christmas. Photo credit: Booking.com

We’ll wrap up our best Christmas vacation ideas for couples in USA with another incredible spot with plenty of holiday charm: Lake Placid, New York. And since it’s only 300 miles north of New York City, you could actually do both. (My husband would hate town-hopping at Christmas, but I’d LOVE it!)

Lake Placid is famous for hosting the Winter Olympics twice (1932 and 1980), one of only 10 cities that can make this claim. And even though Lake Placid is actually only a village, a big reason why it could host the Olympics twice is that they love their cold weather sports. So you KNOW they’ll also do Christmas right!

From mid-December to early January, Lake Placid gives you the perfect excuse to go walking in a winter wonderland with the Holiday Village Stroll. Take in special village events, skating, cute shops and live entertainment late into the evening. And there’s plenty to do right on Mirror Lake. Tobogganing, dog sledding, sleigh rides, more skating and even pickup hockey games, too, of course. Can you choose a more romantic Christmas destination?!

You have a few fantastic hotel options in Lake Placid. One you should definitely check out is Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa. Couples love this 4-star resort, including private balconies overlooking the lake and mountains, full-service spa, indoor pool, sauna and proximity to local ski hills. There are multiple onsite restaurants, including one featuring live music on weekends. Price includes wifi and parking.

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6. EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK | Christmas Getaways for Couples USA

Pair those classic festive lights with the ocean and you have fabulous Christmas getaways for couples in Long Island, New York. East Hampton is an upscale seaside resort village on the South Shore, just under 3 hours from New York City. Residents have preserved its 1648 past, becoming “America’s Most Beautiful Village,” with a Main Street that’s even more exquisite during the holidays.

And lucky you, you can find some beautiful homestays in East Hampton NY. Meet Me in Montauk gives you those spectacular ocean views. And The 1968 is possibly the coziest place ever to spend a romantic Christmas getaway!

7. NORTH FORK, NEW YORK | Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples USA

While East Hampton gets a lot of the spotlight, you can find plenty of other gorgeous private homes on Long Island for your perfectly romantic Christmas getaway. These two of my favorites are both in North Fork.

For a minimalist and relaxed Christmas getaway for couples, check out Salty Kiss. Those wispy grasses beckon you to dip your toes in those perfect waters! Or, ring in the New Year where celebrities once lingered, at The Old Life-Saving Station. This 1800s coastguard station was featured on HBO, Lena Dunham’s Girls and The Undoing, starring Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman.

8. CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA | Romantic Christmas Getaway USA

Charleston, South Carolina is as romantic and dreamy as any city can be. Pastel antebellum houses line cobblestone streets, crowded with horse-drawn carriages clickity-clackiting on their way. Imagine how magical Charleston is at Christmas!

A great place to stay in Charleston, South Carolina is the historic Francis Marion Hotel. It features a spa, onsite dining and bar with live jazz. You’re right across from Marion Square, too. Price includes wifi.

Or, find your perfect home-away-from-home on Plum Guide. The jazz-inspired Magnolia Blossom flat features gorgeous shuttered windows, high ceilings and front porch. Can’t you just imagine hanging your stockings on that mantle?!

9. NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA | Christmas Getaways for Couples USA

New Orleans is a fun place to spend any day of the year, but it shines even brighter during the holidays. Every Christmas season, bonfires don the levee to guide Santa on his way. Twenty-five acres of oaks are wrapped in twinkle lights at City Park, as a train glides you through them. And candlelight caroling rings through Jackson Square, in front of America’s oldest cathedral.

Spend your romantic Christmas getaway in New Orleans at the ultra-elegant The Roosevelt. Features a rooftop bar, full-service spa, plush lounge with live jazz. After strolling Bourbon Street nearby, retire to your gourmet Italian restaurant. Take a dip in the outdoor pool. Or cozy up in your bathrobes with your favorite festive drink.

Or, book a beautiful home in New Orleans through Plum Guide. Like the quintessential New Orleans Lucky Lou near the famous French Quarter.

10. QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC | Christmas Getaways for Couples in Canada

Quebec City, Canada Christmas vacation ideas for couples
Christmas in Quebec City. Photo credit: Hamit Pena from Unsplash.

Now we’ll head north of the USA border to my homeland of Canada. Quebec City is the perfect place to start our Christmas getaways for couples in Canada, with both the charm of traditions past and modern luxuries for couples. As one of the oldest European cities in North America, Canada’s Quebec City has the only fortified city walls in the Americas north of Mexico. And Quebec City’s cobblestone streets and European architecture will give you that little taste of Europe.

At Christmas, Quebec City takes on a magical ambience. Old Quebec transforms into a real-life Christmas village, with a German Christmas Market that runs from late November to December 23. Stroll Terrasse Dufferin for incredible views of the St. Lawrence River and the beautifully-decorated Rue du Petit-Champlain, with cobblestone streets and pretty little shops. Take a Christmas culinary class at the Grand Marché de Québec and enjoy the Christmas choir at Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame-De-Québec that dates back to 1771. CNN ranked Quebec City as one of the world’s top 15 destinations for Christmas.

For romantic Christmas getaways in Quebec City, book yourself in for the warm and elegant hospitality of Hotel Le Germain. Set inside two historical buildings, this 4-star boutique-style hotel embraces the charm of the past with the comforts of today. Enjoy in-room massages, an espresso bar in the lounge and free wifi. It’s a 5-minute walk to historic Old Quebec. 

If you time it right, you can also spend a night or two at the famous Hotel de Glace. It’s the only ice hotel in North America and opens January 2.

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11. NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO | Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples in Canada

Niagara Falls, Canada Christmas vacation ideas for couples
Gorgeous sunrise over Niagara Falls, Canada. Photo credit: Sergey Pesterev from Unsplash.

The lovely Niagara Falls along the USA-Canada border is definitely on my travel bucket list. And at Christmas, it just gets better!

From mid November to late December, Niagara Falls will really up their holiday vibes with the Winter Festival of Lights. This might actually be the perfect year to finally take it in, since they likely won’t be getting their typical one million visitors from around the world. Fireworks, holiday activities, and more than 3 million lights along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and the majestic Niagara Falls. SO FUN!

As you’d expect, there are plenty of big-name hotels near the falls. But for a cozier holiday feel on your romantic Christmas getaway, check out the 4-star Sterling Inn & Spa. Couples love this unassuming hotel, that oozes class as you enter. It features a full-service spa, onsite restaurant and bar, and either a 2-person spa bath or steam shower in every room. Many rooms also have a fireplace. It’s two blocks away from the pretty Queen Victoria Park with views of Niagara Falls, and about a 25-minute walk to Horseshoe Falls. This fantastic price includes wifi and breakfast.

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12. CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAINS | Romantic Christmas Getaway Destinations 

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Wintery views near Banff. Photo credit: Nora Photo from Unsplash.

The majestic Rocky Mountains is one of the most romantic Christmas destinations in North America. It’s easy to get cozy and romantic while cuddling in front of a wood-burning fireplace, sipping your favorite wine after a day of exploring a quaint mountain village or hitting the slopes. And guaranteed, these mountain villages and resorts will be decked out in holiday spirit.

We loved our romantic getaway to The Hidden Ridge Resort in Banff, Alberta Canada. Enjoy the gorgeous view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains from the shared outdoor hot tubs. Spacious private apartment with balcony and wood-burning fireplace. It takes a little more planning, as there’s no restaurant onsite. But you have a full kitchen, free shuttle into town, and as much wood for your fireplace as you want!

For more luxury, book immediately to spend your romantic Christmas getaway at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise! These gorgeous hotels ooze romance, and they fill up quickly.

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13. WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA | Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples in Canada

Whistler, Canada Christmas vacation ideas for couples
Whistler, Canada at Christmas. Photo credit: Roberto Nickson from Unsplash.

More Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Canada’s mountains is Whistler, British Columbia. Whistler is a beautiful 2-hour drive north of Vancouver. But be prepared for wintery driving conditions at Christmas.

Once you arrive, cozy up next to a fireplace and settle in for a festive and romantic Christmas getaway! Known for its skiing and warming hospitality, Whistler only ups its game over the holidays. Think: serious twinkle lights, tubing, and of course the famous Fire & Ice Show at Skier’s Plaza. Every Sunday night in winter, Whistler’s Fire & Ice Show features the best local skiers and riders flipping through a blazing ring of fire, complete with fire spinners, a DJ and fireworks. Awesome!

You have plenty of big-name and independent hotel and apartment options, including the gorgeous 5-star Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Every room features a sitting area with mountain or village views, with access to hot tubs, saunas, and Eucalyptus steam rooms. Plus, multiple restaurants, live entertainment in the lounge, indoor pool, full-service spa, and ski-in/ski-out access at Blackcomb Mountain. Price includes wifi.

14. VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA | Romantic Christmas Getaways in Canada

Vancouver, Canada Christmas vacation ideas for couples
Vancouver buildings overlook the port and mountains. Photo credit: Aditya Chinchure from Unsplash.

While I love Vancouver, British Columbia at any season, it’s especially magical over Christmas. Stanley Park lights up with more than one million lights, along with a miniature train ride to enjoy the views. And every night in December, you can head down to False Creek, Deep Cove or Port Moody for Vancouver’s Carol Ships Parade of Lights. They’ve been spreading holiday cheer since the 1960s!

There are so many beautiful, high-class hotels to choose from in Downtown Vancouver and along the waterfront. If you’re quick, you might still snag a room in my favorite hotel in Downtown Vancouver, the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver.

Another epic place to stay in Vancouver for romantic Christmas getaways is the Fairmont Waterfront. Couples love it, particularly for comfort, service, location and views. Features an onsite restaurant, hot tub, steam rooms, and heated outdoor pool with harbour and mountain views. If possible, request a corner room overlooking Stanley Park and the port for the best views of Vancouver at Christmas!  

Best LUXURY BEACH Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples

If you love the idea of beach time with your romantic Christmas getaway, you’ll love this section! These BEST luxury beach Christmas vacation ideas for couples treat you to the best of the best for exquisite views, gourmet meals and plenty of pampering. 

All of the hotels below have excellent customer ratings on Google, Trip Advisor and Booking.com. As you can imagine, these amazing spots book up quickly, so book soon.

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15. SANTA MONICA Beach Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples in USA

Casa del Mar, Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles beach Christmas vacation ideas for couples in USA
Casa del Mar on Santa Monica Beach. Photo credit: Booking.com.

How does Christmas in Santa Monica sound? Casa Del Mar is a 5-star luxury resort and spa right on Santa Monica Beach. Every room has a hydrotherapy spa tub and floor-to-ceiling windows, some with an ocean view.

You’ll have plenty to keep you busy and in the festive spirit! Casa Del Mar has a comfortable pool area, two on-site restaurants, and live music on Sunday afternoons. It’s a five minute walk from Santa Monica Pier, with easy access to Venice Beach and more along The Strand cycle path. Plus, you don’t even need to fly overseas for this luxury beach Christmas getaway for couples!

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16. FLORIDA KEYS Luxury Beach Christmas Getaways for Couples in USA

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Romantic private patio at H2O Suites. Photo credit: Booking.com.

If you’d prefer a luxury beach vacation off the east coast of USA, Florida Keys is a fabulous Christmas vacation idea for couples. H2O Suites is a chic, adults-only 4-star hotel with a year-round outdoor rooftop pool and terrace. All rooms have a sitting area and some have a private pool.

Rent a bike to explore nearby Duval Street, Southernmost Point and, of course, beaches! Guests love Key West at Christmas.

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17. MEXICO Luxury Beach Resorts for Romantic Christmas Getaways

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Playacar Palace All-Inclusive in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo credit: palaceresorts.com.

Palace Resorts are recognized as the elite in all-inclusive luxury beach resorts in Mexico. Their high-end resorts grace the shores of Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa Del Carmen and Los Cabos. Looking for all of the amenities that come with massive 5-star beach resorts? Or maybe a more intimate island experience? Palace Resorts has a place you’ll fall in love with. Some are adults only, perfect for romantic Christmas getaways.

Wondering what sets Palace Resorts apart? All resorts are all-inclusive, including 24-hour room service, in-room double whirlpool tubs, wifi and unlimited calls to the Continental USA, Canada and Mexico. Indulge in rooftop pools, poolside dining, and swim-up bars. Exotic tours. World-class beaches, dining and entertainment.

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18. ARUBA Luxury Beach Christmas Vacations for Couples

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Barceló Aruba private balcony hot tubs with views. Photo credit: Barcelo.com.

“Aruba. Jamaica. Oo I wanna take ya …” The Beach Boys started their famous Kokomo with the gorgeous beaches of Aruba. So, how can I not include them in the best Christmas vacations for couples in 2021?!

Among the most romantic luxury beach resorts in Aruba is the gorgeous 5-star Barceló Aruba. Barceló Aruba has fantastic reviews, and is an all-inclusive resort featuring everything you could want. Luxury spa and in-room massages. Direct access to a perfect white-sand beach with bar services, equipment rentals and monitors. Seven restaurants and three bars to try out. Lush gardens. Tennis courts, diving classes and live entertainment.

Rooms are a great mix of cozy and vibrant, all with a balcony. Some have ocean views and whirlpool tubs. Price includes wifi and parking.

Book through Barcelo.com for 40% off! Barcelo members save up to 50%.

19. SANDALS Resort in JAMAICA | Couples All-Inclusive Christmas Vacations

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For the ultimate in luxurious all-inclusive Christmas vacations for couples, we have to include Sandals Resorts. Sandals has seven all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, all with visiting privileges if you want to explore them all. Each one has a unique vibe and energy.

A classic choice is Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. It features swim-up suites and over-the-water suites at its private island. Plus, nine restaurants, six bars, manicured gardens with roaming peacocks, and afternoon tea. Unlimited alcohol, water sports and land sports. And your wedding is included with at least three nights’ stay.

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20. ST. LUCIA Luxury Beach Romantic Christmas Getaways

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Ladera Resort at St. Lucia. Photo credit: Booking.com.

Swing with your toes in your private pool, overlooking the gorgeous World Heritage Piton Mountains and Caribbean Sea! Ladera Resort is a 5-star resort in St. Lucia featuring open-air suites with natural stonework, cut tile, hardwood floors and furniture crafted at the resort. The on-site restaurant serves authentic Caribbean cuisine from fresh local ingredients, and the bar offers live evening entertainment with its exquisite views. 

Enjoy on-site wine tastings in the wine cellar, in-room massages, cooking demonstrations, and Saturday morning market tours. Plus, concierge services to up the thrill on your romantic Christmas getaway, like sailing and ziplining! Price includes shuttle to Sugar Beach, wifi and parking.

21. Exotic COSTA RICA Christmas Vacations for Couples

Pristine beaches. Unsettled volcanoes. Luscious jungle and cloud forest, bursting with incredible biodiversity. Costa Rica is on many of our bucket lists, so why not cross it off this Christmas as your couples romantic getaway?

Costa Rica’s 5-star Tulemar Resort makes Trip Advisor’s list of the Top 25 hotels in the WORLD (2022), and reviews on Booking.com definitely agree. The private cabins overlook the jungle and water, with hammocks on private verandas to enjoy the view. Its private beach, restaurant and service get excellent reviews, too.

Enjoy onsite water sports, gift shop and car hire for exploring nearby Esterillos and Santa Maria. Price includes wifi and parking.

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22. TURKS AND CAICOS Luxury Beach Christmas Vacations for Couples

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Sailrock Resort at Turks and Caicos. Photo credit: Booking.com.

Turks and Caicos is another spot guaranteed for luxury beach Christmas vacations for couples. One of the best-rated 5-star hotels in Turks and Caicos is Sailrock Resort, located in South Caicos. Enjoy the incredible view from the hot tub and terrace, restaurant or bar. All rooms are air-conditioned and some have a sitting area. For some activity, use the free bikes to explore the area, which is known for excellent snorkeling, or book a massage, explore the island by jeep or go fishing.

Price includes breakfast, wifi, parking, island-hop flight and airport transportation. It looks like you must book four nights.

23. SANDALS Resort in NASSAU | Couples All-Inclusive Christmas Vacations

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Now open in the heart of the Bahamas, the elegant Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau is easy to get to and promises an incredible couples all-inclusive Christmas vacation. An award-winning spa. A Royal Village with hidden pools and villas, tucked inside beautiful gardens. Swim-up suites with butler service and two soft white-sand beaches. Plus, a private offshore island adventure, too.

This Sandals Resort features 10 restaurants, eight bars including a British-style pub, and seven pools. Unlimited alcohol, water sports and land sports. And your wedding is included with a minimum three night stay!

Sandals also has a resort on one of the quieter Bahamian islands of Great Exuma. We loved our couples getaway to Eleuthera, but do keep in mind that these “out-islands” are really quiet compared to Nassau.

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24. TAHITI Luxury Beach Christmas Getaways for Couples

InterContinental Tahiti Resort, Christmas vacation ideas for couples
InterContinental Tahiti Resort. Photo credit: Booking.com.

How about a romantic Christmas getaway in beautiful Tahiti? InterContinental Tahiti Resort is an excellent 4-star resort, with overwater bungalows for direct access to the perfectly turquoise lagoon. On-land rooms have a private balcony with lagoon or tropical garden views. You’ll have access to a diving center with free snorkeling gear and canoes, open-air aquarium, tennis courts and spa. The on-site overwater restaurant is near the sand-bottomed pool, with gourmet meals and fine French wines. 

Five minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from Papeete center museums, shops and nightclubs. Price includes wifi and parking.

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25. FIJI Luxury Beach Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples

Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji, Christmas vacation ideas for couples
Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji. Photo credit: Booking.com.

Fiji is another famous luxury beach Christmas vacation idea for couples wanting to retreat. For an all-inclusive luxury retreat, book your stay at the 5-star adults-only Likuliku Lagoon Resort. It’s everything you imagine, with overwater bungalows and gorgeous on-land bures with a private pool. Enjoy the private sandy beach, pool and bar, plus activities in the area, like snorkeling and windsurfing. Price includes all meals and wifi. It sells out quickly, so book soon!

If you’d rather not have an all-inclusive, another exceptionally-rated luxury adults-only resort in Fiji is Tokoriki Island Resort. Tokoriki Island Resort has a private sandy beach, two restaurants, open-air bar, pool, tennis court and spa. Villas have a private outdoor shower, hammocks and private pool with an incredible view. 

26. MALDIVES Luxurious Beach Christmas Vacations for Couples

Want a tropical paradise for your couples Christmas vacation? Here are TWO 5-star beach resorts that make Trip Advisor’s list of the Top 25 hotels in the world (2022). Both have the water villas you want, surrounded by clear turquoise water, with white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. They also have plenty to keep you busy or relaxed this Christmas.

First up is Six Senses Laamu, a sustainable luxury resort on Olhuveli Island. Enjoy the incredible spa, diving center, yoga pavilion, four restaurants and wine bar. Villas feature an outdoor rainshower, private sun loungers and slippers. It’s accessible by a half-hour inter-island flight from the main Male International Airport and short speedboat ride.

Next up is COMO Cocoa Island, located on the private Kaafu Island in South Male Atoll. Indulge in the onsite spa, two private diving reefs and an infinity pool. This resort also features Ayurvedic treatment programs, yoga classes, a library and two restaurants with all-day dining. It’s accessible by a 40-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.

27. SANDALS Resort in GRENADA | Couples All-Inclusive Christmas Vacations

Sandals Grenada, couples all-inclusive Christmas vacations
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Experience a luxurious all-inclusive Christmas vacation for couples in beautiful Grenada. Sandals Grenada is remarkable, even for Sandals Resorts. Pools in the sky. Living rooms in swimming pools. Private plunge pools, cascading waterfalls and flowing river pools through lush exotic gardens.

Plus, 10 restaurants, six bars, and unlimited alcohol, water sports and land sports. Wanna get married? Weddings are included with stays of three nights or longer.

This is my favorite of the Sandals resorts. Not only is the resort itself exquisite, it’s on a lesser-traveled island.

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28. HAWAII Luxury Beach Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples in USA

Kukui'ula Resort Kauai, Hawaii beach Christmas vacation ideas for couples in USA
Kukui’ula Resort in Kauai. Photo credit: Booking.com.

We’ll wrap up this section of luxury beach Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Hawaii, a personal favorite! The toughest part might be deciding on the island and the experience you want. Hawaiian islands each have their own character:

  • Kauai, the “Garden Isle,” is rugged and dramatic.
  • Oahu, the “Heart of Hawaii,” has the famous Waikiki beach of Honolulu, legendary surf towns and Pearl Harbor.
  • Maui has a small-town vibe, with the famous Road to Hana and Haleakala volcano.
  • And Hawaii, nearly twice as big as all other Hawaiian islands together, is home to massive volcanoes and the incredible Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

If you dream of living on a golf course, you’ll love The Lodge at Kukui’ula on Kauai. It’s a beautiful 5-star golf resort with private cottages overlooking the course, with outdoor showers and comfortable sitting areas. While not out on the course, enjoy two pools, a restaurant, bar, spa and a very sophisticated shared space with a fireplace and sauna. Price includes wifi and parking. It books quickly! 

Now, here’s a personal recommendation for Maui: the luxurious Hotel Wailea. It’s a gorgeous 5-star adults-only resort nestled among a lush tropical garden on the hills above Wailea. All suites have comfortable sitting areas, deck views of the garden or ocean, and deep soaking tubs. Enjoy the quiet pool area, beautiful spa and bar. Two high-end restaurants are on-site, that also provide a picnic basket to enjoy with beach services at Wailea Beach. Price includes wifi and parking.

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Best LUXURY EUROPEAN Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples 

For the perfect blend of a traditional holiday experience with the elegance and charm of Europe, here are seven luxury European Christmas vacation ideas for couples. Each of these romantic Christmas getaways focus on exceptional accommodations. They’re either European travel destinations on their own merit or put you close to top tourist sights. All surround you in luxury, and all have excellent guest ratings.

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29. PRAGUE Luxury Christmas Getaways for Couples in Europe

Corinthia Prague, luxury Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
The luxurious Corinthia Prague. Photo credit: Corinthia.com.

If you’re looking for the ultimate in romantic Christmas getaways in Europe, Prague is it. The City of a Hundred Spires winds along the shores of Vltava River, rich in history, elegance and beauty.

During the Christmas season, you’ll find arguably the prettiest Christmas market in Europe at Old Town Square, with a giant Christmas tree, nativity, live music and carol concerts setting the festive vibe. For New Year’s fireworks, head down to Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square or the banks of the Vltava River for the best views.

Corinthia Prague offers breathtaking views above the spires and a modern luxury experience for romantic Christmas getaways. Chandeliers, marble and art deco greet you, and all rooms grace you with incredible panoramic views over this beautiful city. Executive rooms and suites enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, with breakfast, meals, complimentary drinks and snacks. What makes the Corinthia Prague extra luxurious is its grand spa on the 26th floor, with incredible views over the Vltava River, Prague Castle and Old Town Square.

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30. SWISS Luxury Romantic Christmas Getaways in Europe

Burgenstock Resort Lucerne, Switzerland luxury Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
Incredible views from Burgenstock Resort near Lucerne. Photo credit: Booking.com.

Lucerne, Switzerland might just be my #1 favorite place in ALL of Europe. Incredible architecture nestled along gorgeous mountain ranges and overlooking pristine lakes. Delicious chocolate and friendly locals. It’s the perfect Christmas getaway for couples.

For the ultimate in luxury resort and alpine spa, book your stay at Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa. Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa is a five-star resort hotel on the Bürgenberg mountain, 450 meters above Lake Lucerne and with picturesque lake and mountain views. Take advantage of the resort’s incredible facilities, including spa with multiple pools, several restaurants with terraces, nearby golf course, hikes and the Hammetschwand lift, Europe’s highest outdoor lift that takes you to the mountain peak. The Bürgenstock shuttle boat to Lucerne and funicular lift are included with your stay.

Another incredibly luxurious romantic Christmas getaway near Lucerne is Park Hotel Vitznau. With its own private beach right on Lake Lucerne, two restaurants and spa, Park Hotel Vitznau transports you to a world of exquisite elegance. Bask in the indoor and outdoor pools, sip on fine wines from around the world, and rest in the comforts of your luxuriously-appointed room. All with incredible lake and mountain views.

31. VENICE Luxury Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples in Europe

The Gritti Palace Venice, Italy luxury Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
Elegant luxury of The Gritti Palace in Venice. Photo credit: Booking.com.

Spend your Christmas getaway floating on the Grand Canal in Venice! Admire elegant decorations shimmering above the water. Browse Christmas markets. And enjoy a traditional 4-course fish dinner before midnight mass at Saint Mark’s Basilica.

A top-rated luxury hotel in Venice is The Gritti Palace. Set in a former noble residence on Venice’s Grand Canal, The Gritti Palace features luxurious rooms with antiques, Murano glass and views of the Santa Maria delle Salute Church, Grand Canal or city of Venice. Enjoy your breakfast under crystal chandeliers and meals from fresh local ingredients. The location is excellent, near La Fenice Opera House and St. Mark’s Square. 

Another luxurious option on the Grand Canal is Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel. Refined elegant decor, 2-Michelin-starred restaurant, and views of the Grand Canal make this a perfect stay for couples.

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32. MALTA Luxury Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples in Europe

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The luxurious Corinthia Malta. Photo credit: Corinthia.com.

Just south of Sicily, Italy lies the 3-island nation of Malta. Spend your romantic Christmas getaway in Europe watching the waves while sipping on afternoon tea. Explore temple ruins and villages, and then relax over famous Malta wine.

During the Christmas season, Malta comes alive with candlelit carol concerts, feasts and choirs. And New Year’s celebrations include an evening of food, drinks and live entertainment at Valletta waterfront, culminating in an impressive fireworks display over the harbour.

Choose from the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa Malta right in San Anton for a grand palace experience. Or, the Corinthia St. George’s Bay Malta for a luxury resort experience.

Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa Malta is across from the famous San Anton Palace and gardens, and surrounded by lush gardens of its own. With grand marble halls and spa, you’ll feel like you’re in your very own palace on your magical Maltese Christmas vacation. The Villa Corinthia serves all-day brunch, afternoon tea, cocktails and Far Eastern-inspired dinner on the terrace. Rooms are elegant and spacious, most with a private balcony.

At Corinthia St. George’s Bay Malta, every room comes with a private balcony and a view. The Grand Suite comes with three balconies and two bathrooms! While at Corinthia St. George, you can indulge in total relaxation by the pool, in the spa, or at sea. Enjoy plenty of restaurant options from casual bistros and sports diner to the ultimate in gourmet, afternoon tea and cocktails. You can order directly from your lounger. Perfect!

33. BARCELONA Luxury Christmas Getaways for Couples in Europe

Hotel Serras Barcelona, luxury Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
The luxurious Hotel Serras in Barcelona. Photo credit: Booking.com.

Oh, romantic Barcelona. Graceful architecture and Spanish culture will sweep you away on the perfect Christmas getaway for couples. Barcelona has more than its share of gorgeous, 5-star luxury hotels with excellent ratings. Here are my two favorites.

Hotel The Serras is a five-star luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, right across from the sea. Its location is perfect, being steps away from Picasso Museum, Santa María del Mar Cathedral, and Plaça Reial Square. Modern elegance characterizes this historic hotel, where the famous painter Pablo Picasso got his start in 1896. Take in pretty city views from your private balcony and relax in luxurious comforts of your soundproofed room. Guests LOVE the 1-Michelin-starred restaurant, cozy library bar, and stylish lounge and infinity pool on the rooftop terrace. Enjoy airport pick-up, limousine, concierge and valet parking services.

Another gorgeous five-star luxury hotel in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is Monument Hotel. Rooms are warm and elegant, with soundproofing and most with a balcony with city views. It’s also in a fantastic location, located on the fashionable Paseo de Gracia and steps away from Gaudi’s masterpieces Casa Battló and La Pedrera, Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Enjoy the 3-Michelin-starred restaurant and spa. Monument Hotel is set in a 19-century architectural jewel with Specialty Monument status, as the former house of wealthy industrialist Enric Batllo.

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34. CANARY ISLANDS Luxury European Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples

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Views from Royal Hideaway Corales Beach on Tenerife of Spain’s Canary Islands. Photo credit: Barcelo.com.

Spain’s Canary Islands are famous for their white- and black-sand beaches, courtesy of their rugged volcanic legacy. They’re off the northwest coast of Africa, and the largest of the eight main islands is Tenerife. With 300 days of sunshine a year, lush vegetation and quaint traditional fishing villages, it’s a perfectly relaxing Christmas vacation idea for couples.

A seriously luxurious, 5-star couples-only getaway in Tenerife is Royal Hideaway Corales Beach. It’s chic and elegant, with fantastic reviews. And if you appreciate architecture, you’ll especially love it. Royal Hideaway Corales Beach was recognized in the 2020 World Luxury Hotel Awards, Luxury Architecture Design Hotel category.

Relax in a hammock, Balinese bed or right on the beach while listening to the waves. Stroll lush gardens. Enjoy the views from the heated rooftop infinity pool and poolside bar. Indulge at the spa and two onsite restaurants. Couples can enjoy the spa, onsite yoga and pilates, dance classes, culinary and cultural workshops, and eco and cultural activities. Plus, rent a bike, go golfing and visit the island’s volcano.

All rooms have a balcony with spectacular views over the ocean, some with an outdoor hot tub.

Price includes wifi and breakfast. You can also get a rate that includes dinner. Note: It looks like you have to book a full week over Christmas.

Book through Barcelo.com for the lowest rates!

35. PARIS Luxury Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples in Europe

Hotel Splendid Royal Paris, luxury Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
The luxurious Hotel Splendid Royal in Paris. Photo credit: Booking.com.

This list can’t be complete without a luxury Christmas vacation idea for couples in Paris. Festive lights adorn some of the most iconic tourist attractions in the world, including Galeries Lafayette’s massive Christmas tree. Sip on mulled wine as you watch the river flow by. Go ice skating. Indulge in French delicacies and chocolate. Paris is possibly THE most romantic Christmas destination.

For the ultimate in cozy luxury, book your romantic Christmas getaway in Paris at the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris – Relais & Châteaux. Hotel Splendide Royal Paris – Relais & Châteaux is tastefully decorated, with comfortable beds and a sitting area in all rooms. Enjoy a variety of breakfast options at its refined and inventive onsite restaurant. It’s near the Champs-Elysées, Opéra Garnier, Tuileries Garden and Orsay Museum. For a real balcony and Eiffel tower view, book the Suite Elysée.

Hôtel Maison Souquet is certainly a character boutique hotel, and is like stepping into a luxurious historical Parisian novel. Set in an exclusive Parisian townhouse, Hôtel Maison Souquet is decorated in a Belle Époque theme with rich cordova leather furnishings and intricate wood paneling. Enjoy cocktails in the lounge, a stroll through the winter garden, and a private swim in the pool and Turkish bath. Spa services are also available. Hôtel Maison Souquet is located in the Montmartre district, right by Moulin Rouge and easy walking distance to Montmartre.

36. Exotic TURKEY Couples Christmas Vacation Ideas

There’s something incredibly romantic about Turkey. Exotic beaches along the Mediterranean. Colorful hot air balloons, floating above intriguing rock formations. Caves, full of history and wonder.

And we have two incredibly romantic hotels that are bucket list worthy. Both are featured on Trip Advisor’s list of Top 25 hotels in the world.

First up is Romance Istanbul Hotel Boutique Class, located in the historic center of Istanbul. Walk to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque. When you get back, enjoy the onsite spa, restaurant, bar and pool. Price includes wifi.

Then, spend at least a few nights in restored historic caves at the elegant Kayakapi Premium Caves Cappadocia. Book a suite with a fireplace and private terrace to enjoy exquisite views. Enjoy the onsite spa, excellent restaurant and pool. Price includes wifi, parking and shuttle to Urgup center.

Doesn’t that sound AMAZING?

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37. ST. PETERSBURG Luxury Christmas Vacation Idea for Couples in Europe

Corinthia St. Petersburg, Russia luxury Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
Corinthia St. Petersburg. Photocredit: Corinthia.

Whisk yourselves away to the magical winter wonderland of St. Petersburg, Russia at Christmas. Indulge in a food tour of culinary delights, a tasting tour of local craft beer, and incredible palaces, cathedrals and museums. And warm, elegant accommodations.

Step into the grand luxury of the Corinthia St. Petersburg on your romantic Christmas getaway. Enjoy a welcome drink and relax in the plush surroundings of your room. Vast windows of the Imperial Restaurant overlook Nevsky Prospect as you’re charmed with its fresh, modern take on celebrated dishes and ingredients. Or, relax at the elegant Cafe Vienna or Lobby Bar. Executive rooms and suites include access to the Executive Club Lounge, with breakfast, snacks and drinks throughout the day.

Book at Corinthia.com for exclusive offers.

Best EUROPEAN HOMESTAY Christmas Getaways for Couples

There’s no question that Europe is an amazing destination for Christmas getaways for couples. But it’s also expensive. 

If you’d like to save some cash without sacrificing your romantic Christmas getaway in Europe, choose among Plum Guide’s elite homestays. Plum Guide is like AirBnB, but only the best-of-the-best home rentals are listed and all are vetted by professionals. And they’re gorgeous, many surprisingly affordable.

38. HOMESTAY Christmas Getaways for Couples in ITALY

Christmas in Italy … Could anything be dreamier?! Cathedral choirs. Strolling cobblestone streets under festive decorations, past fountains, cafes and ruins. And sipping the best cappuccinos in the world!

Spend your romantic Christmas getaway taking in these spectacular views in Rome. There’s no compromising your views with a private homestay this Christmas! Find them at the gorgeous Hen of the Wood or Trajan’s Chambers homestays. 

Or, stay in exquisite and romantic homes as you tour Italy’s countryside. Sip away your perfect Christmas getaway for couples in Tuscany’s Grande A’more. After strolling through beautiful Florence, retire to your very own oasis of Imagine Me & You. And bask in the views of romantic Cinque Terre, with As the Poets Once Said as your home-base.


39. GREEK ISLANDS Beach Christmas Getaways for Couples

The majestic Greek islands are soft and romantic during the holidays, with glittering lights and warm festive cooking adding to the ambience. And for a luxurious beach getaway in the Greek Islands, look to prestigious home rentals from Plum Guide!

Here are three fabulous Greek island romantic homestays for Christmas getaways for couples. Sunrise Skies in Mykonos. Sandalwood Stone in Naxos. Everyday Beauty in Halkidiki.

40. HOMESTAY Christmas Getaways for Couples in LISBON

Lisbon is one of the most popular European tourist destinations, and for good reason. As the capital of Portugal located right on the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is a wonderful mixture of history, culture, scenery and food. Explore timeless neighborhoods, fabulous museums, grand squares and parks. Stroll waterfront promenades and colorful tiled and cobbled streets.

For your romantic Christmas getaway in Lisbon, book a fabulous homestay through Plum Guide. Like a room with a city view at Braque or ocean view at Classical Fadista.

41. HOMESTAY Romantic Christmas Getaway in LONDON

One of the world’s most elegant cities, London beckons as a prime Christmas getaway for couples. The city lights up with festivity around every corner, from the Tower of London, to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Take them in from the London Eye above!

Find incredible homes to rent in London, England. Like the gorgeous Noble Circle and Anna Scott. Can’t you just imagine cozying up with your spiced eggnog, after decking the halls?

42. ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE HOMESTAY Christmas Getaways for Couples

Or, take your romantic Christmas getaway into the English countryside. Find your secluded romantic homestay in a lovely Cotswolds cottage, like Peppercorn Cottage. An elegant lakefront cabin in the Lake District. Your private hot tub overlooking The Mendip Hills.

Or something completely unique, like your Hunters Moon retreat in Somerset.

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43. SCOTTISH HOMESTAY Romantic Christmas Getaway

Find incredibly romantic house rentals in Scotland to spend your couples Christmas trip! Spend your holidays like royalty in Saints Go Marching, the former St Andrew’s Chapel on the shores of Loch Ness. Or keep it super cozy in Bothy Bliss near The Trossachs National Park and Loch Lamond. 

And then there’s Edinburgh. Christmas getaways for couples in Edinburgh Scotland would be incredible. Check out these best of the best home rentals in Edinburgh. Can’t you just imagine cozying up in A Sandstone Stay, after spending the day strolling through Edinburgh Castle?

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Best EUROPEAN TOURS Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples

Interested in seeing Europe this Christmas but don’t want the hassle of planning the trip? Lucky you! Here are five of my favorite group tours from Trafalgar for incredibly romantic Christmas getaways. 

The world’s most awarded travel brand, Trafalgar has been creating incredible group travel experiences since 1947. Trafalgar tours include dedicated travel directors, passionate local specialists and hosts, and comfortable accommodations. My favorite thing about Trafalgar is its impressive customer reviews, both for the quantity of reviewers and quality of experiences. You can be confident your European Christmas getaway will be just as magical as you imagine.

44. EUROPEAN TOUR Christmas Vacation Idea for Couples

Paris Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
Paris at Christmas. Photo credit: Bing Hao from Unsplash.

Take a 9-night group tour from London to Rome, stopping at other major European travel destinations on your way. Experience highlights of Paris, Lucerne, Venice and Florence, including plenty of free time for exploring on your own or taking advantage of optional excursions. For example, while staying in Florence you can take a dinner, wine and music tour through the Tuscan hills. Your tour cost includes all breakfasts and three dinners, as well as all accommodation and on-trip transportation.

45. WONDERS OF ITALY TOUR Christmas Getaways for Couples in Europe

Venice Italy Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
Spend Christmas in Venice! Photo credit: Federico Beccari from Unsplash.

Make your romantic Christmas getaway perfect, with this 10-night Wonders of Italy tour from Rome. See the gorgeous Cinque Terre’s rugged and colorful coastline. Explore the old streets of Lucca, Florence and San Gimignano, and the canals of Venice. Tour includes the wonders of the Vatican, Ancient Rome and vineyard lunch in the rolling Chianti Hills. Add-ons include a gondola ride through Venice and dinner in Tuscany. Your tour cost includes all breakfasts, one lunch and four dinners, as well as all accommodation and on-trip transportation.

46. SPAIN, MOROCCO + PORTUGAL Romantic Christmas Getaways in Europe

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Madrid, Spain at Christmas. Photo credit: Sushuti from Pixabay.

Experience the best of Spain, Morocco and Portugal on this 15-night round-trip from Madrid for your romantic European Christmas getaway. Visit must-see spots like Madrid, Toledo, Lisbon, Casablanca and Seville. Stroll famous markets and marvel at incredible architecture. Includes local cultural activities, like visiting a horse ranch and monastery. Add-on activities include the 13th-century castle of Segovia, traditional Arabian food and entertainment, Spanish Civil War memorial, and elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar gardens featured in Game of Thrones. Your tour cost includes all breakfasts, seven dinners, all accommodation and on-trip transportation.

47. BOHEMIAN HIGHLIGHTS TOUR Christmas Vacation Idea for Couples in Europe

Berlin Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
Christmas in Berlin. Photo credit: Roman Kraft from Unsplash.

Spend your Christmas strolling the streets of the most beautiful and intriguing streets in Europe. This 13-night group tour takes you from Frankfurt to Berlin, wrapping east to see Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna and Prague. Learn about this area’s WWII and Cold War past. Explore pretty castles, old churches and old streets. Add-ons include a farmhouse polka party and Danube dinner cruise. Your tour cost includes all breakfasts and seven dinners, as well as all accommodation and on-trip transportation.

48. FESTIVE ST. PETERSBURG AND MOSCOW Christmas Getaways for Couples in Europe

Moscow Christmas vacation ideas for couples in Europe
Snowy Moscow at Christmas. Photo credit: Michael Parulava from Unsplash.

Walk in a winter wonderland on this 6-night group tour from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Visit famous fortresses, museums and Christmas markets on your romantic Christmas getaway. Optional add-ons include more in-depth historical tours, palace tours and a Russian ballet. Your tour cost includes all breakfasts and two dinners, as well as all accommodation and on-trip transportation.

Best ADVENTURE Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples

If your perfect Christmas getaway for couples is a little more rustic and adventurous than those listed above, this section is for you! 

Intrepid Group focuses on small group tours (anywhere from one traveler to 12) and authentic local experiences. Choose from their standard tour packages through Intrepid Travel, with basic transportation and accommodations typically including a homestay. Or, go for their luxury small group experiences through Peregrine, with minimum 4-star accommodations and private transportation. 

I traveled with Intrepid Travel through SE Asia and absolutely loved my experience. Everyone is welcome on Intrepid tours, including couples, singles, older and younger (minimum 15 years). If you’re interested in why I love Intrepid, and particularly the Intrepid Foundation, read more in my post, 5 Charities in SE Asia Tourists Should Visit.

All of the tours below are with Intrepid Travel and have excellent reviews.

49. THAILAND FOOD TOUR Christmas Vacations for Couples

If you love Thai food, then check out the Thailand Real Food Adventure cooking tour for your Christmas vacation for couples. It’s a 7-night small group tour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, taking you to bustling and colorful markets on land and water, indulging in exotic fruits and aromatic dishes. Includes a village homestay and home-cooking with a family in Chiang Mai. Accommodation is simple but comfortable.

Price includes 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners, plus transportation, accommodation, and tons of activities.

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50. CYCLE VIETNAM TOUR Christmas Getaways for Couples

Want more activity on your Christmas getaway for couples? How about cycling through the beautiful countryside of Vietnam?! Intrepid Travel’s Cycle Vietnam tour is a 14-night coastal trip from Hanoi in North Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City in South Vietnam. Accommodation is basic but comfortable, including one homestay and an overnight sleeper train. You have the option of renting an electric bike, to help with the 70-kilometers per day and mountain pass.

Price includes 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 2 dinners, plus transportation, accommodation and lots of activities.

51. CENTRAL AMERICA ADVENTURE TOUR Romantic Christmas Getaway

For your romantic Christmas getaway, take an incredible 17-day journey through Central America! This small group tour from Intrepid Travel takes you through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Experience the cloud forests, active volcanoes and shaggy palms on dark-sand beaches. There are lots of ways to take your experience up a few notches, like surfing in El Cuco and ziplining through the cloud forests of Monteverde.

Price includes 1 lunch, transportation, accommodation, and lots of activities.

52. BEST AFRICA ADVENTURE TOURS Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples

It’s pretty tough to pick only one of Intrepid Travel’s small group tours through Africa, but here are my two favorites happening over Christmas. 

First, Explore Southern Africa is a 17-night excursion through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It starts and ends in Johannesburg, and takes you to incredible places like Kruger and Matobo National Parks, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Victoria Falls, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and Blyde River Canyon. Includes camping on a remote island and a 2-night village homestay in South Africa.

Price includes all breakfasts, 11 lunches and 14 dinners, plus transportation, simple (and memorable!) accommodation, and tons of activities.

And second, Gorillas & Game Parks is 15 nights through “staggeringly beautiful” East African landscapes in search of unforgettable wildlife sightings. Start and end in Nairobi, and venture through national parks and reserves of Kenya and Uganda like Queen Elizabeth National Park and Masai Mara Reserve. Watch for lions, rhinos, chimps, antelopes, hippos and leopards. Help set up camp, and be ready for early starts to get those unforgettable wildlife interactions.

Price includes all breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners, plus transportation, accommodation (13 camping, with facilities), and lots of activities.

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53. CYCLE TANZANIA TOURS Vacation Ideas for Christmas

Okay, so I’m not quite done with Intrepid Travel tours in Africa! Cycle Tanzania is another fantastic, highly-rated option for couples over Christmas. It’s a 12-night round-trip bike ride from Arusha, Tanzania. Ride through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, down Great Rift Valley and through farm villages. Distances are mostly short but can be rough with hilly terrains. Stop to roast your own coffee and sleep among the stars. A support vehicle travels with you.

Price includes all breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners, plus transportation, accommodation (including 8 nights of camping), and lots of activities.

54. PERU ADVENTURE TOUR Christmas Getaways for Couples

What could be MORE epic than an 8-night adventure to Machu Picchu over Christmas? Intrepid Travel’s Classic Peru takes you through mountains, jungles, seasides and great plains to experience Peru’s ancient Inca sites. You’ll start and end in Lima, enjoy both a guided tour and free time at the incredible Machu Picchu site, and enjoy the gorgeous Cusco and floating reed islands of Uros.

Price includes all breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, plus transportation, accommodation (including a homestay on Lake Titicaca) and lots of activities.

55. ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE TOUR Christmas Getaways for Couples

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take the 10-night Antarctic Explorer to the end of the world! Starting and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina, you’ll travel through Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands, and set foot on plains, mountains and beaches on this frozen winter wonderland. Spot whales, seals, rare birds, and diverse species of penguins. Take the true polar plunge in Antarctic waters, and enjoy optional activities like sea kayaking and polar ice climbing.

Price includes all breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners, plus a warm parka, waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks while onboard. A doctor is on-board, should you need one.


We’ll wrap up the best adventure Christmas vacation ideas for couples with another cold but incredible experience: Mount Everest. Well, not that you’ll actually be climbing Mount Everest … that would be crazy! But you will be trekking through the mighty Himalayan Mountains. 

Intrepid Travel’s 14-night Everest Base Camp Trek starts and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal. Ditch wifi (well, high-speed wifi) for tiny teahouses, alpine lakes and watching the sunrise over Everest. Price includes transportation and accommodation (including 12 nights in a tea house); no meals are included.

Best CRUISE Christmas Vacation Ideas for Couples

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Spend Christmas cruising rivers, seas or oceans! Photo credit: Miguel Angel Sanz from Unsplash.

It’s pretty tough to beat a cruise when considering low-stress Christmas vacation ideas for couples. Cruises offer the benefits of an all-inclusive resort with incredible views, luxurious spas and unbeatable entertainment. Dine in an elegant dining room, one of their many gourmet restaurants or on your private terrace overlooking the ocean. 

The sky’s nearly the limit when choosing your perfect cruise getaway for Christmas! Cruise for 3 nights, or more than 15. Enjoy a river cruise, a Caribbean or Mediterranean cruise, or cross the ocean blue. 

Booking a cruise through CruiseDirect gets you the guaranteed best price, no booking fees, flexible payment plans AND access to a cruise expert to answer all your questions. This is especially helpful if you’ve never cruised before, and makes for a low-stress way to book that cruise Christmas vacation idea for couples. I can personally recommend the 5-star experience we had with Royal Caribbean, so I’ll highlight their options below.

Below are five fantastic cruise Christmas vacation ideas for couples, including more familiar travel destinations like the Caribbean to less familiar along European rivers. 


57. BAHAMA Christmas Cruise Getaway

Let’s start with a Bahama cruise Christmas vacation for couples. Doesn’t that just sound wonderful?! Choose from short 3- and 4-night cruises immediately before, during and after Christmas, including New Year’s. Plus, Royal Caribbean has a 7- and 8-night cruise over Christmas. One leaves from Baltimore and the other from Newark.

58. CARIBBEAN Christmas Cruise for Couples

How does Christmas in the Caribbean sound? Choose from a variety of perfect island stops. Over Christmas, Royal Caribbean offers a 5-night Western Caribbean cruise, 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise and 8-night South Caribbean cruise. Plus, more options right after Christmas and over New Year’s, too.

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59. EUROPEAN River Cruise for Couples at Christmas 

How about a river cruise through Europe? Find 7- to 11-night river cruises in Europe over Christmas with AmaWaterways, Crystal River Cruises and Viking River Cruises. Choose from a variety of itineraries to visit your favorite European destinations! 

How about a 7-day cruise from Nuremburg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary? Along the way, stop at Regensburg and Passau in Germany, and Melk, Wachau Valley and Vienna in Austria. Be sure to check out the gem of Stift Melk Abbey! Or, make a loop from Paris, including sailing on the Seine River. And then there’s a sailing from Basel, Switzerland up to Amsterdam, Netherlands. SO many choices!

60. SOUTH PACIFIC Christmas Cruise Idea for Couples

Sail the Coral Sea, including island stops like New Caledonia and Mystery Island Vanuatu. Explore beautiful beaches along Australia’s northern coast and Fiji’s islands. Sailings right over Christmas include 8 and 13 nights, with other options before and after Christmas. Check out your options all leaving from Australia. 

61. SOUTH AMERICA Cruise Idea for Christmas Getaway

For Christmas vacation cruises in South America, we move over to Expedia to get a LOT of options! Azamara, Costa, MSC and Norweigan have 7-15 night Christmas cruises. You have lots of departure options, including Buenos Aires, Argentina and Itajai, Maceio, Santos and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Plus, you can also take 20-30 night cruises with Holland America (departs from Buenos Aires) and Oceania Cruises (departs from Lima). SO fun!!

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