Discover the destinations behind the most binge-worthy dating shows
With the world slowly opening up again, travelers can start thinking about their next escape. With viewing figures for dating shows in their millions, it’s no surprise that research from Booking.com revealed that 35% of global travelers* plan to travel to a destination they saw in a movie or TV show. To help you find a getaway that is 100% your type on paper, Booking.com presents a selection of must see destinations for a romantic getaway inspired by current popular dating shows for when the time is right to travel again.
Well known as the island of love and synonymous for its feature in the latest binge-worthy series, this Spanish island is perfect for couples seeking a sun-drenched escape. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the activities on offer; discover the plethora of wineries, admire the stunning architecture as you gander through the narrow streets of Palma or simply relax at a beach club like a true islander.
Where to stay: Surrounded by the natural beauty of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, this adults only boutique hotel, Cas Cabo Agroturismo Nou, is an ideal choice for those seeking a romantic, quiet break away. Relax in the outdoor heated hot tub or infinity pool, or for those seeking a more adventurous date night take a scenic walk around the countryside or experience the breathtaking views from high above with an adventure hike or bike ride, or hot air balloon across the sky if the weather permits.
Forget Paris, this idyllic southeastern Provence, known for its architectural beauty and bursting with culture was once the place the ultimate destination for a first date, with matchmaking miracles made with the help of France’s very own famous maître d'hôtel. Home to the historical palace of Palais des Papes, this destination offers an array of laid back date activities and attractions from major museums to art galleries.
Where to stay: Located in the heart of the small medieval village of Castillon-du-Gard, Le Vieux Castillon offers enchanting views overlooking the Pont du Gard, whilst the open air swimming pool overlooks the Mont Ventoux vineyards. Wind down for a romantic evening at the hotel’s open air cinema.
Italy is the backdrop to countless famous historic, literary and legendary love stories of all time, amongst those includes a popular second series of blind first dates, where singles travel overseas in search of love in idyllic surroundings. Whether you plan on traveling for a first date or your hundredth, this small town is the perfect setting for couples to begin their own love story, boasting thermal baths and spas, untouched nature, gorgeous lakes and historical sites.
Where to stay: Housed in an ancient and historic building, the stylish Aquapetra Resort & Spa is set in the picturesque Sannio Valley. Featuring a large outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, free spa, and just a short drive away from the stunning Amalfi Coast for a romantic day trip to the beach.
Picturesque views are guaranteed in Auckland with its array of dormant volcanoes situated across the area to take in the beauty of the city. Set between two sparkling harbours, Auckland has plenty to offer with its vibrant culture, impressive range of world-class galleries and exquisite gardens. The beautiful city is also the backdrop to New Zealand’s reality TV series that gets hearts racing as singletons take on challenges in the sun in a bid to avoid heartbreak, with a unique spin that mixes online dating with in-person experiences and offers the chance to win $100,000.
Where to stay: The luxurious Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour boasts beautiful views of Viaduct Harbour Basin that can be admired through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The service here is second to none with every effort made to make guests feel at home.
Queensland offers something for everyone; from adventure to arts and culture. It is also a perfect destination for those seeking romance, as Queensland is filled with tropical islands and stunning countryside for you and your loved one to explore, as well as the Great Barrier Reef for endless diving adventures. It’s also set to be the backdrop to the latest installment of a popular reality TV dating show where singles look to couple up in a tropical paradise villa, getting to know each other through dates and participating in challenges in the hope of finding love.
Where to stay: Experience life as a true islander without getting “the ick” at Niramaya Port Douglas Private Villas. Complete with a bar, outdoor pool, barbecue and the all-important terrace, you won’t need to wander far from this villa.
China’s capital is steeped in culture and a rich history, with a variety of enchanting royal gardens, historical palaces and bustling markets ready to be discovered by any romanticists who like to be swept up in history. Beijing is also the location for China’s popular dating variety show where singles hope to seek love in the city with one male or female singleton presenting themselves to a series of potential candidates who switch their podium lights off if they lose interest.
Where to stay:
The chic and modern Opposite House oozes sophistication and elegance. The floor-to-ceiling windows, oak bathtub and traditional Chinese décor is a relaxing treat for lovers. Venture out and explore the city where you’ll find yourself surrounded by bars, unique restaurants and boutique shops.
Pennsylvania is the location for one of the US’ most loved reality TV shows where one lucky bachelor hopes to find his true love. Fans of the show have been captivated by the location and its opulent setting. Couples can stroll through the picturesque botanical gardens or hire a boat to discover the city’s beauty from afar.
Where to stay:
Your amazing journey will be beaten by a stay at none other than the set of the show! Couples will be blown away as they enter the Nemacolin resort; a four seasons playground nestled within 2,000 wooded acres and comprising three hotels. Boasting impressive activities including two golf courses, a salon, two spas, a tennis court and a plethora of eateries.
With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com is sharing Getaway Deals for travelers to use when booking their next romantic getaway, as it becomes safe to do so. Discounts start at 15 percent and are valid for stays until January 4 2022. In addition, Booking.com is bringing the great value of its Genius program to even more customers by giving all account holders access to the program’s Level 1 benefits, with no minimum number of previous bookings to qualify, including access to exclusive 10% discounts at hundreds of thousands of participating properties around the world. All travelers have to do is download the Booking.com app, log in and look for the Genius logo to identify associated benefits, discounts and perks.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 47,728 respondents across 28 markets (1,997 from USA, 1,987 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 1,996 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,994 from Australia, 985 from New Zealand, 1,993 from Spain, 1,993 from Italy, 1,993 from France, 1,984 from UK, 1,989 from Germany, 1,977 from Netherlands, 983 from Denmark, 986 from Sweden, 998 from Croatia, 1,997 from Russia, 999 from Israel, 1,997 from India, 1,992 from China, 991 from Hong Kong, 1,991 from Thailand, 1,977 from Singapore, 998 from Taiwan, 953 from Vietnam, 1,990 from South Korea, 1,987 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2020.