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Swim in the crystal clear waters of these 11 islands on your next romantic short break

Swim in the crystal clear waters of these 11 islands on your next romantic short break

Romance with your bae at these 11 island destinations on your next short break.

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1. Male, Maldives "A sandbank experience, where we were left on a desert island for a picnic!"

Lastminute.com reviewer Sophie says, "Weather was great - even in low season with monsoons the weather was amazing. The underwater world is like nothing else I've ever experienced. We stayed at two resorts, and loved both, for different reasons. The food was amazing too! Adventure activities: Swimming with turtles! Wellness activity and experience: We enjoyed massages at both resorts! Romantic on trip: A sandbank experience, where we were left on a desert island for a picnic! Like most in trip: The underwater world - fish, sharks, turtles, and sting rays!"

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2. Mauritius, Mauritius "Boat trip. Just us, BBQ on private island, waterfall and swimming."

Lastminute.com reviewer Melanie adds, "Weather was colder than we expected, wish we'd taken warmer clothes for the evening. Food was amazing. Went on a private boat ride through Robin, waterfall, private BBQ. Lovely holiday. De-stressing tips: Sunbathing, walking along the beach, boat trip. Romantic experience: Boat trip. Just us, BBQ on private island, waterfall and swimming. I liked: The hotel and our room."

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3. Langkawi, Malaysia "We saw every sight on the island, and did every activity on offer, jet skiing, parasailing, cable car, island hopping..."

Lastminute.com reviewer Mark David says, "We saw every sight on the island, and did every activity on offer, jet skiing, parasailing, cable car, island hopping, mangrove tour, the list was endless and fantastic. Adventure activities: Jetskiing, parasailing and swimming, The one lasting memory would have to be the local people, so nice, so friendly and so the place feels so safe and real. Places you saw: Chenang beach, the night market, Kuah and Eagle square need to be seen to be experienced. The mangrove boat tour is fantastic, as is the island hopping. The people are so friendly and the atmosphere is so chilled and easy going. Romantic on trip: The beaches at sunset, the hotel moon deck and the chilled atmosphere. Like most in trip: EVERYTHING! Seriously!"

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4. Hurghada, Egypt "It was lovely in Hurghada... Romantic experience: Swimming on the beach."

Lastminute.com reviewer Sophie says, "It was lovely in Hurghada. Went to Cairo, Luxor, Gifton Island and safari. I went for two weeks so it was easier to do more trips and see more places. Best was the safari, quad biking, 4x4 ride and spider rides and the Bedouin village. De-stressing tips: Quad bIking, 4x4 rides, snorkelling and camel riding. Sightseeing places: Safari, Luxor, Cairo and Gifton Island. Enjoyed all of the excursions. You have to bargain with the operators to get the best prices. Romantic experience: Swimming on the beach. I liked: Everything."

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5. Split, Croatia " Lots of time on the beach swimming and relaxing, and some lovely walks around and out of the town."

Lastminute.com reviewer Rachel shares, "We took the ferry from Split to spend the week on the island of Vis, it was a beautiful island, glorious weather and delicious food. De-stressing tips: Lots of time on the beach swimming and relaxing, and some lovely walks around and out of the town. Adventurous activities done: My husband did lots of scuba diving from Komiza where we stayed and I did a quad bike tour of the island through one of the tour offices in the town. Romantic experience: Having a delicious meal together on our balcony. I liked: The scenery of the beautiful island."

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6. Helsinki, Finland "The fresh air and scenery was amazing... De-stressing tips: Swimming, sauna, drinking, dancing."

Lastminute.com reviewer shares, "Went to another part of Finland. Near the islands. The fresh air and scenery was amazing. De-stressing tips: Swimming, sauna, drinking, dancing. Romantic experience: Sauna and sea! I liked: The scenery and fresh air."

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7. Rhodes, Greece "We travelled all over the island sightseeing but my favourite places were Rhodes old town and Apolakkia up in the mountains.

Lastminute.com reviewer Emma-jadb shares, "Lovely weather and such a wonderful welcoming family friendly island. We travelled all over and met some amazing locals who were so warm and welcoming and even remembered us from previous visits. De-stressing tips: I went swimming and exploring the mountains. Sightseeing places: We travelled all over the island sightseeing but my favourite places were Rhodes old town and Apolakkia up in the mountains. Romantic experience: Travelling up into the mountains and seeing the amazing views of the whole island. I liked: The whole island!"

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8. Catania, Italy "De-stressing tips: Sunbathing and swimming, also as we had a villa so, it was nice sitting in the shade just chilling and listening to the bird song."

Lastminute.com reviewer Colette adds, "We weren't staying in Catania but visited on last day. It was a nice city quite busy as cities are. People friendly, had a nice meal. Would have liked more time to see the sights. De-stressing tips: Sunbathing and swimming, also as we had a villa so, it was nice sitting in the shade just chilling and listening to the bird song. Going out to restaurants and sampling the food and wine was good. Food experience: The pizza's were very tasty with many different toppings to sample. Had some nice steaks with salad and beautiful sweet tomatoes. Lots of seafood to try too. All very reasonably priced. Romantic experience: Just having time together away from the hustle and bustle of everyday work. I liked: The warm days, friendliness of the Sicilian people and the beauty of the Island."

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9. Cancun, Mexico "Took a trip to Isla Mujeres, nice island... Romantic experience: Swimming in the ocean."

Lastminute.com reviewer Luminitb says, "Amazing food, friendly people. Took a trip to Isla Mujeres, nice island. Downtown Cancun is safe to go. De-stressing tips: Reading. Adventurous activities done: Snorkeling. Sightseeing places: Isla Mujeres, Downtown Cancun. Romantic experience: Swimming in the ocean. Kid's experience: Snorkling, mexican night. I liked: People, colour of the ocean, food."

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10. Puerto Princesa, Philippines "[P]erfect for sea swimming and snorkeling during the Honda Bay island hopping tour.

Lastminute.com reviewer Noga shares, "Very lovely town with a beautiful sunset along the bay walk. Food in this city is the highlight! Everyone must try Crocodile Sisig! The weather was very hot at 35 degrees celsius, although was perfect for sea swimming and snorkeling during the Honda Bay island hopping tour. Food experience: Lots of local veggie restaurant, I recommend Ima's vegetarian restaurant. My favourite was a Japanese restaurant on Manalo street. Though local fast food restaurants are great price and delicious too! Adventurous activities done: Snorkeling is incredible here! Sightseeing places: Honda Bay, Crocodile sanctuary, island hopping, Mitra's ranch. Romantic experience: Sunset lasts a short time, yet is very romantic especially when sharing a delicious meal together. I liked: Everything."

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11. Funchal, Portugal "Madeira is a beautiful island... Romantic experience: Swimming in the infinity pool at the Pestana Casino Park."

Lastminute.com reviewer Elizabedb says, "Madeira is a beautiful island. So many exotic plants and trees. Weather was a bit mixed, hot in the mornings but often cloudy later, but always pleasantly warm. Sightseeing places: Jardim Botanico, Palheiro Gardens. Romantic experience: Swimming in the infinity pool at the Pestana Casino Park. I liked: Beautiful scenery and flora."

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