Dreaming of your next holiday or short break with that special someone? Head to the English Rivera, a Naturally Inspiring place any time of year. Share some amazing experiences together and discover South Devon’s top holiday destination for couples. 

Take a look at our tailor-made itinerary for inspiration:

Exclusive, Adult Only Places to Stay

Treat your loved one to a stay at The 25 Boutique B&B in Torquay, winner of ‘Best B&B in the World’ (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2019). A child-free environment with a funky design and cutting-edge technology including iPads, high pressure showers and Nespresso coffee machines. 

Chill out and unwind at a top-of-the-range Platinum Hot Tub Holiday Lodge at Beverley Holidays in Paignton.  Available all year round the package includes self-catering accommodation, a private outdoor decking area with a relaxing hot tub – with plenty of room for two – and complimentary bathrobes and slippers.  

For a warm welcome and that personal touch, Redcliffe Hotel is a family-run business adjoining Paignton Sands – perfectly placed for romantic walks along the beach any time of year.  Over a glass of wine or bubbly take in the fantastic sea views, available from most bedrooms.  

For peace and tranquillity, set back from Brixham’s charming fishing town is Driftwood Boutique B&B. Exclusively for adults and as seen on the Channel 5 show ‘Our Dream Hotel’, there are elegant bedrooms with contemporary furnishings and comfy Hypnos beds fitted with Egyptian cotton linen. Each guest room has a private or Juliet balcony so you can watch the sun set over the bay.     

Romantic Settings to Eat and Drink

Dreamy Picnic Spots

Fill a picnic basket with delicious locally-produced cheeses, artisan bread, cold meats and famous, Devon pasties. Try some freshly baked scones – best served with Devon Clotted Cream and jam – locally-brewed beers and ciders or speciality wines and gins.  Head to one of the English Riviera’s top, secluded picnic spots for a romantic, alfresco lunch with incredible coastal views and great company.    

World-Famous Seafood

Known as England’s Seafood Coast, there’s an abundance of waterside cafes, bars and restaurants serving some of the freshest and finest quality seafood in the world.  A visit to the seaside isn’t complete without having a fish and chip supper – somethings are too good to share!  Head to the award-winning Hanburys Fish Restaurant and Takeway in Babbacombe or Rockfish Brixham, a sustainable seafood restaurant supplied by the famous, Brixham Fish Market.   


In recent years Torquay has developed a reputation as one of the South West’s top places to experience fine dining. There’s an increasing number of award-winning venues with celebrity chefs producing Michelin-starred dishes to tempt the taste buds. For a special night out book a table at The Elephant on Torquay harbourside or The Orange Tree Restaurant for the highest quality, gourmet dining.

Inspiring Things for Couples to do

Relax and Unwind

Enjoy a massage in a couples’ treatment room at a luxury seaside spa. Cary Arms & Spa is a luxury, boutique hotel with New-England style décor, set in a remarkable cliffside position overlooking Babbacombe Bay. There’s a range of revitalising and rebalancing Thalgo treatments to choose and an exotic experience shower, waterfall hydrotherapy pool and a relaxation area. The sea-facing spa is open to non-residents.

A Naturally Inspiring Place to Visit 

The English Riviera’s sheltered bay is a Naturally Inspiring place to be with unique, world-class natural places to explore and amazing rare and protected wildlife. South Devon has some of the best locations for wild swimming and as it’s best enjoyed with a buddy, why not take a cool dip or for the more experienced dive straight in.  Be inspired by our list of Top 10 award-winning Beaches. Pleasure seekers will love Stand Up Paddle-boarding, a Jet Ski Safari or Coasteering.  Reach Outdoors offer guided tours and tandem kayak hire for an exhilarating day on the water. 

Still feeling energetic? Take a cycle ride around the English Riviera’s 22 miles of gorgeous coastline.  There are some dedicated cycling trails as well as thrilling, rolling hills and relatively flat promenades, suitable for all cycling abilities.  Walk some of the South West Coast Path – a popular scenic route for keen walkers, ramblers and nature lovers – or explore the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark with key sites at Berry Head Nature Reserve and Kents Cavern prehistoric caves.  Challenge each other to a friendly game of adventure golf, pitch ‘n’ putt or a tennis match on an all-weather course with amazing sea views and a mild, Mediterranean-style climate.

Arts, Heritage and Culture Hotspots

If you share a love of the arts, heritage and culture, the English Riviera has many top attractions and places of interest. National Trust’s Greenway, the former holiday home of Agatha Christie and Coleton Fishacre, an Arts and Craft style house, once owned by the D’Oyly Carte family are heritage hotspots.  Enjoy free entry to both sites if you have a National Trust joint membership for two adults. 

A Night on the Tiles

Get dressed up and take your partner out for a night on the town.  Take in a West End show, comedy act or am-dram production at one of the English Riviera’s 5 Top Theatres. For lively and stylish Cocktail Bars head to Soho Bar & Cocktail Garden and Coco Torquay.  Enjoy some grown-up fun and try your hand at American Roulette, Blackjack or Poker until the early hours at Genting Casino.  

Take a look at our Special Breaks Exclusively for Adults and Romantic Breaks pages for great value experiences and places to stay. 




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