Published: 02 October 2013 by: Holidays For Couples

Dining barefoot, with your toes in the sand and wind in your hair, is a surprisingly romantic experience.

There's something incredibly enchanting about strolling up to a restaurant barefoot, ideally after a short walk along the beach from your luxury ocean-front bungalow. It's the picture of romance: eating fresh seafood at a candle-lit table on the beach, while the waves crash directly in front of you and your hair blows in the wind.

While there are a wide array of such spots on islands all over the world, there are a couple of places that are worth a special mention.

The Philippines

Made up of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is the ultimate destination for couples looking to soak up the sun, play in the ocean and frolic on white sand beaches. One of the other appealing features of these islands is the prevalent option of dining barefoot.

Villa Escudero is one particularly unique choice, as it has a restaurant where the tables are placed next to a waterfall, with their legs submerged in the cool, clear pool at its base. So while you're digging into delicious local dishes you can splash around in the spring water, and maybe even play a bit of footsie in the fall.

A famous restaurant in Puerto Princesa, Kalui makes a great choice if you and your honey are in the area. Leave your footwear at the door and venture in for some authentic, local cuisine, such as sashimi, tempura, shellfish soup, sinigang and baked mussels.

Looking for beautiful beachfront accommodation in the Philippines? Check out our romantic accommodation collection.


Located in the heart of the southern Caribbean, Aruba is just off the coast of Venezuela and enjoys a beautiful, sunny climate. Barefoot Aruba offers couples elegant dining with their feet in the sand and a tropical breeze rustling through the trees. Dive into one of the restaurant's fabulous seafood creations while dining under the stars.


Home to more than 80 breathtaking beaches and a shoreline that stretches for 190km, Maui has the barefoot, beachfront dining you've been looking for. You will be in barefoot heaven with oceanfront, open-air restaurants where you and your partner can unwind and delight in outstanding Hawaiian regional seafood, sipping fruity cocktails while the waves lap the shore.

Check out our American directory for fabulous romantic accommodation options in Hawaii.



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