18 words to use instead of beautiful

It's probably one of the most overused words in the English language, especially in my profession: travel writing.

I'm guilty of it, don't get me wrong, but there are so many other words we could use instead. Here are 18 terms you should try out before settling on the word 'beautiful'.

1. Awesome

extremely impressive or daunting.

2. Stunning

extremely impressive or attractive.

3. Splendid

magnificent; very impressive.

4. Exquisite

extremely beautiful and delicate.

5. Resplendent

attractive and impressive through being richly colourful or sumptuous.

6. Handsome


7. Alluring

powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating; seductive.

8. Bewitching

to enchant and delight (someone).

9. Captivating

capable of attracting and holding interest; charming.

10. Charming

very pleasant or attractive.

11. Enchanting

delightfully charming or attractive.

12. Mesmeric

causing a person to become completely transfixed and unaware of their surroundings.

13. Awe-inspiring

arousing awe through being impressive or formidable.

14. Breathtaking

astonishing or awe-inspiring in quality, so as to take one's breath away.

15. Grand

magnificent and imposing in appearance, size, or style.

16. Magnificent

extremely beautiful, elaborate, or impressive.

17. Comely

pleasant to look at; attractive.

18. Celestial

supremely good.