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The best romantic hotels were designed for celebrating love, with luxurious accommodations, exceptional service, and spectacular views that allow couples to forget about the daily stress of life and connect, or reconnect, to each other. For some couples, the perfect stay is all about decadent luxury, pampering, and private experiences. For others, it’s a getaway to a remote place surrounded by breathtaking scenery with a wealth of outdoor adventures on offer. Of course, some come with a little of both. No matter what you’re preference, you’re sure to find an idyllic place to spend time with the one you love on this list.
One of the best resorts in Hawaii for couples, Hotel Wailea is a luxurious adults-only property perched atop a cliff on the southern coast of Maui. It’s spread across 15 acres with 180-degree views of neighboring Kaho‘olawe and Lanai, while a shuttle brings guests to the beach, where you’ll find staff who can help with towels, umbrellas, and more. You can even request a special beach picnic, ideally enjoyed at sunset. Sunset sailing, kiteboarding lessons, and even aerial yoga are all on offer too. All rooms are spacious and include private, furnished decks with garden or ocean views, along with impressive amenities like plush robes, deep soaking tubs, and kitchenettes.
One of the best adults-only all-inclusive resorts in the world, Royal Davui offers a fantasy-like stay in a remote location – you’ll fly into Nadi International Airport and then hop on a boat or a helicopter for the 30-minute flight. The extra effort getting there means you’ll enjoy plenty of alone time for romantic moments that include champagne breakfasts on a deserted sandbar and dips in the brilliant turquoise sea alongside dolphins and turtles. Accommodation is available in thatched-roof villas hidden within lush, dense greenery, complete with private plunge pools that overlook a lagoon, private outdoor showers, and access to a beach with white, powdery sands.
Wine enthusiasts might want to consider the renowned Auberge du Soleil in California’s picturesque Napa Valley. It’s a top spot for weddings and honeymoons, with multiple packages and special experiences available for couples. It’s surrounded by the sublime beauty of California Wine Country and even includes a spa with three temperate springs that overlook the vineyards and olive groves. The fine-dining restaurant is world-class, featuring Mediterranean-inspired dishes based on the region’s flourishing ingredients, while rooms and suits all come with private terraces with garden, valley, or hillside views, along with soaking tubs for two and fireplaces.
Jade Mountain is often ranked among the most desirable resorts for a honeymoon, offering the ultimate romantic getaway with everything from the breathtaking sea and Pitons views to chocolate massages that utilize cacao sourced from the property’s own farm. The award-winning suites have an open-plan design and those jaw-dropping, sweeping views along with infinity pools that meld with nature. Butler service is included and you can enjoy many memorable moments like private, candlelit dinners at the celestial terrace designed for stargazing, or in your own private sanctuary. Of course, you’ll have access to a beautiful beach, and if that’s not enough, you’ll have access to the facilities and beaches at Anse Chastanet, Jade’s sister resort.
One of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations, Cabo is home to the luxurious Esperanza, which overflows with romance and is ideal for a honeymoon, anniversary, or just because. It’s nestled between two scenic bluffs overlooking the Sea or Cortez offering a 5-star stay that can include couples’ treatments at the award-winning spa and private candlelit dinners on the beachfront. It’s all about barefoot elegance with breathtaking 180-degree views of the sea and sky that can be enjoyed from all room terraces. If you’re here in the winter, it’s the perfect spot to watch for humpback whales together too.
Often named among the top luxury resorts in the U.S., Post Ranch Inn is a popular pick among honeymooners, but romance-seekers of all types will enjoy it here. Nestled along the cliffs on California’s Central Coast overlooking the Pacific, every room has its own two-person spa tub and private deck with mountain and ocean views. The grounds include a spa with two clifftop infinity pools, a fitness center, and a highly acclaimed restaurant with panoramic ocean views. Complimentary loaner cars, meditation, yoga, and stargazing classes are all on offer too.
The five-star Lesante Blu is located on the lush island of Zakynthos, part of the Ionian islands west of the Greek mainland. The island is famous for Shipwreck Beach, nestled in a cove with a rusty skeleton of a shipwreck sitting on pristine white sands edged by electric blue water. But there are many beautiful stretches ideal for swimming and other water sports. You’ll have all you need right at the resort for romance too; in fact, all suites feature furnished balconies with sea views, and most have their own private hot tubs or pools. Dining is ultra-romantic with waterfront tables as the award-winning Melia restaurant, or staff can set up a private spot for just you and your beloved.
Adare Manor offers an ideal mix of old and new, located in one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, complete with postcard-perfect thatched cottages that line the main street, some of which host romantic restaurants and craft shops. The early 19th-century manor house is a five-star hotel that sits on 840 acres and includes its own challenging Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course, an indoor pool, and a world-class spa. Falconry, archery, trout fishing, and horse riding can all be enjoyed right on-site while rooms feature beds with carved headboards and original fireplaces along with modern amenities like Wi-Fi.
Lake Como is one of the world’s most romantic destinations and Grand Hotel Tremezzo sits right along its shores in Tremezzina. It’s long been setting the standards when it comes to European luxury hotels. A palatial art nouveau hotel, this top-rated Lake Como hotel includes three pools, one that floats on the lake, a private beach and beachfront bistro, a poolside pizzeria, a lavish spa, and elegant rooms. All come with minibars, flat-screen TVs, and lake or park views. Some have balconies, while rooftop suites come with terraces that include hot tubs, and butlers.
Set along a magnificent three-mile stretch of soft, white sands sheltered in a tranquil bay, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is magical. Its luxurious thatched-roof villas are laid out like a traditional Balinese village and include open-air living spaces, with the premier villas featuring private plunge pools, kitchens, and butler service. A variety of water sports gear, including stand-up paddleboards, can be rented at the resort’s beach club and there’s also a surf school, a fabulous spa, an inviting infinity pool, and two beachfront restaurants.
For the more adventurous types, the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa feels as if it sits at the edge of the world, but it’s located at the edge of Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. Just imagine cozying up with the one you love, gazing at incredible views of the brilliant blue waters of Lake Sarmiento beneath the soaring peaks of the Torres del Paine. There’s a beautiful infinity pool for swimming with a view of those peaks too, along with an outdoor hot tub, and spa. All rooms have beds positioned so that you can wake up with those stunning vistas – and you can soak in your own freestanding tub while enjoying them too. There are a variety of guided excursions available as well, including hiking trips and adventures on horseback.
Nestled in the heart of Barcelona just steps from Sagrada Familia, the five-star Hotel Majestic is renowned for its timeless elegance. Opened in 1918, it offers a luxurious base for couples with a number of extra-special Majestic Experiences designed for romance. That includes couples’ massages at the Majestic Spa which also features a Jacuzzi, dry sauna, steam bath, and sensations shower. Wine and gastronomy lovers will enjoy the Romantic Wine Experience, which includes an expert sommelier and a romantic meal with a private chef, while the Chocolate Lovers Unite Experience is a delicious introduction to the city’s chocolate industry, allowing couples to become chocolate experts for the day. For the best of the best, book the one-of-a-kind Royal Suite which has an outdoor jacuzzi and two terraces overlooking Passeig de Gràcia and Sagrada Familia.
Paris has long been known as one of the world’s most romantic cities, and Le Bristol was named the most romantic hotel by Conde Nast Traveler readers. It boasts a lush garden, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and an incredible indoor pool on the sixth floor where you can enjoy a swim with views of the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. By booking the Panoramic Suite, you can enjoy a panoramic view from the terrace that includes everything from Montmartre’s Sacré Cœur to the Palais Garnier opera house, along with elegant Louis XV furniture.
For a unique and unforgettable romantic stay, the Grand Universe Lucca sits within a beautifully restored palazzo and offers the chance to have your very own ‘Prelude of Existence’ written by classical composer Felicity Luchessi. It takes place in the Symphony Lounge, and your theme song will be written based on a brief questionnaire identifying key personality traits. While the hotel’s classical composer writes it, you’ll enjoy a selection of Italy’s best coffees, teas, and pastries. Written in musical notes and delivered on a music sheet of paper, it can be specially packaged inside a ‘time capsule’ that’s tied with a silk ribbon and tucked away inside a Tuscan leather box. There are plenty of other reasons to stay, including the location, just a 3-minute walk from the 11th-century Lucca Cathedral, the on-site restaurant with a menu featuring local traditions with a focus on seasonal Tuscan ingredients, and balcony rooms with views of the town square.