Switching your surroundings to escape the daily grind is a powerful aphrodisiac. These top romantic hotels — scattered in breathtakingly beautiful destinations around the globe — are fantasy salve for reality.
Romantic travel for two is calling. Here’s where to stay.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island
Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, California
The Gastonian in Savannah, Georgia
Amangiri in Southern Point, Utah
Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio
Best romantic hotels around the world
Palazzo Avino in Ravello, Italy
Cap Rocat in the Balearic Islands, Spain
Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, India
The Kayon Truly Ubud Resort in Bali, Indonesia
Nayara Springs in San Carlos, Costa Rica
Jade Mountain in Soufriere, St. Lucia
Best romantic hotels in the US
The US may not be known for romance in the same way that European countries practically ooze it, but these hotels turn ye ole stars and stripes a lovely shade of pink.
The Gastonian — Savannah, Georgia
If your idea of paradise for two is long strolls on red brick sidewalks beneath Spanish moss, head to Savannah. Stay at the Gastonian, nestled near iconic Forsyth Park. It’s where celebrities stay when they come to town.
The Ultimate Savannah Romance Package includes:
Romantic bath set
Petals on the bed
Keepsake champagne flutes
Two luxurious robes
If that’s not enough, breakfast is delivered to your room on a silver tray.
Is there anything more romantic than wine country? Inspired by the style and ambiance of Provence, each of Auberge du Soleil’s private maisons is a freestanding oasis — complete with gorgeous sculpted tubs on the balconies.
Its Très Romantique package includes:
A candlelit bath for two
A couples massage
Dessert with expertly paired wine
A soak in a restorative Turkish steam sauna
Afterward, dine in the Michelin-rated restaurant. And the next day, begin all over again.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk — Newport Beach, Rhode Island
As one might expect from a mansion built during the Gilded Age, opulence abounds in each room at the Chanler. From English Tudor to Renaissance and Louis XVI, the inspiration for each suite is sumptuous and historical.
Dine on locally-sourced food while overlooking the grand Atlantic Ocean. After relaxing with in-room spa treatments and an aromatherapy bath, snuggle up with your lover by your own private fireplace.
Minimalists will fall in love with clean lines and open spaces — and the seamless way that the Amangiri blends with its stunning desert surroundings. White-stone floors, concrete walls and panoramic windows will take you and your sweetie to the moon. In Utah.
Book a desert pool suite for your own private courtyard, plunge pool and sky terrace. Its spa draws on Navajo wellness traditions and has outdoor treatment terraces so you can unwind beneath warm, soothing rays.
Romance packages available January and Febuary
Book a dinner reservation within intimate sandstone walls
It’s like Italy, but in the Midwest. No, seriously — you can either choose to stay at the Tuscan-inspired villas or at the Casa, an upscale boutique hotel. Its estate vineyard is fully functioning — in the summer, anyway — so you can sip locally grown vino while indulging in traditional Italian fare.
Go to wine tastings and gourmet cooking classes during the day. And at night? Well, that’s up to you.
International travel may be the best way to celebrate compatibility. After all, if you can cross borders in peace, you definitely deserve the bliss these romantic hotels deliver.
Cap Rocat — Balearic Islands, Spain
Sleep in an ancient island fortress located on east of mainland Spain. Cap Rocat is renowned for the glamorous restoration that transformed a 19th century military citadel into a magical Mediterranean retreat.
Its fantasy, cave-like Sentinal suites were carved out of the cliff side, where the military once hid cannons. Book a private dinner under the moon for an unrivaled romantic travel experience.
On the edge of the Amalfi Coast, overlooking picturesque fishing villages, the Palazzo Avino was originally built for a noble Italian family in the 12th century. The suites sparkle with handmade Vietri tiles and antiques from a ravishing world of long ago.
Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking hopelessly blue water, but reserve a special evening from the Sommelier’s Table — an intimate cave for two tucked away in “the wine library.”
Rooftop solarium with unbelievable coastal views — and lots of champagne
Clubhouse by the Sea has beach terraces and a dock
Hidden away in the lush privacy of the Ubud rain forest preserve, Kayon Resort is built on a series of stone hills. Upon arrival, you’ll instantly smell the ylang-ylang, jackfruit, coconuts and durian growing in the magical gardens. Take a dip in the infinity pool, which hovers above the river.
Surrounded by ancient Hindu temples and Kepitu Village — a veritable center of spiritual healing — the Kanyon is the ultimate soul-soothing couples’ retreat.
Suites are outfitted with traditional Balinese material, like bamboo
This adults-only boutique resort is only accessible to the outside world via a 250-foot pedestrian bridge. It’s that secluded, deep in the Costa Rican rainforest.
Sway to live music during a candlelit, poolside dinner for two, and watch for toucans and hummingbirds from the oversize infinity pools that disappear into the forest. Luxuriate in treatments like organic coffee scrubs, volcanic mud and chocolate clay.
Jade Mountain’s serene sanctuaries are the closest thing to heaven this side of the universe. The land, sun, stars and your significant other are the standout sensory experiences, as guests are asked to leave their phones on silent mode.
Curved infinity pools dissolve into the ocean and illuminate at night, so you can extend your evening dip into the wee hours. Its chocolate laboratory harvests cocoa from the 2,000 cocoa trees nearby — sweets for your sweetie, freshly made.
We looked for places that have international reputations for serene, beautiful buildings and luxurious amenities. We prioritized hotels located in towns and cities that are lovely to explore as a couple — where natural beauty and intimate restaurants abound.
We also paid close attention to hotels that offer package deals and special perks designed to foster intimacy between two people.
In addition, we looked for hotels in a wide variety of countries and regions, so that our final selection reflects a diverse range of cultures and hospitality.
Finally, we paid attention to customer reviews, considering first-person experiences and each hotel’s overall reputation for delivering top-notch service.
Honorable mentions: More dreamy romantic hotels, near and far
In the US:
Greenwich Hotel —NYC, New York
Enchantment Resort — Sedona, Arizona
Hamilton-Turner Inn — Savannah, Georgia
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort — Kaua’i, Hawaii
Post Ranch Inn — Big Sur, California
Rivertown Inn — Stillwater, Minnesota
The Setai — Miami Beach, Florida
Around the world:
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort — Aruba
Castello di Casole — Tuscany, Italy (only open during the summer months)
We understand that these hotels don’t come cheap. So here are some other ideas for a dreamy romantic getaway without the premium price tag:
Stay in an off-the-beaten-path Airbnb. Bring wine and ingredients for a handful of home-cooked meals. It’s relatively easy to find lovely Airbnbs for cheap.
Reserve a vacation rental. If you’re willing to splurge a bit more, try rental site HomeAway for ideally located homes in vacation destinations.
Go glamping. Get lost in nature with your loved one on a plot of land reserved through Tentrr. It’s even got fully-equipped outdoor accommodations so you don’t have to bring any gear.
That depends on the nature of your relationship. If you’re planning a romantic getaway, consider scheduling it around an anniversary — when you first started dating, got engaged or tied the knot. This can be especially strategic if it allows you to avoid busy travel times like Memorial Day, Labor Day and other major holidays — when prices for flights and hotels increase.
Keep in mind that most hotels also increase their room rates on the weekends. To get the cheapest rates, consider planning your overnight stay from Sunday through Thursday.
One more tip: Many hotels in colder states offer discounts for booking a stay during the winter. If you don’t mind getting cozy indoors, this can be a great way to save money and get even more privacy on your romantic trip.
Usually, a honeymoon suite is a spacious room that’s decorated to pamper newlyweds with roses, champagne and a large, luxurious bed. But many hotels add their own special touches.
Get in touch with a front desk representative to find out what to expect.
Amy Stoltenberg writes about lifestyle and money for Finder, researching the best options for shopping, banking, insurance and authentic travel experiences. After studying writing and fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked designing apparel at a corporate behemoth before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop’s closed, she can be found wandering the streets looking for happy hour and hole-in-the-wall eateries.
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