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Best romantic hotels

For Valentine's Day or whenever you need a retreat with your sweetie.

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Couple on balcony overlooking water in Greece at sunset
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.

Best romantic hotels in the US

  • 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

    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:

    • Floral bouquet
    • Romantic bath set
    • Keepsake ornament
    • 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.

    • Romance package
    • Walk over to Forsyth Mansion for drinks
    Check availability
    Auberge du Soleil — Napa Valley, California

    Auberge du Soleil — Napa Valley, California

    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.

    • Romance package
    • Stay in a private house, suite or classic room
    Check availability
    The Chanler at Cliff Walk — Newport Beach, Rhode Island

    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.

    • Valentine’s Day dinner on Feb. 14
    • Cottages and ocean villas available
    Check availability
    Amangiri — Southern Point, Utah

    Amangiri — Southern Point, Utah

    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
    Check availability
    Gervasi Vineyard — Canton, Ohio

    Gervasi Vineyard — Canton, Ohio

    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.

    • Custom-blend Italian coffee
    • Gin, bourbon and vodka distillery-tasting tours
    Check availability

    Best romantic hotels around the world

    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

    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.

    • Yacht through the Mediterranean during the day
    • Gourmet, locally-sourced cuisine
    Check availability
    Taj Lake Palace — Udaipur, India

    Taj Lake Palace — Udaipur, India

    First built as an island palace for an Indian prince, Taj Lake Palace is like a Far East-fairy tale come to life. You might recognize it — the James Bond movie Octopussy was filmed there.

    Beyond-luxurious rooms are outfitted in silk, with marble floors and ornate woodwork.

    The only way to reach it is by boat. You’ll be greeted by the palace butlers and treated like royalty throughout your stay.

    • Meant as a “pleasure palace” in the 18th century
    • Tour the mainland in a vintage car
    Check availability
    Palazzo Avino — Ravello, Italy

    Palazzo Avino — Ravello, Italy

    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
    Check availability
    The Kayon Truly Ubud Resort — Bali, Indonesia

    The Kayon Truly Ubud Resort — Bali, Indonesia

    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
    • Honeymoon, wedding and wellness packages
    Check availability
    Nayara Springs — San Carlos, Costa Rica

    Nayara Springs — San Carlos, Costa Rica

    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.

    • Daily yoga sessions included
    • Located in Arenal Volcano National Park
    Check availability
    Jade Mountain Resort — Saint Lucia

    Jade Mountain Resort — Saint Lucia

    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.

    • No televisions, radios or telephones in the rooms
    • Wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages
    Check availability

    How we chose these romantic hotels

    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)
    • Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc — Cap d’Antibes, France
    • Katikies Hotel — Santorini, Greece
    • Shangri-La Hotel — Paris, France
    • Six Senses Yao Noi —Thailand
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    Bottom line

    Sometimes romantic travel is what it takes to reinvigorate the senses and come alive with your partner, falling in love all over again. And these romantic hotels are the place to do it.

    If you’re specifically looking for romantic Valentine’s Day experiences, browse through our top picks for vacation packages on Feb. 14.

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