12 Over-the-Top Hotels for Romance
Mood-setting amenities and enchanting atmospheres await.
Soak in spectacular views in ocean-facing suites, stroll hand in hand on white-sand beaches and savor meals at Michelin-starred restaurants at these romantic retreats.(Getty Images)
Whether you're planning a honeymoon, an anniversary celebration or simply a romantic getaway, there are plenty of top-tier hotels and resorts offering a winning mix of pampering, indulgence and swoon-worthy settings. With special amenities tailor-made for couples, striking backdrops and lavish touches, from decadent massages to candlelit dinners, these hideaways promise to help you fall in love and stay in love. So, if you're searching for a romantic retreat, steal away to these spark-kindling properties to heat things up.
The Landings St. Lucia
Gros Islet, St. Lucia
This resort sits on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, perhaps best known for its lush greenery and famous pitons. Set on the shores of one of St. Lucia's most private and secluded beaches, The Landings St. Lucia offers luxurious amenities and elegant surroundings that make reconnecting with your better half a breeze. Arrive by helicopter or private car before getting whisked away to your private suite. Some oceanfront suites feature private plunge pools, and most offer a personal butler to do your heavy lifting. During your visit, you can indulge in couples massages and island-hopping excursions.
Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Lavish amenities abound at the Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. Set within Istanbul's city limits, the property boasts a fascinating history, its own luxurious spa, unforgettable views of the Bosphorus and an opulent pool. Couples can book Exclusive Palace Suites to book experiences based on their travel style and interests, from history-driven tours to culinary-focused expeditions. What's more, the property offers a prime location, nearby top attractions like Dolmabahçe Palace.
Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
It's hard to imagine a more romantic destination than Bora Bora, yet the Four Seasons adds another layer of romance and exclusivity to this already extravagant resort destination. At this Four Seasons outpost, you can stay in your own overwater bungalow complete with a living area, or rent an oceanfront villa with two or three bedrooms. You'll wake up to a luxurious buffet breakfast, then relax on your deck or swim with dozens of tropical fish at the resort's interior lagoon, which features impressive coral and wildlife. Best of all, you can dine at top-notch restaurants, and cap up your day under the stars in your bungalow's private plunge pool.
Hotel Villa Honegg
Perched on the mountains above Lucerne, Switzerland, Hotel Villa Honegg offers a private hideaway with breathtaking water and mountain views. The hotel's famous plunge pool has been dubbed the "Stairway to Heaven Pool." Yet, the hotel is much more multidimensional than it appears. The hotel interior is classy and elegant, while multilevel decking and top-notch seating areas flank the outdoor space. Plus, breakfast is included in the nightly rate and served until 2:00 p.m., and the hotel's tucked-away setting makes it easy to enjoy an intimate romantic trip and soak in the area's dramatic surroundings.
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge offers unforgettable experiences tailor-made for adventure-seeking couples. The resort sits in a secluded area near Anchorage, making it the perfect spot for outdoor sports like heli-skiing, heli-hiking and fishing. Plus, the property itself caters to romance-seekers with a lavish spa, yoga classes and a hot tub. And thanks to its all-inclusive pricing, all gourmet cuisine, typically made with fresh organic vegetables picked from the on-site garden, is included in the nightly rate.
Sandy Lane Hotel
Sandy Lane Hotel is known for its luxurious surroundings and top-tier amenities. You can book a suite or your own stunning private villa, before playing a few rounds of golf or indulging in spa treatments. The property's superlative location along the island's Platinum Coast ensures you'll have your own sprawling stretch of sand – perfect for strolling hand in hand or catching gorgeous sunsets. Barbados is also home to excellent fine dining establishments, along with amazing spots for snorkeling and watersports.
Paradise Beach Nevis
If you're looking for utmost privacy and romance within a few hours of the U.S., consider slipping away to Nevis. At Paradise Beach Nevis, you can book your own private luxury villa. Some villas boast their own private pools, and all are just steps from the gorgeous white-sand beaches that flank the property's border. As monkeys dart through the treetops above, you can relax in privacy and take in striking views of neighboring St. Kitts.
Located in the quaint fishing town of Praiano, Casa Angelina's charming boutique hotel embodies the romance and allure of the Amalfi Coast. This property's sleek design and amazing views make it a winner among couples celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon, but anyone would be hard-pressed not to enjoy the stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and superlative Amalfi Coast sunsets. All of the rooms and suites boast water views and ample room to relax. Plus, you can savor authentic Italian cuisine at the property's rooftop restaurant. This hotel also offers special romance packages that include private candlelit dinners and daily breakfast, among other perks.
Loews Regency New York
New York City
If you're looking for luxury and romance in the Big Apple, check into Loews Regency New York – a premier luxury hotel set in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Several suites at the property are tailor-made for romance – from the Uptown Bohemian Suite, with its insanely private and romantic bathroom, to its six designer-inspired Signature Suites, each of which reflects a unique character and décor and boasts plenty of square footage. Best of all, you'll have easy access to the finest dining in the world, along with ample opportunity to explore the arts.
Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is the eternal city's most luxurious resort, and its elegant interiors and accommodations add to it enchanting atmosphere. The property offers access to a 26,900-square-foot spa and superlative dining experiences at its three-star Michelin restaurant, La Pergola. Couples can settle into a cozy suite or upgrade to a Penthouse or Planetarium Suite, each of which offer amazing views of the Vatican. What's more, private Jacuzzis are offered in these suites.
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Sandals' new over-the-water villas were the first of their kind in the Caribbean, and they still remain popular among newlyweds and travelers seeking romance. These gorgeous suites boast captivating Caribbean Sea views, floating water hammocks, glass floors for watching marine life and private infinity pools. Best of all, you can take advantage of all-included food and drinks, activities and nightly entertainment.
Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
You can't help but fall head over heals for the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, located in the rolling hills of Tuscany. The property boasts its own 27-hole golf course, a 865-acre nature reserve, horseback riding, along with gorgeous pools and outdoor areas. You can wake up to the Tuscan countryside, enjoy a couples massage or enjoy a memorable meal at La Via del Sale. Even better, more than 10,000 olive trees and sprawling vineyards surround the property, making it a postcard-worthy spot for amorous couples.
11 Off-the-Beaten-Path All-Inclusive Resorts to Visit This Year
11 Off-the-Beaten-Path All-Inclusive Resorts to Visit This Year
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