Over water bungalows with steps into green lagoon

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
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
Ennetbürgen, Switzerland

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
Anchorage, Alaska

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
Barbados

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
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.

Casa Angelina
Praiano, Italy

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.

[Read: 10 Five-Star Hotels in Europe That Won't Break the Bank.]

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

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.

[See: 10 Top Hotels in Europe for Food and Wine Lovers.]

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
Tuscany, Italy

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


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Sun lounges and cocktails by the pool in a tourist resort
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort.
Sailboat on beach, Barbados, Caribbean
El Conquistador Resort.
Smith Fork Ranch.
Dreams Las Mareas.
St. Lucia's Twin Pitons framed by flowers
A girl touches a stingray while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands.
Cruz Bay, St John
Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa.
Cowboy and cowgirl on horseback in the morning sun.
Philispburg, Saint Maarten, Dutch Antilles
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Slip away to these under-the-radar spots.
Dreaming of an all-inclusive getaway? Destinations like Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic probably come to mind. But if you dig a little deeper, you'll discover more all-inclusive options than you might have imagined in off-the-grid destinations. If you want to shake up your routine, consider planning your next escape to one of these tucked-away retreats to catch up on some rest and relaxation.
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Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

While St. Thomas and all inclusive don't typically go hand in hand, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, which sits on the island's southern end, offers a traditional stress-free experience and packaged rates coupled with striking scenery and genuine hospitality. Plus, the all-inclusive pricing includes a la carte dining options, nightly entertainment and cocktails. And with St. Thomas sitting squarely on U.S. territory, you can leave your passport at home. Though the resort is currently closed, it will reopen on Oct. 1, 2016. All-inclusive nightly rates start at around $300.
(Courtesy of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort)

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels
Barbados

Newly refurbished, the Waves Hotel & Spa recently reopened after a major transformation. Guests can enjoy the island nation's calm waters and partake in spa treatments and water sports before noshing on healthy dishes from the wellness-inspired menus at the property's three on-site restaurants. And kayaking, sailing, water skiing and golf are just a stone's throw away, as is the world-class spa, which is adjacent to the property. All-inclusive nightly rates start at around $300.
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El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Puerto Rico

The El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, recently unveiled expanded all-inclusive offerings. With this new package, families can enjoy a vacation that includes three meals daily, select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, accommodations, admission to the on-site Coqui Water Park and access to property amenities, including the resort's 100-acre private isle, Palomino Island. Nightly rates at this Waldorf Astoria property start at $399, with additional charges for all-inclusive accommodation options.
(Courtesy of El Conquistador Resort)

Smith Fork Ranch
Crawford, Colorado

Built into the side of the Rocky Mountains, Smith Fork Ranch is far from a typical all-inclusive resort. Instead of relaxing on a beach all day, you might search for wild mushrooms, take advantage of the retreat's famous "Cocktail and Horseback Riding Experience" or go fly-fishing. And instead of the traditional all-inclusive fare served at outposts in the Caribbean and Mexico, you'll enjoy gritty homemade favorites using locally harvested ingredients. The property can accommodate up to 28 guests per week, and nightly room rates start at around $300.
(Courtesy of Smith Fork Ranch)

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
Costa Rica

While Costa Rica is a go-to spot for adventure-seekers and beach lovers alike, the area's diverse regions aren't known for their all-inclusive offerings. Still, Dreams Las Mareas sits in Costa Rica's Guanacaste region and offers all-inclusive rates that cover top-notch dining, drinks and entertainment. Relax at the resort's free-form pool, take a nap under a palapa (a thatched-roof structure) on the shore or ceck out one of the property's famous bars. Special packages with airfare are available, and nightly rates start at around $400.
(Courtesy of Dreams Las Mareas)

The Landings Resort and Spa
St. Lucia

St. Lucia likely conjures images of spectacular mountains, crystal clear waters and the world-famous Pitons. The Landings Resort and Spa offers a taste of everything St. Lucia has to offer, with breathtaking views, a magnificent beachfront and fine dining options. And at the on-site 7,000-square-foot Soleil Spa, you can break away from the beach for some pampering. What's more, the all-included rate covers Wi-Fi, access to the fitness center and nonmotorized water sport activities. Nightly rates start at around $350.
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Wyndham Reef Resort
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The Wyndham Reef Resort in Grand Cayman is situated on the eastern end of the island, far removed from the heavy crowds of Seven Mile Beach. Yet, this all-inclusive resort serves as a hidden paradise for many. With snorkeling on-site, along with a private beachfront and plenty of dining and activity options to choose from, there are a wealth of diversions well suited for a variety of age groups and interests. At the Wyndham, nightly all-inclusive pricing starts at around $400.
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Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino
St. Croix. U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix has just one all-inclusive resort, Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino. This property features 400 guest rooms, on-site entertainment, a kids club, access to water sports equipment such as sailboats and kayaks, three restaurants (and a cafe) and proximity to some of St. Croix's most historic landmarks. When you tire of dining, gambling and sightseeing, escape to nearby white-sand beaches. All-inclusive nightly rates start at around $280.
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Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa
Grenada

Sandals LaSource, an adults-only all-inclusive property located in St. George's, Grenada, features picturesque views overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Here, you'll have access to five pools, 10 restaurants and round-the-clock concierge service. In addition to taking in the beautiful tropical scenery and romantic ambiance, you can splash around turquoise waters or enjoy indulgent spa treatments. Nightly rates run at around $1,000 and up, though prices vary according to season, current promotions and availability.
(Courtesy of Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa)

Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Clark, Colorado

If your ideal vacation involves a slide into the Old West, Vista Verde Guest Ranch could be exactly what you're looking for. This far-flung property offers just the right amount of nature coupled with a rustic experience you can only find at an authentic dude ranch. Here, you can bunk down in a beautiful cabin, enjoy cooking lessons and wine classes and partake in rock climbing, mountain biking and fly-fishing in summer and autumn and snow tubing and skiing come winter. Bring the kids along for an experience they'll never forget. Rooms start at around $1,700 per person, per week.
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Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
St. Maarten

The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino offers sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea, an on-site 4,000-square-foot water park and all-inclusive amenities such as a la carte menus, nightly entertainment, complimentary Wi-Fi, daytime activities like water aerobics and premium cocktails. In other words, it offers something for everyone and an experience you'll never forget. Nightly rates start at around $250. And if you're looking for a quiet and romantic affair, book a room at the adjacent adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort.
(Getty Images)

Sun lounges and cocktails by the pool in a tourist resort
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort.
Sailboat on beach, Barbados, Caribbean
El Conquistador Resort.
Smith Fork Ranch.
Dreams Las Mareas.
St. Lucia's Twin Pitons framed by flowers
A girl touches a stingray while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands.
Cruz Bay, St John
Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa.
Cowboy and cowgirl on horseback in the morning sun.
Philispburg, Saint Maarten, Dutch Antilles

Slip away to these under-the-radar spots.
Dreaming of an all-inclusive getaway? Destinations like Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic probably come to mind. But if you dig a little deeper, you'll discover more all-inclusive options than you might have imagined in off-the-grid destinations. If you want to shake up your routine, consider planning your next escape to one of these tucked-away retreats to catch up on some rest and relaxation.
(Getty Images)

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

While St. Thomas and all inclusive don't typically go hand in hand, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, which sits on the island's southern end, offers a traditional stress-free experience and packaged rates coupled with striking scenery and genuine hospitality. Plus, the all-inclusive pricing includes a la carte dining options, nightly entertainment and cocktails. And with St. Thomas sitting squarely on U.S. territory, you can leave your passport at home. Though the resort is currently closed, it will reopen on Oct. 1, 2016. All-inclusive nightly rates start at around $300.
(Courtesy of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort)

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels
Barbados

Newly refurbished, the Waves Hotel & Spa recently reopened after a major transformation. Guests can enjoy the island nation's calm waters and partake in spa treatments and water sports before noshing on healthy dishes from the wellness-inspired menus at the property's three on-site restaurants. And kayaking, sailing, water skiing and golf are just a stone's throw away, as is the world-class spa, which is adjacent to the property. All-inclusive nightly rates start at around $300.
(Getty Images)

El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Puerto Rico

The El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, recently unveiled expanded all-inclusive offerings. With this new package, families can enjoy a vacation that includes three meals daily, select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, accommodations, admission to the on-site Coqui Water Park and access to property amenities, including the resort's 100-acre private isle, Palomino Island. Nightly rates at this Waldorf Astoria property start at $399, with additional charges for all-inclusive accommodation options.
(Courtesy of El Conquistador Resort)

Smith Fork Ranch
Crawford, Colorado

Built into the side of the Rocky Mountains, Smith Fork Ranch is far from a typical all-inclusive resort. Instead of relaxing on a beach all day, you might search for wild mushrooms, take advantage of the retreat's famous "Cocktail and Horseback Riding Experience" or go fly-fishing. And instead of the traditional all-inclusive fare served at outposts in the Caribbean and Mexico, you'll enjoy gritty homemade favorites using locally harvested ingredients. The property can accommodate up to 28 guests per week, and nightly room rates start at around $300.
(Courtesy of Smith Fork Ranch)

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
Costa Rica

While Costa Rica is a go-to spot for adventure-seekers and beach lovers alike, the area's diverse regions aren't known for their all-inclusive offerings. Still, Dreams Las Mareas sits in Costa Rica's Guanacaste region and offers all-inclusive rates that cover top-notch dining, drinks and entertainment. Relax at the resort's free-form pool, take a nap under a palapa (a thatched-roof structure) on the shore or ceck out one of the property's famous bars. Special packages with airfare are available, and nightly rates start at around $400.
(Courtesy of Dreams Las Mareas)

The Landings Resort and Spa
St. Lucia

St. Lucia likely conjures images of spectacular mountains, crystal clear waters and the world-famous Pitons. The Landings Resort and Spa offers a taste of everything St. Lucia has to offer, with breathtaking views, a magnificent beachfront and fine dining options. And at the on-site 7,000-square-foot Soleil Spa, you can break away from the beach for some pampering. What's more, the all-included rate covers Wi-Fi, access to the fitness center and nonmotorized water sport activities. Nightly rates start at around $350.
(Getty Images)

Wyndham Reef Resort
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The Wyndham Reef Resort in Grand Cayman is situated on the eastern end of the island, far removed from the heavy crowds of Seven Mile Beach. Yet, this all-inclusive resort serves as a hidden paradise for many. With snorkeling on-site, along with a private beachfront and plenty of dining and activity options to choose from, there are a wealth of diversions well suited for a variety of age groups and interests. At the Wyndham, nightly all-inclusive pricing starts at around $400.
(Getty Images)

Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino
St. Croix. U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix has just one all-inclusive resort, Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino. This property features 400 guest rooms, on-site entertainment, a kids club, access to water sports equipment such as sailboats and kayaks, three restaurants (and a cafe) and proximity to some of St. Croix's most historic landmarks. When you tire of dining, gambling and sightseeing, escape to nearby white-sand beaches. All-inclusive nightly rates start at around $280.
(Getty Images)

Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa
Grenada

Sandals LaSource, an adults-only all-inclusive property located in St. George's, Grenada, features picturesque views overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Here, you'll have access to five pools, 10 restaurants and round-the-clock concierge service. In addition to taking in the beautiful tropical scenery and romantic ambiance, you can splash around turquoise waters or enjoy indulgent spa treatments. Nightly rates run at around $1,000 and up, though prices vary according to season, current promotions and availability.
(Courtesy of Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa)

Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Clark, Colorado

If your ideal vacation involves a slide into the Old West, Vista Verde Guest Ranch could be exactly what you're looking for. This far-flung property offers just the right amount of nature coupled with a rustic experience you can only find at an authentic dude ranch. Here, you can bunk down in a beautiful cabin, enjoy cooking lessons and wine classes and partake in rock climbing, mountain biking and fly-fishing in summer and autumn and snow tubing and skiing come winter. Bring the kids along for an experience they'll never forget. Rooms start at around $1,700 per person, per week.
(Getty Images)

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
St. Maarten

The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino offers sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea, an on-site 4,000-square-foot water park and all-inclusive amenities such as a la carte menus, nightly entertainment, complimentary Wi-Fi, daytime activities like water aerobics and premium cocktails. In other words, it offers something for everyone and an experience you'll never forget. Nightly rates start at around $250. And if you're looking for a quiet and romantic affair, book a room at the adjacent adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort.
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