The World Heritage Petit Piton framed by  beautiful infinity-pool. View from the famous resort Jade Mountain.

From a tranquil retreat in St. Lucia to a serene hideaway on the French Riviera, these properties offer the right mix of spectacular surroundings and superlative amenities. (Getty Images).

If you're yearning to up the romance factor, happily a variety of enchanting oceanfront hideaways and countryside retreats are designed with couples in mind. With intimate settings, acclaimed restaurants, world-class spas and activities geared toward couples, these spark-kindling spots aim to inspire romance. Perfect for a quick getaway, honeymoon or wedding, these resorts cater to couples' every whim and offer lavish amenities and services, from wine tastings to couples massages to candlelit meals. Without further ado, start planning an extraordinary getaway in these luxurious hideaways the world over.

[See: 10 Romantic Getaways to Cross off Your Bucket List.]

Château Saint-Martin & Spa
Vence, France

With its spectacular scenery and breathtaking views overlooking the Cote d'Azur, Château Saint-Martin offers a romantic atmosphere. Housed in the former residence of the Knights Templar commandery in the 12th century, this luxury resort blends its rich history with contemporary allures and indulgent French gastronomy. With its close proximity to the French Riviera and the charming village of St-Paul-de-Vence, the location is ideal for exploring Provence or just spending the day relaxing at the property. Begin with breakfast on the terrace looking out over the Mediterranean Sea, unwind by the pool or visit their spa. In the evening, take in magnificent sunsets and views at Le Rossoni, followed by al fresco dining at Le Saint-Martin.

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa
Chippenham, England

You may feel as though you've stepped back in time at this gracious country house hotel located in the Cotswolds and just minutes from historic Bath. Dating back to 1720, this picturesque mansion and award-winning Relais & Chateaux property is situated on 500 acres of parkland and is the perfect tranquil retreat for a romantic getaway. A main highlight is the magnificent setting and canopy of trees leading up to the entrance. Spend a day rejuvenating at the impressive spa, partake in a cooking class or brush up on your riding skills at the Equestrian center. In the evening, enjoy a cocktail or aperitif by a roaring fire in the elegant lobby, followed by dinner at the Michelin-starred Park Restaurant.

Mount Juliet Estate
Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland

With a colorful history dating back to the early 1700s that includes a love story, Mount Juliet is one of Ireland's most iconic and romantic country homes. A private residence until 1989, this award-winning luxury retreat is situated on 1,500 acres, about 20 minutes from Killenny, and transports guests back to grandeur times. Wander through the spectacular grounds and gardens, go fly fishing, get a reboot at their health club or try your hand at falconry. After a day in the Irish countryside, begin your evening with a cocktail at Major's Bar before indulging in globally inspired cuisine at the Michelin-starred Lady Helen Restaurant.

Locanda dell'Amorosa
Sinalunga, Italy

The Italian Cypress-lined driveway leading to this picturesque property in the rolling hills of Tuscany is just the first of many Instagram-worthy photo ops you'll discover. Just a short drive to the famed Italian city of Siena, Locanda dell'Amorosa is a charming retreat and ideal home base for exploring Tuscany. Stroll among olive groves, vineyards and manicured grounds where the ancient walls are veiled in Bougainvillea. Afterward, dine on local specialties such as Chianina beef, Grigio del Casentino pork and the cheeses of Pienza, while savoring the property's signature wines in Restaurant Le Coccole.

[See: 10 Beautiful Underrated Places in Italy.]

Manoir Hovey
North Hatley, Canada

This award-winning Relais & Chateaux property is ideally situated on the shores of Lake Massawippi with views of the surrounding mountains. Just outside of one of Quebec's most picturesque villages and in the heart of the Eastern Townships, Manoir Hovey is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Quebec City. Built as a private home in 1900, this country estate offers plenty of relaxation and romance, but also features seasonal outdoor activities such as yoga, kayaking, tennis, biking, hiking, foraging and ice fishing. Don't skip dining at Le Hatley Restaurant to experience their acclaimed terroir-focused Quebec culinary delights.

La Casa Que Canta
Zihuatanejo, Mexico

For sun-drenched days spent on the beach or at an infinity pool that appears to flow directly into Zihuatanejo Bay, along with dramatic sunsets and cool breezes at night, book a stay at the luxury boutique resort, La Casa Que Canta. You might recognize the infinity pool, which serves as the backdrop for the 1994 film, "When a Man Loves a Woman," a romantic drama starring Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia. Situated on the bay and beautiful La Ropa Beach and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, this award-winning property offers 25 terraced oceanfront suites, with some suites boasting their own plunge pools. The resort also features a wellness program with yoga classes, exercise facilities, a salt water pool and a Clarins Spa. At night, dine under the stars at Mar y Cielo to enjoy fresh seafood and contemporary Mexican cuisine, and soak in striking views of Zihuatanejo Bay.

L'Auberge de Sedona
Sedona, Arizona

Located near Sedona and the breathtaking Red Rocks, L'Auberge de Sedona is a hidden oasis nestled in its soothing micro-climate along Oak Creek. The luxurious retreat exudes romance with its individual creek-side cottages appointed with outdoor cedar showers, and cottages and suites with spectacular views of the Red Rocks. Unwind at the L'Apothecary Spa, which features locally inspired ingredients, or take one of the area's famed Pink Jeeps Tours for an off-roading expedition to admire the Grand Canyon, visit the awe-inspiring Red Rocks or experience the grandeur, beauty and mysticism native to this part of Arizona. Cap off your trip with a meal by candlelight at the enchanting Cress on Oak Creek.

[See: The 10 Best Hotels in the Caribbean 2017.]

Jade Mountain
St. Lucia

Jaw-dropping views of the Piton Mountains from your own "sanctuary," an infinity pool and striking natural scenery are just a few reasons to visit this award-winning Caribbean resort. Jade Mountain's idyllic setting and individual suites offer the ultimate romantic getaway. The property also offers an extensive wellness program and plenty of activities on their 600-acre estate and around the island. Spend the day sea kayaking, snorkeling to admire pristine coral reefs or hiking in the rainforest. Or relax on one of two beautiful beaches before taking a sunset cruise on the property's 60-foot catamaran. For a memorable meal, enjoy an intimate dinner in your suite overlooking the Caribbean Sea or book the Cast Away Dinner at Anse Mamin Beach, where candles and torches light the way, offering magical dining in a private tent on the beach.

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Gwen Pratesi is a James Beard Finalist in Journalism, award-winning food and travel writer, and coauthor of PratesiLiving.com, where she shares the stories of her international food and travel experiences. She also freelances for other regional, U.S., and international publications. You can follow her at Twitter (@pratesiliving), Linkedin, Google+, Facebook, and Instagram.

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