10 Underrated Romantic Hotels for R&R
Escape to these under-the-radar hideaways for spectacular backdrops and serene atmospheres.
Slip away to these postcard-perfect retreats, and recharge with your better half.
Mount Airy Casino and Resort
Mount Airy Casino and Resort, a retreat tucked away in Pennsylvania's scenic Pocono Mountains, offers luxury accommodations geared toward lovebirds. Here, you and your better half can enjoy Italian meals at Bistecca by Il Mulino, a sophisticated steakhouse, or delight in traditional American fare at Guy Fieri's funky Mt. Pocono Kitchen. After savoring a memorable meal, you can recharge by the lake, tee off at the 18-hole golf course, pamper yourself at the 16,000-square-foot spa or enjoy a dip in the pool. For fun-loving types, the lounge, nightclub and entertainment at Gypsies Lounge offers plenty of opportunities for late-night dancing.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
Barcelona's vibrant and bustling streets, markets and seaside spots cater to romance-seekers. Removed from the city noise yet ideally located smack dab in the center of Barcelona's famous Gothic Quarter, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona, a five-star boutique hotel, is a quiet sanctuary for couples. Located amid graceful medieval arches and Roman fortifications, the hotel reflects the area's unique architectural heritage. And when it comes to dining, you can enjoy a leisurely meal at Mercer Restaurant, a secluded spot with a menu curated by the Michelin-starred chef Giuseppe Iannotti, or check out the hotel's authentic gastropub, Le Bouchon.
Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa
This hotel is conveniently located in the southern coast of Tenerife, part of Spain's Canary Islands. Beyond its idyllic surroundings, the area offers pleasant year-round temperatures, and the hotel boasts a variety of enticing amenities, including a spa, four restaurants and two bars. Even better, all guest rooms afford stunning views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Playa Fañabe, a picturesque beach. If your top priority is relaxing, the spa also offers an array of customized treatments, along with a vitality pool, sauna, steam room and fitness area.
In the heart of the Eternal City, you'll find the D.O.M Hotel, a five-star hotel with 18 rooms and suites that directly overlook the famous Via Giulia. The hotel, set in the historic Regola district, is the former home of a 17th-century aristocratic palace, making it an excellent choice for romantics who want to soak in the architectural treasures of the ancient building. What's more, the hotel offers plenty of romantic allures for art and history aficionados, including ancient inscriptions on its walls and original art pieces by Andy Warhol.
Baia Dell'Est Hotel
The Baia Dell'Est Hotel is a picturesque property in Italy's Calabria region. The area isn't known for being touristy, making it an attractive locale for those looking to escape peak-season crowds. The sweeping cliffside views of the Ionian Sea are visible from any of the individual climate-controlled rooms, which are each equipped with satellite TVs, in-room safes, telephones and internet access. And for couples who love to cook together, the hotel is also home to the renowned Italian Culinary Institute. What's more, the hotel's romantic vibes extend to its enchanting surroundings, which include pristine beaches, citrus groves, vineyards, olive orchards, medieval hilltop towns and charming fishing villages.
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, an award-winning hotel in South Florida, caters to nature-loving couples. Ideal for the outdoorsy couple interested in taking long walks, witnessing turtle hatchlings on the sand, biking along park trails, kayaking through the Intracoastal Waterway or spending the afternoon on aboard a Pontiki boat, the area offers plenty of opportunities to commune with nature. And back at on the resort grounds, you can relax in a lavish hammock, leisurely toast marshmallows around a fire pit and pamper yourself with indulgent treatments at the spa. Plus, a memorable meal at the outdoor terrace at Sinclair's Ocean Grill will up the romance factor.
Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona sits along Passeig de Gràcia, one of the city's famous shopping districts. Here, you can soak in the city's celebrated architecture and historical attractions before slipping away to high-end accommodations set inside an elegant mid-20th century building. And expect exceptional dining throughout your trip; under the direction of the renowned chef Carme Ruscalleda, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona's signature restaurant Moments has received two Michelin stars. The hotel also offers outstanding amenities, including an award-winning spa. What's more, the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona's 120 rooms and suites offer striking views with floor-to-ceiling windows peering over a tranquil landscaped garden or Passeig de Gràcia.
Room Mate Waldorf Towers
Room Mate Waldorf Towers is a charming boutique hotel ideally situated in the heart of the action on iconic Ocean Drive. The art deco property offers a stylish retro design. And thanks to its enviable beachfront location, the property is just few steps away from top-rated restaurants, shops, whimsical gardens, museums and the vibrant culinary and fashion scenes of Miami. Though there's plenty of attractions to keep couples busy, the hotel's warm hospitality makes it a perfect romantic hideaway to relax and recharge along the beach.
Sunset at the Palms Resort
Sunset at the Palms Resort is an all-inclusive adults-only resort made up of treehouse-style bungalows, a tranquil outdoor canopied spa and flourishing tropical gardens set in Negril, Jamaica. Guests who stay at Sunset at the Palms have access to kayaking, windsurfing and snorkeling, as well as the nearby JamWest Adventure Park. Plus, the resort offers an island cooking lesson and a mixology class. If you opt for the "Romance Package for Two," you can enjoy breakfast in bed, a couples massage and a complimentary chilled bottle of Champagne.
Harbour Village Beach Club
Harbour Village Beach Club is the only upscale resort in Bonaire, the tucked-away Caribbean island known for its unspoiled dive sites, nonexistent traffic lights, flourishing flamingo population and abundant palm trees that are not much taller than the buildings around them. The Dutch Caribbean-style property welcomes guests with a wine and cheese platter that is perfect for savoring the area's mesmerizing sea views and gentle turquoise waters. If you and your better half want to get off the grid to recharge, Great Adventures Bonaire offers charters to Klein Bonaire, an uninhabited private island encircled by pristine coral reef, where you will find no Wi-Fi, TVs or smartphones in sight.
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