50 Top Romantic Weekend Getaways

Leave all your cares behind and reconnect with your sweetie at these amazing properties.

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50 Top Romantic Weekend Getaways

Romantic getaway at hotel in Anguilla
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Find the perfect place for a little rest and relaxation.

Whether you can hop a flight to the Caribbean or Ireland or would prefer to stay closer to home, there are plenty of dreamy hotels and resorts to grant you that much-needed weekend vacation with your significant other. While away the day in a gorgeous seaside cabana, dine by candlelight at fancy restaurants, explore the city hand in and hand or undertake an adventure in Mother Nature at these romantic properties.
Romantic weekend getaway at The Kimpton Seafire in the Cayman Islands
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Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

It doesn't get any more spectacular than this Kimpton outpost. Set along the north end of Grand Cayman's famous Seven Mile Beach, this property gives guests the opportunity to explore the Caribbean Sea's underwater life with snorkels and fins. Plus, couples can take a boat tour with on-site outfitter Red Sail Sports to Stingray City, a sandbar where visitors can swim with wild stingrays.
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Find the perfect place for a little rest and relaxation.

Whether you can hop a flight to the Caribbean or Ireland or would prefer to stay closer to home, there are plenty of dreamy hotels and resorts to grant you that much-needed weekend vacation with your significant other. While away the day in a gorgeous seaside cabana, dine by candlelight at fancy restaurants, explore the city hand in and hand or undertake an adventure in Mother Nature at these romantic properties.

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

It doesn't get any more spectacular than this Kimpton outpost. Set along the north end of Grand Cayman's famous Seven Mile Beach, this property gives guests the opportunity to explore the Caribbean Sea's underwater life with snorkels and fins. Plus, couples can take a boat tour with on-site outfitter Red Sail Sports to Stingray City, a sandbar where visitors can swim with wild stingrays.

The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton: Hollywood, Florida

Steal away to The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, once a playground for celebrities and politicians like Judy Garland and former Sen. Robert Kennedy. At this oceanfront property, you and your sweetheart can catch some rays on the beach or at the infinity pool before grabbing a bite to eat at one of six sit-down restaurants. For a romantic meal, opt for the on-site steakhouse: Diplomat Prime.

La Playa Carmel: Carmel, California

La Playa Carmel is in the heart of the fairy-tale village of Carmel, where Clint Eastwood was once mayor. Rent bikes at the resort to see the area's charming homes and poet Robinson Jeffers' former home, or drive to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve to watch seals sunbathing next to the sapphire blue sea.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch: Avon, Colorado

Whether you love skiing, golfing or hiking, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch offers an uber-luxe experience in the heart of the Rockies. Only a 4-mile shuttle ride (though shorter if you hike) from Beaver Creek Village, this mountain lodge features ski-in/ski-out access, three restaurants and a 21,000-square-foot spa with couples massages. Reserve a suite, each of which feature a cozy fireplace and a mountain or valley view.

Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel: San Francisco

You and your sweetie will feel like VIPs when you book a stay at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco's Financial District. This grand property, which originally opened in 1875, is best known for its gorgeous Garden Court atrium. The space features Austrian crystal chandeliers and Italian marble and hosts the hotel's Signature Tea service every Saturday afternoon.

Hotel Elysée: New York City

The Hotel Elysée in New York City's Midtown East area is a romantic throwback to turn of the 20th century Manhattan. The hotel offers complimentary continental breakfasts, plus in-room DVD players and a movie library perfect for couples who wish to stay in and cuddle on a crisp evening. Those who'd rather sip cocktails can visit the property's historic Monkey Bar, which has been featured on TV shows like "Sex and the City" and "Mad Men."

The Hotel Telluride: Telluride, Colorado

Within walking distance of downtown Telluride's boutiques and eateries, The Hotel Telluride is a great home base for adventurous couples looking for an outdoor weekend getaway. Hike trails easily accessible from the property, attend one of Telluride's many year-round festivals or ride the free gondola to Mountain Village to ski or mountain bike.

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown: Los Angeles

For the ultimate in modern indulgence, book a weekend stay at the InterContinental Downtown Los Angeles, the tallest building west of Chicago. From the property's 70th-floor lobby, you'll enjoy some of the city's best panoramas. What's more, downtown LA's former underground speakeasies, 100-year-old Angels Flight Railway and bustling Grand Central Market are easy to reach from this hotel.

Naples Grande Beach Resort: Naples, Florida

Experience Naples' calm crystal blue waters and white sand beaches at Naples Grande Beach Resort, a luxury property set on 23 waterfront acres. Meander to the beach each morning, where you'll discover beach chairs waiting. Or, take a dip in the adults-only pool, book a treatment at the spa or look for wildlife while kayaking through the adjacent Mangrove Sanctuary.

Fashion Island Hotel: Newport Beach, California

This Orange County property is a favorite of prominent locals who like to hang at the chic on-site Aqua Lounge. The luxurious establishment is also conveniently situated next to the upscale Fashion Island shopping center and many high-end car dealerships, should you feel inclined to splurge while on vacation. If you'd rather sightsee, rent a Duffy Boat and check out the mega-yachts and mansions along Newport Harbor.

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino: Palm Beach, Aruba

Jet away to Aruba for a long weekend at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. Located along the island's Palm Beach Strip, every room features its own private patio or balcony with a garden or ocean view. Plus, you can enjoy gaming at the casino, going for a swim in two pools and a lagoon and pampering yourself with a treatment at the beachfront spa.

Hotel Monteleone: New Orleans

The French Quarter in New Orleans exudes romance, and one of the neighborhood's most elegant properties is the historic Hotel Monteleone. Hosting visitors since 1886, this hotel is home to the city's only revolving bar. Additionally, book worms can indulge their literary fantasies by reserving one of several suites named in honor of William Faulkner, Stephen Ambrose and other famous authors who have stayed here.

InterContinental Dublin: Dublin

For an elegant retreat in Ireland's capital city, hop across the pond to the spacious InterContinental Dublin. This stately hotel, which is set in a small village with pubs, shops and restaurants, is less than 5 miles away from the historic city center and Aviva Stadium, home of Ireland's national football and rugby teams.

Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort: Aspen, Colorado

Built in 1889, the historical Hotel Jerome is a fitting place for duos to enjoy one-on-one time outdoors. Situated within steps of its doors are Aspen's high-end shops and restaurants, as well as the beautiful Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in North America. Back on-site, couples will find Western-style accommodations, an intimate lounge, a spa with Rocky Mountain-inspired treatments and more.

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton: Coronado, California

Hotel del Coronado has one of the most iconic rooflines of any hotel in the country. A fixture on Coronado Island since opening in 1888, this classic property offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Keep an eye out for Navy SEALs training on the beach or in the waters offshore. And if you're eager to get out and explore, ditch the car in favor of renting bikes from the on-site bike shop, PeDels.

Delano Las Vegas: Las Vegas

If you love Las Vegas but not all the craziness that comes along with it, then you'll appreciate the Delano Las Vegas' quieter atmosphere. This all-suite hotel features its own beach club complete with an underwater chessboard. Plus, it's connected to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where you can enjoy even more gaming, the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and shows like Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson ONE."

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa: Scottsdale, Arizona

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa appeals to art lovers with its more than 200 midcentury modern guest rooms and bungalows. Each is named after creative types like Florence Knoll and Charles and Ray Eames. Outside your room, you can learn how to paint Camelback Mountain (which is visible from the property) through the hotel's Artist in Residence Program, unwind in a cabana by the Turquoise Pool and savor contemporary Sonoran cuisine at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen.

La Valencia Hotel: La Jolla, California

About 10 miles north of San Diego sits the lovely town of La Jolla, with Pacific waves crashing on rocky cliffs frequented by sea lions. From inside the city's quirky Cave Store, you can walk into a sea cave. Or, try kayaking through sea caves with a local tour operator, such as Everyday California. La Valencia makes a luxurious home base for these activities and more, plus it offers a stunning pool.

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, A Wymara Resort: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Popular with celebrities like John Legend and Molly Sims, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is a swanky Caribbean retreat that overlooks Grace Bay Beach. All rooms boast ocean views, and you and your sweetheart can relax at the 7,000-square-foot infinity pool or inside Exhale Fitness + Spa. Spend your evenings at the elegant Stelle Restaurant, where you can dine indoors or on a private floating island in the pool.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Approximately 70 miles south of Denver, Colorado Springs sits close to Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods, making it a great getaway option for adventurous duos. Cheyenne Mountain Resort is in the heart of the action, with an on-site lake, a spa, tennis courts, a golf course, an adults-only pool and multiple dining options.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort: Farmington, Pennsylvania

You'll find a variety of ways to reconnect with your sweetie at the 2,000-acre Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains. For accommodations, choose from five different buildings, including one inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and another that pays homage to the Ritz Paris. The resort also offers many on-site activities, including golf, tennis, zip lining and spa services.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago: Chicago

Head to the Windy City for a metropolitan getaway where you'll never run out of things to do. The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago sits in a convenient location near the Chicago River, meaning you'll be close to can't-miss locales like The Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park. Plus, this boutique hotel offers large bay windows with cushions and views of the city and river, as well as Fisk & Co., a Belgian-inspired bistro.

Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island: Avalon, California

The only full-service property on Catalina Island, the Holiday Inn Resort sits close to Los Angeles and is only accessible by ferry or helicopter. It offers a free shuttle to take guests to the boat dock and tour plaza, where many excursions depart. Or, couples can hang back at the resort for a soak in the hot tub, a massage or a friendly game of Ping-Pong.

The Greenbrier: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Get away to the mountains of West Virginia at this National Historic Landmark. Welcoming many famous guests – including 27 presidents – since 1778, The Greenbrier offers 11,000 acres of lodging, dining and entertainment facilities. At its spa, take your pick from relaxing options like a hot-stone massage, a soak in the healing waters of the resort's White Sulphur Springs or an exotic flower essence aromatherapy treatment.

Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa: Shoal Bay Village, Anguilla

Picture yourself in a beachfront villa with a private plunge pool, plenty of rum and tons of water sports at Anguilla's Zemi Beach House. One of this property's most unique features is its Zemi Thai House Spa, which is set inside a restored 300-year-old Thai house that was transported from Thailand to Anguilla in the 1980s.

Big Cedar Lodge: Ridgedale, Missouri

Big Cedar Lodge, about 10 miles south of Branson, is a rustic wilderness retreat in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Stay in one of several cottages, grand lodges or log cabins and enjoy the solitude of the great outdoors as you explore nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and Table Rock Lake.

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York: New York City

Enjoy a hip weekend in the trendy Lower East Side at Hotel Indigo. This modern property offers stunning city panoramas and features funky street art that pays tribute to the surrounding neighborhood. After settling into your digs, make time to visit the art-focused New Museum and the Mercury Lounge indie rock club, both of which sit within walking distance.

Viceroy Santa Monica: Santa Monica, California

The trendy Viceroy Santa Monica combines quintessential California views (think: palm trees and the Pacific Ocean) with contemporary decor. Cast Lounge is the place to see and be seen, while the poolside cabanas are ideal for couples who desire some privacy. When duos are ready to explore the area, they can grab two of the hotel's complimentary bikes to pedal along the seashore to Muscle Beach and Venice.

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa: Cozumel, Mexico

Love snorkeling? Then make haste to the InterContinental Presidente Cozumel. Overlooking one of the world's largest coral reef systems, this InterContinental outpost features an on-site dive center to assist with reef and diving excursions. Plus, you can refuel at one of the resort's three restaurants, including the intimate Trattoria Alfredo Di Roma, which serves authentic Italian fare by the Caribbean Sea.

Holiday Inn Express Waikiki: Honolulu

Booking a stay at the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki can be an affordable way to escape to the island of Oahu. Just three blocks from the beach, the hotel provides a complimentary breakfast bar, an outdoor pool and a fun fifth-floor deck with a nine-hole miniature golf course, a shuffleboard court and more. For extra romance, reserve a private pool, relax in the hot tub or get in a couples workout in the fitness center.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla: West End, Anguilla

If you and your significant other crave luxury and seclusion, book a beachfront villa at Anguilla's Four Seasons Resort. Each offers three to five bedrooms, as well as a personal lifestyle assistant and a private deck with a plunge pool and Barnes Bay vistas. After a restful night, spend time horseback riding through the water or snorkeling in Meads Bay.

The Equinox, A Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont: Manchester Village, Vermont

The Green Mountains of Vermont make a relaxing, outdoors-oriented respite from New England cities like New York and Boston. At The Equinox, which has welcomed guests since 1769, you can spend the day teeing off at the on-site golf club or trying activities like fly-fishing, off-roading and falconry. Splurge on an intimate dinner at the resort's Chop House steakhouse, which features a 19th-century stone hearth and a selection of steaks and seafood.

Simpson House Inn: Santa Barbara, California

Less than two blocks away from Santa Barbara's bustling State Street sits the Victorian Simpson House Inn, a quiet bed-and-breakfast nestled on an acre of English gardens. Only 15 rooms, suites and cottages are available here, creating a secluded atmosphere that appeals to couples. To turn up the romance, enjoy the inn's complimentary breakfast in bed.

Ka'ana Resort: San Ignacio, Belize

A stay at Ka'ana Resort will make you feel like you've stepped back in time to when the Maya lived in the heart of the Belize jungle. Take a helicopter tour above the Maya Mountains, go cave tubing or enjoy a Mayan cooking class before retreating to a private pool villa with butler service and an outdoor shower.

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge: Judd Lake, Alaska

It's hard to get more remote than an Alaskan mountain lodge that requires taking a float plane to reach. Only a 45-minute flight from Anchorage, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge draws adventurous travelers. During the winter you can try heli-skiing, while the warmer months are a prime time for heli-hiking, heli-fishing and heli-biking. Book a private cabin for even more seclusion.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes: Orlando, Florida

Relax in luxury at the Italian-inspired Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The resort features farm-to-table dining, a 40,000-square-foot spa and an 18-hole golf course, among other amenities. If you'd rather spend the day off-site at a local theme park, use the free shuttle to visit Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando or Universal Orlando Resort.

The Villa Suites at Gervasi Vineyard: Canton, Ohio

In northeast Ohio lies an unexpected vineyard with lush grounds that feature a lake and several accommodations, including a multibedroom farmhouse and six villas with Tuscan-style suites. Standard amenities include stone fireplaces and daily continental breakfast for two. Guests also have access to wine tastings, an Italian bistro and themed cooking classes.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC: District of Columbia

Named for Thomas Jefferson, this beaux-arts hotel exudes romance. Steal away to the property's Book Room, which is full of leather-bound books about Jefferson's favorite topics, or enjoy a couples massage in the Spa Suite. Then, dine in Plume restaurant's "Nest," a spot tucked into a library that sits beneath a crystal chandelier.

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Rates at this all-inclusive, oceanfront resort in Montego Bay cover all alcoholic beverages, butler service and nonmotorized water sports, so you're bound to have a worry-free weekend. Upgrade your stay by reserving a three-bedroom villa (complete with a courtyard or plunge pool) and a private beachfront cabana. Or, splurge on extras like private personal training sessions, spa services and scuba diving lessons.

The Inn on Biltmore Estate: Asheville, North Carolina

Tour Biltmore, the French chateau-style former estate of George Vanderbilt, and imagine the lives of the rich and famous. Stay right on the grounds at the property's inn and you'll enjoy lavish perks like 24-hour concierge service and complimentary shoeshines. Choose a Chateau Tier Grand King room or a Chateau Tier Suite for additional amenities, such as late checkout and free daily wine and hors d’oeuvres receptions.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This 1,600-acre resort in Mexico's Riviera Maya is surrounded by lagoons, mangroves, coral reefs and the Caribbean Sea. A variety of deluxe villas are available, including ones with perks like private pools and outdoor baths. Don't miss your chance to dine under the stars on the resort's private dining boat, unwind in the rainforest-inspired hydrothermal area and peruse El Pueblito's boutiques and art gallery.

Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton: Carefree, Arizona

Head to the Arizona desert for a short but quiet vacation at Boulders Resort & Spa. Nestled among boulder formations that are 12 million years old, this property is home to five eateries, two golf courses and a 33,000-square-foot spa with Native American-inspired treatments. Active pairs will especially love the resort's plethora of outdoor pursuits, which range from hot air balloon rides to rock climbing to air tours of the Grand Canyon.

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa: Lexington, Kentucky

Explore Kentucky's famous horse farms, horse racing-themed attractions and bourbon distilleries during a stay at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. An 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools and three restaurants – including a steakhouse with a lounge that offers bourbon flights – are just some of the amenities available on-site. Be sure to save time for a Bourbon Bubbler body scrub or a couples massage at the resort's spa.

The Cape, A Thompson Hotel: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Kick back and relax with your one and only along the white sand beaches of Cabo San Lucas. At The Cape, you'll enjoy views of the ocean and El Arco, an arch-shaped natural wonder. Spend the day at the spa built within a rock formation or at the beachside fire pit before heading to the rooftop lounge to listen to live music and watch the sun set.

Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection: Nashville, Tennessee

Union Station Hotel makes a comfy spot to lay your head for a few nights in Music City. Built in 1900 as a train station, this elegant property now features 125 rooms that have welcomed everyone from Mae West to Al Capone. Each room is individually decorated and incorporates some of the building's original details.

French Quarter Inn: Charleston, South Carolina

Few locales are as charming as Charleston, which seems like a city lost in time. After admiring the area's historical homes as you stroll hand in hand through the Battery, retreat to the French Quarter Inn, a boutique hotel known for its Southern hospitality. Here, you'll be treated to freebies like artisanal breakfasts, loaner bicycles, welcome glasses of Champagne and evening milk and cookies.

Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton: Madison, Connecticut

A romantic property along the Connecticut coastline, the Madison Beach Hotel beckons to couples keen on biking, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching and relaxing on the beach. Each guest room is equipped with an Italian marble bath and a balcony with views of the Long Island Sound. Additional amenities include a spa, a yoga studio and The Wharf, an alfresco dining option that serves classic New England cuisine.

The Oasis at Death Valley: Death Valley, California

It's easy to explore Death Valley National Park while spending a weekend at The Oasis. Reopened in February 2018 after undergoing renovations, this 1920s-era resort features the lowest golf course in the world, as well as a spring-fed pool that's naturally heated to 84 degrees year-round. Plus, Death Valley's spectacularly dark skies make it a great spot for stargazing.

Mohegan Sun: Uncasville, Connecticut

About 100 miles southwest of Boston, the impressive Mohegan Sun resort offers something for everyone. Gamers can spend their evenings playing thousands of slot machines, table games, poker and more, while night owls can take in a show at Mohegan Sun Arena or Comix Comedy Club. When couples want to dial up the romance, they can cozy up next to the seasonal fire pit or enjoy an Italian-style meal at Todd English's Tuscany.

Harbor View Hotel: Edgartown, Massachusetts

For a quintessential New England getaway, reserve one of the Captain's Cottages at the Harbor View Hotel. Providing just the right amount of space and privacy, each cottage features a living room, a fireplace, a wet bar and in-room dining. During the day, sail or bike around Martha's Vineyard or lounge poolside in one of the hotel's cabanas. Then, visit the on-site Lighthouse Grill for fresh seafood and picturesque water views.
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Lyn Mettler, Contributor

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