The most romantic hotels for couples
Courtesy of Origins Lodge
Escape from everyday life together, whether on vacation or on honeymoon, is a chance to recharge and rejuvenate. Maybe what starts your fire is a tent camp in the wild or a beach bungalow on a private island? Or maybe a multi-story hotel in a dreamy cityscape is more your thing? Whatever your dream of getting away with the one you love, there is sure to be a romantic place to stay. Below, 15 hotels around the world, from Switzerland to St. Barts, designed for a couples retreat.
Les Sources de Caudalie, Martillac, France
Stay among the vineyards at this 600-year-old winery in southwestern France. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Bordeaux, Les Sources de Caudalie is a nod to the beauty of bucolic life. Forty rooms and suites have a comfortable and original collector’s charm. Regional wines flow freely and the cuisine is as serious as the wine. There are two Michelin-starred restaurants which use produce from the property’s organic gardens and specialize in the freshest local dishes. Explore the estate by bike or on foot, visit the château’s vat room and cellars, or learn to cook with the chef.
Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Honeymooners and beach goers will fall in love with this secluded hideaway. The excavations are private villas with an elevated wreck style: thatched roofs, driftwood furniture, and private pools. They are located either on the sunrise or sunset side of the island. The sunrise side is ideal for complete privacy, as the sea is your only neighbor, and the sunset side is perfect for snorkelers, offering three reefs to explore. When it’s time to relax, gaze at the night sky from the observatory where the stars simply appear brighter.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
All the silk and splendor of a star of a bygone era in this 1910 Art Nouveau hotel. The rooms are resplendent with lavish glory and golden glamor, each facing the lake or the garden. The water is the main attraction here, so you can park in one of the three pools or pull up a lounge chair on the private lakefront beach. The hotel has two classic boats (plus captains) to take you through the crystal-clear waters on a comfortable trip for two.
Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
Somewhere between the rugged reefs of North West Point Marine National Park and lush rainforest lies Amanyara, a secluded patch of paradise. Here, the luxury lodge comes in the form of 36 wooden dwellings with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to private pools, shaded terraces, and freestanding tubs. And everything revolves around an infinity pool made from volcanic rock. To take the romance factor up a notch, opt for an Executive Chef-prepared dinner in a secluded cove or on the hotel’s private beach.
Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
A fortified complex at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Tamadot was discovered (and redesigned) by Sir Richard Branson during a hot air balloon expedition. Its 28 rooms have a decoration unique to the destination and private plunge pools. Moroccan, African and international flavors are served in the restaurant and the hotel bar is set in a Berber tent. Try the traditional hammam at the spa for a taste of the tradition. The landscaped gardens and interior courtyards are made for strolling, and before you know it you’ve made it to the oasis all around.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire, England
Long romanticized, the English countryside exudes the charm of the time. A stay at Heckfield Place is like stepping back to a time when walks in the park were the epitome of seduction. The Old Georgian House stands on 400 acres of Hampshire countryside and its bedrooms are full of bespoke oak furniture. Meals are of the local variety, with products picked directly from his farm and gardens. Stroll the gardens hand in hand, pack a picnic, or row by the lake – the hobbies here are leisure activities.
Casa Angelina, Capri, Italy
If there’s ever been a place to get carried away, it’s Casa Angelina, perched on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. Each room has a view of the Mediterranean in all its majesty. Minimalists will appreciate the chic white-on-white palette that lets the seascape and verdant mountains beyond each of the 42 rooms take center stage. Relax all day on the hotel’s private beach, take a dip in the swimming pool and, when day turns to night, savor an intimate alfresco dinner for two with fresh Mediterranean dishes at the rooftop restaurant. All you need to focus on is the starry sky, the endless sea, and each other.
Hotel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf, Saint-Barth
Where beach and chic meet, this elegant boutique hotel located on a cliff in St. Barts combines French charm with Caribbean flair. For the couple whose idea of celebrating love is a matter of elegance, The Carl Gustaf does not disappoint. Its 21 luxurious rooms, suites and bungalows offer an ocean view from the terrace. If you really want to intensify the love, the resort has a special romantic package with everything from breakfast in bed to a couples massage at the spa, to not be left out with a sunset photoshoot on the beach.
San Camp, Botswana
If you’re the adventurous type, San Camp is for you. Off-grid paradise is a must-see destination, perfect for a honeymoon. Located on the edge of the Nwetwe Pan in Makgadikgadi in Botswana, a salt marsh amidst the dry savannah, this seven-tent retreat is a feast for all the senses. Here, a floating tent is your home in the middle of nowhere, where all you have is time with that special someone and the wildlife around you. Go on night game drives to see the ecosystem come to life, or travel the salt crusted land on a quad bike. The accommodations are minimalist and luxurious, and the dishes prepared by the chef will not leave you hungry.
Dunton Hot Springs, Dunton, Colorado
Located in an 1800s ghost town in an alpine valley, Dunton Hot Springs is reminiscent of a bygone way of life. Nestled in a circle around the town’s saloon and dance hall, its log cabins are cozy and full of authentic character. The main attraction here are the hot springs, which you and your significant other can experience in myriad ways, including under the stars or in 19th century public baths. If you wish to get off the property, you can do so on horseback, courtesy of the resort’s stallions.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Golden age glamor meets classic sophistication at this historic Swiss chalet. Those looking to be spoiled will enjoy the same attention to detail and service known to captivate the who’s who of old Hollywood (think Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, and Alfred Hitchcock) that once flocked to the Alpine Hideaway. Each of the 40 rooms and suites has been recently redesigned and includes your own butler to suit every whim. Spa treatments are as luxurious as the surroundings, and after pampering yourself from head to toe, take a dip in the glass-enclosed infinity pool together.
Solage, Napa Valley, California
An iconic resort for wine lovers, Solage recently underwent a $ 30 million renovation, enhancing its already luxurious digs of Napa Valley. The individual bungalows have a sophisticated urban charm. Outdoor patios, showers, and fireplaces are perfect for relaxing with the one you love while taking in the breathtaking views of the palisades and mountains of Mayacamas. Sample fresh local specialties from the farm in Solbar or visit the hotel’s 20,000 square foot spa, which features Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies, hallmarks of the area since the 19th century. Enjoy couple treatments, relax by the pool or simply sip the region’s grape varieties while taking in the inspired scenery.
Origins Lodge, Costa Rica
There are jungle retreats, and then there’s this one, which takes lush living to new heights. For those looking to leave the world behind, Origins offers a mountainside retreat deep in the rainforest. Each of its seven luxury cloud cabins is essentially a handcrafted nest perched in the middle of the tree line. Couples never have to come down to earth. Why would you want You can relax in your own outdoor hot tub or on a four poster bed for two. If you choose to forgo your perch temporarily, you can try your hand at local cuisine with the chefs at El Salto, pamper yourself at the spa, or explore the surrounding area on foot, on horseback or by boat.
One & Only Mandarina, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Nestled in the cliffs of coastal tropical forests, One & Only Mandarina is a high-rise natural haven. The retreat includes 104 luxurious, detached villas firmly anchored in the rock face and a plunge pool overlooking the Pacific. Reconnect with each other (and with nature) as you get lost in the surrounding jungle with a picnic basket in tow. Try a spa treatment for two under the canopy of Higuera trees. And when the sun goes down, enjoy a private candlelit dinner on the beach where you can bask in your own glow, because, really, who’s watching?
Le Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Nestled amidst the technicolor beauty of Tetiaroa, a secluded private island 30 miles north of Tahiti, lies this romantic retreat. The island takes its name from the late actor Marlon Brando, who bought it in 1967 to be closer to a Tahitian actress he fell in love with while filming. Mutiny on the Bounty. The resort, which can only be accessed by The Brando’s private plane, is a 35-villa retreat, and each villa has its own private pool and beach on a three-mile lagoon. If you want to explore the surrounding area, hop on a set of bikes for a getaway to the spa, fitness center, infinity pool, or tennis court. Meals here are of the Michelin-starred variety, with restaurants like Les Mutinés where you can savor a beautiful French fair in the moonlight.
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