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A terrace view at Wildflower Hall in the Himalayas

Hotels for Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways

Love is a many-splendored thing — so proclaim the poets, songwriters, painters, artists and lovers across the centuries. What greater emotion can humans experience? With a stay at any of these seductive hotels, star-crossed lovers will turn immediately starry-eyed. You may also want to learn to say "I love you" in each of the native languages spoken at the heart-pounding properties we've listed below.

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BELIZE

San Pedro
Cayo Espanto

www.aprivateisland.com

For Caribbean romance, sneak off the beaten path to this private island off the coast of Belize. With just five villas, you may as well have the property to yourselves. Pursuits include slipping out of your Yves De Lormes sheets and into your Turkish robes for a midnight raid on the butler's pantry. Of course, there are conventional activities, too, such as picnics on deserted beaches and snorkeling in tandem along the second longest barrier reef in the world.

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BRAZIL

Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel

Manaus
Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel

www.ariauamazontowers.com

At the confluence of Ariau Creek and the roiling Rio Negro, Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel is built entirely at the level of the rainforest canopy. This singular property, featuring aerial towers linked by miles of wooden catwalks, affords guests unique communion with the rainforest's abundant flora and fauna while it leaves the fragile eco-system completely undisturbed. The two of you can get cozy inside Tarzan's suite, set atop a castanheira tree approximately 80 feet above ground. Your totally private aerie beckons with the sensation of intimacy and adventure.

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CARIBBEAN

Anguilla
CuisinArt Resort & Spa
Inspired by the iconic architecture of the Greek island of Mykonos, the CuisinArt Resort & Spa exudes an ambiance...Read the full review.

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FRANCE

Paris
Ritz Paris
In the tweeting, text-crazed 21st century, there is one thing that old-fashioned romantics can still count on...Read the full review.

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INDIA

Shimla

Wildflower Hall in the Himalayas
Wildflower Hall characterizes itself as a fairytale luxury resort, and indeed this former residence of a British Lord is an...Read the full review.

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IRELAND

Galway
Glenlo Abbey

www.glenlo.com

Gleno Abbey

A stay in an Irish great house is one of the best ways to experience the romance of Western Ireland. At the Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Galway, you'll enjoy the best of yesterday and today in the grand Conservatory Suite, overlooking a walled garden and brimming with antiques. Dine in an intimate atmosphere at the hotel's Pullman Restaurant, a converted historic railway carriage. Be sure and visit the dramatic landscapes of nearby Connemara and the islands, where you can hear the Irish language in everyday use.

 

Enniskerry, County Wicklow
The Powerscourt Hotel
The dramatic, Palladian-style Powerscourt is a dream come true for those wishing to discover the romantic spirit of the Emerald...Read the full review.

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ITALY

Royal Suite at the Bauer in Venice

Venice
Bauer Il Palazzo

www.bauerpalazzo.hotelinvenice.com

This Venetian-style palace facing Venice's Grand Canal astonishes with its Gothic facade and elegant interiors, while an enviable location behind St. Mark's Square puts the hotel in the midst of the city's smartest shops and best museums. Here, in your choice of 35 individually-styled guest rooms or 40 suites (most overlooking the canal), the intimacy is palpable. Bubble away your cares in the Jacuzzi and then dine on fabulous Mediterranean fare at De Pisis. Whether cliché or archetype, a gondola ride makes for an undeniably dreamy way to discover this resplendent city.


Venice
Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Romance seekers flock to this luxurious hotel situated on 3.5 acres at the tip of the island of Giudecca. Here, you'll be waited...Read the full review.

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MEXICO

The Yucatan
Hacienda Temozon

www.starwoodhotels.com

Hacienda Temozon

Where the great Mayan culture once flourished, Hacienda Temozon is a superb residence in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. Inside and out, this outstanding example of belle époque architecture impresses — beautiful gardens, vintage environs and modern amenities. Opt for a suite and you'll be indulged with eighteen-foot ceilings, a massive iron bed, and a private plunge pool. The neo-classic pool area is gorgeous, and you can book a Maya couples massage tendered in the privacy of your room. Celebrate an evening of passion with a private outdoor dinner enhanced with twinkling candles and the calls of night birds.

 

Riviera Maya
Rosewood Mayakoba
What could be more memorable than arriving at the private dock of your chic sun-kissed suite by boat? This is just...Read the full review

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MOROCCO

High Atlas Mountains
Kasbah Tamadot

www.virginlimitededition.co.uk

Virgin Group magnate Sir Richard Branson is a master when it comes to creating exclusive hotels. This lovely little palace resides in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, overlooking a traditional Berber village. Arabic, Indian and Far Eastern antiques mingle lavishly with intimate inner courtyards, arcades, a rose garden and spa in this former private residence. Less than an hour's drive from Marrakech, this jewel-toned treasure is a perfect setting for seduction.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Hermanus
The Marine Hermanus

www.marine-hermanus.co.za

The Marine Hermanus
Atop the cliffs of Hermanus, about an hour east of Cape Town, The Marine Hermanus boasts one of the most spectacular seascapes in the southern hemisphere. Treat yourselves to one of its 43 sophisticated, traditionally styled guest rooms or suites with eye-popping ocean views, and then set the mood with a private candlelit dinner complemented by a fine South African wine. In the hotel's tidal pool, enjoy a bracing swim that puts you up close to the gentle giants of this renowned whale watching locale. Here, you'll truly feel like the only two people on Earth.


Phinda Private Game Reserve
Phinda Zuka Lodge

www.phinda.com

One of six lodges on the 43,240-acre Phinda Private Game Reserve, this property promises divine seclusion. It comprises four individual, thatched Zululand bush cottages, set apart to ensure privacy. Individual verandas overlook an active watering hole, and contemporary décor is an attractive departure from typical Out of Africa style. Fewer experiences will bring you closer than an evening game drive in search of lions, elephants and more.


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SPAIN

Marbella
La Villa Marbella

www.chicretreats.com

For love nests in romantic locales, you can count on the Chic Retreats group. This Marbella member overlooking the Sierra Blanca mountain range is proof that simplicity can serve as an aphrodisiac. There are only four rooms in this cozy B&B-style villa, whose Asian-influenced décor sets a serene tone. You'll feel as if you've found a second home of your own, wonderfully tranquil and yet convenient to tapas bars, the scenic Old Town and inviting beaches.

 

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SWEDEN


Jukkasjärvi
Ice Hotel

www.icehotel.com

This is one place where a cold shoulder doesn't mean the end of a love affair. North of the Arctic Circle on the River Torne, the Ice Hotel elevates nuzzling to a fine art. Hit the Absolut Icebar and toast your romance with specially designed ice glasses, or be cool and tie the knot in the ice chapel. Thermal sleeping bags on reindeer pelts help heat up your nights and melt your sweetie's heart.



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THAILAND


Krabi Island
Rayavadee

Are you in the mood for dinner in an ancient limestone grotto overlooking the sea? Or perhaps a floral bath for two surrounded...Read the full review.

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TURKEY

Istanbul
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
This 19th-century Ottoman mansion that features hand-painted ceilings and marble inlays in its 166 plush rooms...Read the full review.


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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Abu Dhabi
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

For romantics seduced by the vast desert expanses in Bernardo Bertolucci's sultry "The Sheltering Sky," there is...Read the full review


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UNITED STATES

ARIZONA

Sedona
Enchantment Resort

Sedona is the kind of place where wedding proposals are made, nuptials are held and anniversaries are celebrated on a regular basis. The key, then, is finding lodgings as romantic as the surroundings. With casitas tucked into Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort offers uninterrupted solitude, as well as private decks for snuggling as the sun sets over the area's famous red rocks.


Sedona
Mii Amo
www.miiamo.com

Dramatic red rock canyons have long drawn romantics to Sedona, considered one of the most sacred sites in the world. Their russet glow provides the backdrop for this exclusive spa resort. Couples come here to meditate on their unions, experience sage clearings to release negativity or share spiritual ceremonies in the crystal grotto.


CALIFORNIA

Big Sur
Post Ranch Inn

The Post Ranch Inn is a masterful example of architecture in harmony with the environment. Not only does it provide the opportunity to commune with nature, it inspires couples to commune with one another. Try a massage for two on the private deck of your Tree Room, a secluded, free-standing structure built nine feet off the ground amid towering redwood trees.



Los Angeles
Hotel Bel Air


Is it truly possible to get away from it all in the middle of the big city? Hotel Bel Air ensures that the answer is yes. Just minutes from metropolitan pleasures such as major museums and fine dining, it sits on 12 acres of landscaped gardens. After an intimate dinner at the hotel, stroll hand in hand among fountain courtyards and along the shores of Swan Lake.


La Jolla
The Lodge at Torrey Pines

When it comes to architecture and design, there are few more romantic epochs than the Arts & Crafts era, which is known for its sensual lines, burnished lighting and graceful furnishings. Capturing the mood of this period, and set overlooking the Pacific, The Lodge at Torrey Pines invites couples to travel back to a time known for indulgence and leisure.


 

FLORIDA

Miami
The Setai

www.setai.com

Urban trysts are just plain sexy, and in Miami — one of the most passionate cities in the world — there are few better places for an intimate assignation than The Setai. Everything about this place sets the mood, from the in-room spa tubs to the Champagne bar. As for the sleek Zen style, can you think of a better backdrop for a weekend of yin and yang?


HAWAII

Lana'i City
The Lodge at Koele

The beaches of the Hawaiian Islands are packed with couples looking for a quiet corner to call their own. Inland, at Lana'i's The Lodge at Koele, you won't have to go far. In fact, every corner of this highland sanctuary is tranquil and secluded, from trails winding through pine cathedrals to your suite, complete with a king four-poster bed.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Hotel Terrace suite at the Wheatleigh

Lenox
Wheatleigh

www.wheatleigh.com

Built in 1893 in the grand European tradition, Wheatleigh is an especially refined country house hotel. Here, on 22 acres of parklands originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, this award-winning property occupies a bucolic knoll overlooking the Massachusetts Berkshires and a lovely lake. Its nineteen rooms and suites feature antiques and architectural furnishings with original, museum quality contemporary art. For an ultimate sense of romance, tuck yourselves away in the Aviary tree house suite whose glass enclosed circular staircase nestles in the branches of a century-old Norway spruce.


NEW YORK

Lake Placid
Lake Placid Lodge

In-room, wood-burning stone fireplaces are just one of the ways the Lake Placid Lodge fans the flames of love. The secluded guest rooms and cabins also feature spacious soaking tubs and private porches for undisturbed trysts. A Valentine's Day Special is offered year-round and includes an aphrodisiac dinner.



Saranac Lake
The Point

thepointresort.com

Log cabins and towering pines meet high tea and beds draped in gauze at this luxe yet unpretentious Adirondack retreat. From the in-room chiseled stone fireplaces to the excellent restaurant under the guidance of acclaimed chef Albert Roux, everything about this secluded resort points to romance.

 

TENNESSEE

Nashville
Blackberry Farm

Ask Cupid to show you one of the most romantic locations in the United States and he'll no doubt shoot his arrow straight into the heart of the 2,500-acre Blackberry Farm. Set in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, this remote, rendezvous destination caters to couples with horse-drawn carriage rides and inviting feather beds.



VERMONT

Barnard
Twin Farms


Those who have dreamed of giving up life in the fast lane for days spent savoring bucolic pleasures most likely envisioned a farmhouse setting such as Twin Farms. Wide porches, fields of wildflowers, apple orchards and winding back roads provide a backdrop of quiet beauty for romantic escapes.

 

WASHINGTON

Snoqualmie
Salish Lodge & Spa

www.salishlodge.com

Wood-burning fireplaces, two-person whirlpool tubs and feather beds...you may never leave your room. But if you do, you'll find another kind of exhilaration in this dramatic setting in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Snuggle up on the gazebo overlooking the sacred Snoqualmie Falls and marvel at the grand majesty of life...and love.

 


WASHINGTON, D.C.

Inn at Little Washington


Just an hour from D.C. in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the historic Inn at Little Washington offers a private, intimate atmosphere — perfect for a cozy retreat with your sweetheart. You can spend your days hot air ballooning or visiting vineyards, and then linger over a quiet dinner for two in the inn's acclaimed dining room.

WYOMING

Jackson
Amangani

If Eros was looking for a place to take his beloved away for the weekend, he would certainly choose Amangani. This magical blend of Eastern Zen and Western rustic overlooks the snow-capped Teton Mountain Range from the top of the East Gros Ventre Butte in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Staying in is encouraged, with king platform beds embraced by fireplaces and amazing mountain views.

 

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VIETNAM

Nha Trang
Evason Hideaway & Spa at Ana Mandara

www.sixsenses.com

Indulgence without over-the-top opulence is the standard at this remote hideaway. Each freestanding accommodation blends impressive but unpretentious architecture into quiet natural surroundings, embraced on one side by towering cliffs and on the other by secluded Ninh Van Bay. Laze in your daybed on the open-air second level of your villa, dine al fresco on the catch of the day in the kitchen garden, and unwind with massages for two at the onsite Six Senses Spa.




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