Whether it’s watching the sunset over the ocean in Vietnam, savoring antipasti on the Amalfi Coast or relaxing in a private jacuzzi in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, nothing feeds the flame of romance like travel. But when all the day’s travels are done, it’s where you lay your head at night that really defines how romantic a getaway is. See below for our picks for The World’s Most Romantic Hotels.
Sao Lourenço do Barroucal - Alentejo, Portugal
Passion and romance are rooted in the soil of this family-run 200-year-old agrarian estate. Far away from the city lights in a designated Dark Sky Reserve, it’s a remarkable place for stargazing. Rustic style, pastoral charm and luxurious amenities earn its spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List. (Portugal Bike Tour)
Highlight: The peace, quiet and simple beauty of the olive groves.
La Cheneaudiere – Alsace, France
The French are masters at the art of l'amour, and this recently renovated boutique hotel in the heart of the Champagne wine region hits all the notes. Secreted away in an Alsatian forest, the modern hotel offers many ways and spaces for couples to relax and indulge. (Champagne & Alsace Bike Tour)
Highlight: Time at the 3-story Nature Spa with its three swimming pools, hammam and decadent treatments.
Caesar Augustus - Anacapri, Italy
There’s no denying the inherent romance of an ancient villa suspended between the sea and the sky set high on the cliffs above the Mediterranean. Paths to amorous encounters include a cascade of terraces perched above the sea, fine Italian cuisine and the wellness spa. (Italy’s Amalfi Coast Walking & Hiking Tour)
Highlight: The double level infinity pool overlooking the Amalfi Coast.
Hotel Tresanton - Cornwall, England
There’s something about the elegant coastal comfort of this sun-drenched cluster of cottages that encourages hand-holding and other gestures of affection. Tucked into the hillside in the village of St. Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula, this chic Italian inspired oasis offers rooms with enviable sea views, al fresco dining and is perfect for lazing in the sun. (England’s Cornwall Walking & Hiking Tour)
Highlight: Dinner by candlelight on the terrace of the hotel’s restaurant.
Cap Rocat - Mallorca, Spain
The transformation of this cold austere fortress into a fairytale Mediterranean oasis is an architectural and environmental love letter. Overlooking the Bay of Palma, couples enjoy tapas and wine by the sea, and breakfast overlooking the bay from their private terrace. (Mallorca Bike Tour)
Highlight: A treatment at the candlelit underground spa followed by a swim in the saltwater pool beneath a glass skylight.
Torfhus - Selfloss, Iceland
What could inspire romantic notions more than experiencing the Northern Lights from your private lava rock hot tub? The nighttime spectacle combined with cold temperatures are quite conducive to snuggling up close. Dining on innovative cuisine from locally sourced ingredients adds a special note to this truly unique couples’ retreat.
(Iceland Northern Lights Multi-Adventure Tour)
Highlight: Stargazing from the outdoor geothermal basalt hot tub.
Hotel Jerome - Aspen, Colorado
This storied hotel’s stately style and rustic charm set the scene for romantic moments and lighthearted fun. Luxurious and cozy rooms provide a welcome respite after days spent biking together – perfect for a romantic getaway. (Aspen’s Glacial Valleys Bike Tour – 4-Day Getaway)
Highlight: Leather armchairs, appetizers and cocktails in front of the fire at the hotel’s moody speakeasy, Bad Harriet.
Inn at Burklyn - East Burke, Vermont
This stunning hilltop mansion set amid Vermont’s rolling hills is the ultimate idyllic couples’ retreat. With cozy rooms, dreamy views in every direction and a namesake like Elmer Darling, the gorgeous property was destined to be a beloved destination for weddings and honeymoons in the Northeast. (Vermont to Quebec Bike Tour)
Highlight: Long walks on the property’s 86 acres of undulating fields and woodland.
Nayara Gardens - Northern Highlands, Costa Rica
Secluded villas in the mist-draped rain forest near Arenal Volcano scream romance. The intimate wine bar is an ideal spot for a post-ride glass of Champagne with your significant other. (Costa Rica Bike Tour)
Highlight: Private hot tubs fed by natural hot springs onsite.
The Nam Hai - Hoi-An, Vietnam
Couples enter a portal to paradise at this luxurious Shangri-La in the heart of Vietnam. From the open-air lobby to the Olympic-sized infinity pool looking out onto the spectacular white sand Ha My Beach, the all-villa hotel serves up drama and beauty wherever you look. (Vietnam & Cambodia Bike Tour)
Highlight: Quiet moments and lazy mornings in private tranquil villas.