Though farther-flung destinations like Paris or the Seychelles offer undeniable romance, there’s no need to fly around the world to enjoy a cozy couple’s retreat. America is home to some of the world’s most romantic hotels, with intimate and indulgent properties spread from coast to coast. If you’re looking for an easy escape with your loved one, Indagare picks our favorite hotels for romantic vacations in the U.S.
Surrounded by 100 acres of sand-hued canyons, Amangiri offers a romantic mix of relaxation and adventure in southern Utah. Couples can embark on hikes in the surrounding area or check off their bucket lists together by exploring the famous sites of the so-called “grand circle,” including the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce and Zion National Parks and Lake Powell. After an action-packed day, unwind in the glam swimming pool, which is wrapped around a massive boulder, or at the 25,000-square-foot spa, featuring a water pavilion with hydrotherapy rooms, a Watsu pool offering water shiatsu and double treatment rooms. Inside the stylish accommodations, king-sized stone beds with deep mattresses are positioned to take full advantage of the breathtaking views of the canyon landscape, and each room has a spacious dressing room, twin head shower and deep soaking tub.
Auberge de Soleil
Set in an olive grove on 35 acres, with an exceptional view of Napa Valley’s vineyards, Auberge de Soleil offers one of the most romantic vacations in the U.S. This coveted Napa classic, which accepts guests over the age of 15, defines five-star service and accommodations within a secluded setting. Couples looking for an indulgent escape should opt for one of the intimate bungalows that are tucked into the hills and come with fireplaces and patios. The property takes advantage of its gorgeous scenery with walking trails that wind through a sculpture garden, an infinity-edge pool overlooking the valley and a spa that offers outdoor massages. Days are spent dining on the terrace, playing tennis, soaking up the California sun by the pool, enjoying spa treatments and visiting nearby vineyards for romantic wine tastings.
For pairs who bond over shared wellness regimens, the all-inclusive Blackberry Mountain is a health-focused retreat with stylish rooms and villas, delicious dining and a daily schedule of excellent fitness classes. Couples can spread out in the one-bedroom Clingman’s Cottages, which feature a hot tub and a spa room, or escape to the secluded Watchman Cabins, with wood-burning stoves and no TVs for uninterrupted one-on-one time. Spread among 5,200 acres in Tennessee, Blackberry Mountain offers phenomenal fitness facilities and a superb culinary program, including a mountaintop restaurant built around a 1940s lookout tower with breathtaking views and a library for relaxing after meals.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Located on a bluff overlooking gorgeous Hulopoe Bay, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai is best for couples looking to add a few nights of pure, remote relaxation to their Hawaii itinerary. Though families are welcome, the atmosphere at the resort is more adult-oriented, and guests can enjoy scenic strolls through the vibrant grounds filled with native plants and cozy up in the small sitting areas overlooking koi ponds. Excursions for adventurous couples include hiking, off-roading and horseback riding, as well as snorkeling in a nearby reef. Couples looking to lounge can take a short stroll to the beautiful beach; Hulopoe Bay is a protected marine reserve, so beachcombers can sometimes see migrating whales in the distance or a pod of spinner dolphins speeding through the clear water.
Opulent but incredibly tasteful, Glenmere Mansion is a favorite romantic retreat on the western side of the Hudson River, thanks to its beautifully decorated rooms, spacious spa and acclaimed restaurant. Only an hour from New York City, the quiet, adults-only estate offers an idyllic weekend getaway for city-dwelling pairs. Built like an Italian villa, the grounds are distinguished by well-clipped garden paths and marble fountains, while the interiors have Gilded Age details such as moldings and grand fireplaces. The property encompasses 150 acres, and guests may find themselves never leaving the grounds, which include a pool, tennis courts and gorgeous spa. Couples who do want to venture outside can visit nearby wineries or the plein air Storm King Art Center.
Nature-loving couples should escape to this refined countryside retreat in Connecticut, which centers on and celebrates the surrounding landscape, from the huge windows that blur the lines between the cosseting interior and the countryside to the market-driven menu that makes the most of seasonal produce from local farms. Rooms at the Mayflower Inn are spacious and luxurious, with over-the-top furnishings and amenities, including Frette linens and antique four-poster beds draped in silk and placed in front of fireplaces surrounded by stocked bookshelves, while the bathrooms have double marble sinks and enormous soaking tubs. Other highlights of the property include the “Shakespeare garden,” filled with plants and flowers mentioned and discussed by the Bard, and the 20,000-square-foot spa with 14-foot windows overlooking the lawn and pond. It is the kind of place that manages to successfully marry charm, efficiency and a relaxed nature, and it’s perfect for a weekend of pampering and blissful time spent outdoors.
Fusing a traditional ryokan design with an airy Californian aesthetic, the Nobu Ryokan is a serene hideaway in Malibu that is perfect for foodie couples—guests can hole up in their room and dine on acclaimed Nobu cuisine, served en suite on fine china. The 16 rooms are peaceful sanctuaries, and top choices offer private outdoor fireplaces, Japanese soaking tubs and terraces overlooking the beach. The grounds of this hushed, adults-only oasis are reminiscent of a traditional Japanese garden mixed with some tropical elements, combining softly flowing rock fountains, stone pathways, open fireplaces, Japanese stone sculptures and soaring palm trees. The open-air design leads down to the sparkling ocean and wide terrace, shaded by umbrellas.