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Indagare Picks: Romantic Hotels

At Indagare, we believe in the transformative power of travel and that some of the best memories come from person-to-person interactions. Oftentimes, these moments are shared with locals or new acquaintances you meet on the road, but equally significant are the romantic experiences you share with your partner. Whether relaxing on a beach in the Maldives, cherishing cultural exchanges in India or reading by the fire at a cozy hotel in Stockholm, couples who visit the following Indagare-adored romantic hotels and destinations are guaranteed experiences that lead to lifelong memories.

Contact Indagare for to inquire about one of these romantic hotels or to request a copy of our Honeymoon Brochure, which details some of our best trips for couples.

For Beach-Loving Duos

Dreamy visions of strolling long stretches of sand to the soundtrack of crashing waves have long equated beaches with romantic vacations. From private isles to glamorous cliffside resorts, these properties lure couples seeking sun and sand.

Amanera, Dominican Republic: Perched between mountainous jungle and pristine beach, Amanera delivers the ultimate in barefoot luxury. The resort marries a serene atmosphere and high-touch service (both hallmarks of the Aman brand) with local Dominican flavor to create a positively romantic escape, where days are spent beachside, playing golf at the ocean-facing course and hiking in the remote wilderness.

North Island, Seychelles: In a place as unspoiled as the Seychelles (the country’s slogan is “as pure as it gets”), North Island is an exquisite and pampering resort that blends beautifully into the natural landscape. A stay on North Island is all about a glorious return to nature, and couples can enjoy biking, hiking, snorkeling and diving in one of the world’s longest coral reefs, nicknamed the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’.

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc: The legendary Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is lauded as one of the world’s must-visit seaside hotels, with a beautiful setting on the fabled French Riviera. Between the property’s stately design, iconic pool, excellent tennis club, spa and proximity to many scenic villages (including Eze and Saint-Paul-de-Vence), couples could easily spend a few weeks here.

COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos: Located on its own private island, COMO Parrot Cay evokes a castaway beach feel with its airy design and private stretch of sand. The resort has created an aura of understated elegance and romance where luxury is about lounging on a muslin-draped daybed, indulging in treatments at the renowned COMO Shambala spa and snacking on ultra-fresh seafood in bare feet.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia: Nestled in the valley between St. Lucia’s dramatic Piton Mountains, Sugar Beach has one of the most picturesque locations in all of the Caribbean and its hillside villas offer spectacular views. This ultra-luxe retreat is the perfect base for nature enthusiasts who want to explore the island’s rich bounty (including a volcano, botanical gardens and waterfalls) and indulge in adventures like kayaking, sailing, zip-lining and scuba diving.

Cuixmala, Mexico: Once the extravagant estate of a British billionaire, Cuixmala conjures up visions of a magnificent Moorish palace on Mexico’s wild Pacific coast. With casitas and villas tucked into the lush grounds, this extraordinary resort is whimsically decorated in vivid hues and Mexican artworks. The 25,000-acre property also includes a wildlife reserve that is home to crocodiles, leopards and zebras, which gives the luxe property a safari-esque vibe.

The Brando, French Polynesia: Marlon Brando’s private island paradise has been transformed into an eco-luxury resort where every element, from the sumptuous beachfront villas to the beautiful landscape and warm local staff, is top-notch. The all-inclusive resort offers group activities such as wildlife cruises and a tour to show off the environmentally progressive models of the resort. Read Indagare’s review of The Brando.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives: Cheval Blanc Randheli is one of the Maldives’ most pampering resorts, with contemporary villas and over-water bungalows that make the most of the stunning scenery with enormous glass doors and cathedral ceilings. Active couples can enjoy diving, snorkeling, dolphin cruises and yacht trips, as well as the hotel’s Guerlain Spa. The hotel will also arrange romantic experiences like private island dinners.

Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast: The vibe at the Monastero Santa Rosa is so overwhelmingly peaceful that you feel as if you have traveled back to the 17th century, when this special property used to be a convent. The original architect certainly had good taste in terms of location: the 20-room hotel is perched on the hillside just above Amalfi town, and the views of the coastline below are breathtaking.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a romantic vacation or read more: Indagare’s Top Honeymoons.

For Countryside Courtships

Couples who want to stay put at one property while on vacation, but not spend their days at the beach, will find back-to-basics bliss at the following five-star romantic hotels, all of which offer plenty of outdoor excursions, as well as sophisticated interiors and indulgent spas.

Villa La Coste, Provence: A modern art wonderland in a blissfully remote corner of Provence, this boutique hotel and open-air museum packs a punch with sleek, sophisticated rooms, an on-property vineyard and hundreds of acres studded with works of art by the likes of Tadao Ando and Renzo Piano. Couples can spend their days exploring the gorgeous countryside (arguably one of the most romantic destinations on earth), wine-tasting, hiking and visiting quaint villages.

Twin Farms, Vermont: Twin Farms encompasses 300 acres, at the heart of which is the 18th-century main house with its vaulted, beamed ceilings, walls of well-thumbed books, fascinating artwork and hand-picked antiques. The cozy cottages are all uniquely appointed and the hotel’s gourmet cuisine is served in the rustic dining room (worth waking up early for: the soufflé pancakes). Twin Farms is beloved by couples who come all year round to wander, ski and hike in beautiful Vermont.

Soho Farmhouse, Cotswolds: Set in the bucolic English countryside, this cozy property is home to 40 rustic-chic cabins dotted throughout 100 acres of rolling hills, gardens and a lake. Certain cabins are particularly romantic, with fireplaces, outdoor bathtubs and four-poster beds. Days may be spent exploring the property, horseback riding, taking a cooking class, swimming at the infinity-edge pool or playing tennis.

Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany: A serene Tuscan retreat in the Montepulciano region with sumptuous suites and villas bedecked in lavish fabrics and antique furniture, Castiglion del Bosco reimagines a traditional borgo. Couples can attend wine tastings or picnic at the estate’s vineyards, take cooking classes and visit Tuscan villages or relax in style at the sleek pool.

Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley: Aubuerge du Soleil is set in an olive grove on 35 hillside acres with an exceptional view of Napa’s vineyards. Couples should opt for one of the intimate bungalows that are tucked into the hills and boast fireplaces and patios. The property takes advantage of its gorgeous setting with walking trails that wind through a sculpture garden, an infinity-edge pool overlooking the valley and a spa that offers outdoor massages.

Hacienda de San Antonio, Mexico: Sitting in the shadow of a volcano and the sister property to Cuixmala, Hacienda de San Antonio occupies an elegant ranch house with 25 bedrooms, all of which are uniquely designed with Mexican antiques and textiles. The 5,600-acre property offers such activities as horseback riding, biking, tours of the working dairy farm and lounging at the pool. The hotel can arrange such romantic experiences as candlelit dinners or BBQ picnic lunches.

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana: Located on 6,600 acres, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers incredibly stylish accommodations in what is a gorgeous interpretation of a Wild West adventure. While every decorative detail is of top quality and no expense is spared, the overall vibe is relaxed. Couples who love the American West and outdoors will enjoy the wealth of activities, such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding and archery.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to one of these romantic hotels or read more: The Top 10: Mini-Moons.

For Jetsetting Twosomes

For some truly quality time with a significant other, nothing compares to setting off for one of the world’s most far-flung destinations. Together, experience the magic of seeing wildlife outside your tent in Tanzania or enjoying a romantic dinner with views of Lake Pichola in Udaipur. These magical retreats, set in otherworldly landscapes, redefine the romantic escape.

Amanwana, Indonesia: This uber-luxurious glamping property boasts 20 canvas-topped tents that stretch across a sandy plateau on Indonesia‘s mostly uninhabited Moyo Island. Here, the rainforest meets a protected marine park in the Flores Sea, one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the region.

Awasi Patagonia, Chile: Sitting on a private reserve with views of Torres del Paine’s snow-capped mountains, Awasi redefines luxury in Chilean Patagonia. Guests stay in one of 12 spacious villas, each of which comes with a private guide and 4×4 vehicle for customized excursions in the park. The activities are endless in the region, including horseback-riding with a guacho and glacier trekking.

Singita Sabora, Tanzania: Modeled on the colonial safari tents of the 1920s, Sabora evokes a trip back in time with lavish Persian carpets, antique mahogany furniture, vintage trunks and brass lamps. Spend days viewing wildlife up close on safari game drives and afterwards relax at the elegant pool or be pampered at the bush spa. Dinner here is a particularly atmospheric affair, with private, white tablecloth–swathed tables set up alfresco under an acacia tree lit by lanterns.

Dar Ahlam, Morocco: This exquisite, 14-room restored Kasbah in the remote desert oasis of Skoura, a five-hour drive from Marrakech, is an ideal retreat for relaxing in style. Couples can trek through the Valley of the Roses and experience traditional village life with Berber guides or simply relax by the pool and visit the spa before savoring a gourmet dinner. The hotel will also arrange romantic evenings, such as a meal in the midst of the ethereal Sahara Desert.

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand: Scattered across expansive, landscaped grounds that run along the ThailandMyanmar border with views into Laos, the Four Seasons Tented Camp has just 15 spacious suites that are all ultra-private with outdoor decks and rain showers. The resort seamlessly blends a combination of indulgence and authenticity, offering a true safari experience with elephant interactions.

Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur: Overlooking Lake Pichola, the Udaivilas bring the splendor and romance of India to life. Inspired by the traditional palaces of the Mewar Kingdom of Rajasthan, the hotel features domed pavilions, verdant gardens, rippling fountains and lavish marble interiors. For a truly romantic dinner, visit the nearby Taj Lake Palace, which is located in the middle of Lake Pichola and boasts beautiful views.

Estancia Vik, José Ignacio: Situated on 4,000 acres of farmland in José Ignacio, Estancia Vik is a Spanish colonial ranch with exquisite interiors crafted by local Uruguayan artists. Art aficionados will be amazed by the incredible sculpture, painting and design that decorate the entire property and blend in seamlessly with the landscape. Couples can lounge by the pool, horseback ride, play polo and visit the property’s beachfront sister hotels (Bahia Vik and Playa Vik) for the day or a meal.

Annandale, New Zealand: Overlooking a picturesque bay, the four-villa Annandale spans 4,000 acres of a working farm. The contemporary, design-focused Seascape cabin, set in its own cove, is a couples’ haven due to its private location and stunning views. The unique and secluded Annadale is the perfect place to stay active–with hiking, farm tours, kayaking and clay pigeon shooting available–or to simply relax and recharge.

Contact Indagare for to inquire about one of these romantic hotels or read more: The Top 10: Romantic Restaurants

For Classic Romantics

Exploring the world’s most fascinating cities in the winter allows visitors to enjoy cities like Paris and London without the crowds—while still having a nearly endless list of cultural activities. Each of the following five cities combines a mix of old-world history with visionary shopping and gastronomy and is home to many romantic hotels.

Paris: Long touted as the world’s most romantic city, Paris, with its elegant architecture, sophisticated shopping and charming l’art de vivre, simply enchants. After wandering the cobblestoned streets of Montmarte or peaceful Tuileries gardens, retreat in style at the chic Ritz Paris, the classic Le Bristol or the boutique La Reserve.

New York City: The energy of New York City and its varied, ever-evolving neighborhoods make it one of the most exciting destinations on earth. From the city’s historic landmarks to its cutting-edge shopping and dining scenes, the Big Apple offers a wide variety of entertainment. The design-minded Crosby Street Hotel and zen Greenwich Hotel are Indagare’s favorite picks downtown, while the Upper East Side’s Mark Hotel is a good choice for traditionalists.

London: Rooted in traditionalism, London combines centuries-old elegance with fresh-faced arts, shopping and foodie scenes. Couples can step into the past with tours of Parliament and the Tower of London and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, then attend shows in the vibrant theater district and visit cool, up-and-coming neighborhoods. For classic British elegance with modern amenities, stay at the elegant Berkeley or the historic Connaught.

Rome: Rome is a place where ancient history and modern life breezily coexist, where you can sip cocktails at a trendy bar while gazing upon ancient ruins. The city boasts chic couturiers, excellent restaurants and incredible artworks, making it a great place to visit for all types of couples. The Hotel de Russie is a favorite thanks to its tranquil courtyard, whereas the Hotel Eden, which just reopened after a stunning renovation, boasts immaculate interiors and up-to-date amenities.

Stockholm: The Swedish capital beautifully balances past and present, with historic palaces and grand hotels located beside cool design shops, cutting-edge restaurants and hot-spot bars. Composed of islets connected by bridges, most of the city fronts the harbor, where boats leave to explore the picturesque Swedish archipelago. The best hotel for couples is the exclusive Ett Hem, a 12-room property set in a 1910 townhouse.

For more romantic inspiration, read our article for 1stDibs, which highlights ideal honeymoon destinations for different types of brides, and matches each with corresponding engagement rings. 

– Kira Reinke on January 31, 2018

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