From private isles to glamorous villas atop black rock ledges, these properties lure couples with dreamy visions of strolling the beach at sunset to the soundtrack of crashing waves.
Indagare Index – Amanera, Dominican Republic: Located between a mountainous jungle and white sand beach, Amanera delivers ultimate 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.
Indagare Index – Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, French Riviera: This legendary property is lauded as one of the world’s must-visit seaside hotels, with a beautiful setting on the 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.
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 Guerlain Spa on the property. The hotel will also arrange romantic experiences like private island dinners.
Indagare Index – 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.
Indagare Index – The Brando, French Polynesia: Marlon Brando’s private island paradise has been transformed into an eco-luxury resort where every element is top notch, from the beachfront villas to the beautiful landscape and warm local staff. The all-inclusive resort offers group activities such as wildlife cruises and a tour to show off the resort’s environmentally progressive models.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Mexico: With the option of indulgent guest suites or luxury private villas, Las Ventanas al Paraiso is a celebrity hotspot perfect for an intimate and pampering beach getaway. The personalized pool service and the villas’ private butlers during the holidays means that no wish goes unfulfilled by the resort’s staff, and the delicious food on-property ensures that you need never leave.
Indagare Index – Amanyara, Turks & Caicos: A secluded sanctuary on the main island of Turks & Caicos, Amanyara is a resort for the couple seeking the effortless calm of a private beach vacation. From the serene infinity pool made of Indonesian volcanic rock and the five-mile-long reef to the private pavilions and high-touch service, quality time with your other half takes priority at this signature Aman getaway.
Hôtel Le Toiny, St. Barths: The antithesis to the buzzy St. Barth’s scene, Hôtel Le Toiny is the picture of serene seclusion, with a laid-back Beach Club and easy access to the island’s best surfing. The property’s 22 villas spaced along the rugged coastline—each with a private terrace, pool and views of the sea and sky—are so appealing to couples, many choose to hole up there rather than taking advantage of the resort many offerings at the main house.
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…and Island Pursuits Beyond the Beach
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Whether it’s a traditional tropical island escape complete with hiking and zip-lining or an eclectic palatial resort on a rocky Mediterranean isle, these highly varied resorts allow couples to indulge in the best of island life around the world.
Indagare Index – Amanwana, Indonesia: This uber-luxurious glamping property has 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.
Indagare Index – Four Seasons Lanai, Hawaii: Set atop a bluff overlooking Hulopoe Bay, Four Seasons Lanai is a tropical sanctuary with a private club feel. While the vibrant gardens and koi ponds add to the resort’s Zen vibe, the real highlights are the hilltop 18-hole Signature Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and the access to one of Hawaii’s most beautiful coves. The island also offers half-day trips, including hiking through verdant rainforests and off-roading in 4x4s.
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 resort that melds beautifully into the natural landscape. A stay on North Island is 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 “Galápagos of the Indian Ocean.”
Kalesma, Mykonos: The Greek island of Mykonos is best known for its charming towns, exquisite restaurants and vivid nightlife and provides ample opportunity to spend time on the sea exploring nearby islands. And at the new boutique hotel, Kalesma, couples can enjoy Greek hospitality at its finest, whether it is fresh bread from the brick-oven on property, family style dinners, or sunset dance parties, and all with views of the serene Ornos Bay.
Indagare Index – Capri Tiberio Palace, Capri: This design-forward, boutique hotel makes for an eclectic island retreat, from the periwinkle glass jellyfish populating the “conceptual aquarium” to the 1950s Jacky Bar. And although the massive spa and indoor-outdoor pool make for a relaxing day on-property, one of the highlights of this palatial resort is the unique opportunity to explore Capri’s rocky coast and coves by way of a gozzo, the Mediterranean’s traditional wooden sailboat.
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Romantic Hotels for Countryside Courtships…
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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 these five-star romantic hotels, all of which offer plenty of outdoor excursions, as well as sophisticated interiors and indulgent spas.
Indagare Index – Heckfield Place, Hampshire: An immaculate 18th-century estate-turned-countryside hotel in Hampshire (about an hour outside London), the sophisticated Heckfield Place is a pastoral haven guaranteed to make even the most stubborn city slickers appreciate a slower way of life. An integral part of Heckfield Place is its culinary program, and the 400-acre property has its own farm.
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Indagare Index – Twin Farms, Vermont: Twin Farms encompasses 300 acres, at the heart of which is the 18th-century main house, with its vaulted 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—and the soufflé pancakes are worth waking up early for. Twin Farms is beloved by couples who come all year round to wander, ski and hike in beautiful Vermont.
Indagare Index – Blackberry Mountain, Tennessee: The sister property to the acclaimed Blackberry Farm, the all-inclusive Blackberry Mountain offers an ideal long-weekend getaway for a health-focused duo. The intimate property has cozy, stylish rooms and villas, a great culinary program, a daily schedule of excellent fitness classes and an abundance of activities, from rock climbing and horseback riding to archery and pottery.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado: This intimate and authentic Western resort in Colorado offers a romantic cabin adventure for couples who enjoy glamping. The combination of remote wilderness and healing hot springs makes for a truly romantic setting for outdoorsy types.
Indagare Index – 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 barbecue picnic lunches.
San Ysidro Ranch, California: Amidst the scent of orange blossom and eucalyptus, with a background chorus of birdsong, Santa Barbara’s 500-acre sanctuary embodies the American Riviera. Originally a Franciscan Monastery, 41-freestanding cottages now dot the grounds, with interiors ranging from French Provençal-meets-English countryside to New England-meets-California coastal—all with outdoor rain showers and hot tubs. The property was the site of Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon and several other discreet romantic encounters.
Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany: Vine-covered pergolas and fragrant rose gardens, delicate hand painted walls and columns wound with ivy, this 13th-century restored stone borgo offers the very best of the Italian countryside. Inside, soft music pairs with silk-brocade curtains and Victorian iron-lace furniture while outside, flickering candelabras adorn open-air farm-to-table meals with views over the lush Valle Serena.
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…And Specifically for Wine Lovers
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From the sweeping hills and valleys of Napa to the mountains and gardens of South Africa, these intoxicating resorts offer couples the best of vineyards around the world paired with property indulgence and regional charms.
Indagare Index – La Residence, South Africa: Opulence and drama abound at this colorful boutique hotel, located in the Cape Winelands and surrounded by sweeping views of distant cliffs, lush forests and the properties flowering parterre. Yet despite its decadence, La Residence still feels cozy and personal with sleek fireside leather armchairs and an attentive staff on hand to arrange private meals and activities like horseback riding and wine tastings.
Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley: Auberge 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 have 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.
Indagare Index – Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany: A Tuscan retreat in the Montepulciano region with elegant 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.
Indagare Index – Villa La Coste, Provence: A modern art wonderland in a blissfully remote corner of Provence, this boutique hotel and open-air museum will please art lovers with its sleek, sophisticated rooms, an on-property vineyard and hundreds of acres studded with architectural contributions 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 nearby villages.
Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery, Croatia: Located in the idyllic region of Istria, Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery blends traditional and contemporary design and is a private spot for food and wine aficionados. While the property itself has a tasting room, spa, restaurant and multiple pools, one of the main draws of this hotel is the surrounding region, where couples can go truffle hunting, hike and explore nearby towns.
Romantic Hotels for Jetsetting Twosomes
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For some true quality time with a significant other, nothing compares to escaping to one of the world’s most far-flung destinations. Together, experience the magic of seeing wildlife outside your tent in Thailand or enjoying the stunning landscapes of Chilean Patagonia. These magical retreats, set in otherworldly landscapes, redefine the romantic getaway.
Indagare Index – Singita Lebombo Lodge, South Africa: Nothing says couple’s retreat like Lebombo’s eagle’s-nest style lodges, complete with stargazing beds, standalone tubs and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that give guests prime views of this big cat-rich corner in Kruger National Park. With spa treatments, archery lessons, inventive meals on one of the terraces and game drives featuring unusually large prides of lions, this is the spot for adventurous couples who truly appreciate modern comforts.
Buahan, a Bayan Tree Escape, Bali: Reconnect with nature and each other at the new Banyan Tree in Bali, where views of mountain jungles and rice paddies are enjoyed from 16 private tented balés, each with their own terrace and private pool. The “no wall, no doors” concept allows guests to sink into the natural beauty of the Ubud highlands, and couples can blend wellness journeys at the spa with cultural experiences like village-tours and engaging in local festivals.
Indagare Index – 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 14 spacious villas, each of which comes with a private guide and a 4×4 vehicle for customized excursions in the park. The activities are endless in the region, including horseback riding with a gaucho and glacier trekking.
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 Annandale is the perfect place to stay active–with hiking, farm tours, kayaking and clay pigeon shooting available–or to simply relax and recharge.
Indagare Index – Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand: Scattered across expansive, landscaped grounds that run along the Thailand–Myanmar border, with views into Laos, the Four Seasons Tented Camp has just 15 spacious suites that are all ultra-private and come with outdoor decks and showers. The resort seamlessly blends a combination of indulgence and authenticity, offering a true safari experience with elephant interactions.
Indagare Index – 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 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.
Indagare Index – Singita Sabora, Tanzania: Modeled on the safari tents of the 1920s, Sabora has 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 tables set up al fresco under an acacia tree lit by lanterns.
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…And for Fairytale Romances
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From a lakeside villa with a storied history of romance to the remote corners of the Scandanavian North, these hotels envelop you in the magic of the destination and allow you and your partner to star in a story all of your own.
Dar Ahlam, Morocco: A desert hideaway tucked amid oasis date palms and bedecked in textiles and carpets from around the world… Dar Ahlam is nicknamed the House of Dreams. Here, breakfast is plucked straight from the garden and enjoyed in cozy alcoves or on the ramparts and activities are crafted for the drama: hikes ending in picnics, sunset cocktails on a hilltop strewn with cushions and a night sleeping in the desert beneath the stars.
Logger’s Lodge, Sweden: “A hotel for two, please.” Yes, this remote rustic eco-lodge nestled in the boreal forest in Northern Sweden sleeps two. Spend your days skiing, dogsledding and snowmobiling before curling up by the fire, then dine on traditional Swedish cuisine like reindeer and cloudberries before bundling up for a showing of the northern lights.
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles: This is a city property—but not really. Only a mile west of Beverly Hills is a 12-acre garden oasis where snowy swans glide through the waters of the lake and meandering paths are dotted with flowering plants and fountains (and a glistening oval pool). The gardens are contrasted with glitzy, Art-Deco style interiors, and the Canyon Suites built into the hillside with retractable walls and patios are ideal for couples looking to balance nature and glam.
Indagare Index — Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda: Set where the snowcapped foothills of the Alps meet the palm trees and Magnolias of Lake Garda, this villa is all Italian silks, ceiling murals and ornate parapets. And with days spent boating on the lake and wandering the gardens, it’s little wonder the property once charmed an engaged couple scouting for their honeymoon to elope on the spot.
Il San Pietro, Amalfi Coast: This clifftop villa marries the countryside charm of gardens and lemon groves with Mediterranean views and the Amalfi version of a beach. While the eclectic décor and majolica-tile add a magical sense of place to the property, the real showstopper is the setting and the sprawling grounds (which also includes a spa, fitness center and tennis courts).
Romantic Hotels for Urban Aficionados
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The world’s most fascinating cities offer a nearly endless list of cultural activities. Each of the following 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, is always enchanting. After wandering the cobblestoned streets of Montmartre or the peaceful Tuileries gardens, retreat in style at the chic Hôtel Ritz Paris, the classic Le Bristol or the boutique La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa. These properties are in the Indagare Index.
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 Zen Greenwich Hotel is an Indagare favorite downtown, while the Upper East Side’s The Mark is a good choice for traditionalists.
Kyoto: Bamboo gardens, 17th-century tea houses and the Kamo River all contribute to the calming and dreamlike quality of the city of Kyoto—which, in addition to being home to over 2,000 temples, is also the historic center of Japanese culture. The Park Hyatt Kyoto is within walking distance of major sites and ideally located for quiet strolls through the neighborhood Gion. For more intimacy and seclusion, Aman Kyoto is a zen retreat in the north part of the city near the Golden Pavillion.
London: Rooted in traditionalism, London combines centuries-old elegance with fresh-faced art, 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 sophisticated Berkeley or the historic Connaught. These properties are in the Indagare Index.
Marrakech: A dizzying collage of intricate temples, lush gardens and meandering souks, all paired with a rich history and culture and a delectable food scene, Marrakech is the ultimate indulgent city for romantics. The over-the-top extravagance of Le Royal Mansour offers a pampering, private and royal escape for couples. After a day enjoying the city splendors, guests can retreat to their very own riad and settle into the silk and velvet opulence of the salons or relax in the fresh air of the rooftop terrace.
…And for Low-Key City Seekers
Venice: With its cobblestone streets, romantic gondolas and infamous artisanal shops, the fabled “Floating City” of Venice has just the right combination of history, art and exquisite cuisine. The Indagare Index property Aman Venice, a former palazzo surrounded by a private garden, is a favorite for stylish couples looking for something a little more secret but still only a quick stroll away from Piazza San Marco.
Cartagena: This small South American city is just a five-hour flight from New York and is home to a vibrant culture, complex history and a beach scene. Created from three 17th-century mansions, the boutique Casa San Agustin offers a serene haven amid the colorful city streets. When you aren’t soaking in wonders of this seaside spot, couples can relax by the pool (partially formed by the remnants of the 400-year-old aqueduct) or venture out to the hotel’s private beach on the Rosario Islands.
Contact Indagare to plan a trip to one of these romantic hotels.