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From private isles to glamorous cliffside resorts, these properties lure couples with dreamy visions of strolling the beach at sunset to the soundtrack of crashing waves.
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 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.”
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc: 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.
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.
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.
Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast: The atmosphere 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.
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Romantic Hotels for Countryside Courtships
Courtesy Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy
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.
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 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 quaint villages.
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.
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 (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.
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: 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.
Blackberry Mountain, Tennessee: The sister property to the acclaimed Blackberry Farm hotel, the all-inclusive Blackberry Mountain offers the perfect long weekend getaway for a health-focused duo. The intimate property has cozy, stylish rooms and villas, a great culinary program and a daily schedule of excellent fitness classes.
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.
Dunton Hot Springs: 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 the outdoorsy pair.
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.
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Romantic Hotels for Jetsetting Twosomes
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India, Courtesy Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
For some true quality time with a significant other, nothing compares to jetting off to 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 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.
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.
Singita Sabora, Tanzania: Modeled on the 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 tables set up alfresco under an acacia tree lit by lanterns.
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 have 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.
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 Annandale is the perfect place to stay active–with hiking, farm tours, kayaking and clay pigeon shooting available–or to simply relax and recharge.
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Romantic Hotels for Urban Aficionados
Courtesy Ett Hem, Stockholm
The world’s most fascinating cities offer 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, is always enchanting. After wandering the cobblestoned streets of Montmartre or the peaceful Tuileries gardens, retreat in style at the chic Ritz Paris, the classic Le Bristol or the boutique La Réserve.
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 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 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 has chic couturiers, excellent restaurants and incredible art, 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 offers 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.
Contact Indagare to plan a trip to one of these romantic hotels.