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 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.
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.
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Romantic Hotels for Countryside Courtships
Blackberry Mountain, courtesy Ingalls Photography
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.
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 and 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 – Caruso, A Belmond Hotel, Amalfi Coast: Set on the hilltop village of Ravello, Caruso combines the charm of a serene country retreat with some of Amalfi’s best sea views. The draw of this traditional Italian-villa-style hotel lies in wandering through the Alice-in-Wonderland like gardens and the palazzo’s original chapel and relaxing on spacious terraces or in the hilltop infinity pool.
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.
Indagare Index – 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 outdoors and the American West will enjoy the wealth of activities, such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding and archery.
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Romantic Hotels for Wine Lovers
La Residence, courtesy The Royal Portfolio South Africa
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.
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Romantic Hotels for Island Pursuits
Four Seasons Lanai, photo by Barbara Kraft, courtesy Four Seasons Resort
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.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia: Set 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.
Indagare Index – Four Season 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 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 a romantic dinner at the center of Lake Pichola in Udaipur. 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.
Indagare Index – Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India: Set in the middle of Lake Pichola is the white marble Taj Lake Palace, an intimate and romantic property (reachable only by boat) that is perfect for those looking for the wow factor. A perfect day here may include an excursion around the lake atop a barge used for royal ceremonies, a luxurious treatment at the spa and a rooftop dinner by candlelight.
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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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.
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 Indagare Index property Ett Hem, a 12-room property set in a 1910 townhouse.
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 stylish interiors, buzzy courtyard and bar, while the Hotel Eden offers classic interiors and fresh, up-to-date amenities. These properties are also 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 design-minded Crosby Street Hotel and Zen Greenwich Hotel are Indagare’s favorite picks downtown, while the Upper East Side’s The Mark 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 sophisticated Berkeley or the historic Connaught. These properties are in the Indagare Index.
*Bonus* For a more low-key city destination, look no further than the fabled “Floating City” of Venice. With its cobblestone streets, romantic gondolas and infamous artisanal shops, 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 in this well-known city.
Contact Indagare to plan a trip to one of these romantic hotels.