For some, romantic winter getaways evoke images of curling up by roaring fireplaces with glasses of bold red wines and watching the snow come down through picture windows. Others prefer escaping to sunshine-filled beach locales, where the biggest decisions to make are whether to order margaritas or a bottle of Champagne to the cabana. The truth is, it all works, because the only requirement of a fabulous couple’s trip is being together in a wonderful place—and letting the hotel staff spoil you. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite hotels and resorts that create unforgettable experiences for two.
Contact Indagare for assistance in booking the best romantic winter getaways for you and your significant other this year.
Romance on the Range
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Vibe: Remote, restored ghost town
At a Glance: A collection of historic log cabins that were reassembled with a lot of taste, style and money, Dunton Hot Springs makes a luxe base from which to explore the great outdoors.
Indagare Loves: The unique, authentic sense of place; the healing properties of the hot springs; the bar, where Butch Cassidy’s carved name is still visible.
“When we finally arrived at the front gates of Dunton Hot Springs, I had seen no more than four cars and 20 cabins during the last 40 minutes of the drive. I truly felt as if I had been transported back to the 1830s and the original mining town of Dunton—just as owner Cristoph Henkel intended.” —Indagare’s Lizzie McGirr
Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
Vibe: Stylish, luxurious, five-star wild west dude ranch
At a Glance: Located on 6,600 acres, the Ranch at Rock Creek offers incredibly stylish rooms, suites, houses and tented accommodations in what is a personal and gorgeous interpretation of a Wild West adventure.
Indagare Loves: The on-property bowling alley and movie theater, so days spent in the outdoors can be coupled with fun evenings relaxing; the incredible culinary program; the attentive but personal staff; the incredibly stylish décor.
“It was all pretty perfect. The service was great, the food was fabulous and it’s so very beautiful.” -Indagare member Marianna Green
Washington School House Hotel, Park City, Utah
Vibe: Boutique, cosseting, elegant
At a Glance: Ditching the rustic log cabin vibe one might expect from a Park City hotel, the Washington School House has a modern and glamorous coziness.
Indagare Loves: The location parallel to Park City’s historic Main Street, but at a far enough distance to avoid noise and crowds; the stylish décor with elegant touches including chandeliers, antiques and modern art; the friendly staff, who can accommodate any request and who make a point to get to know guests individually
“The Washington School House was delightful. The penthouse room was one of the prettiest and most comfortable rooms that we have ever stayed in. The included food and wine was delightfully delicious.” —Indagare member Shelby Butterfield
Cities of Lights & Love
La Réserve, Paris
Vibe: Parisian elegance, contemporary accents, romantic
At a Glance: Every suite within this quiet boutique hotel feels like one’s own private apartment. The traditional French flair of La Réserve Paris combines with the most up-to-date fittings to make for an ultra-luxurious experience.
Indagare Loves: The peaceful location overlooking the tree-lined Elysée gardens; the cozy private library; the candlelit 50-foot pool in the tranquil underground spa
“La Reserve was beyond perfection. I’m not sure we will ever be able to visit Paris and not stay there. The staff, the room and the location were beyond anything we could have hoped for.” —Indagare member Z.P.
Le Royal Mansour, Marrakech
Vibe: Extravagant, palatial, opulent
At a Glance: Le Royal Mansour is the King of Morocco’s personal passion project and the most expensive and extravagant hotel in Marrakech. The hotel’s sprawling riads are the perfect enclave for those seeking the ultimate in privacy and pampering.
Indagare Loves: The spectacular spa and lovely pool area; the gourmet French restaurant overseen by three-Michelin-star chef Yannick Alleno; the spacious guest villas that imbue the sense of living in a traditional riad; the special amenities included with your stay, such as VIP expedited arrival and Bentley transfer to the hotel
“We have stayed at many fine hotels, Ritz Paris, Aman Tokyo, Baur Au Lac Zurich, and none compare to the level of seamless service and indulgence of this exceptional hotel. I will argue that nowhere offers such an extravagant experience. If you wish to experience what it may be like to live like royalty, this is probably as close as you can get in a hotel experience. Oh, and the food and beverage is as exceptional as the hotel.” —Indagare member Brian Thomson
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Vibe: Exclusive, elegant, immaculate
At a Glance: The Ett Hem is a chic, 12-room boutique hotel housed in a 1910 townhouse in a posh part of town, and so special that it is worth visiting Stockholm simply to stay there. Be warned: Once you check-in, you won’t want to leave.
Indagare Loves: The faultless décor that feels supremely comfortable; the lovely garden by Sweden’s leading landscape designer; having a chef on call
“Ett Hem is Swedish for “A Home” and that’s what the place feels like. The building is a stunning 1910 townhouse in a very chic quarter, just outside the heart of town, which has been spectacularly refurbished. Every detail is perfect.” —Stephen Whitlock
Beaches for Two
Cheval Blanc Isle de France, St. Barth’s
Vibe: Provençal, pampering, stylish
At a Glance: This 33-room hotel on Flamands Beach epitomizes the island’s laid-back style.
Indagare Loves: Weekly fashion shows on Tuesdays that feature guests and locals; the fantastic location on the picturesque beach; its proximity to the shops and restaurants in Gustavia
“Cheval Blanc Isle de France was fantastic. We honestly can’t imagine staying anywhere else on the island. Our villa was spectacular…. We really appreciated the quiet elegance of Isle de France. Breakfast each morning in the restaurant was a treat and, again, very elegant. The concierge was so helpful. We chartered a 55-foot boat for a half day and he assisted with that—it all went perfectly…. Truly, everything about Cheval Blanc was perfect!” —Indagare member Heather
Four Seasons Lanai, Hawaii
Vibe: Remote, lush, romantic
At a Glance: The Four Seasons Lanai, which is the only hotel on the smallest of Hawaii’s inhabited islands, employs some 600-plus people (in a local population of 3,100). The pride exhibited by employees is apparent in the service and the property’s top-notch details, including Zen-ed out interiors.
Indagare Loves: The hilltop location above one of Hawaii’s most beautiful coves; the terrific Manele Golf Course, which is open only to guests of the resort and island residents; the vibrant gardens featuring mostly native plants; the various nearby hikes, including Koloiki Ridge Trail and Fisherman’s Trail
“Lanai was our favorite island we visited during our trip to Hawaii. The service was just as good as at Four Seaons Hualalai, the food was better, the resort has a nice beach and the golf course is fantastic!” —An Indagare member
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort, Cabo, Mexico
Vibe: Romantic, honeymooner hideaway
At a Glance: Las Ventanas al Paraíso, meaning “the windows to paradise,” is an iconic, romantic resort that lives up to its hype.
Indagare Loves: The romantic vibe, with plenty of nooks to hide away in; celeb-heavy clientele for great people watching; top-notch service throughout the property
“The resort and its understated elegance, unparalleled service and luxe, organic feel coupled with the attention to every single detail surpassed every expectation I could imagine. The staff was incredibly personable and we felt welcome from the moment we arrived. I really enjoyed the couple’s massage and private beach cabana. Our room was so gorgeous and well appointed. This was my most favorite vacation ever. We look forward to returning very soon.” —An Indagare member
North Island, Seychelles
Vibe: Romantic, private, natural
At a Glance: In a place as unspoiled as the Seychelles (the country’s slogan is “as pure as it gets”), North Island made sure to carefully blend the resort into the landscape while providing the ultimate tropical escape for guests.
Indagare Loves: the emphasis on space and privacy, with only 11 guest villas; the style of architecture highlighting Seychellois local wood, stone and thatching; the small hilltop spa that catches ocean breezes
“Certain places seem to have been designed for contemplation, rejuvenation and reflection. The Seychelles is one of these destinations.” —Amelia Osborne Scott
Estancia Vik, José Ignacio, Uruguay
Vibe: Cozy, vibrant, one-of-a-kind
At a Glance: 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.
Indagare Loves: Views from the wrap-around terraces off of corner suites and master suites; animated dinners at the traditional parillero (barbeque) painted by notable artist Marcelo Legrand; myriad activities, including horseback riding, polo, canoeing, golf, wine-tasting and art tours
“Working with some of Uruguay’s top architects, artists, designers and craftsmen, owners Alex and Carrie Vik have created a property whose exquisite interiors showcase true individual passion.” —Indagare
Annandale, New Zealand
Vibe: Remote, exclusive, over-the-top villas
At a Glance: Imagine four villas—from a historic homestead to an ultra-modern showstopper–folded into 4,000 acres of a working farm that is also located in one of New Zealand’s most picturesque bays, and you have a sense of the amazing discovery that is Annandale.
Indagare Loves: The incredible sense of remoteness far from civilization; the innovative in-villa dining, all farm-to-table; the superlative star gazing; the sunken hot tub at Seaside villa, beside a modern, rectangular gas fireplace
“Seascape is a couples-only haven. With its mix of slate, concrete, pine and an abundance of glass, it looks like something James Bond and Sir Norman Foster co-designed. The open-floor living room-kitchen-bedroom is framed by massive, floor-to-ceiling windows, leading to a terrace that fronts a bay that is entirely yours for your stay.” —Indagare’s Simone Girner
Cozy Quick Getaways
Zero George, Charleston
Vibe: Cozy, stylish, serene
At a Glance: The most picturesque option in Charleston is this quietly distinguished 18-room hotel set in five historic buildings on George Street.
Indagare Loves: The location in a residential district, within walking distance of the town’s best restaurants, sights and shopping; the unique 18 rooms with hardwood floors, high ceilings and comfortable furnishings; the excellent concierge who can arrange experiences like sunset sails, walking tours and cooking classes
“The complimentary amenities and little touches are what make the Zero George truly memorable. They serve a fantastic breakfast spread with yogurt, fruit, four kinds of homemade biscuits, fresh muffins, charcuterie, cereal and quiche lorraine as well as made-to-order dishes. The wine and cheese hour in the afternoon is also lovely and relaxing.” —Indagare member Ali Ziegler
Blackberry Mountain, Tennessee
Vibe: Rustic-chic, wellness-focused, romantic
At a Glance: The sister property to the acclaimed Blackberry Farm, the all-inclusive Blackberry Mountain is a smaller, more health-focused property with cozy, stylish rooms and villas, a great culinary program and a daily schedule of excellent fitness classes.
Indagare Loves: Early morning hikes to Firetower restaurant, which offers stunning views and delicious cuisine; the holistic spa treatments, including acupuncture and aromatherapy massages; the one-bedroom Clingman’s Cottages, which have hot tubs and a spa room.
“Located on 5,200 acres in Tennessee, Blackberry Mountain had a fanbase before it even opened in 2019, thanks to its world-famous sister hotel, Blackberry Farm, which is seven miles away. A passion project of the Beall family, the mountaintop resort was born out of a desire to create a hotel that was more adventure- and wellness-focused.” —Emma Pierce
Twin Farms, Vermont
Vibe: Intimate, much-lauded, all-inclusive
At a Glance: When you first step from the courtyard into the historic main house of Twin Farms, you begin to understand the allure of this intimate, and much-lauded, Vermont hotel.
Indagare Loves: The hotel’s museum-quality art, including works by Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, Bernice Abbott, Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein; that the price is all-inclusive, so there are no chits to sign, no tips to dispense.
“With its vaulted, beamed ceilings, walls of well-thumbed books, fascinating artwork and hand-picked antiques, Twin Farms was clearly once a beloved private home—the former estate, as it happens, of Nobel Prize–winning author Sinclair Lewis and his wife, journalist Dorothy Thompson, who lived there in the 1920s.” —Indagare’s Eliza Scott Harris
Contact Indagare for assistance in booking the best romantic winter getaways for you and your significant other this year.