22 Romantic Hotels Worth a Stay

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Find the perfect place for a little rest and relaxation with your significant other.

Whether you can hop on a flight to the Caribbean or Europe (and are willing to fly amid the cancellation chaos) or prefer the ease of staying closer to home, there are plenty of romantic hotels and resorts to indulge with your significant other. While away the day in a seaside cabana, dine by candlelight, explore a new city hand in hand or embark on an outdoor adventure at these romantic hotels around the world.
Romantic weekend getaway at The Kimpton Seafire in the Cayman Islands
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Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

It doesn’t get more spectacular than this Kimpton outpost in Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands. Set along the upper end of famous Seven Mile Beach, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa gives guests the opportunity to relax in a “clam shell” or day bed on the beach; with a private cabana by the pool; at The Spa at Seafire; or in the comfort of your guest room, suite or bungalow. Three upscale restaurants, complimentary wine hours, a fitness center and an array of water sports – including boat tours to swim with wild stingrays – add to the appeal for couples. The Kimpton Seafire is also kid-friendly, with a kids club and water park, making it perfect for parents wanting to enjoy both alone time and family time on vacation. Recent guests praise this property and its amenities, noting how wonderful the staff is in particular.

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Find the perfect place for a little rest and relaxation with your significant other.

Whether you can hop on a flight to the Caribbean or Europe (and are willing to fly amid the cancellation chaos) or prefer the ease of staying closer to home, there are plenty of romantic hotels and resorts to indulge with your significant other. While away the day in a seaside cabana, dine by candlelight, explore a new city hand in hand or embark on an outdoor adventure at these romantic hotels around the world.

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

It doesn’t get more spectacular than this Kimpton outpost in Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands. Set along the upper end of famous Seven Mile Beach, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa gives guests the opportunity to relax in a “clam shell” or day bed on the beach; with a private cabana by the pool; at The Spa at Seafire; or in the comfort of your guest room, suite or bungalow. Three upscale restaurants, complimentary wine hours, a fitness center and an array of water sports – including boat tours to swim with wild stingrays – add to the appeal for couples. The Kimpton Seafire is also kid-friendly, with a kids club and water park, making it perfect for parents wanting to enjoy both alone time and family time on vacation. Recent guests praise this property and its amenities, noting how wonderful the staff is in particular.

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Twin Farms: Barnard, Vermont

Escape to this intimate property in Vermont – about 75 miles southeast of Burlington – for a nearly all-inclusive and undeniably romantic getaway with your partner. Nightly rates at Twin Farms encompass accommodations in a luxurious cottage or suite; gourmet meals including farm-to-table dinners (with the option to enjoy them in your room); wine, beer and cocktails; and outdoor activities galore. You can also bathe in a Japanese furo, take a yoga class and enjoy s’mores by a bonfire. This Relais & Châteaux property is a mostly adults-only hotel reserved for guests who are at least 14 years old and up, and certain cabins are dog-friendly. Past visitors say the beautiful grounds and exceptional service set an inviting atmosphere.

[Read: The Top Things to Do in Vermont.]

The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton: Hollywood, Florida

Steal away to The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, originally built as a playground for the affluent – U.S. presidents and celebrities like Frank Sinatra included – and transformed in recent years with a $100 million renovation. At this luxury oceanfront property about 10 miles south of Fort Lauderdale, you and your sweetheart can catch some rays on the beach or at the infinity pool before grabbing a bite to eat at one of multiple sit-down restaurants. For an especially romantic meal, opt for the on-site steakhouse, Diplomat Prime, which travelers love for the top-notch food and the experience.

La Playa Carmel: Carmel, California

La Playa Carmel sits just outside of Monterey, California, in the heart of the fairy-tale village of Carmel, where – fun fact – actor Clint Eastwood was mayor in the 1980s. Dating back to 1905, the mansion-turned-hotel features prime beach access; 75 guest rooms with garden and ocean views; a daily Champagne breakfast buffet; and Bud’s, a lounge where couples can enjoy cocktails and light fare. While in town, rent bikes to explore the area’s charming dwellings and poet Robinson Jeffers’ former home (Tor House), or drive to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve to watch seals sunbathing next to the sapphire-blue sea. Some guests say the resort rooms are in need of an update, but most agree the hotel is utterly charming.

The Hotel Telluride: Telluride, Colorado

Located within walking distance of the boutiques and eateries in downtown Telluride, The Hotel Telluride is the perfect hideaway for couples in search of an active escape (with or without pets in tow). Hike the trails that are easily accessible from the property, attend one of Telluride’s many year-round festivals, or ride the free gondola to Mountain Village to ski or mountain bike. After a day out and about, unwind in the spacious Summit Suite – which offers a Jacuzzi tub, a wet bar and two private balconies – or soak in a hot tub beneath the stars. Spa services are also available. Past travelers recommend a visit to The Hotel Telluride to experience comfort and rustic charm. Be aware, though, that guests with pet allergies may have some difficulties here, since the property is so dog-friendly.

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InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown: Los Angeles

For the ultimate modern indulgence, book a stay at the InterContinental Downtown Los Angeles, located in the Wilshire Grand Center, the tallest building on the West Coast. From the property’s 70th-floor lobby and its rooftop bar, you’ll enjoy some of the best panoramas Los Angeles has to offer. Modern amenities include an open-air pool and pool deck with private cabanas as well as upscale dining and a 24-hour fitness center. Recent guests praise the hotel, saying it provides luxury sans stuffiness.

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Hotel Poseidon: Positano, Italy

If your next couples vacation will take you and your amore to Italy, consider a stay at the Hotel Poseidon. Located in charming Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast – one of the best places to visit in Italy – this family-run property offers spa treatments, an outdoor pool with panoramic views and an open-air restaurant overlooking the sea. Recent visitors confirm the vistas are absolutely stunning. As a bonus amenity, guests can borrow a vintage Volkswagen Beetle to roam around town in style at no extra charge.

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Hotel Monteleone: New Orleans

The French Quarter in New Orleans exudes romance, and one of the neighborhood’s most elegant, must-visit properties is historic Hotel Monteleone. Hosting visitors since 1886, this hotel is home to the famous Carousel Bar and Lounge, where patrons can sip cocktails on a revolving merry-go-round. Additionally, you can indulge your inner bookworm by reserving one of the suites named in honor of famous authors who have stayed here, such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. If you’re visiting New Orleans to explore its haunted history, you’ll be interested to know that Hotel Monteleone is considered one of the city’s most haunted dwellings. Visitors appreciate how well maintained this historic hotel is.

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows: Scottsdale, Arizona

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows in Arizona appeals to art lovers with its midcentury modern guest rooms and bungalows, named after creative types like designers Florence Knoll and Charles and Ray Eames. Take part in free yoga and meditation while enjoying views of Camelback Mountain or unwind in a private cabana by the Turquoise Pool before you savor Southwest-inspired cuisine at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. Travelers love the resort’s well-kept common spaces and top-notch service.

[Read: The Top Things to Do in Arizona.]

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa: La Jolla, California

In the heart of upscale La Jolla (about 15 miles north of downtown San Diego), travelers will find the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, a rancho-style property. This romantic resort periodically hosts experiences such as a boozy tea party in its Secret Garden or exercise classes focused on health and wellness, but you can lounge by the heated saltwater pool any time. A cozy alfresco dinner at Mustangs & Burros next to the large fireplace is a must, especially when there’s live music. Book the Just Us Couples package to enjoy a couples massage plus daily self-parking. Previous guests say Estancia La Jolla is one of the most beautiful hotels they’ve ever visited.

White Villas: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

For a unique and private Caribbean escape, splurge on a villa at the family-owned White Villas. A short stroll from a secluded portion of Long Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos, the property offers guests the choice of 10 villas, which feature amenities like full kitchens, separate bedrooms and private pools. Travelers can also sign up for memorable activities (think: massages and boat excursions) on the property’s website to elevate your romantic getaway. Visitors rave about the stunning villas and say they appreciate the open-air design concept.

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The Greenbrier: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Plan a romantic retreat at this National Historic Landmark, situated on 11,000 acres in the mountains of West Virginia. Welcoming many famous guests – including more than two dozen presidents – since 1778, The Greenbrier offers a variety of accommodations, dining rooms and entertainment facilities. At the on-site spa, take your pick of relaxing options spanning a hot stone massage to a healing sulfur soak inspired by the region’s hot springs. Travelers say the beautiful property makes for a memorable stay, though some felt this historic hotel could use some updates. If you decide to venture off the property, consider exploring these other must-visit destinations in West Virginia.

Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts: Shoal Bay East, Anguilla

Picture you and your partner in a beachfront suite in the Caribbean with a private plunge pool and plenty of rum. That’s the kind of luxury you’ll find at this romantic hotel in Anguilla. At Zemi Beach House, you’ll also find a variety of dining options including beach barbeques and candlelit dinners, three outdoor swimming pools, plenty of water sports, a tennis court, yoga and so much more. One of this property’s most unique features is its Zemi Thai House Spa, which is set inside a restored 300-year-old house that was transported to its current location from Thailand. Recent guests say Zemi Beach House is the perfect place to escape for a quiet vacation.

Ka’ana Resort: San Ignacio, Belize

A stay at Ka’ana Resort will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time: The property sits near ruins of a Maya city, and its name – meaning “Heavenly Place” – pays homage to a Mayan language. You can learn about this ancient civilization in the heart of the Belize jungle with a variety of experiences at Ka’ana. Take a helicopter tour above the Maya Mountains, go cave tubing or enjoy a cooking class to learn about Maya culinary culture before retreating to a private pool villa with butler service and an outdoor shower. All-inclusive packages are available here. Visitors comment in particular on Ka’ana’s romantic atmosphere and the beautiful accommodations.

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge: Judd Lake, Alaska

It’s hard to find a location more intimate than an Alaska mountain lodge that can only be reached by float plane. About a 45-minute flight from Anchorage, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge draws adventurous travelers to its picturesque surroundings and unique activities – which include salmon fishing, heli-skiing and snowboarding, and float plane charters. Alaska’s first-ever via ferrata, a steel cable climbing route up a mountain, is another good way to get your adrenaline pumping. Book a private cabin with a glass fireplace for even more seclusion. Other romantic amenities include a lakeside copper hot tub, cedar sauna, massage services and an extensive wine cellar. Past guests say this remote oasis provides the ideal balance of adventure and luxury.

Gervasi Vineyard: Canton, Ohio

One of the most romantic getaways in Ohio is this cozy vineyard with lush grounds, a lake and a variety of accommodations, including a four-bedroom farmhouse and villas with Tuscan-style suites. Experience luxury amenities like fireplaces, heated tile floors and a complimentary continental breakfast delivered to your room each morning. Of course, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the wine resort’s best vintages, such as at the Crush House Winery, Wine Bar and Eatery. Visitors rave about their stay here, noting how good the food is.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC: Washington, D.C.

Named for President Thomas Jefferson, this beaux-arts hotel makes an ideal retreat for romance in Washington, D.C. Recent travelers to the nation’s capital say The Jefferson doesn’t disappoint, with a beautiful design and top-notch staff completing the five-star experience. Spring for over-the-top luxury in the presidential suite, which comes with a study, a private kitchen and downtown views from five Juliet balconies. Then, you can dine at The Greenhouse restaurant beneath the historic and opulent skylight.

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The Inn on Biltmore Estate: Asheville, North Carolina

Tour Biltmore, the French chateau-style former estate of George Vanderbilt, on your trip to Asheville, North Carolina, and imagine the lives of the rich and famous. You can then pretend to live like them at the property’s Inn on Biltmore Estate, where lavish perks include a heated outdoor pool and hot tub (open seasonally), an on-site spa, a 24-hour concierge service, and complimentary access to the Biltmore grounds and winery during your stay. Choose a Chateau Tier guest room or suite for additional amenities, such as a bottle of Biltmore wine and free hors d’oeuvres delivered to your room daily. Inn patrons enthuse about the exceptional service, saying guests are treated like royalty here. While you’re at Biltmore, be sure to explore its many trails and other Asheville hikes.

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

This beach resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is surrounded by lagoons, mangroves, coral reefs and the Caribbean Sea. A variety of deluxe villas are available at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, including some with private pools and outdoor bathtubs. Don’t miss your chance to dine under the stars on a private dining boat, unwind in the rainforest-inspired hydrothermal area, or sample wine and food pairings as a couple. Recent guests praise this property, noting how delicious the food is.

French Quarter Inn: Charleston, South Carolina

Few locales are as charming as Charleston, which seems like a city lost in time. After admiring the area’s historical homes as you stroll hand in hand through the Battery promenade, retreat to the French Quarter Inn, a boutique hotel known for its Southern hospitality. Here, guests are encouraged to relax with modern amenities including nightly turndown service, a pillow menu and an in-room sound machine. Guests rave about all the additional amenities, too, like gourmet continental breakfast delivered to your room, loaner bicycles for exploring, cheese and wine receptions, and cookies at night.

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The Oasis at Death Valley: Death Valley, California

It’s easy to explore Death Valley National Park while spending a weekend at The Oasis. This resort, which features both a romantic 1920s-era inn and the more family-oriented Ranch at Death Valley, is home to the lowest-elevation golf course in the world, as well as a spring-fed pool naturally heated to 84 degrees year-round. Plus, Death Valley’s spectacularly dark skies make it a great spot for stargazing – what could be more romantic than that? Recent guests rave about the location and amenities at this national park hotel.

[Read: The Best Weekend Getaways From Los Angeles.]

Harbor View Hotel: Edgartown, Massachusetts

For a quintessential New England getaway, reserve one of the Captain’s Cottages at the Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard. Providing just the right amount of space and privacy, a one-bedroom cottage features a living room, kitchenette and full bathroom. During the day, travelers to Martha’s Vineyard can sail or bike around the island or lounge poolside in one of the hotel’s cabanas at the seasonal outdoor pool. Be sure to visit the on-site Bettini Restaurant for fresh seafood and picturesque water views.

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