For the week that’s in it, Big 7 Travel reveals the official Top 50 Most Romantic Hotels across the world – from marble palaces to rustic treetop lodges.
As Valentine’s Day creeps up on us, we have searched high and low for the hotels and resorts that go the extra mile for couples. Whether it’s a naturally romantic setting or special little touches, these hotels are utterly charming.
Romance Concierges, private island villas, outdoor bathtubs and candelit dinners – now that’s what we call a successful V-Day getaway.
So, how did we come up with the final ranking of the 50 Most Romantic Hotels In The World 2019?
We aggregated two notable romantic hotel rankings: Travel +Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018: The Most Romantic Hotels Collection and Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2019: Top 25 Hotels for Romance.
Results from these were added to a scoring system that combined the results of survey results of Big 7 readers and votes cast by a panel of experts from travel media and the hotel industry.
It might be too late to book into one of these incredible hotels for Valentine’s Day this year, but it’s not too late to pay them a visit before 2019 is out. These are the places where you’ll fall in love all over again…
Built in 1746,is made entirely of marble and features majestic architecture set on a lake in the Indian city of Udaipur. To reach the hotel, you must take a private boat out to the palace on Lake Pichola.
Grand courtyards have peacocks strolling around, and every room comes with butler service. Not only that, it’s also been the site for several iconic film shoots like the James Bond film, Octopussy.
While you’ll be keen to experience the City of Love itself, there are a few hotels that are in themselves worthy of a trip.
With a view of the Eiffel Tower at one end, and the Champs-Elysées at the other, this is no ordinary hotel. 1,900 red geraniums adorn the hotel façade, which were inspired by a love story, creating a fairytale setting for romantic moments.
Laucala Island Resort is a private island in Fiji, in absolute paradise.
Laucala’s 25 villas, all glamorous versions of traditional Fijian dwellings, are perched on sea cliffs and are totally private. Private butlers and a glass cube swimming pool are just some of the little touches that make this one of the best resorts in the world.
This 19th-century villa was built by a Baron as a love letter to his wife, and has a beautiful outdoor heated pool and rich silk fabrics and antiques in the bedrooms.
In the main villa, there are 29 suites and rooms divided into 4 floors, each with its own style. The second is dedicated to the ex-empress Eugenia widow of Napoleon III and to the roses that were her favourite flower.
The world’s first underwater hotel recently opened in the Maldives, and it’s an absolute beauty. Wake up to tropical fish swimming above your bed in a two-story villa that’s set more than 16 feet below the Indian Ocean.
THE MURAKA at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is in a class of its own. The unique three bedroom villa is split over two levels – one above water, and one below. The hotel also has other over-water suites and a spa with a glass bottom floor.
Hotel rooms are connected by bridges, so they seem to float in the air. It’s also the only resort on the island with a view of both the Petit and Gros Piton mountains.
Rooms are more like private sanctuaries, where the ‘fourth wall’ of each room is 8,000 feet of clear Caribbean waterfront. The resort even has its own private helipad for guests who really want to arrive in style.
An eco-villa resort surrounded by the turquoise waters of Tulum beach, with incredible sunset views of the beach and jungle from its treetop restaurant, Koh. The hotel’s villas are built from natural materials, and are lit by candles for extra romance.
Azulik villas also come with a Mayan mosaic bathtub, which is filled with cenote’s water; considered sacred water in Mayan culture.
A private island resort where time stands still, Coco Plum Island Resort specialises in honeymoon all-inclusive packages, complete with candlelit dinners by the water. You’ll want to lounge in a hammock here forever.
Each of the 18 private cabanas, all just steps from the beach, have views of the Caribbean Sea. There’s also one over-water villa with a private veranda and extended sunbathing deck.
It’s one of the most elegant hotels in Budapest, with plush beds and gold and marble features. An impressive 19th-century building with a vast courtyard lobby that’s made of Italian marble and topped with a glass pyramid roof.
Violins play at a romantic Champagne breakfast, and piano keys tinkle in the bar at night.
Huka Lodge lies on the banks of Waikato River, nearby the famous Huka Falls and has been attracting guests from around the world since starting as a simple fishing lodge in the 1920s.
There’s 25 charming suites, all with river views. Huka Lodge also goes out of its way to create special memories for couples. You’ll find 20 tables for two, bathed in candlelight, beside the river and under the stars over the summer evenings, or in the wine cellar.
Hidden away within a collection of islands known as the Noonu Atoll, you’ll find The Romantic Pool Residence at Velaa Private Island – possibly the most private over water villa in the world.
Accessible only by boat, it floats above a lagoon with uninterrupted views of the ocean. This villa comes with its own private chef and butler, as well as a Jacuzzi, pool sundeck and sunken bath.
Londolozi is right on the Sand River, in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve within the famous Greater Kruger National Park.
Each of the five camps have a uniquely different vibe, yet all are beautiful. Londolozi’s Private Granite Suites feature outdoor bathtubs where you can watch elephants play in the river.
Designed after a traditional Balinese village, the views are spectacular here, with villas looking down the valley and over the rice paddies.
Villa suites are luxurious and have their own private infinity pools and sunken outdoor marble bathtubs. With the scent of Frangipani hanging in the air, this is a real sanctuary. We have a feeling you’ll barely leave the resort…
Located between the sea and mountains in La Malbaie, this luxurious French-style castle hotel has been a historic holiday destination since 1929.
405 classically decorated guest rooms have views of the St. Lawrence River and hot, bubbling jacuzzis after a day on the snowy slopes. Couples can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the grounds – bliss.
One of the most exclusive hotels in Paris, Shangri-La has beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. Rooms are decorated in both European Empire and Asian aesthetics and are effortlessly stylish. The hotel’s largest suite is located in the former private residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte.
Plus, the fashion designers on Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V are just around the corner.
This iconic 1898 hotel reopened in 2016 after a major refurbishment and is now even more incredible than it ever was. The hotel’s rooms and suites bear the names of Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald or Marcel Proust — who considered the Ritz “like a second home”.
Rooms are all in silk, and some have private terraces overlooking the hotel’s magnificent French garden.
You’ll be treated like royalty at The Oberoi, as attentive staff greet each guest by name and leave fresh flowers in the rooms. No wonder it’s one of New Delhi’s most iconic hotels.
All rooms have views of Delhi Golf Course on one side and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Humayun’s Tomb on the other, while a new rooftop bar is ideal for sundowners.
Just a few steps away from the famous Jemaa El Fna square is the heart of the Marrakesh Palace, with the unique concept of a medina within a medina. The hotel has its own maze of restaurants and courtyards with pools.
Riads have their own Moroccan lounges, bars and library, and staff can bring delicious food to rooms via private underground tunnels.
Beautifully located along the dramatically stunning coastline of Nusa Dua in Bali, The Mulia is a luxurious suite-only hotel.
It’s the largest resort in Bali, yet it still manages to dazzle and make each guest feel special. Villas come with leafy, private gardens and outdoor bathtubs that the resort’s butlers sprinkle with rose petals.
A glitzy 1920s boutique hotel just one block from Central Park, The Lowell is the epitome of old-school romance.
Suites have wood-burning fireplaces—a rare find in New York – and views of the city skyline. The Penthouse Suite on the 17th floor is especially stylish, with Art Deco touches.
Located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley on a private 30 acre estate, La Residence is surrounded by Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards, olive groves and plum orchards. One of the world’s most romantic hotels.
A romantic and indulgent paradise that’s filled with rich fabrics, wonderful artwork and antique furniture. Guests dine either in their suite or the central Terrace Room, beside a fire or the stunning double rim-flow pool.
A dreamy beachfront resort with lush tropical gardens. With spacious terraces, private pools, huge bathtubs, panoramic views, and gorgeous gardens, paradise is at your door. What more could you possibly ask for?
Ocean Suites are adults only, with private access to two white sandy beaches. Perfect for couples looking to take it easy in the sun – you won’t want to leave.
Settled on six rural acres in California Wine Country, Farmhouse Inn is a retreat in Sonoma County, with a Michelin-starred restaurant. Cosy rooms feature Sonoma-made, organic Sumbody bath and beauty products, and a nightly turndown service with homemade cookies and milk.
The inn grounds also include a luxury spa, signature pool area with hot tub, outdoor fire pits for smores, and beautiful gardens.
Set on 500 feet of California’s pristine Laguna Beach, this oceanfront hotel in California resembles a sun-washed Mediterranean Village. By far one of the world’s most romantic hotels
Every hotel room features breathtaking views of the Pacific and a private balcony so you can watch the waves, the sunset, or simply relax. Once you see the stylish cabanas at the pool with chaise lounges and a poolside bar, you’ll be in paradise.
An ultra-luxury boutique resort, Zöetry Paraiso de la Bonita is the perfect romantic setting. Special suite packages include a dedicated butler, and an on-demand private chef – as we mentioned, this is ultra-luxury.
Or, if you really want to push the boat out, the resort will arrange a candle lit dinner served in your suite or on your private terrace. Relax in a romantic sunken bath for two, a king-size bed with luxurious linens, sensuous scented oils and candles.
Belmond Castello di Casole is an ancient castle hotel, surrounded by rolling hills and sprawling vineyards.
The 41-suite hotel was built on the ruins of a 10th-century castle and has an epic-size pool with one of the best views in Tuscany, as well as an indulgent spa. Guests can go truffle hunting and horseback riding, and basically just bask in the Italian glory.
Set high above a little village in Sicily, life in Hotel Villa Ducale revolves around its stunning terrace and fresh Italian produce.
Enjoy views of the Straits of Messina and Mount Etna from your bedroom. Stroll around the scenic gardens and clink glasses to say ‘salute’ as the sun goes down and candlelit tables pop up for dinner.
Veligandu Island Resort has a beautiful lagoon, coral reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach. It’s also the only resort on the island of Veligandu. With a “no shoes, no news” promise, you can utterly relax here – try the over-water spa.
Jacuzzi Water Villas come with a private walled-in outdoor area featuring a Jacuzzi for two under the stars.
Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, perched on top of a rugged cliff. Suites have lavish king beds, dramatic glass walled bathrooms and breathtaking views of the great Southern Ocean.
The lodge has an ‘at-home’ feeling, with an open bar and walk-in cellar featuring an exclusively South Australian wine selection. Guests can experience native wildlife; the hotel’s naturalist guides will bring you on a sea lion walk or a kangaroo encounter.
Katikies luxury hotel in Oia Santorini makes the list for its warm service and incredible views of the sublime Santorini sunsets.
The white washed suites have views of the Aegean Sea, which can be seen from the large terrace with an open-air dining area and two-person Jacuzzi. Master Suites have an open air plunge pool that’s pure perfection.
A luxury adults-only retreat in Bali, this was designed especially for honeymooners and romantics. The Kayon Jungle Resort features a three-level swimming pool which was inspired by the famous Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
Royal Villas overlook the lush green jungle and have their own private pool with jacuzzi. You’ll be treated to Champagne on arrival, and the resort also has a private cinema.
Right in the heart of Marrakech’s ancient medina lies Riad Kheirredine, where no two rooms are the same. The Riad is a gorgeous blend of Moroccan elegance and contemporary Italian design.
Rooms are set around a beautiful traditional courtyard and you can enjoy a cosy night in-front of your fireplace or watch the sunrise over the medina from your private balcony.
Lani’s is located above a private beach with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean below and direct access to the golden sand for hotel guests. Rooms are sleek and stylish, and super sexy.
Romantic packages include couples massages and a private picnic on the beach for sunset.
A luxury resort in a secluded Napa Valley canyon, Calistoga Ranch is a charming grown-up version of a treehouse, with tree trunks peeping through cabins. Rooms have outdoor rain showers, and you’ll have to force yourself to leave them.
This is all about embracing the outdoors – enjoy a personal wine-blending session in our wine cave, collect honey from the beehive and harvest produce from their garden.
Once part of the Rabot Estate, one of Soufrière’s most famous cocoa plantations, Ladera Resort stands today as one of St. Lucia’s most unique and luxurious resorts.
Suites have panoramic views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea, with a private heated pool and romantic wooden swing.
Villa Afrikana is set high above the town of Knysna, on a hill called “Paradise” overlooking the famous Knysna lagoon.
The modern, gleaming white villa is incredibly striking, and rooms look like they’ve come straight from the catwalk. The pool is superb, and a cosy fireside bar tops it all off. An ideal base for vineyard exploring.
The boutique resort of Cap Maison has panoramic views of where Caribbean Sea meets Atlantic Ocean. The resort even has its own Proposal Concierge, who arranges impressive proposals. One took place on Rock Maison, a cocktail deck perched above the surging waves, where a rock of another kind was zipped down the Champagne Zip Line.
The beautiful beach at Cap Maison (or as locals call it, “Smugglers Cove”) has stellar snorkelling spots. Keep an eye out for turtles if you’re lucky!
This little gem is an upscale jumping off point for discovering the colourful streets of Merida, adventuring to Mayan Ruins or seeking out cenotes and haciendas.
Suites are a romantic throwback to the colonial years of Merida, with original tile floors and luxurious wrought iron four-poster king sized beds. Don’t miss out on the complimentary Mezcal.
By far one of the world’s most romantic hotels.
This boutique townhouse hotel in the trendy Pigalle district is inspired by the Parisian brothels from the Belle Époque period. Rooms have luxurious French-style decor and all have private access to the pool and spa.
Sip cocktails in the lounge, stroll around the winter garden or indulge in an afternoon of pampering at the spa – ideal for escaping the bustle of the city.
This beautiful resort has 40 rooms, including ocean-view suites, treehouses on stilts, and the freestanding Cliff House, which features a deck that appears to suspend over the 1,200-foot-high ocean.
Adding to the Zen ambience are the absence of televisions or alarm clocks, and daily yoga classes.
This intimate and romantic 12-room resort has the island’s closest guestrooms to the water, so you can step right into the crystal clear ocean.
The resort also has a serene saltwater pool area, oceanfront spa cabanas and heaps of exciting watersport activities. Couples on their honeymoon or babymoon will love it here.
The Setai, Miami Beach is a key part of Miami Beach and perfectly combines the destination’s sleek Art Deco style with a serene Far Eastern aesthetic.
Ocean View rooms have views of South Beach waterfront, and private balconies from which to watch the blazing sunsets. Pop open the Champagne and don’t move an inch from that swimming pool.
Kandolhu Maldives is a true heaven of tranquility and serenity located in North Ari Atoll, Maldives.
The resort has just 30 beach and over-water villas, four great restaurants, a spa and beautiful coral reef to explore. Villas here have private decks, with a plunge pool and infinite views of the Indian Ocean.
A hotspot for celebrities throughout the years, Badrutt’s Palace’s guests have included Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich and Charlie Chaplin.
This Winter Wonderland has its own private ice skating rink in winter and rooms include a hot-water bottle tucked under your sheets at night. Discover the indoor infinity pool or go with the flow out into the heated outdoor pool.
All rooms at this beautiful resort on the island of Santorini have undisturbed views of the Aegean Sea and the sunset. The postcard-perfect boutique hotel has 10 apartments and suites and one exclusive villa.
The rooms are traditionally Greek, with chic touches. For the ultra-romance factor, suites have spacious bathtubs with sea views and infinity pools.
A low-key adults only resort with cosy fire pits, surrounded by hummingbirds and gorgeous San Jacinto Mountain views. Sounds like the ideal romantic getaway? It is.
At Desert Riviera Hotel you can bake pizzas in an outdoor oven or just soak in the whirlpool tub beside the fairylit pool.
The One&Only Palmilla is a luxurious resort that’s a chilled out spot for couples looking to just get away from it all. Each of the 170 rooms faces towards the sea, with views of the Pacific Ocean or Sea of Cortez from a private patio or balcony.
You can also go swimming with sea lions here, or help release turtles back into the wild. A lovely place to create lasting memories.
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel is a luxurious home from home in Franschhoek, the heart of the South African Wine Valley. Guests are treated to pastries and coffee in the afternoon and a selection of local wines to taste each day.
The hotel also has wood fired hot tubs, where you can spend an evening with a glass of bubbles.
This 18th-century mansion is in one of the most elegant cities in France, with the beautiful squares of Aix just minutes away. There’s a 24-hour spa and hammam with heated pool to relax in. By far one of the world’s most romantic hotels.
Rooms have 300 year old teak parquet floors and contemporary furniture. Book the ‘Love Suite’ if you’re feeling extra romantic.
A peaceful eco-friendly resort, Bucati is located on one of the Caribbean’s top 10 Dream Beaches of the World.
Watch a movie under the stars on the beach, enjoy a couples massage or have a starlit romantic dinner on the beach. Whatever you need, the resort’s ‘Romance Concierge’ will look after it. Soaking up the sun here is something you’ll never forget.
As romantic hotels go this is as pretty as it gets.
For more hotel inspiration, check out our Hotel of the Day section on Big 7 Travel here.