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. For the week that’s in it, we’ve rounded up the most romantic hotels across the world – from marble palaces to rustic treetop lodges.
Romance Concierges, private island villas, outdoor bathtubs and candelit dinners – we’re highlighting the hotels you’ll want to book well in advance for next year’s special moments.
Even if you’re celebrating with your loved one from the comfort and safety of your own home this year, you can still dream about where to spend a night or two before 2021 is out. These are the places where you’ll fall in love all over again…
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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.
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.
Nestled between the ocean and the jungle, this eco-friendly resort is on a little-known island, making it the perfect intimate romantic escape. As soon you touch down at Soneva Kiri, your own Barefoot Butler will be at your beck and call.
You’ll stay in one of 36 private villas, each with its own private pool. Larger villas include their own treehouse, waterslide, and spa treatment areas. Romantic experiences. at the resort include star gazing at the hotel’s observatory and treepod dining in the rainforest canopy.
Ivory Lodge thinks of everything – from your champagne of choice in the maxibar to unique dining under the stars. Guests staying at Ivory Lodge can also spend a night or two in a luxury treehouse.
The Kingston Treehouse is built on boulders, across a small drawbridge, with lanterns to light the way. The pictures speak for themselves…
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.
Once the home of famous author Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond (all 14 James Bond novels were written here), GoldenEye is now one of the best hotels in Jamaica. The accommodation here is a collection of private villas, cottages and beach huts, each set within the resort’s private beaches and tropical gardens.
While the private villas are priced only for the very rich and famous, the beach huts offer the same excellent facilities at a more affordable price.
This five-star hotel is in the heart of Switzerland, right on top of Bürgenstock mountain. With Lake Lucerne below and surrounding mountains, you’ll have a stunning view everywhere you turn.
All rooms come with a balcony view of the lake or alps, and there’s even a private cinema. Perfect for a cosy date night after exploring the area.
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.
Describing itself as “an urban oasis in the heart of one of Sydney’s most iconic suburbs” Spicers Potts Point really delivers. Set in a trio of ever-charming 19th-century Potts Point townhouses on the outskirts of Sydney CBD, this ultra-luxe hotel is sure to bring your holiday full circle with the best in romance and luxury. With just 20 guestrooms, you’re guaranteed to receive full attention and stellar service.
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.
This art museum slash hotel is the perfect choice for lovebirds looking to escape. At Benesse House, they perfectly combine nature, modern architecture and art to create a memorable and unique experience. It is the perfect place to not only take in the beautiful sea views but also roam art collections with your sweetheart.
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 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.
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!
Slip away to Eichardt’s for out-of-this-world shoreside romance. This hotel gives a front-row seat to the stunning landscape of Lake Wakatipu int the heart of the South Island. Enjoy a lazy afternoon in their gardens and then head out for a vineyard tour.
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.
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.
Colonial style luxury and oriental elegance marry to create the perfect stay at Hong Kong’s The Peninsula. For instance, take your pick from any of their seven restaurants for a romantic dinner for two. Sleep in one of their many lavish suites with the crackling fireplace in the background. Moreover, some even include chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce around town.
Immaculate Moroccan decor, plunge pools, leather-lined floors and an incredible hammam spa Riad El Fenn perfect for love birds. With only 28-rooms, the hotel provides an intimate and exclusive atmosphere that is simply unmatched.
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.
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.
Slip your lover away to The Henrietta Hotel for a perfect weekend getaway in Covent Garden. Italian design with marble, vibrant furnishings and pastel bathrooms make it a comfortable getaway for lovebirds. Moreover, with only 18 rooms, a famous cocktail bar and an ideal location for exploring the city, it’s very romantic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want a romantic hotel that breaks away from the norm, the ACME is a shining example of hip hotel design. Rooms come with guitars (and headphones), DIY cocktail kits and are as high-tech as can be – just ask your own Alexa Amazon Echo. There’s a great cocktail bar, restaurant and bakery within the hotel, as well as the iconic ‘Bunny Slope’, an Apré-ski style private hot tub bar.
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.
Kakslauttanen in Saariselkä, Finland takes winter romance to an entirely new level. Sweep your lover away to the Finnish Lapland for an unforgettable trip. At Kakslauttanen you will sleep peacefully under the stars and maybe even the Northern Lights depending on the year.
Make all of your Arctic dreams come true in this amazing lovers accommodation.
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 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.
Housed in an 18th-century marble palace, Taj Lake Palace is the epitome of opulence and luxury. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two at either of their three upscale restaurants after lounging by their beautiful pool. All things considered, Taj Lake Palace is truly fit for royalty.
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.
In the heart of one of the world’s wine capitals, you’ll find Entre Cielos. Considered the best Malbec region, Entre Cielos brings the very best of relaxation and wine right to you. In essence, this luxury boutique hotel is perfect for a couples getaway.
Nothing compares to the Cappadocia landscape in Turkey. Fairy chimneys, cave homes and ancient villages seem to transcend time here. Yunak Evleri is the perfect choice for couples looking to experience this otherworldly region. Additionally, portions of the hotel date back to the 5th century making it ideal for history buffs, too.
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.
Private cabanas, secluded white powder beaches and breezy hammocks – what more could you want? Coco Plum Island Resort is perfect for lovers looking for a Caribbean getaway. Enjoy each other’s company with a sunset over the Caribbean Sea from the comfort of your private cabana meanwhile toasting to your love.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Experience the raw beauty of Kenya in this Elizabethian style mansion. Not only can you enjoy meals made with locally sourced foods you can also embark on a wildlife adventure with the surrounding hippos, giraffes, zebras and more. In the mornings you’ll be awakened by passing buffalo and a gorgeous Kenyan sunrise. What’s not to love?
Tucked away on 300 acres of wooded romantic countryside, you’ll find Twin Farms. Set in a farmhouse dating back to 1795 with Tuscan, Moroccan and Japanese decor, Twin Farms brings charm and exotic style straight to you.
Because it’s secluded in the wilderness and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, it is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway.
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.
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.
Splurge on one of the world’s most romantic hotels at Co. Limerick’s Adare Manor. This 5-star hotel set on an 840-acre estate brings gourmet food, warm hospitality and grandeur to a new height. Clink your glasses over a candlelit five-course meal in The Oak Room, enjoy delicious Irish whiskey with one of their many tasting options in addition to relaxing together in one of their spacious suites.
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.
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.
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.
Just outside the UNESCO World Heritage Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is Longitude 131º. Sixteen tented pavilions make up this luxury resort and provide unmatched views of the surrounding sacred dunes. Wake up with your sweetheart to a beautiful Australian sunrise on this magical site. When it comes to the most romantic hotels in the world, this is pretty tough to beat…