25 of the Most Romantic Resorts in the World
Have you ever wished that your love life was more like a romance novel? It can be at one of these over-the-top romantic resorts...at least for a few days.
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Fall in love all over again
There are many different versions of romance. Some of us envision sitting by the fire at a cozy log cabin overlooking a lake. For others, the perfect romantic escape is rooted in history, with a visit to a turn-of-the-century resort that has set the scene for some legendary love stories. Or maybe a clothing-optional, adults-only couples resort is more your jam? Whether you’re planning your honeymoon, an anniversary trip, or a quick romantic weekend getaway, we’ve got you covered. We scoured the globe in search of the world’s most romantic resorts, inns, and lodges—places where you’ll be able to create memories that last a lifetime. No matter what you have in mind, from staying in a dreamy over-the-water bungalow to a romantic hotel located on a vineyard, these destinations are sure to make an impression in a major way.
How we chose the most romantic resorts
With so many places to choose from, narrowing down our list was no easy task. We carefully selected our picks based on a variety of factors, including expert recommendations and TripAdvisor reviews. And, of course, we included a variety of options for every traveler, whether you’re looking for a secluded island in a far-flung destination or a budget-friendly all-inclusive resort in the United States. Simply scroll through, choose your favorite fantasy, and raise a glass to us when you’re relaxing in paradise.
One important note: Before you book, make sure to double-check that everything you’d like to visit will be open once you arrive. Some attractions and events may still be closed or restricted due to the pandemic. Also check the CDC’s website for safety guidelines, restrictions, or other considerations while traveling, as well as specific requirements for individual hotels.
The Ritz, Paris, France
Best for: Culture lovers
If you are looking for epic romance and love the idea of frolicking in a hotel with more than 120 years of history, the Ritz is calling your name. This posh and palatial hotel, which opened way back in 1898, has hosted everyone from Hollywood royalty to Coco Chanel to F. Scott Fitzgerald, who even has a room named after him. It’s opulent, elegant, and the perfect place to be pampered after exploring the City of Lights. Expect to invest upward of $1,000 per night for a memorable romantic getaway that will linger in your mind for decades to come. Before your trip, just make sure you know which overhyped Paris attractions to avoid.
- Unparalleled luxury, glamour, and elegance
- Situated in the heart of Paris
- Perfect for history, Hollywood, and literary buffs alike
- Because it’s a bigger hotel, common areas are not very intimate
The Lodge at Woodloch Hotel, Hawley, Pennsylvania
Best for: The spa-obsessed
All year long, this romantic, mostly all-inclusive resort is filled with lovers looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway. Nestled between New York City and Philadelphia, The Lodge at Woodloch is an adults-only Poconos resort known for its exemplary spa. Whether you want to get a couples massage, take long walks around the lake, or enjoy a plunge in a hot tub overlooking the forest, there are myriad opportunities for romance. Three gourmet meals a day are included in the nightly rate, which starts at $399 per person, per night. It’s the type of East Coast vacation you need to take at least once.
- Beautiful setting
- Easily accessible by car to many East Coasters
- World-class spa
- Spa treatments will cost you extra; make sure to check out upgraded packages that include a nightly spa credit
Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
Best for: Outdoorsy types or those who love a cozy mountain vibe
This adults-only, all-inclusive resort is tucked away in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Western Montana on 28,000 acres. The resort offers a variety of accommodations, including private cabins with wood-burning fireplaces and private hot tubs (perfect for stargazing). Plus, you don’t have to pay extra for meals, house beverages (yes, that includes the alcoholic variety), or on-ranch activities—which are plentiful. Days can be spent horseback riding, fly-fishing, sapphire panning, skiing, and hiking. The four-night package begins at $5,890 (based on double occupancy). If you’re a snow bunny, these top-notch ski resorts should also be on your must-visit list.
- The perfect luxury-meets-rustic experience
- Variety of accommodations to choose from
- If you aren’t planning on leaving your room, you’re better off with an à la carte resort
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Maui, Hawaii
Best for: An exotic escape in the United States
A secluded tropical hideaway with a touch of modern style, the Andaz Maui redefines luxury with a non-traditional approach. It is located on Maui’s premier southwestern coastline along Mokapu Beach, which has a 15-acre beach to stroll down with your love. A getaway to this Maui hideaway is an ideal trip for those looking for an exotic escape—minus the passport. While there, couples can indulge in a day of relaxation and rejuvenation at the Āwili Spa and Salon. At the heart of the spa is the Apothecary Blend Bar, a unique apothecary-style spin on the traditional Japanese omakase experience. In addition to Maui, these are some other U.S. islands you can visit without a passport.
- No passport needed
- World-class spa
- Picturesque beaches
- It isn’t adults-only, so you might be surrounded by children
The Cove at Atlantis, Bahamas
Best for: Gamblers
While the Atlantis is famous for being a family-friendly resort equipped with waterslides, kids clubs, and even an aquarium, it also has some seriously romantic options. The Cove at Atlantis is nestled along a protected cove between two private white-sand beaches, and it caters to couples, offering luxury suites with sweeping ocean views and butler service. Other luxurious elements include the adults-only Cove Pool, which features 20 private beach cabanas and exceptional cuisine courtesy of Michelin star Chef José Andrés. The resort also offers the Caribbean’s only outdoor gaming, in addition to indoor gaming at Sea Glass.
Private sunset speedboat tours, intimate dinners on the beach, and a couples massage at the Mandara Spa are a few extra romantic touches that can be added to any package, including the “Love Is Here” couples getaway package. Available now through May 2022, it includes daily breakfast for two, dinner at any restaurant on the property, and a late checkout for those mornings it’s impossible to leave the bed.
- Major resort amenities in an intimate setting
- World-class gaming and gambling
- Paradise Island is easy to access
- While The Cove offers adults-only amenities, it is still family-friendly
The House, Barbados
Best for: An all-inclusive Caribbean experience
Situated on Barbados’ sparkling west coast, The House is the island’s exclusive, adults-only hotel with stunning ocean views. Through the gorgeous oversized wooden-door entrance awaits effortless luxury, 24/7 service ambassadors, and champagne breakfasts—basically the ultimate beach bungalow for those looking to get away and get cozy. With just 34 rooms at this romantic resort, couples will feel like they’ve got the entire place to themselves, so there’s no shame in sneaking a kiss in the hot tub or during the complimentary jet-lag revival massage.
- All-inclusive Caribbean resort
- Intimate setting
- In-house dining options are limited, but the resort does offer transportation off-site for no charge, including a water taxi
Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
Best for: Newlyweds
Warning: If you visit this luxe retreat, you’ll never want to leave. This cliffside paradise is best known for its sweeping views of St. Lucia’s twin Piton mountains and three-walled, open-air, guest-room “sanctuaries” that feature private infinity pools, four-poster canopy beds, 24/7 butler service, and a unique design that makes guests feel like they are right at the edge of the galaxy. (Think: watching shooting stars from your bed at night—no big deal!) It’s the perfect spot if you want to cozy up with your significant other and bare it all while lounging on your private sun deck or enjoying an open-air shower, which makes it ideal for a memorable honeymoon. If the $1,600-plus-a-night resort looks familiar, it might be because you’ve caught a glimpse of it on The Bachelor. By the way, you can also stay at these U.S. hotels where your favorite movies and TV shows were filmed.
- Unparalleled views
- Luxurious accommodations
- Impeccable service
Hedonism II, Negril, Jamaica
Best for: Couples who want to walk on the wild side
Are you looking for a destination that’s a little more, well, sensual than the average resort? Then Hedonism II is the place for you. This all-inclusive, clothing-optional resort in Negril, Jamaica, is one of the best places for partners to fall in love with each other all over again and connect on a sexual level. While you can be as “mild or wild” as you like, it’s definitely not the place to be shy! Rooms start in the hundreds and go up from there. Jamaica’s Seven Mile Beach, one of the best beaches in the world, is just a 10-minute drive from the resort, so make sure to swing by during your stay.
- Gorgeous setting
- Niche offerings
- If nudity makes you uncomfortable, stay away!
The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Indonesia
Best for: Budget-minded travelers
Bali is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and this gorgeous resort, designed by award-winning architect Budiman Hendropurnomo and interior designer Rudy Dodo, is the perfect place to soak it all in. The Apurva Kempinski Bali resort offers panoramic views and an enraptured, out-of-this-world feeling. The palatial estate gives into serendipitous indulgences, including unobstructed ocean views, top-notch restaurants, bars, and lounges, and gorgeous beaches and pools—and prices start at around $200 per night. We suggest splurging at this luxurious resort and booking yourself a suite, perhaps one with a tub overlooking the ocean or even a private patio pool.
- All the luxuries of $1,000-per-night resorts for less than $200
- Stunning setting and views
- It isn’t adults-only
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Orlando, Florida
Best for: Disney lovers
While Disney World might not be everyone’s idea of romantic, it’s actually a very popular honeymoon destination. And out of all the stunning Disney World properties, The Grand Floridian is the most luxurious and well-known. Fashioned after the Victorian elegance of The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, it offers white-sand beaches, a world-class spa, and easy access via Monorail to Disney attractions. Victoria & Albert’s, which is located in the resort, also happens to be one of the finest dining experiences in all of central Florida. While it is currently closed as Disney continues its phased reopening, you’ll definitely need a reservation once it’s back in business.
- Luxury accommodations
- Tons of amenities
- Easy access to Disney attractions
- Kids…lots of them!
Auberge du Soleil, Napa, California
Best for: Wine drinkers
The Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley is an exclusive adults-only resort with just 50 rooms in California’s wine country. Sprawling across 33 acres with views of the California mountains, it is the perfect place to sip some of the world’s finest wines and indulge at the resort’s Michelin-starred restaurant, which features a 15,000-bottle wine cellar. The resort is also renowned for its spa, where treatments can be had al fresco. If this sounds like your idea of heaven, you’ll also want to bookmark this list of the best wineries in the country.
- An idyllic wine-country setting
- World-class dining
- Great for nature lovers
- Non-wine drinkers may find more romance elsewhere
One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
Best for: A south-of-the-border getaway
This romantic and luxurious south-of-the-border resort, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, has been a favorite with Hollywood celebrities for years. It offers amazingly appointed suites with deep soaking tubs and patio daybeds, and to make your experience even more memorable, guests are designated a butler at check-in; they’ll do everything from help you unpack to make dinner reservations. This will give you more time to soak up the ambiance with your love. For other kinds of trips, check out this list of popular Mexico destinations.
- Five-star amenities
- Impeccable service
- Secluded resort, but easy access to Cabo
- It’s a splurge
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, France
Best for: Romance on the Riviera
You may not have realized it at the time, but you’ve definitely seen photos of celebrities frolicking around this swanky French Riviera resort. It has been romancing guests for more than 147 years and is historically one of the most celebrated locations in the world. Whether you spend your day wandering around the stately 19th-century mansion or jumping into the clear, blue ocean from the resort’s trademark rocks, you will feel like you’re living the dream. Rooms start at around $700 in the spring, but expect to pay a whole lot more during the summer months!
- A must for Hollywood and history buffs
- Magnificent views
- Iconic luxury
- If you want to enjoy the ocean attractions, there is only a short window from June to September
Canaves Oia, Santorini, Greece
Best for: Otherworldly views
We’ve all seen those stunning photos on our social media feeds: white-washed buildings, uncompromising views of deep-blue waters, and the most amazing sunsets ever. If this view fulfills your every romantic fantasy, then book a room at Canaves Oia. The resort is built within a 17th-century cave complex and offers luxuries such as private plunge pools overlooking the sea and service that is truly above and beyond. By the way, these are the best Greek islands to visit in your lifetime—and yes, Santorini is on the list!
- A boutique hotel with top-notch amenities
- Famous views of Santorini
- Exceptional cuisine
- Santorini is seasonal—you can visit in the winter, but expect chilly temperatures and rain!
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Tahiti
Best for: Over-the-water bungalows
Bora Bora has always been considered the ultimate romantic destination, which is why it’s a go-to for so many honeymooners. If you’ve always dreamed of staying in an over-water bungalow, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is the place for you. And there’s more to this experience than the picturesque beach and clear waters; this resort offers a variety of activities, ranging from tennis to scuba diving. Oh, and let’s not forget about the dreamy spa. While you can expect to spend several thousand dollars for a week at this romantic resort, the memories will be priceless.
- Unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience
- Stunning property
- Lots of activities
- Traveling to Tahiti can be expensive and take a long time
Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Canada
Best for: Royal enthusiasts and outdoorsy types
If your idea of romance entails living out royal fantasies, then head on over to the Wickaninnish Inn, located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada—where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle famously made a pit stop in between their life as royals and Californians. This romantic resort, which has the feel of a rustic mountain lodge, is surrounded by towering pines, in-room fireplaces, and the same Pacific Ocean views the royal couple has been pictured next to. While you’re north of the border, you may also want to check out these popular travel destinations in Canada.
- Rustic but elegant rooms
- In-room fireplaces
- Not the ideal spot if you don’t enjoy the outdoors
Lutsen Resort, Lutsen, Minnesota
Best for: Lakeside lovers
For some, the most romantic getaway is a cozy, no-frills, log-cabin-like experience filled with stunning lake views, intimate nightly bonfires, and long walks on staggering cliffs. If this is your jam, then book a room at the Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, a little bit north of the up-and-coming city of Duluth. Opt for an old-school room in the resort’s cozy lodge, or splurge on one of the intimate log cabins overlooking the lake. As for what time of the year you should visit, that depends on your agenda. In the winter, you can take advantage of Lutsen Mountain’s skiing and snowboarding or the resort’s indoor pool and spa, while the summer months are perfect for long walks in nature, the alpine slide, and antiquing in the nearby town of Grand Marais.
- Rustic and cozy
- Lots of outdoor activities
- Stunning setting on Lake Superior
- Might be too rustic for some
Bucuti & Tara Resort, Oranjestad, Aruba
Best for: Long walks on the beach
Aruba boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world—which could be why it’s the most revisited island in the Caribbean—and this adults-only romance and wellness resort just might be the best spot to enjoy them. Located on beautiful Eagle Beach, this award-winning, eco-friendly resort has received numerous awards. While they are the first to admit there are more luxurious properties on the island, their customer satisfaction ratings are unparalleled. They also offer flat room rates all year long, which takes the stress out of booking.
- Picturesque beach setting
- No all-inclusive options
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Best for: A unique romantic experience
This stunning California hotel is built atop cliffs that tower 1,200 feet over the Pacific Ocean. Imagine waking up with your love and sipping your coffee while taking in the picturesque view? All of the rooms are pretty impressive and will make actually getting up and leaving them incredibly difficult. You don’t really need to, though, as the resort offers room service and in-room massages. However, if you really want a next-level experience, check out the property’s modern treehouses. These digs are perched nine feet high in the forest, making them the perfect spots for stargazing or bird watching. Some rooms even have fireplaces and soaking tubs on the balcony. Rates start around $1,000 per night for this memorable experience. Here are more of the most magical treehouse hotels around the world.
- World-class dining
- Amazing ocean views
- Eclectic lodging offerings
- A stay here is an investment!
Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts, Poconos, Pennsylvania
Best for: A kitschy weekend getaway
Back in the 1970s, hot tub hotel rooms in the Poconos were all the rage—even Life magazine dubbed the mountainous region the “honeymoon capital of the world.” In case you didn’t know, the romance is still alive at Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts, a trio of couples-only resorts (Cove Haven Resort, Paradise Stream Resort, and Pocono Palace Resort). Home to the original heart-shaped tub and the seven-foot-tall Champagne Tower tub, their unique offerings and all-inclusive packages make for a fun and unique getaway.
- You won’t have to leave the room
- Unique experience
- Not everyone will appreciate the novelty factor
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, The Maldives
Best for: Extreme privacy
The Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is a new luxury all-inclusive that opened just before the pandemic. Here, you’ll find romantic dinners on the beach, private movies, private wine tastings and cooking lessons, a fabulous spa, and bungalows over the clear Indian Ocean. The resort was designed by architect Edward David Poole, and each villa exudes Singaporean and Italian influences. Plus, it was created with sustainability in mind: Long-lasting Langhi Langhi leaves used to build canopies and solar panels, powering the island’s hot water, are on every villa.
- One-of-a-kind lodging options
- Resort-worthy amenities
- The Maldives are not easily accessible
Inns of Aurora, Finger Lakes, New York
Best for: A boutique hotel experience
If you want to avoid a big-resort feel but still want the amenities that come with it, try the Inns of Aurora. It boasts five impeccably decorated boutique inns complete with resident innkeepers, in-room fireplaces, and private balconies. Upon reopening in May 2021, the resort made three of its five Inns exclusively available for private rental. Included in the stay are fire pits, organic coffee and homemade granola bars, plush robes, bicycles, birding guides, and more. Customizable experiences like private chef service and private yoga sessions are available as add-ons for private-rental guests, as well as the brand-new spa.
- Gorgeous, historic lodging
- Easily accessible from New York and Philadelphia
- Not a huge resort, so don’t expect 24/7 service
San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, California
Best for: Star-spotting
Prince Harry, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Rob Lowe are just a few of the famous folks who call Montecito home. So, if you book a weekend at San Ysidro Ranch, the luxury resort tucked away in this posh area, there’s a good chance you will run into a celebrity. Even if you don’t, the upscale digs paired with impeccable service will make you feel like one. Take walks through the lush gardens where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows, or imagine John and Jackie Kennedy lounging by the pool on their honeymoon.
- Old Hollywood glamour and romance
- A short drive from Los Angeles
- A weekend at this celebrity favorite will cost you
Mii Amo, Sedona, Arizona
Best for: A desert escape
If you enjoy dry, hot desert heat, Mii Amo in Red Rocks of Sedona is the perfect place to tap into passion. The adults-only resort and world-class spa offers luxury accommodations with all-inclusive experiences, including dining and spa services. A lot of outdoor activities are also offered, ranging from hikes and yoga classes to meditation, so you’ll get to commune with nature in addition to each other. If this is your vibe, here are more wellness retreats you’ll want to check out.
- Connected to a bigger family-friendly resort
The Plaza, New York City
Best for: An over-the-top New York trip
The Plaza is one of the most celebrated hotels in the world—and the perfect setting for romance. A staple in movies and books, this legendary hotel nestled on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South is a bucket-list experience. With its French furnishings and crystal chandeliers to each room’s period-perfect decor, you will be drenched in old-school luxury for your entire stay. Don’t forget to make reservations for afternoon tea in the Palm Court and live jazz at the Rose Club.
- A bucket-list experience
- Unparalleled luxury
- Prime New York City location
- It is one of the most expensive hotels in New York City