Most Romantic Hotels in the World
Jan 19, 2023
Travel Dreams Magazine
Are you on the hunt for a romantic place to stay for Valentine’s Day and beyond?
Does this place deliver the perfect mix of ambiance and amenities that’s sure to up the romance factor?
Whether you’re looking to travel now or want to book a trip for something to look forward to later, these exceptional properties each offer something unique for every kind of couple.
San Ysidro Ranch | Santa Barbara, CA
San Ysidro Ranch has been considered one of the most romantic boutique hotels in the world for over a century thanks to its intimate cottages, world-class service and unrivaled setting in the foothills of Montecito. Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh exchanged midnight wedding vows on the grounds, and John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned in the cottage that now bears their name. The property has just 38 luxury cottages and offers award-winning dining, swimming pool, Salon & Spa, access to 17 miles of hiking trails, and more.
The Salon & Spa is offering a special Romance Package ($950/ 2 guests), which includes exclusive use of the spa’s Love Birds treatment room featuring a state-of-the-art chromotherapy soaking tub and steam shower. The experience begins with a full body aromatic exfoliation treatment, followed by a custom mineral bath with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Guests will then enjoy a 60-minute massage with chocolate infused coconut oil, along with relaxing scalp and facial massage. In addition, champagne & chocolate covered strawberry or red wine & cheese board welcome amenities and a romantic turndown with champagne, rose petals and rose/lavender bath bomb is available. Romantic activities include gourmet picnic baskets, in-cottage champagne and caviar tasting and an in-cottage dining menu featuring a meal of delectable aphrodisiacs. Plus, Stonehouse will be offering a special Valentine’s Day four course pre-fixe menu at $250 per person with an option $120 wine pairing add-on. Cottages start at $2,495 inclusive of dining with no resort fees/
Oil Nut Bay | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
For couples seeking a serene and exceptionally private vacation locale, Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda is the perfect fit. Only accessible by boat or helicopter, the resort is spread across 400 exquisite acres and entirely surrounded by the ocean. Guests stay in private villas custom-built into the island’s topography, ranging from $600 to $30,00 per night. Private chef dinners are available in-villa and on the beach along with romantic picnic spreads in secluded locales around the property. Amenities include a beach club with three pools and a swim-up bar; Nova overwater restaurant and bar; wellness center; two heli-pads; equipment for kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling; and world-class dining options. For the ultimate five-night island escape, book the $145k romance package, which includes everything from a butler and in-villa dinner with private chef to private helicopter transfers and full-day boat excursion throughout the BVI.
Royal Lahaina Resort & Bungalows | Lahaina, Maui
Couples looking for miles of pristine sand, beautiful waters and Hawaii sunsets should stay in West Maui on the world-renowned Ka’anapali Beach. The destination is the perfect place to soak up the good things in life and reconnect with what matters most: each other. Royal Lahaina Resort & Bungalows is one of Hawaii’s original oceanfront escapes that has charmed guests for generations. The resort boasts a romantic and island-inspired ambiance across 27 acres of sun-kissed, tropical gardens. Stay in The Bungalows for spacious and secluded island living with beachfront access and private lanais descending to expensive lawns. Couples looking for the ultimate romantic evening can experience Kiawe Outdoor Under the Branches, an immersive alfresco dining experience cooked over open fire with impeccable wine and cocktail pairings. Book the Cheers to the New Year package and receive a bottle of sparkling wine, two keepsake champagne flutes and a $50 daily resort credit.
‘Alohilani Resort |Waikiki, Oahu
‘Alohilani Resort, named in honor of Queen Lili’uokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom, is located in the heart of Waikiki Beach with inspiring design from the Rockwell Group and rich Hawaiian cultural touches. The hotel sits where the city meets sand and includes two restaurants from internationally acclaimed Iron Chef Morimoto, a 17,000-square foot seascape pool deck with cabanas and Swell restaurant, captivating 280,000-gallon Oceanarium, rooftop fitness experience and a new holistic wellness center with a new full-service spa. Couples should book a one-bedroom beachside suite with extended double balconies and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Waikiki Beach. Plus, be sure to book a new aerial yoga class and participate in a Hi’uwai ceremony, a traditional ocean cleansing ritual to purify one’s body mind and spirit while honoring the ocean.
Ibiza Gran Hotel | Ibiza, Spain
Discerning travelers should seek Ibiza Gran Hotel, a unique haven and serene sanctuary located amidst the island’s wonderful and varied lifestyle. The Mediterranean icon opens for the season on April 3 and is known for providing the most luxurious and sophisticated hotel experience on the island. Renowned for its exceptional service, outstanding culinary venues, celebration of contemporary art, state-of-the-art wellness and relaxed atmosphere, Ibiza Gran Hotel is an ideal romantic getaway. The longstanding independently owned five-star hotel is situated in the heart of Ibiza’s “golden mile” and offers five award-winning restaurants, the only casino on the island, an exciting new nightlife venue, two dazzling pools and a world-class spa.
Salmon Falls Resort | Ketchikan, Alaska
Salmon Falls Resort is situated at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s iconic Inside Passage, located just 90 minutes from Seattle. The 51-room resort is best known for its majestic setting and world-class salmon fishing. The vast natural splendor in the midst of the Tongass National Forest on Revillagigedo Island lends itself to reconnecting over private adventures. The resort reopens for the 2023 season on June 1 so couples can book now for something to look forward to. Rates start at $1,500 per person per night and include accommodations, three meals per day, round-trip airport transfers, transportation to all activities, a customized itinerary with choice of Alaskan adventure activities each day and more. Adventurous couples will love the scenic Floatplane Fishing Adventure or Salmon Roe & Wine Pairing.