Most Romantic Hotels 2014
Romance makes the world go round (especially romantic luxury hotels and resorts). Romantic travel often conjures up images of beaches, luxury spas, rose petal strewn suites,and candlelight dining al fresco. Some of the most romantic luxury resorts offer those things in the form of privacy, private pools, secluded villas, luxury suites, and lots of love. But what about lovebirds who want a different kind of romantic getaway? Our World's Best Romantic Hotels also offer wellness retreats, activities such as cooking classes, sailing, museum tours, theater events, and outdoor adventures such as zip lining, white water rafting, and other extreme sports. So whatever your idea of romance, our list of the World's Best Romantic Hotels will have a romantic property that fulfills your every desire. The world's best luxury hotels and resorts of the world range from beachfront luxury hotels to top city getaways to cozy luxury ski chalets to luxurious lodges. The most romantic luxury resorts are only a booking away.
Built as a castle in the 13th century, today Ashford Castle is one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. It is a world class resort property in a romantic estate of 350 acres. Ashford was the location of the classic film "The Quiet Man" Pierce Brosnan chose Ashford as the venue for his wedding. The castle has an unsurpassed reputation for providing guests with the finest service and accommodations.
The shimmering lagoon, the byzantine buildings, and serene palaces flanking the Grand Canal offer a spellbinding backdrop for almost any occasion. And what better place to be romantic than in an 18th century palace, adorned with period antiques and original artwork, which will take you back in time to the days of The Most Serene Republic? An intimate boutique hotel, is an authentic, Venetian-style palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal.
The sun setting over the violet sky, a warm breeze rolling through lush gardens, views sweeping down to the ocean—Belmond El Encanto is brimming with romance. This iconic early 20th-century luxury hotel tucked away in Santa Barbara's American Riviera neighborhood, is meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that made it a favorite spot for the local community.
This hotel is ideally situated in the seaside village of La Jolla, just steps from lovely beaches along with interesting eateries and world-class shopping. The Grande Colonial Hotel features 93 guest rooms and suites, some with kitchens and fireplaces. There is 5,000 square feet of event space for weddings, and other special events. The award-winning NINE-TEN Restaurant boasts nationally acclaimed chefs and a Wine Spectator-recognized wine list.
The tranquility and romance of this 22-acre waterfront resort will enfold you. Whether your accommodations are in the Manor House, the Post Cottage, or the 18 suites, guests are captivated by the romance of this estate. Coffee on a private porch,, a soak in a deep tub or watching the stars makes for a perfect day. The Spa at Hastings House welcomes with calm and well-being and candle lit dining will ensure your romantic vacation is complete.
Nestled in the Tuscan hills, the villa is 15 minutes from the Florence, but conveys the feeling of being lost in the countryside. Discover the rich privacy of suites and rooms, which combine local artisanship and modern technology. Adventures through the countryside, relaxing by the pool, treatments at The Spa, jaunts to historical sites, or romantic dinners crafted by the Michelin-starred chef round out a romantic stay here.
Situated in a beautiful and quiet location, this boutique hotel is the perfect starting point for sightseeing, a wine trail tour, or fun in the sun and sea. All rooms and suites have balconies with views of the cove and the forest. Presided over by chef Tomislav Gretic and sommelier Emil Perdec, the restaurant is a fine-dining destination. The wellness facility is an intimate space devoted to face and body care, massages, and beneficial baths.
This hotel is perched on a cliff surrounded by the Sea of Zihuatanejo Bay, with a magnificent panoramic view. It offers ten pool suites, eleven grand suites, and three terrace suites facing the ocean. Nearby, guests enjoy an 18-hole golf course, tennis, water sports, and deep-sea fishing. The refined food, superb views, and impeccable service, entices guests to return. Privacy, elegance, and hospitality makes stays a memorable experience.
This is a a wonderful place from which to enjoy the romantic pleasures of Positano and the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Most rooms, suites and junior suites look out over the bay and have white-washed walls, vaulted ceilings, and hand-made tiles. La Sponda restaurant serves Neapolitan cuisine, and at dinner, four hundred candles create an unforgettable atmosphere. The Sirenuse Spa offers massages and treatments using AVEDA's products and techniques.
Nestled in 30 lush tropical acres, this historic inn is located on the beach. It's private, romantic, and personal. The hotel will plant a coconut palm in honor of couples' love, so they can return and watch it grow. The lemon-hued cottages are scattered throughout the palm-filled property and are surrounded by a quarter acre of land. With a partner, choose from a menu of massages, body treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures at the spa.
Commanding more than 12 acres of pristine seclusion, tranquil lakes, and inspiring panoramas, guests can indulge in unrivaled spaciousness, personal freedom, and majestic grandeur. It is a harmony of timeless elegance and extravagant personal space with exceptional views of mountains, lakes, and gardens. The luxury villas offer private pools and dedicated outdoor areas, while the 5 star palaces also include private kitchens and butler services.
This romantic hotel is located on a privately-owned peninsula, surrounded by the Emerald Coast. Here the waters meet the lush rainforest greenery in a dazzling display of color and light. The 25 charming bungalows are in perfect harmony with the breathtaking scenery. Enjoy the state-of-the-art fitness centre, cinema, restaurant, bar, lounge, games room, ocean-front tennis court, heated swimming pool, massage gazebos, SPA, and nature trails.
Nestled on the cliffs of Big Sur, the Post Ranch Inn provides the ultimate romantic getaway for those seeking an escape for a honeymoon, anniversary, or a relaxing vacation. Relax by the pools, or awaken the senses with a massage, spa treatment, or yoga class. Sierra Mar restaurant offers an awe-inspiring setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, perfect for a romantic dinner for two. The 40 guest rooms offer a luxurious, romantic experience.
Tucked away on Hamilton Island’s northern-most tip, qualia’s 60 private pavilions look onto the Coral Sea and the Whitsunday Islands. All pavilions boast stunning views of the Whitsundays or the tropical bushland. The romantic setting for dinner at the Long Pavilion is a horizon edged with encircling islands, backlit by the setting sun. Qualia’s gym offers waterfront views and the spa offers anti-aging, detoxifying, and cleansing treatments.
Opened in 1887, Raffles Singapore epitomizes the romance of the Far East. The colonial-styled architecture and lush gardens exude an atmosphere of timeless elegance. Raffles Spa offerss exclusive treatments, and the VIP suite is for guests who want to share a relaxing experience of togetherness. 15 restaurants and bars beckon, including the Long Bar - home to the Singapore Sling, and the Tiffin Room, which continues the tradition of Afternoon Tea.
This five-star boutique 30 bedroom property excels in the art of comfort and hospitality and is renowned for its personal service. Lavish furnishings are complemented by original works of art and fine antiques, the dining room is ideal for private functions, and the lounge serves afternoon tea. Tucked away on a quiet street, The Egerton is a short walk from Knightsbridge, Sloane Street, and the King's Road, as well as the Kensington museums.
Set on 3 acres of river front, this 39-room luxury retreat transports guests to a bygone era of priceless antiquities, Oriental allure, and contemporary comforts. The Siam features Bangkok's most spacious suites and offers intimate private pool villas with open-air roof terraces. An irresistible array of bespoke cultural amusements await guests: explore Bangkok by boat, indulge in pampering at the seductive spa, or unwind at the riverfront bar.
Surrounded by the ocean on three sides with an old growth forest as a backdrop, the romantic Wickaninnish Inn offers panoramic views of the Pacific, nearby islands and Chesterman Beach. All rooms have beach views, fireplaces, soaker tubs, and balconies. The Ancient Cedars Spa relaxes and the Pointe Restaurant offers ocean front dining. Guests can witness a winter storm, bask in the warmth of a summer day, or explore nature's magic in a tidal pool.