Romance isn’t dead. It’s just on vacation; booked into one of these breathtaking hotels nested in different corners of the earth.
1. Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
Sure, we can take romantic walks along the shore of Kangaroo Island, where Southern Ocean Lodge perches atop a cliff. Or, we could take romantic walks to its complimentary in-room bar and call it a night.
2. Four Seasons, Bora Bora
These overwater bungalows at the Four Seasons are fringed by islets, coral reefs and turquoise lagoons that define Bora Bora’s identity as a French Polynesian oasis. Climb from your private deck straight down into the lagoon, which thrives with over a hundred species of marine life. Plenty of fish in the sea — especially in Bora Bora.
3. Liku Liku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
Honeymooners flock to the bungalows of Liku Liku; an adults-only resort with glass floors and unobstructed ocean views from the bedrooms. While the beachfront bures are more closely located to the bars and dining areas, those lazing in the over-water suites are delivered a daily chef’s canape platter. “And the best thing is having a fresh coconut for breakfast with a wonderful view,” one guest said.
4. The Byron at Byron, Australia
If its title is anything to go by, the Byron at Byron embodies the identity of its namesake town: a casual, laid-back getaway hidden in subtropical rainforest. The hotel’s “Honeymoon” package greets couples with a bottle of Australian sparkling and cheese platter upon arrival, treats them to a full breakfast buffet and gifts them with complimentary yoga sessions, bike hire and spa treatments.
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5. Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand
Past the outskirts of Queenstown, on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers an award-winning spa where guests can sink into homegrown ingredients like manuka honey, volcanic clay and lanolin. Overlooking a landscape that inspired the Middle Earth of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, it’s clear there’s only one resort to rule them all.
6. Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley, Australia
Set on a 7000-acre nature reserve in the Blue Mountains, One & Only Wolgan Valley welcomes you after a meandering route through NSW wilderness. While nested in “a corner of the earth carved by time”, the resort takes in the beauty of this untouched region with trail rides, guided glow worm walks and stargazing expeditions. To the forest!
7. Amangiri Luxury Resort, Utah
Set in the Grand Circle, the largest concentration of national parks in the United States, the Amangiri sits within reach of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Monument Valley. It mimics the desert landforms it’s surrounded by; a testament to the stark beauty of Navajo culture and the drama of the Wild West. Howdy, holiday.
8. Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Mexico
Each room at Las Ventanas is accessed by a private elevator, offering total seclusion away from the world. There’s a bottle of Tequila to say welcome, a spa where ancient Bajan techniques are used to say adios to stress, and a butler to answer your every wish. Martini? Helicopter? Coming right up.
9. Le Sirenuse, Positano
In his 1953 Harper’s Bazaar feature, John Steinbeck , “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Perhaps it is this enduring old-world charm that continues to lure visitors to Le Sirenuse, as if it were a siren at sea. Decked out in whitewash stucco, bold red facades and vintage wooden speedboats ready for hire, the hotel makes you wonder — is this a dream?
10. Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
“Mother Nature is a great healer. All she needs is time and space. Fortunately there are plenty of both on Tswalu,” says Gus Van Dyk, Director of Conservation at Tswalu Kalahari. Situated on over 100,000 hectares of savannah, this game reserve marries eco-tourism with the wilderness. Graze on fine South African wines at the Motse suites, or dream under those fabled diamond skies on the Malori sleep-out deck.
11. Royal Mansour, Morocco
“Royal” may be an understatement. There are no rooms or suites here, only private residences known as riads, a traditional style of Moroccan accommodation that’s as luxurious as it is visually stunning. In Marrakech’s old medina, each riad is connected to the main hotel by a series of underground tunnels.
12. Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
Drink in Phang Nga Bay through all your senses. Six Senses is ensconced in paradise, surrounded by a piercing blue sea, immaculately tended gardens and an organic farm. Snorkel, dive, ride a yacht, wander, or fall into your private plunge pool — and the stocked wine fridge.
13. Monteverdi, Tuscany
With its king-sized beds draped in crisp white linen, you’d be forgiven if all you wanted to do here was sleep. But if you want to do (slightly) more than that, you’re in luck. Each room features bookshelves lined with classics, and the restaurant serves handmade pasta nightly. Then there are the weekly wine tastings… Cheers
14. Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Italy
These hotel suites are built into the ancient caves of Sassi, with specially designed furniture to accommodate the grottos. Dine within a rock-hewn basilica, and cycle off that glorious pasta with a bike ride into the hills of Muglia National Park.
15. San Giorgio Hotel, Mykonos
Far from the party beaches of this fabled town sits the San Giorgio, where whitewashed rooms represent the very best of Greek island architecture. Lay in the hammock on your private balcony and drink in views of the Aegean. How will you ever pry yourself away? It may not be possible.
16. Whitepod, Swiss Alps
On a Swiss mountaintop sits Whitepod, a town of domed “pods” sequestered by pine trees. Each pod is an architectural feat, heated by a pellet stove with ample space for an entire family and private terraces gazing down upon Lake Geneva.
17. Vail Collective Retreat, Colorado
Glamping at its finest. At Vail Collective Retreat, a little civilisation of luxury tents overlooks 1000 acres of Colorado mountain land. Each morning begins with freshly baked pastries. Each night, a campfire is lit and guests are encouraged to bring their “s’mores kit” (found in each room, naturally) for a communal feast ’round the fire. Luxury adventurers, unite.
18. Capri Tiberio Palace, Italy
We swoon like Hollywood stars on the Isle of Capri. Glamorous in a way that only Italians know how (think metallics, geometric accents and monochrome ’50s photography), the Capri Tiberio Palace conjures up la dolce vita. While only a minute’s walk from the central Piazzetta, the Palace offers a panoramic roof terrace for views stretching towards the endless blue horizon.
19. Brücke 49, Switzerland
For the minimalist couple with meticulously curated Instagram accounts. In the snowy town of Vals, Brücke 49 is a boutique Nordic guesthouse cast in black and white. With pristine interiors, locally sourced produce and sturdy wooden pillars like the bones of a bear, Brücke 49’s spirit weathers the Swiss winter well.
20. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
Imagine this: you, relaxing in your own wooden hot tub on your private outdoor deck. Or maybe you’re mulling thoughts under the outdoor rain shower. Maybe you’ve just come back from an elephant ride, and you’d like a massage to undo those knots. Or maybe you’re after something else entirely. Custom spa treatments? A cooking class with your own personal chef? Breakfast on a mountain top? Here at the Four Seasons, your wish is their command.
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21. Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali
On an island whose population largely follows Balinese Hinduism, the name Ayana assumes its Hindu definition of “pretty flower.” At 14 metres above the Indian Ocean, Ayana Resort blooms towards the sea, with yoga meditation, spa treatments and the Rock Bar, where you can treat yourselves to a tipple.