When it comes to taking your relationship to the next level or organizing a romantic holiday with your special someone, do your homework. Finding the perfect hotel is essential for laying the groundwork for seduction. There’s no need to wait for Valentine’s Day; these romantic hotels are among the best in the country and provide everything you need to get in the mood for love at any time of year.
Let us set the tone: breathtaking vistas, breakfast in bed, couples massages, and chocolate-dipped strawberries before bedtime. Doesn’t that sound lovely? Yes, it does. So, how about soaking baths that can accommodate two people? You may also take it a step further by staying at a hotel with a private pool in your room. Yes, I’m serious. Whether you prefer a big city love shack or a modest beach villa, these romantic hotels feature sensual advantages that will make you want to hang up the Do Not Disturb sign and get right into those romantic feelings. But, hey, make a point of venturing out at some time, because these hotels and their locations are fantastic.
And one more thing before we get started: these romantic hotels are sure to stoke the embers of romance, so consider the top couples vacations in the United States as your next step on that love train.
1: The Setai
Miami Beach, Florida
This opulent hotel has a beachy vibe during the day and a seductive vibe at night. From the tiny waterside pergolas to the lobby, created from bricks reused from collapsing Art Deco buildings in Shanghai’s old city, the Setai elegantly mixes the old and the new. The hotel has 125 suites and three heated pools, one of which has a 90-foot bar flanking it. This hotel is all about sipping Asian-inspired drinks from a chaise lounge with stunning views of the Atlantic.
2: Belamere Suites
This opulent hotel offers a compelling reason to visit northern Ohio. The adults-only resort has 35 individual suites, each with its own entrance and parking space. Inside, you’ll find opulent facilities like bubbling Jacuzzi tubs, two-person walk-in massage showers, luxurious robes, and crystal-encrusted fireplaces. If you really want to go all out, book the two-story Grand Royal Swimming Pool Suite, which has a private, candle-lit, heated pool. Oh, and you’ll get breakfast every morning.
3: Auberge du Soleil
The five-star Auberge du Soleil is located on a 33-acre olive grove in excellent California wine country, and it features infinity-edge soaking pools with views of the vineyards. Each of the 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments has a wood-burning fireplace, soaking tub, and private patio. However, a few years ago, the hotel debuted Maison Biarritz, four remodelled guest rooms inspired by the South of France, complete with open-air showers and heated limestone flooring. Walk through the Ma(i)sonry Gallery, an outdoor sculpture garden featuring 110 works by California artists, before indulging in spa treatments that incorporate mud, minerals, olive oil, grapes, and fresh herbs—you can upgrade your pampering session with a wine pairing selected by the Michelin-starred restaurant’s sommelier.
4: Twin Farms
On more than 300 acres of woodlands and meadows just north of Woodstock, Twin Farms provides 20 suites and cottages, each with a wood-burning fireplace and screened-in porch. Though each folk art-inspired home is distinctive, with hand-painted murals, maple and pine woodwork, antique quilts, or four-poster beds, the Moroccan-inspired Meadow lodge stands out. It has a mosaic-tile fireplace, beautiful wooden screens, and a gleaming colored-glass chandelier suspended from the tented ceiling. Choose a vintage from Twin Farms’ 15,000-bottle wine cellar—we prefer the house champagne—and then relax in the furo, a traditional Japanese soaking tub heated to 104 degrees.
5: Four Seasons Resort
Lanai City, Hawaii
This exotic Four Seasons branch is unlike any other brand hotel you’ve visited. This breathtaking cliffside property—a former pineapple plantation—has a number of guest rooms and suites but manages to seem private with personalized touches for guests such as sake tastings and mixology workshops. Couples will enjoy relaxing on the calm beach with a mai tai in hand, or taking part in fun activities such as a sunset sail around the coastline or eating under the stars at a special table for two overlooking Hulopoe Bay.
6: The Greenwich Hotel
This five-star hotel in the heart of glitzy Tribeca is the pinnacle of luxury. And it’s ideal for getting away from the rush and bustle of New York City. The hotel’s accommodations are sumptuously outfitted with items such as Tibetan silk rugs and English leather settees, and it has 88 entirely original rooms and suites—no two are decorated similar. The Greenwich’s most extravagant suites, such as the Fireside Corner Suite, provide celebrity-level amenities such as a king-sized bed, a separate sitting room and wet bar, an extra-deep marble soaking tub, and a walk-in rain shower. It might even be large enough for two people.
7: The Kehoe House
This luxurious bed & breakfast is housed in a beautifully renovated 1892 Renaissance Revival palace. The B&B provides intriguing delights such as a nightly hors d’oeuvres reception and turndown service finished off by a dish of warm cookies, as well as 13 simply lovely guest rooms furnished with stylish antiques and sophisticated textiles. Couples can supplement the extensive list of free amenities with optional extras such as a tray of chocolate-covered strawberries or a dozen long-stemmed flowers.
8: Stephanie Inn
Cannon Beach, Oregon
The oceanfront Stephanie Inn, located on the northern Oregon coast, offers equal parts breathtaking nature, passionate romance, and top-tier luxury. Wine pairing meals that pair local produce (think spice-roasted beets with excellent Oregon pinot noir), fireside massages in the privacy of your own room, and cocktail-making workshops are all available to couples. Are you sick of all the one-on-one time? Go to the daily wine and beer gathering and interact with the other guests.
9: The Cloister
Sea Island, Georgia
This Mediterranean-style estate on a barrier island south of Savannah, built in 1928, feels like its own private paradise. With 1,000 acres lushly planted with palm trees, it’s ideal for both poolside relaxation (there are three pools to choose from) and action-packed couples eager to hit up its PGA golf courses or frolic along its five miles of private beaches. At night, unwind in one of the property’s comfortable rooms or suites, which have vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams, and handcrafted Oriental rugs.
10: The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Newport, Rhode Island
This 19th-century treasure, a former home turned into 20 nicely appointed hotel rooms, is nestled among Newport’s Gilded Age mansions. Each is unique and evokes a specific historical period or decorative theme; for example, the Williamsburg Room’s style is post-Revolutionary America, with Colonial Williamsburg floral prints in red, white, and blue; and the Nantucket Ocean Villa’s harbor scenes and nautical design evoke the island’s early 19th century. Romance abounds at the hotel’s restaurant The Spiced Pear, as well as around the fire pits on the spacious beachfront lawn, where you can wind down with a tipple in hand as the sunsets.