If you ask what is the most romantic hotel we stayed, my answer would be Atlantis The Palm. Yes that is more of a family resort but to stay in an iconic man-made island in one of the world’s most luxurious hotel, that is some kind of underwater-themed romance. Of course, my hotel experience is limited to 20 properties spanning five countries (including my beloved republic), so I am bias perhaps.
I thought about this post today because I received brochure prints of some of the world’s most romantic hotels from our travel agent . Normally, we would have sat down with him by this month to discuss spring holiday. However we have other priorities right now. And perhaps to remind us his role for the family, he sent them along.
So I am sharing some properties today that took my interest. Given the chance someday, I’ll take be off to one romantic holiday in any of these:
Ensconced in the heart of the medina, this riad underwent a 3 1/2-year restoration that enhanced its existing features (mosaic-adorned walls and floors in Fez’s signature shade of vibrant blue) with copper work, embroidery, and calligraphy from some of the most skilled artisans in town.
Travel Tip: Misriah 2, accessed by a mosaicked staircase, is the only room with a rooftop terrace and expansive views of the medina.
The 12-acre hacienda, set amid the rolling hills and volcanoes of Ecuador’s northern highlands, leaves no romantic stone unturned, from the extensive gardens (commanded by an army of peacocks) to the in-house spa.
Travel Tip: Each of the tiled rooms has a fireplace, where your butler can light a fire while you finish dessert.
Situated on 23,000 acres of a former pineapple plantation, the Kapalua Resort offers quick access to both the reefs of Kapalua Bay and rainforest preserves. After extensive renovations, the chintz curtains and library fireplace are gone, replaced by kukui tree–patterned rugs covering dark Brazilian ironwood floors and wrought-iron lanais. And what could be more romantic than the Pacific Ocean view from your room?
Travel Tip: Join a whale-watching excursion, offered from December through April, to get up close and personal with humpbacks.
This oasis, set on a 140-acre peninsula of Virgin Gorda, is so secluded you have to take a boat or helicopter to get here. After being whisked to one of the ocean-view suites—each of which comes with an outdoor shower and a pair of bicycles—head to Deep Bay, where a trove of catamarans and kayaks awaits. Go for a ride along the coastline, and call one of the coves your own for the day.
Travel Tip: Book the signature Island Cooler treatment at the spa: a revitalizing salt scrub, soothing aloe body wrap, and massage.
In the vast Lapland wilderness, towering pines loom above 40 fireplace-equipped log cabins and 20 domed “igloos” of thermal glass. From December through April, you can also stay in one of eight real igloos built from snow and equipped with down sleeping bags. The real draw is the almost surreal setting from which to watch the northern lights—currently on the rise until this cycle’s peak in 2015.
Travel Tip: The seasonal snow chapel provides a fairy-tale mood for a winter wedding (Finnish ceremony and wedding cake optional).