Whether you're planning a honeymoon or anniversary celebration, these hotels are bound to deliver.
Combining luxury, beauty and romance, these hotels offer couples a thoroughly indulgent, romantic escape.
This is our pick of the world's most romantic hotels.
1) Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam
One of Vietnam’s finest hotels, the Six Senses Con Dao is very popular with honeymooners, and for obvious reasons; with its mile-long beach and lavish split-level villas, sporting private infinity pools and dedicated butler service, the Six Senses is a truly indulgent getaway.
The island‘s blissful serenity comes from its location as one of 16 islands in a protected marine archipelago – a little corner of paradise with its sweeping white sand beaches, lush green tropical rainforests, vibrant coral reefs and hidden-gem allure.
2) BE Tulum, Mexico
On Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, along the Caribbean shore, BE Tulum is a beautiful, rustic-chic boutique hotel with twenty rooms tucked into the jungle behind the white-sand beach, facing some of the most dazzling turquoise water we’ve ever seen.
BE Tulum is set in a relaxed, chilled out area, just down the coast from Tulum’s clifftop Mayan ruins, and it’s hard to think of a more romantic setting for couples to be alone with each other.
3) Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Italy
This sleek and stylish boutique hotel is perched on the cliff edge in the elegant surroundings of Italy’s Anacapri. Opt for one of the luxury suites with a private pool and garden for blissful privacy.
Rooms boast sweeping views of the gulf of Naples, whilst the two Michelin starred restaurant L’Olivio will delight even the pickiest of tastebuds, and luxury speedboats can be commandeered for tailored excursions across the sparkling blue sea.
4) Song Saa Private Island Resort, Cambodia
A short journey from Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh, Song Saa is set across two little private islands of virgin rainforest and unspoiled white beaches, set in the tropical Gulf of Thailand. There’s very little to interrupt a romantic retreat on these quiet islands.
Guests can soak in the infinity pool, indulge in spa treatments, or simply cuddle up on the private deck of their over-water villa as the sun sets.
5) Zarafa, Linyanti, Botswana
An incredibly private tented camp overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon, Zarafa is located in the Selinda Private Reserve, with just four huge luxury tents with private terraces and plunge pools.
Aside from being set in some of Botswana’s best terrain for wildlife spotting, the accommodation is a real selling point, with big copper tubs, antiques chests with Canon SLR equipment for your use while at the lodge, and an open fireplace.
6) Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
For couples preferring to spend their time in a less secluded location, the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende provides a romantic setting from which guests can experience one of Mexico’s most enchanting cities.
Dine by candlelight on the rooftop, overlooking the Spanish colonial architecture of San Miguel de Allende, or spend hours luxuriating in the Rosewood’s fabulous spa.
7) Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
The nine villas and suites are tucked into the jungle, with views of the azure-blue sea from their terraces or balconies.
8) Saruni Samburu, Kenya
In the Kalama Mountains, Saruni Samburu has only four houses available for guests, so dreamy-eyed couples will be able to lap up the tranquility of the setting in private.
Fabulous for game spotting, with leopards often seen at the nearby waterholes, the lodge is also an enviable bolt hole, with a spa and stunning views from the decks of the houses.
9) Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
This sumptuous art nouveau gem sits on the picturesque western shores of Lake Como, and simply oozes classic Italian romance. Its landscaped gardens are bursting with rare and ancient flowers in a riot of colours, whilst gorgeously stylish rooms boast picture-perfect views of the lake.
With its own man-made beach, outdoor pool in the garden and heated floating pool in the lake, spa overlooking the water, and mouth-watering food and wine from its Mediterranian restaurant, cantina or luxurious fondue and wine bar, this is one place where the living sure is easy, and romance thrives.
10) Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thirty minutes outside Chiang Mai, the Four Seasons sits amid verdant paddy fields in the northern Thai countryside. The villas and pavilions are spacious and decadently furnished.
The infinity pools afford glorious views across the rural landscape, a refreshing change from the usual beach setting of romantic retreats.
11) Sindabezi Island, Victoria Falls, Zambia
On their own private island in the Zambezi River, Sindabezi Lodge’s handful of thatched-roofed chalets have views across the Zambezi flood plains and are beautifully secluded, with open sides and private decks looking out over the water.
Despite the isolated setting, the lodge is very close to Victoria Falls and Mukuni Park, both of which can be explored from Sindabezi.
12) Singita Explore Tented Camp, Singita Grumeti, Tanzania
Just six tents make up this mobile camp, and as it’s sold on an exclusive-use basis, it’s one of our most private, romantic retreats available. For honeymoons or a special occasion, couples can take advantage of the amazing Serengeti surroundings and the Singita Explore staff, which you’ll have all to yourself.
There are plenty of safaris on offer, from private morning and evening game drives to star-gazing safaris, and for downtime, couples can retreat to their luxury tented accommodation or enjoy a sundowner around the camp fire.
13) Alto Atacama, Chile, Atacama Desert
Chile’s Atacama Desert is as far from the everyday as it’s possible to get, with its striking landscape of red rock and deep canyons. Alto Atacama Lodge and Spa is tucked under the Cordillera de la Sal and echoes the environment which surrounds it, with natural materials, locally-made textiles, and earthy tones.
Despite the stark surroundings, the lodge is a luxurious retreat for loved-up couples, who can take advantage of the peacefulness and seclusion that the desert offers, alongside the hotel’s spa and plunge pools.
14) Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini, Greece
Nestled amongst Santorini‘s dreamy cliffs, this chic and luxurious retreat is perfect for a spot of romance under the Mediterranean sun.
Bask on your private veranda or swim in a private infinity pool, wash off the day under a luxurious rain shower, and dine al fresco under the starry night sky.
15) Awasi Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile
Awasi Patagonia is located in the sublime Patagonian region Torres del Paine, a breathtaking landscape of skyscraping peaks and clear, glassy lakes. There are only twelve villas, which makes for a quiet and secluded retreat, and each wooden, freestanding villa has its own living room, complete with an open fire, a hot tub, and views across Lake Sarmiento.
A real perk of this property is the completely tailor-made tours they offer to each guest, so how you spend your days won’t depend on anyone other than you and your partner.
16) Sassab Lodge, Samburu, Kenya
In Kenya’s Westgate Community Conservancy, Sasaab Lodge is a great location for game spotting and for some time-out with your better half.
There are only nine villas, so peace and quiet is assured, and the Spa Saab will guarantee a relaxing experience.
17) Legendary Serengeti Camp, Tanzania
Honeymoons and romantic escapes don’t get much more perfect than a stay at the Legendary Serengeti Camp. This mobile camp moves around to follow the movements of the Great Migration through Tanzania’s wild plains.
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