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The world's most romantic hotels

Written by
Angela Thomas, Jobi Chan, Katie Holmes & Melania Siriu

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.

Perfect beach getaway
Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam
Rustic-chic boutique
Be Tulum, Mexico
Secluded island retreat
Song Saa, Cambodia
Villa interior, Six Senses Con Dao

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.

Bedroom interior, Six Senses Con Dao

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.

Restaurant by the beach, Six Senses Con Dao
Pool, Be Tulum, Mexico

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.

The pool at Be Tulum, Mexico

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.

Pool, Be Tulum, Mexico
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa terrace restaurant, Italy

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.

Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Italy

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.

Capri Palace Hotel & Spa terrace restaurant, Italy
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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.

Picnic on the beach of a neighbouring island, Song Saa Private Island Resort, Cambodia

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.

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Main Deck, Zarafa, Botswana, Linyanti

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.

Elephant Zarafa Botswana

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.

Bath with book holder, Zarafa, Linyanti, Botswana
Terrace, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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.

Rooftop terrace, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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.

Interior Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Guest Room Nihi Sumba Island Eco Resort Indonesia

7) Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia

In Indonesia’s West Sumba, Nihi Sumba takes advantage of its remote location to offer love birds the chance to really get away from it all in this tropical paradise with its stunning private beach, verdant rainforest and fertile rice terraces.

Nihi Sumba Island Indonesia View

The nine villas and suites are tucked into the jungle, with views of the azure-blue sea from their terraces or balconies.

Sumba Horse Races
Maasai guide in the distance, Saruni Samburu, Kenya

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.

Saruni Samburu deck, Kenya

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.

Saruni Samburu, Kenya
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

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.

Bar by day, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

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.

Prestige Room with Lake View, Grand Tremezzo Hotel, Lake Como, Italy
Walkway, The Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

Private pool, Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand

The infinity pools afford glorious views across the rural landscape, a refreshing change from the usual beach setting of romantic retreats.

Tree houses, Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand
Sindabezi Island accommodation, Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Zambia

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.

Terrace, Sindabezi Island, Victoria Falls, Zambia

Despite the isolated setting, the lodge is very close to Victoria Falls and Mukuni Park, both of which can be explored from Sindabezi.

Interior, Sindabezi Island, Victoria Falls, Zambia
Grasslands in the sun, car parked with guides and travellers inside

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.

Sitting room, Singita Explore Tented Camp, Singita Grumeti, Tanzania

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.

Tent interior, Singita Explore Tented Camp, Tanzania, Singita Grumeti
Alto Atacama Lodge & Spa, Atacama Desert, Chile

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.

Barbeque (bbq) at Hotel Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa, San Pedro de Atacama, Atacama Desert, Chile

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.

Alto Atacama Lodge & Spa, Atacama Desert, Chile
Canaves Oia Hotel Pool, Santorini, Greece

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.

Lounge, Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini, Greece

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.

Pool alcove, Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini, Greece
Villas Awasi Patagonia

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.

Dining al fresco, Awasi Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile

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.

Interior, Awasi Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile
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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.

Al fresco dining, Sassab Lodge, Samburu, Kenya

There are only nine villas, so peace and quiet is assured, and the Spa Saab will guarantee a relaxing experience.

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Legendary Serengeti Camp, Tanzania, lit up at night

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.

Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp, Tanzania

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