Looking for a honeymoon destination, or some seclusion to just spend time together? What’s your preference—sunset strolls on a beach or city lights from a rooftop terrace? Whether you’re after a weekend of high adventure, candlelit dinners in romantic cities, or secret beaches known to very few, you’ll fall in love with these getaways.
Amangalla, Sri Lanka: colonial residence
Take tea on the shaded veranda; stroll through the Great Hall with its whirring fans, antique furniture, and splendid teak floor; relax with an ayurvedic massage in the candlelit chambers and hydrotherapy pool of the spa; or enjoy excellent local dishes at the poolside. The atmosphere and service of the 5-star Amangalla boutique hotel, located inside the grounds of the historic Galle Dutch Fort, and part of the international group of Aman Resorts, will make you feel utterly pampered.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California: cliffhanger experience
Exposed to the ocean and the sky, but unseen by people—that’s the Post Ranch Inn at Big Sur in California. Its modern tree-house cabins and cottages, hidden in the redwood forest that lines a rocky-ridged slip of Californian cliff 1,200 feet above the Pacific, offer total seclusion, starry nights, breath-taking views, and a wood-burning fire for company. Nothing will distract you—no television, children, or pets—from the person cozied up beside you. Book couples massages—or if you can be tempted out of your idyll, a helicopter trip.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll, Maldives: high-end beach life
Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, the Cheval Blanc Randheli—the hospitality brand developed by LVMH on Randheli Island in the waters of Noonu Atoll—is one of the most luxurious of the Maldivian resorts. Surrounded by a turquoise ocean and sugar-white sand, the 45 villas (some over the water, others lining the beach and garden) feature the cathedral-like roofs typical of Gathy’s design aesthetic, with their own swimming pools, hammocks, and daybeds. Besides the many sports and fitness options, the dive center runs snorkeling expeditions and dolphin cruises. The Guerlain Spa, with treatment rooms situated between the palm trees, is located on its own little island. Eight restaurants offer a variety of exquisite meals from handmade pizza to fresh seafood. The sense of space and privacy provided by lush vegetation make guests feel utterly, sublimely hedonistic.
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, Dolomites, Italy: rustic chalet
This might be the most romantic chalet in the Italian region of South Tyrol. Situated between woodland and pastureland, the San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge enjoys gasp-worthy views of the majestic Dolomites, providing an equally blissful retreat in summer or winter. Natural materials and lovingly restored objects recreate the charm of a rustic alpine hut, conjuring an atmosphere of serenity and comfort. The lodge not only features an open fireplace, a wine cellar, an in-house sauna, and a steam bath, but an external whirlpool and the lodge‘s private golf course. Owner Stefano arranges sight-seeing helicopter tours over the Dolomites’ peaks or shopping trips to Kitzbühel, Venice, and Milan.
Hôtel Particulier, Montmartre, Paris: Parisian chic
In French contexts, a hôtel particulier is a hotel of a grand sort—exactly like the Hôtel Particulier, a 19th-century mansion tucked in a secret passageway of Paris’s picturesque Montmartre, and the former residence of the Hermès family. Its five eclectic suites—all designed by Morgane Rousseau, and packed with personality and Parisian chic—come with divine views of the 900-square-meter wild garden and feature works by different artists. The fashionable cocktail bar now hosts DJ sets and is open to the public—a fun way to spend an evening.
Katikies Santorini, Greece: white caves
The Katikies Santorini is not only a 5-star boutique retreat—it also offers the best view of the Caldera and Aegean Sea on the entire island. The clean lines of Cubist-style cottages built into cliffs cascade down the hillside, interlinked by small bridges and two infinity pools. A candlelit rooftop restaurant and the all-white, cave-like rooms make this a dreamy escape for honeymooners and romantics.
Riad Noir D‘Ivoire, Marrakesh: Moroccan oasis
Located in Marrakesh’s historic Medina, the opulent Riad Noir d’Ivoire is a luxury boutique hotel hidden behind the walls of a traditional riad. The charming nine suites feature modern furniture, as well as artifacts, textiles and decorative Berber and Moroccan accents—some have their own jacuzzi and private rooftop. In addition, there’s an oasis-like patio with two swimming pools, banana trees, and lanterns everywhere. The kitchen serves exceptional Moroccan and French cuisine throughout the day, wherever guests want to eat.
Gresham Palace Budapest: Hungarian Art Nouveau
The iron-gate entrance with the glass peacock motif will be your first taste of this impressive Art Nouveau building. The Four Seasons Gresham Palace, historic and recently renovated, retains its early 20th-century splendor with its glass-domed ceiling, marble walls, eclectic mosaics, ironworks, and thickly carpeted corridors. At the same time, it incorporates stunning contemporary touches, such as the ultra-modern crystal chandelier in the lobby and an above-ground indoor pool.
Cap Rocat, Mallorca: romantic fortress
Even though it’s hidden in the most secluded area of the Palma de Mallorca bay and positioned behind great walls, Cap Rocat is not a secret anymore thanks to several magazine articles and awards. The former military fortress blends into the landscape, providing a dramatic setting for the cave-like boutique bedrooms dug into the cliffs. Infinity pools, two tempting restaurants, and excellent service make this a much-prized romantic sanctuary.
Villa Cora, Florence: a Tuscan fantasy
If you ever wanted to feel like a princess, Villa Cora near Florence in Italy is your opportunity. Built in 1868 by Baron Oppenheim, the villa has been home to aristocrats from Napoleon III’s widow, Eugenie, to an Egyptian pasha, and was recently restored as a Tuscan film set-like fantasy. Opulent trompe l’oeil frescoes, spectacular statuary, stuccowork, huge mirrors, and ornate chandeliers make the villa a Renaissance masterpiece. The massive heated outdoor pool and the flawless service provide the rest.