Go now! Couples and families alike. Villas here can arrange for outdoor BBQs, surrounded by torch lights and candles floating on private pools. This is the quieter side of Bali, on shores south of Denpasar. As ever, Banyan Tree picked the right spot for spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
If you haven't the time to jet away to the South Pacific, a trip to Little Palm Island is your next best bet. Thatched-roof bungalows, outdoor showers, and wild key deer neighbors are highlights on this six-acre island, accessed by boat or seaplane. The champagne-included turn-down service at night is a nice touch, under butterfly-netted beds.
Quaint to the n'th degree, this property (an hour east of Cape Town) is surrounded by vineyards and mountains. Best room? Four Quarters, which opens-up to a private, lantern-filled courtyard at night. Delicious dinners created by chef Margot Janse, and a bottle of indigenous wine, make this a must-visit South African idyll.
Here, in one of Rajasthan's most beautiful city, the Oberoi group has outdone itself. Overlooking Lake Pichola and the City Palace, this place will make you feel like a Maharajah and Rani from check-in (showered with rose petals) to suites with semi-private pools opening out to others. Peacocks roam Mughal-styled gardens, and the food is top-notch.
Offering surely the most palatial of pads in the Maldives—perched on stilts above the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean—the best bungalows here include a butler, private yacht, pool, rooftop beds for star-gazing, and your own water slide.
Here's the place for lovers who love food. The hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, helmed by chef Robert Curry, is stellar. Add 52 rooms with wood-burning fireplaces, soaking tubs, terraces, and vineyard views and this is as close to heaven as you'll get. The spa draws on local grapes and olives for a menu of specialty treatments.
Accessible only by speedboat along the South China Sea, this resort has 35 villas, each with private pool, some with daybeds that swing from the ceiling. Butlers are on-call to unpack suitcases, arrange picnics on the beach, draw a bath, or pop a bottle of champagne.
This mansion-strewn coastal town is just as idyllic in winter as summer. The quiet off-season is the perfect time to book one of 20 uniquely designed rooms filled with silk and velvet, overlooking ocean and beach (some with outdoor hot tubs). Weather permitting, couples can toast s'mores, wrapped in cozy blankets, by a fire pit on the lawn before a butler-drawn bath.
Each of this resort's 130 stand-alone suites include just about every fancy amenity you could wish for: a rooftop sundeck, boat dock, private plunge pool, personal butler (contacted via smartphone). Peaceful views of lagoons, a gorgeous stretch of beach, and couples massages on an island-set spa complete the secluded, romantic picture here.
Imagine this: You're scooped up at the airport in a Rolls-Royce EWB Phantom, chauffeured to the center of town, met by a pillbox-wearing pageboy, and ensconced in an historic suite–complete with fireplace, crystal chandeliers, and views of the Arc de Triomphe. It doesn't get any more sophisticated or romantic than this, save for cocktails on the rooftop, gazing at the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
This colonial-style resort has been catering to couples since the 1950s—including Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, who honeymooned here. Each of the 48 suites has an outdoor living space, no televisions, clocks, or radios. Cottages have private pools and direct ocean access. Couples can book a two-hour moonlight massage surrounded by candles, followed by a glass of sparkling wine and private dinner overlooking the ocean.
A quintessential New England retreat, just three hours from the bustle of Boston, was once home to Nobel Prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis and journalist wife Dorothy Thompson (story goes, Johnson agreed to marry Lewis only if he found her a farm with orchards and "delicious air."). The 300-acre property has multiple cottages with fireplaces (many with hot tubs). Private, candle-lit dinners in the hotel's wine cellar and a dip in a Japanese-style soaking pool are both highly recommended.