The Most Romantic Hotels in the World


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No matter what time of year it is, a little romance is always a good idea. If you’re in the market to book a romantic vacation for someone special in your life, choosing the right hotel is key. Here’s a look at some of the most romantic hotels in the world to get your dreamy planning started.

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Located directly across the river from the Eiffel Tower, the stunning views make the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris a winner for luxury and romance. The hotel is also the former home of Prince Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, meaning you're practically royalty when you check in. Ask about special VIP welcome packages with champagne, dinner on your own balcony and even breakfast in bed.

Four Seasons Bora Bora

You can’t think romance without dreaming of an overwater bungalow in French Polynesia. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora sits on a private island and features private plunge pools, overwater double hammocks and unsurpassed views of tropical paradise. Wake up each morning to your breakfast being delivered by canoe and end your day with a private, Polynesian-style Taurua dinner on your deck. When night hits, soak in a flower-strewn bathtub with views of the stars above the water, and try to figure out a way to never leave.

Coco Plum Island Resort, Belize

Belize’s Coco Plum Island Resort is an adults-only private island retreat with only 18 cabanas. With a maximum capacity of 42 guests on the island, you'll feel alone in the world with just your favorite person for company. If available, book the three-bedroom overwater villa that offers the most privacy and high-end amenities. Inquire about romance packages and book a private candlelit dinner on the beach, docks or even the balcony of your cabana. Cabanas are situated to take advantage of Belize’s gorgeous sunrises. It’s no wonder Coco Plum has won numerous awards as one of the most romantic hotels in the world.

Phulay Bay, Thailand

The lavish villas at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand are designed with romance in mind. Book a beach villa with a private Jacuzzi tub on your sundeck, or splurge for the 6,300 square foot Royal Andaman Sea Villa with its indoor and outdoor baths, infinity pool and more. Spend your days relaxing at the world-class spa, or adventuring on a Thai longtail boat to nearby Hong Island.

Gritti Palace, Venice

Gritti Palace dates back to 1475 and overlooks Venice’s Grand Canal and nearby landmarks Santa Maria della Salute Basilica and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Despite now being a Marriott-branded hotel, Gritti Palace retains the intimate feel of a private residence. Suites are furnished with original art, Venetian antiques and brocade silks. Dine al fresco overlooking the Grand Canal at Club del Doge, book a cooking school gastronomic experience and explore Venice by Riva Yacht, an exclusive perk for Gritti Palace guests.

Royal Mansour, Marrakech

The Royal Mansour is a stunning resort in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco. Rather than offering standard hotel rooms and suites, there are 53 private residences, or riads, each with one to four bedrooms spread across three floors. Royal Mansour was commissioned by King Mohammed VI, and each riad features over-the-top luxurious touches like velvet brocade sofas, silk and suede carpets and Baccarat crystal. And these are just a few of the iconic elements you’ll find at the Royal Mansour. For even more romance, book a private spa suite with its own plunge pool, hammam (Turkish bath) and expansive terrace that overlooks the Atlas Mountains.

Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Located in the scenic Southern Sabi Game Reserve, Lion Sands features several romantic lodges to choose from. They do an incredible job in blending high-end luxury touches with a rustic camp feel in each lodge. Enjoy spotting wildlife like antelope, crocodiles or elephants right from your private viewing deck and plunge pool at the Ivory Lodge, or book the Fish Eagle Villa with its private chef, field guide and game view vehicle. Sleep under the stars or tuck away inside your own luxury villa. All villas and lodges here have incredible views of Kruger National Park and the Sabie River.

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