What turns you on? For some, it’s a glittering skyline; for others, an unplugged desert oasis or an ocean view. These romantic hotels set the scene for seduction, whether you prefer an NYC love nest or a California beachfront retreat. The many extravagant perks at these properties make them ideal for no-need-to-leave romantic getaways. Just check in, hang up the Do Not Disturb sign and enjoy.
Most romantic hotels in America
Belamere Suites in Perrysburg, OH
Consistently topping the charts for the most romantic lodging in the country, this luxurious hotel provides a compelling reason to travel to northern Ohio. A “child-free zone,” the adults-only property boasts 35 private suites, each with its own entrance and carport. Inside, find saucy amenities like bubbly Jacuzzi tubs, two-person walk-in massage showers, plush robes and crystal-encrusted fireplaces. For the ultimate romantic getaway, spring for the two-story Grand Royal Swimming Pool Suite, featuring a private, candle-lit, heated pool.
The Setai in Miami Beach
The Far East meets Miami Beach at this hotel, where the vibe is beachy by day and sultry at night. The Setai seamlessly blends the old and the new, from the intimate waterside pergolas to the lobby, built from bricks repurposed from crumbling Art Deco buildings in Shanghai’s old city. The hotel includes 125 suites and three heated pools, one of which is flanked by a 90-foot bar. Sip Asian-inspired cocktails from a chaise lounge with sparkling views of the Atlantic.
Four Seasons Resort in Lanai, HI
This stunning cliffside property—a former pineapple plantation—houses 213 guest rooms and suites, yet manages to feel intimate with offerings such as bespoke furnishings and artwork, and personalized touches for guests including sake tastings and mixology classes. Couples will love luxuriating on the tranquil beach, mai tais in hand, or participating in fun activities like a sunset sail along the coastline or dining under the stars at a private table for two overlooking Hulopoe Bay.
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Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, California
The five-star Auberge du Soleil is nestled on a 33-acre olive grove in prime wine country—the infinity-edge soaking pools overlook the vineyards. Each of the 50 one- and two-bedroom suites features a wood-burning fireplace, extra-large soaking tub and private terrace but, in 2014, the hotel unveiled Maison Biarritz, four retrofitted guest rooms inspired by the South of France that tout open-air showers and heated limestone floors. Meander hand-in-hand through the Ma(i)sonry Gallery, an outdoor sculpture garden dotted with 110 works by California artists, then indulge in spa treatments that incorporate mud, minerals, olive oil, grapes and fresh herbs—you can upgrade your pampering session with a wine pairing selected by the Michelin-starred restaurant’s sommelier.
Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont
Spanning 300 acres of woodlands and meadows just north of Woodstock, Twin Farms has 20 suites and cottages, each with a wood-burning fireplace and screened-in porch. Though each folk art-inspired dwelling is unique—boasting such details as hand-painted murals, maple and pine woodwork, antique quilts or four-poster beds—the Moroccan-inspired Meadow lodge is a particular stunner. It’s decked out with a mosaic-tile fireplace, ornate wooden screens and a glimmering colored-glass chandelier dangling from the tented ceiling. Choose a vintage from Twin Farms’ 15,000-bottle wine cellar—we recommend the house champagne—then take a dip in the clothing-optional furo, a traditional Japanese soaking tub heated to 104 degrees.
Amangani in Jackson Hole, WY
Wild Jackson, Wyoming is home to this stunning Grand Luxury hotel, outfitted in high design with wood and stone and ringed by the dramatic Grand Tetons. With 40 rooms and suites handsomely tailored in hardwood, the real draw here is the outdoors: 2,500 acres of pristine ski slopes, as well as a 115-foot heated outdoor pool and hot tub. It’s easy, too, to take in the views from the privacy of your room: they all have balconies or terraces with mountain vistas.
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The Kehoe House in Savannah, GA
This luxury bed and breakfast is located inside a gorgeously restored 1892 Renaissance Revival mansion. Featuring 13 beautifully decorated guest rooms appointed with tasteful antiques and elegant textiles, the B&B offers enticing delights such as a nightly hors d'oeuvres reception turndown service capped off by a plate of warm cookies. Couples can boost the long list of included amenities with options add-ons like a platter of chocolate-covered strawberries or a dozen long-stemmed roses.
Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, OR
The oceanfront Stephanie Inn, located on the coast of northern Oregon, provides equal doses of stunning nature, heady romance and top-tier luxury. Couples can enjoy appropriately Pacific Northwest experiences such as wine pairing dinners that match local produce (think spice-roasted beets with Oregon pinot noir); fireside massages in the privacy of your room; and special classes like cocktail-making. Tired of all the one-on-one time? Head down to the daily wine and beer gathering and mingle with other guests.
The Greenwich Hotel in New York
This five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Manhattan’s glitzy Tribeca neighborhood has long been a favorite for couples looking to seclude themselves from NYC’s hustle and bustle. Featuring 88 wholly original rooms and suites—no two are decorated alike—the hotel’s accommodations are sumptuously appointed with items such as Tibetan silk rugs and English leather settees. The Greenwich’s most over-the-top suites, like the Fireside Corner Suite, feature celeb-level amenities including a king-sized bed, a separate sitting room and wet bar, an extra-deep marble soaking tub and a walk-in rain shower.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport
Nestled among Newport’s Gilded Age mansions is this 19th century wonder, a former mansion converted into 20 elegantly furnished hotel rooms. Each is unique and evokes a particular historical period or decorative theme; the Williamsburg Room’s style is post-Revolutionary America, with Colonial Williamsburg floral prints of red, white and blue; the Nantucket Ocean Villa’s harbor scenes and nautical design evoke the early 19th century on the island. Romance abounds at the hotel’s restaurant The Spiced Pear, as well as at the fire pits on the expansive seaside lawn.
The Cloister in Sea Island, GA
Built in 1928, this Mediterranean-style mansion located on a barrier island south of Savannah feels like its own private paradise. With 1,000 acres lushly planted with palm trees, it’s the perfect place both for couples looking to kick back and relax at one of the hotel’s three swimming pools—one of them an oceanfront infinity pool—as well as for action-oriented pairs who want to hit up its PGA golf courses or frolic along its five miles of private beaches. At night, relax in the property’s comfy rooms or suites, featuring vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams and handcrafted Oriental rugs.
The Wauwinet in Nantucket
This seaside refuge offers stunning ocean views, historic architecture and luxurious amenities that charm the pants off of any vacationing couple. Located nine miles from downtown Nantucket, it feels private and secluded—especially in the off season. Over 30 guest rooms boast custom furnishings featuring hand-stenciled finishes, 400-thread-count Pratesi linens and a daily fresh arrangement of Nantucket wildflowers. If you like, opt for one of the hotel’s four cottages, with a living room with gas fireplace; a king-sized bed; and a spacious bathroom.
The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore
Located in an 1889 mansion, this small, intimate hotel houses just 18 rooms and suites, each anchored by a four-poster bed fitted with 400-count sheets and featuring a gas fireplace and lavish bathroom with heated limestone floors. The included amenities are the draw at the Ivy, spanning from a daily made-to-order breakfast to nightly midnight snacks to a private car service available to shepherd you and your beau around the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. Don’t forget to check out the on-site spa, where couples can indulge in a range of custom massages, facials and body treatments.
French Quarter Inn in Charleston
Historic Charleston is home to this handsome inn, welcoming and plushly decorated with rich fabrics and fresh-cut flowers. Rooms and suites offer spacious Italian marble bathrooms, custom upholstery and European linens. Amenities include a daily artisanal breakfast with treats provided by favorite local purveyors, plus a “pillow menu” offering seven types or rubs spanning from buckwheat to Swedish massage.
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E.B. Morgan House in Aurora, NY
The ideal location for fall leaf-peeping, this elegant Finger Lakes inn welcomes guest with breathtaking lakeside views, sprawling grounds and seven stylish guest rooms complete with private marble baths and gracious porches that overlook the lake and lawns. Coffee and homemade muffins are dropped off daily, and guests are free to roam the library, parlor, dining room and stocked pantry at leisure.