If you are looking for a different and unique experience for you and your boo, you have come to the right place. Whether you are a romantic, an explorer, or you prefer to stay all day in your robe and just disconnect from the world, this list of 6 romantic retreats from around the world will help you find a place to stay and make this getaway a memorable one.
For Romantics who love the City Life!
Destination: Quito, Ecuador
Where to Stay: Hotel Plaza Grande
As soon as you get to Hotel Plaza Grande, conveniently located in the heart of Quito, you will not only be welcome with the warmest hello but you will also find it is decorated with the most beautiful and fresh scented roses (grown and cultivated in Ecuador). The roses are change daily and you will be delighted with all the range of colors, including multi-toned ones. You will be escorted to your room and not only will you find the most beautiful elegant décor, but also petals of roses will be all over your bed, bathroom floor and even surrounding the bathtub. Every evening the hotel provides a bag full of lavender, eucalyptus and other spices for you to enjoy in your Jacuzzi – just the thing to help you relax after your flight, and later after daily activities.
From this hotel, you could easily explore Quito on foot. You can wander around the Plaza and make sure to visit the stunning Cathedral La Compañia, decorated in the most impressive baroque style in Latin America. If you are a foodie, you can explore several local restaurants and bars around La Ronda Street or you can simply enjoy one of the most beautiful views of downtown Quito by having lunch at Pim’s at El Panecillo neighborhood. Hint: In the evening, escape to Vista Hermosa, a beautiful rooftop a few blocks from the hotel. It has a 360 degree view of Quito, plus the food is great. And if it is a cold night and you need to warm up, try their hot wine or a traditional drink called Canelazo!
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For those seeking relaxation, serenity and pampering in luxurious style!
Destination: British Columbia, Canada
Where to Stay: Sparkling Hill Resort
Looking to disconnect from the world? No more emails, social media, or work calls? Sparkling Hill is the perfect place for your escape! It is a destination resort located in the Okanagan Valley Region of British Columbia, Canada where you can turn off your phone, live in the moment, and immerse yourself in a total relaxation experience. In this healing crystal hotel & spa, you will only have to get dressed to go to dinner. Since this is a resort, you can spend all day in a robe, even to go down for breakfast. It is one of the best romantic retreats I ever been to.
Sparkling Hill Resort tauts very impressive architecture and it is the first in the world to integrate 3.5 million crystal elements into every facet of its design by Mr. Andreas Altmayer, Chief Crystal Architect and head of The Circle of Innovation at Swarovski in Austria. It is such a romantic place, where you will be surrounded by crystals (including a crystal fireplace) that emanate light, vibrancy and intimacy, enhancing the most impressive view – where it feels like you can go outside and walk on the clouds. Hint: Arrange to visit the KurSpa (Healing Spa) as often as possible. KurSpa is the largest among luxury spas in Canada and considered by many to be the most unique in the world. It has great amenities such as, an outdoor infinity pool, indoor salt water pool (with spectacular panoramic views), fitness and movement studio, hot pool, tea room, natural healing waters to help with circulation and well being, seven unique saunas and steam rooms and over 100 innovative therapeutic treatments. The highlight: Cryotherapy Cold Sauna, the only in North America (a must try) which eases joint pain, treats athletic injuries, and gives your immune and circulatory systems a boost. Head to the Okanagan Valley for a stay in this wonderful resort which will renew your mind, body and spirit!
For couples seeking friendly local, great food, shopping and nightlife
Destination: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Where to Stay: Mahekal Beach Resort
Don’t be surprised if once you reach Mahekal Beach Resort you’ll feel like part of the family. Their lovely staff, comfortable rooms and friendly guests are the reason. Most of the people that you meet at Mahekal are not new guests, but regulars that have been visiting over the years. Everyone pretty much knows each other and it is such a friendly and safe environment. BTW, when you return for a second time, Mahekal creates these beautiful ceramic plates, decorated with your last name, that you can keep as a lovely souvenir.
Mahekal Beach Resort is located two blocks away from Fifth Avenue known for its many local stores that are great for shopping, as well as bars and restaurants for your dining pleasure. Must try places for food lovers: Axiote Mexican Restaurant, a relaxed environment with the most tasty and unique Mayan food (owner/chef is an international “Iron Chef” winner, Xavier Pérez Stone), also Cenacolo known for its handmade pasta and great service. If you want to experience the nightlight a good lounge is Abolengo; their craft cocktails are a must! And the famous Cocobongo is a top dance club with special performances, confetti, and non-stop party!
For lovers of the sea, who seek a one stop shop for activities and beauty
Destination: Antigua and Barbuda
Where to Stay: Curtain Bluff Resort
If you want to escape the cold and soak up the sun, this hidden-gem resort in the Caribbean will feel like paradise. It is not only all-inclusive, but a place to fully experience many water activities, and to nourish your mind and soul. It has the most amazing landscapes – not flat but mountainous, surrounded by views of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. It’s the perfect place to find peace, indulge in total relaxation and, the best part, is that there is something for everyone (in terms of activities). You can practice yoga/pilates on the deck in front of the ocean, you can snorkel by the reef, sail in a boat, swim, play a round of tennis (resort is known as a tennis destination), or lay on a hammock. The rooms are also very romantic and most offer a great ocean view. There is also live music at lunch and in the evenings, wine tasting, bars, and many more surprises. Hint: You can arrange a special romantic dinner by the sea. This is one of the best secluded romantic retreats in the Caribbean.
In all corners of the Curtain Bluff the champagne flows, even at the spa where you can try their signature treatment, a Champagne and Caviar massage. Doesn’t that sound delightful! And can you guess the best part? That almost all of the activities with the exception of a few above-and-beyond luxuries (Cuban cigars, vintage wines, and spa treatments) are included in the room rate so you never have to be concerned about breaking your budget.
For romantics who seek total luxury and a deluxe service
Where: Beau-Rivage Palace
Destination: Lausanne, Switzerland
Mon amour, welcome to the romantic French-speaking region of Switzerland, in the pretty city of Lausanne. It is a perfect destination for Valentine’s Day. The grand hotel, Beau-Rivage Palace, overlooks the Lake Lausanne. It is an 1861 luxurious palace with the most impeccable service. As soon as you stand in front of the majestic entrance of the Beau Rivage, you not only fall in love with it, but you also feel like you are in the movie The Grand Budapest. It is one of those dreamlike castle hotels that offers the best of Switzerland. The décor is impressive; the suites have balconies overlooking the lake with seats in the form of heart shapes.
The hotel’s restaurants are always full of locals that come for lunch/dinner, demonstrating the quality of the food/drinks and service. During the evenings, you should head to the bar and try their famous craft cocktails, such as martinis (made in front of you), Charlie Chaplin inspired drinks and much more. The menu is extensive. Hint: Take advantage of visiting The Olympic museum which is a few blocks away from the hotel, there are also many local shops, artisans in front of the lake during the weekend. BTW, Lausanne has Switzerland’s first underground railway system (metro), which makes getting around very convenient. Although there are many great bars and restaurants walking distance, a must try for lunch is L’Accademia, which offers sophisticated Italian food with good portions that’s simply delicious.
For those who prefer to stay in the good ole USA
Where: La Posada Resort and Spa
Destination: Santa Fe, New Mexico
La Posada is located in the pretty city of Santa Fe. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. And their spa is amazing with locally inspired massages and body treatments such as, Chocolate Chili Wraps, Margarita Pedicure and more.
Santa Fe is a great place for art lovers, shopping lovers and food lovers. Since La Posada boasts an extensive art collection curated by American artist, Sara Eyestone, people travel from all over to buy exquisite pieces of art. Even so, La Posada is conveniently located walking distance from La Plaza, which has many stores, restaurants, bars, museums, historic monuments and architecture.
Favorite shopping: For great jewelry, you should visit The Palace of the Governors, which has a vendor program for Native Americans. There you can purchase authentic and unique handmade jewelry pieces made of turquoise, sterling silver, coral, etc. Also, around The Plaza, you can get your own custom cowboy boots at Lucchese.
For date night, the restaurant at La Posada has an extensive and delectable menu. However, some unique date options include the acclaimed Santa Fe Opera (which has the most amazing view and performances) and The Santa Fe Cooking School (which you can arrange fun and interactive cooking lessons for you and your date). Hint: For dessert do not miss a visit to the Kakawa Chocolate House to try the Best Mayan hot elixir in town! You won’t regret it.
Hopefully this list of top romantic retreats around the world inspires you to arrange your own memorable getaway. We’re confident that you and your love deserve the best!