The 50 Most Romantic Hotels In The World 2023
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to check into a hotel that knows how to spoil you. Nothing screams romance like champagne breakfasts in bed, candlelit dinners by lapping waves and roll-top tubs big enough for two. Whether you’re in the mood for a coral-fringed bach or a rambling castle, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in our round-up of the most romantic hotels in the world in 2023. We’ve scoured the globe and listened to our audience to create this year’s list, which features some familiar faces and plenty of newly-opened, recently-refurbished additions too.
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50. Hotel Ranga – Iceland
Why not watch the northern lights dance above you from the comfort of a bubbling hot tub at Hotel Ranga? Set far from the bright city lights, the hotel even offers an aurora wake-up service. There’s a wide range of rooms and suites to choose from but for a real slice of luxury, opt for one of the Master Suites which feature balconies overlooking the Rangá River, soaking tubs with room for two and king-size beds.
49. Hippo Point House – Great Rift Valley, Kenya
This secluded Tudor-style mansion gives guests the chance to experience the raw beauty of Kenya. Around 1,200 resident animals roam around the grounds, including giraffes, gazelle and zebra. In the mornings you can wake up to the sounds of passing buffalo and a sublime Kenyan sunrise.
48. Six Senses – Ibiza, Spain
Set away from the crowds in the bohemian north of the island, Six Senses is one of the most romantic hotels on the island. The hotel, which is hidden on the hillside, offers an award-winning spa with a raft of treatments and couples therapies. There are three restaurants to choose from too, including HaSalon headed up by celebrated Israeli chef Eyal Shani under the fairlight-festooned olive trees.
47. Etnia Pousada & Boutique – Porto Seguro, Brazil
Offering seven woodland villas nestled in the South American rainforest, Etnia Pousa and Boutique is a luxury romantic retreat set in a quirky fishing village. Days here are best spent lazing in the four-poster bed, stretching out by the sun-drenched pool and exploring Transoco’s main square.
46. Hoshinoya – Kyoto, Japan
This romantic riverside resort is set on the fringes of Kyoto in a remote forest accessible only by boat. Each teahouse-style building has stood here for more than a century and has been lovingly restored in a traditional ryokan style, with sliding screens, woodblock painting and tatami mat flooring. The staff here have perfected ‘Omotenashi’ – the Japanese art of hospitality – so expect sparkling, personalised service.
45. The InterContintal Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa
Almost all of the guests that stay at The InterContinental are loved-up couples, and it isn’t hard to see why. Located on a private island, with breathtaking views of Mount Otemanu, this five-star resort offers over-water villas, sunset cruises and candlelit dinners by the lapping waters. The spa offers a staggering assortment of luxurious treatments, some using deep-sea water to replenish the body’s minerals and ‘restore equilibrium’. Yes, please.
44. Zemi Beach House – Anguilla
For powder-white sands, turquoise waters and picture-perfect views, you can’t do better than Zemi Beach. Set on a sprawling six acres by the ocean, the resort offers 24-hour room service and the best spa on the island, set in a 300-year-old imported Thai rice barn. It’s home to Anguilla’s only hammam too. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, splash out on the Celebration Suite, which features a private terrace, private plunge pool and 90-degree views of the ocean.
43. The Vasilicos – Santorini, Greece
At this clifftop hideaway, couples are treated to roomy suites with cinematic sunsets, a private plunge pool and 24-7 personalised service. The hotel’s two-table restaurant, available exclusively for guests, offers intimate dinners cooked up by chef Yannis Kourtesis, who is making a name for himself on the island.
42. Zuri Zanzibar Hotel – Zanzibar
Spilling onto a spectacular beach on the Tanzanian archipelago, Zuri Zanzibar offers a stylish – but authentic– couples’ escape. Unlike most of the beaches in the area, the waters here aren’t tidal so you can spend your days stretching out on the powder-soft sand and snorkelling in the sapphire ocean. Villas feature romantic indoor and outdoor bathrooms and terraces with swaying hammocks. Beyond the bedrooms, there’s a fragrant spice garden, a water sports pavilion, a sumptuous spa and an al fresco library to keep you occupied.
41. Belamere Suites Hotel – Berrysberg, Ohio
According to Belamere Suites Hotel, they’ve been ‘perfecting romance for nearly 20 years’. This luxurious hotel offers 35 private suites, each kitted out with a bubbling jacuzzi, two-person walk-in massage showers and a roaring fire. Thoughtful touches, like fluffy bathrobes and breakfast in bed go a long way too.
40. Hotel Villa Honegg – Honegg, Switzerland
This five-star hotel is set in the heart of Switzerland, right on top of Bürgenstock mountain. With Lake Lucerne below and surrounding mountains, there ar stunning views at every turn. All rooms come with a balcony view of the lake or alps, and there’s even a private cinema – perfect for a cosy date night after exploring the area.
39. Azulik – Tulum, Mexico
An eco-villa resort surrounded by the turquoise waters of Tulum beach, Azulik offers incredible sunset views of the beach and jungle from its treetop restaurant, Koh. The hotel’s villas are built from natural materials and candle-lit for extra romance. Azulik villas also feature a Mayan mosaic bathtub filled with cenote’s water, considered sacred water in Mayan culture.
38. Koa Kea Hotel & Resort – Kaua’i, Hawaii
This intimate and romantic 12-room resort has the island’s closest guestrooms to the water, so you can wake up and step straight into the crystal clear ocean. The resort also has a saltwater pool area, oceanfront spa cabanas and heaps of exciting watersport activities. It’s the ultimate honeymoon or babymoon destination.
37. Finniss River Lodge – Northern Territory, Australia
Situated on a 77-square-mile working cattle property 90 minutes southwest of Darwin, Finniss River Lodge is a paradise for nature-seeking couples. The grounds are brimming with native and introduced species, including magpie geese and saltwater crocodiles. Guests can try bushwalking and birdwatching, tuck into local prawns and barramundi, and then retire to one of six luxurious suites with panoramic views.
36. Iniala Harbour House – Malta
Set in four renovated townhouses atop Valletta’s St Barbara Bastion, Iniala Harbour House offers a spectacularly romantic setting. Couples can book a candle-lit table at its Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant and indulge in couples treatments in the hotel’s stone vaulted spa. The Spa Suite, which features a freestanding bathtub at the foot of the bed and a private entrance, is perfect for couples looking for an intimate, discreet stay.
35. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge – Mpumalanga, South Africa
Set in truly unspoiled wilderness, where the Sabi Sand meets the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is one of South Africa’s most spectacular lodges. And, the team have thought of everything, from serving your favourite champagnes in the maxibar to dining under the stars. For the ultimate romantic getaway, check The Kingston Treehouse. Built on boulders, you’ll need to step across a small drawbridge, with lanterns to light the way. The pictures speak for themselves…
34. Matild Palace – Budapest, Hungary
Sure, palm-fringed beaches and bathwater-warm sea is magical, but for some, there’s nothing more romantic than the gilded glamour of a palace. Matild Palace, which occupies one of a pair of palaces straddling Kossuth Laos utca, is the perfect bolthole for the most romantic minds. Bedrooms are kitted out in jewel-toned velvets with Art Deco panelling and showstopping views over the river. The bath is big enough for two too.
33. The Royal Mansour – Marrakech, Morocco
Just a few steps away from the famous Jemaa El Fna square is the heart of the Marrakesh Palace, with the unique concept of a medina within a medina. The hotel has its own maze of restaurants and courtyards with pools.
Riads have their own Moroccan lounges, bars and library, and staff can bring delicious food to rooms via private underground tunnels.
32. Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur, India
Housed in an 18th-century marble palace, Taj Lake Palace is the epitome of opulence and luxury. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two at either of their three upscale restaurants after lounging by their beautiful pool. All things considered, Taj Lake Palace is truly fit for royalty.
31. Golden Eye – Jamaica
Once the home of famous author Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond (he wrote all 14 James Bond novels here), GoldenEye is now one of the best hotels in Jamaica. The accommodation here is a collection of private villas and cottages, as well as beach huts, each set within the resort’s private beaches and tropical gardens. While the private villas are priced only for the very rich and famous, the beach huts offer the same excellent facilities at a more affordable price.
30. The Wickannish Inn – Tofino, Canada
Perched between ancient rainforest and the sea, The Wickannish Inn is the ultimate romantic getaway for nature lovers. The views overlooking the lapping Pacific are tantalizing enough, but add to that scenic float plane tours, candlelit dinners and couples massages in a cedar cabin and it isn’t hard to see why it’s such a haven for honeymooners.
29. Huka Lodge – Taupo, New Zealand
Huka Lodge lies on the banks of Waikato River, close to the famous Huka Falls. The hotel has been welcoming lovers for more than a century, so you know you’re in good hands. There are 25 charming suites to choose from, all offering views of the swirling Waikato River. The hotel also goes out of its way to create special memories for couples, from candlelit dinners under the stars to wine tastings in the cellar.
28. Sujan Sher Bagh – Ranthambore National Park
Set in the state of Rajasthan, this newly-opened hotel is redefining luxury safaris. Think landscaped terraces, tented suites with private pools and a secluded spa set under the spread of an ancient peepal tree. A jeep safari will whisk you away in the morning for tiger spotting and during the evening couples can enjoy an intimate farm-to-table meal beneath the stars.
27. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa – Chile
Every detail at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa aims to please. Perched on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, you could be fooled into thinking it’s just you and your amore left on the planet. The 40-room hotel and spa is decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows with jaw-dropping views overlooking the park. After days spent hiking and horseback riding, you can come home to a deep-soak bathtub and crisp linen sheets too.
26. Mango House LXR Hotels and Resorts – Seychelles
Set on a scenic curve of the Seychelles’ crystal blue coastline, Mango House is the ultimate tropical island retreat for starry-eyed, stylish lovers. Formerly owned by a Milanese fashion photographer, the boutique boasts 41 luxurious rooms arranged around tropical gardens. The One Bedroom Bay House Suite boasts a private plunge pool, outdoor dining area and stunning sea views.
25. Four Seasons Resort Hualālai — Hawaii, United States
Nestled between white-sand beaches and black-lava landscapes, the Four Seasons Hualalai has always been romantic, but after a multi-year, multimillion-dollar renovation it’s better than ever. Choose from sumptuous guest rooms, speciality suites or a private villa, with private pools and sparkling ocean views. For an ultra-intimate dinner, book the ‘Romance Under the Stars’ package, which includes dinner at a romantic table for too a few feet from the lapping waters, a champagne toast and a four-course dinner designed just for you.
24. The Clan Hotel – Singapore
There are more famous hotels in Singapore, but we’ll wager that the recently-opened Clan Hotel is the most romantic. It’s all about the thoughtful touches here, from a cup of the hotel’s signature Chinese tea and Tau Sar Piah (traditional bean pastry) at check-in to hand-drawn bubble baths before bedtime. The Sky Pool on Level 30 offers soaring views of the city too.
23. Little Palm Island – Florida, United States
Set on its own private island floating 30 miles off the coast of Florida Keys, Little Palm Island is the ultimate luxury castaway setting. There are 15 thatched bungalows set between palm trees and mangroves, each appointed with boudoir tubs, an indoor and outdoor shower and private furnished decks offering sweeping views of the glistening turquoise waters. There’s an intimate spa offering an assortment of massages and treatments, and a wooden Japanese soaking tub filled with rose petals for amorous couples.
22. Future Found Sanctuary – Cape Town, South Africa
Future Found Sanctuary is Cape Town’s only mountain retreat. Set in seven acres of secluded gardens brimming with indigenous flora and fauna, it’s the perfect place for couples to wind down after a few days in bustling Cape Town. Facilities and amenities are geared towards relaxation and restoration, from yoga and meditation to the heated and natural pools.
21. Fairmont Banff Springs – Canada
Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies’ is iconic for good reason. Located right in the heart of Banff National Park – possibly one of the world’s most dramatically romantic landscapes – the Fairmont Banff has provided legendary hospitality to guests for more than 130 years. The hotel also features a luxurious spa with multiple pools, three bars and a world-class golf course. If those views don’t warrant a marriage proposal, we don’t know what will. The grounds also feature a luxury spa, signature pool area with hot tub, outdoor fire pits for smores, and immaculate gardens.
20. Omaanda – Namibia
Possibly one of Namibia’s most beautiful hotels, Omaanda is set on a private reserve just 30 minutes from the Namibian capital. It’s exquisitely luxurious, from its shimmering infinity pool overlooking the savannah to the 10 re-imagined ‘huts’ featuring a private terrace. Sit back with martinis as the sun comes down and you’ll get a private viewing of baboons, as well as other exciting wildlife. A crackling fire adds a little extra spark too.
19. Viceroy – Rivera Maya, Mexico
Each private villa at the Viceroy boasts a private plunge pool and sun deck, outdoor shower and bathrooms kitted out with native-tree-inspired aromatherapy goodies. If you can bear to tear yourselves away from the room, a talc-white sand beach, poolside cabana and ruins ripe for exploring await. For an even more seductive stay, book the Mayan-inspired Xaman-Ek (Love RItural) treatment, which includes a couples massage, foot ritual and herbal bath.
18. Dromoland Castle Hotel – County Clare, Ireland
Billed as Ireland’s ‘most magical address’, Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. You’ll feel like you’re travelling back in time as you drive through the gate and approach the magnificent castle, set in forest thickets not far from the Wild Atlantic Way. For real royal treatment, check into one of the suites. The Brian Boru Suite features a four-poster bed, chandeliers and huge windows offering sweeping views over Dromoland Lough and the estate.
17. Sandy Lane Barbados – Barbados
Sandy Lane is, arguably, the most famous hotel in the Caribbean. Beloved for its postcard-perfect beach, tropical gardens and sparkling service, it’s the perfect place to indulge in some shameless pampering with a loved one. The hotel offers dozens of thoughtful touches for couples too, from candle-lit dinners on the beach to a butler-drawn bath with chocolate truffles.
16. Hermitage Bay – Antigua
This secluded resort is nestled in the hillside of a hidden sandy bay. It’s an intimate spot with just 30 individual suites, each featuring deep rolltop tubs and outdoor showers, some with private plunge pools. Hire a private catamaran to take in the sunset, enjoy a couples treatment at the pampering spa and tuck into freshly caught seafood at a romantic dinner in the moonlight.
15. Casa de Uco Vineyards and Wine Resort – Mendoza, Argentina
Set in the foothills of the snow-capped Andean mountains and surrounded by vineyards, Case de Uco Vineyards is the ultimate romantic escape for oenophiles. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views across the lagoon and vineyards, private balconies and baths big enough for two. As night falls, head to the top floor for a peek at the stars through the telescope.
14. Hotel Madame Reve – Paris, France
It isn’t hard to find romance in the City of Love, but Hotel Madame Reve is worthy of a trip all on its own. Located in the 19th-century former Louvre post office building, this grand hotel was eight years in the making and only opened at the end of 2021. It’s a truly opulent stay: artworks by prominent French artists fill the main spaces and chandeliers hang from eight-metre-high ceilings in the grand cafe for a truly opulent stay. For romcom-worthy views over the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame or Sacre Couer, check into one of the Star Suites. Now that’s worthy of an ooh-la-la!
13. Villa Cora – Florence, Italy
This 19th-century villa was built by a Baron as a love letter to his wife. In the main villa, 29 suites and rooms spread across four floors, each inspired by the famous people who have stayed in them, from Tchaikovsky to Madame Debussy. The outdoor pool (one of the few in the city) is set in acres of romantic gardens filled with more than 100 types of roses.
12. The Green O – Greenough, Montana
The Green O only opened its doors in mid-2021, but it’s already gained a reputation as one of the most romantic hotels on the continent. Combining laid-back luxury with a romantically remote landscape, couples can ride horses and dogsled through its 37,000 acres, indulge in in-suite massages and dine under the stars. Each of the 12 rooms features outdoor hot tubs, deep soaking bathtubs and wood-burning fireplaces. The minifridge is even stocked with ice cream sandwiches….
11. Galapagos Safari Camp – Santa Cruz, Ecuador
Located in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz island in the beating heart of the Galapagos, this safari camp offers nature and romance in spades. Think dinners in front of hazy pink sunsets, days spent exploring uninhabited islands and intimate dinners straight from the onsite organic farm. Guests sleep in luxury tents decorated with hand-woven Ecuadorian rugs and teak furniture, under the stars.
10. The Plaza – New York, United States
For gilded glamour, it’s hard to outshine The Plaza. Those keen for some added unashamed opulence should check into the Fitzgerald Suite, which was designed by Oscar-winning Catherine Martin. Incidentally, she also designed the costumes and sets for The Great Gatsby. A wide range of soul-soothing spa treatments are available at the Guerlain spa too.
9. Sublime — Comporta, Portugal
Situated south of Lisbon, this dreamy resort in Comporta sits on 17 acres of Umbrella pines and wildflowers. Opt for a bio-pool suite, a cabana overlooking one of Europe’s largest biological pools. Guests can plunge into the freshwater directly from their private terraces. Beyond the suites, there’s a spa and onsite restaurant, where guests can enjoy regional cuisine with a modern twist, washed down with local red wine.
8. Longitude 131º – Uluru, Australia
You’ll find Longitude 131º located just outside the UNESCO World Heritage Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Surrounded by the rugged wilderness of the Simpson Desert, the sixteen tented pavilions offer jaw-dropping views of the sacred dunes. Each ten is named after a celebrated Australian pioneer and kitted out with organic linen and indigenous artworks, as well as a sound system. Heaven.
7. Auberge du Soleil – California, United States
Nestled into the sun-kissed Napa Valley hillside in 33 acres of heritage oak and olive trees, it’s easy to swoon over Auberge du Soleil. Once you’ve hopped around the surrounding vineyards, there’s a trio of outdoor temperate soaking pools, a tennis court and private hiking trails to explore. For the best views, splash out on a ‘private maison’, which features outdoor soaking tubs overlooking the valley. The hotel currently offers a dedicated ‘romance’ offer which includes a welcome bottle of Auberge du Soleil Cabernet Sauvignon, breakfast in bed and complimentary access to a Mercedes-Benz.
6. Wilderness Safaris DumaTau – Botswana
Botswana isn’t short on romantic safari lodges, but Wilderness Safaris DumaTau is a cut above the rest. Set overlooking the elephant-rich Osprey Lagoon, the camp features eight oversized tents with their own living area, plunge pool, sundeck and outdoor shower. No two days are ever the same here either, thanks to its epic combination of land and water-based game viewing.
5. Time + Tide Miavana – Madagascar
Miavana is Madagascar’s first five-star eco-lodge, which makes it extra special. Set on a 10 square-kilometre private island off the coast of Madagascar, it’s an exhilarating helicopter ride over mountains, baobabs and shipwrecks to reach the luxury hotel. Days here are best spent diving in the marine-protected waters, exploring the island’s nature trails and lemur trekking. There’s direct pool access and ocean views from every villa too, which means you’re never too far from a quick dip either.
4. Amangiri: Canyon Point – Utah, United States
The Amangiri in Canyon Point has once again pipped its neighbours to the post to claim the title of the most romantic hotel in the United States. Set in America’s most dramatic desert overlooking the Colorado plateau, the Amangiri offers luxurious suites and tented pavilions set in 900 acres of canyons, mesas, ridges and gorges. For the ultimate seductive stay, book the Amangiri Suite – a 3,500 sq.ft room with a private lap pool and sky terrace for star gazing. When you’re not out exploring, there are complimentary yoga and hiking sessions too.
3. One & Only The Palm – Dubai, UAE
Dubai is known for doing things on a grand scale and The Palm is no exception. The hotel boasts one of the most romantic settings in the city, with pavilions, palms and a sprawling pool. The hotel even offers a three-day itinerary dedicated to romance, with plenty of time for poolside lounging, Michelin-starred dining and spa time on tap.
2. Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa – Australia
Fresh from a $20 million facelift last year, Silky Oaks Lodge offers unparalleled luxury in the heart of the country’s treasured ecosystem, Daintree National Park. Forty treehouses hover above the Mossman River, offering birds-eye views for you and your sweetheart to wake up to. Later, you can gaze into each other’s eyes over contemporary Australian and Asian-inspired dinners or indulge in one of the many spa treatments on offer in the Healing Waters Spa.
1. Buahan A Banyan Tree Escape – Bali, Indonesia
Even couples who claim only to have eyes for each other will have a hard time resisting the views at Buahan A Banyan Tree Escape. The newly launched hotel is nestled into the untouched Balinese jungle, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Treetop villas boast their own private pool, gazebo and. As night rises, fireflies dance over the open deck in front of the plush king-sized bed. A zero-waste menu also gives guests the chance to rediscover some of the forgotten flavours of Bali too.