The right room in the right hotel can transform a typical trip for two into the romantic getaway of your dreams. Candlelit sunset dinners, Champagne-soaked yacht cruises, and private butler service contribute to the rejuvenating quality at these urban oases and country retreats. Plan a trip to one of our favorite romantic hotels on our 2014 Fodor's 100 list and get ready to feel the love.
By Megan Suckut
Some of the best sunset views in Santorini can be found at Esperas Hotel, located on the side of a high caldera. Order the seafood paella or slow-cooked lamb shank at Ombra, Esperas' Mediterranean restaurant, and sip on local Santorini wine as you delight in the end of a picture-perfect Greek day.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's The Cyclades Travel Guide
Auberge du Vieux-Port
Located in a renovated warehouse building in a historic Montreal neighborhood, Auberge du Vieux-Port provides a luxuriously quaint stay. Visit the Terrasse sur l'Auberge for romantic rooftop views of the St. Lawrence River and city scenery over a delectable seafood dish for two.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Montreal Travel Guide
Wine is the motif at The Yeatman—here, you can find a decanter-shaped outdoor infinity pool and a 20,000-bottle collection. Check out the vino-inspired literature and artwork in any room, or for the premium experience, book the Bacchus Suite with an in-room copper tub for two.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Porto and the North Travel Guide
At The Savoy, the glamorous lobby and panoramic view of the Thames give way to butler-served suites and four restaurants, including the legendary Savoy Grill, that all carry superb reputations guest lists. During summer months, book a luxury Thames River cruise on The Savoy's private yacht.
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Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa
A former summer escape for the elite of Uruguay, the Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco & Spa offers not only tastefully modern accommodations, but also an on-site casino, restaurant, and bar. If you're looking for a great class of wine, stop by the restaurant, 1921, for guidance from one of Uruguay's best sommeliers.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Montevideo Travel Guide
WHERE: Cape Town
While Ellerman House can only accommodate a handful of guests, the hotel boasts two lounges, two dining rooms (with chefs who gladly cook custom orders), a spa, and a whisky bar. The pool, lined with striped lounge chairs and a lush green lawn, offers awe-inspiring views of nearby Bantry Bay.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Cape Town Travel Guide
Auberge du Jeu de Paume
All the guest rooms at Auberge du Jeu de Paume carry the elegance of an 18th century French mansion, so the hotel is the perfect place to live out your French countryside dream. Enjoy exquisite dishes at the Michelin starred La Table du Connétable, and explore scenic Chantilly just outside the hotel.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Ile-de-France Travel Guide
All-inclusive bookings at Twin Farms will get you a whimsical cottage or suite, customized picnics and farm-to-table dinners, and fine wines at any hour of the day. Set in 300 acres of bucolic landscape, this resort aims to inspire guests and make them feel right at home.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Central Vermont Travel Guide
For a romantic Napa wine country getaway, look no farther than Solage Calistoga. Rooms include premium-quality linens, vaulted ceilings, and two complimentary cruiser bicycles you can use to explore downtown Calistoga and the nearby biking trails.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa and Sonoma Travel Guide
Honeymooners who book the Holualoa Inn can stay in a private, vintage cottage, but anyone looking for a romantic getaway can find it here. Book a package that gets you rose petals on the bed, a chilled bottle of champagne, tropical flowers, and macadamia nuts.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Big Island Travel Guide
Cavas Wine Lodge
Nestled into the foothills of the Andes, Cavas Wine Lodge delivers bohemian-style luxury and private accommodations. Go horseback riding or stroll through the vineyards before hitting up the spa, which provides aromatherapy and vinotherapy treatments.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Argentinean Wine Regions Travel Guide
WHERE: Ocho Rios
Have breakfast served on your own private veranda, relax with a couples' sunset massage, and enjoy a five-course dinner with live entertainment under the stars when you book the Celebration of Love package at Jamaica Inn, a luxurious getaway that guarantees an unforgettable romantic trip.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Jamaica Travel Guide
Hotel St. Regis Punta Mita
WHERE: Puerto Vallarta
24-hour private dining and personalized butler services are only two of the alluring perks at the Hotel St. Regis Punta Mita. Privacy and rejuvenation are big here, from the adults-only pools and restaurants to customized spa treatments available in nine private rooms and in a luxury suite.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
Artsy meets luxurious at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, where guest rooms feature handcrafted furniture and claw-footed tubs alongside coffee table art books and acoustic guitars. The on-site French and Italian restaurants, La Cuisine and Il Carpaccio, both have Michelin stars.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Paris Travel Guide
Natural beauty and world-famous luxury go hand-in-hand at Amangiri. Each artfully designed suite at the hotel has its own outdoor fireplace and large private terrace, and some even have their own pools. Soak in the view of the surrounding plateaus from the central swimming pool, or schedule a guided day hike for more action.
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Couples who stay at Punta Tragara will enjoy amazing views of the Faraglioni rocks and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as a garden with two pools. A candle-lit dinner of Neapolitan cuisine and Capri favorites on Monzù Restaurant's panoramic veranda is sure to be one to remember.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's The Amalfi Coast Travel Guide
The stately Edwardian charm and antique-laden guest rooms of Cliveden House transport guests back in time. Days here are best spent relaxing by the pool in the Walled Garden, exploring the nearby woodlands, and taking boat trip down the river on one of Cliveden's vintage launches.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's The Thames Valley Travel Guide
St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora
WHERE: Bora Bora
When you stay at the St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora, you'll enjoy a private villa with a sundeck (and often a private pool) and breathtaking views of Mt. Otemanu. The resort's white sand beaches are the place to be during the day, and at night, hit up one of the property's four ambient restaurants.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Bora Bora with Maupiti Travel Guide
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
WHERE: Beverly Hills
An exclusive hotel located amid lush gardens on Santa Monica Boulevard, The Peninsula Beverly Hills gives guests a taste of the Hollywood elite life. The rooftop swimming pool will dazzle, as will the complimentary chauffer service to and from Rodeo Drive and its high-class shopping.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Los Angeles Travel Guide
Las Ventanas al Paraiso
WHERE: Los Cabos
To help every romantic guest make their dreams come true, Las Ventanas al Paraíso has a Department of Romance that helps plan everything from weddings and engagements to candlelight dinners in the Herb Garden. The tequila welcome amenities and discreet butler service also help set the mood.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Los Cabos Travel Guide