World's Most Romantic Resorts for Valentine's Day

World's Most Romantic Resorts for Valentine's Day

While chocolate and flowers make great gifts, they aren’t the only way to show your affection on Valentine’s Day: travel is the ultimate present. We've rounded up some of the most romantic places to stay across the globe, all of which have a mix of ambiance and amenities sure to up the romance factor. For those not ready to travel quite yet, book a trip now for something to look forward to later.

San Ysidro Ranch | Santa Barbara, CA (pictured)

San Ysidro Ranch has been considered one of the most romantic boutique hotels in the world for over a century thanks to its intimate cottages, world-class service and unrivaled setting in the foothills of Montecito. Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh exchanged midnight wedding vows on the grounds, and John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned in the cottage that now bears their name. The Forbes Five-Star resort is marked by its secluded setting, meticulously landscaped grounds and star-studded guest list. The property has just 38 luxury cottages and offers award-winning dining, a year-round heated swimming pool, Salon & Spa, access to 17 miles of hiking trails, and more. The Guest Services team will create customized romantic itineraries to include sunset sailing, private yoga and sound meditation sessions, horseback riding and curated wine tastings from the best wineries in California. Cottages start at $2,045 inclusive of dining with no resort fees, but if you’re really looking to go big, book the new 50k splurge-cation package for the trip of a lifetime.

Oil Nut Bay | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

For couples seeking a serene and exceptionally private vacation locale, Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda is the perfect fit. Only accessible by boat or helicopter, the resort is spread across 400 exquisite acres and entirely surrounded by the ocean. Guests stay in private villas custom-built into the island’s topography, ranging from $600 to $30,00 per night. Private chef dinners are available in-villa and on the beach along with romantic picnic spreads in secluded locales around the property. Amenities include a beach club with three pools and a swim-up bar; Nova overwater restaurant and bar; wellness center; two heli-pads; equipment for kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling; and world-class dining options. A special Romantic Getaway package includes daily breakfast, champagne and canapes on arrival, 60-minute couples massage, candlelit 4-course private beach dinner, 1 champagne breakfast, romantic turndown service with locally sourced flower petals, and guided snorkel tour to see sea turtles ($1,100 plus the price of accommodations).

Salmon Falls Resort | Ketchikan, Alaska 

Salmon Falls Resort is situated at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s iconic Inside Passage, located just 90 minutes from Seattle. The 51-room resort is best known for its majestic setting and world-class salmon fishing. The vast natural splendor in the midst of the Tongass National Forest on Revillagigedo Island lends itself to reconnecting over private adventures. The resort reopens for the 2022 season on June 1 so couples can book now for something to look forward to. The Luxury Rooms are located in a secluded and quiet area of the resort with terrific views of the wildlife and water. Pricing starts at $400/ night in low season and $825/ night in high season and includes F&B. Adventurous couples will love the scenic Floatplane Fishing Adventure or Salmon Roe & Wine Pairing.

Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Located at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula, just 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, this tranquil resort boasts ocean views from every suite. Standout amenities include multiple restaurants, a luxury seaside spa with private beachfront cabanas, infinity pools, saltwater lagoon and a new Greg Norman Signature golf course. Couples can book its Luxury Balinese Dinner, which costs $499 per couple, and includes waterfront views in a Balinese cabana and a gourmet candle-lit four-course meal accompanied by a special bottle of wine selected by the resident sommelier. More lowkey love birds can opt for the new Glam Picnic by the Sea experience ($200 USD per couple) complete with a lantern-lit walkway, decorated arch, throw pillows and blankets, hors d'oeuvres and wine or champagne. Live music can be added for an additional fee. European or all-inclusive rates available with pricing starting at $358/night.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa | Scottsdale, AZ

Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is the perfect Valentine’s Day destination.

Celebrate with the Royal Romance Package which includes a 2 night stay, daily full breakfast at T. Cook’s with $100 dining credit, rose petal turndown service, a welcome amenity and a 2pm late check-out. To enhance the romantic ambiance of Royal Palms Resort and Spa is Via Cappello, a romantic dining experience in a magical desert setting that provides private “lovers’ corners” for personalized dining throughout the resort.

L’Auberge Del Mar | Del Mar, California

A coastal Southern California gem, Del Mar is a quaint seaside village rich in history, striking natural beauty and European charm, making it the perfect setting for a romantic retreat. With a multi-million dollar renovation under their belt and unmatched views of the California coastline, L’Auberge Del Mar is the ideal warm escape from the Winter season. This season, L’Auberge is offering guests to stay warm with their “Snuggle is Real” package. Guests can curl up with someone special or simply come to relax and recharge along the beautiful shores of Del Mar. Guests who book this package will receive a $50 Resort Credit to be used at any on-property restaurant, room service or at Spa L’Auberge and will get one, luxe L’Auberge Del Mar blanket to keep cozy. To add to the romantic winter getaway is L’Auberge Del Mar’s Couples Massage which invites couples to relax side by side in their spacious and private couples’ suite.

The St. Regis Bora Bora: A New, Bejeweled Romantic Getaway For Valentine's Day

The award-winning St. Regis Bora Bora, renowned as one of the world’s most luxuriously romantic resorts, has unveiled a bejeweled Black Pearl Romance Getaway just in time for Valentine’s Day.

One of region’s natural treasures is the seductive Tahitian Black Pearl symbolizing ‘happiness in life’ in Polynesian culture. Known for its kaleidoscope of iridescent color and luster, the Tahitian Black Pearl is considered to be one of the world’s finest gems. The secret to its exceptional quality is the Pinctada Margaritifera, a South Pacific oyster that takes two full years to produce a single pearl. Robert Wan, a renowned Tahitian pearl jeweler, has provided the highest quality pearls to private customers and the finest international jewelry houses for over 40 years. For this Black Pearl Romance offer, Wan collaborated with The St. Regis Bora Bora to include an elegantly designed 12.4 mm Tahitian Black Pearl solitaire necklace on an 18-carat gold chain.

Another Tahitian natural treasure is Bora Bora’s Tupai island, famous for its heart shape. The best way to appreciate this romantic natural wonder is by air, so this offer also includes a Tupai Island fly-over in a private helicopter with Billecart Salmon Rosé Champagne during the flight.

The Black Pearl Romance Getaway includes:
• A Robert Wan Tahitian Black Pearl solitaire necklace on an 18-carat gold chain
• Private helicopter & champagne fly-over Bora Bora’s famed heart-shaped Tupai Island
• 24-carat gold al fresco couples massage with radiantly hydrating gold-flake infused coconut oil
• Champagne dinner by candlelight on the resort’s private island
• Signature Canoe Breakfast
• Five nights for two in a St. Regis Bora Bora Overwater Villa

The rate for this 5-night Black Pearl Romance Getaway starts at 1,492,300 XPF (USD 14,200). Rates quoted in USD are subject to currency fluctuations. This offer is available through December 31, 2022 and is subject to blackout dates and availability. Additional nights may be added at prevailing rates. For more information and reservations, email reservations1@stregis.com or call +689 40 607 805.

Napa Valley’s Bardessono Hotel & Spa Offers Spa Bath Butler Program

Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, Bardessono’s approach to offering the best of the good life is balanced with a celebrated appreciation for the local community of artisans, chefs, and wine makers. With a high value on conscious living, Bardessono models hospitality with enduring expressions of land and family that fostered and sustained the original Bardessono family farmstead. “Deep green” with luxury, a subtle aesthetic, privacy, and graciousness leaves guests with a renewed curiosity and a sense of purpose, bringing true meaning to mindfully living luxury.

The spa bath menu includes the following options…

Me Thyme Bath - Let time elude you while immune-supporting aromas of thyme, juniper and rosemary envelop your senses, including a sense of comfort and wellbeing

Clarifying Sage Bath - Cleanse energy and purify the body as the healing benefits of sage, geranium, and citrus uplift your mood and increase focus.

Lavender Cloud Bath - Drift into bliss with an herbal-infused lavender and chamomile bath to quiet the mind and still the body preparing it for rest and restoration.

Wellness Bath - Reminiscent of a Turkish hammam, this deeply purifying and sacred ritual drenches skin in a moisturizing milk bath of floral buds and essential oils.

Bath & Bubbles - Breathe deeply as you take in mountain and vineyard views while soaking in a soothing aromatherapy both of essential oil infused salts and flower petals.

Experience Unrivaled Luxury at Baros Maldives, The Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Hotel

While temperatures continue to drop, nothing sounds better than a tropical vacation in the Maldives with your significant other, and there’s no better place to celebrate than at the Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort, Baros Maldives. After winning this prestigious World Travel Award for the eighth consecutive time, it’s no secret that Baros is the ultimate romantic destination. Since its opening in 1973, Baros Maldives has been known as the perfect hideaway for couples; a dreamlike paradise where the notion of ‘romance’ is redefined.

Whether looking for the perfect place for a destination wedding or honeymoon, or purely just looking for a couple’s getaway off the grid, Baros offers it all. Situated on its own island oasis in the Maldives, Baros boasts the ultimate romantic getaway with lush scenery, turquoise waters, and private villa accommodations for guests’ most sensual indulgence.

Travelers looking to disconnect from daily life and enjoy each other’s company will love the Water Pool Villa, the most romantic of accommodations available at Baros, featuring a private infinity pool on a spacious sundeck, a sun-soaked daybed on the veranda and a steamy tub located next to the large window overlooking the tropical Maldivian paradise. Whether you’re watching the sunset straight from your bathtub or enjoying a bottle of bubbly on your private pool, Baros is sure to bring the heat.

With destination dining, travelers can also experience an enchanting culinary adventure on their own private sandbank, private island, or on the Piano Deck situated in the middle of the ocean. Guests can also set sail into the sunset on Nooma, equipped with champagne and canapes.

In addition, visitors can immerse themselves in blissful Baros moments at the Serenity Spa, a haven of relaxation, a sanctuary hidden in the trees. Guests can escape to the spa and craft a personalized wellness journey with a series of daily treatments designed to help you restore balance and find your calm. For added luxury, enjoy a pampering treatment in the seclusion of your comfortable villa.

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese - Over-The-Top Valentine’s Day Experience: At Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, the ultimate romantic getaway for this February and beyond is the boutique hotel’s Over-The-Top Valentine’s Day Experience. For €20,000 (approximately $22,876 USD), exclusive inclusions range from a custom jewelry shopping experience, helicopter tour to one of Rome’s countryside vineyards, bath for two in Roman donkey milk, private viewing of Caravaggio’s only fresco, extravagant floral display insuite on arrival, and much more. Luxurious accommodations will be in Sofitel Rome’s Venus or Cupid Suite, inspired by the Roman Divinities and with amenities befitting the gods to boot

Up Norway - Romance Among the Fjords;  Up Norway has a new journey for couples to  experience the ultimate romantic getaway by creating a magical connection in Norway. Start in Tromsø, known as the Paris of the North, to get the romance brewing. This coastal city is located in the heart of the Arctic wilderness, with wildlife-filled fjords and snow capped mountains. Spend 3 days in Lyngen  for wildlife safaris by day and bubbles by the fireplace or seeking the elusive illuminations of dancing auroras by night. Then it’s on to the heights of Alta, for a cozy mountain hideaway located above a fairytale Norwegian valley. A bonfire dinner under the Northern lights and a million stars embraces couples during a polar night excursion to the top of the mountain where the view is indescribable and where the only company are the animals that call this land their home. A Snowshoe Hike & Ice Fishing and a Full Day Dog-sledding also await in Alta.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit - Tequila Getaway for Spirit Lovers:  A Tequila Experience from Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit allows couples to explore the making of Mexico’s finest spirit – tequila – inclusive of a private plane to Tequila, exclusive tasting at Mexico’s oldest tequila house, lunch among the agave fields and more.  After traveling to Tequila in the northern portion of the state of Jalisco via private plane or luxury car, guests will arrive at Casa San Matías, one of Mexico’s oldest tequila houses in the business. Here participants will have the opportunity to learn traditional and modern tequila making processes, cutting agave leaves, learning how to cook the plant, and the grinding, processing and distilling methods. Set on the beautiful agave plantations along the mineral rich red soils, a Mexican picnic at the Hacienda San Matías is also served paired with San Matías’ finest tequilas. Following lunch, guests will enjoy a Tequila Tasting, where they will learn the differences in the spirit’s characteristics and create a bespoke tequila blend to take home in a Huichol-designed bottle.

Grand Velas Los Cabos - Oenophiles Romance: Grand Velas Los Cabos offers an Over-The-Top Wine Lovers’ Getaway looking to explore Mexico’s fine wines. The experience features wine spa treatments, Michelin-star dining in the middle of a vineyard, and - the highlight - private jet transportation to Ensenada to Baja California’s top wineries for special wine tastings and to make one’s own vintage. Guests can also opt for accommodations in the resort’s Presidential or Imperial Suites that offer additional insuite beverage features like a premium minibar restocked daily with special wine, spirits, champagne, tequila and mezcal.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya - Ocean-Loving Couples: Beyoncé, Leonardo DiCaprio, and David Beckham are just a few big names that’ve been spotted riding on an iconic VanDutch lately. But now, couples visiting the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya can set sail in style just like the A-list celebrities. Along with a socially ride along the azure Mexican Caribbean Coast aboard the opulent VanDutch 40, the resort’s Sunset VanDutch Experience includes a visit to an underwater museum, watersports and evening firework show. A multi-course, gourmet menu from one of Mexico’s leading chefs, ancestral beverage tasting featuring lesser known Mexican spirits, and wide selection of premium mezcals and tequilas are some of the culinary highlights of the trip.

Mar Del Cabo - Galentine’s Day:  Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, boutique hotel Mar Del Cabo offers single ladies the ultimate girlfriends’ escape this February. A highlight of the three-night Galentine’s Day Experience is a sunset sail aboard a luxury catamaran. Back at the hotel, gals can gather for a bonfire party on the beach withMexican chocolates and specialty cocktails. When it’s time for some pampering, the girls can head next door to the renowned Se Spa at Grand Velas Los Cabos, Mar del Cabo’s sister property, where they will receive a 20% discount on spa services. Accommodations during the Galentine’s Day Experience will be in the hotel’s two-bedroom Penthouse Suite, perfect for four amigas, with sweet and savory insuite amenities, champagne upon arrival and private terrace with stunning sunset views.

Casa Velas - 3-Night Curated “Microcation” for Busy Couples : Recognizing the growing demand for shorter, more concentrated experiences in the travel industry, Velas Resorts in Mexico offers a Micro-Cation Menu. At Casa Velas, highlights of the three-night trip among Puerto Vallarta’s picturesque landscape and rich heritage, include a private tour to San Sebastian del Oeste, a colonial Mexican town in Jalisco with charming architecture and cobblestone streets. Also included is a traditional Mexican cooking class and a tequila tasting with a diverse selection sourced from all over the country.

Velas Vallarta - Exclusive Tao Beach Club Takeover: Couples staying at the all-inclusive Velas Vallarta resort can get away from everyone with an exclusive take over of its sister property’s Tao Beach Club. Nestled in the exclusive enclave of Marina Vallarta, the adults-only venue provides privacy and seclusion as well as a lineup of deluxe services and amenities overlooking the Banderas Bay. Ideal for couples, the Puerto Vallarta beach club is available for day use. Standout venue features range from an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, and ultra-cozy Balinese beds to umbrella-d chaise loungers and an air-conditioned game room with pool table. Gourmet offerings include fresh fish and seafood, traditional aguachile and ceviche, a fully-stocked guacamole bar and more. Specialty cocktails with premium liquor, a deluxe margarita menu and healthy drinks are also served. In addition, an onsite concierge can arrange for restorative spa treatments and relaxing massages.

El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s iconic El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel has served as an idyllic getaway to couples for over a century. Just 1.5 hours north of Los Angeles, El Encanto has recently been meticulously restored to capture all of its romance and glamour. Complete with seven acres of lush gardens, wisteria-lined walkways, and sweeping ocean views, El Encanto sets a lovely scene for a romantic weekend getaway. The hotel offers a Retreat to Romance package which includes accommodation in one of El Encanto’s charming California Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival-style bungalows, credit for The Spa at El Encanto, specialty in-room amenities, and more.

Virgin Hotels New Orleans

New Orleans lends itself to romance with its striking architecture, smooth jazz music, and cozy candlelit corners. Couples can escape to warmer temperatures for a weekend at Virgin Hotels New Orleans, which recently opened its doors in August 2021. From intimate cocktails at the hotel’s Dreamboat cocktail bar overlooking the cityscape to colorful and spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and a soaker tubs – couples will find everything they need for a romantic retreat. This year, the property is celebrating Valentine’s Day all February long with its Month of Love promotion, allowing couples to save up to 20% off their stay, including a bottle of bubbly and sweet treats delivered to their room and a 2pm late check out.

EAST Miami

Sunny skies, lively restaurants and shopping trips make for a perfect couple’s getaway. Instead of staying on the busy Miami Beach, couples can opt for a weekend in Brickell for more of an intimate trip. EAST Miami is the perfect home base with sleek modern design and a tropical rooftop pool. The hotel’s bar, Sugar, has some of the best views of Miami and is known as one of the best rooftop bars in the city – the property was just named to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2022 Gold List. While in Brickell, couples can try the new Sexy Fish that just opened, or stick around the hotel for wood-fired Uruguayan cuisine in Quinto La Huella’s dimly lit romantic setting – before stopping by the hotel’s hidden speakeasy, Tea Room, for a night cap.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows | Scottsdale, Arizona

This month, Andaz Scottsdale is bringing even more fun to the Saarinen showers with its “Let’s Stay in (the Shower) Tonight” package, which offers a sensual shower retreat:

You enter your Saarinen King Suite at Andaz Scottsdale and discover the bathroom – an expansive oasis where natural light floods the room through the sky window above the 40-square-foot walk-in spa shower. There is ample room for you to turn on BOTH rainfall shower heads without getting wet as steam slowly fills the air. There’s even room for a partner, or more.

A quick scan of a QR code, and couples can instantly set the mood with a DJ-curated shower playlist. Pop the bottle of champagne and step into the relaxing stream of the dual-head rainfall shower. Body Bliss Sensuous scrubs and massage oils fill the air with the intoxicating aromas of jasmine and pink grapefruit. While most romance packages include chocolate-covered strawberries, Andaz Scottsdale is offering guests a more sensual take on this dessert with strawberries and edible chocolate body butter.