If love is in the air, then it’s time to plan a romantic getaway. Depending on interests, romance may look a little different to each of us. While some consider a romantic hotel as one located in the most breathtaking of locales, others get excited over the prospect of a fine candlelit meal. Others swoon over the chance for a rugged getaway with lots of hiking and bonding over physical experiences. Whichever your preference, we’ve scouted out seven of the most romantic hotels in the world.
Arguably the most romantic hotel on the Olympic Peninsula, Lake Quinault Lodge is a historic lodge located right on Lake Quinault, within the Quinault Rainforest. You’ll find a tranquil environment, lush with beautiful scenery, and surrounded by snow-covered mountains.
When you’re not hiking the 8 miles of trails, clean up and enjoy a romantic five-star dinner in the Roosevelt Dining Room where the former president dined. A wall of windows overlooking the lake is nearly as dreamy as the food.
This hotel is renowned for its grand lobby to relax and read a book in front of a massive stone fireplace. There is also an expansive lawn leading to the lakeside where couples can reconnect in an Adirondack chair with a glass of wine next to an outdoor firepit.
Pro Tip: The lodge is located in the Olympic National Park and Forest with 922,651 acres of preserved wilderness. Visitors can continue on Highway 101 looping around the Olympic Peninsula to see three distinct ecosystems: coastal, rainforest, and subalpine, and stop at Hurricane Ridge.
For a true Caribbean escape — without the crowds — the perfect romantic getaway awaits at Calabash Grenada. Pure Grenada, the tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, is located in the eastern Caribbean just south of Barbados.
Pro Tip: Grenada is known as the Isle of Spice, so spice things up with a visit to the world-famous spice market.
Saba Rock was completely rebuilt after the rampage of Hurricane Irma in 2017. Now reopened, this romantic destination, located in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, offers a perfect romantic getaway with its laid-back atmosphere, seclusion without feeling isolated, and a contemporary design that plays upon the destination’s nautical lifestyle. It’s an intimate resort with only nine rooms and suites.
Pro Tip: Be sure to go out for SNUBA (a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving) or a sunset sail — a great way to explore the BVI’s and create romantic and unforgettable memories. Toast to those magical sunsets with the resort’s famous Painkiller cocktail, a tasty blend of rum, pineapple, orange, and coconut.
Romance awaits at Ottawa’s iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel. Reminiscent of a French chateau, this famed castle in Canada’s capital opened in 1912. Both of the hotel’s two restaurants are named after lovers. For a spectacular sunset, dine on the patio of La Terrasse for a romantic meal as the sun sets behind Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River.
Take an evening couples swim in the 1920s art-deco indoor pool.
Pro Tip: Stroll the hotel to view the six original photographs of Sir Winston Churchill, Stephen Leacock, Albert Einstein, Pablo Casals, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jean-Pual Ripelle, taken by the famed 20th-century photographer Yousuf Karsh who lived in the hotel with his wife, Estrellita.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton had a love wit
h no bounds. What better place to get away with your love than at the couple’s former home, Casa Kimberly. Taylor retained the home for decades as she loved some of its quirky charms — a misshapen pink marble bathtub, an oblong swimming pool, and a bridge that connects two casitas across the cobblestone street are all originals. Now an over-the-top indulgent nine-suite boutique hotel and spa, the location in Puerto Vallarta is where the couple fell in love when Burton was filming Night of the Iguana.
The hotel’s combination of Mexican Colonial design, the Taylor and Burton love affair, and the couple’s flair for Hollywood glamour lends itself to an indulgent and ever-so-romantic destination. The suites have mountain views, the bay, and the city below. Located in the small, charming seaside city of Puerto Vallarta, there may not be a more romantic hotel anywhere.
Ski enthusiasts will love the romantic ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel, The Josie Hotel. Enjoy the romantic views from a slope-side suite as well as the top of the ski hill, located just steps from the chairlift at RED Mountain Resort. After a long day on the slopes, amp up the romance in a slope-side cedar barrel sauna for two.
Pro Tip from the Josie team: Don’t miss out on The Velvet Lounge and Restaurant’s delectable bites. Executive Chef Marc-Andre Choquette’s French-influenced seasonal menu and locally-inspired drink menu will ensure a romantic dinner for two as you finish your evening with an elevator ride home to your luxurious suite.
For a quirky yet romantic hotel, McMenamins Grand Lodge is a historic hotel with 90 guestrooms, several bars and restaurants, a full-service spa, and a year-round outdoor soaking pool. Decorated with historic photographs and original art inspired by Forest Grove’s history and the building itself, there’s also an attic turned into an upper floor with literary-themed rooms and a secret passageway.
Wine lovers will enjoy exploring the dozens of vineyards and tasting rooms in Oregon Wine Country.
Pro Tip: The lodge is the only hotel in Tualatin Valley with an on-site spa and salon, perfect for a couple’s massage.