Layana Resort and Spa
Koh Lanta, Thailand
The spectacular Layana Resort and Spa is located on one of Thailand’s most laid-back islands, Koh Lanta. The rooms are huge and luxurious, the spa facilities are award-winning, and the beach, Phra-Ae, is known for its powdery white sand and spectacular sunsets. If you decide you want something different than the fantastic bar and delicious food at this couples’ resort, just stroll down the beach to find restaurants, bars or the island party scene. It’s all close enough to be accessible, but far away enough that you can feel like the two of you have the island to yourself.
Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives
Komandoo is a rarity among luxury resorts in the Maldives: it’s both adults-only and all-inclusive. The owners have focused exclusively on creating the perfect romantic destination, and the palm trees and azure waters make the perfect setting for connection. Choose between overwater or beach villas, both of which offer jacuzzis. If you choose to leave your villa, you can choose from several drinking and dining options. You can even dine under the sea at intimate underwater restaurant 5.8 Undersea, located at their partner resort. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters, kayak, sail, paddle board, or indulge in couples’ spa treatments.
Royal Davui Island Resort
Imagine swimming across sapphire waters to an island with beautiful white sand beaches where you can be truly alone while eating a picnic for two. That’s one of the unique experiences the adults-only, all-inclusive Royal Davui Island Resort offers. You can canoodle in romantic villas with views of Beqa Lagoon, enjoy the ocean, indulge in incredible spa treatments, take cooking classes, or go on excursions to immerse yourself in the welcoming, fascinating Fijian culture. With only 16 villas, it’s easy to feel as if you are on your own private island at this couples’ resort.
Ponta Dos Ganchos
Santa Catarina, Brazil
If your ultimate romantic experience includes gazing at the sunset over the ocean from your room and a romantic dinner on a private island with a two-seat dining room, the Ponta dos Ganchos is the perfect resort for you. The adults-only resort is rated the most romantic in South America. It has 25 private bungalows, each with ocean and sunset views, and feels saturated with a distinct Brazilian vibe. It’s located on Brazil’s spectacular Emerald Coast, relatively unknown in the US. In addition to intimate romantic experiences, you can explore some of the best-preserved nature in Brazil. You can also visit nearby Blumenau, the center of Brazil’s vibrant German immigrant culture.
Does your romantic fantasy focus on vineyard sips rather than ocean dips? Then Entre Cielos was made for you! This boutique adults-only hotel in the middle of Argentina’s top wine region has 16 opulent rooms. Exceptional wine is made here from grapes grown just outside your window. This couples’ resort offers wine-themed spa treatments, horseback rides, views of the snow-capped Andes Mountains, and Latin America’s only traditional hammam. Adventurous lovebirds will also enjoy exploring scenic Mendoza and tour wineries throughout the area.
Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita has what may be the most spectacular all-inclusive program of any beach resort. Every couple receives a welcome bottle of tequila or rum, plus a daily bottle of sparkling wine. Also included at this couples’ resort: gourmet a la carte meals, free-flowing top-shelf spirits, spa treatments, laundry service, Bvlgari toiletries, sailing trips and more. If you want to up the luxury, book a private villa at their “Impression Club,” and you’ll have Frette linens, plus a personal chef and butler to serve your every need.
Jade Mountain calls its suites “sanctuaries,” and ensures you never have to leave your love bubble during your stay. Nearly every suite has its own private infinity pool taking in the jaw-dropping views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. The fourth wall of your sanctuary is open to the spectacular natural setting, but clever architectural design also safeguards that no one else will see in. Extensive spa treatments are of course offered in your sanctuary, and six-course meals with wine pairings can be served in your suite, or at two private areas at the resort.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Immerse yourself in romantic luxury and one of the natural wonders of the world. Qualia is consistently rated one of Australia’s top luxury resorts. It’s located on one of the famous Whitsunday Islands. Take a seaplane to the white sands of uninhabited Whitehaven Beach, or snorkel at romantic Heart Reef. Qualia’s boats will also drop you off at remote, tranquil beaches with a picnic lunch so you can live out your tropical castaway fantasies.
Belize Barrier Reef, Belize
There’s three great reasons to go to the second largest barrier reef in the world: it is relatively undiscovered, it’s close to the US and you can stay at a private island in the middle! There are seven spectacular oceanfront villas on the private island Cayo Espanto. The responsive staff tailors your experiences to your desires, from the five-star cuisine to the fly fishing, scuba diving, bird watching and historic outings. You can even picnic on a second, smaller, private island that you’ll have all to yourselves.
Bill and Coo Resort
This Greek couples’ resort is on the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice list, and for good reason. The infinity pool looks out on the wine-dark Aegean sea. Each of the 32 suites is designed to make you feel like you are the only couple on the island. Despite its secluded feel, the hotel is just a short 10 minute stroll from the main town of Mykonos.
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