Love is in the Air

Romantic Retreats

Romance matters at these Leading Hotels that go the extra mile to make stays even more special. With tailored-for-two amenities such as secluded picnics and couple’s spa treatments, these resorts prove that love is indeed all around.
in newlywed bliss with the two-masseuse “Dancing Fingers” couples massage at this beachside African resort.
Champagne under the stars on your own private island nearby this Maldivian paradise.
à deux in the en suite Jacuzzis at this spa resort in Costa Rica.
on the seven-night couple’s package at this honeymooner-adored Caribbean resort and be treated to cocktails on arrival, a private candlelit dinner and a couples massage.
your love with a vow renewal ceremony and celebratory sunset boat ride at this sprawling seaside property.
with chocolate truffles and a butler-drawn bath at this luxe Caribbean resort.
Hawaiian culture at this beach resort with a three-and-a-half hour Ho’oipoipo couple’s spa treatment using local flower essences and massage oils.
while the wedding specialists do the work at this stunning resort in the Dominican Republic, where newlyweds are treated to a picnic with picturesque views.
A good page-turner is a vacation must, and a romantically charged novel set in the destination one is visiting makes a couple’s getaway more special. In-sync partners read fabled love stories together in these charming locations, home to picturesque Leading Hotels.

Baglioni Hotel London

London, England

Located near Royal Albert Hall amidst the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge, this Italian export is a perfect base from which to view the British capital’s best sides. The most luxurious of the rooms and suites is the Royal Suite, which overlooks Princess Diana’s former residence, Kensington Palace, and boasts fireplaces, glass chandeliers and sofas upholstered in silk and velvet. All accommodations have butlers who can handle such requests as appointments at the newly renovated spa, complimentary bike rentals and tickets to London’s most popular attractions. The stunning Kensington Suite and Boutique 60 are available for intimate weddings, for which the hotel will provide a wedding planner, spa treatments and a first-anniversary dinner at romantic Brunello restaurant.

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Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Venice, Italy

Even the most blasé traveler is blown away when arriving at the legendary Belmond Hotel Cipriani, the pastel-colored, 15th century palazzo on leafy Giudecca Island. The extraordinary setting was not lost on the city’s greatest romantic, Giacomo Casanova, who is said to have had secret trysts in the gardens. The first impression continues in the opulent interiors, which feature silk brocade furnishings, frescoed ceilings and intricate murals. After a major refurbishment, the new décor captures the essence of Venice with Murano glass, antique mirrors, fabrics by Fortuny and Rubelli and handmade artifacts by local craftsmen. The best views overlook the Venetian skyline, though thanks to the gorgeous garden setting, there are no bad views here everywhere you look, Venice meets your gaze.

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Grand Hotel Continental

Siena, Italy

This hotel earned the appellation grand in 1904, when the queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoia, chose it as her residence in Siena. Today the 17th-century palazzo continues to attract elite visitors with its Renaissance architecture adorned with original frescoes and priceless antiques. Located in Siena’s center, the fifty one-room Grand Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the pedestrian-only city’s cultural and culinary delights, including the hotel’s 3,000-bottle wine cellar, discovered in the base of a medieval tower during a renovation. The guest rooms have Carrara-marble bathrooms and Chinese porcelain lamps, while the interior courtyard and bar area are covered with glass dome that lets in natural light.

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Hotel Raphael

Paris, France

Paris is full of hidden corners that offer calm oases, and one of the prettiest is found at Hotel Raphael. Raphael La Terrasse, the hotel's rooftop restaurant, is beautifully planted and overlooks the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Classic Paris is also present in the old-world interiors, which feature rich silks, tasteful antiques and damask wallpaper. Housed in a seven-story palace that was built in 1925, the hotel preserved such original details as six-foot-tall windows and large armoires (even if guests are no longer bringing along ball gowns). In walking distance to the Champs Elysées but feeling worlds away, the hotel fosters a serene, home-like vibe, thanks to its intimate size and discreet service.

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A welcome laid-back attitude and slower pace of living make California an enviable destination when winter temperatures hit the rest of the world. California’s hilly wine country, glamorous waterfront and tranquil countryside all have one thing in common: top-of-the-line Leading Hotels that take extra care to foster an intimate vibe.

San Ysidro Ranch

Santa Barbara, United States

Nestled among 500 acres in the Montecito foothills of Southern California's wine country, San Ysidro Ranch has provided a tranquil vacation destination for discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to the Santa Barbara hideaway for its blend of natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury. Individually decorated private cottages and suites wind along San Ysidro's hillside creek and tree-lined paths. Built in classic bungalow style, guest accommodations feature hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain fall showers, hand-cut stone or Old World masonry fireplaces, radiant-heated bathroom floors, and hand-selected antique furnishings. Myth and history mingle in the lush gardens where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows; in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon retreat.

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Shutters on the Beach

Santa Monica, United States

Shutters is ideal for those looking for laid-back California elegance. With art that includes works by Hockney, Lichtenstein and Motherwell, and a master sommelier on staff, the property takes the craft of living well seriously. Michael S. Smith, the Obama White House interior designer, has made it an oasis of beach chic: guest rooms have hardwood floors, cashmere throws, built-in entertainment centers and shelves stocked with thoughtfully chosen books. The airy beachside restaurant One Pico, and the café-bar Coast encourage lingering. Besides the fitness center, Shutters offers yoga on the beach, bicycle rentals and surfing lessons, as well as preferred appointments at ONE the spa, which has a range of treatments using Ole Henriksen products.

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Leading Golf Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Carmel Valley, United States

Among Bernardus Lodge’s many charms is its enviable setting among acres of lavender, roses, thyme and sage, which flourish in Carmel Valley’s abundant sunshine and mild Mediterranean climate. European inspired service and Californian warmth have made it a favorite retreat for Hollywood celebrities and royalty. At the Marinus restaurant, guests can view Julia Child’s signature on the wall at the chef’s table and enjoy dishes from two acres of organic gardens, artisan meats, local game and fish. The food is complemented by an award-winning 35,000-bottle wine cellar. The estate vineyard produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay exclusively for guests, who can also partake in tennis, swimming, croquet, bocce and or restore body and mind in the full-service spa. Golfing is just five minutes away.

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