Long hours at the office, rowdy kids, nagging bills – are the hectic demands of everyday life chipping away at your relationship? Get away from it all and reignite the passion in your love life with 10 luxurious couples’ retreats.
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1. Four Seasons Resort – Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Voted top resort in French Polynesia by Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora exudes romance. Featuring 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas, this Bora Bora vacation spot is an island paradise. Its turquoise lagoon, immaculate beaches and magnificent waterfalls are reminiscent of a romance novel. Guests can savour private three-course meals on the beach, or in their bungalow while experiencing the stunning sunset over the lagoon.
2. Mill Houses Studio and Suites – Thira, Santorini, Greece
Chosen by the BBC, and Travel+Leisure magazine as 2011’s best island, Santorini is a hot spot for couples craving a romantic Greek island getaway. Mill Houses Studio and Suites is a luxurious haven offering sensational panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and its nearby volcanic isles. Relax with a private massage in your own suite, cool off with a dip in the pool, or share an intimate candlelit dinner. Private verandas, outdoor Jacuzzis and complimentary Bulgari toiletries make Mill Houses a dream destination.
3. Auberge du Soleil – Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
Looking for a kid-free oasis hidden within the majestic beauty of California’s wine country? You’re in luck. Auberge du Soleil is a sumptuous inn designed solely for adults. Here, guests discover that couple time is the priority. Private soaking tubs, bath oils, exclusive outdoor terraces and hillside views add to the sensuous vibe of this exquisite retreat. The Michelin-rated Auberge du Soleil restaurant and extensive wine list (over 1,500 selections) add to the inn’s unparalleled grandeur pour deux.
4. Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat – Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia
Here’s a couples’ getaway where privacy is guaranteed. Discreetly situated in an untouched Australian rainforest, the Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is surrounded on three sides by a World Heritage National Park. Its 10 luxurious bungalows stand far apart from each over, spaced throughout 100 hectares of unspoiled rainforest. Crystal Creek caters to couples – children, pets and additional guests are strictly forbidden – so relax with a couples’ massage, a gourmet picnic or an afternoon siesta in a hammock built for two.
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5. Anantara Resort and Spa – Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
Treat yourself to the suite life in Bali – literally. All-suite accommodation greets guests at this stylish beachfront retreat. Overlooking the serene waters of the Indian Ocean, the Anantara Resort & Spa features many upscale touches for the perfect passion-filled escape. Don’t be surprised if you fall head over heels for the inviting Jacuzzi terrazzo tub for two, cozy outdoor loungers and mesmerizing infinity pool. Craving some extra special couple time? Indulge in ‘Dining by Design’, an intimate meal where the experts at Anantara help you choose the menu, wine and most romantic location.
6. Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Selected by Condé Nast Traveler for its 2012 Gold List of outstanding hotels, the Wickaninnish Inn offers award-winning luxury in a beautifully remote location. The Inn’s rustic elegance and ocean views help celebrate l’amour year-round. Their ‘All You Need is Love’ package provides the perfect excuse for a romantic escape. Revel in champagne on arrival served in delicate flutes that you get to keep. Savour a four-course tasting menu dinner, and afterwards, feel spoiled with their famous turndown service featuring a cozy drawn bath and decadent house-made truffles.
7. Rockhouse Hotel – Negril, Jamaica
The 2011 World Travel Awards were smitten with this fabulous retreat – and you’ll be too. Crowned the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Hotel’, the Rockhouse Hotel offers barefoot luxury with a chilled out vibe. Built over a series of natural rock cliffs, the 34 thatched roof bungalows offer privacy and a knockout view of the crystal clear cove below. Go snorkeling on the reef, feast on scrumptious Jamaican cuisine and get cozy with a cocktail or two at sunset.
8. Capri Palace Hotel and Spa – Capri, Italy
Breathtaking scenery and an award-winning spa make this island hideaway the perfect location to reconnect with your partner. At the Capri Palace Hotel and Spa, visitors are welcomed by jaw-dropping vistas over the Gulf of Naples. Relax and unwind in a picture-postcard setting while sampling delicious Mediterranean cuisine in your choice of three restaurants including L’Olivo, the only two Michelin star restaurant on the island.
9. Royal Davui Island Resort – Royal Davui Island, Fiji
Grab your partner and your bathing suit – the adults-only tropical paradise at the Royal Davui Island Resort wants to put the sizzle back into your relationship. Leave your worries behind and rediscover a more relaxing, romantic lifestyle at this exclusive island resort. Here, privacy is key – each of the Royal Davui’s 16 villas feature a private plunge pool, sun deck and dining deck. Try a Champagne breakfast on a sandbar, coral diving, or chill out doing nothing at all – the choice is yours.
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10. The Manor House at Castle Combe – Wiltshire, England
Play lord and lady of the manor with a romantic sojourn in Castle Combe, one of the prettiest villages in England. The Manor House, dating back to the 14th century, offers quiet sophistication in a charming Cotswolds setting. Expansive lawns, expressive gargoyles and ancient trees transport guests to another era. Inside the Manor, you’ll be dazzled by the luxurious comforts awaiting you: four poster beds, roll-top baths, cozy open fireplaces and Michelin starred dining. Share a love of golf? The Manor’s award-winning golf course and stylish clubhouse will further fuel your Wiltshire infatuation.