Romantic hotels are meant to sweep you off your feet with breathtaking views, custom experiences, luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, and amenities that inspire couples to forget about their daily stresses and focus on each other.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more.
And it’s clear our readers have a soft spot for Santorini, since the notoriously picturesque Greek island is home to three of 15 hotels on our list. Italy and Indonesia follow, with properties catering to couples seeking idyllic landscapes, top-notch wellness offerings, and memorable experiences rooted in local culture.
Read on for the full list of 15 most romantic hotels in the world.
Sitting on a private peninsula on the west side of Phuket and overlooking the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, Amanpuri is a treat for the senses. Couples can enjoy picture-perfect sunsets, a secluded white-sand beach, and an immersive wellness center focusing on time-tested holistic practices. Accommodations — pavilions and villas — are nestled among lush coconut trees and feature private pools and garden or ocean views.
Katikies Santorini, Greece
Enjoy the quintessential Santorini experience at this iconic hotel, perched on the cliffs high above the Aegean waters. The hotel is also home to the first Cycladic outpost of the Michelin-starred Botrini’s restaurant, serving authentic Greek flavors against the stunning backdrop of the property’s infinity pool and endless views of the caldera.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida
Unwind, recharge, and reconnect with your partner at this private island adults-only haven in the Florida Keys, which has no shortage of mesmerizing views and high-end amenities. The resort’s beachfront bungalows with thatched roofs are a design nod to the West Indies and offer serenity in a sophisticated setting.
Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection, Santorini, Greece
With a beautiful infinity pool where guests can admire spectacular views of the caldera and Santorini’s whitewashed rooftops, this clifftop retreat offers private plunge pools and a fantastic dining experience led by chef Lefteris Lazarou of Varoulko Seaside in Athens. Highlights of the hotel’s experiences menu include wine tasting, beach hopping, and sailing the Aegean aboard a private yacht.
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Italy
Set in a historic estate atop one of Tuscany’s notoriously scenic hills, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco blends modern luxury and Italian traditions. With 42 suites and 11 villas, awash in natural light and decorated with elegant vintage furnishings, guests enjoy private patios and shaded pergolas from where they can take in the iconic Tuscan countryside surrounding the property.
Hotel Santa Caterina, Italy
Boasting breathtaking views of the Bay of Salerno, this art nouveau boutique hotel has been a fixture on the Amalfi Coast since the beginning of the last century. Guests are treated to marble bathrooms with hand-painted tiles, balconies opening to sweeping sea vistas, a private beach, and a saltwater swimming pool.
Nihi Sumba, Indonesia
With its secluded location on Sumba in eastern Indonesia, exquisitely designed accommodations, and extensive wellness and spa offerings, Nihi Sumba is the ultimate romantic getaway. There’s a picture-perfect white-sand beach right outside the hotel, too.
Canaves Oia Epitome, Greece
Canaves Oia Epitome’s striking architecture incorporating local volcanic rock — a long way from the classic whitewashed structures of Santorini — perfectly blends in with its dramatic surroundings on the island’s northern tip. The resort’s 53 luxury suites deliver privacy and stunning sea views, best enjoyed from their sleek private plunge pools and patios.
Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa, France
This charming South of France property, where the smell of sweet lavender lingers in the air, is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards and blends architecture dating back to the 11th century and modern amenities. Relax with a glass of wine, taking in the hillside views, or grab a bike and explore this heavenly corner of Provence.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, India
Stepping inside India’s best resort is like entering a real-life fairy tale. Spread over 30 spectacular acres on the banks of Lake Pichola, this palace hotel, with its grand gates, fortified walls, decorative fountains, and intricately hand-carved stone columns, is the stuff of dreams. Romantic lakeside dinners, Thekri workshops, miniature painting classes, and boat rides make for favorite guest pastimes here.
Raffles Istanbul, Turkey
A romantic stay at Raffles Istanbul comes with sweeping panoramic views of the Bosphorus, stylish accommodations featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies (yes, there’s 24-hour butler service, too), world-class gastronomic experiences, and a spa with couples rooms and Turkish baths. And let’s not forget the hotel is located in Istanbul’s premium shopping destination, the Zorlu Center, where you can find something special for your loved one.
One&Only Mandarina, Mexico
Picture waking up in a luxurious tree house nestled in a tropical rain forest with a view of your private infinity pool and the Pacific. This is precisely what awaits guests at Riviera Nayarit’s One&Only Mandarina, an upscale hideaway just about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. From candlelit dinners and couples treatments to wine tastings and taco making, visitors are guaranteed to have a memorable time here.
Capella Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Capella Ubud caters to adventurous travelers seeking unique experiences without compromising on luxuries. Set within the jungle of Bali, each of the 22 one-bedroom tented accommodations has a private deck, a very Instagram-worthy saltwater pool, daybeds, and alfresco dining areas for intimate dinners.
Shangri-La the Shard, London, England
If romantic city views are at the top of your list, then this spectacular property, named the best hotel in London three years in a row, should be your go-to spot for a couples getaway. Occupying 18 stories of Western Europe’s highest building — the Shard — guests of this dazzling property can get a bird’s-eye view of London’s most notorious landmarks.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy
This iconic hotel on the banks of Lake Como is a sight to behold. Housed in an art nouveau palace, the property stands out with its elegant period decor, grand staircase, and dining rooms befitting of its glamorous past. Offering three pools (one floating on the famed lake) and a beach club with views of Bellagio and the Grigne mountains, a spa, and a fine-dining restaurant, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is the ideal option for a romantic Italian getaway.