Looking for a romantic place to take you new husband or wife on a honeymoon? Or perhaps make a reservation for a trip in a romantic setting next Valentine's Day with a special love that is just perfect for a 'lovey-dovey' couple!
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
An eclectic gem, the newest Shangri-La was originally built for Prince Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon’s grandnephew, who took up residence at the hôtel particulier from 1896 until his death in 1924. Since then, it’s been carved up into luxury apartments (American decorator Elsie de Wolfe lived large here in the 1930’s); turned into a government building; then painstakingly restored in a manner worthy of its gilded, hand-painted, mosaic- and mahogany-trimmed heyday. Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon drew upon the Directoire and Empire periods—with a dash of Asian fusion—to appoint each of the 81 rooms and suites, reimagining them as Parisian pieds-à-terre. Half the rooms have Eiffel Tower views, and nearly that many (although none at entry-level rates) feature private terraces or balconies. The renovation’s biggest surprise: after being covered up for 55 years, a glass dome from 1929 now crowns La Bauhinia, one of the hotel’s three restaurants. Doubles from $990.
La Mirage Garden Hotel, Cotacachi, Ecuador
The 12-acre hacienda, set amid the rolling hills and volcanoes of Ecuador’s northern highlands, leaves no romantic stone unturned, from the extensive gardens (commanded by an army of peacocks) to the in-house spa.
Place to Lounge: Each of the tiled rooms has a fireplace, where your butler can light a fire while you finish dessert.
InterContinental Hong Kong
Staying here feels like cruising on an ocean liner. The glamorous hotel juts out over Victoria Harbour; turn off the lights in your room (two-thirds of them have views of the water), and the city provides sensual backlighting. Or take a swim in the granite pool—it’s as if you’re floating off into the sea.
Tip-Top Service: Butlers are on hand 24 hours a day to satisfy every whim, whether it’s chauffeuring you around town in a Mercedes or scattering a thousand rose petals over your suite.
Aldeia da Cuada, Azores, Portugal
On this westernmost European archipelago, an abandoned 18th-century village of tumbledown stone cottages was renovated into a folksy rural getaway—lace curtains; iron beds with homemade quilts—against a jaw-dropping landscape. Basalt paths lead to waterfalls and deep calderas known as the Seven Lakes, and the greenness of the surrounding valley resembles J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
Best Place for a Picnic: At one of the outdoor tables high above the Atlantic, with a loaf of bread and a wedge of cheese from the dairy in the nearby town of Fajãzinha. Great Value Doubles from $80.
Anantara Kihavah Villas, Baa Atoll, Maldives
A quick seaplane ride from the capital of Male lands you on a private island ringed by white sand, coconut palms, and a reef that harbors schools of tropical fish. Ask for an overwater villa, then dine at one of the world’s only underwater restaurants while gazing out at the ocean floor.
Into the Deep: A dive master leads expeditions to search for gentle whale sharks in parts of the Indian Ocean beyond the Baa Atoll. Doubles from $1,170.
Hotel Kakslauttanen & Igloo Village, Saariselkä, Finland
In the vast Lapland wilderness, towering pines loom above 40 fireplace-equipped log cabins and 20 domed “igloos” of thermal glass. From December through April, you can also stay in one of eight real igloos built from snow and equipped with down sleeping bags. The real draw is the almost surreal setting from which to watch the northern lights—currently on the rise until this cycle’s peak in 2015.
Elopement Alert: The seasonal snow chapel provides a fairy-tale mood for a winter wedding (Finnish ceremony and wedding cake optional). Great Value Doubles from $185.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru
The only hotel next to the 15th-century Incan site, this rustic lodge needs no embellishment. Crumbling city walls lie just outside the front door, as do heart-stopping views of the jagged mountaintops.
Rendezvous Spot: Bring a flashlight and sneak onto Machu Picchu’s deserted streets at moonrise. The only witness to your stolen kisses will be a woolly