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Our Favorite Romantic Getaways for Two

Article by Regan Stephens 03.10.2017

Whether celebrating a milestone anniversary or escaping on an impromptu weekend jaunt, these romantic destinations offer unforgettable experiences, from intimate beachfront dining to desert stargazing and beyond.

1. St. Thomas: A Seaside Restaurant for Two

For the ultimate in tropical romance, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas offers private dining on the beach, complete with a choice of music. Customize the experience further by choosing the menu from one of the resort restaurants, and savor an intimate evening overlooking the Caribbean Sea. For another evening outing, step aboard Lady Lynsey, the resort’s 53-foot luxury catamaran, for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on a sunset sail.

The sun shines through the sail of a boat on the water

2. Geneva: Lakefront and Mountainside Romance

Situated on the banks of Lake Geneva, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva is the ultimate in European glamour. Enjoy quintessentially Swiss excursions, like a cruise on one of Europe’s largest lakes — paired with a backdrop of snowcapped Mont Blanc  — and a cable-car ride up to the top of Mont Saleve, nicknamed the Balcony of Geneva for epic views of the lake and city below.

A sofa, arm chair, side table with lamp and view of the lake

3. Rancho Mirage, California: Desert Stargazing

From its mountainside perch, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage presents sweeping views of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley during the day and a dramatic starlit sky come nightfall. Aptly named The Edge, the hotel’s cliff-side restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows to take it all in over decadent steakhouse cuisine and a bottle of one of California’s renowned wines.

A glass-walled building overlooking a mountain valley at night

4. Bali: Exotic Island Retreat

This year, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali’s remote Ubud forest is offering a Romance Escape, with a dedicated butler, private dinner by the resort’s rice field, spa treatments and more. Experience one of Ubud’s spiritual and cultural customs with a traditional Grahastha Ritual, beginning at the resort temple with a purification ceremony to cleanse the body, mind and soul, and followed by a symbolic wedding ceremony.

Stairs and candles lead down to a single table, surrounded by greenery, where a man arranges place settings

5. Philadelphia: Culture and Culinary Adventure

World-class culture and cuisine are on the agenda in the City of Brotherly Love. Amble through some 200 galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or take a private tour of The Barnes Collection. Housed in a sleek new building, a staggering collection of works by impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern painters are displayed in a series of intimate rooms, including "The Dance,” a three-paneled mural by Matisse. To experience Philadelphia’s celebrated dining scene, make a reservation at Vernick Food & Drink or Wm. Mulherin’s Sons; both feature fresh, inventive fare and a warm ambiance. Finish the evening with your glass of wine in the grand, neoclassical lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

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6. Maui: Explore Hawaii’s Natural Beauty

Kapalua translates to “arms embracing the sea,” and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua resort embodies the meaning. The beachfront paradise features Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, with ocean activities that range from snorkeling to whale watching. The 2-mile guided hike through Hawaii’s largest private preserve — exclusive to the program and not accessible to the general public — takes guests to one of the lushest gardens on earth.

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7. Montreal: Canada’s Most Charming European City

Steeped in French history, Quebec’s bustling metropolis channels a charming European city. Marvel at the dramatic, gilded Notre-Dame Basilica, stroll down the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, and return to the elegant Ritz-Carlton Montreal in the heart of it all. Toast the trip at the Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar located in the hotel’s lobby, then dine at Maison Boulud, the eponymous restaurant from Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud. Cap off the night with a dip in the indoor rooftop saltwater pool, taking in an enchanting view of the Montreal skyline.

8. Amelia Island, Florida: Beachfront Fun and a Spa Day for Two

The daily Pirate Toast at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island — a nod to its coastal history — hints at the resort’s playful charm. Take advantage of a bounty of beachfront activities like tandem kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or a tennis match on the resort’s oceanfront clay court, and then unwind at the spa. Couples packages are available, with a bubble bath, sugar scrub and full body massage for two.

Chairs in the sand surrounded by candles and facing a fire

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Plan Your Stay in These Destinations


  • St. Thomas

    Location St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Experience A 30-acre resort surrounded by blue water, white sand & greenery.

    • Oceanfront views from a private terrace
    • Sailing on the resort’s 53-foot catamaran
    • Picturesque paradise for newlyweds
  • Hotel de la Paix, Geneva

    Location GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

    Experience Beautiful lakefront setting with Michelin-starred restaurant and luxury accommodations.

    • A historical hotel in the heart of Geneva
    • Picturesque city with historic architecture
    • View of Lake Geneva or Mont-Blanc square

     

  • Rancho Mirage

    Location Rancho Mirage, California

    Experience A desert oasis perched on a 650-foot bluff with mountain vistas.

    Discover The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, a scenic luxury hotel in Palm Springs, CA, located on a 650-foot bluff overlooking a desert valley.

  • Bali, Ubud, Mandapa

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience A sanctuary set among rolling hills, a river and rice terrace.

    • Discover hidden templates and lush forests
    • Romantic, private dining experiences
    • Wellness programs for mind, body and soul
  • Philadelphia

    Location Philadelphia, PA

    Experience Classic luxury in a historic setting.

    • Newly renovated guest rooms & suites, meeting spaces and lobby
    • Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia
    • Iconic landmark hotel in a historical bank building
  • Kapalua

    Location Maui, Hawaii

    Experience A resort rich in cultural traditions and a warm Aloha spirit.

    • Unique ocean activities for everyone
    • Three distinctive beachside cabana offerings
    • Snorkeling & underwater photography
  • Montréal

    Location Montreal, Canada

    Experience Quebec’s only AAA Five Diamond hotel.

    • Enjoy French cuisine in  Maison Boulud
    • The largest hotel suite in Montreal
    • Rooftop wellness sanctuary with indoor pool
  • Amelia Island

    Location Amelia Island, Florida

    Experience A barrier island retreat with true Southern charm.

    • Set on 13 miles of dune-lined beaches
    • Island adventures and family activities
    • AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Salt