Our Favorite Romantic Getaways for Two
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.
2. Geneva: Lakefront and Mountainside Romance
Situated on the banks of Lake Geneva, the historic Hotel de la Paix, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.