Seal the deal with a stay at one of the most romantic hotels in the U.S.—we’re talking breathtaking views, incredible food and wine, and cuddle-worthy digs to get you in the mood.By Lindsey OlanderJanuary 23, 2020
1. Hoa Kea Hotel & Resort, Kauai, HI
A Kauai mega-resort this is not. The polar opposite of its sprawling southern coast neighbors—with their water slides and countless poolside bars—Koa Kea offers a true escape from reality, and exactly what we expect from one of the most romantic hotels in the U.S. The 121 rooms, decked out with chaise lounges and Hawaiian hues, come with their own balconies or lanais, while the rest of the amenities keep things romantically quiet; there’s a simple, deep blue swimming pool, a top-notch restaurant that turns out elegant plates of sashimi, and a luxury five-room spa to fill your time between strolls along the waterfront.
2. Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, NY
Ian Schrager brought sexy back to Gramercy when he overhauled this 1924 icon with a serious dose of boho cool. Expect jewel-tone guest rooms featuring velvet headboards and “drinking cabinets” stocked with crystal glassware; a crimson lobby with a dominating crystal chandelier and 10-foot fireplace; and two buzzy bars, the Jade and Rose, where walls are hung with tapestries and rotating pieces of art by the likes of Warhol and Basquiat. The cherry on top: guests have exclusive access to the otherwise residents-only Gramercy Park.
3. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
As far as coastal America goes, it doesn’t get more beautiful than Big Sur—which might explain why celebs make a beeline for Post Ranch Inn, set on a 1,200-foot-ridge overlooking the Pacific. For ultimate privacy, book one of the 40 adults-only standalone homes or suites, with floor-to-ceiling views of the Santa Lucia Mountains or the water. With no TVs or clocks and complimentary in-room minibars, you won’t have many distractions.
4. Hotel Wailea, Maui, HI
Unlike its flashier cousins on Wailea Beach, this 72-room sanctuary set on a 15-acre hilltop is as tranquil as they come. The apartment-style suites are spacious and light-filled, with open-air showers, private lanais, and sweeping views of three outlying islands. Designed exclusively for couples, the hotel’s adults-only policy keeps the vibe deliriously romantic; canoodle poolside in a private cabana with a tropical cocktail, enjoy a massage in the secluded gazebo, or wine and dine on seafood in the award-winning restaurant while watching the sun slip behind the horizon. JS Tip: don’t worry about the lack of beachfront. Cars are on call to whisk you down to the shore, picnic lunch in tow.
5. Enchantment Resort, Sedona, AZ
See Red Rock Country in all its glory at this 70-acre Southwest-style resort. Formerly a private ranch, the hotel is made up of adobe casitas bordered by pine trees and the rust-colored cliffs of Boynton Canyon. Inside, kiva fireplaces and Native American patterns echo the surrounding terrain. Spend your days taking dips at the resort’s pools, hiking and biking nearby trails, playing tennis, or kicking back with your person at the Mii Amo spa.