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Our Favorite Romantic Getaways From Around the World

When it comes to the world’s romantic getaways, Alan and I have experienced quite a few. In our opinion, intimate accommodations are at the heart of our favorite romantic travels. For us, that means small boutique hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts or lodges that offer privacy and special touches that separate the great from the not-so-great. If they also happen to be luxurious, even better. Take a look at some of our favorites.

Romantic Getaways in South Africa

Why is a South African safari romantic? First of all, there’s the exotic landscape filled with wild animals. But staying at a luxury safari camp takes romance to a new level. Maybe it’s the tented bed or private plunge pools.

Ivory Lodge

Romantic luxury at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in South Africa. It's one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

We kept waiting for an elephant to come by for a drink of water.

Our secluded villa at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge offered privacy, elegant furnishings and a private plunge pool with a view of Krueger National Park. A floral greeting decorated the bed in a welcoming touch. Coffee was served to us each morning through a butler’s pantry door for a private wakeup call. And sharing each day viewing South Africa’s wildlife was a bonding experience that we’ll always remember.

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

A romantic moment at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. It's one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

A romantic moment at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge.

Chiseled into a rocky outcropping on the border of South Africa and Botswana, even the views at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge are romantic. Besides the typical plunge pool, our room also featured an old-fashioned claw foot tub on a private outdoor patio. And then there was the evening we returned to the villa to find candles surrounding the bathtub and a bubble bath waiting to be enjoyed.

Birkenhead House

Birkenehad House in Hermanus, South Africa, is one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

Everything about Birkenhead House is romantic.

After the business of a safari, Alan and I traveled to Birkenhead House in Hermanus for rest and relaxation. The property tumbles down a hillside in a series of elegant rooms and outdoor settings. On our last evening, the staircase to our room was illuminated by candlelight. Rose petals were scattered about the bed and a rose-covered bubble bath was waiting to be enjoyed.

An Italian Romantic Getaway

One could argue that the entire country of Italy is romantic. Alan and I certainly think so, especially in the smaller cities and villages.

 Sovana Hotel

The maze at Sovana Hotel and Resort in off-the-beaten-path Tuscany. Sovana is one of our favorite romantic getaways.

An Italian hotel with a maze? Yes, that’s romantic.

For an off-the-beaten-path Italian romantic getaway, Sovana Hotel tops our list. Surrounded by Etruscan ruins and olive orchards, history (and romance) oozes from this forgotten corner of Tuscany.

Romantic Getaways on Vancouver Island

Nature is the star on a romantic getaway to Vancouver Island. Alan and I have favorites on both the East and West coasts.

 Inn the Estuary

Inn the Estuary in Nanaimo on Vancouver Islands in one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

The entry to the romantic garden at Inn the Estuary.

A few miles on the outskirts of Nanaimo, Inn the Estuary is both a wildlife haven and an architectural masterpiece on Vancouver Island’s East Coast. Passion and love for the land are part of the inn’s ethos, making it one romantic getaway that we can’t wait to repeat.

Wickanninish Inn

Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island is one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

A comfy view from our room at Wickaninnish Inn.

A Relais & Chateaux property, Wickaninnish Inn provides luxurious accommodations in the wild setting of Vancouver Island’s West Coast. Alan and I are anxious to return to watch the dramatic winter storms crash into the surf at the inn’s location on Chesterman Beach. A fire and wintry view accompanied by outstanding cuisine is calling to us right about now.

Romance in Australia

The entire country of Australia offers so much in terms of romantic travel. There are so many destinations that we’ve yet to experience, especially the Great Barrier Reef and the Kimberly Region. But we’ve visited Sydney several times and always enjoy our time in the vibrant city.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

The romantic view from Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. It's one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

Quite the romantic view, don’t you agree?

What’s so romantic about a high-rise hotel in the heart of Sydney? The view of the Sydney Opera House from a junior suite, that’s what. Plus the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney includes a convenient location and over-the-top personal service. We’d happily do this one again.

A Romantic Getaway on New Zealand’s South Island

What is it about distant destinations that make them so romantic? That’s how Alan and I feel about New Zealand, especially the South Island.

Shelbourne Villa Inn

Shelbourne Villa in Nelson, New Zealand, is one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

I was charmed the minute I saw the blue gate at Shelbourne Villa.

On an off-the-beaten-path trip to Nelson, Alan and I discovered the romance of Shelbourne Villa Inn. A huge room, heated towel racks and delicious breakfast made an impression on us, as did the charming town of Nelson.

Romance in the Arizona Desert

Is it the balmy nights with a dark sky filled with million stars? Or is it the other-worldly vegetations where cactus raise their arms to the sky? Alan and I lived in the Arizona desert for eleven years and we can attest to its romantic ambience.

Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain is one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain seems to disappear into the desert landscape.

Can a hotel’s design be romantic? Absolutely. The architecture of Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain seamlessly merges with its desert environment in the Tortolita Mountains near Tucson. I appreciate the use of Arizona’s natural elements like leather, turquoise and copper in the interior design. Watching a desert sunset from the outdoor patio adds to the romance. Alan and I both appreciate the prickly pear margaritas.

Romantic Getaway on Maui

Okay, everything about Hawaii is romantic. But, when it comes to Maui, we favor the quieter vibe of Kapalua Bay.

Montage Kapalua Bay

Montage Kapalua Bay is one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

Montage Kapalua Bay is one romantic getaway in Maui!

When I dream of a romantic getaway on Maui, Montage Kapalua Bay comes to mind. A series of outdoor pools tumble down the hillside with plenty of private alcoves for communing with your sweetheart. The low-key vibe and extraordinary personal service are part of the romantic experience. Alan and I hope to return for a romantic getaway soon.

California Wine Country Romance

When it comes to romance in the wine country, we recommend a drive up the California coast before turning inland for a romantic getaway in Sonoma.

Farmhouse Inn

The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, California, is one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

Alan and I loved the two-way fireplace at Farmhouse Inn.

You’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven when staying in a junior barn suite at the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, California. Alan and I appreciated the two-way fireplace in the bedroom and patio area. Making up my own concoctions at the spa bar added to the fun. After a day of touring Sonoma wine country, we enjoyed a romantic dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant before sitting by the fire on our patio. Oh-so-romantic!

Montana Romantic Getaways

Alan and I are on a mission to experience romance Montana style. Take a look at what we’ve found so far:

Triple Creek Ranch

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, is one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

Spending Thanksgiving at Triple Creek Ranch is a great way to unwind and spend some quality time together.

When we heard that one of the best hotels in the world was located just down the Bitterroot Valley from us in Darby, Alan and I had to try it. The luxury log cabins at the all-inclusive Triple Creek Ranch have become our go-to for a romantic Montana getaway.

Grey Cliffs Ranch

Grey Cliffs Ranch near Three Forks, Montana, is one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

Grey Cliffs Ranch is Alan’s idea of a romantic getaway.

The intimate lodge and wide-open spaces of Grey Cliffs Ranch really speaks to Alan. Located on 5,200 acres in the Madison Valley, there’s plenty of space to roam. Gourmet meals, an outdoor hot tub and the small size (only 5 guest rooms) fit Alan’s parameters for relaxing, off-grid getaways. Mine, too.

Coyote Bluff Estate

Coyote Bluff Estate in the Flathead of Montana is one of our favorite romantic getaways from around the world.

Our romantic room at Coyote Bluff Estate.

Overlooking Flathead Lake, Coyote Bluff Estate oozes luxurious romance. Exquisitely furnished rooms include the latest in home technology. And it’s only a short drive to Glacier National Park. When Alan and I are looking for a romantic getaway near Kalispell, Coyote Bluff Estate is our choice.

Luxury Cruise Ships: The Ultimate Romantic Getaway

Luxury cruises are our favorite romantic getaways.

Alan and I enjoy the time we spend together on cruises.

Pick a luxury cruise, any luxury cruise, and you’ll be treated to the ultimate in service and romance. It’s our favorite way to celebrate a romantic occasion.

Do you have favorite romantic getaways? Come join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook. Or send us an email with your thoughts.

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