From indolent to adventurous, Alpine to tropical, there’s more than one way to kindle romance. Here are our top five.
1 ~ Urban: ME LONDON (above)
Balcony rooms at the ME London overlook the Thames and the surrounding West End theaters in this newcomer to the British capital. Credit for the traditional-meets-modern vibe goes to Sir Norman Foster, who fused a Victorian theater with a 1904-vintage neighbor to create the triangular hotel crowned by a glass cupola in the penthouse. Contemporary rooms with spa-like baths offer respite, while the rooftop bar and two restaurants entertain. melondonuk.com2 ~ Tropical: TURTLE INN, BELIZE
Director Francis Ford Coppola conjures Bali in 25 rooms on a yet-to-be-discovered beach in southern Belize. Thatch-roofed cottages feature carved-wood furnishings, screened porches, Japanese baths, and in many cases private gardens with outdoor showers. Guests toss boules in the sand at sunset, then sit down to the new rijstafel menu at Mare Restaurant, importing the Dutch-Indonesian banquet tradition featuring dozens of small dishes. coppolaresorts.com3 ~ Rugged: TIERRA PATAGONIA, CHILE
The new lakeside Tierra Patagonia frames views of the landmark Torres del Paine massif from each of 40 guestrooms in anorganic, ground-hugging design made primarily of local lenga wood. Step out for scenic hikes, wildlife watches amid herds of guanaco, and horseback rides on the expansive Estancia Cerro Guido with sheep-ranching gauchos. Back-at-base rewards include a glass-walled swimming area, spa, and local Calafate berry-flavored pisco sours. tierrapatagonia.com4 ~ Wine Country: ENDEMICO, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
Though far better known for tequila than wine, Mexico is home to the fertile Valle de Guadalupe, just 90 minutes south of San Diego and now site of the new Endemico. Its 20 stylishly minimal hillside cabins feature all-white interiors and terra-cotta wood stoves on each terrace. In addition to an on-site swimming pool, the intimate hideaway offers access to local wineries and fishing villages. grupohabita.mx5 ~ Alpine: HOTEL JEROME, ASPEN, COLORADO
The 1889 landmark Hotel Jerome debuts anew in December after a top-to-bottom renovation by Auberge Resorts. Blending old and new, the 93 rooms feature fireplaces and artwork ranging from archival prints to contemporary abstracts. Public spaces similarly take a casual approach to history, putting leather chairs you can sink into before roaring fires. The iconic J-Bar remains intact, but a new boutique spa addresses relaxation holistically. hoteljerome.com