Ah, romance. Everyone wants it but many times our busy, hectic lifestyles force us to forget about it. There is no better time than now to look for that perfect place to get away and reconnect with your loved one. Whether you’re looking to spice up your marriage, renew your wedding vows or just get away from the stress in your lives, we have you covered. Below are some of the most romantic hotspots in the world - so hot in fact, they will leave you feeling like a newlywed again.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
This Inn sits on a cliff 1,200 feet above the Pacific. All rooms have elements of organic materials, including wood and slate and expansive floor-to ceiling windows. And don't forget romance. This Inn offers nighttime stargazing, infinity hot pools overlooking the ocean, couples massages and a candlelit restaurant. It has also done away with all distractions, including televisions, alarm clocks, pets and, of course, children.
Castello di Casole
A Timbers Resort, Casole d'Elsa, Italy – This place oozes romance. Surrounded by 4,200 acres of vineyards, cypress trees and olive groves, you are sure to be closer to your partner than ever. Take your time strolling through the wood-beamed rooms in the former stone farmhouses or sit and sip wine while viewing the surrounding vineyards and medieval villages. Relax in the infinity pool and get a massage. You can also learn to cook pizzas in an original wood-fire - all with your own ingredients picked right from the estate's gardens. At night you can cozy up and watch a film under the stars at the hotel's amphitheater.
St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico
Set 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta ,this is considered one of Mexico's most romantic hot spots. There are hammocks strung between palm trees on the sand and guests are treated to their very own butler service. The rooms offer relaxed indoor-outdoor layouts and there are three infinity pools, a golf course and spa. If you're looking to spice up your relationship, this may be the place to check out.
Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
If you're looking to slow down and reconnect, this place is a must. It is so laid back that cars are not allowed on the grounds. To get around you must use bikes, golf carts, canoes or horses. The Inn is spread across 20,000 acres of marshland and has several cottages, each with vaulted ceilings, antique pine floors and verandas. You can take a picnic boat up the May River for an oyster roast or take a sunset wine sail.
The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
India knows romance. Picture yourself lying in a silk tent or in a candlelit claw-foot tub. Picture costumed dancers swirling underneath the stars while you eat dinner in your own private walled garden. This resort is inspired by the palaces of Rajasthan and sits on 32 lush landscaped acres. The pool is fed by water from the trunks of marble elephants and onion-domed pavilions are used to shade you from the sun. If you want to be truly romantic you can renew your vows by riding a horse-drawn carriage, covered in flowers, to the hotel's 280-year-old Shiva Temple.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand
This resort is designed to resemble a Thai village. Rooms range from tropical pavilions awash in silk and teak to rooms with resort-size pools. At night you can send a good-luck candle floating on a banana leaf across the lake. You'll also have the chance to do yoga beside lily ponds and waterfalls or take a hot-air balloon ride above the jungle.
Couples Tower Isle, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
This is one of Jamaica's oldest resorts and the first all-inclusive. And let's face it, it's always easier to relax and unwind when you don't have to worry about spending more money. This resort's all inclusive package includes everything from the most expensive alcohol to catamaran cruises, golf and horseback riding. If you are celebrating your honeymoon you also get a couples massage and a welcoming bottle of wine. There are six restaurants, four pools and several hot tubs to leave you feeling stress-free day and night.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
Built as a castle in the 13th century, Ashford Castle is one of Ireland's most luxurious hotels. The world-class resort is set in 350 acres on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. There are 82 guest rooms, many of which have been used by royalty, dignitaries and celebrities. It is so beautiful in fact, that the castle was used as the location of the movie “The Quiet Man.” Pierce Brosnan even chose Ashford as the venue for his wedding.
The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia
This Inn epitomizes the romance of West Canada. With an old growth forest as a backdrop, this Inn is surrounded by the ocean on three sides, offering the most amazing views of the Pacific, nearby islands and Chesterman Beach. Every room has a beach view and is equipped with a fireplace, soaker tub and balcony. There is a spa and a restaurant that offers ocean front dining. Depending when you travel, you can experience the beauty of a winter storm or lay back and enjoy the warmth of a summer day. You can also explore all of nature's beauty by relaxing in a tidal pool.
Qualia Resort, Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia
This resort sits on Hamilton Island's northern-most tip, which means its 60 private pavilions look out onto the Coral Sea and the Whitsunday Islands. The pavilions give guests stunning views of the Whitsundays and the tropical bushland. You can enjoy a romantic dinner at the Long Pavilion while watching the sun set. Even the gym has a waterfront view. There is also a spa that offers anti-aging, detoxifying and cleansing treatments.