Romantic Touches: 11 Unique Hotel Features For Lovers
Sure, we could go ahead and list our picks for the most romantic hotels, but here’s a more playful approach to helping you find the perfect hotel for you and your sweetie. We’ve picked out the most unique, special, fun romantic touches that we’ve seen hotels offer, and below we’ll tell you where to find each features. Want to dine in a cave overlooking the Caribbean Sea? Want a butler to wait on you hand and foot? Whatever it is, we’ve got a hotel for you.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
This Hawaiian hotel has beautiful grounds, which includes a "kissing point" that juts out into the ocean, complete with a bench for couples who need to steal more than just one kiss. For a similar experience, couples can also visit Half Moon in Jamaica and smooch in the resort's gazebo just off the shore.
Warm up in a hot bath, drawn by the hotel's very own bath butler. Choose from several options (Boston Tea Party bath, anyone?), the most romantic being the "Simply Romantic" bath ($85) with bubbles, rose petals, two glasses of champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and your choice of romantic CD.
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Some rooms at this hotel, like the Colonial Junior Suite Ocean Front Room seen here, have private, outdoor Jacuzzis. Combine that with two lounge chairs on a private terrace and a canopy bed, and you've got a recipe for romance. Other options for an outdoor Jacuzzi include the Ska Suite at Geejam in Jamaica, and the Honeymoon Suite at the Sivory Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
This hotel has hands-down the biggest and best spa on its island: the 46,000-square-foot Anara Spa. It boasts 11 treatment rooms, five of which are couples massage huts in the garden. The spa's award-winning treatments are inspired by la'au, the Hawaiian tradition of herbal medicine. After the couples treatment, check out the sauna, stream room, whirlpools, lava rock outdoor showers, and a 25-yard lap pool.
Negril Jamaica, Jamaica
It doesn't get much more romantic than a candlelit private dinner for two inside a cave in Negril, Jamaica. What's more, this unique dinner is included in the all-inclusive package at the aptly-named The Caves, so you won't need to shell out big bucks just for dinner. As if the cave itself isn't enough, check out the gorgeous surrounding scenery.
North End and Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Every cozy guest room at this boutique hotel has its own gas fireplace. During evening turndown (part of the highly personalized service here), staff get the fire going, dim the lights, and turn on soft classical music. A romantic treat to return to after wandering through the hotel's charming neighborhood, Beacon Hill.
Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square
San Francisco, California, United States
It's rare that a hotel offers in-room fireplaces like Fifteen Beacon in Boston does, but a few top hotels provide cozy, outdoor firepits, around which couples can cuddle with a blanket and some marshmallows as the sun goes down. The Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghiradelli Square, in San Francisco has two such firepits, one on the Mustard Terrace and one on the Nursery Terrace. The outdoor fires a great addition to the charm of the modern, all-suite hotel in quaint, historic Ghiradelli Square. If you're more of a Southern California person, Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes also has an outdoor fire.
The St. Regis San Francisco
SoMa, San Francisco, California, United States
Sure, Taj Boston has a bath butler, but why settle for just baths when you can have a butler who will do just about anything for you? At The St. Regis San Francisco, guests can call upon their butler 24-hours a day to make a dinner reservation, bring French-pressed coffee each morning, or -- yes -- draw them a bubble bath. Need some extra chocolates? Need help setting up your iPod? Your wish is your butler's command. Plus, lovers need not leave their lovenest: Each butler can be summoned from a bedside touchscreen. For the same treatment on the East Coast, consider The St. Regis New York.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Book a one-bedroom or two-bedroom cottage at Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and you'll find yourself with a gorgeous private plunge pool overlooking the azure sea. It will likely look just like this one or this one. You probably won't mind that your private cottage is beautiful and elegant, or that you're staying at one of the nicest hotels in Jamaica.
TriBeCa, New York City, New York, United States
Not all hotel pools are created equal, and we're big fans of the Shibui Spa pool at The Greenwich hotel, which sits under a 250-year-old wood and bamboo Japanese farmhouse roof, complete with lantern-lit mood lighting. It doesn't hurt that the hotel is overall one of the best in New York, with unique rooms and expertly-selected shabby-chic decor that makes you feel like you're in a fancy Italian home.
Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
We love the romantic, beachfront hammocks hanging over the sand at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, in part because they match the hotel's laid-back, bohemian vibe. They add to the low-key romance of this bungalow hotel, perfect for couples who don't need much beyond a beach, a sunset, and a little privacy. If you want your own hammock and can forgo the beach view, consider a suite like this one at Excellence Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.