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Indagare Picks: The Most Romantic Hotels in the U.S.

Though farther-flung destinations like Paris or the Seychelles offer undeniable romance, there's no need to fly around the world to enjoy a cozy couple's retreat. America is home to some of the world's most romantic hotels, with intimate and indulgent properties spread from coast to coast. If you're looking for an easy escape with your loved one, Indagare picks our favorite hotels for romantic vacations in the U.S.

Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer for assistance planning a trip to one of the most romantic hotels in the U.S., or elsewhere in the world. Our team can match you with the accommodations and activities that are right for you.


Surrounded by 100 acres of sand-hued canyons, Amangiri offers a romantic mix of relaxation and adventure in southern Utah. Couples can embark on hikes in the surrounding area or check off their bucket lists together by exploring the famous sites of the so-called “grand circle,” Indagare Adored property, unwind in the glam swimming pool, which is wrapped around a massive boulder, or at the 25,000-square-foot spa, featuring a water pavilion with hydrotherapy rooms, a Watsu pool offering water shiatsu and double treatment rooms. Inside the stylish accommodations, king-sized stone beds with deep mattresses are positioned to take full advantage of the breathtaking views of the canyon landscape, and each room has a spacious dressing room, twin head shower and deep soaking tub.

Auberge de Soleil

Set in an olive grove on 35 acres, with an exceptional view of Napa Valley’s vineyards, Auberge de Soleil offers one of the most romantic vacations in the U.S. This coveted Napa classic, which accepts guests over the age of 18, defines five-star service and accommodations within a secluded setting. Couples looking for an indulgent escape should opt for one of the intimate bungalows that are tucked into the hills and come with fireplaces and patios. The property takes advantage of its gorgeous scenery with walking trails that wind through a sculpture garden, an infinity-edge pool overlooking the valley and a spa that offers outdoor massages. Days are spent dining on the terrace, playing tennis, soaking up the California sun by the pool, enjoying spa treatments and visiting nearby vineyards for romantic wine tastings.

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Blackberry Mountain

For pairs who bond over shared wellness regimens, the all-inclusive Blackberry Mountain is a health-focused retreat with stylish rooms and villas, delicious dining and a daily schedule of excellent fitness classes. Couples can spread out in the Indagare Index resort’s one-bedroom Clingman’s Cottages, which feature a hot tub and a spa room, or escape to the secluded Watchman Cabins, with wood-burning stoves and no TVs for uninterrupted one-on-one time. Spread among 5,200 acres in Tennessee, Blackberry Mountain offers phenomenal fitness facilities and a superb culinary program, including a mountaintop restaurant built around a 1940s lookout tower with breathtaking views and a library for relaxing after meals.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Located on a bluff overlooking gorgeous Hulopoe Bay, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai is best for couples looking to add a few nights of pure, remote relaxation to their Hawaii itinerary. Though families are welcome, the atmosphere at the Indagare Index resort is more adult-oriented, and guests can enjoy scenic strolls through the vibrant grounds filled with native plants and cozy up in the small sitting areas overlooking koi ponds. Excursions for adventurous couples include hiking, off-roading and horseback riding, as well as snorkeling in a nearby reef. Couples looking to lounge can take a short stroll to the beautiful beach; Hulopoe Bay is a protected marine reserve, so beachcombers can sometimes see migrating whales in the distance or a pod of spinner dolphins speeding through the clear water.

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Glenmere Mansion

Opulent but incredibly tasteful, Glenmere Mansion is a favorite romantic retreat on the western side of the Hudson River, thanks to its beautifully decorated rooms, spacious spa and acclaimed restaurant. Only an hour from New York City, the quiet, adults-only estate offers an idyllic weekend getaway for city-dwelling pairs. Built like an Italian villa, the grounds are distinguished by well-clipped garden paths and marble fountains, while the interiors have Gilded Age details such as moldings and grand fireplaces. The property encompasses 150 acres, and guests may find themselves never leaving the grounds, which include a pool, tennis courts and gorgeous spa. Couples who do want to venture outside can visit nearby wineries or the plein air Storm King Art Center.

Hotel Bel Air

Where glitz and gardens collide, the Hotel Bel Air is an unexpected oasis a mile outside of sceney Beverly Hills (though you’d hardly know it without looking at a map). Driving over the small bridge and into the property, one would never guess that black and white Art Deco furnishings and glamorous statement mirrors lie behind the pale pink Spanish Colonial walls or that retractable walls in the coveted Canyon Suites open onto patios serenaded by trickling fountains and native birds. This is a property that has thoroughly married the serenity of nature with the comfort of modernity, and with a Valmont Spa, snowy swan lakes and an elegant swimming pool fringed with date palms, even the skeptics are likely to be won over.

Little Palm Island

This private island, adults-only resort in the Lower Florida Keys is a serene retreat that emphasizes peaceful relaxation in a castaway-gone-luxe setting. A favorite for couples in search of privacy, its 30 beach bungalows feature rattan furnishings, expansive decks and outdoor showers. Plentiful hammocks and beach loungers means it’s always easy to unwind, although there is also opportunity for adventure on the water, including snorkeling, boating and eco-tours. Exclusivity is paramount: the resort is only accessible by boat or seaplane.

Mayflower Inn

Nature-loving couples should escape to this refined countryside retreat from Auberge Resorts in Connecticut, which centers on and celebrates the surrounding landscape, from the huge windows that blur the lines between the cosseting interior and the countryside to the market-driven menu that makes the most of seasonal produce from local farms. Rooms at the Mayflower Inn are spacious and luxurious, with over-the-top furnishings and amenities, including Frette linens and antique four-poster beds draped in silk and placed in front of fireplaces surrounded by stocked bookshelves, while the bathrooms have double marble sinks and enormous soaking tubs. Other highlights of the property include the “Shakespeare garden,” filled with plants and flowers mentioned and discussed by the Bard, and the 20,000-square-foot spa with 14-foot windows overlooking the lawn and pond. It is the kind of place that manages to successfully marry charm, efficiency and a relaxed nature, and it’s perfect for a weekend of pampering and blissful time spent outdoors.

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Nobu Ryokan

Fusing a traditional ryokan design with an airy Californian aesthetic, the Nobu Ryokan is a serene hideaway in Malibu that is perfect for foodie couples—guests can hole up in their room and dine on acclaimed Nobu cuisine, served en suite on fine china. The 16 rooms are peaceful sanctuaries, and top choices offer private outdoor fireplaces, Japanese soaking tubs and terraces overlooking the beach. The grounds of this hushed, adults-only oasis are reminiscent of a traditional Japanese garden mixed with some tropical elements, combining softly flowing rock fountains, stone pathways, open fireplaces, Japanese stone sculptures and soaring palm trees. The open-air design leads down to the sparkling ocean and wide terrace, shaded by umbrellas.

Post Ranch Inn

This adults-only playground is quintessential California. A magical hotel suspended over the Pacific, the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur is renowned for its unparalleled views of rolling hills that descend dramatically to the water below. Infinity pools and meditation areas take advantage of the dramatic yet serene cliffside location, and nearby hikes range from leisurely strolls to strenuous treks, all the while amidst wildflowers. Post Ranch offers a different way of being one with nature: Enormous windows give a feeling of floating over the Pacific, and fireplaces glow toward the plush bedrooms and the sumptuous bathrooms, complete with sunken spa baths and lavender-scented toiletries. Rooms purposefully lack televisions and alarm clocks to encourage connection with nature and with your companion.

Ranch at Rock Creek

Couples considering romantic vacations in the U.S. might not think about heading to a five-star dude ranch, but pairs who prefer to keep active will adore The Ranch at Rock Creek, an Indagare Index property incredibly stylish accommodations in a gorgeous interpretation of a Wild West adventure. The stunning 6,600 acres that surround the ranch are pure Big Sky Montana: soaring mountains and sloping hillsides, fairy-tale pine forests, seemingly endless meadows and, of course, a river that runs through it all (and that happens to be one of the premier sporting streams in the region). While every decorative detail is of the highest quality and no expense is spared, the overall vibe is relaxed, and those who love the American West and the great outdoors will enjoy the wealth of activities, such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding and archery. For couples, we recommend the Trapper Suite, with a secluded setting and a hot tub.

San Ysidro Ranch

Magnolias and orange blossoms rippling in the breeze, birds singing from the sycamore trees, puffs of smoke wafting from the chimneys of vine-covered cottages…San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara is a page torn from the beginning of a fairy tale, but no palace is needed to perfect this happily-ever-after. Instead, guests enjoy the private luxury of their own quaint, country home, complete with stone fireplaces, canopy beds, sunken spas and an outdoor rain shower on the patio, all surrounded by 500-acres of idyllic gardens, grassy foothills and far off views of the Pacific. The award-winning restaurant sources ingredients straight from the garden and meals are served alfresco on candlelit tablecloths beneath a mirage of twinkle lights. It’s little surprise the ranch has witnessed such romantic encounters as the marriage of Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh and the honeymoon of Jack and Jackie Kennedy.

Twin Farms

Nestled among 300 acres, Twin Farms comprises an 18th-century main house and an array of cozy cottages, each uniquely appointed. Beloved by couples who come year-round to wander, ski and hike in beautiful Vermont, the all-inclusive, adults-only property is a bucolic hideaway for enjoying nature walks, fly-fishing in the hotel's pond, gourmet harvest feasts and late-night bonfires. Meals at this Indagare Index property are a particular highlight, ranging from private picnics at the end of a trail or on the porch of your suite to elaborate dinners of local, seasonal fare, such as poached Vermont turkey with wild mushroom lentil ragout and Maine lobster with potatoes in truffle vinaigrette.

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Zero George

One of America’s earliest cities, Charleston remains among its most elegant. The South Carolina city makes for an ideal romantic getaway, offering walks amidst historic houses on cobblestoned paths, incredible meals, visits to gorgeous beaches and stays in cozy hotels. The most picturesque option is the quietly distinguished, 18-room Zero George, set in five historic buildings on George Street and exuding Charleston charm. Located in the residential Ansonborough district, within walking distance of the town’s best restaurants, sights and shopping, the property allows guests to experience life as refined Southerners do. Couples with an appreciation for small, personalized hotels will adore the refreshingly classic style of Zero George, and the concierge excels at arranging special experiences for a romantic trip, such as cooking classes and sunset sails.

Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer for assistance planning a trip to one of the most romantic hotels in the U.S., or elsewhere in the world. Our team can match you with the accommodations and activities that are right for you. 

Published onFebruary 2, 2023

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