Couples who above all value privacy and seclusion on their vacation will love these unique romantic getaways. Whether you want to watch stars at night from a private jacuzzi built on top of a lagoon or get treatments at the best spas in the world, there is plenty to choose from.
Secluded romantic ideas include wilderness lodges, tropical beaches, design hotels and unique villas. Get away for your honeymoon, anniversary or a romantic proposal to one of these unique destinations. Most of the properties that made our top 25 list have gone to great lengths to preserve the pristine nature that surrounds them, employing eco-friendly practices combined with the latest technology to offers couples a good balance of luxury and nature.
»Hilton Bora Bora Nui
[Hilton Bora Bora Nui]
There are just a handful of hotels in Bora Bora, and they are all stunning in their own way. The Hilton Bora Bora Nui has beautiful romantic over water villas with spacious decks and plenty of living space. You can enjoy a couples massage in the privacy of your own villa or head to the full service spa. King Over Water Deluxe Villas have unobstructed views of the famous blue lagoon. Glass floor viewing panels let you watch exotic marine life under the villa. Inside you will find Italian marble bathrooms, separate seating area with satellite TV, air conditioning and high-speed internet access.
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»The Boatshed, New Zealand
Take a short cruise from Auckland to the island of Waiheke and stay at the Boatshed, a luxury boutique hotel with panoramic views of Oneroa Bay. If you are planning a honeymoon to New Zealand, ask for the Lighthouse suite, a three-story structure with spectacular ocean views. Spend your days watching sailboats while food is delivered to your doorstep. In the evening, watch the starlit sky and climb the circular stairs to the romantic guest bedroom.
The hotel has two bungalows and five designer suites, complete with panoramic views, open fireplaces and king size beds. There are three Boatshed suites, one Bridge suite and one Lighthouse suite. All of the luxury suites have internet access which will allow you to stay connected with friends and family.
Luxury service includes private all day dining at the guests' request. Breakfast is included in the nightly rate. The hotel is a 35-minute ride by fast ferry or a 10-minute ride by helicopter from Auckland. Guests must be 12 or older. Rates start from NZ$685 per night (+64 (09) 372 3242,
»Ultima Thule Lodge
[Ultima Thule Lodge]
Couples who want to surround themselves with majestic Alaskan wilderness should check into Ultima Thule Lodge, a family-run adventure hideaway 100 miles from the nearest road. Guests are accommodated in 5 luxurious cabins surrounded by mountain flowers and stunning Chitina River views. Each two-bedroom cabin was handcrafted and individually furnished by the Claus family.
The main lodge has a great room with large windows where you can relax and chat with other guests. After an active day outdoors, head to the wood-fired sauna. The kitchen prepares fresh-baked bread each morning. For lunch and dinner, you will get to sample the freshest Alaskan game, fish and organic vegetables from the lodge garden. Activities include hiking, skiing and fishing. Amazing flight safaris will let you admire the mountains, rivers and waterfalls from the air. 4-night all-inclusive package rates start at $7,800 per person, including all meals, adventure tours and scenic flights (907-854-4500, website).
»Secret Bay in the West Indies
Secret Bay in the West Indies is very popular with couples who want to get away from it all. Cliftop rooms give you a birds eye view of this incredible destination. Secret Bay is an eco-friendly getaway which was built in harmony with the surrounding nature. Enjoy freshly caught seafood and locally grown veggies at the hotel's scenic restaurant.
»Constance Moofushi Resort in the Maldives
Every photo taken at the Constance Moofushi Resort in the Maldives is spectacular. Point the camera at the ocean filled with tropical fish, the charming thatched-roof buildings, lounge chairs on the sandy beach, hammocks on villa decks - every shot is stunning. Couples can book an overwater villa built over the blue lagoon. The unique spa at the resort is also built on stilts above water. The Senior Water Villas has a luxurious bath with open lagoon views and views of the night sky. Steps lead down to the water from the villa's private terrace.
»Chena Hot Springs
If you want a spectacular show featuring Aurora Borealis, stay at Chena Hot Springs Resort in Alaska. The adventure getaway is located in a charming community founded 100 years ago. The Aurora Ice Museum is the largest year-round ice museum in the world. You'll be able to admire incredible ice sculptures cleverly illuminated with colorful lights. The best place to watch Aurora Borealis is from the outdoor hot springs, famous for their healing benefits. You can relax surrounded by warm water while watching the spectacular show above your head.
Guests are accommodated in lodge rooms and suites. From mid-May to mid-September, RV and camping are available as well. In the fall, enjoy colorful fall foliage displays. The resort is located 60 miles from downtown Fairbanks. Rates start at $129 per night. VacationIdea.com Tip: Ask about the Romantic Getaway package which starts at $480 and includes: unlimited swim passes, Welcome champagne, 1pm late check out, Aurora ice museum tour, Dinner and Breakfast for two in the resort restaurant, and the Geothermal renewable energy tour (website).
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»Matakauri Lodge in New Zealand
Matakauri Lodge is a secluded getaway just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand. This modern lodge features huge windows that let you enjoy panoramic alpine views from all corners of the lodge, whether you are relaxing at the spa or taking a nap in your suite. The spa pavilion has an outdoor hot tub overlooking Lake Wakatipu, an exercise room and a sauna. Guests can take private Yoga classes, get a massage and relax surrounded a pine forest.
The lodge can arrange a number of tours in the area, including wine tours, helicopter rides, nature walks and fly-fishing in the summer.
The lodge has only three suites and four villas. The villas have separate sitting areas with fireplaces and private balconies. If you are planning a romantic getaway, you'll love the double spa baths in the villas.
The chef prepares daily dishes using fresh local ingredients, accompanied by fine wines. Rates start at 690 New Zealand dollars per person per night in high season; from 525 New Zealand dollars in low season; villas from 885 New Zealand dollars in high season. The rate includes pre dinner drinks and canapes, a three-course table d'hote dinner, breakfast and use of all the facilities at the lodge (+64-3-441-1008,
»Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
The Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens is a secluded luxury getaway within Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica where you will be surrounded by pristine nature and private gardens. Wake up to the songs of birds in the morning and have breakfast on your secluded terrace with a Jacuzzi. Treatments at the spa are not to be missed - choose from massages, scrubs, wraps and facials. The hotel has three types of accommodations and six dining facilities. The Springs Villa has a private plunge pool with water from hot springs. The Nayara Suite has spectacular views and an oversized Jacuzzi. The Casita Deluxe provides comfort, luxury with expansive views of the surrounding rainforest and volcano, as well as a quiet garden. There are multiple dining options, including the Altamira Restaurant which serves international and local cuisine all day. Sushi Amor serves sushi and Latin fusion, while Nostalgia Bar is great for tapas and wine. Try the Wine Pairing Dinner for a 5-course meal, the Kali, Kali Pool Bar for casual poolside snacks, and Romantic Dinners for a gourmet extravaganza. Rooms start at $285 per night, suites from $395 (website).
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»Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is surrounded by the rugged wilderness of British Columbia, Canada. This secluded getaway has just 12 luxury tents with plush bathrooms, in-floor heating and luxurious indoor/outdoor showers. The resort provides the perfect base for exploring the surrounding waters and forests.
»Fogo Island Inn
[Fogo Island Inn]
Fogo Island Inn is a secluded getaway with incredible ocean views and amazing modern design. If you've never heard of Fogo Island, you are not alone. The remote island is located off the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland. A ferry connects the small island with Newfoundland which has three airports. The inn is open year-round and offers 29 luxurious guest suites with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to sea. The design hotel has creative public spaces where you can relax in good company. Inside the inn, which was built to feel like a traditional Newfoundland home, you will find a the library, art gallery, restaurant, lounge, lobby and a cinema operated in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.
The inn designers cooperated with architects based in Norway to build the best rooftop saunas in Newfoundland. The north-facing sauna overlooks the North Atlantic Ocean while the south-facing saunas offer great views of the rocks and churches. The rooftop deck near the saunas is used for stargazing on clear starry nights. The hotel is an X-shaped building on stilts, standing on the rocks of the Back Western Shore. Every suite faces the ocean, providing a cozy escape from the elements. All-inclusive rates start at $550, including three meals, afternoon tea, snacks and romantic island picnics (website).
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»Kura Design Villas in Costa Rica
[Kura Design Villas]
Located on the Southern Coast of Costa Rica, Kura Design Villas offers six luxury villas surrounded by tropical forest and ocean views. The salt water infinity swimming pool makes you feel like you are levitating above the water. The lounge chairs that surround the pool are ultra-plush. If you are looking for an excuse to plan a romantic getaway to Costa Rica, stay at this unique hideaway to recharge and rejuvenate. Cutting edge design and sustainability blend well at Kura. The resort has photovoltaic solar panels for electricity, solar water heaters, LED lighting is used throughout the entired property, Energy Star ceiling fans and low energy consumption inverter AC systems. Additionally, there are Ultraviolet PURA water filters which purify the water, a rainwater collection system, nontoxic biodegradable cleaning products, a compost system to recycle organic waste, and more.
The restaurant incorporates the freshest local and seasonal ingredients in its daily menu featuring Costa Rican fusion cuisine menu. The bar serves personalized drinks, including a variety of Costa Rican style drinks and cocktails. Guests can choose from a diverse menu of spa treatments at the ocean-view spa, including facials, massages, body wraps, scrubs and deep tub soaking. Yoga classes are offered at hotel to help you relax on this unique vacation getaway. Rates start at $550 per night.
»Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia Wilderness Resort & Hotel
[Trout Point Lodge]
The ultimate wilderness lodge and pristine nature retreat in the heart of Tobeatic Wilderness in southwestern Nova Scotia, Trout Point Lodge is a beautiful eco-destination for adventure-lovers and romantics alike. Echoing the Canadian Great Camps of the early 20th century, Trout Point Lodge is an architectural masterpiece made from giant Eastern Spruce logs. The hotel has stylish guest rooms, a fully-stocked library, two excellent dining rooms and the Great Room with a roaring fireplace. Guest suites feature hand-cut stone fireplaces, log walls, high beam ceilings and modern amenities. Savor gourmet table d'hôte cuisine at two distinct dining venues: the intimate and elegant Chez la Forêt, and the larger Bois et Charbon, both of which specialize in fresh seafood and gourmet steak dishes, accompanied by an unrivalled wine list of international vintages. The pristine surrounding wilderness calls for outdoor adventure, ranging from hiking in the Tobeatic Wilderness, rock and ice Geo excursions, stargazing and canoeing on the scenic Tusket and Napier Rivers. Junior Suites start at CAD 169 (website).
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»Yasawa Island, Fiji
Guests staying on Yasawa Island enjoy the ultimate privacy, spectacular ocean views and incredible sandy beaches. Snorkel in the pristine lagoon, watch the clear night sky and have romantic dinners on the beach or in your free-standing villa. The honeymoon villa is the most secluded, located at the end of a deserted white-sand beach. This villa has its own swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Included in the cost of your stay on the island are private beach picnics. You will be taken by boat to your very own beach on the island (there are 11 to choose from) along with a gourmet picnic basket prepared by the chef.
»Crane Resort in Barbados
The Crane Resort is a romantic beach hotel set on one of the most beautiful beaches in Barbados. Ask for an apartment that faces the Caribbean Sea to have the best views on your vacation. L'Azure restaurant serves dinners with a view of the beach.
»Caves Resort in Jamaica
Caves Resort in Jamaica is a hideaway for couples and honeymooners looking for something different. Guest rooms, suites and even the restaurant are situated on top of natural caves facing the ocean in Jamaica. The oceanview pool is a spectacular spot for relaxation in the tropical sun.
»Casa Colonial in the Dominican Republic
Romantic beach dinners, a stylish rooftop pool and all-suite accommodations make Casa Colonial a beautiful destination for couples. You can receive outdoor massages next to a tropical waterfall while listening to the sounds of birds and the surrounding nature.
»Banyan Tree Madivaru
Since the Banyan Tree Madivaru has just 6 luxury villas, your privacy is virtually guaranteed. If you are looking for a private island honeymoon resort with awesome views and luxury service, head to the Maldives. The island has an unspoilt white-sand beach and a blue lagoon filled with marine life.
You can snorkel just off the beach at the resort reefs. The resort offers a menu of spa treatments in the privacy of your own villa. There is plenty of space since each villa is composed of three separate tents, an outdoor pool and a pool deck. Prepared to be spoiled on this beautiful tropical island. The resort can arrange a completely private dining experience on a deserted sandbank. Your island host and a chef will make sure that your dining experience is one to remember. All-inclusive villa rates at the resort start at $2,000 per night (banyantree.com).
»Oceanview Villa in Koh Samui
The Wow Ocean Haven at the W Koh Samui offers a private pool with sweeping ocean views, a scenic outdoor shower and a spacious deck perfect for massages and breakfast with a view. Inside, you will find a state-of-the-art entertainment system with a 46-inch Samsung LCD TV with CD/DVD player, W Library (available via Whatever/Whenever service) and BOSE sound system. The bedroom has a second 46-inch Samsung LCD TV, Bliss Spa amenities and a round two-person tub with views of the garden.
If you find that the Wow Ocean Haven is already booked, don't despair. The W Koh Samui also offers the Extreme Wow Ocean Haven villa with a two-story layout, private patio, pool, original decor and ocean views. This villa has an even larger private pool, two living rooms and a barbeque pit for outdoor parties.
»Vana Belle in Thailand
Vana Belle is a newly-opened Starwood Luxury Collection Resort with romantic villas overlooking the ocean in Koh Samui, Thailand. Vacation activities for couples include yoga, snorkeling and romantic dinners with a view. Chaweng Beach near the hotel is the perfect spot for romantic walks and relaxing sunny days. The Tropical Pool Villas are free-standing buildings set in traditional Thai compounds with private pools surrounded by tropical gardens. The villas showcase Thailand's cultural and artistic heritage and offer 24-hours on-call butler service.
»Romanos Costa Navarino in Greece
Master Infinity Villas at Romanos Costa Navarino are located next to a sandy beach and blue ocean in Greece. Modern design, private infinity-edge pool, plush furniture and beautiful views are designed to inspire the mind. Order gourmet room service, book a couples massage and swim laps in your own pool at this unique Greek villa. Each Master Infinity Villa has a wooden four poster bed, marble en-suite bathroom, spacious lounge and dining area and a state-of-the-art home cinema system with 2 plasma TV screens. The Dunes Beach is just steps away.
»Overwater Villas on Pangkor Laut Island
A stay on the 300-acre Pangkor Laut Island off the West Coast of Malaysia means secluded beaches, undisturbed wilderness and five star service. The privately owned island is undeveloped, except for the resort's wooden buildings which blend in with the surrounding jungle.
If you want to be right over the water, ask for one of the Signature Sea Villas on stilts with stunning ocean views. Each villa has a private wooden walkway which connects it to solid land. If you prefer to be surrounded by lush tropical forests, choose one of the romantic Garden or Hill Villas. Sit on your spacious terrace and enjoy views of secluded bays which you can later explore on foot.
Dining is a feast for the senses. The restaurants search for the finest fresh local ingredients to serve up colorful creations in a unique setting. Vacationers get to choose from 7 dining venues, ranging from the casual beach bar to elegant open-air restaurants.
The spa incorporates the healing traditions of Malaysia as well as Chinese, Indian and Thai techniques. Consider booking one of the 22 Spa Villas situated over the sea with direct access to the wellness center which is consistently rated one of the best in the world. Each treatment begins with the Bath House Ritual for the feet. This is followed by a traditional Malay bath, a dip in the heated Rotenburu pool and finally a gentle Shanghai Scrub.
A 2-night package starts at MYR2,190 per couple and includes accommodations of your choice, daily breakfast, ferry transfers, a couples' experience at the spa and morning yoga (+60 5 699 1100,
»Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua
If you are looking for luxury honeymoon ideas, one and two-bedroom Pool Villas at the Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali each come with a spacious terrace, private pool, an outdoor Balinese rain shower and a secret garden with a gazebo.
These villas are ideal for honeymooners who want to stay in and order room service. A dedicated reception lobby, exclusive beach lounge and a 24-hour butler ensure a five-star service that will let you focus on relaxing.
Lagoon Spa offers a menu of traditional Balinese treatments in a luxurious setting with Vichy showers, a sauna and seven private, air-conditioned treatment rooms. Arrive early to take advantage of the outdoor courtyard which features a Jacuzzi, waterfalls, plunge pools, a sauna, and a Kneipp walk-though aqua therapy course.
The beachside massage huts offer a great way to relax surrounded by beautiful ocean views. The spa is open until midnight so you can book a detox wrap on the day of your arrival to decompress after the flight. The spa will even give you a gift box of homemade chocolate pralines if you book a treatment after 9 pm. If you ever get bored of your plush villa, the resort offers huge lagoon pools, tropical gardens and a white-sand beach.
Water sports include surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking. Arwana Restaurant on the beach serves delicious seafood and has an open-air kitchen. All of the resort restaurants also offer room service. Pool Villas at the the resort start at US $660. Garden view rooms start from $220.
»Romance Under the Fijian Night Sky
This photo taken at Likuliku in Fiji makes you long for quiet romantic walks on the beach under a starry night sky. With virtually non-existent light pollution on the island, you will be able to see stars in the sky like never before. Find a secluded spot on the beach, bring a snack and enjoy the scents and sounds of the surrounding ocean. Over water villas are a rare find in Fiji and there are just 10 at Likuliku. Each villa has a separate bathing pavilion with Lagoon views from the bathtub.
»Nonsuch Bay in Antigua
Nonsuch Bay in the Caribbean has a secluded sandy beach, perfect for swimming and relaxing in the sun. Dolphins frequent the waters around the hotel - you can watch them leaping out of the water while enjoying your morning breakfast on the terrace. Spacious guest cottages at Nonsuch Bay feature romantic decor and plenty of indoor/outdoor living space.
»Views of the Arabian Sea
Read a book in your bed with doors open to look out over a white sandy beach and the Arabian Sea at the new Anantara Al Yamm Villas. The sustainably built villas are surrounded by unique wildlife which you can observe up close during the morning wildlife drive. The ambiance is quiet and romantic when the sun sets. Enjoy soothing ocean sounds and a starlit night sky.
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