7 Romantic Getaways to Fall For
We’ve rounded up fairy-tale experiences for couples, from Santa Fe to Paris, including starlit spa treatments and moonlit meals.
Bond with the Help of Horses in Santa Fe
Humans, especially “horse whisperers,” can have a vital effect on horses, but the reverse is also true. Couples can’t say enough about The EQUUS Experience, at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, which fosters reconnections during time spent with horses in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
With cosy casitas, wood-burning kiva fireplaces and painterly sunsets, “It’s the ultimate romantic getaway for couples,” says Concierge Anna Carlgren. “In some cases, we’ve had couples get engaged here and then come back for us to host the actual wedding as well.” Don’t miss the geothermal Ojo Caliente natural hot springs, a quick drive from the Resort. People in pairs have been flocking to the spot for hundreds of years; the mud pool is a local favourite.
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Get Pampered in a Private, Star-lit Spa in Nevis
What could be better than stargazing together? Stargazing from a private, volcanic-stone whirlpool in the heart of the Caribbean. When couples book Spa Under the Stars at Four Seasons Resort Nevis, they’ll have the entire spa to themselves – including a Japanese-inspired plunge pool, steam rooms and a tropical garden as a frame for the cosmos above. The experience includes a Nevisian massage, which begins with a scrub – made from local brown sugar, cinnamon, coconut and nutmeg – and your choice of wine. You can add a candlelit dinner afterwards.
“Spa Under the Stars is inherently romantic, but I love when a guest goes the extra mile to make it a surprise for their partner,” says Spa Assistant Manager Asheena Farrell. “Having a reason behind the celebration of love, like a birthday or an anniversary, makes the experience even more special. And if you happen to be on property during a full moon night, there’s just nothing like it.” Couples should also make sure to tour the ruins of the Hamilton Estate, once owned by the family of Nevis-born U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton – as in Broadway’s hit show Hamilton.
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Enjoy a Candlelit Wine Tasting in Paris
You knew the city of love would make the list – with its showstopping Gothic and art nouveau architecture, cinematic cafés and the latticework of the Eiffel Tower lit with twinkling lights for five minutes every hour from dusk to 1:00 am. It comes as no surprise that Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, home to not one but three Michelin-starred restaurants, has created something magical for its guests: a private candlelit wine tasting in its 50,000-bottle-deep wine cellar 14 metres (46 feet) below ground.
Eric Beaumard, Sommelier and Director of Le Cinq restaurant, leads the Discover the Legendary Wine Cellar tour, teaching even seasoned oenophiles new things about reds, whites and Champagne. “I love travelling throughout French vineyards, meeting the wine producers and discovering new treasures to share with wine lovers during those extraordinary tastings,” Beaumard says. To round out a perfect evening, take a stroll along the Seine – or, perhaps, to the Cartier boutique nearby on the Champs-Elysées.
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Dine by Moonlight in the Bahamas
With 35 acres of fragrant gardens inspired by Versailles, the grounds of The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, is a natural setting for sentiment. Have the Hotel arrange all the details for a private moonlit dinner there. “The décor helps to create a romantic ambience like you’ve never seen,” says Banquet Manager Grea Gardiner. “When you combine the intimate setting of the moonlit garden with soft flickering candles, you can’t help but be enamoured.” The menu, overseen by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, adds to the enchantment.
Bathe in a Lotus Pond in Vietnam
“Creating a harmonious boundary between yourselves and the rest of the world with no distractions from cell phones and TVs can be easier said than done,” says Dwi Susanti, Heart of the Earth Spa Manager at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai. Fortunately, the Resort’s Spa offers a solution: a rose petal–strewn Heart of the Earth Couple’s Love Bath in the lotus pond, or, if you prefer, your own private villa.
“When you’re ‘floating’ on a serene lotus pond, sharing a bath with someone by candlelight, you let all your defences down and each touch becomes all the more intimate,” Susanti notes. And just 15 minutes from the Resort, a rainbow of lanterns float down the river at sunset during Hoi An’s monthly full moon festival.
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Get a Taste of the Amalfi Coast in Miami
Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra stayed (separately) in the legendary Surf Club, recently reborn as Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club, but they might not recognize it today. While every ounce of iconic glamour remains, the property now includes an outpost of Le Sirenuse restaurant, a nod to the cliff-side grande dame of Positano, Italy, so beloved in cultural consciousness that even John Steinbeck immortalized it: “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there,” he wrote during a 1953 stay, “and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” His description now applies to The Surf Club.
Among the attractive choices for couples are a Turkish hammam and a Champagne bar with the largest selection of bubbly in Miami, but sometimes the most memorable moments come about before the city wakes. “Watch the captivating sunrise from over your oceanfront balcony,” says Guest Relations Manager Mark Warren. “We’ll bring freshly brewed coffee and made-to-order breakfast straight to your room.”
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Be Massaged with Emerald Dust in Bogotá
“The greatest happiness of life is when we love ourselves, or share love moments together,” Paola Hernandez says, and she works to make those moments happen in the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá. One unique possibility is a couples spa ritual that utilizes actual emerald dust from a local mine. Visiting couples also adore spending time at the nearby Museo del Oro, or Gold Museum, surrounded by more than 55,000 artefacts such as gold totems from ancient shaman ceremonies, gold masks and, of course, jewellery as priceless as your love.