February 13, 2009 / 5:29 PM / 10 years ago

Travel Picks: Top 10 most romantic retreats

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - With couples across the world celebrating Valentine’s Day, luxury travel company Hideaways International Inc has come up with a list of the world’s 10 most romantic retreats.

This list was compiled by Hideaways International and is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Chateau Eza, Cote d’Azur

Guests will be awe-struck by the Mediterranean views spread out below their cliff-side perch. Just 10 rooms and suites offer plenty of privacy, plus in-room massage, stone fireplaces, Jacuzzis, and private balconies.

2. Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Private balconies spilling over with fragrant flowers, the warm Italian sun, and great views. It’s hard to imagine a more romantic setting for a honeymoon or any other special occasion. Other romantics who’ve visited this love-nest include Taylor and Burton and Bacall and Bogart.

3. Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete

Rooms have inviting terraces or balconies, most with sea views, and more than half have their own infinity pool. Candlelit open-air dining overlooking Mirabello Bay is the perfect way to foster romance.

4. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia

At this open-air hideaway, rooms are literally thrown open to views of the sky and sea, making guests feel as if they are living in an elegant treehouse for grownups. All suites have canopy beds and plunge pools, some with soothing waterfalls.

5. Maroma Resort and Spa, Riviera Maya

Each of Maroma’s spacious suites is unique, with an elegant bathroom, Mexican caftans for lounging instead of robes, and a handmade silk hammock on a breezy terrace.

6. Sivory Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This new resort has only 56 suites, some with plunge pools, and all with a stocked wine fridge to further set the stage for romance. Sivory’s three restaurants serve Mediterranean, French, and Asian-Caribbean fusion cuisine. There are also miles of luscious, deserted beaches to stroll in the moonlight.

7. Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa, French Polynesia

Overwater and beachfront bungalows look across the shallow turquoise lagoon to Mount Otemanu. There are open-air treatment rooms or try the “canoe breakfast” delivered by Polynesian staff in a flower-bedecked outrigger canoe.

8. Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, Australia

Take a step back in time with a three-hour train ride from Sydney to Katoomba, where Lilianfels sits on the edge of the Jamison Valley and looks across to the Blue Mountains. This European-style country hotel has just 85 rooms and suites.

9. The Viceroy Bali, Indonesia

At The Viceroy Bali, elegant villas are arranged in very private settings, each with its own swimming pool and an enclosed garden.

10. Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida

Reachable only by boat, this idyllic hideaway has only 28 suites set in stilted, thatched-roof bungalows under swaying palms. Candlelight dinners are served right on the beach.

Editing by Miral Fahmy

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