R&C Spotlight: Romantic Hotels
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Whether it’s a countryside lake or a picturesque beach escape you crave, there’s a perfect Relais & Châteaux experience to indulge in for your next romantic getaway.
The timeless sophistication and breathtaking setting of Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley offer the perfect couples getaway in the wine country’s most lavish accommodations. Enjoy an on-property Michelin-star dining experience at The Restaurant, or savour in the “Ultimate Indulgence After Hours”: a private access spa experience featuring a three-hour couples evening including a garden soak, steam, massage, sparkling wine, and dessert served under the stars. Find peace and tranquillity with the “Entre Nous” service, which begins with a private partner yoga session followed by personal 90-minute massages in the couples spa suite, with temperate soaking pools and panoramic views of the valley.
The Ivy Hotel is a 19th-century mansion beautifully restored as a boutique hotel. The first and only Relais & Châteaux property in Maryland, it features 17 unique rooms located in the heart of Baltimore’s cultural epicenter of Mt. Vernon. Here, the magic is in the details. Included in the room rate is afternoon tea service, a beloved tradition at The Ivy, and unlimited champagne and “make your own” cocktails at the Mansion Bar. Car service within a 3-mile radius is included as well as a made-to-order breakfast in-room or in the Magdalena restaurant. Guests will also find a stocked barmoire in their rooms with local wine, beer, kombucha, and snacks.
A charming country lake house with plenty of fresh air, old-world charm and service paired with contemporary luxury awaits at Manoir Hovey. Established in 1900, Manoir Hovey is a historic family-owned estate in North Hatley, Quebec, which sets the scene for a truly romantic getaway. Located just minutes away from the world’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, it’s the perfect spot for an unrivalled stargazing experience. Add a special touch to your Manoir Hovey experience with the “Romantic Getaway” package, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine in your room upon arrival.
Nestled in the quintessentially New England town of Lexington, the Inn at Hastings Park features 22 stylish accommodations, including a lovingly preserved guesthouse and barn that meld Lexington's storied heritage with a contemporary American chic design. Their "Revolutionary Romance" package includes a chilled bottle of bubbly upon arrival, house-made chocolate-covered strawberries, a complimentary upgrade to the best available room upon check-in, and a food and beverage credit valued at $100. Culinary lovers can also sign up for various interactive educational opportunities offered by the Inn's owner and culinary educator, Trisha Pérez Kennealy, highlighting New England's seasonal bounty. For an extra romantic dining setting, reserve a table within the Inn's intimate Culinary Garden (open May-October) which transforms into an INNgloo Wonderland during the winter.
Known for its exquisite food, laidback local culture, and 33 picturesque beaches, the eastern Caribbean island of Anguilla offers a true paradise for those seeking the ultimate romantic getaway. Quintessence lies perched above the secluded Long Bay Beach, with nine unique oceanfront suites that offer all the luxuries of a full-service resort with a private mansion feel. Lounge by the sprawling infinity pool, soak in the sunset from a gazebo overlooking the ocean or indulge in a couples massage at the spa. Couples can book the “Romance in Anguilla” package, which includes luxury accommodations, butler service, daily breakfast, an intimate private dining experience for two, and a daily bed of roses turndown amenity.
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