Where can you go if you’re looking for a luxurious romantic weekend getaway with that special someone? One that’s in the continental United States, so that you don’t get caught up in the travel crazy that’s currently involved with an international trip (trust us, you don’t want to do that right now). Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 12 of the best luxury hotels and resorts for the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day weekend getaway trip in 2022.
Luxury hotels and resorts for a Valentine’s weekend getaway in 2022
Flowers, chocolates, and jewelry may be the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts but if a couple really wants to reignite the spark, a change of scenery might be the most conducive route to romance.
In a 2019 survey by Eventbrite commissioned through Harris Poll, 85 percent of U.S. adults preferred the gift of a unique experience over material goods. Science agrees.
In a 20-year study by Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, found that money and material objects can contribute to happiness. But only up to a certain point. “One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation,” says Dr. Gilovich. “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.”
On the other hand, the gift of an experience becomes part of you. And if you’re in a relationship, then part of your story as a couple.[white_box]
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While the experience can be something like taking a cooking class together or attending a concert, we think the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift is a weekend getaway. The anticipation of travel and the lasting feel-good memories of sharing in a new experience is obvious to any one who has traveled.
But, of course, traveling to far-flung locales is tricky right now. A grand gesture trip to Paris or the Maldives might not be in the cards in February 2022. So, we’ve scouted out some perfectly romantic hotels and resorts closer to home.
From historic mansions to dreamy beachside bungalows and even a romantic dude ranch for adventure seekers, it’s all about spending some quality cuddle time with your significant other. Here are the top 12 romantic hotels to have a Valentine’s weekend to remember.
12 best Luxury hotels and resorts for a Valentine’s weekend getaway in 2022
1. The Greenwich Hotel in New York City
If you’re looking for a quintessential NYC staycation or getaway, The Greenwich Hotel is understated luxury at its finest with a touch of bohemian character in one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods, Tribeca.
No two rooms are alike —blending Moroccan, French, and Japanese influences —with big and luxurious marble bathrooms. There’s a lantern-lit pool in the hotel’s subterranean Japanese-inspired Shibui Spa. For food, sublime and soulful Italian from Locanda Verde, the trendy on-site restaurant. Guests have free access to bespoke ‘his & her’ Shinola brand ‘Bixby’ bicycles for rides along the Henry Hudson Highway. And pictured here, the secluded garden courtyard for morning, midday or evening canoodling.[white_box]
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2. The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island
For a fairytale romance experience, the old-world elegance of The Chanler awaits in all its gilded glory. It is the only hotel located directly on Newport’s famed Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile walking path set on the stunning shoreline.
The guest rooms are each more opulent than the next. Including some in Renaissance, Louis XVI, English Tudor, and Gothic styles. They’re furnished with museum-quality antiques and rugs.
For peak romantic vibes, book one of the Garden and Ocean Villas, which have private outdoor hot tubs, courtyards and deck spaces. Don’t miss the highly acclaimed restaurant, Spiced Pear, for a breakfast of spiced-pear French toast with caramelized banana and pear compote. And a dinner of Maine diver scallops served with sunchoke purée.
3. Glenmere Mansion in Chester, New York
Can’t get to Italy? A slice of Tuscany awaits in Hudson Valley’s Glenmere Mansion. This magnificent 150-acre estate sits in rolling farmlands overlooking the Catskill Mountains and Glenmere Lake.
Only one hour from New York City, the sumptuous Relais & Châteaux hotel and spa boast a central open cortile, majestic marble-columned porticoes, a private modern art collection and spectacular gardens. There are only 18-rooms which the owners decorated eclectically — as if “visiting an eccentric relative’s estate who lives a life of leisure.” The locally grown food is prepared by a full staff of chefs, served by a friendly waitstaff with butlers and staff for every need.
4. Winvian Farm in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
Sometimes a quiet, rustic retreat in the woods can be just as romantic of a getaway as any palatial setting. At Winvian, guests choose from 19 individually themed cottages. Added bonus? They’re all generously socially distanced on 113 acres of woods and lakes. There’s a “Helicopter” Cottage which houses a fully-restored 1958 Sikorsky Sea King Pelican helicopter. An “Artist” Cottage resembles an airy artisan studio and the “Tree House” is suspended 35 feet in the air.
But don’t worry — you won’t have to forage for your own food. The kitchen is helmed by an executive chef who trained under Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse. And for pampering, a luxurious 5,000-square-foot spa will relax partners who are stressed out about confronting any wild woodland creatures.
5. Maison de la Luz in New Orleans, Louisiana
This 67-room boutique hotel owned by the trendy Ace Hotel brand makes it easy to pretend that you and your significant other are just meeting for the first time. It’s sexy, mysterious and intimate. Case in point — a secret bookcase door that opens into a secluded salon bedecked in global curiosities and artifacts.
Inspired by classic French hotels and Southern bed-and-breakfasts, high-end residential finishes mix with locally made art, quirky custom furniture mash up with classic waffle robes and white towels. Guests have special access to Bar Marilou, a craft cocktail bar, in partnership with Parisian culinary group Quixotic Projects and the pool at its sister property, Ace Hotel New Orleans.[white_box]
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6. Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah, Georgia
If you like a little spookiness with your romance —think hugging your date while watching a scary movie — then consider the Victorian Hamilton-Turner Inn. This historic mansion dates back to 1873 and is said to have inspired Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion. It is supposedly home to a cigar-smoking ghost and other past inhabitants that go bump in the night.
Spooky fun aside, the luxury property which merges period decor with modern amenities was named 2019’s Most Romantic Hotel in the United States by USA Today and stands out with its unparalleled Southern hospitality. Extras such as all-day tea and coffee, afternoon fresh-baked goods created by the inn’s pastry chef, and evening port with cookies are showered upon the guests.
7. Faena Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida
It’s easy to imagine you and your partner in a romantic Hollywood movie at the theatrical Faena Hotel. Argentine hotelier Alan Faena enlisted the help of director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Oscar-winning, costume and production designer Catherine Martin, to bring this 1940s building into all its Art Deco splendor.
The whimsical and glamorous space is a joy to discover from curiosities like a golden woolly mammoth skeleton in a glass cage to fantastical murals, not to mention its own private white sand beach. Poolside butlers are there to indulge every whim and the Tierra Santa Healing House spa is home to all sorts of over-the-top amenities, including one of the largest hammams and a marble Ice Parlor.
8. Moorings Village in Islamorada, Florida
How to feel like you’re on your own private island without actually taking multiple kinds of planes to arrive at one? The Moorings Village is set upon 1,100 feet of crystalline white sand – one of the largest and most beautiful private beaches in The Florida Keys. There are only 19 private villas, each shrouded in lush coconut palms.
You could loll about in a hammock all day or relax on your wrap-around-porch but the property also offers complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes, in addition to coordinating excursions like scuba diving, kitesurfing, sailing, and fishing for those who like more action. Because the property takes up both sides of the Key of Islamorada, guests can start the day together watching the sunrise and then the sunset while dining on French fare at Pierre’s.
9. The Ranch at Rock Creek Inn in Philipsburg, Montana
Outdoorsy couples will be delighted with all this 5-star luxury ranch has to offer. Set on what seems like endless pristine Montana landscape (yes, even a river runs through it), guests can choose from 29 one-of-a-kind accommodations thoughtfully woven into the The Ranch’s vast landscape.
Think canvas cabins to luxury five-bedroom homes, and even a converted historic barn all decorated in custom furniture and decor that reflects authentic Western heritage. But it’s the activities that will provide plenty of outlets for couples to bond: horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, sapphire mining, archery, learning frontier skills, or just hanging out at the saloon.[white_box]
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10. Nobu Ryokan in Malibu, California
For serenity and luxury, it would be hard to surpass Nobu Ryokan, fittingly located on Carbon Beach or “Billionaire’s Beach.” The rooms are havens of quiet, minimalist design based off a traditional Japanese-style inn.
There are only 16 rooms! And each one is decked out in floor-to-ceiling teak with luxurious touches like 800-count linen sheets by Anichini, Loro Piana cashmere robes, Japanese art and fresh ikebana floral arrangements.
The most romantic room is the Horizon (Suiheisen), a corner suite with an outdoor teak soaking tub. For food, you can do no better than Nobu Malibu, which provides all food and drink. Available through 24-hour room service, so you never have to leave.
11. Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah
If you’ve found the person you wouldn’t mind being stranded in the desert with, make it official with a getaway to Amangiri. Surrounded by national parks between stunning canyons and surreal desert landscape, this 5-star resort blends into its environment as an oasis of tranquility. Some rooms feature private plunge pools and terraces that seem to connect seamlessly to the surrounding mesa.
Home to an Aman Spa, guests can indulge in two indoor and outdoor pools, a water pavilion with hydrotherapy rooms, a Watsu pool offering water shiatsu, plus two outdoor treatment terraces and spaces for exercise, yoga and pilates. Or go for a restorative hike at nearby Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce and Zion National Parks and Lake Powell. For sustenance, Amangiri’s main restaurant presents sustainable, seasonal menus inspired by traditional Navajo dishes and Utah’s Southwestern culinary heritage. Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce and Zion National Parks and Lake Powell.
12. Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California
These bohemian bungalows really feel like they’re continents away with an eclectic blend of Mediterranean-Moroccan styled villas, lush gardens, and charming courtyards.
The property abounds with hiding places from a lounge, a library, a fire pit and a couple of saltwater pools — all fragrant with citrus and oleander. Start each morning with a home-cooked breakfast in the courtyard and end the day with complimentary Moroccan mint tea service with pistachios, dates and cookies. In between, explore the main hub of downtown Palm Springs just a five-minute walk away.
Luxurious hotels and resorts for a Valentine‘s weekend getaway
That’s our take on the best luxury hotels and resorts for the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day weekend getaway trip in the United States in 2022. No passport required!
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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.