The Most Romantic Getaways Under $300
Skip the box of chocolate and over-priced jewelry. There's nothing we ladies love more than a ridiculously romantic getaway—and if the price is right, all the better. Read on for our picks of the most romantic hotels under $300.
Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs
Save yourself the pricey flight, and find a slice of Morocco at this dreamy adobe-style pensione in Palm Springs. The intimate hideaway is known as the sexiest hotel in America, thanks to its seductive desert setting and Tangier-inspired architecture. Massages, bicycle rentals, yoga classes, and afternoon mint tea are just a few hotel perks, and we love the breakfast spread (free!) served every morning on the stone-paved courtyard. By night, snuggle up on a Moroccan daybed for an outdoor screening of a classic Hollywood film, then take a midnight splash in the heated pool (bathing suits required!)
Auberge du Vieux-Port, Montreal
Sure, there’s always Paris, but when you’re on a budget, Montreal makes for a romantic substitute par excellence. Take in the views of the St. Lawrence River and 18th- and 19th-century stone buildings from your suite at this cozy waterfront hotel in Montreal's Old Port. The guest rooms ooze rustic charm with their exposed beams, brick walls and arched windows with sills deep enough to sit on. Wander the city's snow-covered streets at sundown before dinner at the hotel's Taverne Gaspar restaurant, where Canadian favorites include a standout beef flank steak with maître d'hôtel butter and (what may just be the most libido-boosting dish ever) duck confit-topped poutine.
Hotel La Semilla, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Think Playa del Carmen only caters to spring breakers? Not at this rustic hacienda-style stay. The place is the epitome of secluded luxury, done up in antiques, tropical plants and local Mexican art, with plenty of breezy outdoor terraces and comfy sitting areas on which to cuddle. Hole up with your loved one in the shabby-chic guest rooms, which are dressed in hues of white with handmade furniture, or splurge on the Terraza Suite, complete with a private terrace and sexy outdoor shower.
Get swept away at this rainbow-colored boutique hotel on Jamaica's quiet south coast. Far away from the tourist traps and noisy nightlife scenes, Jake's is an authentic alternative to some of the mood killing high-rises popular on this Caribbean Island. Stroll the golden sand beaches, then arrange for a couples yoga session on the thatched deck. The charmingly rustic sea- or garden-view cottages have a bohemian vibe and come without phones, Internet, or TV (so you'll have to think of other ways to pass the time.) When your other appetite strikes, we recommend a candlelit dinner in the courtyard of Jakes Country Cuisine or stroll to Jack Sprat, a laidback beach café that serves up freshly caught seafood.
Hotel Castell d’Emporda, Girona, Spain
Nothing spells over-the-top romance quite like this medieval castle in Spain's wine country. Set on a hilltop in the Catalan countryside, the 14th-century castle overlooks vast green expanses of fields and vineyards, with the historic villages of Peratallada and Eslanyà just a short drive away. Climb up the hotel's narrow staircase for a smooch at the top of the watchtower, then head back to your guest room to take the lovin' up a notch. Decked out with stained glass windows, a Victorian bathtub, and Tibetan rugs, the Suite Pere Margarit has every amenity a love-struck pair could ask for.
The Royal Beach Seminyak, Indonesia
The honeymoon crowd jets to this beachfront resort for its tropical gardens, classical Balinese architecture and swoon-worthy ocean views. Hit the sand at Gado Gado Beach, with endless miles of powdery sand, or kick back with a fruity cocktail at one of the two pools. With soft linens, lush garden views, and gauzy mosquito nets draped above the beds, the 128 guest rooms set the stage for sweet lovemaking. Just make sure to drag yourself out of bed by sundown; the Mediterranean-inspired dishes at the hotel's Capris Bistros are not to be missed.
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Dar Les Cigognes, Marrakech, Morocco
Rekindle the romance inside the historical walls of this charming riad—once the private home of a wealthy Moroccan merchant. Each of the 11 guest rooms has Andalucían and Moorish accents, with carved wooden ceilings, vases of roses, copper lanterns, courtyard views and stucco fireplaces. And with so many "secret" nooks and crannies hidden behind sumptuous silk embroideries, there are plenty of places to sneak a kiss. Schedule a private cooking class at the hotel's culinary institute or spice things up with a side-by-side couples massage at the intimate spa.
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