- 1 The Brando, French Polynesia
- 2 Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
- 3 Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
- 4 Angama Mara, Masai Mara, Kenya
- 5 Abu Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
- 6 Tea Trails, Hatton, Sri Lanka
- 7 Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
- 8 Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
- 9 North Island, Seychelles
- 10 Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
- 11 Longitude 131, Northern Territory, Australia
The World’s Most Romantic All-Inclusive Resorts
Looking for an over-the-top beach retreat to escape to with your partner? Or how about a remote adventure lodge, or once-in-a-lifetime safari camp? Whatever you're seeking, these 11 romantic all-inclusive resorts deliver in spades.
The Brando, French Polynesia
While most Tahitian resorts are all about flashy overwater bungalows, at the Brando, privacy reigns supreme. Each of the 35 villas is set back from the beach on sugar-soft sand and shrouded in palm trees and local fauna. The result is absolute tranquility; you won’t hear so much as a pin drop while you dine under the stars on fresh red tuna in a coconut broth at your villa’s outdoor palapa. Resist the temptation to lounge around, though—the resort is in its own isolated atoll, so exploration is key. Snorkel and scuba dive around nearby reefs, sail to uninhabited motus (watch out for giant coconut crabs), or head to the jungle for an indulgent couples’ massage.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
There are few better places to reconnect with nature (and each other) than at the literal end of the earth. That’s the feeling you get at this 370,000-acre adventure lodge, whose low-lying design is as much a marvel as the glistening glaciers, towering Torres del Paine peaks, and bright-blue Sarmiento Lake that surround it. Head out early to spy guanacos, foxes, and condors while walking along the Hunter’s Trail before an afternoon horseback ride led by real-life gauchos. After a dinner of locally sourced dishes like roasted lamb with candied vegetables, curl up with a blanket and glass of merlot in your room and enjoy stunning vistas as far as the eye can see.
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
Bali might be filled with outsized beach resorts, but this private-island paradise, 250 miles to the east, hosts just 64 guests. Fill your days with adrenaline-fueled activities like surfing on world-class breaks, hiking to remote waterfalls, and deep-sea fishing for mahi mahi, or take it slow with a relaxing hatha yoga class at the open-air studio overlooking the ocean followed by a leisurely horseback ride on the beach. Better yet, do a bit of both during a “Nihi Oka Spa Safari”—you'll drive in a 4x4 (or hike) past rolling countryside, expansive rice fields, and local villages to reach the hotel's spa, where you'll be treated to breakfast and a detoxifying treatment like a Balinese massage or lavender salt scrub.
Angama Mara, Masai Mara, Kenya
Set nearly 1,000 feet above the floor of Africa's Great Rift Valley, this 30-tent camp is the perfect home base from which to witness the Great Migration (July to October) and spot the Big Five year-round. Not only is the lodge adjacent to the remote, game-rich Mara Triangle (which guests can access via a private track), it’s also where the romantic saga Out of Africa was filmed. Request a picnic sundowner on the same ridge featured in the 1985 movie poster—this time with modern-day amenities like comfy cushions, canvas chairs, and sparkling wine.
Abu Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
If Restoration Hardware were to open a safari lodge, it would look something like Abu. But this camp has so much more to offer than just rustic-chic interiors—namely, its own habituated herd of elephants that you can feed, touch, and amble alongside during walking safaris. These up-close encounters are just the beginning of all the wildlife spottings you'll encounter during twice-daily game drives in a sparsely populated private concession. Though there’s (deep breath) minimal WiFi connection, rest assured that getting unplugged will help you live in the moment—and cherish the company you keep.
Tea Trails, Hatton, Sri Lanka
If you’ve ever dreamed of time-traveling to a bygone era, make for Sri Lanka's Central Province (a.k.a. tea country), where miles of valleys and hillsides covered in verdant tea bushes still serve working plantations. Post up at the über-romantic Tea Trails, a boutique hotel spread across five former plantation bungalows that date back to the late 1800s and are outfitted with antique accents (gramophones; rocking chairs) and wraparound porches. After your morning consultation with the chef to discuss your personal meal plan, kayak on Castlereagh Lake, hike to another bungalow, or challenge each other to a croquet match. No matter how the rest of the day goes, we suggest concluding with “G&T” hour in your bungalow’s parlor, followed by a traditional Sri Lankan curry dinner.
Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
Step foot on this 300-acre estate, all woodlands and wildflower meadows, and life instantly slows to a crawl. Set on the former estate of author Sinclair Lewis, just north of Woodstock, the 18th-century farmhouse (and outlying cottages) known as Twin Farms epitomizes bespoke luxury. Whether you want a surprise picnic at the end of your canoe outing, a soak in your cottage’s traditional Japanese furo bath, or a custom multi-course meal with wine pairings, the staff are here to make all your romantic dreams come true.
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
It’s not exactly the newest kid on the block, but a change in leadership has breathed new life into this private-island retreat off Antigua's northeast coast. Each of the 40 rooms and suites fronts its own stretch of powdery sand, as do the mansion-style villas, owned by some of the world’s glitziest celebs. The only downside to Jumby is the tough choices you’ll have to make each day. Complimentary water-skiing or windsurfing? Outdoor shower or indoor soaking tub? Chicken tikka masala or grilled lobster tail? Helpful hint: stay a few extra days to enjoy it all.
North Island, Seychelles
There are many reasons why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Will and Kate) chose this super-luxe private-isle resort for their honeymoon. First, there are just 11 villas, meaning it’s arguably the most secluded (inhabited) island in the Seychelles archipelago. Second, the island is itself a wild, Jurassic Park-style paradise that's home to giant tortoises, indigenous birds, and some 200,000 species of plants. Third, there’s no such thing as “no” on North Island. Don’t feel like ordering off the menu? No problem—the chef will gladly whip up whatever dish you fancy.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Few romantic experiences can top sleeping in the middle of the jungle to the soundtrack of chirping birds and rustling palm trees. This Four Seasons takes that to the next level with its stylish, canvas-tented rooms, each outfitted with a copper soaking tub, private Jacuzzi, and expansive deck that looks all the way out to neighboring Myanmar and Laos. (The resort is located at the unique juncture of all three countries, hence the name “Golden Triangle.”) Not-to-be-missed activities include bareback elephant rides—interacting with the rehabilitated herd is among the resort’s most rewarding experiences—and the mahout recovery spa treatment, a necessary respite from trekking all day.
Longitude 131, Northern Territory, Australia
A 600-million-year-old rock called Uluru may not sound like an exciting view, but once you’ve settled into your tented room (just one of 15 at this recently renovated lodge), you’ll discover there’s more here than meets the eye. Australia's wildly remote Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is one of the most mind-bending landscapes by day; by night, it’s even more impressive as millions of stars light up the sky. Drink them in from your private daybed, Dune Top deck (overlooking Uluru and sister rock formation Kata Tjuta), or seated by the campfire at Table 131°, an outdoor restaurant that spotlights ancient outback ingredients like bush plums, lemon myrtle, and muntries (a native berry).
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