From the beaches of Bora Bora to the canals of Venice, this five luxury hotels promise a perfect match for every pair:
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is one of the few great places for families in French Polynesia — but at this time of year, it’s all about couples.
The private-island resort, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, inspires romance with everything from intimate dining experiences on a quiet atoll to pearl-diving excursions on an isolated reef. Newlyweds or not, couples can book the property’s Honeymoon Package, which includes seven nights in one of the 100 overwater bungalows and a $2,400 resort credit spendable on spa treatments and other indulgences.
The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Italy’s Floating City will be in full regalia the first two weeks of February as it celebrates Venice Carnival 2018 with grand costume balls, boat parades, street performances, and more. A fairy-tale affair in a fantastical destination, the centuries-old festival calls for a classic Venetian hotel—and there’s no finer example than The Gritti Palace, a wonderful luxury hotel.
The 15th-century palazzo’s Grand Canal–front setting, old-master art collection, and elegantly updated rooms and suites encapsulate the eternal enchantment of the city. When Carnival is in town, the hotel’s waterfront Riva Lounge is the perfect place to commence or conclude the day’s masked mischief.
Colorado’s lack of early snow shouldn’t discourage you from a February visit to this almost entirely new luxury hotel at the base of Vail. Formerly the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, the property reopened as the Hotel Talisa in November after a $60 million renovation.
The product of that investment is more Alpine-refined than Colorado-rustic, with 285 contemporary guest rooms, an outdoor pool deck, a restaurant serving elevated renditions of a rack of lamb and other local specialities, and a full-service ski centre that eases the transition from suite to slopes. The Talisa’s convenient location—adjacent to Vail’s Chair 20 and fronting Gore Creek—makes it ideal for families year-round, but the property is primed for a kid-free ski trip this February when it’s scheduled to debut an all-new spa and fitness centre.
February is high season in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park—the days are long, the weather is warm, and blissful couples scale snow-covered peaks, ford glacial lakes, and track pumas through the pampas. Such is not everyone’s idea of a romantic getaway, but for adventurous pairs, Tierra Patagonia—a 40-room lodge set just outside the park on the shores of Lake Sarmiento—presents a life-affirming travel experience.
And though it may be remote, the high-design hotel is not without its comforts: Daily excursions in and around the park can be followed by treatments at the Uma Spa, where an indoor infinity pool looks across the lake to the Torres del Paine massif.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Much is made about active travel these days, but there’s still nothing wrong with sitting on a beach for a week and drinking margaritas. And that beach might as well be a fine Caribbean example that’s been completely upgraded and expanded with powder-soft white sand. Mayakoba, a luxury multi-resort development in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region, last year partnered with a group of scientists and conservationists to complete a $5 million restoration of its once-eroding coast.
The enhancements have left guests of the Banyan Tree—a sanctuary that stretches along Mayakoba’s mangrove canals to the sea—facing the difficult decision of whether to do something other than imbibing at the beach club during their stays. It’s worth prying yourself away from the sand at least once for a private dinner aboard Ixchel, the property’s traditional Mayan-style boat, or for the resort’s gathering of international chefs, dubbed “A Chance to Meat,” on February 15 and 16.