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All parents deserve a break away from the kids. Some parents get to do this on a regular basis (Good for you, but please keep that information to yourself), and many of us should celebrate these annual, biennial, or (gasp!) decennial occasions with the rarity they occur in style at these seven romantic hotels and resorts.
Most Romantic Hotels
Any romantic break that parents can manage to take should be treated as a special occasion, and it’s worth it to splurge. Here’s my list the most romantic hotels I’ve visited recently where I’d book for a romantic weekend. This is a follow up to my last Valentine inspired list: The 13 Sexiest hotels for making babies or forgetting about the kids you have.
The Most Romantic Hotels, even with Kids along
Wait, what? The cool thing about this list is that I visited all but one of these properties with my children, and they are all amazing for families, and my husband and I felt that we also got our own romantic break. But they are absolutely places I would go back to for an adult-only break in a heartbeat. So even if you must bring the kids and hire a sitter or use the kids’ club for a few hours, they can deliver a special vacation for everyone.
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Of course, we think a child-free break is priceless for a couple, but we appreciate that they aren’t always feasible.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Northern San Diego
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is modeled after a hillside Tuscan estate. There is an insane amount of marble in every public space, spectacular Northern San Diego views about 20 minutes from Del Mar and La Jolla’s beaches.
Its Relais & Châteaux affiliated restaurant, Addison, is a must. A night of their multi-course tasting menu and attentive service will evoke memories of your meals on trips to Paris or New York and provide temporary amnesia of your journey to the land of chicken nuggets and buttered noodles. Be sure to ask for a tour of the wine cellar off of the dining room, and ask to be seated next to one of the fireplaces.
The resort feels like a large estate and offers golf, tennis, hiking, riding, and three swimming pools. The Spa is top notch, though patrons are kept separated by gender in the lounge and wet areas before and after treatments.
Eau Palm Beach
The Eau defines itself as the new Palm Beach. Jonathan Adler’s redesign of this prestigious Legends property with Preferred Hotels is flawless and fun. The cheery décor kept a constant smile on my face.
Rooms are some of my favorite I have seen, and most have an ocean view from the balconies. The spa is particularly dreamy and worth lingering in its relaxation areas.
The pool areas are adjacent to a wonderful beach, and the oceanfront restaurant is a great place to eat, drink, and lounge in between dips in the massive hot tub. The pool service will spoil you with snacks of frozen grapes. I bet if you asked them to peel them, they would.
I happen to know the resort makes the best, largest chocolate chip cookies ever.
The Mansion on Turtle Creek
Rosewood’s Mansion on turtle creek offers a wonderfully old-fashioned experience that this signature hotel does in Dallas. The clubby feel of the lounge with live music and glamourous restaurant hasn’t really changed throughout the years. It still manages to feel like the private home it once was in parts.
The rooms are beautifully appointed, and guests enjoy Rosewood’s standard of service which is one of the most luxurious of the five-star hotel brands.
Le Bonne Entente
Québec City, Québec
This hotel was a complete surprise to me and a delight in every way outside of the more tourist dense city center of Québec. It’s in the Northwest suburbs with ample parking and beautiful resort grounds. The Canadian exchange makes the luxury rooms with club lounge access incredibly affordable. The lounge’s continental breakfast and cocktail hour were impressive with extensive make-your-own martini bars and a serious selection of wines by the glass.
The spa and Jacuzzi are set up for wintertime stays with a heated outdoor hot tub and a fireplace in the spa lounge. But during the warmer months the white picket fence encased swimming pool is delightful.
Foodies will love the quality of the restaurant food, and it’s overall value of the Canadian dollar. The historic city center of Québec is easily reachable for sightseeing.
The Cloister at Sea Island
Sea Island, Georgia
The Cloister at Sea Island has a formality and special occasion quality that makes it really suited for honeymoons. This resort is 100% Southern, and not just Southern— “Atlanta Southern” so it’s incredibly warm and gracious in service but formal and frilly in atmosphere. Expect to see a tassel on every knob, and a décor unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
The spa is legendary, and couples have more options to experience together than most spas including a labyrinth garden, a large, discrete hot tub grotto, and a multi-story atrium lounge area that feels like you are outside in a garden.
The Georgia Room is the award-winning continental restaurant to have a most civilized dinner without kids.
The Four Seasons Las Vegas
I love the Four Seasons Las Vegas for its exceptionally sophisticated and serene experience to contrast the mayhem that we associate with Las Vegas strip resorts. But all of the classic Las Vegas experiences are reachable through a doorway which takes guests to the Mandalay Bay resort complex.
The views of the mountains or the strip from the high floors of the Four Seasons are beautiful in every direction, and guests can ask for upgrades for suites at check in.
The Four Seasons pool is quiet and calm with five-star service for a lazy day of fish tacos and mojitos in a lounger built for two. My husband and I enjoyed mani-pedis in their new nail bar, and the food was spectacular, especially the house specialty pasta cooked in a mason jar with seafood.
The Langham Chicago
I love Langham properties for their club level experience, and the Langham Chicago is one of the most memorable club lounges I visited for its sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and elegant midcentury furniture mixed with modern fireplaces.
Michigan Lake and river views are always better when munching on Nutella cupcakes while sipping champagne.
The suites have touches of the Langham’s signature pink throughout including your own pink hardcover copy of Alice in Wonderland in the nightstand, but the bathrooms are the most noteworthy suite features.
The Chuan Spa offers Traditional Chinese Medicine inspired treatments, and the indoor pool offers a ceiling of twinkling lights. If your are not feeling like being healthy, the lobby lounge is known for sinful concoctions with ice cream and alcohol.