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Canoe Bay, Wisconsin
The seven rooms and 11 cottages have all the necessities to thaw out chilly spots in a relationship: fireplaces, down comforters, and whirlpool tubs, plus lake-view decks (in case things get a little too hot). The new Lakeside Cottage has the same Frank Lloyd Wright—inspired look as the others, but the custom-made emperor bed is six square feet larger than a king—enough room to fight and make up without ever leaving the covers. 28 Rte. 8, Chetek, Wis.; 800/568-1995 or 715/924-4594; www.canoebay.com; doubles from $285.
Willows Lodge, Washington
Rooms are subtly done in salvaged timber and antique slate, and outfitted with Frette linens, fireplaces, and giant Jacuzzis for two. The Burke Gilman Trail beckons cyclists to feel the wind in their hair. A full-service spa offers lengthy massages. And dinner in the nearby Herbfarm restaurant comes in nine courses with wines to match. Simply put, a weekend here is the height of hedonism. 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, Wash.; 877/424-3930 or 425/424-3900; doubles from $220.
King Pacific Lodge, British Columbia
Anchored on Princess Royal Island, hundreds of miles from any other civilization, the floating King Pacific Lodge is as romantic as the wilderness gets. Take a picnic for two—by helicopter—to a deserted beach or an untouched mountaintop. Then go on a night cruise in Barnard Harbour by the light of the sea's neon phosphorescence. Princess Royal Island, B.C.; 888/592-5464 or 604/987-5452; packages from $4,200, double, for three nights, including meals and transfers. Reopens in May.
Eagles Nest, New Zealand
Overlooking New Zealand's sparkling Bay of Islands, the four villas on 70 acres of native bush are designed for privacy, comfort, and maximum exposure to New Zealand's heralded wildlife. The First Light Temple villa, constructed with plenty of granite, steel, native timber, and glass, has bifold walls that expand the living room out to the deck, an outdoor fireplace, and a view of miles of sapphire Pacific Ocean. 60 Tapeka Rd., Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand; 64-9/403-8333; www.eaglesnest.co.nz; doubles from $355.