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50 Most Romantic Places, 2005

Evason Hideaway at Ana Mandara
On verdant hills that seem to tumble down to the sea, 54 thatched-roof villas face Ninh Van Bay's natural rock formations, which stand like sentries in the distance. Competing with the serenity of the view is the Six Senses Spa, where holistic remedies and tai chi classes are performed beside the rhythmic sea. T+L TIP Escape to Dam Tre Island's secluded beach, 30 minutes away by speedboat, for an amorous day trip.
DOUBLES FROM $400; 84-58/829-829; www.sixsenses.com

Wildflower Hall
Built at the base of the Himalayas, Wildflower Hall was the former residence of Lord Kitchener, commander of the British Army. His adventurer's spirit can still be felt: after spending a day horseback riding through apple orchards and nearby villages, guests head to the Spa Pavilion to loosen up with the Spirit of Ayurveda (more than three hours of Indian pampering with herbal oils) on side-by-side massage tables. T+L TIP Sign up for the Romancing the Himalayas package and its three-hour spa session.
DOUBLES FROM $275; 800/562-3764; www.oberoihotels.com

Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa
Go local while getting a royal rubdown—all treatments at the Moorea Pearl Resort's new 17,373-square-foot holistic spa use natural oils rich in Tahitian botanicals. When you're not being slathered with umuheioil (a Tahitian love potion) from the Marquesas, you can spend time reconnecting in your over-water bungalow or tracing the shoreline as the sun sinks. T+L TIP The Manea Manea treatment for two combines the best of the spa's therapies: a steam bath, body scrub, moisturizing wrap, full-body massage, and facial.
DOUBLES FROM $270; 68-9/55-17-50; www.pearlresorts.com


International Expeditions transports nature-loving lovers not only to the Galápagos Islands—where they can snorkel in a submerged volcanic cone filled with sea lions—but also to another decade. Itsnewly christened Evolution is modeled after European steamers of the twenties, but with a few amenities (such as a sundeck-surrounded pool) thrown in for 21st-century comfort. Although its cabins are spacious, this love boat is designed for just 32 guests. T+L TIP With a naturalist guide in tow, take out a glass-bottomed kayak to watch turtles and manta rays.
10-DAY CRUISE FROM $3,848 PER PERSON, DOUBLE; 800/633-4734; www.ietravel.com

Frederic Chopin
After touring the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of Poland's inland, the two of you can indulge in six meals a day or settle into a chair on the teakwood sundeck. Wrapped up in a blanket, you can silently watch the ancient forests of the Oder River Valley as you float by on your way to the Baltic. T+L TIP Take a horse-drawn carriage through the rolling hills and fishing villages of the Isle of Hiddensee, off the German Baltic coast.
13-DAY CRUISE TOUR FROM $4,280 PER PERSON, DOUBLE; 800/348-8287; www.deilmann-cruises.com

Tu Moana and Ti'a Moana
Why sleep in a thatched-roof hut when you can float from island to island in Bora Bora Cruises' design-driven super-yachts?These 226-foot-long sailboats house just 30 cabins each, with interiors decked out in richly grained hardwood and decidedly un-cruiselike touches (Philippe Starck bathroom fixtures, Sharp Aquos flat-screen plasma TV's). T+L TIP Dine on executive chef Jean-Michel Braesch's island-influenced French dishes at either boat's Ra'a restaurant.
SEVEN-DAY CRUISES FROM $10,123, DOUBLE; 800/780 4014; www.boraboracruises.com


The 19-room Drake Hotel combines urban elegance with a dose of the avant-garde. Check out the cityscape from the wooden rooftop, Sky Yard, which becomes an ice bar and starlit movie theater in winter; the hotel provides overstuffed parkas and hot toddies so you can keep warm while you watch. T+L TIP The Drake's Pleasure Menu takes room service to the next level; frisky guests can discreetly order massage oils, how-to videos, and other intimacy kits.
DOUBLES FROM $159; 1150 QUEEN ST. W.; 416/531-5042; www.thedrakehotel.ca

New York City
In winter, the city sparkles beneath crystal-blue skies, and the cold air draws only the toughest outdoors. High above Fifth Avenue, Boudoir Suites in the landmark Pierre hotel have panoramic vantages of snow-dusted Central Park. T+L TIP If you hold your wedding at the Pierre—with up to 200 of your closest friends—the hotel will present you with a seven-night honeymoon at any Four Seasons resort.
DOUBLES FROM $595; 2 E. 61ST ST.; 800/743-7734; www.fourseasons.com/pierre

South Beach, Miami
Just when you thought this city couldn't get any steamier, another style-driven hotel opens its doors. Right next to Gianni Versace's former mansion, the L. Murray Dixon-built Hotel Victor has been restored in high sybaritic fashion by celebrated French designer Jacques Garcia. T+L TIP Those dramatic guest rooms are lovely places to linger, with ebony-lacquered furniture and large soaking tubs tucked behind diaphanous draperies.
DOUBLES FROM $475; 1144 OCEAN DR.; 800/720-0051 OR 305/428-1234; www.hotelvictorsouthbeach.com

Australian chef Christine Manfield's Asian-fusion restaurant, East@West, is the talk of the town, but only those in the know are aware of the three-room West Street Hotel that takes up the two floors above. Each suite is individually designed: the White Room is all Carrara marble, the top-floor Loft Room is decked out with oak floors, slate-and-glass walls, and chocolate-brown leather furnishings. You're in the heart of Covent Garden, but it feels as private as a monastery.
DOUBLES FROM $200; 13-15 WEST ST.; 44-207/010-8700 www.egami.co.uk

Make a wish on the five-minute twinkle of the Eiffel Tower (on the hour), and wander through the side streets off the Boulevard St.-Germain, where the haute, hot, and highbrow intersect. T+L TIP Splurge on a night in the über-luxurious Suite Duc de Crillon at the Hôtel de Crillon, just off the Champs Élysées.
DOUBLES FROM $650; PLACE DE LA CONCORDE; 33-1/44-71-15-00; www.crillon.com


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