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50 Most Romantic Places, 2005

Rome
Inspired by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn (both of whom honeymooned here), the Hassler Hotel has introduced a Marriage Proposal package. Couples are picked up from the airport in a vintage Rolls-Royce, greeted in their suite with a bottle of champagne, then whisked around the city on a twilight carriage ride. T+L TIP Upon arrival, the would-be question popper can meet with the Marriage Manager, who's devoted to coordinating the perfect proposal—and knows how to keep a secret.
DOUBLES FROM $1,675; 6 PIAZZA TRINITA DEI MONTI 39-6/699 340; www.hotelhassler.com

Zürich
The 142-room glass-and-steel Park Hyatt Zürich is just steps from steepled churches, centuries-old guildhalls, and glistening Lake Zürich. When the two of you tire of exploring the quiet cobbled alleys and leafy squares in the winding Old Town, retire to the hotel's sexy, backlit bar, Onyx. T+L TIP Visit Zuri-West, the city's onetime industrial quarter, fresh from a Berlin-like makeover.
DOUBLES FROM $394; 21 BEETHOVEN-STRASSE; 41-43/883-1234; www.zurich.park.hyatt.com

Marrakesh
With the opening of British hotelier Jonathan Wix's Riad Farnatchi, Marrakesh is paying homage to the glamour of its ancient past. Guests enter the three 450-year-old riads to find five suites with Egyptian-cotton sheets and personal djellabas. T+L TIP If you want to return at midnight to a room covered in fresh roses, or a belly dancer writhing to your favorite song, manager Lynn Perez can arrange it.
DOUBLES FROM $320; RUE SOUK EL FASSIS QUA'AT BEN AHID; 212-44/384-910; www.riadfarnatchi.com

EXOTIC CASTAWAYS

Capella Lodge
LORD HOWE ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
The maximum number of visitors to this World Heritage-listed island, two hours from Sydney, is 400, and there are few places besides Capella to stay. Around the recently rebuilt nine-suite lodge, walking paths meander through a virgin rain forest, where the songs of rare native birds fill the air. Brilliantly colored fish practically swim past your front door, and a treatment at the Aboriginal-inspired spa is the only way to end the day. T+L TIP Stretch out on the open-air deck of Gower's Terrace and sip a mango-lime-coconut daiquiri while planning your next adventure.
DOUBLES FROM $400; 61-2/9918-4355; www.lordhowe.com

Losari Coffee Plantation Resort & Spa
INDONESIA
In the temple-covered hills of central Java, surrounded by eight spectacular volcanoes, a 1920's Dutch Colonial coffee plantation has been lovingly converted into a boutique hotel by Italian-born Gabriella Teggia. Its 18 thatched-roof villas have teak four-poster beds, sunken marble tubs, and private verandas. Organic meals at the poolside restaurant complement the hammam, yoga classes, and spa treatments. T+L TIP Ask the concierge to book you a ride on the vintage 1902 cogwheel steam train that runs through coffee fields and Javanese villages.
DOUBLES FROM $250; 62-298/596-333; www.losaricoffeeplantation.com

Dugong Beach Lodge
MOZAMBIQUE
Set on a sheltered white-sand peninsula, the latest eco-resort to open on the Mozambique coast has just 10 chalets. But there's still plenty of action: manta rays, leatherback turtles, and the eponymous dugong (an endangered mammal that's something like an elephant seal) frequently share the open Indian Ocean with guests. Scuba dive, deep-sea fish, or kayak, or sit by the pool, staring out at the flocks of pink flamingos.T+L TIP Request a table under the gazebo at the end of one of the jetties and order the Portuguese-style peri-peri prawns.
DOUBLES FROM $500, INCLUDING MEALS; 258-82/306-488; www.dugonglodge.co.za

Al Moudira
LUXOR, EGYPT
Live like royalty just a few miles south of the Valley of the Queens. Every detail of the newly constructed Al Moudira is salvaged from the corners of Egypt, and the 54 guest rooms reflect their landscape: stained glass lines the ceilings, frescoes and latticework adorn the arched walls, and the enclosed garden is fragrant with henna and jasmine. T+L TIP Try to secure the Pharaonic Room, with furniture and paintings inspired by pharaonic art.
DOUBLES FROM $215; 20-12/325-1307; www.moudira.com

Casas Rapa-nui
EASTER ISLAND
Adventure-loving romantics can trek around the volcanoes, dive among the reefs, and examine the moai—those giant basalt statues—up close, all with Explora's multilingual guides, then spend the night in a nine-bedroom outpost equipped with an expansive terrace and (for better or worse) the latest technology to keep them plugged in. T+L TIP Ask the Explora team to pack you a basket of snacks and pisco sours for a sunset happy hour beside the five moai at Ahu Tahi.
THREE NIGHTS FROM $1,230, DOUBLE; 56-2/206-6060; www.explora.com

SECRET VILLAGES

Sare
FRANCE
The quintessential Basque village (with timbered houses and an open-air court for playing pelota) lies tucked in the foothills of the Pyrenees. There, you canhide away in the restored farmhouse at Olhabidea Chambre d'Hôte.
DOUBLES FROM $80; RTE. DE ST-PÉE-SUR-NIVELLE; 33-5/59-54-21-85

Sandhamn
SWEDEN
From central Stockholm it's a two-hour ferry ride to the island of Sandhamn, in the overlooked Swedish archipelago. There's an abundance of beaches, red-painted cottages, and paths that wind through pine forests. Book one of the 17 rooms in the Sands Hotell, where old-world details (cast-iron radiators, worn wooden floors) are juxtaposed with modern luxuries.
DOUBLES FROM $243; 46-8/5715-3020; www.sandshotell.se

Snaefell Peninsula
ICELAND
At this seaside spot, flanked by an extinct volcano, a glacier, and a boulder-strewn lava field, only two buildings stand beside the water: a 19th-century church and the Hotel Budir, a 28-room property with two bright, white wings joined by a gleaming wood-and-glass structure that surprisingly fits in with the scenery. The hotel's restaurant pioneered modern Icelandic cuisine; be brave and try the stingray in Cognac sauce or reindeer with pears.
DOUBLES FROM $220; 35-4/435-6700; www.budir.is

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