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50 Romantic Retreats

Pucic Palace, DUBROVNIK The 19th-century palazzo is the city's newest hotel—and the only one within the old walls. Pull yourself away from the generously decorated guest rooms, with their European antiques, parquet floors, and Italian mosaic bathrooms, to explore surrounding neighborhoods and coves in the hotel's own yacht (picnic provided). The whitewashed, medieval buildings and cobblestoned lanes might just put you in the mood to pop the question—in which case, you can say "I do" in the hotel's tiny chapel.
Doubles from $145, including breakfast; 1 Ulica od Puca; 385-20/324-111; www.thepucicpalace.com

Red Capital Residence, BEIJING Think of the campy Red Capital Residence, a five-room lodge in a Ch'ing-era courtyard in the city center, as a boutique inn with a Communist-kitsch theme. Furniture favored by Mao fits out the Chairman's Suite, which comes with his provocative Little Red Book at the bedside. In the underground bar, a converted bomb shelter, women in Red Army gear serve Lin Biao's Crashes (blue curaçao, vodka, and mao-tai—a potent Chinese liquor). Cold War role-playing was never so sexy.
Doubles from $150; 9 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng District; 86-10/6402-7150; www.redcapitalclub.com.cn

Ritz-Carlton, BOSTON The $50 million renovation is complete, and faithful visitors to Beantown have their grande dame back. No wonder they missed her: the Public Gardens are visible from most rooms, and tony Newbury Street is right next door. Guests indulge in tubs drawn by bath butlers and logs lit by a fireplace butler (the first of his kind anywhere). Dinners are presented in the restored 1927 Dining Room, beneath cobalt-blue chandeliers.
Doubles from $375; 15 Arlington St.; 800/241-3333 or 617/536-5700; www.ritzcarlton.com

Royal Palms Resort & Spa, PHOENIX Love is big business at Phoenix's favorite Spanish colonial-style hotel—so big, in fact, that it requires a professional's help. Enter Paul Xanthopoulos, a self-proclaimed descendant of Eros and on-staff director of romance. His credits include more than 200 engagement proposals, 1,000 anniversary parties, and numerous acts of encouragement. Have him arrange a dinner table in a private garden, or a path of rose petals leading to a couples' treatment room in the new spa.
Doubles from $375; 5200 E. Camelback Rd.; 800/672-6011 or 602/840-3610; www.royalpalmshotel.com

Solar do Castelo, LISBON Maybe it's the privileged location within the walls of St. George's Castle, with its stunning views of historic Lisbon. Or it could be its small scale: just 14 rooms (couples usually have the garden courtyard or salon to themselves). Whatever the reason, the 10-month-old Solar is a prime spot for couples to hide away when they're not exploring the maze of alleyways in nearby Alfama or swaying to the echoes of fado in the streets.
Doubles from $165; 2 Rua das Cozinhas; 351-21/887-0909; www.heritage.pt

country living
Leave town for the manor houses, tiny inns, and emerald lawns of the provinces, where nobody knows your name

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, ITALY Lovers like to retreat to the bedchamber in the octagonal tower of this ornate 20-room villa, on the shores of Lake Garda, which opened its doors in 2001. Though the tower's porthole windows, pink frescoes, and Frette linens are hard to leave, even the most besotted are lured away by croquet and tea on the lawn or a picnic for two in the property's wood-paneled boat. At night, order dinner in the "smoking" room (a.k.a. Bob's Bar), with its plush rose upholstery, bowls of apples, and help-yourself drinks.
Doubles from $700; 38-40 Via Rimembranze, Brescia; 39-0365/798-000; www.villafeltrinelli.com

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