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All you need is love—these swoon-worthy hotels take care of the rest.

No. 12 St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico

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Relationships call for compromise, but the amenity-stocked St. Regis Punta Mita requires few. Set 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta on one of Mexico’s great surf beaches, the St. Regis has the lock on barefoot luxury—hammocks strung between palm trees on a pristine curve of sand—while also offering the sense of occasion of a European vacation, from nightly champagne sabering to impeccable butler service (a morning wake-up with silver service coffee and madeleines, your suitcase packed to go home with clothes wrapped in delicate tissue paper). Rooms split the difference as well, with relaxed indoor-outdoor layouts alongside swank materials (marble, onyx, and antique mirrored trays). Also on offer: three infinity pools, two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, and a spa.

World’s Most Romantic Hotels

No. 12 St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico

Relationships call for compromise, but the amenity-stocked St. Regis Punta Mita requires few. Set 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta on one of Mexico’s great surf beaches, the St. Regis has the lock on barefoot luxury—hammocks strung between palm trees on a pristine curve of sand—while also offering the sense of occasion of a European vacation, from nightly champagne sabering to impeccable butler service (a morning wake-up with silver service coffee and madeleines, your suitcase packed to go home with clothes wrapped in delicate tissue paper). Rooms split the difference as well, with relaxed indoor-outdoor layouts alongside swank materials (marble, onyx, and antique mirrored trays). Also on offer: three infinity pools, two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, and a spa.

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World’s Most Romantic Hotels

A good hotel, much like a good relationship, has that perfect alchemy of comfort and excitement, intrigue and indulgence. The trick is in finding your match.

Fancy a heart-pounding hike followed by a hot mud bath? California’s Calistoga Ranch may be your hotel soul mate. If frozen margaritas in a beachfront hammock are more your thing, we’d like to set you up with the Four Seasons Punta Mita in Mexico. Virginia’s Inn at Little Washington, meanwhile, sets the mood nightly with its award-winning tasting menus and wine pairings.

These are a few of the top-ranking hotels for romance, as chosen by Travel + Leisure readers in our annual World’s Best Awards survey. No. 1 on the list: Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn, where rooms appear to float above the forest floor and alfresco hot pools seem to flow into the wild Pacific. Other hotels that seduced readers provide over-the-top pampering. At Tuscany’s Castello di Casole, for instance, couples get massages in a former wine cellar and cozy up for classic films beneath the stars at an on-site amphitheater.

Italy, not surprisingly, has a strong showing, as do Hawaii, California, and Mexico, with their irresistibly simple pleasures of sun, sand, and frozen drinks. Yet T+L readers also fell for hotels in some less-expected destinations like Tennessee—where the rambling Blackberry Farm delivers candlelit barn dinners and breakfast in bed—and Budapest, where you can channel Art Nouveau glamour at a gorgeously restored property on the Danube.

And there’s no need to commit to just one enchanting hotel, so go ahead and indulge your wanderlust this winter with your favorite travel companion. These hotels are heating things up.

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