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No. 13 (tie) Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort, Bluffton, SC

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A stay at Palmetto Bluff is about slowing down, way down—so slow that they don’t allow cars on the grounds. Instead, the main modes of transport are cruiser bikes, golf carts, canoes, and horses. Spread across 20,000 acres of South Carolina marshland, this Lowcountry legend defines southern gentility with its cottages with vaulted ceilings, antique pine floors, and gracious verandas. Rent the antique Hinckley picnic boat to cruise up the May River for an oyster roast at Moreland Landing, which has a five-story, thatched-roof tree house. Or let someone else do the driving: hitch a sunset wine sail past the Bluffton Oyster Company and centuries-old oak trees draped in Spanish moss on The Grace, a 60-foot antique motor yacht named after society hostess Grace Vanderbilt.

World’s Most Romantic Hotels

No. 13 (tie) Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort, Bluffton, SC

A stay at Palmetto Bluff is about slowing down, way down—so slow that they don’t allow cars on the grounds. Instead, the main modes of transport are cruiser bikes, golf carts, canoes, and horses. Spread across 20,000 acres of South Carolina marshland, this Lowcountry legend defines southern gentility with its cottages with vaulted ceilings, antique pine floors, and gracious verandas. Rent the antique Hinckley picnic boat to cruise up the May River for an oyster roast at Moreland Landing, which has a five-story, thatched-roof tree house. Or let someone else do the driving: hitch a sunset wine sail past the Bluffton Oyster Company and centuries-old oak trees draped in Spanish moss on The Grace, a 60-foot antique motor yacht named after society hostess Grace Vanderbilt.

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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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