Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

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No. 20 (tie) Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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The candlelit tables of the award-winning Cocina del Mar hover on a stone precipice above the crashing surf. Staff ferry indulgent plates from the restaurant’s tasting menu: short-rib cannelloni and Baja lobster tail followed by parrot fish in lime butter or lamb loin beside a sweet potato macaroon. Each Thursday, fireworks light up the balmy night as a strolling quintet croons. Esperanza’s poolside amenities are equally fabulous, from hand and foot massages to fresh fruit skewers and spritzers. Villa-like rooms sprawl from 925 square feet and up and have thoughtful extras like hammocks, personal concierges, and deep-soak tubs. Many also have terraces with infinity-edge hot tubs. It’s easy to see why celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Leonardo DiCaprio flock to this cliff-side Cabo retreat.

World’s Most Romantic Hotels

No. 20 (tie) Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The candlelit tables of the award-winning Cocina del Mar hover on a stone precipice above the crashing surf. Staff ferry indulgent plates from the restaurant’s tasting menu: short-rib cannelloni and Baja lobster tail followed by parrot fish in lime butter or lamb loin beside a sweet potato macaroon. Each Thursday, fireworks light up the balmy night as a strolling quintet croons. Esperanza’s poolside amenities are equally fabulous, from hand and foot massages to fresh fruit skewers and spritzers. Villa-like rooms sprawl from 925 square feet and up and have thoughtful extras like hammocks, personal concierges, and deep-soak tubs. Many also have terraces with infinity-edge hot tubs. It’s easy to see why celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Leonardo DiCaprio flock to this cliff-side Cabo retreat.

Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

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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