Auberge du Soleil

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No. 8 (tie) Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, CA

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As its name would suggest, this wine-country retreat knows the magic of good lighting, whether it’s the Napa sun on your skin as you recline poolside in a gauze-draped chaise or the soft glow of the fire in the Michelin-starred restaurant that put this spot on the map. It’s a Provençal-inspired property spread over acres of gardens and olive groves and one that lavishes couples with thoughtful details. Start a bottle of the good stuff over dinner? The remainder will be delivered to your room with glasses. French doors open onto patios where your morning coffee is served. And staff set the scene for romance in the bathrooms with candles, bath oils, and skylit tubs. Splurge on a couples spa treatment in a suite with its own hot tub, fireplace, and garden, after which you can wander from hot to cold soaking pools, sauna to steam room.

World’s Most Romantic Hotels

No. 8 (tie) Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, CA

As its name would suggest, this wine-country retreat knows the magic of good lighting, whether it’s the Napa sun on your skin as you recline poolside in a gauze-draped chaise or the soft glow of the fire in the Michelin-starred restaurant that put this spot on the map. It’s a Provençal-inspired property spread over acres of gardens and olive groves and one that lavishes couples with thoughtful details. Start a bottle of the good stuff over dinner? The remainder will be delivered to your room with glasses. French doors open onto patios where your morning coffee is served. And staff set the scene for romance in the bathrooms with candles, bath oils, and skylit tubs. Splurge on a couples spa treatment in a suite with its own hot tub, fireplace, and garden, after which you can wander from hot to cold soaking pools, sauna to steam room.

Auberge du Soleil

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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