January Romance Guide

Bare Feet
KICK BACK: Blur reality into a tropical horizon by taking one of these ten warm- or cold-weather romantic retreats (PhotoDisc)

El Monte Sagrado in Taos, NM
In tiny Taos, where skiing soars and culture is counter, El Monte Sagrado (505.758.3502; 800.828.8267) gives pause to those who think that going green means going without. This world–class eco resort offers sublime dining on cuisine from around the world and luxurious sleeping in rooms styled to reflect décor from Argentina to Morocco to China. It's a quixotic world that will wrap you in a gentle and rarified cocoon.

Full Moon Snowshoeing in Waitsfield, VT
Crunching through new fallen snow under a full moon in rural Vermont doesn't get more dreamy. Unless you start out from the top–notch Inn at the Round Barn Farm (802.496.2276), with down–covered beds, heated lap pool, and sleigh rides. Book a private snowshoe guided tour that terminates at a candlelit cabin, where dinner awaits next to a fieldstone fireplace.

Hôtel de Glace, Quebec City, Canada
Take the chill off your relationship by staying overnight in an artistic freezer (of sorts). Not simply a modern–day igloo, the Hôtel de Glace's (418.875.4522; 877.505.0423) themed suites glow by candlelight (or fireplace) and feature carved ice beds, cocktails served in ice glasses, and access to the hot tubs and saunas in case you need a respite from the cold. Arctic sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets are included—as is a reservation at nearby Auberge Duchesnay Hotel, just in case.

Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, CO
At the Sonnenalp Resort (866.284.4411), shush down the slopes to a Bavarian–style lodge in the heart of Vail village with indulgent service, an over–the–top breakfast buffet, and killer massages. Reserve a suite overlooking Gore Creek, snuggle in for the evening with room service, and satisfy every craving. Or take a sleigh ride, then curl up with a good book in the library, and soak in the pool.

Hotel Villa Rolandi in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico
The Hotel Villa Rolandi (+52.998.999.2000) could be perched on the precipice of your imagination. It's certainly at water's edge! The 20 Mediterranean–style suites feature private oceanfront balconies with Jacuzzis and marble bathrooms. Drag yourself from thepanoramic bar or from under your palapa umbrella to cruise aboard their private yacht. Then dine on northern Italian dishes with a Swiss touch and a side helping of Mayan hospitality.

Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, CA
Plenty of Palm Springs mega resorts knock you over with bold panache, but Korakia Pensione (760.864.6411) sneaks up and burrows into your DNA. Moroccan–inspired, with whitewashed walls and earthy accents, Korakia is sensual, intimate, and hip. Book a poolside bungalow or garden suite. Long after departing, the élan will soothe your harried senses.

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in the Phoenix/Scottsdale Area, AZ
Steamy retreats are ritualized at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa (480.948.2100; 800.245.2051). Book the stone–walled private Sanctum or the couple's suite for the day, and indulge in treatments like a wild lime blossom full body massage or table Thai massage. The weather up north might be frightful, but your spirit and flesh will feel oh–so–delightful.

South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, FL
Powdered-sugar sand surrounds Captiva and Sanibel islands, but no more so than at South Seas Island Resort (866.565.5089), located at the tip of exclusive and remote Captiva. Book a private house, beach villa, or harborside guestroom and stay put. Hang out on aptly–named Sunset Beach, book a yacht, go bicycling at dusk, or linger on the beach after dark.

La Samanna in Saint Martin, French West Indies
Pop the bubbly or pop the question? The first may turn into the second at the pampering La Samanna (+590.590.87.64.00; 800.854.2252). This perennially perfect and romantic refuge is breezy, private, and luxe. They offer weeklong escape packages that include couples' massages, champagne, exclusive use of the Beach Cabanas, and daily breakfast. Book the suite and little amenities start adding up.


Published: 5 Jan 2007 | Last Updated: 30 Jul 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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