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10 Romantic Destinations With Hot New Hotels

1. County Limerick, Ireland
10 Romantic Destinations With Hot New Hotels
Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for a romantic getaway, but you don’t need a Hallmark holiday to run away with your loved one. Whether your idea of romance includes soothing spa treatments, potent cocktails, sublime rooms, or heart-pumping adventures, these 10 dreamy destinations—all with new hotels—are built for intimacy. From Big Sur to Barbados, here’s where to escape with your main squeeze.
By Erika Hueneke
Courtesy of Adare Manor
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    1. County Limerick, Ireland
    1. County Limerick, Ireland
    Live like nobility at Adare Manor, a 19th-century Gothic Revival estate that reopened November 2017 after a two-year restoration and expansion. New additions include a spa, a golf course, and 42 sumptuous bedrooms worthy of Lord Grantham and Lady Cora. Daydream about your own grand plans while wandering arm in arm through the 840-acre grounds, which encompass walled gardens, medieval ruins, and mystical woodland paths.
    Courtesy of Adare Manor
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    2. Miami, Florida
    2. Miami, Florida
    Famous for turning up the heat, Miami has been a magnet for see-and-be-seen couples for decades. A 1930s classic was reborn when Four Seasons at The Surf Club, Surfside debuted in March 2017. Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and Tennessee Williams once caroused at this glam retreat; now socialites sip strawberry-habanero margaritas by the pool, get pampered side by side in spa cabanas, and feed each other pasta al pomodoro at Le Sirenuse Miami Restaurant, a sexy art deco take on the original Michelin-starred restaurant in Positano, Italy.
    Courtesy of Four Seasons
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    3. St. Kitts
    3. St. Kitts
    St. Kitts’s Scenic Railway, 18th-century sugar mills, and frisky green vervet monkeys are the same charms they’ve always been. When it comes to the resort scene, however, there’s a new game in town—Park Hyatt St. Kitts, launched November 2017 as the island’s first-ever international luxury resort. All 126 rooms and suites extend rousing views of the turquoise Caribbean, and the atmospheric Stone Barn restaurant is completely kid-free. Get experimental with a Vasudhara spa experience at the Caribbean’s first Miraval Life in Balance Spa; the service includes an immersive water treatment, followed by a blindfolded multicourse tasting menu for two.
    Courtesy of Park Hyatt
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    4. Langkawi, Malaysia
    4. Langkawi, Malaysia
    At The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, opened September 2017, the only dilemma is where to steal away. Your villa’s private pool, tucked into the rain forest? A table for two on the beach? A cocoon-shaped spa pavilion hovering over the Andaman Sea? Better stay a few days so you don’t have to choose. If you can rip yourselves away from all of the above, elevate your heart rates on a guided walk through an ancient jungle, then get woozy at a nearby night market thrumming with sounds, sights, and smells.
    Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton
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    5. Big Sur, California
    5. Big Sur, California
    Winter storms severely damaged Big Sur’s gorgeous Highway 1, but happily, with the October 2017 reopening of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, Big Sur is back—and with it, fully redone Ventana Big Sur. Find your zen together with meditation, photography hikes, and watercolor painting. Then free your bodies at the clothing-optional Mountain Pool. Lavish rooms are equipped with snuggle-inducing amenities, such as soaking tubs and wood-burning fireplaces. Or get close to each other and nature in one of the hotel’s new Redwood Canyon Glampsites.
    Courtesy of Ventana Big Sur
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    6. Mexican Caribbean
    6. Mexican Caribbean
    Adults-only—check. Quality all-inclusive food and drinks—check. Sleek pool with unicorn floaty—check. UNICO 20˚87˚ premiered March 2017, turning the all-inclusive concept on its head. In addition to food, beverages, and a bespoke minibar, inclusions cover select spa treatments and off-campus excursions, as well as pop-up programming (think mezcal tastings, beer gardens, and traditional performers). Tip: Ask your personal anfitrión (host) to draw a bath in your room’s outdoor double-hydro spa tub.
    Courtesy of UNICO 20˚87˚
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    7. Barbados
    7. Barbados
    Port Ferdinand, on the “Barbados Riviera,” has been pampering guests since it opened in 2015. Two years later, the luxury resort and marina is back in the news, thanks to the winter 2017 addition of a Nikki Beach Club. With a swim-up bar, oversized daybeds, spinning DJs, and flowing mojitos, PDA is bound to happen. Back at the resort, nightly turndown service is the icing on the guest-room cake: a 2,000-square-foot villa with a full kitchen, living space, and separate bedroom.
    Courtesy of Port Ferdinand Barbados
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    8. Oahu, Hawaii
    8. Oahu, Hawaii
    Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, opened December 2017, knows a thing or two about setting the mood. Its Swell Pool & Bar, perched five stories above Waikiki Beach, has mastered the art of ambience, combining intimate fire pits and glowing lanterns with tiered daybeds, live music, and tangy mai tais. Plus, two restaurants from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto are coming to the resort this spring. Talk to the concierge about heart-racing adventures, from surfing to hiking up nearby Diamond Head crater.
    Courtesy of Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
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    9. Guilin, China
    9. Guilin, China
    With its “gumdrop” mountains and stunning Li River, Guilin has been considered China’s most beautiful city for a thousand years. Check a major item off your bucket list while basking in luxury at Alila Yangshuo, introduced October 2017 in a historic sugar mill. Here, sweethearts get a literal taste of romance: Sugar-spinning classes offer the chance to make your own treats; Balinese massages incorporate local black sugar; and couples can toast their love with more than 80 types of rum at the hotel’s stylish 1969 bar.
    Courtesy of Alila Yangshuo
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    10. Newport, Rhode Island
    10. Newport, Rhode Island
    A stroll along the Cliff Walk, with its scenic shoreline and gilded-age mansions, is a romantic staple in Newport. Now the area also has a full-service resort to tempt twosomes. Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina premiered summer 2017 with 257 rooms and Scarpetta restaurant, a transplant from New York City. With arrivals by boat or Porsche—plus 11 cozy fire pits overlooking the Newport bridge—getaways practically plan themselves. End the day with live music at the Pineapple Club pool deck, followed by a sultry soak in your guest room’s jet-stream tub.
    Courtesy of Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina
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