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Amangiri - Canyon Point, UT
The Scene: If you equate romance with utter isolation, then you'll love Amangiri in southern Utah -- a retreat seamlessly woven into the natural landscape to preserve harmony with the elements. All the pieces fit snugly into Mother Nature's scheme here. Gaze out at the iridescent, stratified rock formations that make up the Grand Staircase of Escalante National Monument, as you wade in the horseshoe-shaped pool. Snuggle up to one of the discreet fireplaces on the property, ready to ignite romance. Or book some floatation therapy in the 25,000-square-foot, Navajo-inspired spa with its sky-lit reflection pool. Prices start around $1,000 per night. Probably well worth it.
Little Palm Island Resort - Little Torch Key, FL
The Scene: Given that you can only get to this little slice of paradise by seaplane or boat, it's safe to say you're "off the grid" when you're at Little Palm Island Resort. With its beach-side dining, thatched roof bungalows, and bonfires leading to "revelry known to wake the birds just before sunrise," Little Palm Island Resort is one-of-a-kind in that it's the embodiment of the "Wish You Were Here" postcard. For amateur Cyrano de Bergerac's, they also have a romantic turndown service (lower picture) that can include anything from rose petals to chocolate fondue to a chilled bottle of Perrier-Jouet. Let the his-and-her bonding begin.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort - Coronado, CA
The Scene: You won't find a hotel that puts you closer to the water than Loews Coronado Bay Resort. That's because the hotel -- located on Coronado Island (actually an isthmus) -- is virtually encircled by the wet stuff. Most of the rooms have water views and the suites that line the perimeter have private balconies that virtually hover over the water.
Upping the romantic quotient is the on-site modern French restaurant called Mistral and the fact that they offer a couple's massage spa service aboard an authentic Venetian gondola that ends with chocolate-covered strawberries. 'Nuff said.
Post Ranch Inn - Big Sur, CA
The Scene: Serenity. Exclusiveness. Altitude. These are all words that shoot through the brain while your pulse lowers at Post Ranch Inn. Atop dramatic coastal bluffs in Big Sur, Calif., couples have long nurtured loving bonds here thanks to the cozy treehouse accommodations, spectacular views and spa treatments such as a two-hour Couple's Shamanic Session. Nighttime activities such as stargazing also add an element of interstellar intrigue.
The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV
The Scene: Las Vegas might be the best impostor when it comes to imitating all things Euro-wow. That's where The Venetian comes in, an impressive hotel that reminds one of what the "Sinking City" could be -- if it were buoyed by billions in gambling funds. Despite the crowds, there is romance to be had. Either at their Canyon Ranch SpaClub or in premiere restaurants such as Piero Selvaggio Valentino or Thomas Keller's Bouchon. Or you can simply eschew the flight to Italy and enlist a private, two-passenger gondola ride ($75.80) with your lovey dovey alongside the famous Grand Canal (Shoppes). You know what they say, "when in Rome ..."
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