Luxury hotels can invest millions in design, training, building, and branding. They can cultivate beautiful architecture, flawless service, comfortable rooms, and a distinctive point of view. And hats off to that. But all the focus groups and industry consultants in the world can't endow the bricks and mortar with romance.
Sure, a hotel can have rustic wood-burning fireplaces in bedrooms, flickering lanterns in courtyards, and night-blooming jasmine in gardens. But so much of what makes a hotel romantic is impossible to quantify. Either it's there-in a hotel's DNA-or it's not.
And really, you want it to be there. In spades. Whether it's Valentine's Day or any day, so many vacations are motivated by romance: honeymoons, anniversaries, proposals, rekindlings-celebrating what you have or working for what you hope to get. The pulse should quicken, the imagination flower. Even for guests visiting alone, as I was at most of the hotels in the slideshow (in some cases as a guest of the hotel), they exude seductiveness in a way that's impossible not to find intoxicating.
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