The World’s Most Romantic Hotels and Resorts

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Travel + Leisurereaders know what it takes for properties to win over couples and set the tone for a romantic escape. Certain touches are a given: ultra-personal service, luxurious accommodations, and — perhaps above all else — privacy. But the crop of standout properties that T+L readers voted as their Top 50 romantic hotels go beyond the basics with little extras and diverse amenities that indulge couples’ shared interests, whether that means warm-weather strolls on white-sand beaches, meditative spa treatments amid lush jungle forests, or exhilarating adventure sports. Every year for the World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value, with romance being an additional optional factor. Our readers voted for properties all around the world, but clearly have an affinity for warm-weather islands (St. Lucia, Bali, Hawaii), coastal California (Big Sur, Laguna Beach), and glamorous old-world Europe (Paris, Florence, St. Moritz). Our next class of World’s Best winners will be announced this summer, but for now, the 2019 survey is still open, and you can vote for your favorites until March 4.

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Ladera Resort — Soufrière, St. Lucia

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This island retreat stands out for its open-walled rooms — all the better for taking in panoramic vistas of the stunning Caribbean scenery — which still feel private, thanks to Ladera’s mountainside location.

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Cap Maison — Gros Islet, St. Lucia

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The all-inclusive 49-room, hacienda-style Cap Maison has a little something for every type of couple, whether you and your partner would prefer to hole up in the spa or join one of the boisterous street parties that light up the area on Friday nights.

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Belmond Castello di Casole — Casole d’Elsa, Italy

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Spread across 4,200 acres of Tuscan countryside, Belmond Castello di Casole centers around a 10th-century castle, carefully restored to highlight antique touches, including wood-beam ceilings and Etruscan artifacts found on-site. Among the more unique activities for outdoor enthusiasts: on-site truffle hunting.

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Amandari — Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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Though not far from Ubud’s city center, the luxe Amandari transports guests light years away from civilization with its perch on the hills above the Ayung River gorge. Suites mimic local village houses in their design and provide total seclusion for peace-seeking couples who want to enjoy traditional Balinese culture.

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Badrutt’s Palace Hotel — St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Seemingly plucked from a Swiss storybook, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has served as an epicenter for high-society gatherings since 1896. Jet-setting couples can capture the glamour for themselves through the hotel’s legendary afternoon tea and treatments at the renowned spa, which also houses an impressive pool with floor-to-ceiling windows that face the mountain scenery.

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Surf & Sand Resort — Laguna Beach, California

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The Mediterranean-leaning Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach captures the laid-back elegance for which the Orange County town is famed. The oceanfront pool and adjacency to Bluebird Beach make it popular among couples who want quick access to water sports.

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Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort — Calistoga, California

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Nature enthusiasts flock to this idyllic hideaway, where 50 rustic luxury cottages dot 157 acres filled with oak trees and trickling streams. Couples can find rejuvenation at Calistoga Ranch however they define it, whether that’s zip-lining through redwoods, biking through vineyards, or practicing alfresco yoga.

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The Setai — Miami Beach, Florida

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Towering 40-stories above South Beach, The Setai trades the area’s dominant style (flashy Art Deco) for a more subdued Asian-inspired aesthetic. The neighborhood’s famed nightlife is steps away, but couples can also opt to seek out lower-key energy in the property’s zenlike spa.

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The Ritz, Paris — Paris, France

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First opened in 1898, this grande dame typifies Parisian elegance — and not just because Coco Chanel once called it home. From the opulent Belle Époque decor in the rooms and common spaces to the iconic Hemingway Bar, the storied Ritz Paris wows couples who want an over-the-top getaway.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Paris — Paris, France

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Much of this property’s magic lies in its history and evolution: it was once the home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew. Now, fully restored to its original grandeur, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris houses 81 sumptuously decorated rooms and suites, many of which boast Eiffel Tower views or private balconies — sometimes both.

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Katikies Hotel — Santorini, Greece

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Between the cerulean waters of the Aegean Sea and the crisp white buildings that contain 27 rooms and suites, the five-star Katikies captures the quintessential atmosphere that draws so many couples to picture-perfect Oia.

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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort — Kaua’i, Hawaii

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On an island with mega-resorts aplenty, the vibrant 121-room Koa Kea provides a more intimate option and puts duos even closer to pristine beaches and waves.

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La Residence — Franschhoek, South Africa

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Refined rusticity abounds at this 11-suite boutique hotel. Located in the rolling Western Cape winelands, La Residence is well-positioned for exploring the area’s excellent restaurants and vineyards, making it an ideal choice for couples who share a love of world-class food and drink.

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The Oberoi, New Delhi — New Delhi, India

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One of the bustling city’s most storied properties, The Oberoi will impress couples who appreciate white-gloved service, sophisticated decor, and easy access to Delhi’s vibrant culture.

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Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita — Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Partners looking to focus on wellness will appreciate Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita’s holistic approach. Treatments at the award-winning spa go beyond the usual offerings with thalassotherapy (a form of aquatic therapy that relies on warm seawater, seaweed, and marine mud) and a temazcal ceremony (a local purifying ritual said to have detoxifying and regenerative benefits).

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Huka Lodge — Taupo, New Zealand

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Seventeen acres of immaculately landscaped gardens and the stunning Waikato River encourage relaxation from the moment couples arrive at Huka Lodge. Once settled, duos can immerse themselves in a broad range of activities, from horseback riding and hiking to white water rafting and bungee jumping.

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Southern Ocean Lodge — Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

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One of the most refined eco-retreats Down Under, Southern Ocean Lodge whisks guests away from civilization to put them amid the rugged Aussie landscape. While there, couples can experience a riot of wildlife, including koalas and the island’s namesake marsupials, through activities like self-guided walks or a private excursion to nearby Seal Bay.

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Post Ranch Inn — Big Sur, California

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Perched on cliffs that tower 1,200 feet over the Pacific Ocean, it’s no wonder the Post Ranch Inn has earned a reputation for its superlative vistas. Though all 39 rooms provide a sense of peaceful solitude, the ultimate romantic move is to book one of the modern treehouses, which rise nine feet high into the forest.

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One&Only Palmilla — Los Cabos, Mexico

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With deep soaking tubs, alfresco daybeds, and stunning Sea of Cortez views, the rooms and suites at the iconic One&Only Palmilla enchant couples looking to unplug and reconnect.

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Farmhouse Inn — Forestville, California

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This cluster of small yellow buildings flanked by gardens seems almost like a tiny town unto itself. There are plenty of independent wineries to explore in the surrounding Russian River Valley — and the concierge will happily arrange private tours — but couples don’t need to leave the secluded Farmhouse Inn thanks to the world-class spa and Michelin-starred restaurant.

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Jade Mountain — Soufrière, St. Lucia

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The breathtaking island certainly has plenty of dreamy resorts for couples to choose from, but Jade Mountain’s spacious suites — with panoramic views and private infinity pools — are particularly impressive.

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The Mulia Bali — Bali, Indonesia

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Pairs might think twice about leaving the seclusion of their sleek suites at The Mulia, which front either lush gardens or expansive beaches, were it not for the spa and pools at this stunning property.

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Timber Cove Resort — Jenner, California

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The reinvented Timber Cove, which underwent a major renovation in 2016, blends the best of Sonoma wine country and the rocky California coast. While eating and drinking are certainly among the wonderful activities for spending time here, duos can also enjoy casual hikes, kayaking excursions, and unimpeded stargazing.

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The Lowell — New York, New York

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A few short blocks from Central Park, The Lowell provides a home base for romantically inclined travelers looking to explore New York’s refined Upper East Side. Seventy uniquely designed rooms are all thoughtfully executed, with elegant touches like wood-burning fireplaces and raw-silk drapes.

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Villa Cora — Florence, Italy

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Encircled by gardens and lavishly decorated with grand frescoes and striking chandeliers, the palatial Villa Cora feels like a study in old-world Italian opulence. Couples staying during spring and summer months would do well to enjoy an alfresco cocktail by the spacious pool.

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Nizuc Resort & Spa — Cancún, Mexico

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Gastronomically inclined couples will appreciate the Nizuc Resort & Spa’s seven restaurants, while those looking to recharge at the spa have their pick of signature treatments that draw on ancient Mayan techniques.

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Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc — Cap d’Antibes, France

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A celebrity favorite among the Cote d’Azur properties, the 147-year-old Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc — anchored by a stately 19th-century mansion — caters to duos looking to unwind in peace on the French Riviera.

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Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort — Big Sur, California

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Set on more than 200 acres of forested hillside just off of the iconic Highway 1, the adults-only Ventana Big Sur immerses partners in nature. Couples can’t go wrong no matter which accommodation type they choose, be it an elegant guest room with a wood-burning fireplace or one of the custom luxury glamping sites.

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Six Senses Yao Noi — Yao Noi, Thailand

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At the wellness-focused Six Senses Yao Noi, situated roughly 45 minutes from Phuket, you and your partner can lose yourselves in the abundant greenery of the jungle or soak up tropical rays on the immaculate beaches.

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La Réserve Paris Hotel, Spa & Apartments — Paris, France

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Elegance abounds at this stately jewel, where each of the 26 suites and 14 rooms features luxe touches like silk wallpaper, velvet curtains, and marble bathrooms. Since La Réserve is located off the Champs-Elysées and within walking distance of the Grand Palais and Tuileries, it’s also easy for couples to explore some of the city’s most storied sights.

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Palazzo Avino — Ravello, Italy

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Decorated with furniture and antiques from the 17th through 19th centuries, the ornate Palazzo Avino treats guests like royalty. Honeymooners and romance seekers should be sure to soak up a sunset in the rooftop solarium and feast on a special menu at the restaurant’s chef’s table.

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Hotel Caesar Augustus — Capri, Italy

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The Hotel Caesar Augustus’s former lives as a private home and a cultural hub for the country’s intelligentsia imbue the ornate property’s 55 rooms and suites with sophisticated energy.

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Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe — Lake Tahoe, California

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Whether couples choose to cozy up by one of the outdoor firepits or treat themselves to the nightly s’mores hour, whimsical magic seems to permeate every part of the 154-room Edgewood Tahoe.

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Canaves Oia, Santorini — Santorini, Greece

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The town of Oia may already be a slam-dunk for romance, with its white-washed buildings and deep-blue waters, but this resort doubles down on dreamy ambiance. Built within a 17th-century cave complex, Canaves enchants guests with private plunge pools and over-the-top experiences like helicopter tours.

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The Resort at Pedregal — Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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With its striking tunnel entrance (carved into a mountain) and its intimate oceanfront spa, the luxurious Resort at Pedregal is the picture of exclusivity.

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Hotel Wailea — Maui, Hawaii

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Hotel Wailea’s seventy-two beautifully appointed one-bedroom suites dotted across 15 acres ensure seclusion for duos staying at the adults-only resort. A unique perk: guests can ride in Tesla Model X house cars to explore the neighborhood.

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Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort — San José del Cabo, Mexico

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From the dedicated romance director who can dream up and execute spectacular moments (say, writing love letters for a guest’s partner) to the personal butler designated for each suite, the staffers at Las Ventanas al Paraíso ensure the only thing couples need to think about is each other.

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora — Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Stunning natural scenery and secluded overwater bungalows set a dreamy vibe at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora — a destination hideaway that’s consistently popular with honeymooners.

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Tensing Pen — Negril, Jamaica

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A rustic retreat on one of the Caribbean’s most popular islands, Tensing Pen offers couples an array of choices for rooms, suites, and villas (housed in charming thatched-roof structures), where guests can also enjoy facials and other treatments.

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Il San Pietro di Positano — Positano, Italy

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While the entire Amalfi Coast is known as a romantic setting, the glamorous Il San Pietro di Positano raises the bar with its just-out-of-the-way-enough location, sumptuously appointed rooms, and a cliffside terrace ideal for watching the sun sink below the horizon on the Mediterranean Sea.

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Viceroy Riviera Maya — Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Being in Playa Xcalacoco, a smaller Yucatán village, gives the Viceroy Riviera Maya an intimate feel — one that’s reinforced by the all-villa accommodations. Couples can explore the jungle or local beaches, or unwind with an array of wellness services, including yoga and spa treatments inspired by Mayan traditions.

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The Wickaninnish Inn — Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

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Surrounded by towering pines, this Vancouver Island property blends the rusticity of a mountain lodge with the elegance of a destination spa. Each of The Wickaninnish Inn’s 75 rooms and suites, many of which are equipped with a gas fireplace, has a view of the sea.

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Frangipani Beach Resort — Meads Bay, Anguilla

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The stunning white-sand beaches and turquoise waters at Frangipani appeal equally to adventurous couples, who can avail themselves of a wide range of water sports, and to those seeking good old-fashioned R&R.

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Sheen Falls Lodge — Co. Kerry, Ireland

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Sheen Falls Lodge captures the charm of a traditional Irish manor and puts duos in close proximity to pristine countryside, the gorgeous coast, and charming towns worth exploring, but there’s just as much to do on the property between the excellent restaurant and activities like riding and falconry.

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Six Senses Douro Valley — Lamego, Portugal

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A restored 19th-century manor house nestled in the namesake wine growing region, Six Senses Douro Valley courts couples who want to indulge in local cuisine (there’s an organic garden on-site) and pamper themselves with spa treatments that also incorporate local ingredients.

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Nihi Sumba Island — Sumba, Indonesia

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Set on 400 acres of protected jungle land, the dreamy eco-resort Nihi Sumba invites guests to unwind in spacious one-bedroom bungalows or hit the 1.5 miles of white-sand beach for sunning and surfing.

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Nayara Springs — Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

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Sixteen villas offer plenty of seclusion for partners looking to hide away at the adults-only Nayara Springs, but adventure activities — including water rafting, canyoning, and horseback riding — encourage exploration.

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Zero George — Charleston, South Carolina

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At the charming Zero George — a group of historic homes and carriage houses that rings an interior garden courtyard — couples can borrow bicycles to explore town, participate in a cooking class, or simply enjoy each others’ company as they indulge in the daily breakfast spread.

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J.K. Place Capri — Capri, Italy

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Couples can easily get swept up in the natural beauty that surrounds the airy J.K. Place Capri, whether they’re watching a sunset over the Mediterranean from their balcony or taking a helicopter ride over Mount Vesuvius.

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan — Bali, Indonesia

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The sense of tranquility that sets in as soon as guests enter the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan — set amid 18 acres of verdant highlands — extends to the private suites and intimate villas, each of which has its own outdoor living area and plunge pool.

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