Travel & Leisure
updated 11/17/2011 1:45:32 PM ET 2011-11-17T18:45:32

Hard-partying Cancún, Mexico, isn’t the first place you’d think to take a secluded romantic getaway. But couples-only Le Blanc Spa Resort will make you think again. This all-inclusive sets the mood with a private beach, butler service, and infinity pools—and has even attracted romcom sweetheart Julia Roberts.

That’s no surprise to André Leavitt of Time Travels Inc., who wholeheartedly recommends the couples-only, all-inclusive experience to clients. “These resorts are simply more conducive to romance,” says the travel pro and mom. As Leavitt knows, sometimes you want a table just for two, without any kids in shouting distance. And the best romantic all-inclusive resorts have evolved to appeal to more sophisticated tastes, improving menus, diversifying amenities, and raising the bar on 24/7 service.

With all your meals and activities at the ready, you can tune out distractions and tune in to each other. This kind of coveted alone time comes easily on the island of Maui at Travaasa Hana, a serene group of plantation-style cottages that purposely don’t have TVs, radios, or clocks. Instead, you’ll wake up to the sound of the Pacific waves outside your window, soak in a private hot tub, and learn to stand-up paddleboard or even hula. Trying out something new together is bound to get that adrenaline pumping.

While endless water views are undeniably romantic, cuddling by the fire at a mountain hideaway has its own dreamy appeal. The Adirondacks are the site of one such retreat, The Point Resort on the edge of Saranac Lake, which draws big-city couples looking for a quick escape, whatever the season. Blame it on the nightly bonfires, sunset cruises, and award-winning chef Mark Levy’s ganache hot chocolate.

Of course, all this gourmet eating, pampering, and bliss comes at a price, anywhere from about $120 per person per night to upwards of $600. But once you find the resort that’s right for you two, the bucks stop there. “Not having to think about paying for a drink by the pool or lunch—it’s a completely carefree experience,” says Ernesto Coppel, founder and CEO of Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas.

After all, when the fire pits come on at Pueblo Bonito, theirs aren’t the only sparks flying.

With countless day and evening activities—from kayaking and windsurfing to water aerobics and dance lessons—couples definitely won’t complain of boredom. And with seven restaurants and eight bars, there’s a new place to try nightly. If the urge to do nothing strikes, the expansive infinity pool and its meandering river offers the chill spot for taking in the awe-inspiring Caribbean blue.

Price Tag: From approximately $454 per couple per night; includes all meals and drinks, on-site activities, and nightly entertainment; adults only (18 or older).

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