4 romantic spa getaways for couples
A romantic getaway to a spa destination will leave you feeling relaxed and connected to your partner. | By Elizabeth Wellington | August 6, 2021 (Updated March 7, 2023)
When was the last time you took a trip with your partner? A vacation is sometimes the best way to reconnect in a new setting without the stressors of everyday life. One survey even found that close to three out of five people believe a romantic vacation saved their relationship.
When you go a step further and plan getaways around spa treatments, you benefit from deeper levels of relaxation that stay with you as you transition back to life post-vacation. Here are three benefits you’ll have when you prioritize your relationship and book a relaxing getaway:
A strong sense of connection: In this 24/7 world, there’s always another responsibility or obligation ahead. Prioritizing an extended break from it all anchors you in your relationship.
Renewed health and wellbeing: Spa days can bolster your mental and physical health, giving you and your partner an opportunity to recommit to your shared well-being.
New shared experiences: Mix up your routine and embrace the unexpected together, whether you’re touring a palace, sipping wine alfresco or diving into the crystal blue waters of a far-away island as you celebrate your connection.
A private car service from Paris can bring you and your partner to a romantic and rejuvenating retreat in Versailles in just under an hour. This royal city is famed for its opulent palace, which is a must-visit architectural wonder. Beyond exploring the spectacular grounds and interiors, take time as a couple to nourish your own restful state of calm by staying at Waldorf Astoria Versailles-Trianon Palace and booking a blissful spa treatment.
For the royal experience, opt for the full “Cocoon Impériale” for two. This treatment includes an Orchidée Impériale Black Treatment (Guerlain’s signature anti-aging treatment), an imperial relaxing massage, body polish, a two-hour intensive hand and foot treatment, and a spa lunch for each person.
While in Versailles, indulge your sweet tooth with another fun couples activity. Book a private baking class with pastry chef Molly J. Wilk. She will take you on a guided tour before teaching you and your partner how to make macarons in an 18th-century apartment — a skill you can bring home with you.
Nusa Dua Beach, Bali
Where do you go if you’re seeking peace and serenity with your partner amongst mesmerizing natural beauty? Bali. Conrad Bali overlooks the breathtaking Nusa Dua Beach with its white sand and a protected bay of sea green waters.
For a traditional experience, reserve a Balinese Lulur treatment in advance, which begins with a turmeric scrub followed by a Balinese massage. From start to finish, the treatment captures an approach to wellness that’s authentic to Indonesia. With enhanced focus on relaxing pressure points and rejuvenating tired muscles, you and your partner will come away knowing why Balinese massages are a routine staple in the local culture.
To experience a different side of Bali, make your way to Ubud for the day. Visit the sacred Ubud Monkey Forest, a holy site and sanctuary with three temples and more than 1,000 macaques. Then head to lunch at Ayam Betutu Pak Sanur for the Ayam Betutu, a traditional Balinese spiced chicken.
Punta de Mita, Mexico
A 45-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, brings you to Punta Mita, a peninsula within the Riviera Nayarit that lacks the crowds of other destinations. This stretch along the Pacific coastline boasts an average of 345 days of sunshine annually, making it ideal for a romantic break.
Conrad Punta de Mita is a refined, five-star property and destination spa perched along the ocean. Tap into your inner explorer and embrace local Huichol culture during your visit to the spa.
You and your partner can try Temazcal therapy, a guided ceremony that uses heat, herbal steams, chanting and meditation, in a traditional domed stone structure that represents Mother Earth. The ceremony intends to purify the body and heal the spirit of those who enter.
If you would rather experience a body treatment after your time in the sun, consider the two-hour yaca-aloe skin recovery therapy, which helps to rejuvenate your skin.
After your treatments, make your way to Arbol for a dinner for two. You can compare notes on your choices of eight margaritas on the menu to pair with fish ceviche, fresh guacamole and San Blas “al ajillo” shrimp.
To match your inner exploration with an external adventure, take an extra day and hire a private charter to go to the Marietas Islands National Park. This group of uninhabited islands have been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Go snorkeling or ask to visit “hidden beach,” also known as “Playa del Amor” (“the beach of love”), which sits within a remote cavern.
Part of the British West Indies, Anguilla is a destination for couples who want to enjoy the best of the Caribbean. Compared to its neighbors, it has maintained its local flavor, with fewer crowds and stunning beaches.
There’s no better place to stay on the island than Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts, a boutique hotel perched on six acres along the world-renowned Shoal Bay. Spend all day by the sea, breaking for a lobster salad lunch under the seaside palms at Shoal Bay Zemi Beach Club. Here, you can keep your toes in the beach’s luminous white sands until you’re ready to head to spa for the afternoon.
Zemi Thai House Spa
Zemi Beach House’s spa has the only hammam in Anguilla. Located within a 300-year-old Thai house moved from Chiang Mai, the serene setting is a must-visit during any romantic trip to the island.
All of the treatments are inspired by the rituals of the island’s Indigenous people, the Taíno. Plan to spend a few hours here, visiting the hot sauna hamman before having a full-body Rhassoul clay mask and a detoxifying massage.
Elizabeth Wellington is a travel writer and brand copywriter whose work has appeared in Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure and BBC. When not writing in her Vermont farmhouse, she's usually en route to a new destination with a notebook in hand.