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Find tranquility and connection at these intimate retreats around the globe

You and your significant other can enjoy quality time together and revitalize your relationship as these three destinations set the scene for memory-making and romance. | By Paul Oswell | May 3, 2023

An escape should be just that — especially if you’re looking to bond and enjoy the beauty of elevated personal experiences as a couple. Explore intimate retreats in these enticing destinations and find relaxing backdrops to enjoy intentional time together while making amazing memories on an unforgettable stay.

  • Seychelles: Discover tropical beaches and hidden coves as you sip cocktails against spectacular sunsets

  • Kyoto: Find calm in an ancient city that is one of the most evocative places in the world

  • Santa Monica: Scenic coastal communities and world-class dining options make for an endlessly romantic getaway

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For the ultimate intimate retreat, embrace seclusion and tranquility at Mango House Seychelles.


Is there a more perfect place for a cozy couple’s retreat than an island paradise? The Seychelles are an idyllic haven, where city stresses melt away and the climate, cuisine and scenery combine to transport you to a blissful sanctuary.

With 115 islands making up the archipelago, there’s a multitude of hidden beaches where you can take a picnic, snorkel or simply lounge as you and your love pretend that you’re the only people in the world.

There’s no shortage of restaurants to host you for a relaxing dinner, with delicious Creole cuisine and the freshest seafood to enjoy as the sun sets. Marie Antoinette on Mahé Island exudes rustic charm and has a resident family of Aldabra giant tortoises. Sip a beachfront cocktail at Cafe des Arts on Praslin Island, a casual spot with refined dishes such as octopus gratin with lobster and tuna carpaccio.

There’s a built-in sense of intimacy at Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels & Resorts. With 41 sea-facing villas and suites, the property’s secluded location on the pristine coastline of southern Mahé Island offers direct access to Anse Aux Poules Bleues beach. Visit Anpe spa for a couple’s massage with views of the glittering ocean while skilled therapists use locally sourced products to soothe your cares away. The resort also offers a host of exclusive island experiences where you can bond as you learn. These include yoga, hiking, grass-weaving, watercolor painting and cooking classes, each creating memorable shared moments. Your concierge can also arrange private day excursions ranging from scenic helicopter tours and all-day yacht cruises to a round of golf and wildlife tours with a private ranger.

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Experience peaceful moments at ROKU KYOTO, a naturally secluded and intimate sanctuary.

Kyoto, Japan

The ancient Japanese capital is one of the world’s great romantic cities. The historic architecture, elaborate temples and stunning gardens combine to create a destination that inspires quiet moments together. Kyoto has beautiful shrines devoted to celebrating romance, and you can join local couples by passing through the famous love-binding stone at Yasui Konpiragu shrine. Kiyomizu-dera temple is another must-see, with its amulets for lovers and wishing stone.

Kyoto’s many romantic restaurants often incorporate the surrounding natural beauty into their aesthetic. Two-Michelin-starred Miyamoso features dining rooms that are hidden behind lush greenery, and you can savor owner-chef Nakahigashi’s beautifully presented wild plants and mushrooms as accompaniments to his rustic dishes. One-Michelin-starred Okina is surrounded by some of Kyoto’s most striking buildings, and the family-run kitchen prepares tempura, unagi and tofu over charcoal fires to enhance the natural flavors of the ingredients.

While staying at ROKU KYOTO, LXR Hotels & Resorts you’ll find a wealth of activities to bring guests closer together. ROKU Spa features a couples’ room with signature spa treatments that take a holistic approach to the wellness of mind, body and spirit using warmed stones from the Tenjin River. The resort also has an outdoor thermal pool that draws natural spring water and is Kyoto’s only outdoor natural onsen pool open year-round. Experience guided floating meditation sessions or meditate in the serene Japanese garden while listening to the murmur of the river. The hotel’s Kintsugi workshop, led by Kintsugi master Hiroki Kiyokawa, is a literal bonding experience, guiding you and your loved one through restoring ceramics using lacquer and gold powder.

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Connect with your loved one by exploring Santa Monica’s picturesque natural surroundings together.

Santa Monica, California

One of the most beloved beach communities in the United States, Santa Monica blends an iconic coastline with high-end dining and designer shopping along Wilshire Boulevard.

Californian produce is famed for its quality and freshness. Little wonder, then, that there are some of the most alluring restaurants in the country waiting to host you for the perfect dining experience. Savor divine modern French cuisine at Mélisse, which has two Michelin stars and an intimate, 14-seat dining room that exemplifies a timeless style. Colapasta basks in a plum spot just one block from the ocean, the sea breezes heightening your senses. Chefs de Lorenzo and Ferrari deliver rustic Italian classics with aplomb, and you can anticipate a beautifully romantic experience.

The personalized, five-star service at Oceana Santa Monica, LXR Hotels & Resorts, creates as intimate a stay as you can imagine. The resort, which is designed to resemble an idyllic, private beach home, offers a beach butler service that includes a cozy setup on serene daybeds and a gourmet, picnic-style lunch or dinner just steps away from the ocean. Foodie couples will love the private farmers market tour, followed by a Chef’s Table meal at Sandpiper. Join the hotel’s executive chef as he curates your menu from the market’s produce, before a private meal with the bonus of panoramic ocean views. Immerse yourselves at Oceana Spa by choosing from a wide range of healing massages, offered in a serene treatment room or in the privacy of your own suite. If outdoor excursions or discussion about art ignite connection, the resort can arrange an afternoon to explore coastal horse-riding trails and exclusive private access to the beautiful Getty Villa.

Slow down on your next intimate escape and take time for just the two of you as you allow relaxation and connection to rejuvenate and refresh your minds, bodies and souls.

Paul Oswell is a British award-winning journalist and published travel author based in New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States. His books include Bucket List North America and The Great American Road Trip, as well as New Orleans' Historic Hotels. He has also been an editor of and contributor to several guide books/editions published by Dorling Kindersley (owned by Penguin), including New Orleans, Florida, Orlando, Los Angeles, California and The United States. His work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure (both of which he has written multiple online travel guides for) and The Guardian, as well as dozens of international newspaper and magazine titles, and inflight magazines for major airlines.

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