Five Luxury Hotels for a Romantic Retreat

Five affordable five-star romantic getaways that are worth the splurge, by Oyster.com's Hilary Walke.

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    Tortuga Bay: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Designed by Oscar de la Renta, the 15-room Tortuga Bay hotel offers amazing service (including preferential treatment at Punta Cana Airport), an on-site nature reserve, several superb restaurants, and a world-class golf course. Rooms in Oct. start at $650 per night for an ocean-front junior suite. As part of the evening turndown service, a housekeeper can fill up the in-room Jacuzzi tub and line it with candles and rose petals. Click here for more.
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    Tortuga Bay: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic The restaurant, Bamboo, serves some of the best fine dining fare in the Dominican Republic; it's easily comparable to good restaurants in New York or Miami. The elegant guest rooms all come with four-poster beds, Frette linens, soft pillows, and down comforters -- all things that you don't often see in Dominican resorts.
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    The St. Regis San Francisco: SoMa, San Francisco San Francisco's top luxury hotel is hard to beat for a romantic retreat. The restaurant Ame opened with the hotel in 2005 to much critical and popular acclaim, and its mixture of Japanese and new American cuisine is still considered one of the best fine dining restaurants in San Francisco. Bookings are tight in Oct., but prices start at $599 per night, if you can get a room. 
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    The St. Regis San Francisco: SoMa, San Francisco A touch-screen next to the bed controls the music, lights, shades, and TV --- and puts guests in contact with a 24-hour butler, who will, among other things, draw a bath in the deep tub that opens to the room. But the St. Regis' real highlight is its 9,000-square-foot Remede Spa, which includes chocolate truffles and champagne in its relaxation rooms and a serene 24-hour indoor swimming pool.
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    Hotel Casa Del Mar: Santa Monica and Venice, Los Angeles A true jewel, this historic grand hotel is world-class yet refreshingly unpretentious (unless you count the Hollywood crowd at the popular lobby bar). But there is nothing modest about its spacious elegant rooms, rooftop pool, and commanding location right on the beach -- a rarity in L.A. Right now there is a special rate of $489 per night until Oct. 31.
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    Hotel Casa Del Mar: Santa Monica and Venice, Los Angeles The casual fine dining restaurant, Veranda, serves light Californian meals and features live jazz combos most evenings. The spacious, supremely comfortable rooms are full of thoughtful details, and about half of them have full or partial beach views.
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    Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Built from a historic sugar plantation, this profoundly serene 166-room resort sits on 170 acres of a protected national park dotted with seven remote beaches. Even with a quaint pool and rustic rooms that lack TVs and phones, Caneel's attentive service and unparalleled setting make it one of the Caribbean's best resorts. Oct. bookings begin at $349 per night. Designed like rustic bungalows with natural wood and stone, the rooms are clean and comfortable, if less elaborate than one might imagine from a hotel room in this price range.
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    Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands If you book a beachfront room, you can walk right from you own private balcony and out onto the sand. The most notable of the Caneel Bay's four restaurants, Equator, is built inside an 18th-century sugar mill and has spectacular sunset views. And don't forget to check out the Caneel Beach Bar and Grill. It's the only spot you can watch TV on site.
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    Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino: The Strip, Las Vegas A world-class spa, seven pools, a busy casino, and big-name fine dining come together to make the Palazzo one of the most luxurious, and most romantic, hotel on the Vegas Strip. No need to win big at the tables because rooms for an Oct. booking begin at $279 per night. And because the Palazzo has seven pools, there's ample space to find a little adult time in the sun.
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    Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino: The Strip, Las Vegas The Palazzo's suite-style guest rooms (with sunken living rooms) are among the biggest and best on the Strip and the huge, luxurious bathrooms have flat-screen TVs and large soaking tubs.
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