Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or just getting to know one another, spending time together as a couple away from the hassles of daily life can deepen emotional connections and rekindle the romance. And when you vacation at one of the best all-inclusive resorts for couples in the U.S., you get the added bonus of stress-free all-inclusive pricing with your accommodations, meals and activities included – not to mention pampering spa treatments, soothing hot tubs and pools and top-notch cuisine.
There’s no need to stress about getting your passport, either, because many of the world’s most romantic all-inclusive resorts are located right here in the U.S. With Instagram-worthy scenery, wide-open spaces and plenty of private nooks for some alone time, you can’t go wrong with any of these all-inclusive U.S. resorts for couples.
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1. Castle Hot Springs
Set against the striking silhouette of the Bradshaw Mountains, Castle Hot Springs is a boutique all-inclusive U.S. resort for couples that looks like a Sonoran Desert mirage. Spacious bungalows and cabins dot the property, each with outdoor stone tubs plumbed with hot springs water and all accommodations encourage couples to unplug by being screen-free.
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With its geothermal hot springs and first-class stargazing, the sense of serenity you get here is a kind of tonic. And you can enjoy a plethora of outdoor adventures here, too. Channel your inner daredevil on a sky-high Via Ferrata cable climbing course, take a guided horseback ride, or hit the trails with your hiking boots or an e-bike to breathe in the salubrious desert air. At dinner, the resort’s elaborate tasting menus are an ode to the on-site farm, growing hundreds of varieties of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
2. Alila Ventana Big Sur
Big Sur, California
Big Sur’s beauty has exerted a magnetic pull over generations of artists, writers and lovers. At Alila Ventana Big Sur, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean with a redwood forest dropped in for good measure, the stunning setting is an organic springboard for romance. Here low-key design elements blend into the rugged environment and guest accommodations all have private patios or balconies, with cozy fireplaces and tubs roomy enough for two.
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Daily guided hikes and morning yoga classes allow guests to meditate on the breathtaking scenery and each other. Delectable meals, included in the rate, are rooted in the fresh flavors of California cuisine. Dine at Sur House, where the forest, mountains and sea converge and finish your day with a soak in the outdoor Japanese hot baths, where you’ll be surrounded by the soundtrack of Big Sur.
3. Blackberry Mountain
Situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the unique accommodations at Blackberry Mountain (a sister property to the family-friendly Blackberry Farm) make it truly one of a kind among all-inclusive couples resorts in the United States. Overnight options include cabins, stone cottages, multibedroom homes and even secluded treehouses with sleek white oak interiors, marble tile, floor-to-ceiling windows and a sliding glass door that opens onto a private three-tiered outdoor deck.
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Outdoor activities like rock climbing, hiking and pickleball take center stage at this romantic lodge and treehouse hotel, making it a perfect choice for active couples, while restorative treatments at the spa, guided meditation and sound-bathing are among the many wellness offerings. Three daily meals prepared with Appalachian ingredients are included in the rate. Farm to table fruit, vegetables and herbs grown onsite are woven into menus and sustainable wines made at small family-run wineries are a beverage focus.
4. The Point
Saranac Lake, New York
In the late 19th century, America’s industrial tycoons escaped city life by retreating to the Adirondacks for New York vacations, where they lived in extravagant estates called Great Camps. One of these spectacular locations is The Point. Built by the Rockefellers during the Great Camp heyday, today it’s one of the most romantic all-inclusive U.S. resorts for couples, decorated with prestigious art and antiques and home to 11 guest rooms with one-of-a-kind furnishings for an aristocratic immersion.
At The Point, you can spend the day together as a couple boating on Upper Saranac Lake, playing croquet on the lawn, or (in the winter months) cross-country skiing. Limited Wi-Fi means the outside world won’t interfere. Dinner is a high society affair that preserves Gilded Age tradition.
5. Twin Farms
With whimsical cottages tucked away in the woods, Twin Farms is an intimate all-inclusive couples hideaway amidst the rolling meadows and verdant glades of the Vermont countryside. Hand painted murals, American folk art and museum-quality oil paintings create a rustic fantasy and each cottage features a king-size feather bed and sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace that opens onto a screened porch.
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In the warmer months, hiking trails, biking, tennis, pond swimming and canoeing are all popular options for couples here. In winter, you can enjoy private downhill ski slopes, trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, plus ice skating and sledding (with all equipment provided). And if your love language is food, pack your loftiest culinary expectations, because garden-to-table meals are courtesy of a windfall of estate-grown herbs, fruits and vegetables. Fine local purveyors and farmers fill in the gaps, creating luscious menus that lean local.
6. The Green O
At the sophisticated and adults-only The Green O, each of the 12 design-forward accommodations are nestled on a timbered hillside and come with hot tubs, floor-to-ceiling windows, spiral staircases and skylights. The on-site restaurant’s open kitchen concept allows you to watch the chef spin edible magic into each plate. (Nightly rates include three meals, with house wine, beer and liquor.)
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Adventure and serenity intersect seamlessly at this all-inclusive U.S. couples resort: Take a guided wildlife tour to view elk, whitetail deer, moose, bears and golden eagles; test your aim with archery; jump in the saddle or cross-country ski in winter; or relax with yoga and forest bathing in the pine-scented woods of Montana.
7. The Lodge at Woodloch
A spa-lover’s paradise, The Lodge at Woodloch (a sister property to the kid-friendly Woodloch Resort) is a soothing sanctuary of therapeutic soaking tubs and eucalyptus-scented steam rooms. Treatments at this all-inclusive couples resort’s spa focus on natural ingredients and the resort itself is situated on 150 pristine acres in the Pocono Mountains enveloped by wild flowers and fern-carpeted trails with a naturally occurring cranberry bog.
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Guest rooms enchant with serene views from private verandas and air-purifying Himalayan salt lamps. Each bed is a restorative nest with a pillow menu assuring customized comfort. Three daily meals are included in the rate and each meal is a multicourse feast of perfectly sized portions. Live music creates an evening ambience that is romantic and refined.
8. Salmon Falls Resort
At Salmon Falls Resort, the motto might as well be “couples that fish together stay together.” Located at the entrance to Alaska’s iconic Inside Passage in Ketchikan – a bucket list destination for anglers thanks to its epic annual King and Silver Salmon runs – this resort boats a custom fleet of boats and a team of experienced guides to assist in everything from baiting hooks to reeling in the catch.
While the resort attracts fishermen, there are other enticing and romantic opportunities for couples. Board a floatplane and fly over the Misty Fjords National Monument with its alpine lakes and glacial bays, or enjoy a delicious taste of the salmon roe that many consider to be the best in the world, elevated with distinguished wine pairings. Guest rooms with sweeping views of the ocean and Ketchikan’s legendary wildlife allow round-the-clock communion with nature.
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