For couples looking to keep the romance alive, these escapes will keep things hot (literally) during the cooler months of winter. From a steaming soak in Polynesia to a hot stone massage in Canada, this is a world tour of the most romantic winter warming experiences.
15°C: The year-round temperature of the on-site wine cave at Blanket Bay Lodge Restaurant in New Zealand.
An intimate dinner in a wine cave sets the scene for a romantic rendezvous, where you can enjoy a private five-course degustation menu that celebrates the best of seasonal ingredients found in New Zealand. The contemporary Euro-Pacific cuisine offered at the on-site restaurant of Blanket Bay Lodge perfectly complements the majestic mountains and crystalline lake waters that surround the serene property.
24°C: A pleasant temperature all year round for a private dinner for two on a beach in Anguilla.
Anguilla provides a private getaway for discerning travelers. Head to the Quintessence Hotel to relax in a stunning setting. Here, the white sand beaches are of rare beauty. Indulge in a romantic dinner, feet in the sand. The staff takes care of everything, and you, only the soft sound of the waves that animate your meal. An unforgettable moment.
26°C: Bathe in Polynesia’s most beautiful lagoons while taking in views of neighboring Mount Otemanu.
Remote and totally unforgettable, a stay at Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts, located in Vaitape, Bora Bora, is sure to bring out your romantic side. Overwater bungalows speckle the surface of the breathtaking blue lagoon, and private pools beckon you to cool off with daily dips. Spend your days riding the Okeanos Pearl, the property’s solar-powered catamaran, strolling through the on-site coconut grove, or simply sitting back and taking in the stunning surroundings.
30°C: The warm breeze on your face as you enjoy an open-air Game Drive, spotting wildlife in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.
Spot leopards, elephants and bears on a spectacular safari sojourn through Yala National Park, and then complete your Sri Lankan wilderness escape with a stay at the Wild Coast Tented Lodge. Cuddle up in a cocoon-like tent tucked between the jungle and the beach, and take in your natural surroundings with the one you love.
43°C: The warmth of a hot stone massage to soothe sore muscles at the Ancient Cedars Spa, after a day spent surfing in British Columbia, Canada.
Winter surfing in the swells of Chesterman Beach in Tofino is a must-try adventure during the cooler season – a great way to connect as a couple while circumnavigating the chilly swells of Vancouver Island’s West Coast waters. Complete the experience with a muscle-soothing couples hot stone massage at Ancient Cedars Spa, found just steps from the sea at the Wickannish Inn for the perfect balance of hot and cold.
75°C: The temperature at which Chinese green tea is brewed at Jie Xiang Lou Restaurant in Mainland China.
At Jie Xang Lou, a restaurant found on the property of Seven Villas, exquisite Chinese cuisine and elegant tea tastings match the mood of mindfulness. Here, the subtle sounds of the surrounding streams, the soothing smells of the aromatherapy spa treatments, and the tantalizing tastes of the delectable dishes create a sanctuary for the senses.
80°C: The steam of a serene sauna, before dipping into over 20 types of baths for ultimate relaxation, after a day on the ski slopes of Austria.
A relaxing apres-ski steam and soak at Spa-Hotel Jagdhof, tucked in the Tyrolean mountains of Austria, will soothe sore muscles while you heat things up with your honey. Sweeping views of Stubai glacier set the backdrop for a slope-side spa escape, and spacious suites and sophisticated dining à-la-carte at Hubertusstube Restaurant will round up your romantic winter getaway.
220°C: The heat of the glowing embers used to cook with at Saison in San Francisco.
Paul Chung, Saison's Culinary Director and Richard Lee, Chef de Cuisine, put fire at the forefront as they prepare signature dishes over an open flame. At Saison, a two Michelin Star establishment, the elevated fare perfectly complements the relaxing ambiance, creating a cozy space for a poetic dinner for two after a day exploring the city.
600°C - The temperature of an open fire in the French Alps.
Make memories with a ski-in, ski-out stay at Le Grand Coeur & Spa in Méribel, on the largest ski area in the world. After a day spent navigating the more than 400 miles of slopes, snuggle up by an open fire and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. A hammam session and soak in the whirlpool at the spa will keep you relaxed and revitalized as you spend your days breathing in the crisp winter air.
1,000°C: The volcanic lava when it spews from Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, in Sicily, Italy.
Sip Sicilian wine on the slopes of Mount Etna while taking in majestic views from the on-site vineyard found at Monaci delle Terre Nere. Volcano-adjacent villas provide a cozy home base for a romantic getaway where tranquility takes the spotlight and the Slow Food seasonal menu at Locanda Nerello Restaurant, located at the eco-friendly estate, sets the pace for a truly peaceful escape.