Cayo District, Belize
Rates from US$315
Set near the Maya Mountains, just outside of the town of San Ignacio, Ka’ana Resort is minutes from the Maya archaeological site of Xunantunich. With 15 suites and two private villas dotting the property, the peaceful and romantic getaway you’re looking for is guaranteed. The Balam and Casita suites offer views of the lush garden and have terraces and balconies, while the Master suite has a private garden and outdoor shower. All accommodations come with a hammock for those lazy afternoon naps. Elevate your stay by booking Villa 2 and enjoy a personal butler, private plunge pool and outdoor entertaining space complete with oversized daybed. Spend your night at the resort’s restaurant and bar enjoying dishes and cocktails made from ingredients sourced from the resort’s organic garden. —D.B.
On site: Take a guided tour of the two-acre organic gardens, stroll the rows of produce, chat with Maya farmers and visit the 70-strong chicken coop.
Rates from $259
Couples looking for a little modern romance should check into this 188-room hotel conveniently located near the University of Toronto. Opt for one of the 20 suites, where you and your loved one can spend a romantic evening listening to vinyl albums on the in-room record player or relaxing in the deep soaker tub. The sophisticated decor in each room includes stylish mid-century modern pieces, plush fabrics and bed linen featuring soft, Italian-made Frette sheets. There are even small white squirrel sculptures—a nod to the city’s ubiquitous tree-dweller—attached to the interior of the wardrobe door in every room. When you finally venture outside, reserve one of the hotel’s courtesy bicycles to explore the Annex or nearby neighbourhood of Yorkville, or take a stroll along Philosopher’s Walk. —D.L.
Rates from US$129
As romantic settings go, it doesn’t get much better than the 3,200 acres of tranquility at this working horse and cattle ranch located roughly 10 minutes west of Loveland. Settle into one of the 10 cozy cabins or four guest houses (with full kitchens) and take in the views of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains while listening to the soothing sounds of the Big Thompson River. Some of the accommodations come with wood-burning fireplaces and rocking chairs, but all are filled with an eclectic array of ranch-inspired decor—think patchwork quilts, quirky antiques, rustic furniture and antlers above the mantle. There are no TVs in the cabins or guest houses, so spend your time pitching horseshoes and taking a dip in the outdoor heated pool, or simply catch up on some reading on the tree swing by the river. —D.B.
Nearby: Explore more than 160 bronze sculptures at Loveland’s Benson Sculpture Garden, a 10-acre park that’s been open since 1984.
[This story appears in the February 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]