Top Romantic Spas

Are you looking for a romantic spa? A little corner of paradise for a sexy weekend getaway? Here are some of my favorite romantic spas in the United States. They range from big cities to island getaways, but all the spas have an intimate scale, a sense of privacy, and sensual surroundings to inspire romance.

If you're looking for a romantic spa getaway, make sure you know what kind of spa you're going to.  One couple I know of were disappointed because they imagined hanging out by the fire in their robes -- but there was no co-ed relaxation area.  Another couple wanted some alone time and ended up at a juice fasting detox spa.  It's hard to feel romantic when there are business people everywhere, or kids running past you in the hallways.

Before you go, here are the five questions you have to ask when you're planning a romantic spa getaway.

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    ••• Royal Palms

    If I were going on a honeymoon, a babymoon, an anniversary blowout, or trysting with a lover, there's no place I'd rather land than Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms in Phoenix, Arizona. With winding paths that transport you past a grove of orange trees and Mexican-style fountains, this Spanish Colonial-style resort is the most romantic and intimate of Arizona's famous spas.  They specialize in couples treatments, including side-by-side Vichy showers and 

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    ••• The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, NYC

    Located on the 35th floor of the luxurious Time Warner center, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental NYC is just an elevator ride away from world class restaurants and shopping. The soothing rooms are very sexy. So is the seductive couples suite with an antique Chinese bed, private steam shower and fireplace, tucked away in the Asian-inspired spa.

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    One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos can arrange a Latin guitar trio to serenade you on the beach, or have a personal butler serve dinner on a moon-lit patio. A favorite of celebrities, couples and honeymooners. Its 13 spa villas that are the ultimate in privacy and intimacy.

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    Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, California

    ••• Calistoga Ranch

    Secluded in a forest just east of the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, Calistoga Ranch is a sleek, sexy hideway for lovers. Private cedar-shingle guest lodges on a 157-acre compound were built to disturb with nature as little as possible. The Ranch Bathhouse overlooks Lake Lommel and offers buttermilk baths, mud baths, outdoor massages with walnut oil and a natural thermal mineral pool.

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    The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina

    Designed in charming Low Country style, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff has 42 large, comfy cottage rooms with water views, fireplaces and porches. The Spa treatment rooms have verandas and even outdoor baths. The Golf Course darts in and out along the May River shoreline.

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    Mauna Lani Resort has just 335 rooms, most overlooking the ocean. But for complete privacy, try one of five butler-serviced bungalows just a short walk from the beach. The spa is a small village of thatched roof huts, with exotic treatments like the Ginger Honey Body Therapy and an open-air lava sauna.
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    Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is small and intimate, with sleek modern rooms. The spa features The Sanctum, a stone-wall hideaway couples can rent for the hour or half-day and enjoy the vitality pool, deluge shower and fire pit.

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    Little Palm Island is a hidden treasure in the Florida Keys, accessible only by boat or seaplane. Just 28 private bungalows decorate in English Colonial style look out to sea through leafy palms. Kids club? Forget it. The resort draws the line at 16 years. Canoeing, diving, sailing and fishing await the adventuresome, and Spa Terre specializes in luxurious Indonesian treatments.
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    MacArthur Place Inn & Spa is a Victorian inn on 300 acres with its own gardens and orchards. Suites and cottages offer two-person hydrotherapy tubs, fireplaces, sitting areas, and patios or balconies overlooking the gardens. The Garden Spa features treatments inspired by wine country, like grapeseed scrubs.
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    Mirbeau has 34 chateau-style rooms overlooking gardens, each with a fireplace and a bath big enough for two. Located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, this intimate retreat has treatments like the Orange parfait – a milk bath scented with orange blossoms.