Even if you haven't read the best-selling book 50 Shades of Grey or plan to see the film or 50 Shades Darker, you've probably heard that they focus on the erotic experiences of characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in and out of hotel rooms. But why should they have all the fun? This "50 Shades of Stay" lists 50 sensual hotels where you and your significant other can create your own steamy memories. Note: Every one of these properties has been personally inspected by Honeymoons/Romantic Travel Expert Susan Breslow Sardone or a contributor to this site.
The actual setting for some of the steamiest scenes in 50 Shades of Grey, Portland's Heathman Hotel is also a well-managed, upscale hotel that welcomes guests into a world of comfort. There's nothing sleazy about this downtown property. And should your passions run more to books and chocolate than bondage, it's got a great little library and an artisanal chocolatier off the lobby.
Views don't get more seductive than those from five-star Il San Pietro di Positano overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the neighboring island of Capri. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies access the scenery from 61 antiques-filled rooms. Celebrate the sunset and your love with a glass of prosecco.
This futuristic, multi-level resort is perched high on a hillside above 600-acre sister property Anse Chastanet. Three walls surround your bed of bliss; the fourth is open to the sky. From your private plunge pool just steps away, take in views of the sea, the Piton Mountains... and each other.
There's something about traveling to the edge of a volcano that inspires bottled-up emotions to let loose. Up the thrill by opting for romantic extras such as Champagne upon arrival, a volcano tour by helicopter for two, dual lomi-lomi massages and a sunset cruise.
As if Paris wasn't romantic enough, the uber-elegant Shangri-la has the best views of the Eiffel Tower. And when it puts on a nightly light show, well, make sure there's a bottle of chilled Champagne ready to pop in your room. Throw open the windows and make love in the city that knows how to inspire it.
Two words: Overwater bungalows. Need we say more? All right: More than 100 thatched-roof ones stand on stilts out over the lagoon. This hotel's natural elements — weathered wood, white sand, tall trees, moist air, and a warm, piercing sun — create a honeymoon refuge.
Twice a day safaris at this luxury lodge may just bring out the animal in you. Vervet monkeys observe you from nearby branches; baboons have figured out how to open unlocked doors. And all the cooing, howls, and unearthly screams in the night may not be your own....
"I doubt I'll ever forget the morning I curled up in a poolside cabana while my husband chose my breakfast from the buffet spread. Swathed in a silk robe fresh from a swim when he returned, all smiles, bearing my feast, I wanted to capture the moment forever." — Dana McMahan
Sandals La Source Grenada/Caribbean
The first Sandals all-inclusive on the island of Grenada added luxurious quarters with private plunge or swimming pools to an existing resort that it took over and spiffed up. So if skinny dipping is your pleasure, you can indulge here to your heart's content at any time of day or night.
The place that popularized the pursuit of glamping, the Resort at Paws Up is surrounded by 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness. Couples have the option of sleeping in a tent under the stars. There's no one else around -- unless you beckon staff to cook dinner and straighten your bed.
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Quiet, elegant and indulgent, the St. Regis is ideal for a hot honeymoon or romantic weekend away. It's a 50-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta. Service is impeccable: butlers and servers cater to couples. If you're expecting one, just remember to wrap yourself in a towel after using the outdoor shower.
Sometimes you simply need to get away from the kids, your job, everything that's distracting you from being with the person you love and dropping your inhibitions. Sybaris adults-only pool suites in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana are designed for pleasure and indulgence.
Like to be spoilled when you stay? The staff at Four Seasons Nevis prides itself on anticipating your needs in this idyllic Caribbean resort along two-mile-long Pinney Beach. For the start of a truly seductive evening, arrange a private dinner at the end of the pier.
The entire island of Nevis — free of fast-food joins and clots of cruise-ship day-trippers — is an ideal destination for couples in search of a serene and sexy hideaway where they can love without distraction. This Relais & Chateaux member is both historic—an original sugar mill, stone houses, period furniture—and contemporary with a large swimming pool and outdoor restaurant and bar. The private beach is about a ten-minute drive away by private shuttle, and they're happy to take you there and pick you up.
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Call it kitschy, call it campy, call it tacky, call it fun: The over-the-top Fantasyland hotel has floors devoted to different themes, ranging from Wild Wild West to Ancient Rome. Plan your own bacchanal in one of the rooms that appeals to your imagination.
An exhibitionist's delight, The Standard Hotel straddles lower Manhattan's High Line Park and its floor-to-ceiling windows inspire some couples to put on a show. Not that it's required. Shy lovers can make their own fun behind closed curtains.
Located at the tip of the Baja California peninsula between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, Palmilla is where Gwyneth and Chris Martin honeymooned — but don't hold that against the place. Shaded beach beds, butler service, incredible sunsets, baths by candlelight, and firepits to warm you in the night add up to sensual pleasures plus.
On Chesterman Beach at the far end of Vancouver Island, this Relais & Chateaux inn heightens the drama quotient of any scenario with the sounds of waves crashing against the shore. For the most excitement, come in winter and be storm watchers, the electricity of the weather felt in every fiber of your bodies.
Here you can have an hut of your own and a private deck overlooking the water. When you can finally rouse yourselves after drinking all that kava, climb the ladder down to the lagoon.
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What's more intoxicating than a sexy getaway? One where wine flows like water. In California's Sonoma County, this sensual hideaway seems as if it was just made for lovers. A great restaurant and beautiful setting amidst lush vineyards guarantees to seduce.
This legendary hotel on Venice’s Grand Canal was recently refurbished with the best of everything. Sensual Venetian textiles, Murano glass chandeliers, modern art and Italian antiques to make a stay a delight for the eye and a balm to the soul.
AddressHayman Island, Whitsundays QLD, Australia
A sensualist's hideaway set on a private island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Hayman resort is for couples who want to get away from it all — but aren't willing to sacrifice a thing. Beach villas for two feature a private plunge pool flanked by a day bed and an outdoor shower. Pack lightly; you may want to wear nothing at all.
The only way to reach this island paradise off the Florida Keys is by boat or seaplane. Once you arrive, you can fantasize that you've been abandoned together on a desert island — but dining, spa and romantic turndown services will save you from roughing it.
Despite its long-ago provenance as a jail, the majorly rehabilitated Liberty Hotel won't require a strip search of you at check-in. And the only handcuffs in the house will be ones you bring yourselves.
AddressParrot Cay, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
One of the most secluded resorts in the Caribbean, Parrot Cay occupies a private island in Turks & Caicos. This high-end hideaway welcomes guests focused on health and well-being — and what's sexier than looking and feeling good?
Beside Saranac Lake in New York State's Adirondacks region, The Point is a former "cottage" build by the Rockefeller family. The place to book is The Point's free-standing Boathouse. In addition to its fireplace, full bar, and oversize tub, the unit features a deck with a bed on a swing on each side.
Prefer green and leafy to blue and sandy? Outside of Chapel Hill, Fearrington Village is a well-planned village perfect for couples who believe the quickest way to a man's (and woman's) heart is through the stomach. Fearrington House Restaurant was named the #5 hotel worldwide for food in a recent Condé Nast Traveler reader survey.
There's something very sexy about a suite where the bed is so close to the oversize tub that you can ease your way from one to the other with almost no effort. Just don't forget to back the bubble bath.
The location is so good that you'll want to get out and explore London day and night. Yet the room is so delightfully decorated and spacious that you'll hesitate to leave. As day morphs into night, make your way to Flemings' intimate, low-ceilinged bar, where the bartender concocts signature cocktails and the furnishings may make you feel as if you've stumbled into Wonderland.
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Settle into First Light Temple, your private villa at the edge of a peninsula and revel in seclusion. This two-story love nest boasts 180-degree sea views, an electronic skylight above the bed, and an all-glass floor-to-ceiling shower.
For decades the “house befitting heaven” has been the top place for fortunate Honolulu honeymooners to celebrate their marriage. Superlative service, award-winning cuisine, and rooms you'll never want to leave create a special kind of desire.
Philadelphia isn't just for school trips. At top-ranked Hotel Palomar, couples can indulge in good, clean fun in a room that has a super-deep spa tub, where you may find yourselves taking liberties with each other.
A short drive from Portland, Inn by the Sea offers everything a couple might want: A picturesque setting, suites with fireplaces, an innovative chef, spa services for two, glorious gardens, direct access to mile-long Crescent Beach.
This charming and intimate hideaway in the tony Recoleta neighborhood contains just 10 rooms and was the first and is still the only Buenos Aires hotel member of Relais & Chateaux. You'll be seduced by the four-poster bed, served by your butler, and heady with wine (Malbec, of course) from Algodon's own Estate winery or bubbly from the hotel's Veuve Cliquot bar.
At the tip of Big Sur with crashing Pacific Ocean waves to serenade you, the Post Ranch Inn inspires dramatic proposals. Starry nights seen through floor-to-ceiling windows and romance at every turn keep the resort's on-site officiant and marriage commissioner busy.
A place of fun and fantasy, The Roxbury in the Catskill Mountains has no two rooms alike. Whether you stay in the turquoise Tiffany Room (for proposals decent and in-). Genie's Bottle, the Jetson's space pad, or any other unit, your experience will only be limited by your imagination.
You don't have to be on your honeymoon to reserve the honeymoon suite, which sits right on the beach and boasts a king-size four-poster bed to draw you into a world of passion and privacy. Outside a deck features chaises lounges and a full table for dining, all in full view of the sea.
If you believe that French is the language of love, you need not cross the ocean to be seduced within the fortified walls of Quebec City. Although the rooms in this magnificent landmark have recently been refreshed, the view of the St. Lawrence River is timeless. Wander the streets hand in hand, stopping perhaps to share a crepe and a bottle of French wine.
For more than 50 years, couples have been honeymooning at this refined beach resort. Rooms have the luxury of space, many with furnished patios that lead right to the sand and water. Want some seductive shade? Upholstered nooks under windows allow you to cuddle while you take in the view in air-conditioned comfort.
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If you ever went to sleepaway camp and loved it, Winvian recreates the experience for couples in 18 uniquely designed cottages. True gourmet cuisine, 100 sylvan acres to roam, flowing Champagne and a spa with couples-focused treatments make this an ideal place to stay and frolic.
Indulge in every Scottish moor fantasy you've ever had at this vast, castle-like property certain to intoxicate: The well-stocked bar boasts 350 different single-malts. Should those fantasies begin to involve the two of you with the Loch Ness monster, you may want to switch to something less potent.
Inspired by the Tower of London, the bi-level Tower Suites at this magnificent hotel are ultimate hideaways for lovers. Located directly under the turrets at the corner of the hotel, the suite ceiling soars up, up, up, directly over the king-size bed, putting on a star show just for you.
A grand old Victorian mansion by the sea, Ocean House was remade into a first-rate resort a few years ago. It's a perfect place to stroll together on the sand, relax together in the spa, take a swim indoors in any weather, and savor a gourmet meal before repairing to your room with its view of waves crashing against the shore.
Posh digs right on the beach between Miami and Fort Lauderdale make this resort a favorite of the cognoscenti. Suites are residential quality (if you live like the 1%), there's a terrific Italian restaurant an elevator ride away, an ESPA spa, and staff that truly works to ensure you happiness.
Are you starry-eyed with love? Located between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, Las Ventanas al Paraiso suites all feature a fireplace and terrace overlooking the sea (telescope provided). The resort also has its own Department of Romance, which can plan outings and adventures to customize a visit to satisfy your desires.
Peace, solitude, and privacy surround couples at this lakeside haven that doesn’t allow kids or pets. Additionally, rooms at this Relais & Chateaux inn deliberately do not supply phones, and your cell will barely receive a signal. Serenity now!
High above Gotham, this West Side aerie boasts the best views in town. Richly appointed rooms (think silk and satin on the bed) and a velvety fainting couch make sensualists swoon. And the couples spa suite seduces with its private plunge pool and king-size bed following treatments that leave your body even more ready for love.
One magazine called this sensualist's haven on an isolated cliff atop a remote peninsula overlooking the Aegean Sea the world's best beach resort. And when evening falls, things heat up further in the on-site nightclub.
All the way at the western edge of Scotland, Pool House is a small, family-run run with care and passion. Each of the guest rooms has a different and beautifully executed theme. Brad Pitt slept in the Indian one. And the honeymoon suite features a bed that is a reproduction of the one Napoleon and Josephine used.