Many couples looking for a romantic getaway head for the water. Coastal or island resorts offer beautiful locales with warm climes and a mix of solitude and activities they can share, such as hiking, biking or water sports. Add spa options and fine dining, and couples seeking romantic travel will know they're in the right spot.
Sanibel Island--Casa Ybel Resort
Sanibel Island, Florida, with its swaying palm trees and warm winter temperatures, offers couples a romantic seashore escape. The island, which is 12 miles long and 5 miles wide, has an east-west orientation that ensnares many exotic seashells from the Caribbean. Half of the island is home to the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a habitat for 200 bird species passing through during migration season.
Casa Ybel Resort is located on 23 acres with large, beachfront guest suites overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The resort won the 2006 Travel & Leisure Top 500 Places to Stay in the World award and Conde Nast Travelers named it as one of The Best Places to Stay in the World. Enjoy yoga by the Gulf shore or Pilates at the resort. Bike enthusiasts can bike on miles of paved island trails, and bike rentals with helmets are available. Casa Ybel Resort's recreation team will assist you with off-site water activities including kayaking, jet-skiing, windsurfing and parasailing.
Casa Ybel Resort 2255 West Gulf Drive Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 239-472-3145 casaybelresort.com
Prince Edward Island--Dalvay By The Sea
Prince Edward Island, population 140,000, is Canada's greenest and smallest province. Couples can take a short walk from Dalvay, over a boardwalk, footpaths and through the sand dunes, to miles of beaches perfect for walking or swimming. One of Prince Edward Island's nine-hole and 18-hole golf courses are located on rolling hills with views of the coastline and forests. The Confederation Trail, part of the Trans-Canada Highway, connects the entire island, providing a view of the its natural habitat. Guests at Dalvay can rent a bicycle or walk parts of the 180-mile trail, which is graded with fine gravel.
Dalvay-By-The-Sea is located on the eastern edge of Prince Edward Island National Park on Dalvay Beach. This hotel is also known as the White Sands Hotel in the movies, "Anne of Green Gables" and the television series, "Road to Avonlea." Guests often come to the 26 guest rooms at Dalvay-By-The-Sea for the area's peaceful tranquility and beauty. Adjacent to the inn are four, three-bedroom cottages with views of Dalvay Lake, the ocean and well-landscaped grounds.
Dalvay By The Sea P.O. Box 8 -- Dalvay Prince Edward Island COA 1P0 Canada 888-366-2955 dalvaybythesea.com
Florida Straits--Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
The Florida Straits are three miles offshore from the lower Florida Keys. As you approach the island on The Truman, a 35-foot motorboat transfer from the Keys, you can see turquoise and deep blue water.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is located on a private island where guests can dine in the sand. It was featured on the Conde Nast Traveler 2010 Gold List--where it has been every year since 2005. The Dining Room Restaurant at the resort is ranked by Zagat 2010 in the "extraordinary to perfection" category. Little Palm Resort has no phones or televisions. Water activities surround guests, including swimming, snorkeling and fishing, and there is a full-service spa. The resort has 30 thatched-roof bungalow suites, decorated with British-colonial furnishings, next to the water's edge. Complimentary services for resort guests include daily scuba diving trips to Looe Key National Maritime Sanctuary and the wreck of Adolphus Busch. Guests can also day sail to Key West, Florida, for shopping and dining.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa 28500 Overseas Highway Little Torch Key, Florida 33042 800-343-8567 littlepalmisland.com