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The Best Romantic Getaways California Has to Offer

Catalina Suite Balcony, photo credit Montage at Laguna Beach

Catalina Suite Balcony, photo credit Montage at Laguna Beach

From serene beachfront properties to vibrant adventure vacation spots, these luxurious resorts are here to help you step up the romance.

There’s a bit of great relationship advice going around social media lately called the “2-2-2 Rule.” To keep the romance alive, this rule suggests couples go out for an evening every two weeks, get away for a weekend every two months and go on week-long romantic getaways every two years. 

Of course, following this rule requires knowing the best romantic vacation spots for you and your significant other. Luckily, we’ve rounded up our picks for the best romantic getaways in California, with exclusive information on some brand new resorts.

Post Ranch Inn at Sunset, photo by Kodiak Greenwood

Post Ranch Inn at Sunset, photo by Kodiak Greenwood

THE POST RANCH INN 

Some of the most extraordinary views of the Pacific ocean can be found at The Post Ranch Inn. Set on a cliff, each room boasts a breathtaking view of either the ocean or mountainside. The Post Ranch Inn has suites, private houses and treehouses with private indoor and outdoor soaking tubs or fireplaces.

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Ocean House Northern Deck, photo by Kodiak Greenwood

Ocean House Northern Deck, photo by Kodiak Greenwood

While at a meditative yoga session or eating at the hotel’s Sierra Mar, there’s a chance you’ll spot some wildlife roaming about this vacation spot, including deer and peacocks to name a few.

Santa Monica Luxury Rooms, photo by The Ingalls

Santa Monica Luxury Rooms, photo by The Ingalls

SANTA MONICA PROPER HOTEL

Proper may be in the name, but this resort in Santa Monica offers what they call a “looser luxury.” Walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier, you can fall asleep to the sound of the ocean waves and the smell of a gentle ocean breeze from your suite. For couples seeking some R&R, the Santa Monica Proper has an Eastern inspired wellness spa, a roof-deck pool with beautiful views and great food and drink from the Balearic restaurant.

Pool Deck, photo by The Ingalls

Pool Deck, photo by The Ingalls

 “Whether it’s watching the sunset from the sun loungers by our rooftop pool, cozying up in one of the nooks of our lobby lounge Palma, experiencing our unique wellness offerings at Surya Spa or taking your loved one on the back of one of our electric scooters to explore the area, Santa Monica Proper is the best place for a couples getaway,” said Julien Laracine, Managing Director at Santa Monica Proper.

Interested in more of the vibrant city life for your romantic getaway? You can check out the newly opened Downtown L.A. Proper. Each room has a unique take on a modern Moroccan design, so any suite you stay in will make you feel like you have your own private art museum.

“Whether it’s watching the sunset from the sun loungers by our rooftop pool, cozying up in one of the nooks of our lobby lounge Palma, experiencing our unique wellness offerings at Surya Spa or taking your loved one on the back of one of our electric scooters to explore the area, Santa Monica Proper is the best place for a couples getaway,” said Julien Laracine, Managing Director at Santa Monica Proper.

Laguna Beach Canyon view, photo by The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Canyon view, photo by The Ranch at Laguna Beach

THE RANCH AT LAGUNA BEACH

For those looking for vacation spots away from the noise without sacrificing lavish amenities, The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers the perfect balance of simple and upscale living. Tucked away in a Laguna Canyon, this ranch-style resort will make you feel miles away.

The Treehouse Outdoor Patio, photo by The Ranch at Laguna Beach

The Treehouse Outdoor Patio, photo by The Ranch at Laguna Beach

“Situated between canyon and sea in the heart of Orange County, The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s romantic setting emanates from its natural surroundings,” said General Manager Kurt Bjorkman. “Couples are invited to unwind at Sycamore Spa, savor farm-to-table cuisine, enjoy live music on The Porch, tee off at the resort’s Ben Brown’s golf course and more. The resort truly provides a restorative getaway and a peaceful place for couples to connect.”

Bungalow Living Room, photo by Montage at Laguna Beach

Bungalow Living Room, photo by Montage at Laguna Beach

MONTAGE AT LAGUNA BEACH

Perched on a coastal bluff above the Pacific, Montage Laguna Beach has activities for any couple wanting the perfect romantic getaway. Wanting an adventurous weekend packed with fun? Explore the surrounding nature of Laguna Beach while you paddle-board, snorkel, Kayak or whale watch, which is all bookable through the front desk.

Hoping for a more rejuvenating stay? Unwind together at Spa Montage with the Romantic Couples Journey treatment where a combination of luxurious exfoliation, a botanical bubble bath, an aromatic scalp massage, and side-by-side full body massage will melt away any lingering post-wedding stresses. After the spa, couples can head to Mosaic Pool for further relaxation and beautiful views of the Pacific just below.

Firepit Lounge Area, photo credit L’Horizon

Photo by L’Horizon

L’HORIZON PALM SPRINGS

For those times you’re looking to soak up the sunshine, why not travel to the town practically birthed for luxury? L’Horizon in Palm Springs is keeping the history of glamor alive with a mid-century modern touch. Reserve Bungalows with wall-to-ceiling windows for beautiful natural lighting and indulge in wines, liqueurs and fine dining onsite at this vacation spot.

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Entrance in the Summer, photo by Meadowood

Entrance in the Summer, photo by Meadowood

MEADOWOOD NAPA VALLEY

You can’t talk about romantic getaways without including the Wine Country, and Meadowood of Napa Valley does not disappoint. The tranquil elegance at Meadowood makes even checking in at the lobby feel like you’re wandering through an enchanted forest. With chocolate and wine tastings, Meadowood is sure to help you enjoy the weekend just how you pictured it.

Dine In and Chocolate Tasting, photo credit Meadowood Napa Valley

Dine In and Chocolate Tasting, photo credit Meadowood Napa Valley

“Meadowood Napa Valley’s intimate setting in wine country is a perfect romantic getaway for couples,” says Director of Communications Amanda Harlan. “From the property’s secluded guest cottages nestled into the trees, to the newly built suites by Howard Backen at the Spa, every aspect of the property has been designed with an acute sensitivity to the nuances of comfort, privacy and relaxation. Meadowood offers an idyllic experience for couples to make memories that will last a lifetime.”

Here’s to good eats, massages, adventure and relaxation in the near future.

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