No. 1 on the list: Big Sur's Post Ranch Inn, where rooms appear to float above the forest floor and alfresco hot pools seem to flow into the wild Pacific. Other hotels that seduced readers provide over-the-top pampering. At Tuscany's Castello di Casole, for instance, couples get massages in a former wine cellar and cozy up for classic films beneath the stars at an on-site amphitheater.
The winning cities in the singles-scene category excel in the off-hours, ranking highly for nightclubs, dive bars, and even great diners, where you might lock eyes with someone over a late-night order of fries. But the most singles-friendly cities also put a creative spin on conventional meet-up spots.
The counterintuitive romance is one in which two people who truly shouldn't fall in love do, often under extraordinary and unromantic circumstances. The protagonists of these love stories breathe the same thin air as anti-heroes and outsiders; they are, in short, unidealized and identifiably human. We've compiled six romance films that fit this profile.
We suggest heating things up this winter with a visit to a sexy, sandy, and secluded adults-only hotel. Whether you need a spot for the long Valentine's Day -- er, we mean Presidents' Day -- weekend, or a remote locale for a romantic rendezvous this spring, one of these eight is sure to get you in the mood.