Luxurious Romantic Getaways in the South
Trees dripping with Spanish moss, the sound of a slow southern drawl, trickling fountains, lush greenery…there is no denying the romance of the southern states. Here is a list of the most incredibly luxurious and romantic getaways in the south.
With locations from sugar white sand beaches to verdant mountains to city centers, these are our favorite hotels for a romantic southern getaway.
I will mention that these are almost all luxury properties so most on the pricy side…but for a special occasion you might find that these romantic getaways in the south are worth a bit of a splurge!
Romantic Getaways in the South
The Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa
The Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa is a Marriott Autograph collection property. It is located in Pointe Clear near the charming town of Fairhope, Alabama.
This is a waterfront hotel on an idyllic property with expansive lawns, lush gardens and gnarled live oak trees. The service is impeccable and will make you feel like a VIP from the moment you arrive.
The Grand Hotel also has a stunning array of amenities some of which include a grand full-service spa, 2 outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness center, and 3 restaurants.
One of the most delightful and romantic getaways in the south is Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama. This is a renowned golf resort with a variety of unique room selections.
You can stay in the Inn with its wonderful views of rolling hills or you can select a cottage or a cabin. There are also 2 homes from the 1830’s and 1850’s that have been impeccably restored.
The entire place is breathtaking. To add to the romantic atmosphere you can enjoy the luxurious spa or a delicious meal at one of the three restaurants.
Fort Conde Inn
The Fort Conde Inn in Mobile, Alabama is often found on lists of the most romantic hotels in the south. If you want to feel that you have stepped back in time then this historic hotel is the place to stay. It is truly one of a kind.
The Inn is comprised of several historic homes dating back to the early 1800’s. All of these are in a private enclave called the Fort Conde Village and have been restored with great respect for their architectural heritage.
Although you will be walking on cobblestone streets lit with gas lanterns you will be in the heart of modern downtown Mobile. The contrast is wonderful.
The Capital Hotel
The Capital Hotel in Little Rock is an absolute gem. It was often called the “front porch” of Little Rock due to its perfect downtown location.
The hotel made its debut in the 1870’s. Today you will find that this is an historic hotel that has added all the modern day luxuries and amenities while never sacrificing old-fashioned service, charm and character.
The Capital Bar and Grill is a favorite restaurant among locals with excellent upscale southern comfort food and amazing cocktails. Brunch at One Eleven at the Capital is not to be missed.
Lookout Point Lakeside InN
This boutique hotel located on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas is a true sanctuary. Lookout Point Lakeside Inn has been voted one of the top ten most romantic hotels not only in the south, but in the US!
The lakeside gardens are reason enough to stay here.
You can relax in the sun in a hammock by the water, or sit in the shade of a tree surrounded by flowers with a book and a delectable cocktail from the bar, or perhaps you and your loved one might prefer to paddle around in a kayak.
The rooms are quiet and comfortable and several have balconies that overlook the gardens and the lake. In addition a gourmet breakfast is brought to each room in the morning.
This is one of the wonderful romantic getaways in the south.
The Reserve at Hot Springs
The Reserve at Hot Springs is one of the newest boutique hotels in Arkansas. It is located in an historic building…and it is glorious.
The W.C. Brown House was a former private mansion which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 16, 1986. It has recently been fully restored to its former glory and is now the cornerstone of this lovely inn.
The rooms at The Reserve at Hot Springs span three luxuriously historic buildings. Although it is located in the heart of the city the grounds are expansive and gorgeous. A gourmet 3 course breakfast is part of the experience here.
This inn is poised to become one of the premiere places to stay in Arkansas.
The Pearl Hotel
The Pearl Hotel is located in Rosemary Beach in the panhandle of Florida in an area known as 30A.
In my opinion some of the prettiest beaches in the US are those found along highway 30A and if you want a romantic getaway in this area The Pearl is the place to stay.
It is known for its old world style and its distinctive black and white striped awnings.
When you stay here you will have a stretch of private beach with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas just steps away from your suite as well as a poolside spa and delicious restaurants both on site and nearby.
Little Palm Island Resort and Spa
Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in the Florida Keys may be the most romantic place to stay in the south…perhaps even in the US!
This is the only private island resort in the United States. Do you have dreams of being on a luxurious but secluded island with your partner? This is the place to do it! It is a dream come true.
You will arrive to Little Palm Island by seaplane or via their private boat and discover that this is a place that is both incredibly relaxed and incredibly decadent.
You will have access to an indoor/outdoor spa, gourmet meals, a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, and plenty of privacy in your luxury bungalow overlooking the clear blue waters of the Florida Keys.
The Collector Luxury Inn and Gardens
The adults only Collector Luxury Inn is located in the historic and romantic town of St. Augustine on the famous Cordova Street. It is on one acre in the heart of the oldest city in America and spans 9 historic buildings that date back to the late 1700’s!
There are 30 luxurious rooms with unique historical features. At every turn on the property you will find something interesting, perhaps a veranda, a coquina wall, a quiet nook to enjoy a book, a piece of art, or a fire pit.
This romantic southern getaway is the place for history lovers.
Chateau Elan Winery and Resort
Located in the rolling hills of northern Georgia near the town of Braselton is Chateau Elan Winery and Resort. Here you will find 3,500 lush acres of wooded forests and vineyards.
This is the best romantic place to stay for couples who love wine and food and views. You can choose from one of the many gourmet restaurants as well as participate in a guided tour and tasting at the winery.
You can also choose to play golf or have a spa treatment at this lovely resort.
The Cloister at Sea Island
The Cloister at Sea Island is a special place and definitely one of the most romantic getaways in the south. This is waterfront living at its finest with a river, salt marshes, lush greenery, and 5 miles of private beach all within steps.
You can take a dip in one of the three swimming pools or elect to stay in one of the ocean front residences that each have their own private infinity pool.
You will also have access to the spa, fitness center, tennis courts, championship golf course, or can even choose an activity such as horseback riding on the beach.
Located in Savannah, Georgia which has to be one of the most romantic cities in the south is The Alida, a 173 room hotel in the lovely River Street neighborhood.
Here you will experience the perfect mix of southern hospitality with modern sensibilities. No two rooms in the hotel are exactly the same as they are all decorated with local craftwork and original designs.
You can enjoy southern food with a modern twist at the restaurant Rhett or perhaps a cocktail on the rooftop bar with a view of gorgeous Savannah.
Maison de la Luz
There aren’t many cities anywhere in the world as romantic as New Orleans and few hotels as romantic as Maison De La Luz.
They say on their website that “Maison de la Luz is a lighthouse for the senses, reverent of elegance, irreverent of convention and is marked by generosity of spirit.”
Take a look at the gorgeous guest rooms and the guest house and you will realize that this is not not just hyperbole, instead this is truly a special hotel, a sanctuary for romance.
Although the hotel does not have its own restaurant they do offer priority reservations to a number of local restaurants.
Nottoway Plantation Resort
Nottoway Plantation is a grand and historic home turned hotel located on the famous River Road between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. You will have the mighty Mississippi River on one side and sweeping lawns with oaks dripping moss on the other.
Rooms are located in the main house as well as in a variety of other buildings on the property such as the garden house and the carriage house.
There is also a mansion restaurant that offers classic Louisiana cuisine.
Watermark Baton Rouge
Situated high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River is one of the most iconic and historic hotels in Baton Rouge. At The Watermark Baton Rouge you will find beautiful, historic, and fascinating details from the days when this hotel was a bank.
The service is impeccable and the rooms are plush and comfortable. Be sure and check out their romance package which includes champagne and strawberries and breakfast in bed.
The Alluvian Hotel
Do you and your loved one enjoy the culinary arts? The Alluvian Hotel is the perfect place for a romantic southern getaway for the two of you.
The Alluvian is located in Greenwood, Mississippi right across the street from the Viking cooking school. You can walk over for a hands on cooking class and a great meal and then head right back to your hotel for a nightcap.
The Alluvian also has an amazing spa and a great classic restaurant, Giardina’s, on site.
Devereaux Shields House
Natchez, Mississippi is an absolutely fascinating town with amazing food and interesting architecture. The Devereaux Shields House is definitely one of the most romantic places to stay here.
The property actually consists of three Victorian homes built in the late 1800’s and situated just a few steps apart. Each of the homes has a variety of unique rooms with different amenities from which to choose.
The Fairview Inn is a beautiful home from 1908 turned hotel in Jackson, Mississippi and is the only AAA Four-Diamond small luxury hotel in the area. It combines that luxury with the charm and ambiance of a bed and breakfast.
You can choose from 18 unique and well appointed guest rooms.
Enjoy the made to order southern breakfast in the dining room or a delicious fireside cocktail with a meal in the Library Lounge. There is a spa on property to add to the relaxation.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa
The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina is the perfect place for a Blue Ridge Mountain Escape. It is located in the town of Highlands and wonderfully combines luxury with a relaxed and homey atmosphere.
This is a Relais and Chateaux European style property that incorporates the culture and setting of the North Carolina Mountains.
The Inn is located on several acres and the accommodations range from historic guest rooms to suites, cottages, and cabins. All are beautifully and luxuriously decorated.
Looking for natural mountain beauty combined with rustic ambiance and romantic luxury? The Swag near Waynesville, North Carolina is the place for you! The hospitality and views are unmatched.
Accommodations here are wonderfully unique. You can select a private cabin or stay in a room in the lodge. Many of the rooms have fireplaces, some have saunas, some have private covered porches.
You can find just what you and your favorite person are looking for in a romantic getaway in the south.
The Swag is known for their incredible dining and you can even pick a plan where meals are included in your stay.
The Inn on Biltmore Estate
Want to experience a level of service as if you were a Vanderbilt? Stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. This is a large hotel located on the Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina.
You can indulge in spa treatments, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting on the property, or take an expert led tour of the Biltmore house. This is a four star escape where your every need will be catered to.
The Willcox Inn
The Willcox Inn is a beautiful property in Aiken, South Carolina that has been voted one of the best hotels in the world!
Here you will find the best of southern hospitality, a wonderful restaurant, spa treatments, and one of the best hotel bars which is home to “the tastiest original cocktail.”
If you love the outdoors you will find that Aiken is also known for both golfing and equestrian activities.
Charleston is one of the most romantic cities in the US and the Planter’s Inn is one of the most romantic hotels in the city.
It is an historic boutique hotel that was built in 1844 and has one of the best locations in Charleston just across from the City Market.
Here you will find a gorgeous courtyard garden, high ceilings, dozens of working fireplaces, four poster beds, and so much more. The attention to detail and comfort is astounding and explains why this is one of the most romantic getaways in the south.
The Red Horse Inn
This is an award winning country inn on a sprawling and gorgeous piece of property with sweeping views of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Red Horse Inn is located in upstate South Carolina near the town of Landrum.
It has won a multitude of awards and recognitions including Travel & Leisure’s, “One of America’s Most Romantic Inns.” It has also been the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award every year since 2006.
This is the one of the most perfect romantic getaways in the south to allow you and your partner to disconnect from the world and focus one one another.
Blackberry Farm has one of the most renowned dining experiences of all of the romantic getaways in the south on this list. This is the place to go for the foodie couple!
The food is farm to table, locally sourced, much of it from the property’s farm, and deliciously decadent. You can participate in culinary demonstrations when you stay here as well as wine or whisky tastings.
The 4,200 acre setting of this farm property provides a luxurious escape from the ordinary. The accommodations range from historic rooms to hill cottages to large houses.
The Oliver Hotel
The Oliver Hotel is the best historic boutique hotel in Knoxville and a recent renovation has made this an even better place to getaway for some romance. The ambiance at The Oliver is contemporary elegance mixed with southern hospitality.
Be sure and dine at one of the hotels restaurants and visit the Peter Kern Library which is a perfect dark wood speakeasy with books and cocktails.
The Germantown Inn
There are a lot of hotels in Nashville, but The Germantown Inn is one of the most unique and special. Germantown is Nashville’s oldest neighborhood and the hotel was once an 1865 Federal style home.
Everything in the hotel is designed for beauty and comfort. There are 10 beautifully appointed suites to choose from.
I hope that you enjoyed this list of the most romantic getaways in the south!
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