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A suite at Castello del Nero in Tuscany.  

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You’ll always have Paris: Destinations worth revisiting.

PARIS, FRANCE
Best Time to Go: May
Hours From NYC: 7
Romance Factor: High

Find antique jewelry, vintage Louis Vuitton alligator luggage, and silver place settings at the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, a flea market that dates back to 1885. After a day of wandering through the crowds, slip into the cinema for the latest French flick at La Pagode, a sumptuous nineteenth-century replica of a Japanese pagoda, replete with tearoom and garden. Come nightfall, splurge on a room at the famed Ritz (from $1,100; ritzparis.com or 33-0143-163-030). The Scott Fitzgerald suite has pink-and-beige silk upholstery that captures the exuberance of Scott and Zelda, another passionate couple once married in New York.


TUSCANY, ITALY
Best Time to Go: June
Hours From NYC: 11
Romance Factor: High

To eat your way through Tuscany’s charming, hilly towns, you’ll need a central starting point. Drop off your bags at Castello del Nero (from $800; castello-del-nero.com or 39-055-806-470), a restored twelfth-century castle set amid fragrant cypress-tree vineyards. Would-be gourmets can sign up for cooking classes at the hotel’s restaurant, La Torre, or, better yet, hop on a quick shuttle to Florence and visit the Mercato Centrale, where locals stock up on Chianti Classico, roasted meats, salt-free bread, and olive oil. For a more decadent feed, head to L’Andana Hotel’s Trattoria Toscana (39-0564-944-322) on the Maremma coast. The former hunting lodge bears the Alain Ducasse imprint with wild boar and other local game on the menu.


RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO
Best Time to Go: December
Hours From NYC: 8
Romance Factor: Moderate-High

Unpack your bathing suits at the new Mandarin Oriental (from $700; mandarinoriental.com/rivieramaya or 52-984-877-3288), a 36-acre resort on a quiet stretch of white sand only ten minutes north of busy Playa del Carmen. Book an oceanfront casita and laze by one of three swimming pools with a guava nectar in hand, or get pampered at the 25,000-square-foot spa. The Amanecer del Mar morning treatment includes a guided yoga session and aroma-stone massage meant to create a sense of balance. If motivated, take an afternoon trip to the ancient Mayan city of Tulum and achieve a different spiritual high on the top of El Castillo Pyramid.


LANAI, HAWAII
Best Time to Go: March
Hours From NYC: 10
Romance Factor: Moderate

Lace up your hiking boots and take Lanai’s eight-mile Munro Trail, which winds up through the rain forest to the top of Mount Lanaihale. At 3,368 feet above sea level, it offers a clear view of Hawaii’s other islands (with the exception of Kauai). After you descend, sign up for his-and-her surfing lessons with Lanai Surf School and Surf Safari. Husband-and-wife team Nick and Alex Palumbo provide boards, refreshments, and more than 30 years of combined experience as they separately guide you on Hulopoe Bay’s massive breaks. When you’ve had enough adventure for one day, retreat to The Four Seasons Manele Bay (from $445; fourseasons.com/manelebay or 808-565-2000) for an Ali’i banana-coconut scrub said to fortify that postnuptial glow.


JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Best Time to Go: December
Hours From NYC: 6
Romance Factor: Moderate

Cuddle in front of the stone fireplace at Spring Creek Ranch (condos start from $170; springcreekranch.com or 307-733-8833), a rambling thousand-acre resort bordered by the National Elk Refuge, and Grand Teton National Park. Stay in a three-floor cliffside condo for unparalleled views. And get your fortune read by the resident “soul reader” before setting off to explore the area, which is populated by all manner of wildlife, including moose, bison, and grizzly bears. For a more interactive experience, take the reins of a dogsled and glide through the snow. The Alaskan huskies are dependable pros that participate in the Iditarod Great Sled Race every year.


FRENCH POLYNESIA
Best Time to Go: August
Hours From NYC: 14
Romance Factor: Very High

The cobalt waters of Bora Bora have always been popular with newlyweds. Hide out on the private island of Piti Ua at the Sofitel Motu Bora Bora (from $1,710 per night; sofitel.com or 689-605-600) where 31 bungalows look out on Mount Otemanu’s jagged façade. Most suites are over water and have plasma TVs for reluctant naturalists. If you can restrain yourself, the on-site snorkeling is more rewarding; swim along sea turtles and manta rays. For a change of scenery, stay at Le Méridien Tahiti (from $250; starwoodhotels.com or 689-470-707). The bungalows are still lovely but closer to the shops and museums.

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