Romantic Hideouts

Feel the love, without the heart-shaped bathtub

Jun 15, 2006
Outside Magazine
Maui and Kamalame Cay

From left: In search of swells and seclusion on Maui; high-style paradise, Kamalame Cay.    Photo: Maui: Steve Casimiro/Getty; Kamalame Cay: courtesy of Kamalame Cay

a. Kamalame Cay, Andros Island, Bahamas
For high-powered lovebirds who want to elope on Friday but be back for their conference calls on Monday, the ultimate unforgettable pleasure-jaunt is east of Miami at Kamalame Cay. The collection of 19 perfect villas and rooms occupies its own 97-acre isle off the Bahamas' least populated island, Andros. Hang out on your shady veranda or stroll to the new over-water spa, with massage rooms open to sea breezes. And if you decide against casting on Andros's famed bonefish flats or diving the nearby 140-mile-long barrier reef, call it fodder for the anniversaries you'll inevitably come back for. TIME FOR TWO: Borrow a pair of snorkels and trek inland to one of the island's many blue holes. DETAILS: Twenty minutes from Nassau, which has daily flights from many East Coast cities. Doubles from $561, all-inclusive; 242-368-6281,

b. Huelo Point Lookout, Paia, Maui
Maui and romance are practically synonymous, but take the seclusion factor up a notch at Huelo Point Lookout's Rainbow cottage, on the island's north shore. The entire first floor is encased in glass, with views out to the Pacific and gardens of coconut and papaya, and a spiral staircase leads to the loft, with its king-size bed under skylights. While holing up may be tempting, pry yourself away for a hike around 10,023-foot Haleakala or for windsurfing at Hookipa Beach, a 20-minute drive west. TIME FOR TWO: Come dusk, take to the hot tub, surrounded by heliconia, wild ginger, and night-blooming jasmine. DETAILS: Seven major airlines fly into Maui's Kahului Airport; from there, it's a 45-minute drive to Huelo Point Lookout. Rainbow cottage, from $285; 800-871-8645,

c. Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Fincastle, Virginia
Heading north out of Roanoke on Route 11, lined with up-and-coming vineyards and sporting vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'll be charmed even before you arrive at Fincastle. This white-clapboard farmhouse-turned-winery, which started commercial bottling in 2001, opened its tasting room two years later and debuted two English-country guest rooms in May. Spend the day canoeing the nearby James River, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or biking the Blue Ridge Parkway. TIME FOR TWO: Before breakfast—local free-range eggs and bacon—stroll through the vineyards, when the sun has just risen over the trees. DETAILS: Three hours from Richmond. Doubles from $125, including breakfast; 540-591-9000,

Filed To: Maui, Bahamas