The winners of Tripadvisor's annual Traveler's Choice awards for hotels was announced last week, acknowledging more than 8,151 properties worldwide, covering eight regions around the globe.
The hallmarks of this year's winners, which were determined based on millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from the site's travelers worldwide, are remarkable service, quality and value.
Since we're feeling a little bit romantic in light of the upcoming Valentine's Day, here are the top ten hotels for romance in the world according to the recent awards.
1. The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Thailand
Nestled in the hills above Sairee in Koh Tao, or Turtle Island -- a small tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand -- The Place offers nine boutique villas with features including private infinity pool, en-suite dressing room, large balcony and private sundeck.
2. Riad Noir D'Ivoire, Marrakech
A boutique hotel hidden inside the Medina, Riad Noir D'Ivoire has more than just beautiful decor and personalized service. A heated pool, a small gym, Wi-Fi throughout most areas and a traditional Hamman spa are just some of the delights that guests can expect to enjoy.
3. 2inn1 Kensington, South Africa
Situated in a quiet residential area of Cape Town, 2inn1 Kensington is flanked by the imposing slopes of Table Mountain and Lion's Head and stylishly combines a remodelled Victorian house with a modern bungalow.
4. The Old Rectory Hotel, Martinhoe, United Kingdom
This boutique country house offers friendly accommodation, delicious food, a good wine list and a relaxed atmosphere near the stunning Exmoor coast in North Devon -- no crowds, no kids and no traffic to disturb the peace.
5. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House, South Africa
Each guesthouse at Akademie is unique; three have their own private garden and swimming pool, while three others share a large solar-heated pool. But they all join through winding pathways and meet at a Cape Dutch main house where breakfast is served under a vine-covered patio.
6. La Fortuna at Atitlán, Guatemala
Located on the shores of Lake Atitlán under the San Pedro, Atitlán and Toliman volcanoes, the four-bungalow property is tucked into the private bay of Patzisotz. The so-called eco hotel is 100 per cent off-grid solar powered and uses an advanced water-treatment system for all of its waste water.
7. Anastasis Apartments, Santorini Island, Greece
Nestled on the outskirts of the village of Imerovigli perched upon the top of the cliffs of the Caldera, the establishment is comprised of ten apartments and suites and one secluded villa; all have undisturbed views of the Aegean Sea and the sunset.
8. The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel, New Zealand
Only a one-minute walk to Queenstown, the hotel features 13 private ensuite bedrooms -- all with different views of Queenstown and the surrounding area -- along with a large lounge with an open fire, a private library, an outdoor spa and an outdoor courtyard with an open fireplace.
9. La Minerva, Capri, Italy
This 18-room hotel can be found in a quiet yet panoramic position in the centre of Capri, just steps away from the island's shopping district, Via Camerelle and Via Tragara. Its highlights include a gorgeous view of Capri's blue sea from the balconies of each and every bedroom, from the swimming pool and from the rooftop terrace where breakfast is served.
10. The Clarence Hotel, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Situated just a few hundred yards from the seafront and five minutes drive from famous attractions such as the Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower, the Clarence Hotel is an Edwardian residence that has been converted to create eight individually designed bedrooms.