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The crystal blue waters off Hawaii's Waikiki Beach makes for a fabulous romantic retreat.

With empty nests and more time to travel, retirees are ready to enjoy long-awaited romantic getaways. While some retirees have dreamed of visiting faraway places such as Paris or Tuscany, many romantic resorts can be found close to home in the United States. Whether you're looking for a private island retreat, a historic manor, or a desert oasis, the following resorts will set the tone for a romantic vacation for two.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort - South Carolina

Just a few miles from historic Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island is a barrier island which offers secluded beaches, breathtaking sunsets, fine dining, and a variety of romantic and relaxing activities for couples. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Romance Package includes garden view accommodations, a romantic dinner for two, a rejuvenating couples massage, a sumptuous breakfast buffet, and many special touches such as rose petal turndown service, chocolates, and champagne.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale - Arizona

High in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, couples will find the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North in Scottsdale, Arizona to be an ideal romantic retreat. This world-class resort offers golf, fine dining and a full-service spa in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak. The beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites are located in 25 separate one- or two-story casitas, where private patios and balconies offer breathtaking high desert views. Resort guests also enjoy access to both The Pinnacle and The Monument championship golf courses at Troon North Golf Club.

Madrona Manor - California

The Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn and Restaurant, set in the heart of California’s finest wine country in Healdsburg, enjoys dramatic mountain views and rolling, sun-dappled vineyards. This gorgeous Victorian estate features exquisite gardens and a magnificent mansion which was built in 1881. Couples can choose the resort’s special romance package, known as La Victoriana, which includes a stay in one of the mansion’s original Victorian bedrooms, an in-room couples massage, a gourmet breakfast, and a 7-course dinner at the resort’s acclaimed on-site restaurant.

Halekulani Hotel - Hawaii

The Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach is one of Hawaii’s best-loved resorts. This ideal romantic getaway offers all the attractions of Honolulu’s beautiful beaches, as well as a full-service spa and an award-winning restaurant. The resort’s special Romance Remembered four-night package includes a romantic dinner, chocolate fondue for two, and complimentary entrance to Oahu’s fine art and culture venues. This tropical retreat is the perfect location for couples to enjoy lazy lounging, spectacular sunsets, and romantic moonlit strolls.

Little Palm Island Resort and Spa - Florida

As Florida’s most secluded and romantic retreat, Little Palm Island Resort and Spa is a memorable location for a dream getaway for two. The island itself offers plenty of fabulous attractions including snorkeling, deep sea fishing, seaplane tours, swimming, shopping, and spa services. The resort’s exquisite suites are nestled in thatched-roof bungalows surrounded by lush tropical flora and there are plenty of available options to customize your stay. This includes a variety of special arrival amenities and romantic turndown services, all designed to set the perfect tone for your romantic escape.