"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." - Confucius
Whilst romance can mean something different for everyone, it's hard to resist the allure of a romantic getaway for two. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to whisk your loved one away to somewhere breathtakingly romantic. This week we’ve narrowed down some of our dreamiest hotels around the world that perfectly cater to that ultimate ‘romantic getaway’. From a one-of-a-kind 12th-century tower overlooking the enchanting landmarks of Florence, to spine tingling sunsets in Costa Rica. Whatever your romantic getaway of choice, there's a stay just waiting to enliven the passionate character in all of us!
Prepare yourself for surreal solitude and relaxation, with a romantic detachment from the hubbub of the rest of the world. Situated along Costa Rica’s pristine Guanacaste peninsula, the romance levels at Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas are unprecedented. This luxury adults-only retreat boasts 21 sensational private villas, with their own personal salt water infinity pools and stunning Moroccan elements. Who needs artwork when you have the vast blue Pacific Ocean and over 1,000 acres of rich tropical lands as your backdrop? Here you can experience a taste of that sweet “Pura Vida” way of life.
This property is the stuff you can only imagine in fairytales. Offering some of the most unbeatable room types for its guests, a stay at Casa Chameleon will be nothing short of magnificent. Enjoy sensational panoramic ocean views from your terrace whilst you sip on a glass of bubbly with your loved one, relax with a couples massage in the privacy of your own villa, indulge in the very best of coastal Costa Rican cuisine at their Sentido Norte restaurant (a cliffside haven of dining dreams), and be hypnotised by the spine tingling sunsets right on your doorstep. Wanting to make your stay a little more adventurous? There are also a myriad of activities available. So what are you waiting for?
Make your way to one of Puglia’s most authentic villages, Matino, for your perfect romantic getaway. A place where you can slow down the pace and indulge in everything this secret corner of Italy has to offer, there’s a unique 18th-century palazzo just waiting for your arrival. Originally built as a family home, Palais Gentile is the perfect place for those seeking a relaxing and more intimate experience. From original stones and exquisite craftsmanship, to magical Puglian architecture featuring authentic arches, limestone bathrooms and discreetly luxurious details, this is your ideal home-away-from-home.
Each of the Deluxe rooms and spacious suites offer gorgeous views across the old streets of Matino. Frette linens, Salvatore Ferragamo bathroom amenities, local handmade artworks, geometric tiles, bespoke lighting and luxurious details make these spaces even more intimate. For the perfect evening wind down, relax on their rooftop terrace and enjoy a selection of Salento wines, taste local taralli and watch some of the most unmissable sunsets. Whilst there is no in-house restaurant, treasure refined Italian cuisine in Foscolo – a place where elegance and hospitality coexist in the simplicity of a passion: beauty and well-being. Palais Gentile is where you can experience the true authenticity of Puglia.
What can be more romantic than by staying on the hills of Mougins where Picasso settled with his final love? Built in the shape of a snail shell, this medieval commune is one of France’s most utterly beautiful destinations. Being only 15 minutes from Cannes, the village has attained somewhat of an elite status, offering visitors a seductive combination of picturesque doorway details, colourful flowers and beautiful ancient houses. Not to mention it benefits from 300 days of sunshine a year!
Exuding an artistic air, Le Manoir de L'Étang is a 19th-century manor house boasting a divine position within the French Riviera, and has an element of exclusivity to it. Overlooking a glittering lake covered with lotus flowers, this tranquil and artistic haven is a romantic’s dream. Each of the rooms offer sublime visions over the lake and the surrounding rolling hills, featuring Egyptian cotton sheets, fine quality linens, charming furnishings and private terraces perfect for those slower mornings. Take a dip in their charming outdoor swimming pool, enjoy an indulgent mix of local and seasonal produce at Le Manoir’s restaurant, and sip on a glass of wine or two at sunset. Fancy a stroll around the area? Guests also have full access to roam the large landscaped gardens.
Envisage serenity with impeccable views of the Boka Kotorska Bay sunsets, with the hubbub of the surrounding towns within ample distance. Montenegro is a European gem, with many secrets to be discovered. From its utterly hypnotising Bay of Kotor, to its ancient little churches highlighting every square, invigorate your senses with an ambient stay within the regal surroundings of Palazzo Radomiri. A palace in its own right, this 18th-century waterfront mansion will bewitch you with its picturesque beauty the moment you step foot inside.
With baroque details and exposed stone walls gracing the ten antique-filled rooms, each of the meticulously crafted accommodations embodies its Venetian heritage, and offer the most delightful sea views. Start your morning right with some rejuvenating yoga on the jetty, spend the day exploring the romance of Dobrota, wind down with an alfresco dining experience within the leafy greenery of Restaurant Palazzo, and watch the sunset behind the surrounding mountains. Both captivating and vast, Palazzo Radomiri in Boka Kotorska Bay opens its arms, inviting you to revel in its wonder.
The Sicilian proverb has it that ‘L’ amuri è come a tussi…nun si po ammucciari’ (transtating to ‘Love is like a cough… impossible to hide’. A place of diverse landscapes and rich history, there’s no need to hide your adoration for your loved one in this captivating cultural melting pot. Sicily is one of the most intriguing places in Europe, and certainly makes for the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Travel to the east coast, discover the charming hilltop town of Taormina and book a stay at the award-winning Hotel Villa Carlotta. This 17th-century villa offers the most exclusive views across the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, and welcomes you through a flourishing botanical garden (you could easily mistake this place for heaven on earth). With its classical motifs and film-worthy views, walls of heritage embrace you in this family-run hotel.
Boasting a selection of elegant rooms with bespoke furnishings, a bijou pool terraced above rose-coloured tiles of an ancient chapel, a rooftop restaurant serving only the most authentic Sicilian flavours, and exceptionally personal hospitality, breathe in that fresh Mediterranean air and immerse yourself in the history of Taormina here at Hotel Villa Carlotta.
In search for a trip filled with history and culture? Mérida, the largest city in the Yucatán Peninsula, is an inspiring city to explore; from its emblematic architecture and its Mayan heritage, to its stunning museums and broad central plazas. Decu Downtown opened its doors to travellers and romantics alike in 2021, and has become a true Mexican paradise. With a heavy focus on the wellbeing of each guest, this rejuvenating oasis guarantees a space of pure relaxation. Perfectly encapsulating the atmosphere of “The White City”, this combination of classic Mérida style with modern architecture makes this space even more magical.
Decu Downtown Merida is home to just eight exclusive suites, boasting excellent attention to detail within every corner. Featuring high ceilings and statement tiled flooring, to fascinating stone showers and signature bed frames, each of these spaces feel like a relaxing haven. Tantalise your tastebuds with some timeless flavours of Yucatán at the hotel restaurant, take a dip in the pool, enjoy a cocktail or two under the shade of the trees, and let the charm of the private courtyard captivate you. If you’re wanting a little extra pampering for you and your loved one, there’s also a selection of rejuvenating spa treatments available upon request.
There’s no denying that Florence is possibly one of the most romantic places in Europe. The cradle of the Renaissance, a beacon to art lovers across the globe, and home to mouthwatering Tuscan cuisine, this enchanting city will give you memories that will last you a lifetime. And if there’s one place to indulge in Florence and all of its glory, it's Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1. What was once a medieval tower from the year 1200, is now an exclusively romantic boutique filled with history, luxury and Renaissance art. Perfectly nestled on the Arno River, this is one of the only places where you can truly enjoy the most breathtaking panoramic views across this historical centre and its surrounding Tuscan hills.
The Florentine signature style that graces each of the rooms and suites make this place even more romantic. From high ceilings and parquet flooring, to fine antiques and statement bed frames, romance is the name of the game here. To top it all off, make your way up to the hotel’s Duomo terrace where you can enjoy the most delicious Tuscan cuisine, with the rooftops of the city as your backdrop. ‘Restaurant The Tower’ is a space that mirrors and diffuses the beauty and purity of Florence.
Stockholm is a place where plenty of romance can be found. From the medieval Old Town that feels like it’s been written out of storybooks, to the blossoming trees in the Kungsträdgården, Swedish for King’s Garden, this city is known to its locals as the ‘beauty on water’ – already sound tempting? Nestled by the glistening Lake Mälaren, just 30 minutes from the city, Görvälns Slott is a place filled with pure opulence. Whilst this manor house was built in 1679, the timeless feel mixed with modern amenities and an abundance of mischievous attitude, blend seamlessly. With clashing colours and a Louis XVI eccentric style, the regality of this hotel is totally inspiring. This property’s tongue-in-cheek decor will make for the perfect backdrop of your romantic getaway.
Enjoy deliciously exciting dishes at their in-house Gallery Restaurant, where clean eating takes centre stage, taste a plethora of delicious local wines and indulge in the gorgeous lakeside surroundings. If you’re looking for a romantic yet luxurious getaway, the mesmerising nature and unbelievable convenience of Görvälns Slott make for a royal treatment in Sweden.
Magelang Central Java, Indonesia
Searching for something a little more… secluded? Discover a hidden paradise in the Indonesian forest. Nestled within Central Java’s Menoreh Hills, Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa is a secret you'll be glad to be let in on. Totally hidden away from the rest of the world, this gorgeous oriental sanctuary positions you in an ultimate romantic setting – the breathtaking surrounding landscape of this magical retreat is something like no other. Indulge in the awe-inspiring rolling hills, be enchanted by the magnificent volcanic peaks and take a deep breath of fresh air as you venture to the top of Punthuk Setumbu hill for a spellbinding sunrise.
Here you can experience the true meaning of privacy and tranquillity in their spacious, individual villas. These contemporary versions of the traditional Javanese buildings are fitted with rain showers, sheer comfort and your own private pool. If you want to add a little extra touch of romance to your stay, take a dip in the Padma Spa’s volcanic stone bath, and let the sprinkled lotus petals surrounding you complete your romantic getaway. With three exquisite dining options, here you are spoiled for choice when it comes to sampling mouth-watering Indonesian cuisine. We highly recommend dining at their Patio Venue, where you can indulge in delicious foods and wines while enjoying the unparalleled views from your seats.
Hailed for its crystal clear waters, Lake Garda is one of Northern Italy’s most romantic locations. A place to unwind or to enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities, here you can soak up only the best of Alpine scenery. Once an elite hangout for royalty, the recently renovated 19th-century Lido Palace is a palatial stay that offers only the best views of this magnificent lake. From glass walkways that run over the gardens, to its restaurants and outdoor bar that make you feel like you’re floating above the glittering waters, the impressive grandeur of this five-star retreat really makes it a bold statement in Riva del Garda.
Each room here offers a taste of Lido Palace’s success of discreet luxury. Offering varying perspectives of the lake, the unique design and contrasting colours blend seamlessly into its surroundings. Melt into relaxation at the hotel’s CXI Spa, a 1,500 sqm wellness centre, and indulge in its expansive selection of treatments to help revitalise your senses. Sweat your worries away in the Finnish sauna, relax in the magnificent salt room that boasts an entire wall made from illuminated salt rock, enjoy outdoor wellness moments under the open-air gazebo and relax those muscles with a full body, deep tissue massage. Each guest receives a complimentary Luxury Spa Kit, including fabulous goodies and a voucher to redeem at the CXI Spa!
Whilst there are so many romantic places around the world, nothing will ever beat a trip to this unnervingly romantic city. With gondolas floating down majestic canals, marble bridges crisscrossing iconic waterways, magnificent cathedrals towering over its surroundings and absolutely mouth watering cuisine, Venice is so unique, so eccentric, so different and so beautiful that words will never do it justice.
Hotel Corte di Gabriela is perfectly tucked away in the very heart of this enchanting city, in between the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. This 19th-century palazzo radiates an awe-inspiring atmosphere, injecting contemporary design into its Venetian heritage. With an eco-friendly ethos and hospitality centred around sustainability, the calming comforts of this boutique hotel truly makes the perfect home-away-from-home. Formed of just eleven individually decorated rooms and two self-catered loft apartments, the magical design and signature furniture pieces meld into its historic setting. From stunning terrazzo floors to original ceiling frescoes, Hotel Corte di Gabriela is a boutique hotel unlike any other, it’s a place where ordinary gives way to the extraordinary! Tranquil and romantic, enjoy a bottle of wine with your partner in the hotel’s secret courtyard and indulge in the antique marble wellheads under the very old wisteria plant.
Known as the city of a hundred spires, Prague is the perfect place for a romantic weekend away; from its spiralling Gothic steeples puncturing the sky, to its intimate cobblestone winding streets. Located just moments away from the Prague Castle lies a distinguished boutique hotel made up of three 14th-century buildings. Its chic, modern interior with classicist elements designed by famous architect Borek Sipek, and designer Barbora Skorpilova, is perfect for guests with a taste for aesthetically pleasing spaces packed with personality.
Brimming with chic chambers, perfect for a relaxing and romantic setting, each room is unique and utterly elegant. Relax at the tranquil hotel spa, offering a variety of divine massages and treatments. There are also special romantic packages available exclusively for couples, including essential oils to help soothe both the body and mind. Whilst there’s no in-house restaurant, the Prague Chocolate Café and Bistro produces top quality, hand-made chocolates as well as serving some great wine and fresh meals – perfect for a romantic setting. Watch the world go by with the mysterious charm of the up-lit streets of Prague as your backdrop, soak in the bath with a bottle of bubbly and allow Design Hotel Neruda to create the perfect setting for your romantic getaway.
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