We are only too aware that this Valentine’s Day is going to revolve around flowers and a takeaway rather than with a romantic trip away. However, for those who are looking to postpone rather than completely shelve their plans, we present our pick of some of the world’s most romantic hotels. Give our team of experts a call on 0203 535 9290 and they will make sure you and your loved one can celebrate in style later this year.
It was a journalist from Vogue who described Perivolas on the Greek island of Santorini as “the most romantic place I have ever seen.” They certainly weren’t wrong. Once the homes and workplaces of Santorini’s fishermen and farmers, this group of 300-year-old caves have been transformed into a totally unique five star complex of 20 private houses set in their very own Garden of Eden. Perched on the cliffs high above the Aegean Sea, this tranquil oasis is the perfect escape for the romantically inclined. Fully air-conditioned, the whitewashed houses all have vaulted ceilings, one or two rooms, a sitting area, domed bathroom and fully equipped kitchenette. The jewel in the crown is the stunning Perivolas Suite featuring a spacious living area in a grotto-like setting, enhanced by a steam bath and a relaxing pool. The hotel’s piece de resistance is a stunning infinity pool that flows over the edge of the cliff into the horizon.
The Four Seasons boasts a number of gorgeous properties in the Maldives, but when it comes to romance the resort at Landaa Giraavaru has the edge. All 103 thatched-roof, standalone bungalows feature private water access, offering couples the ultimate privacy. They can also enjoy tantric couples massages in the Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat and Yoga Therapy Centre that expands from Landaa’s lush jungle heart into her luminescent lagoon. Other treats in store include candlelight dinners on a private sandbank and sunset champagne cruises around the surrounding UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve wildness.
Known as the Venice of the North, Udaipur is the embodiment of romance and royalty. The ultimate of both has to be the white-marble Taj Lake Palace. Built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, it floats like a giant lotus flower on the waters of Lake Pichola, enjoying 360-degree views of the city and the majestic Aravalli mountains. After wandering around four acres of graceful courtyards, pavilions and gardens, let your personal butler, a descendent of one of the original palace retainers, draw you a rose petal bath. Then what better way to end the day than by sailing into the sunset on board the hotel’s legendary 150-year old Gangaur boat complete with candlelight and beautifully dressed oarsmen?
Located in the City of Love and originally the private residence of Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, the Shangri-La Paris offers guests 81 bedrooms and suites, the most sought after of which have large rooftop terraces with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. The exquisite glass cupola and Murano chandelier meanwhile reflect the elegance of the meals prepared at La Bauhinia restaurant. On the other hand, you could savour the Cantonese cuisine at the renowned Shang Palace which in 2012 become the only Chinese restaurant in France to be awarded a Michelin star. This stunning property’s five star facilities also include Chi, a spa that draws inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La – a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being.
A 15th century palazzo dripping with precious fabrics, antiques and art, The Gritti Palace enjoys one of the most romantic and enthralling views of the lagoon city – from the island of San Giorgio Maggiore past landmarks Punta della Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute Basilica to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The accommodation is spearheaded by eight Grand Canal-view suites and rooms, the Hemingway, Pisani and Somerset Maugham. The Club del Doge Restaurant has one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city and is part of the cultural and social fabric of Venice. All in all, what’s not to love?