Let’s talk about romance and where you can experience this most pleasurable feeling. Check out these lovely hotels:
Home House, Portman Square, London
Hidden within a Georgian townhouse on leafy Portman Square in London’s Marylebone this pretty boutique hotel with 23 luxurious bedrooms and suites, is part of Home House, a private member’s club. It’s somewhat decadent with a variety of restaurants and bars on several levels, a gym and a health spa. For romance in the summer, dine in the courtyard garden for a BBQ’d lamb or beef.
Spend the day wining and dining beneath grand chandeliers, fireplaces, antique furniture and charming bedrooms. The Duke of Newcastle Suite overlooks Portman Square through impressive Georgian sash windows, houses a stunning half tester bed and features the Duke of Newcastle’s actual mirror.
How much: Doubles from £387 per night. CHECK AVAILABILITY
Palé Hall Hotel, Snowdonia, Wales, UK
Ramp up the romance at Wales’ most romantic 5-star hotel. For those seeking a romantic stay with a traditional and opulent feel, the 150-year-old luxury country house Palé Hall Hotel is the perfect setting this February. With a beautiful woodland garden rolling down to the banks of the River Dee and Snowdonia National Park is on its doorstep, it features 18 luxurious, individually styled bedrooms plus four garden suites with hot tubs, a 3 AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, which holds a Green Michelin star.
How much: Overnight stay costs from £245 – two sharing a Classic Room, with breakfast. CHECK AVAILABILITY
Montagu Arms Hotel Valentines Break, New Forest, England
Escape to a luxurious hideaway in the New Forest and curl up on the large cosy sofas in front of roaring log fires, while away the hours with picturesque riverside and forest walks and embark on a culinary tour of the New Forest with a six-course tasting menu at the Terrace Restaurant. Choose an exquisitely furnished suite, with four-poster beds, oversized baths, and a decanter of seasonal gin. Enjoy the relaxing and invigorating facilities of SenSpa at the nearby hotel Careys Manor.
How much: From £226 per person (two sharing a room). Available February and March and includes B&B, local artisan chocolates in the room, pre-dinner Rosé and oysters, six-course tasting menu at The Terrace Restaurant, and use of the spa and leisure facilities at Careys Manor Hotel (6 miles away). CHECK AVAILABILITY
Love, Sweet, Love at Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland
Treat your special someone in an unrivalled romantic setting at the five-star Culloden Estate & Spa can head to Northern Ireland this Valentine’s Day. Overlooking Belfast Lough and with twelve acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland to stroll around with, not to mention the tranquil ambience of the Spa to relax in, the Culloden Estate is the perfect place to make those unforgettable memories that will be forever cherished.
The special romance package includes: Prosecco and luxury chocolates on arrival, overnight accommodation romantic breakfast in bed and full use of Health Club & Spa
How much: from £790 per night and Garden Rooms from £270 per night, including breakfast. CHECK AVAILABILITY
French Waterways – Amour Cruise, France
Highlights include a luxury spa experience and dinner, musicians to serenade during an haute-cuisine dinner. Start with a champagne reception when you board board ‘Amour’ and the first of many gourmet meals served by their private chef.
How much: A 7-day honeymoon break on the Amour starts from £7260 per person, per week, including all drinks and meals on board and some included excursions. Optional excursions incur additional costs. CHECK AVAILABILITY
Romantic getaway in Manon Les Suites, Copenhagen, Denmark
Spend the weekend in the 5-starred romantic hotel 5-star Manon Les Suites in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark situated 1 km from Copenhagen Central Station. It is a sight to behold with hanging plants, lamps, Balinese penjor (a Balinese Hindu religious symbol of prosperity) poles and palms wherever you look. It’s like the tropics, right in the heart of Copenhagen. The hotel boasts five stars and 87 suites, all encircling the stunning atrium yard with the exotic pool on the ground floor. Manon Les Suites offers luxurious Boheme and besides the lovely pool area, the organic restaurant and bar with an adjacent rooftop terrace is a big draw.
How much: Suite from £410 per night. CHECK AVAILABILITY
Ajul Luxury Hotel & Spa Resort, Halkidiki, Greece
Tucked along the soft pebble beach and verdant forests of Halkidiki, Ajul Luxury Hotel & Spa Resort is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive property ideal for spreading the love with the whole family. Surrounded by a breathtaking natural environment with family-friendly experiences inspired by its lush natural landscape. Among these include a dedicated Adventure Park, an outdoor recreational area featuring climbing towers, obstacle courses, archery, mountain biking, hiking trails promising fun for all ages.
For families looking for some lazy lounging, the hotel delivers a Starlit Family Picnic. The beachside BBQ promises to delight the whole family with fresh fare prepared in wooden picnic baskets including grilled Mediterranean delights and kid-friendly classics with all fruits, vegetables, and herbs sourced from the hotel’s lush gardens. The resort also features five outdoor swimming pools, two tennis courts, a basketball court, and a dedicated beach volleyball area.
How much: Doubles from £172.93 per night CHECK AVAILABILITY
The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia
Nestled in an ancient rainforest and fringing Datai Bay beach, The Datai Langkawi blends into its lush tropical rainforest that embraces each room, suite and villa, with private verandas. The views are breathtaking. Cuisine pays homage to the region’s exotic flavours and culinary traditions, while leisure facilities include two swimming pools; a spa; and Els Club Teluk Datai – the most scenic 18-hole golf course in Southeast Asia designed by golf legend Ernie Els. Daily walks and activities from the resort’s Nature Centre are led by marine biologists and naturalists.
Their Rainforest Pool Villa is on stilts along the jungle stream and connects to public facilities by a series of romantic pathways. Couples can spend long days lazing by their private pool sipping exquisite wines from the fully stocked complimentary mini-bar, before falling into a sumptuous king-sized bed dressed in Egyptian cotton linen.
How much: A lavish package for a romantic escape includes a private dinner and a couple’s spa treatment, from MYR5,700 (approx. £1,069) per night in a Rainforest Pool Villa. CHECK AVAILABILITY
Unwind at Cora Cora, Maldives
Cora Cora Maldives offers 100 luxurious villas, with more than half over water, and has curated relaxing Valentine’s offers and activities for loved-up couples. Focus on rest and rejuvenation at the MOKSHA Spa & Wellbeing Centre with their Love Attack, a tranquil 120-minute treatment that involves a 60-minute Relax Massage and 30-minute Sound Healing Therapy or Be Mine, a 100-minute body rejuvenation including a 60-minute Relax Massage and a 30-minute Enriching Coconut Body Scrub. Immerse in the beauty of the five-star resort and explore the rich culture of the destination, then toast to eternal love over a six-course meal at sunset on a soft-sand beach. With live music, a bottle of champagne, and a romantic atmosphere, guests can enjoy six delectable courses including Baked Fine de Claire oysters, Porcini-stuffed ravioli, Tenderloin with king oyster mushrooms, and Red velvet cake with strawberry jelly.
How much: Prices at Cora Cora Maldives start from US$ 7,800 for a week for two adults on a Premium All-Inclusive Gourmet Meal Plan including return seaplane transfers in a Beach Villa or a Lagoon Villa. CHECK AVAILABILITY
Mia Nha Trang, Vietnam
The luxury beachfront paradise of Mia Nha Trang is a Vietnamese paradise that is perfect for couples. It’s a contemporary boutique resort that is a tranquil romantic haven. Service is attentive and you get your private chef and butler. Enjoy a candle-lit beach barbeque, watch the sea and sky change colour as day turns into night, to take care of your every need, leaving you with nothing to worry about but each other.
How much: Mia Nha Trang offers their romantic barbeque beach experience from VND 3,700,000 (approx. £129) per couple. CHECK AVAILABILITY
TRS Yucatan Romance Bungalows, Mexico, Riviera Maya
With its thatched-roof Romance Bungalows (pictured below) this tranquil adults-only Mayan-inspired resort is ideal for a romantic over-water getaway. Unlike typical over-water bungalows, such as those of the Maldives, these bungalows back onto a lake and are surrounded by luscious mangroves. Similarly, the bungalows are equipped with their own hammock and even their own private gondola, offering complete privacy alongside 24-hour butler service. Built with honeymooners in mind, candlelit private dinners for two can be arranged on the powder-soft private beach or above the secret cenote hidden within the resort.
How much: Rooms from £417 a night (on an all-inclusive basis with butler service). CHECK AVAILABILITY
Laluna Hotel, Grenada
Grenada’s Laluna Hotel may well be the most romantic hotel in the Caribbean, ideal for loved-up couples. This secluded and serene hotel has well a beach yoga pavilion, Asian Spa, an Italian restaurant, and a warm style that blends Balinese, Caribbean, and Italian influences. The on-site concierge can arrange romantic hikes to the rain forest with a swim in the waterfalls, sunset sailing cruises, a chocolate factory tour or snorkelling at the Underwater Sculpture Park. Laluna offers an anniversary/romance package, which is bookable all year round.
How much: Laluna offers their year-round ‘romance and anniversary package’ from $3,218 (approx. £2,698) for two people, for a four-night stay. CHECK AVAILABILITY
Luxury in Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong is arguably one of the most luxurious hotels in this cosmopolitan city. With unmatched grandeur and timeless elegance at every turn, The Peninsula is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, Spring Moon, an opulent cocktail bar, The Bar, a recently renovated fitness centre, an award-winning spa, and a swimming pool boasting panoramic views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline. There’s elegant artwork in all rooms and suites and great gourmet dishes across the restaurants and bars. Located in the heart of Kowloon, guests can easily explore Hong Kong’s many museums, galleries and outdoor attractions.
How much: A stay in a Deluxe Room at The Peninsula Hong Kong is priced from £480 per night on a B&B basis.
A Proposal with Bucherer at Bürgenstock Resort, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Bürgenstock Resort located 500 metres high above Lake Lucerne, has partnered with the world-renowned jeweller, Bucherer, on a unique offering. With an engagement ring awaiting from Bucherer Fine Jewellery’s Lucerne Atelier, all that’s left to do is choose the right moment to ask the question during this two-night break: over Champagne breakfast in the suite, an exclusive four-course candlelight dinner with Dom Pérignon, or during time enjoyed in the breath-taking 10,000 sqm Alpine Spa.
How much: The Perfect Proposal with Bucherer package – From CHF 10,400 (£9,130.99), available until 3 December 2023. CHECK AVAILABILITY