MOST RO­MAN­TIC PLACES TO STAY The 50 ho­tels and re­sorts that are sure to in­spire ro­mance

From clas­sic hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions to ex­otic lo­cales, th­ese ho­tels and re­sorts will have you and your loved one feel­ing closer than ever.

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1 SHANGRI-LA HO­TEL, PARIS 16th ar­rondisse­ment, Paris

Parisian grandeur meets a sub­tle Asian in­flu­ence (with Pierre-Yves Ro­chon fi­nesse) be­hind the Belle Époque façade of this Palace ho­tel near the Seine. Dine on French fin­ery in L’Abeille and a Can­tonese feast in Shang Palace. En­joy panora­mas from the Du­plex Ter­race Eif­fel View Suite or a pri­vate topfloor en­clave in La Suite Shangri-La.

2 LE ROYAL MONCEAU, RAF­FLES PARIS 8th ar­rondisse­ment, Paris

Add a lit­tle art to your ro­man­tic get­away in the Philippe Starck-de­signed in­te­ri­ors of this mas­ter­piece. Re­lax in the Spa My Blend by Clar­ins and treat your­self with one of Pierre Hermé’s desserts. Pastels bring an air of cool re­fine­ment to the 149 rooms and suites. leroyal­

3 THE RITZ PARIS 1st ar­rondisse­ment, Paris

This icon was re­born last year after shut­ting its doors for the first time, em­bed­ding mod­ern tech­nol­ogy within the silk and gilt edges of its 142 rooms and suites. Sip on a tan­ta­lis­ing cock­tail cre­ation in the leg­endary Bar Hem­ing­way, and dine in splen­dour in Nicholas Sale’s haute cui­sine tem­ple, L’Es­ap­don. ritz­

4 THE PENIN­SULA PARIS 16th ar­rondisse­ment, Paris

Penin­sula’s first Euro­pean ho­tel is a paragon of Beaux Arts style. The build­ing’s his­tory is hon­oured in mar­ble halls, the oak-pan­elled Bar Kléber and the vintage avi­a­tion theme of L’Oiseau Blanc res­tau­rant. Head to the roof for ro­man­tic views of the Eif­fel Tower dur­ing an exclusive din­ing ter­race made for two at The Se­cret Ta­ble. paris.penin­

5 LE MEURICE 1st ar­rondisse­ment, Paris Eigh­teenth-cen­tury splen­dour is given a Philippe Starck twist, in­spired by the art of loyal guest Sal­vador Dalí, at this Palace ho­tel near the Lou­vre. Each of the seven floors fea­tures its own theme, and rooms with a view of the Tui­leries Gar­den are the most cov­eted. As an added de­light, Alain Du­casse over­sees the culi­nary of­fer­ings. dorch­ester­col­lec­

6 LE BRIS­TOL 8th ar­rondisse­ment, Paris

If you’re look­ing for the quin­tes­sen­tial Parisian grande dame ex­pe­ri­ence, look no fur­ther than Le Bris­tol. Its ap­peal is all in the de­tail, from wrought-iron fin­ishes and Go­belins ta­pes­tries to a court­yard gar­den and res­i­dent pam­pered puss, Fa-Raon. Choose the Hon­ey­moon Suite for panoramic views from your bal­cony. oetk­er­col­lec­ 7 HÔ­TEL PLAZA ATHÉNÉE 8th ar­rondisse­ment, Paris Haute cou­ture style is the hall­mark of this Dorch­ester Col­lec­tion ho­tel, a stun­ning blend of French Re­gency and Art Deco de­sign. The Eif­fel Suites of­fer iconic views of the land­mark, best en­joyed with a glass of cham­pagne, while pescatar­ian cui­sine reaches its apogee at opu­lent ul­tra-modernist Alain Du­casse au Plaza Athénée. dorch­ester­col­lec­


There are two cas­tles that make up this re­treat out­side Paris. The first is the el­e­gant wing re­stored in the 19th cen­tury, home to 29 suites, while the sec­ond is the ruin of a 13th-cen­tury fortress, adding to the air of ro­man­ti­cism. Tour the wine cel­lars then head fur­ther afield to the leg­endary Cham­pagne houses to toast your love. chateaudef­ 9 HO­TEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC French Riviera The Côte d’Azur is a by­word for style, he­do­nism and lan­guid sum­mers spent be­side the pool, with few ho­tels as cel­e­brated as this Cap d’An­tibes in­sti­tu­tion. Dine on Mediter­ranean clas­sics at Eden-Roc Res­tau­rant, and swim a few laps in the infinity pool, carved out by dy­na­mite in the early 20th cen­tury. oetk­er­col­lec­

10 BALLYFIN Ire­land

Live like an 18th-cen­tury lord at this lav­ish coun­try house in County Laois. The in­ti­mate 20-room ho­tel opened in 2011 after a nine-year restora­tion, re­vi­tal­is­ing its gilded sa­lons and rooms for dis­cern­ing trav­ellers seek­ing the tran­quil­lity of the past with all the con­ve­niences of to­day. Take a pic­nic hamper with you as you roam the ex­pan­sive grounds.

11 VILLA TRE­VILLE Amalfi Coast

Franco Zef­firelli’s Posi­tano es­cape re­tains much of the flair of the ac­claimed Ital­ian film and opera di­rec­tor, spilling down bougainvil­lea-adorned ter­races to a pri­vate sea­side ter­race. The 15 suites are spread across four vil­las, each named for an opera or il­lus­tri­ous guest. vil­la­tre­

12 BELMOND'S GRAND TOUR Venice, Amalfi, Florence, Portofino, Si­cily, Mal­lorca

The Grand Tour jour­ney al­lows you to stay at two or more of Belmond’s ho­tels in Italy and Mal­lorca across seven nights, from Venice’s Ho­tel Cipri­ani down to Si­cily’s Taormina duo, Villa Sant’An­drea and Grand Ho­tel Timeo.

13 J.K. PLACES Rome, Capri, Florence

Take a tour of Italy stay­ing in bou­tique style in Ori Kafri’s trio of cu­rated guest­houses. Start in Rome, with jewel tones and mid-cen­tury style. Dis­cover re­fined neo­clas­si­cism in the orig­i­nal Floren­tine town­house, and re­turn to the glam­our of Capri in a villa re­s­plen­dent in white, navy and gold. jk­

14 VILLA D’ESTE Lake Como

This 16th-cen­tury res­i­dence is the most fa­mous ho­tel in the Ital­ian Lakes, an icon of grandeur with an­tiques, mar­ble floors and silk bro­cade. Glit­ter­ing Lake Como is com­ple­mented by the 10-hectare park and gar­dens, Beauty Cen­tre and the ‘float­ing’ pool on the lake. vil­


This is Italy as you’ve imag­ined it: a cen­turies-old manse watches over a sprawl­ing es­tate of nearly 1700 hectares, en­com­pass­ing olive groves, vine­yards and gar­dens. The 41-suite ho­tel at the heart of es­tate fea­tures re­fined in­te­ri­ors. castel­lod­i­ca­s­


This 80-hectare es­tate is the pic­ture of Tus­can peace. Choose from rooms within the 13th-cen­tury villa or suites nes­tled among the five hectares of richly scented gar­dens. Head out with a gourmet pic­nic then savour a pri­vate grotto din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. bor­gosan­topi­


Em­brace the majesty of the moun­tains from this Swiss bou­tique ho­tel villa’s fab­u­lously In­sta­grammable spa pool, of­fer­ing views over Lake Lucerne and the Alps in the com­fort of wa­ter heated to 34 de­grees Cel­sius. Panoramic views across the mead­ows can also be en­joyed from the 23 rooms and suites, a per­fect blend of his­toric and con­tem­po­rary, while gour­mands will rel­ish the op­por­tu­nity to lunch on the scenic ter­race.


Lovers of win­ter will rel­ish a stay in this his­toric ho­tel, a place the well-heeled have flocked to ex­pe­ri­ence Switzer­land’s win­ter won­der since 1896. Badrutt’s re­mains an epi­cen­tre of St Moritz life, from the ex­ten­sive Palace Well­ness cen­tre (be sure to book a Spa Suite) to the ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ray of restau­rants. Step out for an evening of glam­our at Le Res­tau­rant.

19 KATIKIES HO­TEL San­torini

Perched above the Caldera, this chic bolt­hole mim­ics the labyrinthine, white­washed whimsy of the town of Oia. Amid the bridges, curv­ing stairs and sun­drenched ter­races, you’ll find restau­rants with ex­tra­or­di­nary views, a holis­tic spa, and three infinity pools to while away the day. Opt for an in­dul­gent stay in the Mas­ter Suite, with a pri­vate plunge pool and open-air din­ing area.


The Aegean is the per­fect back­drop to ro­mance at this shin­ing 129-room re­sort on the Bodrum Penin­sula, rip­pling down a hill to­wards su­pery­acht-dot­ted Par­adise Bay. Well­ness-lovers will find an ideal haven in the 190-square-me­tre Or­chid Spa Suite on the top floor of The Spa. Be en­thralled by the views from your ter­race, in­dulge in a dip in your indoor whirlpool and take ad­van­tage of pri­vate spa fa­cil­i­ties to have treat­ments for two. man­dari­nori­en­

21 LA MAMOUNIA Marrakesh

This grand palace-ho­tel, with its re­flect­ing pools and cit­rus trees, ex­udes ro­mance and ex­oti­cism. Sweep­ing arabesque curves and mo­saic de­tails com­ple­ment the leg­endary ser­vice and the lav­ish splen­dour of the six Sig­na­ture Suites, the per­fect choice for a ro­man­tic get­away. Four tan­ta­lis­ing restau­rants and a sen­sory spa, with stun­ning indoor pool, in­vite cou­ples to linger in Moroc­can in­dul­gence.


The ro­mance of a 1920s sa­fari is alive at this two-room tented villa in the Selinda Re­serve. Re­pur­posed rail­way sleep­ers form a deck where you can spot hip­pos and ele­phants from the pool, or ad­mire the wildlife from a cop­per bathtub in your room. Cap­ture the majesty of the wild dur­ing your daily game drives, thanks to a pro­fes­sional Canon cam­era set, pro­vided for your use, along with a Swarovski tele­scope and binoc­u­lars. Re­lais & Château-ac­claimed din­ing is the fi­nal touch in this in­ti­mate sa­fari ex­pe­ri­ence. great­plain­scon­ser­va­


The ro­mance of the African bush is alive at this eight-suite lodge in Madikwe Game Re­serve. The stone, wood and thatch con­struc­tion blends into the river­side land­scape, al­low­ing for up-close wildlife en­coun­ters with lions, leop­ards, ele­phants and rhino. Sleep out un­der stars atop a two-storey-high deck, with just your loved one, the sounds of the bush and lanterns. sanc­tu­aryre­

24 GRAFF DE­LAIRE ES­TATE Stel­len­bosch

The ex­tra­or­di­nary land­scape of the Cape Winelands is a pic­turesque back­drop for this artis­tic re­treat, owned by the King of Di­a­monds, Lau­rence Graff. Over­sized can­vases and fas­ci­nat­ing sculp­tures of­fer un­end­ing de­light as you stroll the es­tate, from the main lodge and 10 guest lodges to the gar­dens. Dine on the ter­race at De­laire Graff Res­tau­rant and on Pan-Asian spe­cial­ties at In­do­chine. Com­ple­ment your visit with a sparkling Graff cre­ation from the bou­tique. de­

25 NORTH IS­LAND Sey­chelles

In the 10-plus years since open­ing, this pri­vate is­land has be­come a by­word for trop­i­cal per­fec­tion. Its 11 unique vil­las, ex­tra­or­di­nary en­vi­ron­ment, menu-free din­ing and im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice has won North Is­land favour among celebrity hon­ey­moon­ers, from the Beck­hams to the Clooneys. Soak up the is­land’s beauty on a guided walk, dive into a won­der­land on the reef, or feel as if you have North to your­self by re­serv­ing Hon­ey­moon Beach for an af­ter­noon pic­nic in par­adise. north-is­

26 THE BRANDO French Poly­ne­sia

Mar­lon Brando’s for­mer pri­vate par­adise, Te­tiaroa Is­land, is now a hon­ey­mooner’s dream. Thatchedroof vil­las, rang­ing from one to three bed­rooms, are stretched out along sug­ar­white sands. Dive into the crys­tal-clear wa­ters, learn about the is­land’s precious ecol­ogy with a team of nat­u­ral­ists and re­searchers, dine à deux on your pri­vate beach or hide away in Varua Te Ora Poly­ne­sian Spa’s nest-like Fare Manu treetop suite. the­


Pay homage to the over­wa­ter bun­ga­low by cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary in one of the finest at this idyl­lic Four Sea­sons Re­sort. Start the day with break­fast de­liv­ered to your suite by ca­noe, then dive into a pris­tine la­goon sanc­tu­ary with the Ro­mance in a Marine Gar­den ex­pe­ri­ence, com­plete with a cham­pagne toast. foursea­­ora


This rar­efied des­ti­na­tion is un­doubt­edly one of the most spec­tac­u­lar pri­vate is­land re­sorts in the world. The fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity, heaven-sent din­ing and sprawl­ing beach and hill­side vil­las are just a few of the rea­sons its name is spo­ken with rev­er­ence. Out­doors-lovers will be just as de­lighted with the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer – from golf and wa­ter sports to horse rid­ing – as the sybarites lin­ger­ing at the spa.


This idyl­lic adults-only es­cape in the Ma­manuca Is­lands was built for ro­mance, fea­tur­ing Fiji’s first and only over­wa­ter bu­res; guests of th­ese 10 stilted re­treats can gaze into a daz­zling nat­u­ral aquar­ium through their liv­ing room floor. Hide away with a pic­nic on Hon­ey­moon Is­land and dis­cover per­fect har­mony at the Tatadra Spa; mean­ing ‘House of Dreams’, you’ll find all yours com­ing true with the Twi­light Tadra cou­ple’s rit­ual. liku­liku­la­


With just three one-bed­room vil­las spread over 324 hectares, this ex­quis­ite adults-only is­land get­away of­fers the very best of Fiji. Ad­mire the end­less Pa­cific views from your pri­vate infinity pool or white-sand beach, have a yoga ses­sion on your deck, tee off on the or­ganic four-hole golf course, feast on fresh Pa­cific Rim fare in the two full-ser­vice restau­rants and ex­plore the un­der­wa­ter de­lights of the North­ern Lau Group. An is­land pic­nic is a must.


Re­treat to the re­sort-within-a-re­sort of this 14-hectare trop­i­cal haven along Nata­dola Beach, one of Viti Levu’s best. Club In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal, perched in the hill­side, of­fers ex­tra­or­di­nary sun­set views from its deck where you can en­joy com­pli­men­tary canapés, break­fast and use of an exclusive pool, sur­rounded by wo­ven co­coons where you can while the day away. You’ll also en­joy spa­cious suites with pri­vate pool and iTokani But­ler ser­vice.­ter­con­ti­nen­

32 SOUTH­ERN OCEAN LODGE Kan­ga­roo Is­land, SA

The awe-in­spir­ing wilder­ness of Kan­ga­roo Is­land is the per­fect com­ple­ment for this re­fined re­treat, de­signed to re­spect the land­scape and coastal ecosys­tem. Of the 21 suites, the Osprey Pav­il­ion is the choice for cou­ples look­ing for tran­quil­lity and quiet grace, with an out­door ter­race and spa and more than 120 square me­tres of el­e­gance. Cu­rated Aus­traliana ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude din­ing with kan­ga­roos and strolling among sea lions. south­er­nocean­


The lake­side so­phis­ti­ca­tion of this ho­tel has gar­nered fans among snow-go­ers, thrill-seek­ers and ro­man­tics alike. As well as cui­sine at True South Din­ing Room, high­fly­ers can now take their love to the moun­tain­top with the exclusive Rees Heli-Wed­ding pack­age. Tie the knot in dra­matic style atop ei­ther the Re­mark­ables or Ce­cil Peak.

34 BLAN­KET BAY Queen­stown

Nes­tled be­tween the Hum­boldt Moun­tains and Lake Wakatipu, the alpine set­ting of this stone-and-tim­ber lodge is noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar. Choose from rooms and suites in the Main Lodge and the Chalet, the Own­ers’ Res­i­dence or the soon-to-ar­rive four-bed­room Villa. Get cosy be­side the stone fire­place, or in­dulge your wild side with a pic­nic atop a moun­tain. blan­ket­

35 NIHI SUMBA IS­LAND In­done­sia

Top­ping lists of the world’s best ho­tels, this cast-away re­sort on the is­land of Sumba ex­udes ex­clu­siv­ity. A must for cou­ples is head­ing even fur­ther off the beaten track on the Ni­hiOka Spa Sa­fari to rel­ish a day of un­lim­ited spa treat­ments. Make the ex­pe­ri­ence last by book­ing a night in Uma Izzie, Ni­hiOka’s villa over­look­ing the sea. ni­hi­ho­

36 AMIANA RE­SORT Viet­nam

This es­cape of 113 rooms and vil­las stretches along a pri­vate white-sand beach in Nha Trang. Start with a des­ti­na­tion din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for two on a pri­vate beach or jetty. Try a lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence at Spa Amiana, the only place you can bathe in Nha Trang’s nu­tri­en­trich mud in luxe pri­vacy with ocean views and your loved one. ami­anare­


In its new life un­der Four Sea­sons, this idyl­lic beach es­cape in­vites ro­mance­seek­ers to linger in spec­tac­u­lar vil­las, nour­ish body and soul at The Heart of the Earth Spa and hone your skills at the Cook­ing Academy. End a day of dis­cov­ery with a pri­vate can­dlelit bar­be­cue on the beach. foursea­


Sur­round your­selves in Thai el­e­gance at In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal’s en­clave of 79 rooms, suites and vil­las, over­look­ing the Gulf of Thai­land and its many emer­ald isles. Ad­mire the seas­cape from the lofty heights of the Baan Thai Spa by HARNN, where you can linger over a cou­ple’s mas­sage. sa­­ter­con­ti­nen­

39 KEEMALA Phuket

We chal­lenge you to leave your villa at this mythol­ogy-in­spired re­treat. Each of the four types of ac­com­mo­da­tion re­flects the way of life of four dif­fer­ent an­cient tribes. Our pick for loved-up cou­ples is a Bird’s Nest Pool Villa, a 185-square-me­tre wooden eyrie perched in the tree­tops. Ad­mire the view from your stone bath and swim a few lan­guid laps in your pri­vate pool.

40 137 PIL­LARS HOUSE Chi­ang Mai

The 1889 build­ing that forms the cen­tre­piece of this 30-suite re­sort was once the head­quar­ters of the Bor­neo Trad­ing Com­pany. The two 135-squareme­tre Louis Leonowens Pool Suites each fea­ture a pri­vate plunge pool and scenic ter­races; ask your but­ler to draw a flower bath and or­gan­ise a mas­sage for two. 137pil­larschi­ang­


Com­mune with ele­phants and one other at this re­mote sa­fari-style re­treat. Walk be­side a gen­tle giant for a sun­rise break­fast and join in the pachy­derms’ morn­ing bathing rit­ual. Soak up the nat­u­ral beauty from a wooden hot tub, or re­lax into the ham­mered cop­per bathtub. foursea­­en­tri­an­gle


Com­bine spec­tac­u­lar scenery, cul­tural ad­ven­tures and ac­tive ex­plo­ration with two of COMO’s most scenic re­sorts. The One-Bed­room Vil­las of­fer a blend of seclu­sion and space, with a pri­vate room for spa treat­ments at Paro and a flow­er­framed ter­race at Punakha. In­dul­gence in the COMO Shamb­hala spas is essen­tial. co­mo­ho­


This mar­ble palace rest­ing above Lake Pi­chola has fre­quently been named one of the world’s most ro­man­tic ho­tels. The opu­lent decor, com­plete with lily pond cen­tre­piece and trop­i­cal court­yards, takes you back to the days of the Raj. Drift along the lake for a cou­ple’s treat­ment and soak aboard the Jiva Spa Boat. taj.tajho­


The mist-shrouded hills of Sri Lanka’s tea coun­try is the per­fect set­ting for colo­nial­style seclu­sion. Five his­toric bun­ga­lows with four to six rooms each evoke the el­e­gance of a by­gone era, with her­itage fur­nish­ings de­signed for a leisurely life of af­ter­noon teas, strolls in the Eng­lish rose gar­dens and cro­quet on the lawn. re­splen­dentcey­


Vast and re­mote, Patag­o­nia makes for a thrilling des­ti­na­tion for ad­ven­tur­ous cou­ples. You’ll find a land­scape made for dis­cov­ery at your doorstep. Hike through Tor­res del Paine Na­tional Park or to a con­dor look­out, and head out fly fish­ing or kayak­ing. Savour Lau­rent Pasqualetto’s blend of French trends and lo­cal pro­duce in the res­tau­rant. thesin­gu­

46 SANDY LANE Bar­ba­dos

Over-the-top in­dul­gence is the sig­na­ture of Bar­ba­dos’ best-known re­sort, a sprawl­ing des­ti­na­tion with three golf cour­ses and the largest spa on the is­land, an en­clave with pri­vate gar­dens and hy­drother­apy pools. Start your get­away with a Sig­na­ture Ro­mance Rit­ual, with rose petals, cou­ple’s mas­sage and pool­side re­fresh­ments. sandy­


Nat­u­rally blessed Maui has long been a favourite with cou­ples. Em­bark on an ad­ven­ture through the Edenic sur­rounds by snorkelling, ca­noe­ing or trekking through a bam­boo for­est, or in­dulge the senses at a pri­vate ta­ble for two above Wailea Beach. Hands-on cou­ples can even bring home the in­dul­gence of the spa with an in­struc­tional mas­sage, guid­ing you through bliss­ful tech­niques be­side the ocean. foursea­


This cel­e­brated Park City moun­tain re­treat is a ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tion at any time of year, but it holds an ex­tra al­lure for ski­ing cou­ples. In win­ter, the lodge is a bea­con of warmth, of­fer­ing ski-in, ski-out con­ve­nience to the slopes of skier-only Deer Val­ley. When you’re not ex­plor­ing the 820 hectares of ter­rain, re­ju­ve­nate in the 3250-square-me­tre Alpine-in­spired Spa Mon­tage and savour fine din­ing and snow-dusted views at Apex. mon­tage­ho­­val­ley

49 AMANGANI & AMANGIRI Wy­oming & Utah

Dis­cover two sides of the Amer­i­can wilder­ness with this duo of Aman Re­sorts. Lo­cated in Jack­son Hole, Amangani keeps the spirit of the West alive. Em­bark on a snow or horse rid­ing ad­ven­ture, de­pend­ing on the sea­son. It’s a far cry from re­mote Amangiri in Canyon Point, an es­cape that blends into the sur­round­ing desert, and serves as the per­fect base for dis­cov­er­ing the land­scape by kayak, via fer­rata or hot air bal­loon. aman­re­

50 FOGO IS­LAND INN New­found­land & Labrador

Dis­cover love at the ends of the Earth in this 29-suite lodge perched be­side the At­lantic. Be­hind the stilted white façade you’ll find colour­ful bed­spreads, cosy nooks and floor-to-ceil­ing panora­mas. The rooftop deck is where you’ll find the saunas and wood-fired hot tubs. Re­ju­ve­nate after a day of berry pick­ing, hik­ing or cross-coun­try ski­ing with a soak as you gaze at the stars. fo­go­is­

01 Eif­fel Tower views at Shangri-La Ho­tel, Paris 02 Le Meurice’s Belle Étoile Suite © Pierre Monetta 03 Villa Tre­ville © Daichi Miura 04 Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur





05 Tran­quil­lity at Borgo Santo Pi­etro © An­drea Jones 06 Clay Pool Cot­tage at Keemala © Brent T. Madi­son 07 Bath with a view at Zarafa Dhow Suites






08 The Brando © Tim McKenna 09 Laucala’s Penin­sula Villa © Ja­son Busch 10 Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bora Bora’s over­wa­ter vil­las


11 Sleep out un­der the stars at Sanc­tu­ary Makanyane 12 Vatuvara Pri­vate Is­lands, Fiji 13 Amangiri Suite Desert Lounge in Utah



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