Six of the World’s Most Romantic Hotel Rooms
Why settle for a bunch of flowers this Valentine’s Day when these beautiful boltholes beckon you?
It’s a trek – the long-haul flight to New Zealand, a 40-minute helicopter transfer, followed by a clifftop drive in a 4WD – but your reward for going far-flung is one of absolute privacy. The sole dwelling in a picturesque private bay, Seascape villa’s glass façade lets you watch dolphins and seals frolic in azure waters as you snuggle up next to a roaring fire.
What better way to soak up the smulch in one of the world’s most romantic cities than enjoying dînner pour deux on the private terrace of your suite at the Shangri-La Paris with the Eiffel Tower basked in light as a backdrop?
London has many a grand hotel, but it’s the city’s boutique properties that offer would-be romantics the best hideaways. The Anouska Hempel designed Blakes Hotel in Kensington tops the bill, where a four-poster bed draped in opulent fabrics is the centerpiece of the deep red hued Cardinal Suite – perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Singita’s Ebony Lodge, in South Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve, has just 12 glass-walled suites, each replete with antiques and artefacts and each boasting an outdoor pavilion deck suspended over the river below. Here, silence is broken only by the calls of nature, and of a cork popping as you celebrate the end of another wonderful day in the wilderness.
Rooms which feature infinity pools are often easy on the eye, but those attached to the 24 ‘sanctuaries’ at St Lucia’s Jade Mountain are all the more breathtaking for the views they bestow – unbroken, unparalleled vistas of the twin Pitons and the Caribbean Sea, stretched before you.
The short hop to the adults only Anantara Veli Maldives Resort is the archetypical escape to paradise, where an Ocean Pool Bungalow offers the best of both watery worlds; your own private pool and access to the iridescent ocean.
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