Paris. London. New York. They’re all places which look romantic in the movies, but where should you look to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember? We’ve put together a list of locations and hotels which tick all the right boxes.
Many people see Paris as being synonymous with romance, and for good reason. With many discreet pleasures like themed boutiques and secluded restaurants, there’s plenty to do inside and outside of your hotel room. As you’d imagine, there are plenty of romantic hotels to choose from, including those with rose-filled baths and even Champagne dispensers. The Shangri-La Hotel stands out for us. Originally the private mansion of Napoleon’s nephew, there are 101 suites and bedrooms which will transport you to a grand and classical era with balconies which almost let you touch the Eiffel Tower.
Hidden behind London’s big business and tourist trap exterior, you can discover unexpected elements which make it a perfect romantic destination. If you look deeply enough you’ll find bedrooms with marble walls, open log fires and tall beams amongst the cityscape. There’s something quite nice about escaping the ultramodern towers and enjoying a cocktail in a Victorian bath. The Rosewood London is a purpose-built Belle Époque Edwardian building which features most of the above and has rooms designed by Toni Chi. It oozes sophistication with a hint of homeliness making it perfect for a city escape within the city.
If you’re looking for a destination with views straight out of your favourite films, then New York is the one for you. If you enjoy nothing more than a shopping trip you’ll be met by top-hatted bellhops to give you a hand, all to the gentle tune of a jazz piano. Or you could take a trip up the famous Empire State building and share a pizza in Times Square. Soho Grand Hotel is our pick from this great city due to its vaulted ceilings, towering columns, and velvet drapes in the Salon lobby. You don’t need to go far to get involved in the nightlife either as the Grand Bar and Club Room restaurant are hot spots which merge Old World charm with contemporary style.
The Pink City of Marrakech has captured the imagination of travelers for more than a millennium. During the day you could be excused for thinking you’ve stepped into a fantasy novel as potion-sellers will offer you cures for symptoms from rheumatism to heartbreak amongst the hive of beautiful resorts and secluded boutiques. The Royal Mansour Hotel is an architectural masterpiece which features carved cedar wood, stained glass, dripping stuccowork, beaten bronze and inlaid marquetry. It’s the gold standard of luxury hotels.
Everyone has their own interpretation of what’s romantic. But whether you plan to travel to London or further afar, our blog will help find a hidden gem that will make your Valentine’s Day far from ordinary.
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