Without the right research, staying in a new hotel for the first time is a little like going on a blind date. Does he have the same style? Does she like the same food? Fortunately for you, our travel experts are the ideal wingmen and they know how to make the perfect match so your romantic holiday doesn’t include an awkward third wheel.
Capri Palace – Capri, Italy
If it’s good enough for Christina Aguilera and Leonardo Di Caprio, then it’s bound to be something special. Nestled in a secluded location on the soul-lifting island of Capri, overlooking the bay of Naples, Capri Palace is very much a resort that revels in a high-level of style and standard. The hotel channels the spirit of Neapolitan designers with its stylistic arches, vaults and columns – this, added to the pieces of art dotted around the hotel create a sophisticated air to any romantic stay.
Is this your island of love?
Honeymooners in particular will fall in love with the benefits of staying in Capri. Boat excursions and couple’s spa treatments in the award winning wellness facility are the perfect way to spend one of the most special days of your life together. The hotel also has the only two Michelin starred restaurants on the island, meaning you don’t have to leave the comfort of the hotel to taste some of the best food in the region.
Amanruya – Bodrum, Turkey
At the forefront of architecturally unique hotels and excellent customer service in Europe, Aman’s Bodrum property is clearly inspired by the local areas’ culture and fashion sense. Individual stone cottages, 36 in all, are set in private gardens secreted away like precious gems hidden from prying eyes. In the comfort of your own villa-esque room, you will find a four poster king size bed, a hammam inspired bathroom, eye pleasing décor and, just outside, a private pool.
Will Amanruya be your dream come true?
The service at Amanruya is impeccable and that makes all the difference when no request is too great. The local region is rich in wonderment, of old cities, gorgeous beaches and archaeological discoveries. Staff at the hotel can organise horse rides for you together by sunset, or picnics by the beach. Alternatively, you could recreate the infamous scene from Ghost at the pottery making class!
Blue Palace – Crete, Greece
It’s hard to deny the hideaway charm of Blue Palace, harder still when you’re idling in the Moroccan loungers of the Arsenali Lounge, sipping on a signature cocktail and watching the sun set. Blue Palace, elevated above the gulf of Mirabello, cascades down the raised coastline into which it’s carved, bringing with it the lush gardens and swaying palm trees. The hotel is renowned for its excellent selection of a la carte dining and its rooms are both spacious and stylish, most of which are outfitted with their own pool.
Is it for you?
Blue Palace’s laid back elegance and smooth terracotta architecture creates the perfect home for lovers of all flavours. Packages range from Champagne and breakfast in bed, to a romantic sunset sailing trip along the coastline of Elounda, with chilled bubbly included! Our favourite is the Private Lounging on the Beach package, which can be organised specially by the hotel – complete with a bed and large fluffy pillows, Champagne and canapés.
Asimina Suites – Paphos, Cyprus
If the way to your heart is through your stomach, then you might have a little competition at Asimina Suites. Four exquisite restaurants offer an eclectic menu of a la carte and buffet servings, with cuisine from across the world. Beginning your day at Estia Restaurant is de rigueur when at Asimina Suites for its seclusion and intimacy. The restaurant is on the sands of Kato Paphos and also backs up onto the pool and the swaying palm trees.
Will you fall in love with Asimina Suites?
Every bit as peaceful and quiet as you hope it would be, Asimina Suites is very much about a carefree, barefoot experience. Enjoy a sunset stroll along the beach, or take advantage of the state of the art spa and book yourselves into a rejuvenating therapeutic massage. For an extra added treat, the staff at the hotel can organise a romantic meal on the pier together so you can share starry-eyes words over delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
Jumeirah Port Soller – Majorca, Spain
Jumeirah’s brand of ultimate luxury is renowned the world over. With the Burj al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah Dubai amongst its ranks, top-level comfort is guaranteed. Jumeirah Port Soller is the brand’s only foray in to the Mediterranean and its construction into the rugged cliffside is as dramatic as it is impressive. Indulge in seafood dishes galore, lounge at the three outdoor pools, or watch the world pass by from your sauna looking over at the Tramuntana Mountains.
We defy you to not fall in love with the sunset lounge bar. Its location on the top floor of the hotel is a mesmerising experience as you’re treated to near 360 degree views of the mountain ranges. Rooms are gorgeously designed with an explosion of colour enveloping you. Treat yourself to room service and spend a special night together on your balcony beneath the setting sun.