Celebrating something special or simply being spontaneous? Whilst all our hotels are small and intimate – generally less than 30 rooms – some are a little more romantic than others. Here we look at our favourite amorous escapes: from secret courtyard gardens to luxurious rooms set in ancient caves, these are sensational stays you’ll never forget.
Italy, and especially Florence, has romance infused deep in its lifeblood and at JK Place Florence they really focus on bringing la dolce vita to life. Spend your days lounging on the softest furnishings and the biggest beds, generally being treated like royalty by Claudio – your attentive host.
When you fancy an adventure out into the city, there are two of the world’s best gelato shops a 5-minute stroll away – the perfect recipe for a idyllic afternoon. Come evening, Claudio will arrange a table for you at the hottest restaurant in town and make sure the staff greet you by name on arrival. Looking for a unique gift for your loved one? Claudio will introduce you to the city’s finest artisans and help you find the very best Florence has to offer. Throughout your stay Claudio and his team will work tirelessly to make sure your stay is seamlessly smooth, so you can entirely focus on the romance.
A secret hideaway in the ‘City of Love’ for the past two centuries, L’Hotel embodies charisma, charm and allure. With a history as glamorous as its setting, L’Hotel was the heart of Parisian society in the swinging sixties, and has hosted the likes of Salvador Dali, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as being Oscar Wilde’s final resting place.
Set in the heart of the Left Bank, with only 20 individually-designed rooms and a Michelin star restaurant, this is an opulent and unique base from which to explore ‘the world’s most romantic city’.
With just three suites on site – two luxury tents and one room – you’ll only ever share this enchanting woodland estate with two other couples at any one time. Take an peaceful stroll in the shaded forest, relax in a clifftop hot-tub or spend some time in the relaxing spa situated in the tropical garden: the glorious surroundings are yours to enjoy however you wish.
Come nightfall, indulge in a romantic meal for two out on the terrace or take a soak in an outdoor bath by candlelight: this family-run estate offers personalised service and absolute privacy, allowing you to focus entirely on each other.
Marrakech – an enchanting city of bustling markets, fragrant food and balmy sunshine – is an ideal destination for an exotic escape for two. Adventure down a tiny alley, push open an ornate wooden door and find the elegant Riad de Tarabel awaiting you – an oasis of peace and tranquillity, just steps away from the vibrant streets.
With sun-kissed terraces; tree-lined courtyards; a peaceful pool and lots of little, secret corners, this is a relaxing and romantic adults-only hideaway. The owners, Rose and Leonard, have lovingly furnished the interiors with pieces sourced from all over the world, including Leonard’s family château.
An extraordinary attention to detail is palpable throughout: from the bespoke floor tiles to the delicate hand-painted wallpaper, each element of the décor has been carefully considered and expertly executed. The result is a harmonious union of European and Arabic styles, where the opulence of antiquity fuses with effortless French elegance.
Nestled in the rustic Tuscan countryside, this luxurious spa hotel is set in a lovingly-restored 17th-century family house. Whilst each of the 15 rooms on site is exquisite, the Spa Suites are the most romantic choice: enjoy long, sultry evenings spent in your own private spa, complete with Turkish bath and Jacuzzi tub.
When you’ve had your fill of the spa and you’re ready to face the outside world, there’s plenty of pretty, little villages and gently rolling countryside to explore around the hotel. Come evening, a mouth-watering meal awaits you in the Corte dei Papi Restaurant. In true Italian style, the chef lovingly prepares everything fresh that day – including the bread, pasta and desserts – and the wine and olive oil are produced on the estate solely for the guests.
Steeped in history and culture – as well as breathtaking natural beauty – the island of Sicily is a charming choice for a enamoured escape. Nestled in the heart of the city of Ragusa, and with only 10 rooms and a world-class restaurant, Locanda Don Serafino will sweep you off your feet.
The setting is simply enchanting: the main hotel building dates as far back as 800AD, whilst the two Michelin-starred restaurant and some of the suites are housed in ancient caves hewn out of the rockface. On arrival, you will be welcomed warmly by the proud owners – Antonio and Guiseppe La Rosa – before being left to relax in your fairy-tale room.
Come evening, prepare to sample some of the finest food and wine on the island. You can choose to either dine in an ancient cavern, or out on the terrace under the star-spangled sky – whichever setting you pick, romance is sure to be on the menu.