Valentines Day is right around the corner, why not opt for something a bit more adventurous than flowers and a teddy bear holding an ‘I love you’ sign?
An escape less ordinary with a late checkout. Take a look at our top picks of the most unforgettable hotels for a truly romantic experience. Or beat the crowds and go the weekend before.
Il Palazzatto Hotel & Winery Matera, Italy
In the ancient, hilly town of Matera in Sassi, Italy, lays a boutique cave hotel of wonders; the Il Palazzotto. Carved out of the Matera caves and dimly lit by candlelight, there are only five private suites in the whole property – so exclusive, it’s perfect for those searching for a unique and magical experience. Bonus points for the free-standing bathtubs big enough for two and the naturally-made marble speaker for all your escapism needs.
The Conrad, Maldives
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has opened the world’s first-ever underwater hotel residence just last year. Featuring a two-story villa set deeper than 16 feet below the Indian Ocean for blissful seclusion from the rest of the world. The underwater bedroom offers unparalleled views of the ocean, so feel free to indulge in your mermaid fantasies (or is that just me?). The hotel also offers above-water floating villas with an underwater five-star restaurant if you’re not quite ready to sleep with the fishes.
Aynhoe Park Hotel, UK
Not just another private country house, Aynhoe Park has garnered worldwide attention for its beautiful and fun-filled décor including ethically-sourced taxidermy and outstanding attention to detail. This wonderland looks like something out of a Tim Walker photo-set; a living museum of art and curiosities, acquired by Aynhoe’s owner, James Perkins, over the course of his travels. Available to book for a weekend, guests will have their own butler service as well as choice of classic cars to drive around the country-side.
St James Chateau Hotel, Paris
If you’re going to be a walking cliché and head to Paris for V-day, you may as well do it properly. The only listed chateau in Paris (they’re surprisingly hard to find), this boutique hotel houses a beautiful Napoleon III residence, refurbished with décor by Bambi Sloan. Built in the nineteenth century on the park of the first aerodrome of Paris, the Saint James Paris is a haven of peace in the heart of the most beautiful Parisian neighbourhoods. There’s also a Guerlain spa to really unwind with a choice of heavenly treatments on offer for you and your partner.