Every year millions of couples exchange romantic gifts such as chocolates, flowers or plush toys on Valentine's Day. If you want If you are tired of monotony or just want to change something, impress your girlfriend/boyfriend, offering an unforgettable romantic weekend getaway. Hotels around the world are doing their best to create the most romantic atmosphere for you and prices as well. Whether a small luxury hotel right next to Buckingham Palace, a restored millhouse in the French Dordogne, or a quaint hotel overlooking the Italian Umbria - these hotels guarantees special quality time together. Here are the top ten hotels that offer a very special atmosphere and have very good reviews from travelers:
If you want to spend an unforgivable Valentine's Day then you should choose the 60 Thompson Boutique Hotel in New York. Great value, and high on design-savvy, too, this slick SoHo sanctuary has 97 rooms, including nine suites and one loft (the higher you go, the hotter the views). Dean & DeLuca minibars, Kiehl's toiletries and Frette linens make staying in a pleasure, but the rated Thai restaurant, cocktail-toting Thom bar and vista-blessed rooftop A60 bar (open in warmer months only) should tempt you out. The backlit jars of orchids at the entrance set the tone.
There's a lot going on in this hit of a city (it's had more UK Number One records than anywhere else, you know) now that it's European Capital of Culture 2008. Ringo Starr kicked off the celebrations, and there's plenty to come, but you could just swan around the all-suite 62 Castle Street, with rooms created from the grandiose spaces within a former bank. Expect lots of mahogany, plenty of hi-tech plasma screens, free Wi-Fi and glamorous wet rooms stocked with Elemis smellies. The restaurant buzzes with locals, and the cocktail bar is one of the city's busiest.
The Amfitriti Pension is a small and elegant hotel in the beautiful port town Nafplion. Each of its five rooms is individually decorated in a particular color. Handmade carpets and antique furniture give the rooms a romantic historical feeling, without losing the modern day comforts. With a view of the sea from the breakfast terrace, guests can begin their day on the Peleponnes. Lovers of Greek mythology also have a lot to explore, with the archaeological sites of Epidauros and Mykene nearby.
Arriving in the evening, with the sunset casting a honey-colored hue over a Grade I-listed manor house surrounded by 50 acres of sculptured gardens, you’d be hard-pushed to think of a more romantic hotel for Valentine's Day than Great Fosters. This year they’re offering couples a full champagne afternoon tea on arrival before you retreat to one of the sumptuous suites to get ready for cocktails and a delicious dinner from the a la carte menu in the candlelit Oak Room; all of which is followed by a full English breakfast in the morning.
Il Cantico della Natura is built out of massive stones from the 16th Century and is home to twelve rooms and suites. Surrounded by olive trees guests have a breathtaking view of Lake Trasimeno. The rooms are cosy and are individually decorated with fine furniture. In the Jacuzzi or the sauna, lovers can take advantage of the "dolce vita". For adventure seekers, the hotel regularly organises various activities such as sailing, mountain biking or cooking classes, in which fresh ingredients from the Umbrian region are used.
Nothing says 'I love you' like air tickets for two to Paris. You know you've got a keeper if your sweetheart goes all Gallic when it comes to getaways. And where better to splash the cash (given that muscle-bound Aussie dollar) than the French capital, where romance was born? Canoodle heaven is assured at 34-room La Belle Juliette boutique hotel in Saint Germain, which sports confectionary-colored interiors, tiered cake-stands and a soufflé-obsessed chef. There's a mini pool and spa for pampering, and the hotel hosts regular musical events in the restaurant-come-salon.
The elegant Santini Residence offers nine spacious suites, where couples can enjoy hours of leisure time together. Some rooms have a special highlight: Ornate ceiling paintings that attract the attention of all visitors. Located in the middle of the historical centre of Prague, the luxurious hotel is an ideal base for exploring the capital of the Czech Republic. The Prague Castle and Charles Bridge are easily accessible. In the evening, guests can relax with a glass of red wine in soft lighting and with musical accompaniment on the cozy sofas in the hotel lounge.
The Dominican, Brussels' newest design hotel has got the Eurocrats talking. Located on the site of a former monastery on a quiet side street behind the Theatre la Monnaie, it is all arches and velvet and suede banquettes. A pre- and post-theatre crowd is already making its presence felt in the bar and restaurant, where you can eat all day long, be it starters at the bar or breakfast at lunchtime. The best rooms are on two floors with a separate sitting room; while the Courtyard Suite has a seating area that juts over the restaurant. The Grand Suite has views of the Grand Place in the distance, just a five-minute walk away.
Paris and romance is a cliché, but when celebrating Valentine's Day you might as well indulge. The shorter 2hr 15 minutes Eurostar journey time makes it a practical choice too. For an intimate stay, check into the new Five Hotel. Sex and the city is in this hotel's DNA. When you check in you'll be offered one of five Diptyque scents for your room. Number 603 has a swinging bed suspended by cables from the ceiling; the suite has a Jacuzzi and roof terrace, while "scintillating" rooms have fiber-optic canopies to create the feeling of sleeping under the stars.
The George in Rye sits in an especially chocolate-boxey corner of sleepy Sussex. The hotel is an eclectic mix of chic interiors upstairs in the rooms and old wood-panelled walls and grand antiques downstairs in the bar and sitting room. Due to its coastal location and roaring open log fires, The George in Rye is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Another thing you should choose this hotel is that it is offering a very tempting deal of dinner in the brasserie-style restaurant, overnight stay in one of the luxurious bedrooms and breakfast in the morning for a very reasonable price.