Isn’t this just the perfect time of year to be thinking about slinking off somewhere romantic and decadent for some quality alone time with your loved one? Sure enough Valentines Day is just around the corner but we should not need a forced day of romance to want to spend special time with our partners. If anything, these cold winter months should promote that loving feeling. After all, when it is below freezing outside what better way to stay warm than to snuggle up with your special someone? In fact, even of you have gone somewhere warm and sunny I would say that the snuggling should still be a top priority.
If you are considering some private time away on a little mini break then these most romantic boutique hotels may well be of interest to you. Set in some of the most beautiful locations across the world, there is no doubt that love will be on your mind the entire time.
If you are going to do it you might as well do it right so we are starting things off with a hotel, which is quite far afield - Tanzania to be exact. The Hatari Lodge is famed for its awe-inspiring view of Mount Kilimanjaro. This exclusive boutique hotel is pure luxury. You can be almost guaranteed as much alone time with your beau as you wish considering that there are only nine bedrooms. I’m guessing all the other guests will be looking for their privacy also. Besides, with the oversized bathtubs and complementary robes you are unlikely to leave your room.
Just an average day in York.
Much closer to home is 10 George Street in York. This is a self-catering property but I am sure that food will be the last thing on your mind when you are met with the stunning decoration of this property. There are three bedrooms in this town-house and you can expect to pay upwards of £500 for a two night stay - surely a price worth paying for such luxury? The master bedroom has to be seen to be believed, having been decorated in the style of a theatre set, complete with renaissance artwork adorning the walls. As if this is not enough, you can also snuggle up by the open fireplace. What could be more romantic?
‘Ahhh, Pareee!’ [Insert cultural stereotype here]
Maybe France? There is something about the idea of a getaway to France that seems synonymous with romance. 15 Grand Rue in the small village of Caux, Languedoc definitely lives up to the French reputation for style, class and romance. This boutique hotel is set in a restored manor house and it is so exclusive that it has only three suites. The entire hotel is beautifully decorated and furnished with French antiques. You will also receive the most personal customer service from the hostess, who will go out of her way to ensure your every want is taken care of. The cuisine on offer is also second to none so if you work up an appetite you know it can be satisfied; whether it’s fresh strawberries and champagne or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or the finest three course dinner. They will even prepare a picnic hamper for you if you are planning a romantic day out together.
Hawaii. That’s all you need to say really.
If you want to make sure that sunshine is guaranteed for your romantic getaway then why not check out the one and only boutique hotel in Maui, Hawaii. The seaside Aloha Pualani offers 5 exclusive suites complete with individualised contemporary décor. You are guaranteed a peaceful holiday in idyllic surroundings. You could also book his and her spa treatments to ensure you are looking and feeling your best. If you are feeling more energetic there are plenty of sporting activities that you can take part in.
Sunshine is definitely not guaranteed in Scotland but romance is definitely in abundance. The ideal romantic setting for a mini break is Ardmor House in Edinburgh. This boutique hotel is located in a restored Victorian house. The owner takes pride in ensuring that all of his guests are taken care of, and his dog will give you a greeting to remember also. The location of the hotel is ideal; far enough away from the buzz of the capital city to ensure quiet time while being close enough that you can indulge in everything that Edinburgh has to offer should you choose to. In fact, the owner of the hotel will provide his very own guide to the city so that you can hand pick the activities you’d like to indulge in and the ones you would rather avoid.
Sometimes the best boutique hotels in the world are the ones that are so unique and exclusive that they are not particularly well known. This is the case with Astarte Suites Hotel in Santorini, Greece. You can imagine the backdrop: the sea so blue you can barely tell where it stops and the sky starts. You will also get your romantic break off to ideal beginnings when you are served with champagne and fruit upon your arrival. You needn’t worry about getting to and from this beautiful hotel as they will arrange your airport transfers for you. This hotel has nine rooms, each with exquisite views. If this is not enough, you can also indulge in the complimentary Hermes products, which can be found in your bedroom. You and your loved one can also cosy up in your bedroom jacuzzi while you gaze out across the Aegean Sea.
One thing is for sure; there are so many perfect boutique hotels in the most stunningly beautiful locations in the world. The only difficult part is choosing which one to go to. Who you take with you should be the easy part. Romance, however, is sure to be guaranteed wherever you go.