TRAVEL FOR SENSES NAMES TOP 10 FAVORITE ROMANTIC HOTELS

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Christian Stan, at 13 Feb. 15, in Heaven on earth, News, Special

Forget the heart-shaped tub and ‘70s-style waterbed. Today, hotels celebrate romance with style and sophistication. If you’re lusting for a passionate getaway with chic amenities and tailored comfort, this list of 10 romantic hotels around the world will make you fall in love all over again.

 

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Four Seasons Resort Hualālai set on the picturesque Kona-Kohala coast of Hawaii, is a magnificent destination for all the lovers out there…

When romance is on the brain, you want to find yourself in the right place. We’ve been compiling our lists of the World’s Most Romantic Hotels since we launched, a feature we consider a public service because love, as they say, make the world go round.

1. Four Seasons Bora Bora

Set upon Bora Bora’s surrounding coral atoll, away from the bustle of its mainland, the Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort is a vast tropical grove, replete with coconut palms and pandanus trees. Meandering channels of pure turquoise lead to the property’s main beach or to smaller lagoons, creating secluded private beaches waiting to be discovered.

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Four Seasons Bora Bora is a cultural paradise, a resort that blends the relaxation and tranquility of the South Pacific with the invigorating Polynesian arts of dance, song, cuisine, textiles, seafaring and sports.

Every vista is breathtaking, and all have been incorporated into the design of the Resort: views of the open water and its vast sky contrast with the lush green of the island’s mainland, capped by the towering monolithic peak of Mount Otemanu (727 metres/ 2,385 feet) and the domed summit of Mount Pahia (658 metres / 2,159 feet.) 

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There are a lot of activities designed for couples who spend their vacation at FS Bora Bora…

The Resort offers 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas, all designed with thatched roofs and decorated with indigenous artwork. Four restaurants, offering a vast selection of creative culinary experiences, from Polynesian to French to traditional favorites, are complemented by special open-air dining, from private oceanside dinners to Tahitian beach parties with musicians and firedancers. Read more about it… HERE. 

2. Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji

Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is a new all-villa, boutique resort with private clubhouse that melds contemporary luxury with traditional Fijian design. Set in lush tropical gardens on the pristine waters of Beqa Lagoon, with personal butlers, private nannies and tailored experiences Nanuku sets new standards in terms of comfort, service and hospitality.

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Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji

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It’s all about LOVE at Nanuku Auberge Resort, Fiji

With their creative fusion cuisine, intimate private dining rooms and a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, Nanuku’s has everything on hand for whatever it is you happen to be celebrating. Nanuku offers a spa, hair salon and fitness centre, along with a complete package of services, to ensure you are pampered and looking your best for your special occasion. Read more about it HERE.

3. Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand

Conrad Koh Samui is a luxury pool villa resort located on the south western tip of the popular Thai island, designed to ensure each private pool villa enjoys glorious panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand and its astonishing sunsets.

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The villas of Conrad Koh Samui are designed to ensure guests glorious panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand…

Consisting of 81 private pool villas with one, two or three bedrooms, 3 innovative restaurants, 2 bars, a private wine cellar and destination dining, the resort provides the individualistic sense of luxury that Conrad has become known for. The award-wining spa combines international treatments and Thai spa techniques with distinctive design accents and world-class facilities to delight all of the senses. Read more about it HERE.

4. Aman Grand Canal, Venice

At the entrance, facing a jetty where boats and water taxis dock, a cozy vibe welcomes guests, who are “encouraged to treat this place like home,” says Olivia Richli, Aman Canal Grande Venice’s General Manager. “They must have the feeling of being at home, but better.”

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The resort offers 22 rooms, all with different style décor covering at least 50 square meters, along with two suites, the Alcova Tiepolo Suite and the Canal Grande Suite.

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The palazzo housing the Aman Canal Grande Venice, Palazzo Papadopoli, was built in 1550 by the architect and follower of Sansovino, Gian Giacomo de Grigi.

Despite the sumptuous ambience, the atmosphere at Aman Venice is casual and guests can find many places to relax and spend time with friends, with two verdant gardens, a quiet roof terrace, a library and a living room with a piano. Balancing the opulent decorations on the walls and ceilings, the different spaces feature chic and minimal wengé wood furniture, all manufactured by Italian design company B&B, except for few pieces which were handmade by a carpenter. Read more about it HERE. 

5. El Palauet, Barcelona

The fabulous El Palauet  is located just north of the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia and a main artery called Avinguda Diagonal, where the boulevard narrows into a charming tree-lined street divided by a parkway with gardens and sculptures. Gaudi’s undulating Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is just three blocks south.

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Located on Barcelona’s most exclusive boulevard at Passeig de Gràcia 113, this five-story palatial mansion, built in 1906, is an extraordinary example of Modernism (the sumptuous Catalan version of Art Nouveau)

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Masterful interior decor features contemporary pieces by an array of award-winning designers: Charles and Ray Eames, Ero Saarinen, Warren Platner, Arne Jacobsen, Mies van der Rohe or Philippe Starck.

Similar in layout, the suites feature a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, stellar contemporary furnishing and state-of-the-art technology throughout. There are two suites to each floor with a common foyer off the elevator. Providing a sense of privacy and intimacy, El Palauet is a favorite among many celebrities visiting Barcelona. Read more about it HERE. 

6. Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

In 1821, Rajmahal became the official residence of the British Resident Political Officer of Rajputana and in 1958 HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II – the celebrated and dashing ‘Jai’ – chose it as his private residence.  Over the decades this remarkable ‘Grande Dame’ has hosted Her Majesty the Queen & the Duke of Edinburgh along with several other members of the British Royal Family. Celebrated personalities such as Jackie Kennedy, Lord & Lady Mountbatten and many of the international ‘jet set’ have been part of the history of the Palace.

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It’s all about patterns and colours at Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

SUJÁN reopens the palace in its latest avatar, completely redesigned and refurbished with vigorous flair by the highly acclaimed and accomplished designer Adil Ahmad. Specially commissioned for this unique task by The Royal Family of Jaipur, Ahmad has been inspired by the City Palace, the inner sanctum and current residence of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur. Read more about it HERE. 

7. Four Seasons Hualalai

Located on a stunning one-half mile stretch of beach on the Northwest Kona Coast, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai is a tropical oasis that captures the essence of Hawai‘i as it once was. The contrast of ancient black lava rock with towering coconut palms, white sand beaches and azure sea creates opportunities for memories and photographs at every turn. With the Hualālai volcano behind it and the island of Maui in the distance in front, the Resort is situated on sacred grounds on one of the world’s most beautiful and mystifying islands.

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Four Seasons Hualalai defines the essence of a superb honeymoon. As a destination setting, for just you two, or your whole party they make weddings and honeymoons seamless and inspiring.

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The resort is surrounded by lush vegetation…

Surrounded by lush vegetation, sparkling ocean waters and stunning white-sand beaches, the comfortable and spacious accommodations at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai are housed in intimate two-story bungalows arranged in small crescents along the beachfront and golf course. Read more about it HERE.

8. Viceroy Anguilla

The gracefully landscaped Viceroy Anguilla resort is designed to preserve and enhance the beauty of its natural surroundings, with abundant use of indigenous materials and attention to cultural detail.

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Viceroy Anguila is sophisticated and contemporary…

With sophisticated and contemporary interiors by Kelly Wearstler, the imaginative eye behind other Viceroy properties, Viceroy Anguilla showcases a relaxed chic sensibility and a unique sense of place. Organic elements such as driftwood lamps, petrified-wood tables and travertine marble floors add a tasteful contrast to the geometric lines of the architecture and grant the property a distinct singularity among its Caribbean neighbors.

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Viceroy Anguilla is home to 166 luxury accommodations.

Owners and guests enjoy full resort privileges, including restaurant access, concierge services, a wealth of recreational amenities, twice daily housekeeping and room service. Every element of the Viceroy experience is wrapped in a visionary blend of sophisticated design and intuitive, personalized service delivered by a team of natural hospitality professionals. Read more about it HERE. 

9. Kayumanis Jimbaran, Bali

Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate & Spa is an exotic and idyllic retreat virtually hidden amongst the hypnotic sway of groves of coconut trees and the romantic embrace of the Jimbaran bay nearby. Set amongst a wide expanse of coconut trees, every villa is the most spacious and is masterfully juxtaposed in a harmonious dance among every tree.

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At Kayumanis Jimbaran they have six different villa themes, as follows: Balinese Themed Private Estate; Javanese Themed Private Estate; Modern Themed Private Estate; Primitive Themed Private Estate, Oriental Themed Private Estate and Palembang Themed Private Estate.

Complemented by an exclusive 24-hour butler service that will make every effort to fulfill your every whim without being obtrusive, Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate & Spa is the perfect setting of pure serenity, utmost privacy, and unrivalled luxury.

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Kayumanis Jimbaran is the perfect setting for pure serenity, utmost privacy, and unrivalled luxury.

The entire estate is attuned to the climate through the use of the very finest indigenous materials where a collection of 19 contemporary villas have been purposely designed to emulate the Balinese style of open living. Located just meters from a traditional fisherman’s beach, Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate invites the elements of nature to penetrate the body, mind and soul. Read more about it HERE. 

10. Hotel Le Toiny, St Barths

Privacy and exclusivity have remained the defining characteristics of Hôtel Le Toiny since its 1992 opening on St. Barts’ quiet and intimate southeastern coast.

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The Villa Suits of Hotel Le Toiny

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At Hotel Le Toiny there is never too early for champagne…

The property’s 15 pastel bungalows, called Villa Suites, are located on a gentle slope overlooking an island lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Each accommodation is surrounded by lush vegetation, and enjoys its own gated entrance and red mailbox flag that serves as a “Do Not Disturb” sign. It is this emphasis on seclusion that has attracted the rich and famous since the hotel first opened its doors. Read more about it HERE. 

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