From a luxury treehouse in England to an eco-friendly Peruvian spa, here are five very different places, each perfect for a cosy escape for two. Don’t save the romance just for Valentine’s Day this year!
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Chewton Glen Tree House
In the treetops of the New Forest are a handful of luxury sleeping spaceships! The Chewton Glen treehouses have to be seen to believed. Our stay was a dream come true – a childhood love of treehouses mixed with absolute luxury.
The height of modernity and eco-friendly they are spectacular. Be it sitting in your private hot tub watching the sun go down or chilling out in the spacious suite with wrap-around windows, heated floors and wood-burning stove. This is New Forest glamping at it’s finest.
Breakfast comes in a hamper delivered through a trap door – opening it is like Christmas come early! The treehouses afford total privacy. And of course, one of the best hotels in the UK is a short walk away should you want for anything! Visit Chewton Glen’s website or check out reviews on TripAdvisor.
Anna Parker, Travel with Penelope and Parker
Château Autignac, Languedoc, France
What could be more romantic than a château set among vineyards in the south of France, with just five rooms and a dreamy infinity pool?
Château Autignac only recently opened as a chambre d’hôte after a major renovation which saw this 1860s property restored to its former glory and beyond. The interiors have kept some of the historic features but with a modern light and airy feel, with lots of calming colours and contemporary artworks. Rooms look out over the village or the gardens, and ours came with its own writing turret.
There’s plenty of space with communal lounges where you can help yourself to a coffee or curl up with a book, and enjoy breakfast of local bread, meats and cheese in the conservatory. You can relax with a glass of the estate’s own Domaine des Prés Lasses wine on one of the terraces or cool off in the double-sided infinity pool and jacuzzi. And if you can bear to drag yourself away, there’s the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region to explore, or it’s only an hour to Montpellier and Narbonne on the coast. Visit Château Autignac‘s website or check out reviews on TripAdvisor.
Lucy Dodsworth, On the Luce
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Mexico
A long walk on the beach is many people’s idea of romantic, and five-star Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is the place for it. Unlike many Cancun-area hotels, the beach next to Grand Residences is almost empty of other buildings.
Walk hand-in-hand to discover treasures in the sand like sea fans and shells, and then head back to your Grand Residences suite.Each is decorated like a home rather than like a hotel room, and of course, that means a full kitchen too. Cook for yourself and dine al fresco on your balcony or go to one of the on-site restaurants near the immense main pool.
Heaven Beach Bar sometimes has live music in the evenings so you can dance under the stars with your toes in the sand. End the night with a hot tub either in your his-and-her’s bathroom or on your balcony.
Inkaterra Macchu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
When crossing the bucket list destination of Machu Picchu off your wander list, make sure to book a stay at the ultra-romantic Inkaterra Hotel.
This award-winning eco-friendly property is the perfect spot for some romance as you process the magic of the Incas’ mysterious and sacred archaeological site.
Decorated with indigenous textiles and accessories throughout, the architecture thoughtfully melds 83 individual casitas with the landscape on 12 acres of cloud forest. Stroll; wine in hand, in one of the largest orchid gardens in the world.
Throughout the common areas are cosy spaces to take advantage of the extensive library. The restorative Una Spa offers natural botanical treatments using local botanical elixirs of mint and eucalyptus. Couples can enjoy treatments that place an emphasis on Andean traditions. A wall of picture windows lines the luxurious restaurant and overlooks the river below. Authentic Peruvian dishes are highlighted on the menu along with an extensive collection of wines. Finish the night by having your fireplace butler light a sparkling fire in the privacy of your home away from home in the jungle of Agua Calientas.
Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy
Hotel Splendido, in Italy’s Liguria region, couldn’t be more romantic if it tried. Set high on a hillside overlooking beautiful Portofino harbour, the panoramic views from the hotel’s terrace alone are guaranteed to get your heart fluttering.
The elegant hotel is housed in a Benedictine monastery dating back to the 16th century. Style, elegance and charm are the order of the day and the décor inspires thoughts of iconic fifties film stars and royal couples. The hotel has a history of romantic liaisons. Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor on the balcony of their suite at the Splendido and the song ‘I found my love in Portofino’ is pretty much the soundtrack to the hotel. Could it get any more romantic?
The infinity pool has stunning harbour views amid verdant gardens and there’s a flower-filled terrace and tennis courts. The Chuflay’s à la carte menu serves excellent fish dishes together with traditional Ligurian fare. An excellent breakfast, light snacks and bites are served on the terrace.
For all its refined elegance, there’s a fun side to the Splendido. Evenings bring a party atmosphere to the piano lounge. Sequin-jacketed pianist, Vladimir, and head barman Antonio, who have both been at the hotel for over 30 years, soon get the whole room dancing. I’m in love with this hotel and I’d go back in a heartbeat.
Treehouse, beach break, château, spa or harbourside hotel? Which would you choose for your perfect escape for two?