We’re really excited to welcome Angie Silver from Silver Spoon London as The Travel Hack’s second guest blogger. Angie is such a romantic that no one else could tell you more about the five most romantic hotels in the world. She is also well-versed in travel, and she has stayed in some of the most luxurious hotels imaginable. And with Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s not too late for her to book a last-minute trip either….
Warning: This article will make you swoon with jealousy and wanderlust!
Romance is different for everyone: rose petals, champagne, adventures on the high seas, picnics on the beach. I think it’s really great that hotels give you the opportunity to have such an amazing experience with your loved ones….
1. The Four Seasons Bora Bora
I always looked at pictures of the beautiful Bora Bora and dreamed of one day traveling and visiting the world. My honeymoon was the perfect opportunity to make that trip and stay at the wonderful Four Seasons Bora Bora.
Beautiful thatched huts sit on stilts rising out of a perfectly crystal blue lagoon, overlooking the twin peaks of extinct volcanoes Pahia and Otomanu. Mr. Silver and I took a bungalow at the end of the pier for our honeymoon, with perfect views and complete privacy. Ah…bliss….
On our first day, when we spotted the “Romance Menu” in our room, we knew we were in for a treat and decided to make the most of what this luxury hotel had to offer.
Each morning we had a private breakfast on our bungalow’s terrace, and in the evening we enjoyed cocktails and sushi at the Sunset Bar before heading off to watch a traditional Polynesian fire dance. We rented a “floating love seat” attached to a bungalow so we could float carelessly into that tranquil blue lagoon…Best of all, one night we arrived on a private yacht. We went on a wonderful sunset cruise. We drank champagne and ate canapés while watching the sun set on the horizon.
2. Post Lunch Inn, Big Sur
On another adventure, Mr. Silver and I zipped along Highway 1 with the wind in our hair and watched the Pacific Coast Highway fly by. The stunning St. Lucia Mountains rose up around us, and below us were beautiful beaches stretching out to the coast and the Pacific Ocean.
We continued climbing until we arrived at a beautiful ranch at an altitude of 1200 meters. The Post Ranch Inn will be our home for the next two days, and it is truly a wonderful home. We absolutely loved his cabin, one of only 39 rooms scattered on the cliff top.
The luxurious cabin interior was designed with nature in mind, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls perfectly framing the mountain views. Furniture is made from reclaimed wood and finished with local handicrafts and ceramics. There was a large fireplace that was perfect for warming up in the cool mountain air, and a hot tub on the balcony from which we could enjoy the view while sipping champagne. The fridge was full of fresh produce, all included in the room, plus homemade cookies were delivered daily. Several times Mr. S caught me putting my hand in the cookie jar.
On the other side of the hotel you have panoramic views of the sea and the meditation pool…
I could see to infinity!
In the evening, we enjoyed an amazing tasting menu at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Sierra Mar. It also features floor-to-ceiling glass walls, giving the impression of floating above the ocean, which felt very romantic. In between courses, Mr. Silver and I were invited outside to the terrace to peer through the telescope at the starry sky…
3. Il Salviatino, Florence
The air was heavy with anticipation as Mr. Silver and I climbed a hill surrounded by lush trees. Visiting Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and staying at Il He Salviatino has been high on my bucket list for years.
As soon as our taxi arrived at the restored 15th century villa, we were immediately welcomed and glasses of cold prosecco pressed into our hands. The manager gave us a tour of the lush gardens that surround the hotel, and then we headed off to sit in a secluded outdoor corner and enjoy the more convivial atmosphere. We bought the most delicious fresh bread, Capri salad, and al dente pasta while admiring panoramic views of Florence.
The hotel has a rustic antique feel, with lots of gorgeous original artwork and mosaics, but still feels contemporary and fresh. We were in the Oggetti suite and it was truly a dream come true. With vast living spaces including a bedroom, dining room and conservatory, and a rooftop jacuzzi and huge private balcony on the second floor, it was truly a romantic room. While we were there, we enjoyed candlelit dinners on the terrace, had breakfast al fresco, and had a relaxing romantic time together by the pool under the Tuscan sun.
4. Four Seasons Golden Triangle, Thailand
For me, romance is not just about rose petals and champagne, it’s about sharing amazing experiences together. A once in a lifetime moment that will be remembered forever.
The Four Seasons in the Golden Triangle is probably the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Mr. Silver and I were dropped off at the roadside and taken on a traditional longtail boat down the Mekong River to our hotel. Here in Chiang Rai, Thailand meets Myanmar and Laos, and there’s something special about the feeling of being in three countries at once.
The boat took us deep into the lush and exotic Thai jungle and to this totally unique hotel. There are only 15 rooms, which are actually luxuriously appointed tents. Trust us, it will give new meaning to the word glamping!
As you can see, the room had a safari feel with leather and hardwood chairs, paddle fans, and a luxurious two-person handcrafted copper bath. The balcony had a large couch to lie on and a large wooden hot tub that was refilled with hot water daily. I haven’t told you the best thing about this hotel yet…the secluded hill is shared with an elephant sanctuary and the hotel itself is home to his four elephants. In the morning, we were able to watch the elephants showering from our balcony before joining us for breakfast!
Hotels are quite expensive, but meals, drinks, excursions and activities are all included in the package. Best of all is the opportunity to go on an elephant trek with a resident mahout.
I’m not going to lie. It was pretty scary, but it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Nothing bad ever happens at the Four Seasons. One of his truly romantic highlights was dinner at an elephant camp. We were guided to a secluded area and greeted by gentle giants before dining by candlelight, enjoying a made-to-order menu and traditional Thai music.
I can’t praise this hotel enough, but other great highlights were the delicious sundowner cocktails in the bar, the wine and cheese tasting, and the amazing couples massage in the treetop treatment room. Sleeping in a tent in the jungle may not sound appealing, but Four Seasons at the Golden Triangle is literally perfect for your honeymoon!
5. Qualia, Whitsunday Islands
Back in 2012, Mr. Silver and I embarked on an epic adventure in Australia. It was a journey that took us to cities, mountains, rainforests, deserts… and we decided to end this trip with some relaxing time on the beach.
Located on the Great Barrier Reef’s gorgeous Hamilton Island, Qualia is nothing short of amazing. From the beautifully designed ocean-view rooms to the gorgeous Pebble Beach pool that stretches out onto the crisp white sand, it’s heaven on earth!
Each guest was provided with a golf buggy and Mr S loved riding around the hills of Hamilton Island. There are many other things to see, but you don’t actually need to leave Qualia’s Sanctuary. We enjoyed a wonderful romantic feast that included a delicious tasting menu at the Long Pavilion Restaurant, a champagne sunset cruise, and amazing spa treatments.
Probably the most romantic thing we did was drop off at the beach. A small speedboat took us to a deserted island. There, beach mats, towels and umbrellas were set up, as well as gourmet picnics and wine. We absolutely loved this little secluded place. Mr. S then revealed that he was actually thinking of proposing there. I’m glad he didn’t do that. I mean, I didn’t wear much makeup and my hair was a mess ;). Luckily, he picked the perfect moment for us to stay at a beautiful cliff top hotel called Jonah’s once we returned to Sydney.
All of these hotels are truly beautiful and unique, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to experience them with my now husband, the lovely Mr. Silver.
A big thank you to Angie for sharing her five favorite romantic hotels around the world. For more information about her luxury travel, wine and dining experiences in London, visit her luxury lifestyle blog ‘Silver Spoon London.
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Which of the following hotels would you most like to stay in? Bora Bora’s four seasons are amazing!