Love begins to drift through the air as the month of February approaches. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with either a trip right on the date or by offering your sweetheart the gift of a future romantic holiday together. Gain some inspiration for your ultimate romantic getaway with these stunning villas, historic apartments, beachfront houses, luxury lodges and cozy chalets spanning the globe.
Pavillon des Vosges – Paris, France
It’s hard to find a more romantic city setting than a luxurious apartment on one of Paris’ most enchanting squares that was once inhabited by a famous royal mistress. The Pavillon des Vosges, by Carpe Diem Luxury Travel, offers the comfort, relaxation, quiet and privacy of being in your own private Parisian home while being in one of the most coveted and trendiest areas of the city.
“The romantic tone is set as you open the door with its hand-carved heart. Cross the discrete gravel courtyard, scale the vast limestone hand carved stairwell and push open the double doors, you are invited into a very different, highly intimate paris, providing the luxury of being ‘in residence,’ in a famously secret city,” describes Marina Gratsos, director of Carpe Diem Luxury Travel.
Located in the gorgeous Place des Vosges, this 17th-century three-bedroom apartment is on the étage noble of a deeply historic hotel particulier. The apartment was the home of Marie Touchet, the sole mistress and grand courtesan to Charles IV and mother of his only living heir and a daughter, Catherine Henriette, (in turn mistress to Henri IV), so its walls are steeped in history and romantic intrigue.
With tall wooden beam ceilings, the apartment perfectly combines classic elegance with modern luxuries. There are two beautifully appointed formal salons for entertaining, a library for cosy relaxation, a pretty sunlit kitchen for breakfasts and casual dining and three private bedrooms suites that can sleep up to six people. Of exceptional note is the Master Bedroom, la “Chambre de Madame,” which has one of the most beautiful views in all Paris over the trees and vaulted rooftops of the Place des Vosges. It has a king-size bed, dressing-room and a sumptuous en-suite marble bathroom with bath, shower and WC.
Be swept up in the romantic aura of Paris at the stunning Pavillon des Vosges by reaching out to Carpe Diem Luxury Travel here.
Palazzo Alvera Altana – Venice, Italy
With its canals, gondolas and mist, Venice is another European city is synonymous with romance and the magical Palazzo Alvera Altana is both astonishing and sublime, a fitting reflection of the complex appeal and multilayered aesthetic of Venice itself.
Available through Homebase Abroad, the apartment occupies the top floors of a family home right on the Grand Canal. Dating back to the 14th century, the Palazzo Gheltoff Corner has remained in the same family for many generations. Today, the building has been divided into large apartments for various members of the family. Being directly on Venice’s most important canal, the villa and its various outdoor spaces offer exceptional picture-postcard views, especially on the rooftop terrace which showcases a private 360-degree view of the Venice and its splendid sunsets.
Though large and able to accommodate up to 15 guests, the interiors are cozy and a couple will feel completely at home. Sumptuously decorated, antiques, artworks and family heirlooms give you the sensation of truly being in an aristocratic Venetian residence. The bedrooms feature the finest fabrics and linens while the bathrooms are adorned in marble. The Palazzo Alvera is an exceptionally unique setting to experience enchanting Venice.
For further details on this regal haven in Venice, contact Homebase Abroad at this link.
Santorini NAF Villa – Greece
Launching this year, and hidden away in the Megalochori Caldera, Santorini NAF combines absolute privacy, awe-inspiring views of the crystalline waters of Santorini’s caldera, and is due to become Santorini’s premier private villa.
In the selective repertoire of Five Star Greece, this five bedroom, full service villa offers vast open space living, an expansive panorama of the Aegean Sea, complete privacy and top luxury amenities, making it unequalled anywhere on the island.
Relax over a couple’s massage on the terrace to the soundtrack of the whispering breeze, take romantic strolls along the cliffs, hit the waves on a boat trip around the island or enjoy an evening drink to the backdrop of the stunning sunset over the sea, however, you spend your days, they are bound to be magnificently romantic in this spectacular setting.
Discover this posh lover’s retreat on beautiful Santorini via Five Star Greece at this link.
Villa Farah – Marrakech, Morocco
Enjoy an idyllic exotic lover’s escape to Marrakech at the Villa Farah by Kensington Luxury Properties, an elaborate and exceptional Oriental palace for two with a private garden and heated swimming pool.
The luxurious villa is located within the grounds of a prestigious hotel. This property offers all the services of a five star palace, including room service, and a twenty-four hour butler and unlimited access to the spa, however, with all the advantages and privacy of a stay in a private villa.
No detail was overlooked in its design. The marvellous pink facade cupola took more than eight months to create by local artisans plasterers. The purity of white reveals art objects made of inlaid marble, ivory, mahogany set with camel bone and pearl, cedar wood. There are also a four-poster bed, opulent draped fabrics, rosewood collectibles and Murano chandeliers, to name but a few of the luxurious amenities.
To sweeten this romantic deal, the villa is located in the trendiest neighborhood of Marrakech, l’Hivernage: both secluded and close to all the city’s major attractions.
Retreat to this exquisite haven for two with Kensington Luxury Properties.
Samujana – Koh Samui, Thailand
Set into the hillside of Koh Matlang in Koh Samui, overlooking a coral cove with private beach access, Samujana is the perfect getaway for couples looking for all the benefits of a luxurious beach resort and the intimacy of a private villa. The estate includes twenty-seven luxury villas, all with private infinity edge pools with views of the untouched sea and hillside.
There is a fantastic selection of services available to guests of Samujana, many of which are ideal for couples. Have a private chef prepare a romantic candlelit dinner by your villa’s pool or try your hand at making the meal yourselves with the instructions of the chef during a private cooking class. Pamper yourselves with a revitalizing and relaxing couple’s massages or beauty treatments by professional therapists conducted in the comfort of your villa. These can range from deep Thai massage, facial massage, and body scrubs.
Couples can also experience a romantic sunset cruise on a luxury 43ft catamaran, which boasts comfortable seating areas and a professional and highly trained crew. For couples who want to stay active together, Samujana works with the best yoga gurus, Pilate instructors and personal trainers on the island, which are all available to hire for a range of workouts.
A popular nearby attraction couples can visit is the Namtok Na Muang waterfalls, which is an impressive set of two cascades that flows down into a natural pool, where you can have a swim in and escape from the heat.
Enjoy a romantic, relaxing and invigorating holiday for two on Koh Samui with Samujana.
Les Palmiers – St Martin
Featured on the cover of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and mentioned in multiple publications, Les Palmiers by Carimo enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the premier honeymoon villa in St Martin and one of the top honeymoon spots in the Caribbean.
This very private and serene place exudes romance, charm, and elegance. Situated in a lush garden oasis in the über private gated Baie Rouge Residences, Les Palmiers sits right at the edge of the Caribbean Sea along a private section of Baie Rouge Beach.
The villa is more like a private French Creole cottage; a self-contained paradise for just two people whether on honeymoon or romantic getaway. The entire villa fronts the sea and picturesque views. The large pool terrace features a heated pool and outdoor spaces for alfresco dining and lounging. Just beyond the terrace is the beach with private loungers.
Organize the perfect couple’s Caribbean vacation with Carimo here.
Virunga Lodge – Rwanda
More adventurous couples can have an incredible African holiday at Volcanoes Safaris‘ stunning Virunga Lodge, recently named Africa’s Best Romantic Retreat at the 6th Annual World Boutique Hotel Awards.
The gorgeous Virunga Lodge is situated on a majestic hilltop (2,300 m), providing an exceptional panoramic view of the dramatic Virunga volcanoes and twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera. The eco-luxury lodge’s ten bandas (rooms) feature an ‘organic, bush-chic’ design which reflects the local building style while offering elegance and luxurious comfort. Each has a private terrace and fireplace, the ideal setting for a romantic evening with your partner.
Guests can also enjoy the main lodge with its the cozy ambiance and larger terraces overlooking the volcanoes and the fiery sunsets. In early 2017, the new Dian Fossey map room will open to provide guests with an additional venue for intimate occasions.
Volcanoes Safaris can arrange a wide variety of gorilla safari tours and tracking experiences focused on the endangered mountain gorillas. Complimentary massages and attentive staff ensure an unforgettable stay for those seeking a romantic hideaway.
Reach out to Volcanoes Safaris to start planning a once in a lifetime romantic trip to Africa.
Ca’nova – Venice, Italy
Back in Venice, the recently restored and redecorated Ca’nova palazzo, by excellence.villas by Trust&Travel, provides couples with a chic, cozy and comfortable base for a cultural and romantic city break.
This historic Palazzo is situated on the Grand Canal opposite Santa Maria della Salute basilica and a short walk from the city’s emblematic Piazza San Marco. Its origins date back to the 12th century when the Barozzi family built the Ca’Barozzi, a fortified building which had a porch, an open gallery and two large square towers. Later in the 17th century, the medieval structure was transformed into a Renaissance palazzo by architect Bartolomeo Manopola.
A second transformation, under the supervision of the director of excellence.villas by Trust&Travel Katharina Allès Trauttmansdorff, has brought the palace up to modern standards of luxury. Using a color palette inspired by 17th and 18th-century paintings of Venice, the refined two and three bedroom apartments are classical with a contemporary twist and feature lovely antiques, paintings and spectacular views of the canal.
The palazzo is within easy walking distance to most of Venice’s major sites, some of which can even be admired from its inviting terrace, accessible to all guests. There is daily maid service in the mornings and a private secretary is available to assist you with anything you may need during your stay.
Experience the perfect romantic escape to Venice by contacting excellence.villas / Trust & Travel at this link.
Villa Kumulani – Maui, Hawaii
Located across the street from one of the most stunning spots on Maui, Palauea Bay, the Villa Kumulani exudes beauty and luxury making it the perfect romantic hideaway by Hawaii Hideaways.
Designed by world-renowned architect Tan Hock Beng, this exquisite four-bedroom beachfront home follows a quad design with a gorgeous landscaped courtyard at its center. Encircled by lush tropical foliage, guests can meander indoor and outdoor seeking shade and sun. The four main structures are connected by elaborate pillars and wooden covered passages which float above tranquil pools that reflect the joys of a Hawaiian vacation.
Inspired by the Far East, the decor is exotic and chic. Couples revel in the luxurious Master suite featuring a king-size bed opening onto a private lanai and access to the pool and sun day bed. The Master bath includes opposite facing sinks with private vanity, separate toilet, shower and Jacuzzi tub room. The shower opens onto a private lanai with outdoor shower.
Spend your days basking in the Maui sun by the infinity pool with heated and unheated spa areas and in the evening sit back and enjoy the stellar sunsets over a fresh meal in the barbeque and dining pavilion.
While completely secluded, the villa is tucked away in central Wailea, within a half mile to the area’s many highlights like the Kea Lani Resort and Spa and various luxury boutiques.
Enjoy this perfectly private romantic retreat with Hawaii Hideaways here.
The Vineyard Villa – Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Taking its name from its unique location, the sleek three-bedroom Vineyard Villa by Touch of Spice is tucked quietly amongst The Landing’s renowned vines. A heavenly romantic escape for gastronomes and oenophiles, the Vineyard Villa is a sanctuary you can make your own.
Designed by award-winning architect, Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects, you’ll be soothed by the open yet intimate spaces that connect with the stunning natural backdrops. The sheltered courtyard to the west offers sunset views and an inviting open-air fire providing a heavenly spot to enjoy exquisite food cooked by a private chef matched with award-winning wine from The Landing wine cellar.
Surrounding the villa, a manicured lawn gently rolls into the vineyard, leading to walking trails that connect the property to the beach and beyond.
Spoil someone special with a getaway they’ll always cherish at Vineyard Villa by reaching out to Touch of Spice here.
Petite Marmotte – Courchevel Moriond, France
This jewel box chalet could possibly be the most romantic chalets in the whole Alps. In addition to being utterly charming, this cozy ‘Swiss-style’ chalet, located in Belvedere (1800) in the Three Valleys, enjoys a highly sought after ski in/ski out position on the edge of the Parc National de Vanoise. It’s the ideal base for romantic skiers who want to make the most of their time on the slopes as well as quality time together.
Available through Ultimate Luxury Chalets, this warm one-bedroom chalet is nestled in the trees right off the piste. The chic oak interiors give a warm and intimate feel all the while remaining refined and luxurious. When not snuggled up inside, sip some bubbly soaking in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the slopes. A chef prepares a daily buffet breakfast, after-ski tea, champagne and canapés and gourmet dinners, leaving you with only the hard job of enjoying yourselves to the fullest.
Here you are beautifully pampered in this supremely secluded location, yet just a few minutes away from the highlights of this ski mecca. Belvedere is an exclusive and secluded area which is between 1650 and 1850. The La Granges piste is at its doorstep with a ski lift just 100 meters away. The chalet is two lifts away from 1850 and a five-minute ski down to 1650.
Cuddle up with your sweetheart after a fabulous day of skiing with Ultimate Luxury Chalets at this link.
Villa Utopic – Saint Barthlémey
St. Barth is one of the most romantic islands on the planet and the Villa Utopic is one of the best villas to complement the island’s romantic appeal. Luxurious and chic, this three-bedroom villa, by St Barth Properties, has a breathtaking vista of the sea, Corossol Beach, and Gustavia’s iconic harbor.
The villa’s design allows for seamless indoor and outdoor living, assisted by glass walls between the spacious living room and vast palm-tree studded deck. There are many cozy lover’s nooks on the terrace, both shady and sunny, plus dining and other seating around the long, heated infinity pool.
The interior features a relaxing cool gray palette with occasional bright touches. A highlight is certainly the unique artwork including pieces by important Dutch photographer Désirée Dolron. The well-equipped kitchen with its adjacent cold room is ideal for whipping up some casual dinners to be enjoyed on the terrace under the stars.
All bedrooms are beautifully decorated, have king beds where you can wake up to the amazing views of the sea. The perfect way to get the day started on your romantic getaway on this island paradise.
Start planning your romantic getaway to this island lover’s nest with St Barth’s Properties here.