5 of the most romantic hotels in the world

I’m absolutely delighted to have Angie Silver from Silver Spoon London as the second guest blogger on The Travel Hack. Angie is such a romantic so I can’t think of anyone better to tell us about 5 of the most romantic hotels around the world. She’s also seriously well travelled and has stayed in some of the most luxurious hotels you can imagine. And with Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s not too late to book a last minute trip…. 

Warning: This post will have you swooning with jealousy and wanderlust in equal measures!

5 of the most romantic hotels in the

Romance is different for everyone whether it’s rose petals and champagne, adventure on the high seas or a picnic on the beach; I think it’s just fantastic when hotels offer you the chance to have these wonderful experiences with the one you love….

1. The Four Seasons Bora Bora

Four Seasons Bora Bora - The most romantic hotels in the world

I’d always gazed at photographs of the beautiful island of Bora Bora, dreaming of one day travelling almost all the way around the world to visit. My honeymoon was the perfect opportunity to make that journey and stay at the incredible Four Seasons Bora Bora.

Beautiful thatched huts are perched on stilts rising out of the perfect clear blue lagoon and looking out on to the twin peaks of the extinct volcano Mount Pahia and Mount Otmanu. Mr Silver and I had a bungalow at the end of the jetty for our honeymoon, ensuring a perfect view and total privacy. Ahhh…bliss….

On the first day we found the ‘Romance menu’ in our room, we knew we were for a treat and decided to take full advantage of what this gorgeous hotel had to offer.

Four Seasons Bora Bora | The most romantic hotels in the world

Every morning we had a private breakfast on the terrace of our bungalow and in the evening we could enjoy cocktails and sushi at the sunset bar before going to watch traditional Polynesian fire dancing. We hired a ‘floating love seat’ which was tethered to our bungalow so that we could drift out on to that calm blue lagoon without a care in the world… Best of all, one night we took a glorious sunset cruise in a private yacht and drank champagne and ate canapes whilst watching the sun dip below the horizon.

 

2. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

Another adventure saw Mr Silver and I hurtling along Highway One with the wind in our hair and views of the Pacific Coast Highway flying past. The stunning St Lucia Mountains rose around us and below was the coast and the beautiful beaches sprawling into the Pacific.

Higher and higher we climbed until we arrived at a beautiful ranch perched 1200 metres above sea level. Post Ranch Inn would be our home for the next two days, and what a stunning home it was. We totally loved our cabin, which was one of only 39 rooms dotted around the cliff top.

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur - The most romantic hotels in the world

The gorgeous cabin interior is designed with nature in mind and floor to ceiling glass walls framed the mountain vista perfectly; furniture is made from reclaimed wood and enhanced with local handicrafts and pottery. There was a huge fireplace that was perfect for warming up in the cool mountain air as well as a hot tub on the balcony from which you could sip champagne and admire the view. The fridge was full of fresh produce and all included in room plus homemade cookies were delivered every day! Mr S found me with my hand in the cookie jar on several occasions.

On the other side of the hotel there are panoramic views of the sea and from Meditation Pool…

A pool with a view at the Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

I could see to infinity and beyond!

In the evening we enjoyed a fantastic tasting menu at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant Sierra Mar. It also featured floor to ceiling glass walls and felt just so romantic as it gives the impression of floating above the ocean. In between courses Mr Silver and I were invited outside on to the terrace to take a peek through the telescope at a sky that was blanketed with stars…

 

3. Il Salviatino, Florence

As Mr Silver and I ascended the hill surrounded by the verdant trees, the air was heavy with anticipation. Visiting Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and staying at Il Salviatino had been high on my bucket list for years.

Il Salviatino, Florence

As soon as our taxi drew up at the restored 15th Century villa, we were quickly welcomed in and a cool glass of prosecco was pressed into our hands. The manager gave us a tour of the lush gardens that surround the hotel before leaving us to enjoy more bubbly while sat in a secluded alfresco nook. The most delicious fresh bread, caprese salad and al dente pasta were bought out for us to nibble on while we gazed out at the panoramic view of Florence.

Il Salviatino, Florence, The Most Romantic Hotels in the World

The hotel has a rustic antique feel and is full of gorgeous original artwork and mosaics but still feels contemporary and fresh. We were in the Ojetti suite which was just a dream come true; with a huge living space including a bedroom, dining room and conservatory and upstairs a rooftop jacuzzi and a huge private balcony, it was definitely a room for romance. While we were there we enjoyed a candle lit dinner on the terrace, al fresco breakfasts and relaxing romantic time together by the pool under the Tuscan sun.

 

 

4. The Four Seasons The Golden Triangle, Thailand

For me, romance isn’t all about rose petals and champagne, it’s about sharing incredible experiences together. Once in a life time moments that you’ll remember forever.

The Four Seasons in the Golden Triangle is perhaps the most incredible hotel I’ve ever stayed in. Mr Silver and I were dropped off at the roadside to board a traditional long-tail boat to carry us down the Mekong river to the hotel. Here in Chiang Rai, is where Thailand meets Myanmar and Laos and there is something rather special about the feeling of being in three countries all at once.

The boat carried 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 me these give a new meaning to the word glamping!

The Four Seasons, The Golden Triangle, Thailand

As you can see the room had a Safari feel to it with leather and hardwood chairs, a paddle fan and a gorgeous two person-hand made copper bath. On the balcony was a huge sofa to recline on and a large wooden hot tub that was refilled every day. Now I haven’t told you the best thing about this hotel yet… the remote hills are shared with an elephant sanctuary and the hotel itself owns four elephants!! From our balcony we could view the elephants taking their shower in the morning before joining us for breakfast!

Elephants at the Four Seasons in Thailand

The hotel is pretty pricey but everything is included: meals, drinks, excursions and activities are all part of the package. Best of all is the opportunity to go on an elephant trek with resident mahouts.

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty scared but it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life – and nothing bad can really happen to you at the Four Seasons! One of the real romantic highlights was our dinner in the elephant camp. We were guided down to a secluded area and greeted by the gentle giants before dining in a candlelit setting with a tailor made menu and traditional Thai music to entertain us.

I can’t praise this hotel enough and a few other amazing highlights were delicious sundowner cocktails in the bar, wine and cheese tasting and an amazing couples massage in the treetop treatment room. Staying in a tent in the jungle may not sound glamorous but the Four Seasons at The Golden Triangle is literally perfect for a honeymoon!

 

5. qualia, the Whitsundays

Back in 2012, Mr Silver and I embarked on an epic adventure in Australia. It was a journey that took us to the city, the mountains, the rainforest and the desert… and we decided to end this journey with some relaxation time at the beach.

Located on the luxe Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef, qualia is quite simply stunning. From the beautifully designed sea view rooms to the gorgeous Pebble Beach pool that leads down to the crisp white sands: it’s heavenly!

Each guest is provided with a golf buggy and Mr S absolutely loved zipping around the hills on Hamilton Island! There’s lots of other stuff to see there but actually there’s no need to leave the sanctuary of qualia. We enjoyed fabulous romantic treats including a delicious tasting menu in the Long Pavillion restaurant, a Champagne sunset cruise and wonderful spa treatments.

qualia, The Whitsundays

qualia, Australia - The most romantic hotels in the world

Perhaps the most romantic thing that we did was a beach drop off. A little speed boat whisked us away to a deserted island where beach mats, towels and a parasol had been set up along with a gourmet picnic and wine. We loved our little secluded spot and later Mr S revealed that he’d actually considered proposing to me there. I’m glad he didn’t I mean I was wearing hardly any makeup and my hair was a mess ;). Fortunately, he chose the perfect moment once we were back in Sydney at a beautiful cliff top hotel called Jonah’s.

All of these hotels were truly beautiful and unique and I’m so happy that I had the chance to experience them with my now-husband the lovely Mr Silver.


 

Massive thanks to Angie for sharing 5 of her favourite romantic hotels around the world. Take a look at her luxury lifestyle blog, Silver Spoon London, for more on luxury travel and wining and dining in London.

If you’d like to guest post on The Travel Hack, please email me at [email protected]

Which of these hotels would you most like to stay in? I’m going to have to say the Four Seasons in Bora Bora! 

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (16)
  1. HELLO ANGIE! Hehe. So happy to see two of my favourite travel bloggers collaborating! I’m writing this comment from the Intercontinental WestLake in Hanoi and I think you’ll like it here! Can I just say that Four Seasons in Bora Bora is my DREAM destination. Il Salviatino looks like a fairy tale – it’s my new addition to my wanderlust bucket list! Thank you for bringing such beauty to the internets! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

  2. Oh gosh, I would absolutely love to stay in any of these hotels! Bora Bora is definitely high on my list, but I think I would also enjoy the Thai hotel with the elephant sanctuary. When I was in Thailand, unfortunately the only elephants I encountered were the ones currently suffering abuse at the hands of their owners and tourists. I would love an experience to change that!

    1. Ah that’s so sad. I’m really weary of elephant sanctuaries because you hear such horror stories but this one looks really lovely. And I’m sure that elephant is smiling in the photo 😉

    2. Samantha you should visit the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, they’re one of the only sanctuaries to actually have the elephant’s best interests at heart. They honestly do amazing work with them, and I’m hoping to go out and volunteer with them next year!

      C x
      Lux Life

  3. Ahhh, so dreamy! Four Seasons anywhere in the world is guaranteed to be a romantic & memorable experience, but I think that Bora Bora property just about takes the cake!

  4. The warning was well justified. I fell for the villa in Florence immediately, but then came the Four Seasons in Thailand. I just want them all! Of course, these will probably be way out of my league in terms of price. I can always dream 🙂

  5. Out of this list, I’d agree with you – Four Seasons Bora Bora. But the most romantic hotels in the world for me would be Four Seasons Florence – my wife and I were lucky enough to stay in the Royal Suite, which was pretty up there in the romance stakes – and Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany. Gorgeous.

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