With their seductive mix of absorbing history, vibrant culture and world class gastronomy, Europe’s most enticing destinations have all the right ingredients for a truly memorable romantic break. Whether celebrating an engagement or an anniversary or just looking to spend quality time with the one you love, there’s plenty of opportunity to savour extraordinary romantic experiences. Enjoy a serene glide across the lake in Geneva, hole up in an exclusive Hideaway Cottage in the wilds of Ireland or write your own literary romance in Thomas Hardy’s Dorset. Here’s our pick of the most romantic getaways in Europe.
Romantically at Hotel 41
A dreamy retreat in the heart of London, enjoy an overnight stay in the ultra-luxurious and intimate Hotel 41. Voted TripAdvisor’s top hotel in the UK, it’s well-known for its prestigious address, smart interiors and exceptional service. In addition to a glass of chilled Champagne on arrival, guests are treated to a special romantic turndown service. Return to your room and find it scattered with rose petals and lit with the glow candles, with a platter of chocolate-dipped strawberries for you to share.
Love on the Lake at Hotel d’Angleterre
With its sweeping mountain views and picturesque location next to Lake Geneva, Hotel d’Angleterre is equipped with an ideal backdrop for a cosy weekend away for two. Start the trip in style with a transfer from the airport or station in our chauffeur-driven Bentley. Enjoy a memorable boat ride across the glassy Lake Léman and return to the hotel for Champagne and canapés in The Leopard Bar. End the day with a romantic turndown service in your room, complete with a bottle of Ruinart on ice.
Hideaway Cottage at Ashford Castle
There are few places to stay that are as deliciously intimate and romantic as Hideaway Cottage. Ashford Castle’s former boathouse, this bijoux lakeside retreat is located within the castle’s grounds and has been lovingly restored and exquisitely furnished with select antiques. Enjoy a tranquil stroll through the woods, just the two of you, in your complimentary Jack Murphy jackets and wellies, before taking a row boat out on Lough Corrib. Round off the day with supper à deux on your private dining terrace.
Romantic Hideaway at Summer Lodge
The setting for Thomas Hardy’s famous novels, Dorset inspired epic romances of the likes of Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak. Treat yourselves to a Romantic Hideaway at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa. For ultimate seclusion, reserve a two-night stay at the hotel’s Ivy Cottage, which has its own private garden and hot tub. Pop open a bottle of Lanson Rosé and enjoy a sparkling aperitif before indulging in an excellent three-course à la carte dinner in Summer Lodge’s acclaimed restaurant. Return to your room to find a romantic turndown in the form of chocolates and a scattering of rose petals.
Celebrate at The Old Government House
With its blissfully untouched beaches and wild, sweeping landscapes, The Old Government House Hotel & Spa is an ideal setting for a quiet escape. Whether you’re celebrating a special anniversary or just want to a spoil someone, the hotel’s Celebrate package offers some serious pampering. It includes a night in your choice of room or suite, a bottle of Champagne to be enjoyed in the historic Crown Club and a tantalising box of Hotel Chocolat truffles. In addition, couples can make the most of a 10 per cent discount on all Spa treatments for the ultimate feel-good factor.
The Red Carnation Hotel Collection are experts in romance. Allow us to indulge you and your loved one with any of our special packages for two.
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