What started as a Valentine’s Day round-up has turned into a bookmarkable collection of dreamy, wish-list romantic escapes. Whether you’re planning well in advance of next year’s Valentine’s Day or just want to create some quality time with your partner, Part 2 of Flight Centre’s Secluded, Romantic Getaways You Need To Know About has arrived.
Remarkable for its spectacular location, high on a cliff top overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Bellevue Syrene is that romantic Italian getaway that’s on everyone’s wish list. History tells us that the location has been coveted for centuries, with the hotel, once home to the Mastrobuono Counts, built on the remains of a majestic Roman villa.
You’ll feel the sense awe as you step out on the terrace for breakfast and take in the exceptional view, with the bustling shoreline below and Mt Vesuvius quietly gazing back at you across the water. The philosophy of the hotel is to make the guests totally at ease, with many inviting common areas for relaxing and making the most of the fabulous surroundings. There’s a reading room, a winter garden, classic verandah, Dali Room for quiet games of chess, pool and even a private beach. If you choose to put the sightseeing on hold for a day, you won’t be short of options if you decide to lounge around at the hotel.
The beautiful rooms are designed around the principles of comfort and wellness, and each room is unique. All rooms face the sea, giving you one of the most romantic views you can imagine. One thing we love about this hotel: there is always a table set with croissants, pastries, cakes and drinks for those amongst us who aren’t always on time for breakfast. Nice.
Kakslauttanen Glass Igloos
Could anything be more romantic than lying back in a totally snug glass-roofed igloo, gazing up at the night sky – and, if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights? An unforgettable stay at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselka, Finland, is one of the experiences you can enjoy as part of Bentours’ ‘Follow The Lights’ tour of Scandinavia. With the best time to see the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland spanning from mid-August to early April, you have a pretty big window of opportunity to create a wildly romantic getaway (although note that the best time for spotting the Auroras are at the beginning and end of the season).
From Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, there are some totally Finnish things to do, such as husky safaris, snow mobile safaris, ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Then, after a day out amongst the absolutely stunning Arctic landscape, you can head back to the resort for a traditional smoke sauna, enjoy a hot drink at the ice bar, then retire to your snug glass-roofed igloo to watch nature’s spectacular night show.
Megeve, French Alps
Les Fermes de Marie
Each of the four seasons offers special kind of romantic experience at Les Fermes de Marie, a five-star luxury hotel in the French Alps.
Winter, of course, is magical. The authentic alpine farmhouses are nestled within a blanket of pristine white snow, with rooms promising an intimate and cosy place from which to view the winter wonderland outside. The French Alps glisten in winter, and Megeve is close to the breaktaking mountaintops of Mont Blanc, Mont Charvin and the Aiguilles of Chaminoix. You could take to the slopes with your partner or simply sit back and contemplate the stunning view from one of the many sunny terraces in the ski resorts around the town.
Spring is also a beautiful time to stay at the hotel, with nature reawakening after its winter slumber. In summer, the region really comes alive, with long sunny days and plenty of opportunities to breathe in that fresh mountain air, with hiking trails, lakes and rivers to explore (not to mention the Megeve Blues Festival to keep you entertained). And autumn – that’s when the hillsides show their true colours: shimmering golds, rich ochres and deep ruby reds.
After a day outdoors, Les Fermes de Marie is exactly the type of snugly abode you want to return to. Rooms are designed for maximum comfort, with special touches such as locally milled Bonneval wool, antique furniture and the feel-good natural surroundings of stone and wood. There is also a decadent day spa, Pure Altitude, offering massages, treatments and soothing mountain rituals all in the name of healing and serenity.
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