You’re not the same as other couples – which is why our historic hotels offer something as unique as you are. Get a head start on the rest of the lovebirds by booking a romantic escape for two in one of these centuries-old Valentine’s havens…
For the foodie couple: Suter Palace, Bucharest
When dusk falls, lovers come alive at Suter Palace Heritage Boutique Hotel. Painting the perfect picture with a private romantic dinner – either in your own design room or suite, or on a lilac-lit terrace at sunset – a team of Cupids will pamper you with welcome drinks, exquisite food, live music and a swoon-worthy atmosphere. All of this, with an overnight stay, for €195.
For the culture vultures: Castello Di Gargonza, Tuscany, Italy
Want a story to tell about your holiday? Castello di Gargonza once hosted Dante Alighieri in 1303, when it was a fortified village. The castle and community were dedicated to cultivating the woods and producing wool. Home to farmers and families, the village contained guestrooms, a parish, a house of canons, a school, an oil mill, stables, and four bread ovens (still functioning). Hide away inside the medieval walls and experience the simplicity of traditional rural life this holiday – just you and the one you love.
For the explorers: Eccles Hotel, Munster, Ireland
The rich and famous have flocked to Eccles Hotel since the 18th century. It’s heaven in the heart of Munster – boasting watercolour-like views across Wild Atlantic Way, while swaddling couples in luxurious comfort. Spend your Valentine’s weekend exploring Glengarriff village, rent a bike and cycle the Beara Peninsula, visit the bamboo garden, immerse yourself in the Nature Reserve, take a ferry to shrub-covered Garnish Island, stroll through Blue Pool Park or hike your way around the emerald countryside. When you’re satisfyingly exhausted, restore with a romantic, locally-foraged dinner for two and serene VOYA organic Irish seaweed-based therapies.
For the luxury lovers: Rubezahl-Marienbad Luxury Historical Castle Hotel & Golf, Czech Republic
If you’re not yet engaged, Rubezahl-Marienbad Castle Hotel & Golf is the place to pop the question. If you’ve been married for decades, it will make you fall in love all over again. Star in your own Bohemian fairytale this February 14 – in the wondrously idyllic town of Marienbad, this dream-like hotel is famed for its natural healing mineral springs, lavish services, live piano music, fine china dining and rooms and suites fit for king and queen.
For the peace seekers: Castle Sterkenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
There’s nothing like a drawbridge to assure unadulterated privacy this Valentine’s Day. Castle Sterkenburg is ideal for couples who dream of hiding away on their own island. This sweetheart of a stay – and all of its features – are yours to enjoy. It’s the perfect Spring picture of dry-stone wall, calming canals and blanketing trees. When you’re not skipping hand-in-hand in the garden – meeting the castle dogs, ducks and deer – you’ll be spending quality time together in one of eight B&B rooms – all named after the birds and animals that live on the estate. Go all out and book the Stork room (Ooievaar), Sterkenburg’s heart-warming bridal suite.