The Most Romantic Hotels for a Valentine’s Day Getaway
February 14 is for lovers, and hotels around the world are preparing to welcome couples with open arms. From Edinburgh’s storied Balmoral hotel, which will have a poet in residence, to the ever-indulgent Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, the ultimate city of love, these charming properties spare no expense to create an unforgettable experience. Here, Galerie rounds up seven standout options to set your heart aflutter.
1. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire, England
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, an archetype of the English manor-house hotel, was created by chef Raymond Blanc in 1984, when his namesake restaurant earned two Michelin stars in its first year—an honor it’s held on to ever since, distinguishing it as the only property of its kind in England to maintain the achievement for over 30 years. For couples united in their love of gourmet food, Blanc is offering a four-day residential course at the hotel’s famed cooking school in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. Presented with a new culinary challenge each day, couples will learn the basics of soups, salads, and preparations before continuing on to fish and shellfish, meat and poultry, and, finally, desserts. In the evening, guests can enjoy a complimentary dinner at Blanc’s restaurant before retiring to luxurious accommodations. As a bonus, foodies can also join in on half- and full-day classes at the gardening school—the first of its kind in the U.K.—or participate in vegan master classes, Blanc’s new series that focuses on sustainability, zero-waste, and fresh, seasonal produce.
2. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
A rose is a rose is a rose isn’t the case at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, where the hotel’s celebrity floral designer, Jeff Leatham, has created two special arrangements using the Ever Red or the All 4 Love varieties. The indulgent offerings extend to the three in-house restaurants, which are each offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. Sample eggnog cream with black truffle, fresh sole with asparagus and Parmesan broth, and a chocolate-crunch, roasted-caramel malt to share at Le Cinq, then retire to the Parisian Suite, with its expansive apartment feel and balcony overlooking the interior marble courtyard, and cap off the night with a coupe de Champagne.
3. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas
With its myriad museums and galleries, Dallas has become a must-visit city for art lovers. Located in the heart of uptown, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is offering guests a romantic retreat in the property’s newly redesigned suites. Enjoy specialty rosé and Passion Lilly cocktails along with live music in the Mansion Bar, then, kicking off on February 14, a sweeping floral display will envelop the lobby, where guests can sample a complimentary glass of midday Cava or sparkling cider. A special four-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu will be available in the legendary Mansion Restaurant while a professional calligrapher is available to handwrite personal love notes from guests’ significant others, creating a one-of-a-kind romantic keepsake.
4. The Lowell, New York City
With its marbled public spaces and a standout Mediterranean-based restaurant, Majorelle, the Lowell is a jewel box of a hotel—a piece of Place Vendôme tucked away on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Of the hotel’s 74 rooms, 33 have their own wood-burning fireplaces, perfect for curling up in front of a crackling fire and indulging in a bottle of bubbly and chocolate-covered strawberries. For a more substantial meal, Majorelle is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu, while the Club Room and Jacques Bar will be pouring specialty cocktails. Truly decadent, the Love at the Lowell package also includes breakfast in bed or in the Pembroke Room, a special turn-down amenity of Louis Sherry chocolates, and—perhaps worth the trip alone—a pair of personalized Frette pajamas, embroidered for each of you.
5. Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
A champion of romance, the Rome Cavalieri, a Waldof Astoria Hotel, is hosting a number of flirty specials for Valentine’s Day. The “Love, Nature, and Culture” package includes an immersive horseback ride on the beach and the chance to explore an ancient Roman port near the largest archaeological site in Europe, Ostia Antica. Following a guided tour through a natural reserve, couples will be treated to a walking tour of a Renaissance village, followed by an aperitivo in front of the iconic Castello di Giulio II. The more adventurous can try the unconventional “Flavor of Love” experience, during which executive pastry chef Dario Nuti will guide couples through a blindfolded tasting journey of a variety of chocolate creations. Holiday maximalists can indulge in the “Unforgettable Valentine’s” program, which includes a suite upgrade, access to all of the above experiences, and a chocolate-tinged massage in the Rome Cavalieri Club.
6. The St. Regis Venice
The recent opening of a new St. Regis in Venice gives cause to return and fall in love with the city all over again. Situated at the entrance to the Grand Canal, the St. Regis Venice is just a four-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square and offers wonderful waterfront views overlooking the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute opposite. The hotel has a special Romance Package for Valentine’s Day that includes daily room service breakfast for two, as well as flowers and Champagne upon arrival. With signature St. Regis Butler Service and a swank Carita Paris spa, it might be hard to budge from the Roof Garden, Santa Maria, Monet, or Penthouse Suite, but Venice offers several perks that few sweethearts could argue with: a romantic gondola ride; the landmark Bridge of Sighs; and a red-tufted seat at La Fenice Opera House, one of the oldest in the world, built in 1792. This weekend, La Fenice is playing La Serva Padrona, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s opera buffa that is widely considered the first of its genre.
7. The Balmoral, Edinburgh
Scotland is synonymous with supersoft cashmere and, at the Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel, a cashmere butler is on the ready to provide a custom Hawico cashmere wrap, hat, sweater, or gloves in the Scone & Crombie Suite. A romantic new amenity is the poet in residence, who can be commissioned to create a personalized poem for Signature Suite guests in the traditional Scottish language of Gaelic. Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Scotland’s leading Gaelic poet, or bàrd air mhuinntireas, has already written a “Love letter to the Balmoral,” depicting the romantic history of the hotel and the cultural richness of Scotland. Additionally, when guests visit the Balmoral’s longstanding jewelry partner, Hamilton & Inches, they can enjoy complimentary engraving of their most treasured line from their poem when they purchase a piece of silverware—a perfect keepsake of their time in Edinburgh and of Valentine’s Day 2020.