5 of the Best: Romantic Escapes for Valentine’s Day 2023By Angelica Malin
With Valentine’s Day 2023 fast approaching, we’ve put together a selection of romantic experiences. There’s everything from a blowout Parisian stay to a gorgeous alpine adventure. Go on, have a scroll:
The Lowdown: Four miles from Cirencester in the sylvan surrounds of the picture-perfect village of Barnsley, Barnsley House is a home-away-from-home with heart. Tucked away in the corner of the hotel’s beautiful gardens, the Barnsley House spa is a tranquil sanctuary for ultimate relaxation. Couples can enjoy a range of holistic treatments and therapies, as well as an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, steam room and herbavarium.
For the Ultimate Romantic Experience: Couples can book a private slot at Barnsley House’s very own cinema to watch a romantic flick with complimentary popcorn in hand. Adventurous couples can hit the road with Wild Carrot at Chavenage for a half-day guided cycle tour through the undiscovered parts of the Cotswolds, before indulging in one of Barnsley House’s decadent Afternoon Teas, alongside a Garden Cocktail. Comprising a selection of hideaway rooms and secret garden suites, providing the perfect backdrop to a romantic break for two.
Rates: Stays at Barnsley House from £399
The Lowdown: Known affectionately as the ‘City of Love’, a romantic rendezvous bucket list trip to Paris promises to not disappoint with The Peninsula Paris, a renaissance of a modern-day palace.
For the Ultimate Romantic Experience: Discover the magic of Paris at night on a romantic chauffeur driven tour – from the comfort of The Peninsula Paris’ custom Rolls-Royce Phantom, followed by a private rooftop dinner under the stars at The Peninsula Paris. Located on the seventh-floor private rooftop terrace, from which a view of the Parisian rooftops, Sacré-Cœur of Montmartre and the majestic Eiffel Tower can be seen, couples will be treated to personalised butler service and wine pairings devised by the hotel’s sommelier.
Rates: Stay in a Deluxe Room at The Peninsula Paris from €1,318 per night on a room-only basis
The Lowdown: Nestled in the rolling snowy hills of the Bernese Oberland, Gstaad Palace is the perfect destination for a fairy-tale romantic getaway. Its 90 luxurious rooms and suites provide spectacular panoramic views out over the snow-clad peaks and skilfully combine elegant contemporary design with Alpine cosiness.
For the Ultimate Romantic Experience: Wrap-up and let the hotel team organise an exciting mountain adventure for two. With a myriad of activities on offer including snow shoeing, a winter hike on one of the many panoramic trails, electric fat-bike tours, sledding, tobogganing or a horse-drawn sleigh and carriage ride through the snow-covered Lauenen Valley. Warm-up with some R&R in The Palace spa with its 9 treatment rooms (including a private spa suite), saunas and steam baths, relaxation areas including a new restorative spa garden, indoor swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi with gorgeous alpine views.
Rates: Rooms starts from 1,050 CHF (approx. £940) per room, per night including breakfast
The Lowdown: Prepare to be courted during a royal stay like no other at Le Grand Contrôle the only hotel within the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Le Grand Contrôle is housed within a beautiful seventeenth-century building constructed by Louis XIV’s favourite architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
For the Ultimate Romantic Experience: Guests can take an exclusive peek into the enchanting world of Versailles, exploring the 2,000-acre gardens and palace halls and apartments as walked by Europe’s elite over the centuries with before and after-hours access to the Palace and its grounds. Le Grand Contrôle is home to 13 regal rooms and suites including a 120 m² signature Suite, exceptional Michelin-starred dining by Alain Ducasse, and a restorative spa by Valmont with a 15-metre indoor swimming pool.
Rates: Start from €2,000 including a dedicated butler; daily tours of Château de Versailles and the Trianon; access to the Palace grounds – including use of boats and golf carts and breakfast, afternoon tea and minibar.
The Lowdown: Royal Mansour Marrakech is a palatial oasis exquisitely crafted by over 1,500 local artisans as an ode to traditional Moroccan architecture and craftsmanship. Just steps from the Medina, the private retreat showcases an open-air courtyard and nearly four acres of lush gardens.
For the Ultimate Romantic Experience: Ask the hotel’s Concierge to book a stargazing trip to the Agafay Desert, where couples can stay overnight in an eco-luxe lodge, and enjoy a moonlit feast of Moroccan culinary delights.
Rates: 1-bedroom Riads start from £1,200 (includes breakfast, Immigration Fast Track service + airport transfers in Marrakech)
Photo Credit: Alan Keohane