From cozy fireside suppers to romantic walks in the crisp air, winter in the northern hemisphere is very much a season for lovers. However, as the long, dark nights and plummeting temperatures can also lead to more than a little cabin fever, follow your heart to six spectacular romantic hideaways.
Defined by stunning bays, and a lush bougainvillea-strewn landscapes, Mallorca has long been a favored European jaunt and the island’s capital with its world-class galleries, restaurants, and shopping is ideally placed for a romantic flit. Amid the buzz of Palma’s sun-bleached streets, Hotel Cort emerges as a serene retreat with spacious suites and an intimate terrace, while Boutique Hotel Sant Jaume is a design-lover´s dream set in an 18th-century mansion.
Venice is the archetypal city for lovers and at its epicenter is the spectacular Palazzina Grassi. Overlooking the Grand Canal, the hotel’s 16th-century façade houses a discrete and luxurious residence designed by Philippe Starck.
Heading south to the verdant valleys of the Monte Argentario Peninsula and Argentario Golf Resort & Spa is the very definition of sustainable luxury. The hotel’s distinctive dragon-fly architectural form is characterized by over sized windows and skylights, allowing for the enchanting Tuscan landscape to take center-stage.
Taking a stroll down the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Lisbon’s Alfama district to Memmo Alfama, the adults-only hotel is nestled among the neighborhood’s traditional shops and weathered colored houses. Panoramic views are paired with a blissfully laid-back vibe and killer cocktails on the rooftop terrace.
Looking east to warmer climes, Thailand’s The Naka Phuket is a tropical hideaway on the island’s paradisiacal western coast. Perched on the mountainside and screened from other guests, the glass-built villas with private pools and unrivalled views over the Andaman Sea, offer the ultimate couple’s escape.