5 European Hotels to Book for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the good news is that this year the day of romance falls on a Saturday. If ever there was an excuse for a couples mini-break, now is the time to book. You don’t have to travel far to find a hotel with a difference, either. From learning a new skill together to getting some couples pampering, here are 5 of the best European hotels to book for Valentine’s Day.

Château de la Caze – Sainte-Énimie, France

Château de la Caze - Sainte-Énimie, France

Staying in a real, actual castle is about as close to a Disney romance as you can get. Live out your own Rapunzel fairytale in this 15th century hamlet as you enjoy the idyllic scenery. Go for a walk in the woods, relax with a glass of local red by an open fireplace or just enjoy being a princess in your castle quarters, complete with painted ceilings and tapestries.

The St. Regis – Venice, Italy

The St. Regis - Venice, Italy

Journey with me now from a woodland castle to a palace on a private island in one of the most romantic cities in the world: Venice. The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace was founded in 1131 and is only accessible by the resort’s fleet of boats that will transport you from nearby Piazza San Marco. On the island itself you’ll find gardens, a tranquil pool and even a beautiful church, in case you want to tie the knot or renew your vows.

W Hotel Verbier, Switzerland

W Hotel Verbier, Switzerland

Is there anything more romantic than being huddled beside a fireplace watching the snow falling on the mountains outside? Whether you’re a ski bunny or you just want to take in the magical powdery-white surroundings, the W Hotel will be the centrepiece of your Valentine’s getaway. With an underground bar, a nightclub and 130 super-chic rooms boasting modern design, this retreat is for the couple who likes the sophisticated things in life.

L’Ecume des Jours – Ghent, Belgium

L'Ecume des Jours - Ghent, Belgium

Learning a new skill as a couple is not only really fun but it’s also proven to bring the two of you closer together. Make this Valentine’s Day one that you’ll always remember with a stay at L’Ecume des Jours in the Belgian city of Ghent. This little boutique B&B was built in 1913 and features a bit of Art Deco, a touch of Art Nouveau and a hearty dose of quaint charm. Plus, the hotel’s world-class chef (he’s worked in Michelin-star kitchens) teaches twice weekly cooking classes, which will send you home with a new skill and plenty of memories.

Four Seasons Hampshire – England

Four Seasons Hampshire

This Georgian manor house is like a home away from home in the English countryside. Take the resident dog for a leisurely walk, spend some time at the stables or be pampered in the spa. Period drama fans will be excited to take the hotel’s Downton Abbey tour to nearby Highclere Castle where the show is filmed. If you love your romance with a Jane Austen vibe, this is the hotel for you.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Where would you stay?

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