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The ultimate country escape in West Sussex
We’ve literally thousands of romantic breaks which can be personalised according to you and your lover’s needs. Whether or not your relationship is in the hot early throes of passion, we have some great ideas for keeping love on the agenda with an ideal backdrop to boot.
Where should we look when love is new?
If it’s sexy and seductive experiences you’re after, you don’t have to look much further than Italy. From gondola trips at sunset to Juliet’s world-famous balcony, the country isn’t exactly short of romantic places to woo your new amore. You might want to start with Florence. It’s hard to think of a more romantic setting for the blossoming of new love. Picture a couple entwined on the legendary Vecchio Bridge, which overlooks the Arno River.
There’s plenty more to savour about Florence too. The Tuscan influence of the city is never far away, nor is its picnic-friendly food: fresh seasonal fruits, bread and cheeses to name just three. Also, if you’re thinking of a gift for your new beau, well, Florence is home to some of the top Italian designer brands, a wide range of artisan products and boutique jewelry. The Bernini Palace Hotel makes for an ideal base to enjoy the many cultural charms of Florence, not least the Uffizi Gallery, with its remarkable display of masterpieces by a young Leonardo da Vinci.
Bernini Palace, a 5-star hotel, mixes styles of Florence past and present, while its Parliament Hall is available for weddings. Handy if you want to return one day with friends and family in tow... Elsewhere the Glance Hotel Florence boasts a stunning Sky Breeze Roof and Pool. Its romantic Junior suites are perfect for lovers, offering both comfort and privacy - with large showers with space for more than one...
Of course, there are plenty more options when it comes to Italian cities. Southern Italy is the ideal place for a short, hot romantic trip. The superb Grand Hotel Parker’s in Naples boasts grand chandeliers, artwork and regal statues – and picture perfect sea views as well. The Grand Hotel is five stars and its centro storico (historic centre) is off the scale, being a Unesco World Heritage Site,
If you take a walk along the seafront to Mergellina, be sure to keep an eye out for padlocks attached to the poles. Be the next couple toadd your own message of love. And if all of that getting to know one other makes for hungry work, then try a slice or two of their famed pizzas. Then you could try the L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele and decide for yourself if it really is the world’s best.
Where’s best in the UK for a romantic break?
For luxurious, 5-star splendour then you could start in Dorset at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Spa. It’s not hard to see why this venue, on the edge of the village of Evershot, had got such a high rating on Google. A foodie’s heaven, you can indulge in a seven-course tasting menu prepared by acclaimed Chef Steven Titman. Or you could stay at Leasowe Castle, one of no fewer than a dozen castles you can visit within an hour’s drive from Merseyside in the north-west of England. And here as you’re just a couple of hours drive away from the Lake District (even less for Wales in the opposite direction), Leasowe could be a great halfway house for a week-long getaway.
Leasow has a one-night dinner and bed & breakfast deal which includes a fabulous bottle of pink fizz, chocolates, a single red rose and scattered petals on your bed. Not to mention the chance of complimentary upgrades, romantic extras and other cute surprises.
Where should we go looking for Christmas romance?
You could start with some of the more classic destinations, such as New York. There’s good reasons why the Big Apple regularly tops the charts of the most filmed movie and TV locations. (Central Park’s number one, by the way.) There’s a countless number of things to do over the festive period. And if you wanted to blend your global culture you could check out Rolf’s for their traditional German Christmas extravaganza. If you’re keen on the States but are after something a little less hectic then The Resort at Port Ludlow in Washington could be better for you.
Closer to home, although it may seem a little cliché, you could enjoy the charms of London’s Picadilly Circus, Harrods, Hyde Park et al. Places like Winter Wonderland and ice-skating at Somerset House have become modern day classic places for dating and love. We’ve rounded up a top 5 of the most romantic things we think you can get up to in London… with your clothes on, at least. If you are set on seeing in the New Year in London then you can do it in real style at the Franklin Hotel. And you’d be mad to not think of other European hot spots (albeit in the cold) such as Paris, Bruges or Munich to name just three.
If it’s a passion thriller you’re after (and something a little warmer) then maybe Puerto Rica is a country that should be high on your list. Its 5-star La Concha Resort is a paradise for lovers. Beachfront views and mood lighting are just two added benefits of staying here. The Latin country is often described as the gateway to the Caribbean, and you can expect temperatures of around a comfortable 20C in December – perfect for exploring the cobblestone and blue-tinted streets of Old San Juan.
Why choose The Romantic Tourist?
It really is simple to compare deals – including some exclusives only on this website – through The Romantic Tourist. You can speak directly to the host of whichever package has captured your lover’s eye. And we make it straightforward to include unforgettable add-ons with any special requirements you may have.
There’s more than 60 destinations worldwide you can choose from for whatever kind of trip meets your needs. Start your search for a romantic break today.