For young couples on vacation, the choice of a hotel can mean the difference between an exotic, romantic getaway and a trip memorable for all of the wrong reasons. Whether on a honeymoon or an exciting escape from the workplace, the hotel should be an integral part of the vacation, as it is likely that young couples will be spending a considerable amount of time relaxing in their rooms. Some of the most exotic locations around the world offer hotels that fit this bill.
Once home to Proust, Hemingway, and Coco Chanel, the Ritz Paris personifies luxury in the city of romance. Decorated in 18th century elegance, each room overlooks the well-maintained garden, the Paris cityscape, or Rue Cambon, and comes with television, free Wi-Fi high speed Internet, a minibar, and spacious interiors. Stays at the Ritz also feature free access to their health club. For dining options, the Ritz Paris offers the Michelin-starred L'Espadon, featuring more than 1,000 wines. Concierge service caters to every need, leaving young couples to spend their time relaxing and deciding which Parisian restaurant or sight to visit.
Auberge du Soleil
Napa Valley, California, has long been a honeymoon destination, with its rolling green vineyards and endless tastings of some of the world's finest wines. The Auberge du Soleil in Napa, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, captures the feeling and comfort of the area while offering unique luxurious offerings for young couples. Each room comes with fireplaces and hot tubs laden with bath oils and candles, perfect for a honeymoon retreat. The rooms also feature views of the countryside out of French door balconies. Along with tours of the region's vast wineries, the hotel also offers spa treatments for two and romantic dinners featuring local produce and wines.
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Featuring pristine waters and a private offshore island, Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is an all-inclusive Caribbean getaway that caters to young couple's every needs. Designed as a Bali in the Caribbean, Sandals features six restaurants on-site, and an Indonesian restaurant on its private island, as well as numerous swim-up bars and parties for its guests' pleasures. Part of the Eastern experience includes breakfast in bed and afternoon tea. For couples looking to take in all of the luxuries of the resort, butler service is available in select rooms. With their "Play at Three" program, guests at any Sandals resort in Jamaica have access to all three resorts on the island, tripling the vacation experience.
Qasr Al Sarab
The mysteries of the desert and the luxuries of Abu Dhabi await visitors to the Qasr Al Sarab resort in the Liwa Desert, the largest uninterrupted desert in the world. Rooms are decorated in Arabian Nights style, and come with views of the vast desert. The hospitality is modelled on typical Bedouin accommodations, from the food to the sand-treatments at the spa. Camel treks through the desert are available for the more adventurous couples.
Ellinon Thea Hotel
The island of Santorini in Greece evokes images of the mythical nation-state of Atlantis, with white houses situated along the caldera of a massive volcano. Young couples visiting this romantic place desiring to stay in lodging facing the caldera and its spectacular views can consider the Ellinon Thea Hotel in the town of Firostefani. Each of their nine rooms, named after the Muses, feature a private balcony facing the caldera, an indoor or outdoor jacuzzi, mini bar, entertainment centre, and Internet. Included in the stay are access to the gym and an extensive breakfast (featuring more than 30 items) each morning.
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