Ten most romantic hotels outside N. America

le-tahaa-resort-home-11It’s not too late to book that last-minute Valentine’s Day trip. If you’ve got the cash, here’s a list of ten of the most romantic hotels I’ve stayed at outside of North America. Bon chance!

Le Tahaa Private Island Resort, Tahiti: Possibly the most beautiful place I’ve stayed on the planet, with stunning over-water bungalows and a true South Pacific feel. A great Tahitian dance/fire show, too. See photo above.

Park Hyatt, Sydney: Hard to beat the view of the Sydney Opera House from this luxury property. Great food and service in a sleek and sexy hotel.

Folder_8_-_137_Pillars_medium_P137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai: Stunning landscaping, luscious lighting and sexy design in a quiet enclave close to the action. A wonderful, evocative reading/relaxation room and a great spa make this a real Thailand gem.

piscine-1Le Bristol, Paris: A stunning dining room, wonderful service and a great location near the Champs Elysees. Also, it’s featured in the fabulous Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris and has a very cool pool.

1-IMG_7771Hermitage Bay, Antigua: Secluded splash pools where you and your lover can soak with or without your clothes. Stunning views and marvellous landscaping, complete with outdoor showers.

vsb-grand-luxury-villa-4898-1280x720Sugar Beach, St. Lucia: A postcard perfect location, with spectacular views of the towering Pitons. Wonderful suites and great food on one of the Caribbean’s best beaches just add to the pleasure.

IMG_4196Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand: A terrific location overlooking an impossibly blue bay dotted with small islands. The design is comfortable and elegant, the food is to die for, and the golf course is world-class.

tsuki_mainHoshinoya Kyoto: Visitors arrive by boat to a small inn carved into a hillside on a river. A marvellous sense of place, killer design and wonderful food. You also can learn the proper etiquette of a Japanese tea ceremony.

IMG_5635-1Ashford Castle, Ireland: A gorgeous, regal estate on a lake north of Galway. Have high tea in a gorgeous lobby area and check out the list of past guests for a glimpse into real royalty.

Hotel-Hassler-Rome-01The Hassler Hotel, Rome: Magical views out over the city from a hotel perched atop the Spanish Steps. Great food and a wonderful courtyard for breakfast out back.

For my list of most romantic hotels in Canada, click here.

For my list of most romantic hotels in the U.S., click here.


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