It’s that time of year already – Valentine’s Day. Pull out all the stops this year and book one of the most romantic suites in the world.
The Affresco Suite in the Palazzo Victoria in Verona offers original Roman frescos, your own library and sumptuous historic quarters all centered around an ancient courtyard. Plus in Verona, they take romance to the next level – not only can you be serenaded on you balcony by a professional tenor you can also have a dark chocolate bath – yup – an entire bath full of dark chocolate to dip yourself into.
St Lucia, Caribbean
Head to Rock Maison at Cap Maison in St Lucia for al fresco private luxury that has to be seen to be believed. There’s a two story villa with four poster and outside Jacuzzi that has uninterrupted views of the Caribbean sure, but there’s a wooden pavilion perched on a cliff edge where Champagne is delivered by zip wire (so not to disturb any romantic conversations) and a natural rock pool, complete with stone carved ‘ice buckets’ to cool any drinks down while you’re enjoying a private dip.
Noonu atoll, Maldives
While the Maldives in general is all about romance, it can always be made more exclusive and luxurious. Book the Romantic Pool Villa at Velaa Private Island and the only way to get to it is by private speedboat. It’s just you (and a private butler) on an island in the Indian Ocean, but you have your own spa treatment room, infinity pool and beach to keep you amused. There’s also a nine golf hole course on a different island, and under the water, the resort has its own private submarine.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Get away from it all at Feline Fields, which has one of the most relaxed, rustic and romantic safari suites going. With total seclusion you can indulge any ‘Out of Africa’ moments, have romantic meals out in bush on a private deck, cool off in your own infinity pool or have spa treatments in the open air, with nothing but the Kalahari breeze to bother you.
China might not be your first port of call on the romance front but Banyan Treen Liijang has upped the ante with the first spa-centric private villa. Book in here and all spa treatments are included and you can have as many as you want (try the warming Gui Shi Hot Stones massage where heated river stones are soothingly massaged over the body with sesame oil), with the majestic Jade Dragon Snow mountain as a backdrop. You’ll be pampered the moment you step foot on the luxurious low slung resort and romantic packages can be built in at every step of the way.
Marrakech has captured the hearts of lovers everywhere for centuries and now it’s your turn. Fall in love with El Fenn, which comprises seven courtyard houses – complete with hanging roof gardens and a rooftop pool view the best views in town. Best of all for couples book into Room 19 for a private plunge pool with a glass bottom, an enviable modern art collection include ink studies by Antony Gormley and a stunning outdoor area. There’s plenty of places to curl up for romantic tete a tetes and long, languorous meals are encouraged.