13 February 2013 by Luke McCormick
With love in the air, what better time to take a look at some truly romantic hotels from around the world? Whether you're searching for a romantic escape, honeymoon paradise, once-in-a-lifetime getaway or simply some quality time with that special someone, these properties are guaranteed to impress.
La Taha'a, Tahiti
Le Taha'a could be the ultimate Tahitian hideaway. Located on the secluded Motu Tautau islet, the resort is inspired by traditional Polynesian architecture and style. With views of the lush island of Taha'a on one side and Bora Bora on the other, here you'll be welcomed into a world of immaculate beauty and sophistication.
Aman Galla, Sri Lanka
Amangalla lies within the 17th-century ramparts of Galle Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage town is rich in daily activity and legacy, the narrow streets lined with buildings from the Dutch and British colonial eras.
With views of the resort's 200-year-old garden and the fort and harbour beyond beyond, Amangalla provides a relaxing window into this historic trading port and the surrounding countryside.
Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 resorts in the world, Lizard is the northern most island resort on the Great Barrier Reef and an ultimate in understated beach luxury. With over 1,000 hectares of national parkland and 24 powdery white sand beaches to play on, you'll feel like you've found your very own private island paradise.
A private island paradise two million years in the making, Pangkor Laut Resort is an incredible jungle island escape of secluded, pristine beaches and ancient rainforests.
The privileged exclusivity of the resort extends from the signature sea and spa villas that stand elegantly on stilts above the sea, to the traditionally styled beachfront villas and the garden and hillside villas that place you within a few steps of nature's abundance.
Syöte, the southernmost fell in Finland, boasts Lapland-like scenery and atmosphere in abundance. The region's two ski resorts, Iso-Syöte and Pikku-Syöte boast superb downhill and cross-country skiing, along with a host of winter-based activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoe hiking and reindeer and husky safaris
A new accommodation option at Iso-Syöte is the wonderful Eagle's View Suite. This unique accommodation at the southern end of the resort is set high above the main fell and offers beautiful 360-degree views of the surrounding valley.
Perfect for special occasions such as honeymoons, nights at Eagle's View Suite offer a truly memorable end to their stay in this magical part of Finland.
Hotel Keppler, Paris
Tucked away on a quiet street in the fashionable Golden Triangle area, this bold hotel from designer Pierre Yves Rochon is a headturner. Elegant and sophisticated, this Haussmanian hideaway is the perfect romantic escape.
Huvafen Fushi is a 5-star resort set on its own private lagoon - the perfect escape into paradise. This chic and contemporary resort is modest in scale and provides guests with a haven of peace and tranquillity, perfect for romantic getaways and complete relaxation.
From the outside, the thatched-roof private bungalows look traditional enough, but the interiors are surprisingly modern, decked out in dark woods, with seven-foot beds and all the latest audio-visual technology and featuring their own private pool or freshwater plunge pool.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is an award-winning property nestled deep in the Cederberg Mountains, just a few hours drive from Cape Town.
Come here for complete relaxation and unashamed luxury in an area of unspoilt, natural beauty.
Just a stone's throw from Piazza San Marco, Baglioni Hotel Luna looks out towards the island of San Giorgio, across the lagoon and San Marco Basin in Venice.
Housed in an aristocratic Venetian palace, it offers old-fashioned luxury, opulent dining, silk-panelled walls and features a lounge boasting original frescoes by pupils of Tiepolo. Romantic couples can even arrive directly via the private jetty by gondola.