Seven Top Hotels For A Romantic Anniversary

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Celebrating an anniversary is a special event that demands accommodations able live up to the moment. Your anniversary digs should be luxurious, memorable and hey, why not just a bit unique in some way? The destinations featured below offer everything from guestrooms inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Coco Chanel to decadent rainforest spa treatments—and each property delivers on the five-star qualifications required to make your visit worthy of an anniversary. One more note, most hotels offer the best rate if you book directly with the hotel website, which might mean translate into more Champagne for both of you.

Artsy Romance

Torel Avantgarde: This is an award-winning five-star boutique hotel in heart of Oporto, and with a mere 47 rooms the vibe is very personal and attentive. The property is a self-described, “space to live art, to touch art, and to feel the heart and passion of the artist.” Custom interiors and furnishings in each room reflect the inspiration of a range of artists, from Le Corbusier and Man Ray to Simone de Beauvoir and Joan Miro. Just a quick glance at the different rooms on the website reveals a fascinating collection of designs. The executive deluxe category rooms are a good choice as they offer the artsy vibe with a cozy balcony and River Douro views.

Sinner Paris: As the name implies, this brand new hotel from the dynamic Paris-based hotelier, Evok, is sinfully avant-garde, edgy, cool, and unapologetically luxurious. Sinuous hallways are lit only by lantern, punctuated occasionally by sunlight streaming through stained glass windows. Tucked into the vibrant Marais district, the hotel is a destination in and of itself, especially for locals. The restaurant weaves together a variety of ethnic cuisines into lighter sophisticated dishes, and the Spa by Orveda takes its cues from ancient Greek and Roman baths with a large pool featuring ample candlelight and shimmering surfaces.

Scenic Romance

Amazoe Porto Heli Greece: Tuck yourself into the stunningly desolate beauty of the Peloponnese landscape at this ultra-luxurious property from Aman Resorts. Each “room” is really an individual private pavilion with an airy terrace, private plunge pool and views of the surrounding land and sea. Cabanas are directly on the beach and offer guests the option of taking all meals in the cabana. For the ultimate in privacy and service, book a private villa—each one enjoys its own chef and host. When you aren’t idling by your private pool you might consider exploring the surrounding ancient ruins, Byzantine monasteries or vehicle-free town of Spetses

Hotel Arts Barcelona: A Ritz-Carlton property, this hotel serves up five-star ocean views for every guest. Situated on Barcelona’s beachfront, the guest rooms are decidedly larger than the average offerings in the city's tourist center. For the ultimate stay-with-a-view book a penthouse suite. These lofty garrets above the sea and city are located on the top floors (40+) of the hotel and deliver the best views in Barcelona. In addition to the non-stop wraparound views, you’ll also enjoy private reception, concierge, and personal butler. If a penthouse is not in your budget, book a treatment at 43 The Spa-—located on yes, you guessed it, 43rd floor.

Spa Romance

Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo: This hotel oozes classic French luxury with opulent textiles, plush furnishings and fine dining with Mediterranean views—but best of all is the decadent Spa Métropole by Givenchy. As one might expect, this tres French spa knows how to pamper. Book the multi-sensory Heat Experience which includes sauna, hammam, caldarium, ice fountain and a series of sensory showers. Ten posh treatment rooms for every spa treatment—you can also opt to choose a fragrance to accompany you throughout your spa experience.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba: As one of the first hoteliers to debut a luxury spa in Asia, Banyan Tree deserves credit for elevating the spa game worldwide. Really, any Banyan Tree Spa (Japan, Maldives, Thailand, etc., the list is long) is a worthy choice. Guests can choose from treatments inspired by Chinese, Indian, Thai or Indonesian traditions as well as ancient beauty rituals. At the Mayakoba property, the Rainforest Experience is a 90 minute indulgence in varying temperatures, textures and pressures of water, in addition to steam and sauna—fabulous for couples.

Active Romance

Masseria Torre Maizza: Immerse yourselves in the wonders of Puglia—a stunning quieter slice of Italy known for food, olive oil, wine and whitewashed hillside towns. The Rocco Forte hotel group just put the finishing touches on their newest property, Masseria Torre, bringing their opulent but refined style of luxury service to the eastern Italian coast. The hotel offerings are many (golf, sailing, touring) but I suggest their mozzarella and burrata masterclass with a local chef. Afterwards make tracks for your private suite, designed by Olga Polizzi, and refresh in your private plunge pool before an al fresco dinner.

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Celebrating an anniversary is a special event that demands accommodations able live up to the moment. Your anniversary digs should be luxurious, memorable and hey, why not just a bit unique in some way? The destinations featured below offer everything from guestrooms inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Coco Chanel to decadent rainforest spa treatments—and each property delivers on the five-star qualifications required to make your visit worthy of an anniversary. One more note, most hotels offer the best rate if you book directly with the hotel website, which might mean translate into more Champagne for both of you.

Artsy Romance

Torel Avantgarde: This is an award-winning five-star boutique hotel in heart of Oporto, and with a mere 47 rooms the vibe is very personal and attentive. The property is a self-described, “space to live art, to touch art, and to feel the heart and passion of the artist.” Custom interiors and furnishings in each room reflect the inspiration of a range of artists, from Le Corbusier and Man Ray to Simone de Beauvoir and Joan Miro. Just a quick glance at the different rooms on the website reveals a fascinating collection of designs. The executive deluxe category rooms are a good choice as they offer the artsy vibe with a cozy balcony and River Douro views.

Sinner Paris: As the name implies, this brand new hotel from the dynamic Paris-based hotelier, Evok, is sinfully avant-garde, edgy, cool, and unapologetically luxurious. Sinuous hallways are lit only by lantern, punctuated occasionally by sunlight streaming through stained glass windows. Tucked into the vibrant Marais district, the hotel is a destination in and of itself, especially for locals. The restaurant weaves together a variety of ethnic cuisines into lighter sophisticated dishes, and the Spa by Orveda takes its cues from ancient Greek and Roman baths with a large pool featuring ample candlelight and shimmering surfaces.

Scenic Romance

Amazoe Porto Heli Greece: Tuck yourself into the stunningly desolate beauty of the Peloponnese landscape at this ultra-luxurious property from Aman Resorts. Each “room” is really an individual private pavilion with an airy terrace, private plunge pool and views of the surrounding land and sea. Cabanas are directly on the beach and offer guests the option of taking all meals in the cabana. For the ultimate in privacy and service, book a private villa—each one enjoys its own chef and host. When you aren’t idling by your private pool you might consider exploring the surrounding ancient ruins, Byzantine monasteries or vehicle-free town of Spetses

Hotel Arts Barcelona: A Ritz-Carlton property, this hotel serves up five-star ocean views for every guest. Situated on Barcelona’s beachfront, the guest rooms are decidedly larger than the average offerings in the city's tourist center. For the ultimate stay-with-a-view book a penthouse suite. These lofty garrets above the sea and city are located on the top floors (40+) of the hotel and deliver the best views in Barcelona. In addition to the non-stop wraparound views, you’ll also enjoy private reception, concierge, and personal butler. If a penthouse is not in your budget, book a treatment at 43 The Spa-—located on yes, you guessed it, 43rd floor.

Spa Romance

Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo: This hotel oozes classic French luxury with opulent textiles, plush furnishings and fine dining with Mediterranean views—but best of all is the decadent Spa Métropole by Givenchy. As one might expect, this tres French spa knows how to pamper. Book the multi-sensory Heat Experience which includes sauna, hammam, caldarium, ice fountain and a series of sensory showers. Ten posh treatment rooms for every spa treatment—you can also opt to choose a fragrance to accompany you throughout your spa experience.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba: As one of the first hoteliers to debut a luxury spa in Asia, Banyan Tree deserves credit for elevating the spa game worldwide. Really, any Banyan Tree Spa (Japan, Maldives, Thailand, etc., the list is long) is a worthy choice. Guests can choose from treatments inspired by Chinese, Indian, Thai or Indonesian traditions as well as ancient beauty rituals. At the Mayakoba property, the Rainforest Experience is a 90 minute indulgence in varying temperatures, textures and pressures of water, in addition to steam and sauna—fabulous for couples.

Active Romance

Masseria Torre Maizza: Immerse yourselves in the wonders of Puglia—a stunning quieter slice of Italy known for food, olive oil, wine and whitewashed hillside towns. The Rocco Forte hotel group just put the finishing touches on their newest property, Masseria Torre, bringing their opulent but refined style of luxury service to the eastern Italian coast. The hotel offerings are many (golf, sailing, touring) but I suggest their mozzarella and burrata masterclass with a local chef. Afterwards make tracks for your private suite, designed by Olga Polizzi, and refresh in your private plunge pool before an al fresco dinner.

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