If Romeo and Juliet were modern day lovers you’d definitely find them canoodling in a steamy hot tub! Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, or you simply want to spice things up, Italy is just made for romance. From the labyrinth of dreamy canals comprising Venice to the proposal-worthy spots of Rome, how could you not be smitten?
If you’re hoping to unveil your inner Romeo or Juliet for your next Italian escape, why not turn the heat up in some of the country’s sexiest hotels? And what’s even better is that they all come with private spas. Perfetto!
Corte Altavilla – Conversano
If you like the idea of stepping back in time to marvel at vestiges of Italy’s grand yesteryear, a stay in Conversano is essential. This piccolo Medieval town is situated in the southern Italian state of Puglia, and will charm you with its web of pint-size alleys and historic buildings. For a night of true romance, Corte Altavilla should be your port of call.
This Relais & Charme hotel is housed in an 11th century white stone Pugliese building, and offers 32 rooms. Once the ancient dwelling of Norman Lords and Earls of Conversano, the building reflects its aristocratic past through stately wooden doors, elaborate stone arches, and elegant terrazzo flooring.
When it comes to romance in Italy, it’s all about passion, and what better way to celebrate this than with a night in the Luxury Flat which comes with its very own spa? After some bubbly morning fun, head to the rooftop terrace restaurant and kick start your day with a hearty breakfast of harvested fruit and cornetti. Che buono!
Graziella Patio – Arezzo
A crowning jewel of Tuscany, Arezzo is one of Italy’s most historic cities and makes for the perfect honeymoon location. Dreamy-eyed lovebirds will be plain smitten with the city’s rich offering of regional cuisine as well as its revered collection of frescos scattered throughout ancient cathedrals. Situated in the heart of Arezzo is the coveted four-star hotel, Graziella Patio.
This dreamy hotel is the only one in Arezzo to be housed in a traditional 15th century building, making it the ideal haunt for those seeking a touch of old world romance. If you’re hoping to up the ante, a night in the Rio Grande suite will fulfil your lustful desires to a T.
The plush suite is located in the hotel’s basement, and offers a dreamy king-sized bed, a flat-screen TV, and a bubbling waterfall spa – need I say more? Keep up to date with your friends back home, or rather incite envy in all of them, thanks to the complimentary MacBook which comes with a free internet connection.
The Westin Excelsior – Rome
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, and that means a night in The Westin Excelsior! Situated on the iconic Via Veneto, this is THE place to relive all the romantic grandeur of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Within easy reach of Villa Borghese and the Spanish Steps, the Westin Excelsior makes for a truly memorable stay in the Eternal City.
Lavish, indulgent, and stately are three words which best resonate with this haunt, thanks to its renaissance architecture and regal furniture. Since 1906, the Westin Excelsior has been treating guests to an A-list kind of experience, and if you’re looking for the best seat in the house, the Villa La Cupola suite is arguably the solution.
One of the finest suites in the world, Villa La Cupola is positioned over two floors and boasts a private Jacuzzi, a Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System, and seven panoramic terraces. The crowning jewel of the suite, however, is the domed living room which features a breathtaking fresco. What better scene under which to bid ‘I do’!
i-Suite – Rimini
Picture this: you awake with your partner on a round-bed dressed in silky linen. Sunlight is shining through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and spectacular panoramic sea views rest in front of you. Is this just a romantic fantasy? Absolutely not – this is i-Suite Rimini! The brainchild of Simone Micheli and Giovanni Quadrelli, this five-star hotel is quite simply a honeymooner’s paradise.
The hotel’s contemporary design with its sinuous white walls and crisp furnishings creates the perfect backdrop for a harmonious experience à due. For something special, a night in the Dolce Vista Lovers Suite will sure hit the spot.
True to its name, the suite offers ‘sweet’ uninterrupted sea views that simply beckon romance! To spice things up, settle into your very own freestanding Corian bathtub, equipped with coloured lighting to help get things started.
As night falls, recharge at the i-Fame restaurant. Bologna-born Head Chef, Daniele Succi, blends state-of-the-art preparation techniques with innovation to tantalise the palette – and put you in the mood for love!
Maribel – Madonna di Campiglio
Are you hoping to have a serene experience for two that’s away from Italy’s tourist traps? Nestled in the Madonna di Campiglio area, and directly opposite the Brenta Dolomites, Maribel hotel makes for the perfect romantic hideaway. A Swiss chalet meets Hansel and Gretel gingerbread house, this four-star hotel is the kind of place that will leave you just tickled pink!
Rooms boast stone and larch wood features, and are resplendent in high-quality fabrics. If you’re hoping to put some spice back in romance, the Suite Wellness is certain to fulfil your expectations superbly.
Breathe in the serenity of alpine air from one of your three balconies, and then heat up in the steamy Finnish Sauna. Still not enough? Pop open some bubbly and settle in for the night in your very own spa. Food is sexy, so spice things up at the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Maso Maribel, and sample some regional Trentino cuisine.