Honeymoons, proposals, and anniversaries are all great excuses to take a romantic trip with your significant other. But lets be honest: sometimes you don’t need any reason other than love to spend a weekend in a fairytale castle in Ireland or sip champagne on a rooftop in Prague.
Could there be a better way to forge a bond—or rekindle one—than discovering a new place together? Across the pond, couples can find a dizzying number of romantic hotels and resorts. There are places that encourage twosomes to detox and recharge, invite them to explore a new culture and find adventure, or to simply be pampered by the best service European hospitality can provide. Whether you want rose petals and chocolates or an utterly luxurious urban escape, you’re sure to find it on this list.
Every year, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards survey asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences from across the globe—to cast their votes for the top airlines, cities, spas, and more. Readers scored the top hotels on the planet according to their rooms and facilities, food and drink, overall value, location, service, and—when applicable—a property’s ability to stoke a few passionate flames.
When it comes to hotels in Europe, T+L readers were particularly fond of romantic escapes in the Mediterranean. In the interest of providing options for intimate getaways all across the region, we selected the highest rated hotel in 16 different countries. And the results of the survey revealed a generous interpretation of what it means to be romantic.
There are resorts with rich history, like Istanbul’s Ciragan Palace and the Aria Hotel in Budapest, storybook castles in Scotland and Ireland, a wellness retreat in Germany, and much more trendy establishments in Amsterdam and San Sebastian, Spain.
No matter where your European travels take you and your partner, there’s a private plunge pool, stunning city view, or hammam-style marble bathroom awaiting your arrival.