Europe

Finding Honeymoon Gems in Europe

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

Contact: mandarinoriental.com/prague/special_occasions/honeymoon

The Four Seasons Hotel Prague is also in that dual category, located at the edge of the Vltava River, steps from the Charles Bridge in a quiet little enclave in the midst the city’s vibrant Old Town. The hotel literally interweaves centuries of architecture with today’s technology without sacrificing anything from either era, a factor that also shows up in its honeymoon package offerings.

Considering that they’re staying in one of the most romantic cities of the world, it only gets better when the couple’s day begins with a breakfast served in the seclusion of their own room. Later they’re offered a tour of Prague by private horse carriage, sharing all the romance of the Golden City and at the end of the day, enjoy dinner in the Allegro Restaurant with breathtaking view of the river and Prague Castle. Other possible activities include: a romantic tour in a limousine to Cesky Krumlov, a charming medieval UNESCO-designated city just outside Prague; a picnic on a boat and a day trip to Marianske Lazne or Karlovy Vary (a spa town) for relaxing massages and beauty treatments.

Contact: (800) 819-5053; fourseasons.com/prague

portugal Portugal’s newest hotel, L’AND Vineyards, is the first of its kind offering the opportunity to grow and make your own wine, and for honeymooners and romantics alike, to open the roof of their private villa to enjoy the thousands of stars each night in Montemor-o-Novo in the Portuguese province of Alentejo, known for its clear night skies and bright stars.

The Sky View Suites include a king-size bed beneath a retractable roof that guests can open during Alentejo’s many warm nights and enjoy the view. In addition to the Sky View Suites and the Wine Club—which allows guests to make their own wine with the assistance of the club winemaster—resort guests can also enjoy the serenity, luxury and sophistication of the L’AND Spa with its hamman, and indoor heated pool, as well as grape-based and natural product treatments, massages and holistic experiences.

Additionally, honeymooners can visit local vineyards and adegas (cellars), take part in the resort’s course on vines and wine production at their Wine Club, take part in vintage wine tastings of regional and local wines, or find out about the principles of biodynamic oenology from the in-cellar experts. If they prefer, they can try their hand at hot air ballooning across the Alentejo, go on a picnic amongst the vines, sample an organic cookery course, visit the most interesting cultural spots in Evora and the Alentejo on a historian-led tour or take a boat trip on the biggest lake in Europe, the Alqueva.

Contact: l-and.com

Honeymooners will love the five-star Hotel Tivoli Palacio de Seteais in Sintra, Portugal, which is basically a luxurious, romantic palace. Indeed, this grand, 18th century palace with its breathtaking views over elegant renaissance gardens and mountains, will literally transport guests back to a bygone era and the magnificent rooms are no less an unforgettable experience.

The elegant drawing rooms and guest bedrooms feature antique frescoes, large-scale tapestries and heavy drapes, as well as intricate cupboards, romantic little armchairs, charming lamps and chandeliers, and majestic beds—all of which have been carefully selected and beautifully presented. At the same time, the room’s state-of-the-art technology includes Internet and LCD TVs with satellite.

What makes this a perfect honeymoon hotel is that in addition to the promise of quiet relaxation in a stylish, authentic setting, the large outdoor pool, and the historic-styled restaurant with its original dishes that can be enjoyed while looking out over the grand palace square. It’s also close to Sintra nightlife and shopping.

Contact: tivolihotels.com

italy The honeymoon flavor of the month in Italy is in Sorrento, at the Grand Hotel Cocumella, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and a former 16th century Jesuit monastery. According to Stephen Pike, the hotel’s general manager, there’s a variety of “….special offers that give clients the seventh night free or in case of a 14-night stay, the 13th and 14th night free. Guests receive fruit and mineral water on arrival, upgrades upon availability, and early check-in and check-out on availability. Agents also receive a 10 percent commission paid by the WPS network within 30 days of client’s departure.” He adds that buffet breakfast, tax and service are included in all rates, as well as free use of the gym, tennis court, pool, beach and beach solarium. All rooms are air-conditioned and have complimentary WiFi.