There’s no more romantic place to start off married life together than in the timeless, fairy tale cities of Europe and the spectacular coastline resorts on the Mediterranean and the Adriatic.
This imposing 1,400-year-old city and UNESCO World Heritage Site is famed for its red-roofed Old Town and its more than 700-year-old city walls, and renowned for its Baroque architecture. Needless to say, its unique ambiance—not to mention its breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and coastline—certainly makes it one of the most romantic destinations in Europe.
Walking hand-in-hand along its ancient wall in the evening and staring out at the pristine, moonlit views of the bay, which couples have done for centuries, leaves a kind of romantic aura honeymooners especially will feel. This truly is a fairy tale city, with its myriad alleyways, wine tasting shops and tiny little candlelit cafes—a placemat for love.
But to enhance a truly romantic honeymoon experience, couples need a cozy nook for accommodations—a place where their very union will be catered to, where the ambiance is as romantic and as special as their feelings for one another, a place they’ll remember forever.
Enter the five-star Hotel Bellevue. Cut into the cliff wall facing the Adriatic Sea like a giant wood and granite eagle’s nest, it seems to meld luxuriously into the environment. All 91 rooms and suites have a view of the sea, as does its elegant spa with a full menu of pampering services for the new bride and groom.
Besides the contemporary, stylishly decorated suites that make for a comfortable and sensually spacious romantic respite for a couple, the hotel—which is a member of Adriatic Luxury Hotels—also offers what they call “Romantic Rooms,” located in a secluded part of the hotel set aside as a special refuge for honeymooners and lovers. The rooms themselves are elegantly furnished with the best linens and amenities, including a cozy bathtub for two and plenty of room for a catered in-room candlelit dinner.
But you don’t have to stay in your room or even go into town for a romantic candlelit dinner. The hotel’s beachside restaurant at the base of the cliff is one of the most popular romantic venues in town with excellent service and seafood cuisine. Rates from $147.
amalfi coast, italy
The beautiful Amalfi Coast was created by the gods for love, Italian-style. This is, after all, that stretch of Italian coast that runs from Salerno to the Isle of Capri—a one-time playground for Renaissance princes and counts, as well as today’s celebrities and wealthy elite.
And every man wants to be a prince for his princess on their honeymoon, so why not put them in an elegant 12th century Italian villa where they belong, all tucked away in the hilltop village of Ravello and perched high on the cliffs 1,000 ft. above the sparkling Mediterranean, overlooking some of the coast’s most picturesque fishing villages.
Today that palatial parsonage is operating under the name of the Palazzo Sasso hotel, a stunning five-star deluxe property and part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection—truly a royal honeymoon hideaway where couples will be spoiled and pampered like the royals who lived there yesteryear.
This is not the kind of place for couples who sniff at traditional elegance. All rooms and suites are decorated with handmade Vietri tiles, antique carpets and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Clients can expect brass accessories and appliques, Frette linens and Bulgari amenities. The Spa, located in the Pallazo gardens, offers a full menu of massage and beauty treatments, plus Turkish steam bath.
For honeymooning couples, you’ll want to recommend some of the property’s suites and jr. suites that promise the most unforgettable stay in this beautiful property—accommodations that are as unique as the honeymoon memories they’ll bring home with them. For the ultimate honeymoon stay, the Nfinito Suite is the hotel’s penthouse suite with gorgeous views over the Amalfi Coast from its expansive terrace, which has a jacuzzi pool and a large dining area. Perfect for the new lord and lady. Rates from $598.
Contact: (877) 748-2266; preferredhotelgroup.com