Love Around the World

La Belle France

Je t'aime—even the words for "I love you" sound best in French. Why not practice saying them in these Leading Hotels in France.
PROCLAIM…
your love from carved wooden balconies and then warm up by the 12th-century fireplace in this Alpine dream hotel.
DRAW…
a bubble bath for two in the deep soaking tub and turn up the bathroom-floor heating in your suite at this Jacques Garcia–designed hotel on Avenue George V.
IMAGINE…
an intimate escape à deux in a romantic suite at this retreat on the Côte d’Azur overlooking the Mediterranean and the storied Villa Kérylos.
SHOP…
along the Champs-Élysées while based at this 8th arrondissement townhouse hotel, set in a perfect location to dash out and pick up gifts for your sweetheart.
SIP…
the region's wines in the glass-ceilinged Orangerie lounge or the Michelin-starred seafood restaurant Pressoir D'Argent at this redesigned hotel in the center of Bordeaux.
GAZE…
at the Parisian skyline with views of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe from the three-room apartment of this 1920s seven-story palace.
REQUEST…
a guestroom with dormered windows and slanted ceilings to experience authentic Parisian romance at this grand property that was featured in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
BOOK…
the so-called Tête-á-Tête treatment complete with a chocolate tasting at this iconic South of France resort.
TOAST…
with Champagne in the bustling lobby bar of this stunning, Philippe Starck–designed hotel near leafy Parc Monceau.
Fur coats, warm drinks and roaring fireplaces are some of the highlights of a wintertime vacation in a chilly European metropolis. Located in two of Eastern Europe's most romantic cities—Prague and St. Petersburg—these Leading Hotels encourage bundled-up strolls, haute dining discoveries and snuggling up with a loved one in sumptuous accommodations.

The Augustine

Prague, Czech Republic

Located in the heart of Prague, The Augustine may be the city’s newest ancient hotel. Opened in 2009 following an extensive restoration and refurbishment, it occupies seven buildings including a 13thcentury monastery and brewery that was once home to the friars of Saint Augustine. Striking in their elegant simplicity, the guestrooms reflect the hotel’s monastic history. Czech interior design is celebrated in the contemporary European furnishings and modern art throughout, and all rooms have views of the courtyards, chapel or Prague Castle. Elegantes Restaurant offers the best of elegant European cuisine with the most sophisticated atmosphere, in historical, culturally important and beautiful setting.

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Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria

St. Petersburg, Russia

The famous gold-domed roof of St. Isaac’s Cathedral is visible throughout the city, but as its next door neighbor, the Hotel Astoria claims the best view of all. The Lidval-designed hotel is a monument to St. Petersburg’s great Art Nouveau movement at the start of the 20th-century, and became a byword for luxury when it opened in 1912. There is a sense of this today from the white-marble lobby, Olga Polizzi-designed suites and the dark-wood Lichfield Bar. The new restaurant Astoria Cafe serves contemporary Russian cuisine and also features caviar and specialty vodkas. The Rotonda Lounge offers a relaxing place, serving afternoon tea daily. The Hotel Astoria has a contemporary glamour in a perfect location.

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The Taleon Imperial Hotel

St. Petersburg, Russia

The only hotel in St. Petersburg to be housed in a former palace, the Taleon Imperial Hotel, at the corner of Nevsky Prospect and the Moika Embankment, is within walking distance of the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and the Church of Our Savior of the Spilt Blood. It has been expanded and renovated to preserve the historic heritage of the building, which has hosted noted figures including Catherine the Great and Napoleon’s notorious lover, Marguerite-Josephine Wiemer. Today, the hotel bridges past and present, blending Russian opulence with state-of-the-art amenities. The rooftop spa features a swimming pool and breathtaking views. The signature restaurant serves formal Russian cuisine, including several types of caviar and an extensive vodka menu.

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For couples craving one-on-one relaxation, Thailand offers some of the world's most romantic beaches. Private bungalows, infinity pools, and tropical rainforests make these Leading Hotels particularly memorable.

Leading Golf Santiburi Beach Resort, Golf & Spa

Koh Samui, Thailand

In the early 1970s, it was mostly backpackers who ventured to Koh Samui, drawn by the expansive beaches and laid-back lifestyle. Today, the island's boho-chic vibe persists, but a dose of luxury has been injected into its hotels, including the stunning Santiburi Beach Resort, located on the unspoiled northern coast. Traditional steep-pitch villas are scattered across twenty-three acres of tropical gardens that border Mae Nam beach. Its calm, shallow water ensure a safe haven for families; there's even an area reserved exclusively for Santiburi guests. Food and activities center around the sea: the grill restaurant serves freshly caught specialties, and water sports are plentiful and complimentary. Golfers flock to the 18-hole Santiburi Samui course built on the cliff's edge with spectacular vistas.

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Belmond Napasai

Koh Samui, Thailand

Set in a grove of cashew trees, the Belmond Napasai is a true paradise on the north coast of tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand. This secluded hideaway is nestled adjacent to a beautiful sandy beach in lush tropical gardens where a mix of traditional local delights and innovative contemporary accents create an indulgent atmosphere which guests quickly acclimatize to. Napasai, with its own large private sandy beach, is surrounded by seventeen acres of lush vegetation and is set on a graceful hillside overlooking Baan Tai beach near the town of Maenam as well as the nearby islands in the Gulf of Siam. Life in this magnificent tropical oasis can be quiet, by relaxing all day besides the infinity pool, or lively, by plunging into the vibrant island scene.

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Rayavadee

Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is a hidden gem that many discover - and fall in love with - while en route to the more wellknown islands of Ko Lanta and Ko Phi Phi. When they do visit, the luckiest check into Rayavadee. Accessed by stylish speedboat, the resort is surrounded on three sides by glorious sand beaches, and lush jungle greenery, imbuing a sense of tropical relaxation. Keeping with the special setting, Rayavadee has had an ambitious sustainability program since it opened. The resort may feel like a secret, but its restaurant is one of Thailand’s most renowned. Aptly named The Grotto, it is built into an ancient cave, giving it an ideal vantage point for guests who linger over cocktails while admiring a sunset-tinged sky.

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Leading Golf Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas

Hua Hin, Thailand

Formerly the Hua Hin Railway Hotel, one of the classic hotels of the East, the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin was constructed in 1923 and has retained its rich, old-world charm. An iconic, multi-award winning hotel, it is located in the center of Thailand, and is easily accessible from Bangkok. Luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, with private balconies overlooking the ocean or landscaped gardens, feature high ceilings, period-style furniture and a décor that uses rich polished hardwood softened by the warm tones of Thai silk, evoking the spirit of the 1920s. The villas set amongst the extensive gardens, with their spacious living accommodation and the option of their own pool, offer privacy along with the ultimate in luxury. All rooms feature flat-screen TVs with international channels, in-room safe, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, and high-speed Internet access.

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