Romance Around the World

One-Stop Honeymoon

Between the sumptuous honeymoon suites and the romantic local experiences, newlyweds are sure to fall in love all over again at these memorable Leading Hotels of the World.
Soak Up the sunshine on one of the world's most magical beaches at this haven, boasting white Greco-Moorish architecture
Sip a sunset cocktail at this Cretan seaside palace's Sail-In bar, which juts out over the water and flies colorful sails.
Stroll hand in hand through the Puerto de la Cruz botanic garden, adjacent to this Oriental-styled spa property in the Canary Islands.
Explore the Basque countryside has to offer, including fishing trips and culinary tours while based at this grande dame Biarritz hotel.
Delight in the gastronomic choices available in this magnificent Monte Carlo hotel, home to two Joël Robuchon restaurants.
Stretch Out in the large, pastel-colored suites at this seaside hotel overlooking the coastline of the French Riviera.
Honeymooning on the Amalfi Coast is iconic for a reason. Few destinations beat the romance of the setting, with its sweeping views of the Gulf of Naples and its Dr. Seussian stacks of pastel-colored houses. The coast's heart is the perched town of Positano, about which John Steinbeck wrote: "It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone." Equally enchanting are Amalfi, Ravello and Sorrento and the nearby islands of Ischia and Capri. Here are the Leading Hotels of the World that provide inspiring backdrops for a classic Amalfi honeymoon.

Leading Spa Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Anacapri, Italy

Glamorous Capri has rated highly on the jet-set circuit since the days Jacqueline Onassis summered here. The party scene centers around Capri town, but plugged-in travelers with a passion for the isle's more sedate side seek out lovely Anacapri, home of the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa. The hotel is a gem of personal taste looked after personally by its owner Tonino Cacace, who has a distinctly modern aesthetic, and the sleek interiors feature pieces from his personal art collection. Guests enjoy groundbreaking spa treatments at the world famous Capri Beauty Farm and lavish dinners at the two-Michelin starred restaurant, L’Olivo. Best of all, guests can watch the breathtaking sunsets at Il Riccio, the hotel’s own beach club and restaurant next to the Blue Grotto.

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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Sorrento, Italy

Perched on the cliff edge of Sorrento, the inimitable Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria has a history full of superlatives. Owned and operated by the Fiorentino family since 1834, the property has hosted Richard Wagner and Oscar Wilde, who enjoyed the same breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius as today's guests. Ruins of Roman Emperor Augustus’ villa are said to lay beneath the property, and the past is also alive in such details as the 18th-century columns, frescoed ceilings and antiques displayed throughout. Outside, the region's beauty is evident in the lush gardens, filled with Mediterranean plants, citrus and olive groves. A quick elevator ride sweeps guests from the port directly to the hotel, a cool touch Wilde and Wagner could only have dreamed of.

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Belmond Hotel Caruso

Ravello, Italy

Sitting above the Bay of Salerno, the Belmond Hotel Caruso exudes romance from its rooms and restored grounds. Views of the breathtaking cerulean sea are on show from the outdoor terrace, where guests can sit with a signature Bellini cocktail, or from the infinity pool, seemingly suspended between sky and sea. The terraced gardens are designed to be explored and head gardener Gaetano Amato will guide guests through the native olive, lemon and pomegranate rows, as well as the medieval walls discovered during restoration. The hotel interiors also reveal features such as an original chapel with a Baroque altar and frescoes. Across the street, a former priests’ quarter has been transformed into five private guest rooms, with views of the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast.

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Hotel Santa Caterina

Amalfi, Italy

Opened in 1904 as a humble guest house, the Hotel Santa Caterina has since transformed into one of the Amalfi Coast's oldest grand hotels. Owned and managed by the same Gambardella family for more than four generations, the property is also a personal expression of local style. Interiors are embellished with 19th-century antiques and hand-painted ceramic tiles, and even more grand are the exteriors with centuries-old gardens and sweeping views of the Bay of Salerno. Elevators cut into the rocks sweep guests to a private beach club complete with a large saltwater pool. The romantic setting amidst orange groves and bright-pink bougainvillea has not been lost on big names: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton stayed here, as did Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

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Leading Spa Le Sirenuse

Positano, Italy

The Sersale family, owners of Le Sirenuse, the legendary Amalfi Coast hotel, has had many illustrious members: an ambassador in the mid-18th century; a cardinal and archbishop of Naples; even a mayor of Positano, the fishing village-turned-glam resort, in the 1940’s. The palazzo that now houses the property was the Sersale’s seaside retreat, and anyone who stays cannot help but be swept up in the passion and good taste of this family. The majolica tiled rooms are filled with museum-worthy antiques, hand-picked mostly by patriarch Franco Sersale. Today, the charming Antonio Sersale continues the tradition that has transformed his family’s home into one of the world’s most personal properties. As locals will tell you, 'Positano is Le Sirenuse'.

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Mezzatorre Resort & Spa

Ischia, Italy

Just eighteen (sea) miles from the bustling port of Naples, and a ferry ride from glamorous Capri, Ischia offers a welcoming relaxed pace and has historically served as a health retreat. Proudly surveying the seaside vistas from a rocky headland is the Mezzatorre Resort & Spa. The main building rests on the ruins of a 16th-century watchtower, and its guest rooms and beautiful public spaces are tucked into seventeen acres of pine wood forest. The resort makes the most of its stunning natural setting, both above and underground. The island’s thermal hot springs, with healing properties, flow into three water therapy pools, while volcanic mud is used in spa treatments. Outdoor enthusiasts are also drawn to Ischia’s hiking paths, many of which snake around the coastline with sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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What better way to begin a marriage - arguably life's greatest metaphorical journey - than with a great voyage. No matter where in the world the wedding is held, the far-flung destinations on the Pacific rim might not be conveniently located, but their remoteness - and the solitude that comes with it - is one of the many things honeymooners will most appreciate about these exotic Leading Hotels in Thailand and Bali . Best of all, they make great spots for return anniversary visits.


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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The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud

Bali, Indonesia

The Balinese are revered for their uncanny ability to celebrate beauty and grace in the everyday. Renowned hotelier Adrian Zecha was inspired by this philosophy when he conceptualized The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, outside the village of Ubud. Set amongst more than 12 acres of emerald green rice paddies, the resort radiates tranquility. At the entrance, an arrangement of flower adorned Ganesha sculptures lends a spiritual ambiance, while the property itself features serene lotus ponds, reflecting pools and private villas. The interiors blend harmoniously into the landscapes, and each villa has its own butler to help with everything from unpacking to poolside pampering. Ubud, with its bustling restaurant and art gallery scene, is nearby, though most guests choose to simply stay put.

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