England: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
England’s beloved literary heroine, Jane Austen, was also the champion of the romance novel, and arguably her most famous work, Pride & Prejudice
, makes for a fitting read when visiting London. The classic love story is best enjoyed surrounded by the comfort of traditional British amenities, found at the Baglioni Hotel
. The regal property mixes romance and glamour, thanks to a picturesque location in front of Kensington Park and velvet-bedecked, butler-attended rooms.
Venice: The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
In one of James’s finest literary outings, young love and a scheme-gone-wrong combine to make a thrilling vacation read. The leading trio head to Venice, where conspiracy is as central as the city’s splendid frescoes. Twosomes can enjoy La Serenissima
while staying at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani
, just minutes from central Venice. The exquisite property is ideally situated for couples looking to navigate the regal city with ease before retreating to luxurious lodgings.
Tuscany: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Set in the Tuscan hills in the wake of World War II, The English Patient
mixes passion and adventure with the past and present in a heart-wrenching love story. When couples check into the Grand Hotel Continental
in Siena they can enjoy their novel with a bottle of Montepulciano. Love is in the hotel’s DNA - a grand property with a lengthy history, before it was a hotel, the building was a wedding gift from Pope Alexander VII to his niece.
Paris: A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
Love can take different forms, as evidenced by Ernest Hemingway’s ode to Paris, A Moveable Feast
, in which he declares his infatuation with the city and his creative group of friends living there. The novel reads like a guidebook, as Hemingway strolls the Jardin du Luxembourg, visits Gertrude Stein’s apartment and spends hours at venerable café Les Deux Magots. In-the-know sweethearts hole up at the Hotel Raphael
is the name of the game. The Parisian fairytale of a hotel is decked out with regal draping, and the Baccarat Suite is a study in whimsy with all-white furnishings and complimentary champagne flutes that guests are encouraged to bring home as souvenirs. (Hemingway would have approved).