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The Balkans, that multinational patch of land in the southeast of Europe, are still considered an off-the-beaten-path destination, which is one of the best reasons to add them to your to-visit list. This is a land of beautiful coasts, lush national parks, amazing waterfalls and an undiscovered art and cultural scene that can make for a perfect romantic getaway at the fraction of the cost you will pay anywhere else in Europe. Whether you want to spend the whole weekend in a luxury hotel at the price of a three-star hotel in Western Europe, or you love exploring together and you need a romantic place to stay after a long day, here are our picks of the best romantic hotels in the Balkans.
How does staying at a luxuriously restored hamam (old Turkish bath) sound? The edifice of the Isa Begov Hamam Hotel in Sarajevo was built more than 120 years ago and sticks to the notion that the past should be preserved and honored. The boutique hotel is fitted with hand-woven carpets and carved furniture to make the experience lavish and memorable. There is a free hot tub available for all the guests to use in the hamam, and you can also choose from their massage menu.
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is a culturally rich city, perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. To fully immerse yourself into the spirit of the city, stay at the heart of the old-time bohemian area Skadarlija where since 1989 a monument to the traveling actor and writer Joakim Vujic stands. This is where you will also find the cozy, vintage apartments called “Travelling Actor.” There is a restaurant and wine bar on site serving local and Italian food. Upon request, the owners will arrange a luxury river cruise on a yacht for you.