The Most Romantic Honeymoon Resorts to Book in Finland
Nellim Wilderness Hotel offers one of the most romantic places to to spot the aurora borealis | Courtesy of Nellim Wilderness Hotel / Expedia
Whether you’re visiting on your actual honeymoon – or you’re just looking to rekindle the romance – booking into a romantic resort for couples will make your stay in Finland all the more special.
In summer, explore the great outdoors together; in winter, curl up for a tête-à-tête under the Northern Lights. With such epic natural landscapes, this country seems made for memorable moments for two. But, to get it right, you need to pick a hotel with the right atmosphere. Luckily, we know a few – book one of these top hotels and resorts with Culture Trip.
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If nature makes you and your partner giddy, you’ll fall in love with Hotel Kalevala. The setting – on the edge of a lake, far from city lights in central Finland – makes it the perfect jumping-off point for spotting wild brown bears, elk or eagles. Return back to base, slap on a full-body peat mask and unwind in a private sauna. Follow up with an aromatherapy bath infused with fragrant sea buckthorn and mandarin.
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The grand figure of Haikko Manor – a stately pile with regal columns and rambling terrace – is a dashing base for a stay in Porvoo, the scenic, laid-back city just a short hop outside Helsinki. It’s just as classically romantic when you get inside, too, with beds draped in satin fabrics and gilded framed pictures on the walls. The spa is a big draw, but you’ll also enjoy sipping your way through one of Finland’s finest wine lists in the restaurant, while munching on venison tartare or pheasant in Calvados sauce.
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Helsinki makes for a low-key, yet sophisticated, city break – just the thing for couples who like to take their culture trips slow. Book into Hotel Kämp, and you’ll get top-notch service, historic environs and some seriously sexy suites (think dark-painted walls and plush fabrics). Given you’re perched right on the Esplanadi park, the entire city is at your fingertips, but with multiple restaurants on site and a first-rate spa, don’t be surprised if you don’t make it out much.
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A moody bar, with a roaring fire and rows of fine spirits; rooms dressed in boutiquey prints and furnished with fluffy robes; a cosy restaurant serving up seafood dishes inspired by America’s Southern flavours – yep, Helsinki’s Hotel Haven feels a bit like an adult wonderland. Set in the heart of the city centre, it’s the perfect jumping off point for couples who like to explore – and ones who like to return to a cosy atmosphere, buzzy lounge spaces and knock-out afternoon teas.
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If you’ve come to Finland to spot the aurora borealis
, you’ll find few more romantic places to do it than Nellim Wilderness Hotel. Set in the country’s far northern reaches, winters see the lodge-like resort blanketed in snow – and the interiors turn ultra-cosy with roaring fires, flickering candles and furry throws. For the ultimate experience, hire a log cabin perfect for two, with a small kitchenette for whipping up toasty hot chocolates and – best of all – its own private sauna.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
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Ever dreamed of sleeping in an igloo? How about one made entirely of glass, where you can watch the northern lights dance above your head? That’s what you’ll get at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Cosy up with your other half in a sky-gazing igloo pod – even if the temperatures outside plunge to -40C (-40F), you’ll be kept warm. Or, for a more traditional Finnish vibe, book the snug wood-lined “wedding chamber”, complete with a roll-top tub for bubble baths.
Naantali Spa Hotel and Resort
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A hop outside of Finland’s southwesterly city Turku, the Naantali Spa Hotel and Resort is the place to come for couples who like pampering. The spa is a real stunner: picture an elaborate pool complex, with a Roman bath under a starred cupola and an outdoor dipper overlooking seaside scenery. Meanwhile, a range of restaurants means you can indulge in just about anything you fancy, from fiery Thai curries to rich Italian pastas. It’s tempting to stay in, but do get out to explore: pretty harbourside Naantali is one of Finland’s loveliest resort towns.
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Set halfway between Helsinki and Tampere, Petäys is a great choice for couples who want a dual city break, with a good dose of nature thrown in. The resort, in the heart of the Finnish lake country, is especially lovely in summer when you can spend days canoeing, fishing or exploring the waters via pedal boats or rowboats. Tuck into a meal on the al fresco covered terrace, in view of glassy lake waters and soaring trees.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Jessica Wood.
These recommendations were updated on October 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.