Make your Italian honeymoon extra special when you stay in one of these spectacular hotels. From five-star services to extravagant private suites, here are our top picks for a romantic Italian vacation.
Located atop the cliffs of Sardinia’s exclusive Emerald Coast, the distinctive whitewashed Hotel Romazzino is a fantastic base for exploring the nearby resort of Porto Cervo. It also provides an isolated haven of peace and tranquility. The light airy rooms are decorated with fabrics, ceramics and furnishings made by local craftsmen, and there is a selection of bars and restaurants onsite as well as a private beach.
Via Veneto, Rome, is known as the home of dolce vitaglamour and style, and the Baglioni Hotel Regina oozes old-school class with luxurious fabrics and stunning decor. The central location is perfect for exploring, and the spa and wellness centre is ideal for a spot of rest and relaxation. For true decadence, book the Roman penthouse suite, which has an unrivalled 360° view across the Eternal City, as well as a private butler and barman.
Capri is one of the most beautiful and exclusive places in the world, and the Hotel Punta Tragara fits right in. Along with the five-star service and amenities, the hotel offers a spectacular view of the famous Faraglioni rocks on the south-eastern tip of the island. Honeymooners might enjoy the penthouse suite, complete with circular bed, and all guests will appreciate the spa, gym and two swimming pools.
Clinging to the cliffs of the Amalfi coast, the Hotel Santa Caterina is perfect for a romantic getaway. Specifically designed with honeymooners in mind, newlyweds who stay in the Giulietta e Romeo Chalet will enjoy the private balcony, garden and infinity pool that overlooks the sea. The hotel also has two restaurants, two bars, a private beach club and a wellness centre, and the staff is happy to organise private tours and boat hires for guests.
For a peaceful escape, head to the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio. The refined and historic hotel overlooks the calming waters of Lake Como and is surrounded by a stunning panorama. In addition to the elegantly furnished rooms and suites, the hotel organises private boat trips, hiking and mountain biking excursions to appreciate the local nature. Guests may also relax and take advantage of the beauty treatments offered at the Spa Serbelloni.
Belmond Villa San Michele sits nestled in the lush green hills overlooking Florence and is housed in a former monastery that dates back to the 15th century. With a panoramic swimming pool, scented Italian garden and intimate restaurant, this hotel is the perfect destination for an amorous retreat. For extra privacy, book the Limonaia Suite & Villa, which comes with its own garden, complete with a pool and waterfall.
The Lefay Resort & Spa creates a calming ambience from its location overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Garda. In line with the focus on relaxation, wellness and sustainability, the resort offers 93 rooms and suites, three swimming pools, a selection of bars and restaurants, a full-service spa and a 24-hour fitness centre. For a truly luxurious experience, stay in the enormous Royal Pool & Spa suite, which boasts a private garden and infinity pool.
The Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is nestled into the leafy green backdrop of the banks of Lake Maggiore and has been a luxurious landmark in the area for more than 150 years. Historically the haunt of visiting aristocrats, the hotel maintains its old-world style with rich furnishings, twinkling chandeliers and decadent decor. For true extravagance, book the magnificent Hemingway Suite, which comes with its own 160 square metre terrace with a lake view.
Villa Cimbrone sits just outside the pretty town of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. The building dates back to the 12th century, and many of the original architectural features have been preserved. The stunningly decorated rooms and suites create a dreamy atmosphere with beautifully painted frescoes and flowing fabrics, and the restaurant spills out onto a panoramic terrace with views of the sea.
Thanks to its location on a private island, the amazing San Clemente Palace Kempinski will make your stay in Venice truly unique. Although the hotel offers complimentary boat transport for guests who want to visit Piazza San Marco, it’s more likely you’ll want to stay away from the tourists and take advantage of the huge range of services and amenities, including several bars and restaurants, spa treatments, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a small golf course. Make it a honeymoon to remember in one of the fabulous suites, which feature spectacular views of the lagoon.