Europe is a romantic destination, offering couples a great choice of hotels, inns, historic castles, cities, shopping and restaurants. Visit a major city like London or Paris to tour famous sights on your romantic getaway. Or explore an off the beaten path country like Slovenia. European cities offer a mixture of historic sights and modern attractions. In Paris, visit the famous Louvre museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. The Eiffel Tower has three levels for visitors and you can take an elevator to the top, a fun romantic getaway idea. The first and second levels have restaurants if you want to dine with a view of Paris.
London has many romantic places to stay, whether you want a five star honeymoon suite in a luxury hotel like the Savoy or the Connaught, or a room in a more intimate townhouse hotel like the Charlotte Street Hotel or 51 Buckingham Gate. Sample food from around the world in the city's diverse restaurants, watch a musical and go shopping on vacation.
Visit famous museums, take romantic walks through manicured parks and sample different flavors at the city restaurants. If you are looking for something unique to do on your weekend, London is a 7 hour flight from New York City. Choosing a great hotel is everyone's priority on a romantic weekend getaway - you may decide to order room service and stay in while enjoying the view.
The Dorchester Hotel and Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park both overlook the famous Hyde Park, one of the Royal Parks of London. Visit the famous Speakers' Corner where people speak out on almost any subject. Kensington Gardens, adjacent to Hyde Park are a beautiful romantic spot for picknics in the summer. Walk to the main entrance to Buckingham Palace, the primary residence of the British royalty.
One Aldwych is another romantic weekend getaway idea, where guests are surrounded by a private collection of contemporary art. There is also an indoor pool where you can listen to music underwater while doing laps.
Italy offers many romantic ideas: wishing fountains, delicious food and rooms with a view. Venice is famous for its antique palazzos, the Grand Canal, St Mark's Square and romantic ambiance that attracts honeymooners. Il Palazzo at the Bauer features individually decorated rooms. On your romantic getaway to Venice, go on a gondola ride and explore famous sights. If you are a fan of classical or modern art, Venice, like most Italian cities, offers a great selection of museums with permanent and special exhibits. There is also fun shopping, whether you are looking for the latest in Italian fashion or gifts for family and friends at home.
Plan a romantic honeymoon to Gritti Palace in Venice, a grand hotel located right on the famous Grand Canal. The palace was built in 1525. Spend your days visiting local attractions, taking romantic gondola rides and dining with a view. Sample delicious Mediterranean cuisine at the Club del Doge restaurant, adjacent to the Grand Canal. Gritti Palace is located next to many famous attractions, shops and restaurants which you can explore on your romantic honeymoon. The hotel concierge can assist you with finding an authentic tour of Venice and its surroundings, by foot, boat or helicopter. If you want to play golf on your honeymoon, the Venice Golf Club features an 18-hole international golf course, one of the first in Italy, located on the Lido island.
Florence is another great spot to put on your itinerary when planning a romantic trip to Italy. From great hotels, romantic restaurants, world-famous paintings and designer shopping, Florence can meet the needs of nearly every couple. Head to a museum featuring beautiful Renaissance art, such as the Ufizzi Gallery or the Pitti Palace. Take a romantic evening walk along Arno and across Ponte Vecchio. Villa San Michele, located in the hills above Florence features a facade designed by Michelangelo.
If you are looking for a seaside getaway, take a look at the island of Capri where hotels offer scenic views and romantic dining. Positano is another good choice - you can plan scenic drives and boat rides.
Romantic getaways in Ireland include historic castles and estates where you can enjoy an array of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating and biking. Many hotels offer spas offering a variety of relaxing treatments, including couples massages, yoga and meditation. If you want to play golf, take a look at Adare Manor Hotel. You can spend a day in Dublin, dining out and visiting museums.
Dromoland Castle is a secluded Irish castle hotel with beautiful gardens ideal for walks on a romantic getaway. Ashford Castle is another castle getaway in Ireland, featuring individually decorated rooms and suites. Aghadoe Heights Hotel overlooks the Lakes of Killarney and offers an Aveda concept spa which will make you feel pampered and relaxed on your romantic getaway. Ballyvolane House in southern Ireland offers fly fishing in its private lakes and just six individually furnished guest accommodations.
In Portugal, choose from romantic getaways with scenic ocean views, great dining and spas. The country offers sea adventures, cultural tours, historic villages, wine tasting vacation ideas, golf getaways and other romantic getaway ideas. Taste the delicious and diverse Portugal cuisine such as grilled fish, meat and vegetable stews, and great pastries coupled with famous Madeiran wine.
At Hotel Albatroz in Portugal you can spend your romantic getaway relaxing in the sun and savoring gourmet food at the hotel restaurant. Reid's Palace Hotel on the island on Madeira offers two sea-water swimming pools and beautiful tropical gardens. Also on Madeira, Choupana Hills Resort and Spa has a wellness center and bungalow-style guest accommodations on stilts.
Couples enjoy enploring castles and historic villages on their romantic getaway to Portugal. The World Heritage Douro valley is a romantic vacation destination, featuring a beautiful river and the Gaia wine cellars. You can tour the area by boat. If you are looking for an island getaway, take a trip to Madeira or the islands of the Azores which may have been the site of the ancient city of Atlantis.
Greece is home to many romantic getaways, including city hotels, island getaways and spa vacations. Porto Elounda Resort is a scenic resort on Crete, featuring the famous Six Senses Spa with beautiful indoor and outdoor facilities. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, offering couples many cultural attractions, beautiful scenery and sandy beaches. The island is 160 miles long and has three airports, so be sure to choose the closest one to the resort or villa you are staying at.
Kivotos Club Hotel on Mykonos has a beautiful spa with a hamman, yoga and Pilates studio where you can tone up your body on your romantic getaway. Mykonos is a scenic greek island, part of the Cyclades. The island is famous for its nightlife, diverse restaurants and panoramic ocean views.
At Elounda Bay Palace, you can learn to dive on your romantic getaway, relax on two private beaches and stay in an ocean view room. The Tsitouras Collection Hotel in Santorini is a luxury romantic getaway with five individually furnished houses and a luxury villa with spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea.
Visit the Wineries of France and Tour Paris
France is home to many romantic getaways. Explore the scenic wine country at stay at Abbaye de la Bussiere which has an excellent restaurant. Or visit the south of France and relax at the Byblos Saint-Tropez spa. Villa Marie, also in Saint Tropez, has an outdoor swimming pool, beautiful gardens and an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. Hameau Albert 1er in Chamonix is a romantic mountain weekend getaway with indoor and outdoor pools. Hotel Martinez Cannes features luxury guest rooms with signed furniture, works of art and paintings.
Paris offers many romantic getaways and the city is quite easy to get to from East Coast because there are so many flights. Some of the most famous attractions in Paris include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum (the home of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa) and Avenue des Champs-Elysees, a popular shopping street. You may also enjoy visiting the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Tuileries Gardes on your romantic vacation getaway to Paris. The Tuileries Garden, located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde, is a beautiful public park where you can go on romantic walks and take beautiful vacation photos, espacially on a sunny day. There are many famous sculptures in the Tuileries Garden, including The Kiss by Auguste Rodin and Theseus and the Minotaur by Jules Ramey.
Stay in a stylish hotel, go shopping and enjoy gourmet dining on your Paris getaway. Hotel San Regis Paris is located near the Champs-Elysees - walk to many boutique shops and do your holiday shopping during the Christmas season.
Hotel de La Tremoille is another grand hotel in the area and a beautiful romantic weekend getaway. Hotel de Sers offers contemporary rooms and spacious suites, as well as a gourmet restaurant. Meurice Hotel Paris overlooks the Tuileries Garden, near Palais Royal and the Louvre. Hotel de Crillon is situated in a beautiful historic 18th century Louis XV palace. Hotel Lancaster Paris has a romantic garden patio and a feel of a private residence.
Vienna shouldn't be off your radar - it's a beautiful historic city to visit. Stay at the modern Le Meridien Vienna, the luxury Hotel Imperial where you can literally immerse yourself in the city's history, or the more affordable Das Triest.