10 Romantic hotels for cool couples

Mercer Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

Hidden in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, the Mercer is a modern boutique hotel built around the ancient Roman walls and medieval arches, with 18th-century wooden ceilings and original 12th-century frescos. Intimacy meets history in its acclaimed restaurant where just 12 tables are served, with a sophisticated Mediterranean menu blending traditional cuisine with deft French touches— think smoked eel with golden apple and star anise, or roasted ox from León with a touch of orange blossom Dijon mustard. This is the perfect place for quality time with a partner or an indulgent break to treat yourself. Book now

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

“This gorgeous hotel embodies so much of the innate good taste that travellers associate with La Dolce Vita and the best of Italy. Looking across Lake Como’s placid waters and towards the idyllic town of Bellagio, this Art Nouveau icon wows with big-impact design flourishes (its main outdoor pool floats dramatically on Lake Como’s surface) and lots of charming little touches (help yourself to the complimentary sweets at check-in). With its flourishing gardens, exceptional spa and spread of impeccable bars and restaurants, it’s easy to while away days in this completely charming family-run property.” Book now

AC Hotel Maui Wailea, Hawaii

“In sunny-year-round South Maui, this sea-view property is a gateway to the natural wonders of Hawaii. From here it’s easy to enjoy private catamaran charters, snorkelling sessions and surf lessons in Kihei. Back on property, there’s the prospect of Aperol Spritz by the infinity pool or lazy afternoons spent lazing from airy bedrooms’ spacious private balconies. After the sun dips, guests go to Kai restaurant for zingy poke bowls and drinks by the lava-stone firepit.”Book now

Shangri-La Paris, France

A former princely mansion, this Parisian palace triumphs with one of this famously romantic city’s most in-demand amenities: cinematic views of the Eiffel Tower. In fact, the landmark is in such immediate proximity that Tower-facing rooms are renowned as seal-the-deal proposal settings, while honeymooning couples sometimes linger en-suite all day to savour the panorama (if you follow their lead, don’t miss the incredibly rich and creamy hot chocolate from room service). Of course, this being a Shangri-La, the hotel comes packed with other welcome facilities—expect a top-class spa, thoughtful service and superlative dining.”

Chris Price