Its rich cultural heritage makes Europe the perfect destination for a romantic vacation. Nowhere else is it so easy to sleep in a medieval castle, a princess’ palace or a duke’s palazzo. Nestled in historic towns and a diverse countryside of mountains, valleys, vineyards and a long coastline are numerous romantic hotels that allow their guests to immerse themselves in the romance of Europe's past.
Situated in a16th-century castle on the shore of Lake Traunsee in Austria’s beautiful Salzkammergut region, hotel Freisitz Roith provides romantic vacations with an impressive alpine backdrop only 60 miles from Salzburg. The hotel’s classic interior features stucco walls, chandeliers and antique furniture in all rooms. Large panoramic windows offer sweeping views of the lake and the picturesque castle park. Hotel facilities include a complimentary breakfast buffet, a spa area with sauna and steam bath and a private jetty with a sunbathing lawn. The hotel organizes hiking trips in the Salzkammergut, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The restaurant serves gourmet cuisine, coffee and Austrian pastries in an all-season patio.
Freisitz Roith Traunsteinstrasse 87 4810 Gmunden Austria 011-43-7612-649-05 freisitzroith.at
Sarl Chateau Grattequina
Sarl Chateau Grattequina is in a historic chateau on the banks of the Garonne River in the Bordeaux wine region of southwest France. Its facade opens to an elegant interior featuring 10 rooms and suites with antique furniture, parquet floors, French cascade windows and country home-style chairs and patterns. Some rooms have private balconies or terraces. Mornings at the hotel start with a hearty breakfast buffet before guests go to tastings at the surrounding wineries, play golf or relax at the outdoor pool. At night guests can grab a bite at various restaurants near the hotel that serve exquisite French cuisine.
Sarl Chateau Grattequina Ave de Labarde 33290 Blanquefort France 011- 33-05-56-35-76-76 grattequina.com
Hotel Palazzo Sasso
High on the cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi coast in a 12th-century Italian palazzo lies the romantic luxury hotel Hotel Palazzo Sasso. The breathtaking panorama overlooks small fishing villages and rolling hills, adding to the palace’s unique setting. Its classic Mediterranean architecture includes an interior of marble floors, antique furniture and Romanesque pillars. All rooms and suites come with 18th- and 19th-century furniture, handmade Vietri tiles and exquisite fabrics. Suites include large private terraces or balconies. A beautiful garden with Mediterranean flora leads to a swimming pool and private beach platforms along the cliffs. The hotel also offers a spa area with sauna, hydro pool, Turkish bath and fitness room. An award-winning gourmet restaurant serves romantic candlelight dinners on the terrace.
Hotel Palazzo Sasso Via San Giovanni del Toro 28 84010 Ravello Italy 011-39-089-81-81-81 palazzosasso.com