It is no surprise that Europe consists of one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. Rome, Paris, London, Venice; with so many options, it is definitely not an easy choice.
To help you decide we present 10 luxury resorts that have from famous Michelin-starred restaurants to breathtaking Mediterranean views. It makes sense that celebrities also choose Europe, both for their wedding and their honeymoon.Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez, Brangelina, Kimye; what draws them to European soil? Well, if you consider breakfast at Parisian cafes, afternoon tea in London, and sunsets at Amalfi coast, it makes perfect sense. Additionally, the inexplicable aura of historical areas (since most hotels featured here are from past centuries), along with really good wine (!), creates a romantic mood for couples. This is especially true for Italian hotels,that always receive prominent positions in lists of the most romantic European resorts! Here’s which ones we settled on for you.
1. «VILLA D’ ESTE»
Villa D’Este is the top choice for Hollywood celebrities. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt traded wedding vows in this 16th century structure, built on the banks of lake Como (George Clooney who was one of the guests, has a villa close by). Have a relaxed stroll in the renaissance Cypress gardens or take a dive in the pool that floats inside the lake!
Where: Lake Como, Italy
Thanks to a Michelen-starred restaurant and jaw-dropping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, this refuge on Amalfi coast always manages to win over newlyweds (Reese Witherspoon and her husband Toth stayed here). It also has a dreamy pool on its terrace, and it’s surrounded by the aroma of lemon trees and bougainvilleas.
Where; Positano, Italy
3. «FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GEORGE V»
Just ask, and the hotel’s Rolls-Royce Phantom will come pick you up from the airport and take you to this 1928 building in style. The hotel is found really close to Champs-Elysee; if you choose the Empire Suite, you will even have a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. In any case, you will relax at night surrounded by extravagant decór inspired by Napoleon and Josephine!
Where: Paris, France
4. BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI
If you stay here, you won’t have to look for a gondolier. The luxurious Hotel Cipriani, which has a prominent position on Giudecca island, has its own boats which you can use to roam the lakes and all 100 islands of Venice. Make sure to dine at Oro, a new italian restaurant decorated with Murano chandeliers and a chef with Michelin stars pedigree. Or you could go to Cip’s Club instead, which besides excellent food it also has panoramic views of St. Mark’s Square.
Where: Venice, Italy
5. «PALAZZO AVINO»
This 12th century mansion known as Palazzo Sasso was converted to a resort in 2013, and adopted the name of its founding family. Its roof gardens, its luxurious rooms equipped with unique fabrics and tiles, have stayed the same. The view of the breathtaking Amalfi Coast sunset has also remained unchanged of course, especially if experienced in one of the top floor hot tubs!
Where: Ravello, Italy
6. «BELMOND HOTEL SPLENDIDO»
Portofino is a hangout spot for pop stars! Almost every summer, you can find Rihanna, J. Lo, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z in this italian village. This hotel used to be a monastery, and from its 64 rooms you can observe the yachts gathered at the port. The view is incredible from almost all areas of the hotel, from La Terazza Restaurant, the salt-water pool, or your elegant room (ask for sea view).
Where: Portofino, Italy
7. «THE GORING»
Are you in the mood for something royal? Kate Middleton prepared for her wedding day here. The Goring consists of 69 rooms in the heart of Belgravia. It belongs to the Goring family from 1910. The Queen is a regular visitor of its dining hall for the famous Drumkilbo eggs (eggs with shrimp and lobster) prepared here.
Where: Belgravia, London
8. «BELMOND HOTEL CARUSO»
Once upon a time, in the 11th century, Hotel Caruso was a palace. Nowadays, it’s a popular destination for newlywed beach-goers that want to absorb amazing Mediterranean views from overflowing pools, carved high up at Ravello city. As you are relaxing at the hotel, the only thing to think about is how you will pass your afternoon. You could get lost in the hotel’s gardens or visit the Amalfi Coast with the resort’s wooden boat.
Where: Ravello, Italy
9. «FOUR SEASONS HOTEL»
Divided between a centuries-old palace and a monastery, this luxurious Old-World style hotel consists of high-art rooms with ancient artifacts, heavy fabrics and wall paintings. It also has a small spa, where you can fix your nails. The best spot here is its fenced 11-acre garden, which constitutes the perfect antidote after a tiring day in busy Duomo.
Where: Florence, Italy
10. HOTEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC
This legendary 117-room hotel, found at the Riviera, just celebrated its 100 anniversary. It spoils couples with its advanced services and its spectacular Mediterranean view. Its overflowing salt-water pool steals the show, as well as the elegant Champagne Bar, where you can drink champagne before a dinner with lobster in Eden Roc restaurant’s porch.
Where: Antibes, Côte d’Azur, France