If you’re like me, then you’re always ready for a #vacay. Whether you are a romantic, an explorer, or you prefer to stay all day in your robe just disconnecting from the world, this list of hotels will help you find a place to stay that will make this getaway a memorable one.
For Romantics Who Seek Total Luxury and Deluxe Service
Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland
Mon amour, welcome to the romantic French-speaking region of Switzerland, in the pretty city of Lausanne. It’s a perfect destination for a romantic getaway. The Beau-Rivage Palace, a grand hotel, overlooks Lake Lausanne. It’s a luxurious palace, built in 1861, with the most impeccable service. As soon as you face the majestic entrance of the Beau-Rivage, you not only fall in love with it, but you also feel like you are in the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. It is one of those dreamlike castle hotels, that offers the best of Switzerland. The decor is impressive, and the suites have balconies overlooking the lake, with seats in the form of heart shapes.
The hotel’s restaurants are always full of locals that come for lunch or dinner, a testament to the quality of the food, drinks, and service. During the evenings, you should head to the bar and try their famous craft cocktails, such as martinis (made in front of you), Charlie Chaplin-inspired drinks, and much more. The menu is extensive.
Take advantage of visiting The Olympic Museum, which is a few blocks away from the hotel. There are also many local shops and artisans in front of the lake during the weekend. Lausanne has Switzerland’s first underground railway system (metro), which makes getting around quite convenient. Although there are many great bars and restaurants within walking distance, a must try for lunch is L’Accademia, which offers sophisticated Italian food, with good portions—simply delicious.
For Couples Seeking Friendly Locals, Great Food, Shopping and Nightlife
Mahekal Beach Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Don’t be surprised if once you reach Mahekal Beach Resort you feel like a part of the family. Their lovely staff, comfortable rooms, and friendly guests are the reason. Most of the people that you meet at the hotel are not new guests, but regulars that have been visiting over the years. Everyone pretty much knows each other, and it’s such a friendly and safe environment. When you return to the hotel for a second time, Mahekal creates these beautiful ceramic plates, decorated with your last name, which you can keep as a lovely souvenir.
Mahekal Beach Resort is located two blocks away from Fifth Avenue, known for its many local stores, as well as bars and restaurants for your dining pleasure. Must try places for food lovers include Axiote, which offers a relaxed environment with the most tasty and unique Mayan food (the owner/chef is an international “Iron Chef” winner, Xavier Pérez Stone) and Cenacolo, known for its handmade pasta and great service. If you want to experience the nightlife, a good lounge is Abolengo—their craft cocktails are a must! Another option is the famous Coco Bongo, a top dance club with special performances, confetti, and non-stop partying!
For Nature Lovers Who Are Seeking Relaxation, Serenity, and Something More Casual!
Liscombe Lodge, Nova Scotia, Canada
Looking to disconnect from the world? No more emails, social media, or work calls? Liscombe Lodge is the perfect hotel for your escape! It is a country-chic cozy lodge, overlooking the Liscomb River on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore (two hours away from Halifax). It features great dining, especially their famous maple syrup-planked Atlantic salmon, and of course their fresh lobster during lobster season. The best part is that the entire staff makes you feel so welcome and at home. Their bedroom cottages, with private-use verandas overlooking the Liscomb River, and cozy fireplaces, are so romantic—you can even order delicious bottles of local wine. It’s such a calm and peaceful area—you can only hear the birds, and smell the fresh air.
The hotel offers guests a secluded destination to enjoy nature in its truest form. The best way to explore the area is by renting a marina boat and going along the river. It is a truly magical experience. There are also ten miles of hiking trails, a heated indoor pool, two whirlpools, a sauna, fitness room, tennis court, shuffleboard court, giant chess board, canoes, kayaks, and bikes. For a more casual experience, they have the Lone Cloud Lounge, which offers a relaxed ambiance with traditional Maritime pub classics. If you are looking for more things to do, you can visit the Sherbrooke Village, a depiction of a typical village from 1860, and also the largest museum site in the province. There’s also a nice gift shop, where you can buy souvenirs.
Hopefully this list inspires you to arrange your own memorable romantic getaway. We’re confident that you and your love deserve the best!