DESTINATION • October 2015
As Whitney sang, the children are our future. But be honest, you’d rather the kids weren’t dropping cutlery and cannonballing in the hotel pool. Now they’re safely back at school it’s time to escape on one of these grown-up getaways, says Juliet Kinsman, editor-in-chief of boutique hotel expert Mr & Mrs Smith
A samba sashay from Notting Hill Carnival’s route, this row of Victorian townhouses is steeped in all that’s best about the neighbourhood. Tracy Lowy has laced the interiors and amenities with homegrown brands; Jerome Dodd from Les Couilles du Chien has helped with the curios; there’s art from Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki; and chef and catering queen Sally Clarke is providing restaurant service (doubles from £215 per night).
Romance factor: Toast all of this with a rum-rich house cocktail in the stylish lounge.
Local craftsmen and artisans have lovingly restored many of Hotel URSO’s original features, but the inspired pop-up restaurant concept in this neoclassical charmer is reason alone to stay here in the capital. Spanish chefs showcase different regions and give the menu and restaurant a new feel each season (doubles from £109 per night).
Romance factor: Cosy up on a sunlounger on a private terrace.
Steal away to this fjord-flanked peninsula in trendy Tjuvholmen and this art-filled, 119-room city retreat will have you spending time with Sir Peter Blake, Andy Warhol and Richard Prince. There’s excellent modern Nordic cuisine, too, for when you need more sustenance than the soul food (doubles from £173 per night, including breakfast).
Romance factor: Slather each other in mud in the spa.
If the mountainside, sea-facing perch doesn’t tug on your heart strings with the panoramas, the outdoor Jacuzzis will. Tear yourself from these all-white pockets of heaven and you’re only a stroll from picturesque Mykonos Town and its pretty port (doubles from £237 per night, including breakfast).
Romance factor: Sunset from this Greek island is unbeatable – enjoy it from your private balcony.
In this 17th-century Marais district mansion, each room is characterful – literally. Names are inspired by a cast that includes Honoré de Balzac and Saint-John Perse. As for interior design, look out for Patrizia Moroso tables and Jean Paul Gaultier wall hangings (doubles from £197 per night).
Romance factor: A candlelit dinner à deux.
Next to the Prinsengracht canal, this townhouse venue emulates an elegant residence. No surprise as it was a private home before it became a hotel; the new owners kept the same great art on the walls and books in the library (doubles from £229 per night).
Romance factor: Drinks and snacks in the sitting room or courtyard garden.
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