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Give Her Amore: Valentine’s Day Getaways

January is over and the discerning gent has got plenty to look forward to now that cold dark month is done for another year.  Fresh on the diary date horizon is Valentine’s Day, falling on the weekend for 2015 (Saturday 14th Feb…) and that gives you the excuse to start thinking up travel plans. With the help of Elysium Magazine favourites, Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ve picked four of the grandest, luxurious and downright romantic hotels to whisk that good lady of yours away to. More than just a decadent getaway, each hotel has a unique story that will add to the glamour and potential debauchery you both could get up to…

 

London: The Portobello Hotel, UK

The genteel façade of The Portobello Hotel – which sits in a quiet Notting Hill street – gives it a ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ look, but behind the rooms’ locked doors there’s been many a rock and roll antic. It was here that Johnny Depp and Kate Moss filled Room 16’s bath tub with champagne, only for the cleaning lady to pull the plug, and even after its refined revamp, there’s still the chance for a little scandalous behaviour.

Rooms: from £145 a night

Link: here

Flights: most airlines

 

Paris: Les Dames du Panthéon, France

Historical storytelling inspired by free thinkers and strident dames such as writers Marguerite Duras and George Sand are the ladies that light up the colourful interiors of this boutique bolthole in the Latin quarter. Each floor of  Les Dames du Panthéon pays tribute to its muse with hints of heroines’ colourful dalliances: vintage boxing gloves hang in one of the Edith Piaf rooms, a bittersweet tribute to boxer Marcel Cerdan, the great love of her life.

Rooms from £148 a night

Link: here

Flights: most airlines & Eurostar trains

 

New York: The Standard, High Line, USA

While the hottest hotels tout discretion as a given, it’s not always easy to keep the paparazzi at bay. The humble elevator in supercool André Balazs hotel  The Standard High Line, was the innocuous scene that caught paparazzi attention when it hosted a ruckus between Solange Knowles, Jay Z and Beyoncé. Although fighting will be that last thing (hopefully) on the both of your minds, there’s always the chance that a playful pillow fight will spice up a stay, particularly in a hotel room that boasts floor-to-ceiling glass walls suited to extreme exhibitionists…

Rooms: from £205 a night

Link: here

Flights: most airlines

 

Florence: Villa Cora, Italy

Built at the end of the 1860s by Baron Gustave Oppenheim in honour of his young bride,  Villa Cora hotel is opulent to just the right level. Flawless service, ornate frescoes  and abundant rose motifs show that the Baron’s love of embellishment almost equalled that for his spouse. Unfortunately, he later attempted to set fire to the Villa when he suspected his wife was unfaithful…let’s hope you both turn up the heat for a much more enjoyable reason…

Rooms: from £220 a night

Link: here

Flights: most airlines

Amit Chakravarty

Amit Chakravarty

Amit has a refined taste for all things luxury lifestyle, with a particular penchant for men’s style. He’s keen on the latest watches – especially classic timepieces, new drinks, luxury travel, fine dining, executive technology, new gadgets and sports for the discerning gent.