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The World's Most Romantic Hotels: Northern Europe

The World's Most Romantic Hotels: Northern Europe

Photo courtesy of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons.

Honeymoons, anniversaries, engagements, make-ups. It may get chilly in Northern Europe, but it's so easy to heat things up at these amorous hotels.

Jump to: Denmark | England | Iceland | Ireland | Sweden

Nimb Hotel - Denmark

DENMARK

Nimb Hotel
Where: Copenhagen
What's to Love: Tiny boutique hotel in the heart of Tivoli Gardens. Spacious, beautifully decorated rooms, and a doting concierge.
Good to Know: You may be in town to eat at Noma, but don't miss the hotel's excellent restaurant, Herman.


ENGLAND

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Where: Oxford
What's to Love: Perfect foodie getaway that's only one hour from London. Michelin chef Raymond Blanc's country manor is renowned for seasonal, French cuisine that uses vegetables and herbs sourced from their two-acre garden.
Good to Know: The rooms are all individually designed, so take time on the site to find the one that best fits your tastes.

Babington House - England

Babington House
Where: Somerset
What's to Love: A gorgeous country manor house that's lovely without being pretentious. Great spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as mud-bath and double-person Jacuzzi. For super cozy ambiance, ask a staff member to light a fire in your room.
Good to Know: Even though Babington House is a part of Soho House, you don't have to be a member to stay (though members get better rates).

Claridge's
Where: London
What's to Love: Nothing is more glamorous (at least, not in London) than the one and only Clardidge's. The root of its eternal splendor is the impeccable service. There's even a personal butler, if you're splurging. The staff makes you feel like Lady Mary or maybe even Kate Moss.
Good to Know: The esteemed chef Simon Rogan is taking over the kitchen come spring, but, before trying his food, have the hotel book you for cocktails at nearby sister hotel The Connaught.


ICELAND

Bjalli
Where: Selfoss
What's to Love: Romantic, magical, in the middle of nowhere — and only an hour drive from Reykjavik. The owners, one of whom is an architect, built two rental cabins near their home. Come for complete privacy and expansive views over the landscape and Hekla Volcano.
Good to Know: Bring a swimsuit for the geothermal pool nearby. Pack hiking boots for the beautiful trails across the property, but be careful in the mossy ravines — according to locals, elves live there.


Ballymaloe House

IRELAND

Ballymaloe House
Where:
Cork
What's to Love: Food, glorious food. The owners have spawned three generations of feisty women chefs who are bringing local produce to the forefront of Irish cooking.
Good to Know: Stephen Pearce pottery is nearby. Bring plenty of cold cash for hot-off-the-kiln crockery.

Bellinter House
Where: Meath
What's to Love: A stately country house injected with the best in modern Irish design. It's hard to leave the property. The rooms and bathrooms are enormous and dreamy. Other distractions include the pool and spa, a happening little library, and the restaurant and bar.
Good to Know: It's only 45 minutes from Dublin's city center in a bucolic setting where you can stroll to the river Boyne, fish, shoot clay pigeons, and horseback ride.


SWEDEN

Faviken Magasinet
Where: Järpen
What's to Love: Located on thousands of hectares of farmland in the rural northwest. Boundary-pushing cuisine with a brilliant staff willing to have you hang in the kitchen all afternoon. If you're there at the right time, you can watch a pig or a moose being butchered. So thoughtful: They provide ice-cold artisanal beer for the sauna.
Good to Know: Stays are limited to one night. Schedule your trip so you can have lunch and breakfast.


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Contributors: Treasa Cox, Olivia Mark, Courtney Maum, Alyssa Shelasky, Susie Walton, Brette Warshaw.

Photos, from top: Courtesy of Nimb Hotel; courtesy of Babington House; courtesy of Ballymaloe House.

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