Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s nothing more romantic than a last minute getaway. Whether you’re ready to book a trip, or just ready to day-dream, these unique and stunning hotels are sure to elicit emotion.
Habitas in Tulum, Mexico seems to be on every “Top Hotels” list these days, and it’s easy to see why. This ocean-side, eco-friendly, boho sanctuary consists of thirty canvas huts, simply decorated with Kilim rugs and wood furniture, with other natural touches of hemp rope, linen, and bamboo. Their use of renewable resources to create such a luxurious setting is a perfect yin-yang dichotomy, leading guests to feel as though they are one-with-nature, but with all the comfort and amenities of a five-star hotel.
It is meant to be a sociable stay, with rooftop yoga, shared fireside gatherings, live music, and the ever-bonding experience of delicious food, prepared by chef Federico Cappi. You could go with your Valentine and make new friends, or go with friends and meet your Valentine there!
Hotel de Luxe Nolinski in Paris earned the “luxe” in its name. Designer Jean-Louis Denoit created a warm, glamorous, and surreal experience for those who sojourn. Calling on an eclectic mix of finishes, materials, accessories, and furniture– from moody clouds painted on the walls and ceiling of the entire six-story stairway, to a white and gold cherry-blossom-esque tree that stands as a centerpiece in the brasserie– every room offers a quirky and delightful surprise.
Comfort and style go hand-in-hand, everything has intention and not a single detail is skirted. The cool grays used in most of the bedrooms are easy-on-the-eyes and suited for a calm, relaxed stay. The dim candlelight in the Grand Salon, its jewel-toned shades of peacock blue and emerald green, and its noble materials and custom furniture, orchestrate a gentle lyrical harmony that seduces guests into a mood of conviviality and comfort.
If you prefer a dreamy winter wonderland, Treehotel in the Finnish Lapland offers an unusual and magical selection of “rooms” that float amongst the trees, ten meters above the ground. Choose between the UFO, the Birds Nest, the Dragonfly, or our personal favorite, the 7th Room, which is specially designed with panoramic windows to allow guests to view the Northern Lights.
According to Forbes.com, “The Sun is almost about to enter the Solar Minimum phase which will mean the Northern Lights will be dimmer and occur less frequently over the next decade. This year is the last year you’ll be able to see the Northern Lights before the Sun enters its dormant phase.” The best way to see the lights is under a dark cloudless sky between September and April. Time to go to Finland!
The Ned Hotel in London is a classic love-at-first-sight story. When Nick Jones, the founder of Soho House & Co, first saw the abandoned Midland Bank building in 2012, “there was something about it— the details and scale of it— that just floored me,” Jones explains. He and Andrew Zobler, the CEO of New York’s Sydell Group, collaborated to bring the building back to life. Full of warm woods, rich colors, English fabrics, and traditional accents and décor, the vibe is 1920’s gentleman-glam.
The building’s original architect, Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens, had a flawless eye for detail, which can be seen throughout every space. The African verdite-covered columns throughout the main banking hall are actually composed of hundreds of carefully assembled jigsaw-like fragments, as the stone was hard to come by in such massive quantities. Another fun fact: the bank vault door, which is now used as the entrance to a cozy club space, was used as inspiration for the vault in the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger.
So whether you’re looking for a Valentine’s trip next week, or an international trip next year, these hotels offer original and delightful designs and experiences.