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Tuesday, 5 February 2013


Cumbrian Hotel is the couples favourite

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you might be thinking about whisking your loved one away for a romantic break, but where to go…the Maldives? Paris? What about Cumbria?

Today, we at TripAdvisor are delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards for the Most Romantic Hotels, and the UK has much cause for celebration.

Maldives Darling? No, Cumbria Please

While a romantic break often conjures up thoughts of white sand and turquoise waters, the results of this year’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for the Most Romantic Hotels reveal that there’s no need to venture off to a far flung destination – the UK, and in particular Cumbria, is home to two of the most romantic hotels in the world’s top five.

The Cranleigh Boutique in Bowness-on-Windemere, has been crowned the UK’s most romantic hotel. But, not just rating high for romance in the UK, the Cumbria hotel has also wowed couples to be ranked third most romantic hotel in the world.

Located just a minute’s walk from the shores of Lake Windermere couples can enjoy a Ben de Lisi glass jacuzzi bath, mood lighting and an outdoor hot tub.
And, just down the road, the Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant in Windemere takes the title of second most romantic hotel in the UK and fourth in the world. Built in 1854 as a private country house retreat, private and secluded with views of the stunning Lake District mountainside, this hotel makes for the ideal hideaway for couples wishing to relax and spend some quality time together.

Forget St Valentine, St Ives spells romance

The 14th February celebrates the Roman saint, Valentine and a different kind of saint is now being celebrated for its romantic credentials. St Ives in Cornwall is home to Boskerris Hotel which is the third most romantic hotel in the UK and sixth in Europe. Couples can enjoy a romantic meal on the decked terrace whilst admiring the views across St Ives Bay or share a sunken bath for two in their room

Lovers’ sanctuary in Santorini

For couples looking to escape the UK, the Anastasis Apartments in Santorini, Greece has been crowned the most romantic hotel in the world. Perched on top of the cliffs of the Caldera, the hotel boasts an infinity swimming pool overlooking the ocean and an outdoor Jacuzzi, providing the perfect romantic setting. La Minerva in Capri, Italy takes the runner up spot.
Click here to check out the full list of winners: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice-Romance