House of love: Book your most romantic getaway yet
With Valentine’s Day approaching, we take a look at our most picturesque locations across the globe
Wednesday 9 February 2022 By Anish Patel
Where better to discuss your plans of conquering the world together than over a panoramic vista of London’s historic skyline? Reserve a corner seat at the 1970s-style restaurant for prime viewing, where the food on the plate is just as impressive as the view beyond the window. Standout dishes include melt-in-the-mouth Steak Tartare, Profiteroles drizzled with chocolate sauce, and multi-layered Black Forest Gateau with fresh cream. Sure, it’s chilly in London, but that’s nothing a fiery Picante can’t thaw. Enjoy one (or four) in the House bar, which is an ode to sexy 1970s design: shaggy rugs, leopard-print chairs, and leather furnishings. If that doesn’t get you in the mood to groove, what will?
Our club in Barcelona is wickedly good fun. It sits on the graceful Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, where boats on the port bob happily on the water. The rooftop terrace is thick with the scent of herbs and Mediterranean shrubs. Order traditional tapas to your daybed and watch the sun arch over the city. Or, head down to the farmhouse-style Cowshed spa in the basement for some much needed R&R (the eucalyptus sauna is particularly inviting).
Smartly parked on Amsterdam’s waterways in the neighbourhood of Bungehuis is one of our more boutique offerings. The Dutch are famous for their artistic flair, and it shows here in the intricate stained glass windows and carved marble colonnades. Take breakfast in the lofty House Kitchen, where you’ll find a breakfast bar piled with bowls of cherries, almond croissants, giant stroopwafels, and home-baked cookies. After that, hire one of the House’s VanMoof cycles and explore the city’s picture-postcard neighbourhoods in and around the canals. Or visit some of the art galleries; it was the home of Van Gogh and Rembrandt, after all.
Standing proudly in the bewitching neighbourhood of Beyoğlu is the grand 19th-century neoclassical, Palazzo Corpi – home to our Turkish outpost. Inside it’s just as dazzling, with soaring ceilings, frescoes and ornate fireplaces, all wonderfully restored. Check into the Cowshed hammam and book yourselves in for a massage together, before dining at the Mandolin restaurant on the roof terrace where you’ll find an array of seafood and other Turkish delights. On a clear evening, you’ll be able to see the constellation of Cassiopeia, otherwise known as the beating heart of the night sky.
To Rome with love, where our rose-tinted outpost towers over the Eternal City from the heart of San Lorenzo. Inside, it’s a masterclass in modern Italian design: all terrazzo, travertine and terracotta, with spacious rooms furnished with emperor sized beds and roll-top baths. Dine at our House restaurant on the ninth floor and watch the sun set fire to the city as you tuck into Rigatoni Amatriciana (order it with a bottle of Sangiovese wine). In the morning, burn it off in a couples’ session at our new Soho Health Club where studio spaces are dedicated to yoga, Pilates, and mindfulness. If you like your romance with a side of wellness, you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere better.
Not even the charms of the local area can entice you outside when a House is this seductive – dressed up with Rajasthani rugs, sumptuous silks, and grand teak furniture. It’s a quiet oasis far away from the bustle of the city outside. Sprawl around the rooftop pool and watch the sun sink into the Arabian Sea, or decompress at one of the House’s yoga classes on the terrace. For dinner, tuck into local specialities at the in-house restaurant, before dancing under moonlight on the beach.