Get Inspired to Rekindle Your Love at These 8 Romantic Movie Locations Around The World
With travel mainly on pause and more time than ever spent at home, we’ve often turned to the small screen to escape to fictional worlds. And the sentimental among us have no doubt turned to a classic romance film. Whether you fell in love with a character, melted during an iconic kissing scene or swooned over the picturesque and romantic backdrops, romantic movies have given us unforgettable dialogs and heart stopping moments for over a century. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, we have delved into our more than 28 million listings in over 153,000 destinations and territories around the globe to celebrate Valentine's Day and the beautiful backgrounds of some of the most popular romantic movies. These eight destinations are perfect to rekindle your love of travel when it's safe to do so again.
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
The streets of Charleston, South Carolina will be familiar to those fans of this story of true love, commitment and destiny, in the popular film based on the romantic novel by Nicholas Sparks. Thanks to its picturesque cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture, charming neighbourhoods, and mesmerizing southern live oak trees, it’s easy to see how the film’s main characters learned from each other and grew in love while spending the summer beneath the trees.
Where to stay: The Belmond Charleston Place is a historic hotel located in the heart of Charleston, where much of the movie was filmed, although the novel is set in North Carolina. This beautiful property features a spa, a restaurant with live jazz and modern Southern American cuisine, as well as an indoor and outdoor saltwater pool.
Lake Union, Seattle, USA
A classic romantic movie set in Seattle became a big commercial success and is often considered one of the most popular romantic movies ever filmed. Waking viewers up to the beauty of Seattle’s Lake Union floating homes as the main character in the film leaves Chicago to move into a beautiful boathouse in Seattle's South Lake Union.
Where to stay: Situated on South Lake Union only two kilometres away for the iconic Space Needle, the Silver Cloud Inn – Seattle Lake Union offers spacious rooms overlooking the lake with comfortable beds, so you don’t need to worry about being sleepless in Seattle.
The revolutionary love story about two cowboys, falling in love during the 1960’s in the mountains of Wyoming, captivated audiences when it was first released in 2005, and still does today. Filming took place in the Canadian Rockies in southern Alberta, where it’s full of amazing scenery surrounded by snow-capped peaks, stunning prairies and the crystal clear waters of the Kananaskis River.
Where to stay: Located in Jasper National Park and surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, the Pyramid Lake Resort is an excellent choice for a romantic getaway. Featuring a private beach and rooms with gas fireplaces, this cosy accommodation is perfect for a relaxing stay surrounded by the breath-taking Canadian nature as well as those looking to embrace their inner cowboy with some outdoor adventures such as canoeing, fishing and hiking.
Notting Hill, London, UK
This affluent district in London is synonymous with the sweet love story about a lonely bookstore owner falling in love with a famous movie star. The story is set at the vibrant neighbourhood of Notting Hill in London, with the charming Portobello Road Market, the beautiful Victorian townhouses, and the lively restaurants and bars in the background.
Where to stay: Located in the heart of the vibrant and trendy Notting Hill district, The Portobello Hotel is a luxury, boutique hotel, just a short stroll from Portobello Road and its famous market, offers exquisitely designed rooms with some even boasting character features, including round beds or stand-alone baths.
Another namesake destination, this time of one of the greatest movies of all times, a classic Hollywood movie whose characters find themselves in a love triangle during a time of political power struggle and civil unrest. Although the story is set at the economic and business capital of Morocco, the movie is filmed almost entirely in Hollywood studios. Today, the cosmopolitan city of Casablanca is an attractive place for couples looking for romance and is home to exclusive boutiques and great restaurants.
Where to stay: The Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca is a great place to spend romantic moments with your loved one, thanks to its fascinating setting overlooking the sea. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool, a Hamman and a spa centre.
Those with a sweet-tooth will love this British-American romantic movie about a woman opening a chocolatier with her young daughter in a small French town and changing the life of everyone around her. The village from the movie is called Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, but the filming took place in the picturesque commune of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. This medieval destination is perched on a hilltop and is home to stone houses, sophisticated restaurants and Flavigny Abbey, a monastery founded in 717.
Where to stay: Follow the north wind to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain and check in at the beautiful Maison Galimard. This B&B’s rustic traditional facade houses all the modcons necessary for a comfortable stay and is well located to explore the small french town.
The vibrant city of Tokyo is the setting for a film-fan favorite about a young woman and a middle-age American actor, who develop a platonic relationship during their stay at the same hotel. The romantic comedy-drama was filmed in the lively districts of Shinjuku and Shibuya with the famous neon signs and trendy shops.
Where to stay: All the hotel scenes take place at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, with the famous bar scene taking place at the hotels iconic New York Bar on the 52nd floor, offering breath-taking views of the Tokyo skyline and Mount Fuji.
Shaba National Game Reserve, Kenya
A walk on the wild side, this Academy Awarded movie is a romantic drama about a Danish baroness and a game hunter who fell in love in Kenya during the early part of the 20th century. Not only will you fall in love with the actor’s powerful performances, but this tender movie will also make you fall in love with Kenya and its magnificent landscape, the wildlife and the colourful flora.
Where to stay: In the heart of the Shaba Game Reserve, the Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is perched along the banks of the Ewaso River and features indigenous trees, a fish pond and a large swimming pool.