Luxury Waterfront Hotels

October 3, 2014 11:49 am Published by

Time to wipe away those tears and bitterly tuck in to that microwave meal for one, ladies. As of last weekend Hollywood’s most eligible, and eternal, bachelor is no more. Yes, George Clooney is officially a married man. The actor finally said “I do” to British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice, Italy on Saturday.

As expected of an A-lister, celebrations were nothing less than lavish. The weekend long wedding included pool-side cocktail parties, iPods as gifts for guests and an extravagant reception at the world class Aman Canal Grande Hotel. Mr and Mrs Clooney reportedly booked all 24 rooms of the luxurious canal-front hotel in Venice, believed to cost USD 60,000 to take over for the night. Only a slight fraction of the USD 13 million the entire nuptials are thought to have cost! 

Despite the slightly shabbier bank account balance and the lack of Hollywood hunk on my arm, I’ve discovered some equally impressive hotels around the globe with romantic, waterfront locations a la Clooney.

Recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia, Stockholm in Sweden is built on 14 islands and connected by 53 bridges leading many to call it “The Venice of the North”. The Stockholm Grand Hotel, an opulent 5 star hotel, offers stunning waterfront views and boasts celebrities and Nobel Prize laureates amongst its previous guests. A stay in an Executive Suite will set you back around SEK 17,000 (roughly, EUR 1,900), providing couples with the very best riverfront views of the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. 

Alternatively, Bangkok, Thailand is known as “The Venice of the East” owing to the fact it’s a city that lives on its canals as much as it does its streets. Lovebirds can escape to The Siam Hotel, a riverside retreat located on the Bangkok side of the Chao Phraya River. Spending around THB 28,123.20 (roughly GBP 535) will get you a villa with a prime riverfront position for one night. Leisurely excursions along the river can also be arranged by the hotel, allowing you to experience the city via its waterways. 

If Bangkok doesn’t quite float your boat, Kempinski Hotel Moika in St. Petersburg, Russia, which is situated on the Moyka River, is renowned for its remarkable and picturesque views. Executive riverfront suites can cost roughly RUB 50,000 (which equates to around GBP 780). Decorated with fine antiques, Italian marble and exquisite art, this sophisticated and grand hotel would make an idyllic place to celebrate tying the knot. 

Ok, maybe I’m getting a bit excitable. There’s the small matter of not even having a boyfriend. Who knows though, maybe I’ll bump into Ryan Gosling in Chichester and he’ll suddenly realise his overwhelming desire to marry a very eligible Hungarian girl? A girl can hold out hope (or remain deluded, some might argue)! 


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This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll

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