A room ripe for seduction needs to do more than get the basics right: the hotel you think is home to the Sexiest Bedroom in the World will pull out all the stops to light your fire. There's no stinting on quality; the lighting is just-so; maybe the minibar has a few fun extras, or the view's a corker.
One of the original boutique hotel pioneers, Anouska Hempel’s hotel Blakes is an escapist blend of OTT luxury, creativity and indulgence, with rooms reflecting a wide range of themes and eras. The magical white-draped four-poster, Indian-style mother-of-pearl-inlaid furnishings and seductive air of serenity make Blakes’ Corfu Suite the perfect room for romance.
'The most sensual rooms… a fantasy cocoon. And just outside
the window, arguably one of the most romantic cities in the world'
Immodesty Blaize, burlesque star
'Less is more in this case: the private setting,
stripped-down furnishings, in-suite culinary services and serene energy
makes Secret Bay the perfect romantic getaway…'
Karma Carnes, Kiki de Montparnasse president
Sometimes, size does matter: a small bed is a deal-breaker in this category. Crucially, it has to be super-comfortable and dressed for the occasion, whether you favour billowing drapery, crisp snow-white cotton or tactile, top-quality linen.
Even if your tastes are minimal, a sense of decadence is still important. Are the finishes luxurious? The fabrics refined? Does something special draw your eye (other than your other half)?
Could you happily hole up here for a weekend? Is this somewhere you can shut the door and feel entirely alone together – a romantic retreat in the truest sense?
No stone has been left unturned here to ensure a great experience: the amenities are inspired, the minibar is thoughtfully stocked, and the bath is big enough for two.
The best hotel rooms don't reveal everything straight away: they surprise you with alfresco showers, shutters that hide gob-smacking views, or cabinets containing top-notch tech.
Does this room have that indescribable special something? The Sexiest Bedroom in the World will have you falling in love – it's good-looking, has bags of personality and is a natural charmer. GSOH is an appealing extra.