The World’s Top Flower Destinations
As the iconic Chelsea Flower Show kicks off in London, we thought we’d celebrate some of the other stunning places around the world you could wake up and smell the roses – literally! Whether you’d prefer to be immersed in a sea of colour in the famous Dutch tulip fields, learn about plant species in beautiful botanical gardens or attend an obscure Italian flower festival, Booking.com has got you covered with this list of floral stays.
Over seven million tulips and other bright flowers fill the perfectly sculpted flowerbeds at the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse. Set amongst immaculate, lime green lawns, these flowers will stop you in your tracks. Nearby you’ll also find the Dutch tulip fields, featuring row upon row of vivid colours.
Where to Stay: Bed & Breakfast De Vier Seizoenen is located only 1.5 km away from Keukenhof. Rated one of the best locations in Lisse and with a beautiful roof top bar and restaurant, you will adore this quaint property.
For the true flower fanatic, Boquete’s annual flower festival, from 11 to 21 January each year, is a must. Expert gardeners put on an incredible display of plants on the banks of the Boquete River. A highlight is the showcase by the local orchid society; a colourful collection of one of the world’s most treasured exotic plants.
Where to Stay: Boquete Garden Inn offers a peaceful natural setting. Nestled within lush gardens, the property offers a limited number of cabanas, so privacy is a priority. A complementary, 3-course sit-down breakfast is included, which guests can enjoy alongside the 90 species of birds who call this place home.
The ancient Italian town of Spello is a gardener’s dream. Locals are known for trying to outdo each other with their lavish yards. Spello’s 'Inforiate', an ancient ceremony still taking place on 18th June every year, is the real attraction. On this day, the streets of the town are covered with floral mosaics, created as part of a competition and following all kinds of themes. The petals of daisies, chrysanthemums and all other types of flower are intricately laid out creative an awe-inspiring effect.
Where to Stay: La Corte del Conte offers comfortable, modern rooms in the centre of Spello. It also features a beautiful garden, where guests can relax while enjoying a meal or glass of vino.
Legendary artist, Claude Monet, called this town home for much of his life. His former Giverny garden, which inspired his water lily series, is now open to the public. It’s not hard to see how this stunning town inspired some of his most iconic work. Almost every inch of ground is covered with a dizzying array of plants, all separated by dreamy water-lily ponds and huge weeping willows. Open from 24th March until 1st November 2017.
Where to Stay: Relais du Silence Le Jardin des Plumes is a charming hotel located only 500 metres from Monet’s beautiful home and gardens. It features art-deco furniture, a stunning garden of its own and a sunny terrace.
The city of a thousand flowers, Dalat, is home to various flower parks, farms and festivals, each decorating the city with colourful blooms and rich green landscaping. Visiting Dalat is like stepping out of Vietnam and into France, with elegant French-colonial villas and farms thick with strawberries, not rice.
Where to Stay: Experience world-class service at Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa, a 5-star resort that features seven original French colonial villas nestled on the slopes of Dalat city’s rural highlands. The resort also offers guests extensive spa facilities, a variety of dining options and panoramic views.
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