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15 luxury getaway ideas for Valentine’s Day


Nothing booked for Valentine’s Day? Fear not, we have found 15 luxury getaways perfect to whisk away your loved one on an enchanting break in the UK or further afield.

Researching the world’s most loved-up destinations and hotels wasn’t easy – but here’s our favourite 15 hotels and resorts from across the globe. Read on to find out where to stay on the most romantic day of the year.


Mandarin Oriental Paris, France

Whisk away your loved one to the city of lights. And spoil them with a luxurious stay at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, beginning with a chilled bottle of Champagne and a bed adorned with rose petals upon arrival. Then escape to the hotel’s spa for a relaxing treatment for two in a gorgeous couples’ suite, and get to take home a “Belle de Nuit” candle gift as a memento of your romantic getaway.

For a truly romantic Valentine’s Day, chef Thierry Marx has designed a meal to share with a loved one on 14 February.  With culinary delights made using the finest King Crab, sea scallops and sea bass, and a dessert created by Pastry Chef Pierre Mathieu.

For further information and bookings, visit



Sun Gardens, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were regulars to this beautiful Croatian city, and it’s perfect for a glamorous romantic break.

Nestled within a bountiful 22 hectare site, sitting on the Adriatic coastline, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is the perfect spot to indulge in a secluded and romantic break.

Treat yourself to a couples deluxe spa treatment, which lasts over two hours and involves a holistic massage, and an OCCO facial, all using the spa’s organic and homemade products. In the evening, enjoy a four course meal, including Ston oysters with caviar, Mizu Gia Sashimi and Champagne and much more.

Sun Garden’s are currently offering a two night Valentine package, which includes accommodation within a deluxe room, a surprise upon arrival and a romantic dinner on the 14th, which is accompanied by a Jazz band.

For further information and bookings, visit



Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford, England

For some old-fashioned luxury treat your loved one to a stay at the Le Manoir by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc. Set in the secluded ‘Chilterns’ this luxury manor house hotel is offering a cookery course on Valentine’s Day.

Learn to create seasonal desserts from Maman Blanc’s and Le Manoir’s exquisite repertoire. From macaroons and pistachio soufflé to the famous lemon cake, this course is a must for those with a sweet tooth.

The one-day patisserie course includes tuition, morning and afternoon tea, lunch in the cookery school and a course certificate.

For further information and bookings, visit



Angsana Balaclava, Mauritius

Adventure airplane ride, Grand baie shopping tour and dinner under the stars, anyone? Why not treat your valentine to a romantic day in the Indian Ocean. Tucked in the tranquil spot of Turtle Bay, you can take advantage of the exclusive ‘romance and thrill package’.

To start the day in style, couples will be whisked to a nearby airfield to experience a spectacular 30 minute airplane ride over the island. After an exhilarating morning, you will then be taken by private taxi on a shopping tour to Grand Baie in the north of the island. In the evening enjoy a feast on the likes of freshly caught crab, pan roasted lamb loin and soft valrhona chocolate cake, whilst enjoying the blissful sensation of sand between your toes.

Upon returning to your suite, you will be greeted by a decadent aromatic bath for two and a scattering of red rose petals on the bed.

For further information and bookings, visit



Banyan Tree Ras al Khaimah, UAE

Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach in Ras Al Khaimah – UAE combines learning the art of ancient pearl cultivation and bespoke jewellery design as part of its unique ‘arabian pearl retreat experience – ideal for those seeking to impress a loved one.

The journey starts with a scenic seawings flight from Dubai to Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach resort to check in to a ‘beach pool villa’, before enjoying a snack at the al fresco Sands restaurant and a dip in the personal infinity pool overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Then you will be swept away by private car to visit the only pearl farm in the United Arab Emirates for an insight into the unique history of pearl farming in the region. A sumptuous picnic lunch is served by a personal waiter on a floating majlis, located within the mangroves amongst resident flamingos and camels. You will then have the chance to select two pearls to design and create a signature jewellery masterpiece, under the instruction of a local jewellery designer.

For further information and bookings, visit



The Yeatman Hotel, Porto, Portugal

For those looking for the ultimate in luxury, the Yeatman is offering a ‘romantic programme’ in its Bacchus Suite – the jewel in The Yeatman’s crown – a 150m square private suite inclusive of a furnished conservatory, private terrace, round copper jacuzzi for two and rotating king size bed, among other perks.

The package includes a one night stay, breakfast served in The Orangerie Room, your own private in-room copper tub for two with a panoramic view, romantic treatment in the room upon arrival: selection of appetizers from the Michelin Star Chef Ricardo Costa (includes champagne, caviar canapés, smoked salmon, strawberries and chocolate, among others) and more.

The luxury Portuguese resort offers stylish rooms, mesmerising views and a Michelin-starred restaurant. And another plus is the luxury resort is only 2.5 hours away from London by plane.

For further information and bookings, visit



L’Albereta, Lombardy, Italy

In search of a luxurious Valentine’s mini-break?  L’Albereta, in Italy, is the perfect place to spend a secluded weekend, tucked away amid vineyards and surrounded by woodland. This Relais & Chateaux hotel is famed for its incredible local food, wine and lavish yet homely décor. With an on-site winery for sparkling wine and ultra-luxurious spa, this is the perfect place to really get loved-up.

The hotel’s L’Albereta’s L’Amour Fou (crazy love) package is available for the whole of February and includes a one night stay with breakfast, aperitivo for two with Contadi Castaldi Rosé Millesimato and amuse-bouches, dinner, spa treatments, floral gift and pillow cases with embroidered initials (cute) and more.

L’Albereta is only 50 minutes from both Verona and Milan, so you could combine your stay at L’Albereta with a visit to the home town of Romeo and Juliet or a spot of shopping in the fashion capital of Italy.

 For further information and bookings, visit


Capella Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia

Described as “The most beautiful in the Caribbean” by the novelist James A Michener, this chic resort is an ideal candidate for a truly memorable getaway.

The ‘honeymoon and romance’ package will really spoil your valentine. It blends relaxation with some major tlc. Couples massage in the aqua themed Lapli Spa, discover private beaches and hidden coves in your private cruise, ‘exclusive tree house’ dinner, beach sunset horseback riding, snorkeling and more.

The luxury Caribbean resort  is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day for its lucky guests.

For further information and bookings, visit



Luna Hotel Baglioni, Venice, Italy

Head to the beautiful city of Venice and stay at the luxury Luna Hotel Baglioni this February for a romantic break with your valentine.

This historic Venetian palazzo is ideally positioned near to the Piazza San Marco whilst enjoying wonderful views of the San Marco Basin and the island of San Giorgio.

Treat your loved one to a bottle of Italian bubbly with some decadent chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival in your room, evening dinner, an exclusive gondola tour through the small canals of the city and entrance for two to the Casino of Venice on the Grand Canal.

For further information and bookings, visit



Safari Lodge at Thanda Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda is steeped in Zulu history and culture. This luxury private reserve offers spectacular wilderness with game-viewing opportunities of the ‘Big 5’.

The three night ‘African affair romance’ package combines traditional and Zulu touches for an authentic African experience – from decadent pampering and star lit dinners, to local love declarations it guarantees a truly wild and thrilling time on safari. Specialised themed in-room touches include a ‘love box’ comprising, scented candle and massage oil (as well as chocolate body paint & brush).

For further information and bookings, visit



Alila Diwa Goa, India

This chic resort in south Goa, a favourite with Made in Chelsea star, Binky, is offering savvy Casanovas the chance to impress this Valentine’s Day with a surprise sunshine break.

The ‘romance your way’ package includes hotel credit that can be put towards food and drink across the resort, spa services or experiences such as picnics on the beach or romantic destination dinners. The package allows couples to be completely flexible when it comes to planning their perfect weekend. In addition it includes bubbly on arrival, breakfast each day, dinner for two and of course, guaranteed sunshine and total relaxation. If that doesn’t bag extra brownie points, we’re  not sure what will.

For further information and bookings, visit



The Ampersand Hotel, London, England

A romantic break in London is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and a stay at The Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington, is sure to woo loved ones. If you’re looking for the wow-factor you should book a deluxe studio; complete with king size bed, a grand freestanding bath and impressive views of London. With its stunning botanical themed interior, love is sure to bloom.

A book of love poetry will be placed in your room and a special afternoon tea can be served in your room. Be sure to leave room for the freshly made white chocolate scones, served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve.

Read our exclusive review of the London hotel here.

For further information and bookings, visit



Biras Creek, British Virgin Islands

Set among 140 pristine acres on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Biras Creek is a  31-room luxury boutique resort that is only accessible by boat or helicopter.

The romantic hotel is located on a strip of land nestled between two hills and surrounded by the protected lagoon of the North Sound, the open Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Newlyweds can enjoy the ultimate romantic honeymoon at Biras Creek Resort. Stay in a garden suite with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. Honeymoon couples will receive a bottle of fizz on arrival, two 30 minute massages per stay and one off-site excursion.

For further information and bookings, visit



Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona attracts the rich and famous. Only last December, the niece of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal tied the knot in Barcelona during a three-day, £50m party in Barcelona.

For somewhere slightly more realistic the iconic Hotel Arts Barcelona has created an exclusive Valentine’s Day escape, featuring a private hot air balloon ride and a romantic culinary evening for the most memorable weekend away together.

Treat your loved one to breathtaking views of the Mediterranean sea or the city of Barcelona in one of the hotel’s duplex apartments. To start off the weekend, Frank’s Bar will offer a signature Valentine’s Day cocktail, the journey will continue with some of Barcelona’s finest Catalan cuisine at Chef Paco Pérez’s Michelin-starred Enoteca restaurant.

Then float on cloud nine by experiencing the view of a lifetime aboard a private hot air balloon for two with breakfast over the Catalonian countryside. This hot air balloon ride is the perfect opportunity to take in the sights and colours of the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees, Montserrat and Barcelona from high above.

For further information and bookings, visit


Ellerton Boutique Hotel, Sri Lanka

Located above the hills of Kandy, amongst an extensive tea plantation, the hotel oozes colonial charm and old world glamour. Think G & Ts on the terrace at sunset, languid afternoons reading by the pool, and morning garden strolls accompanied by the in-house Labrador.

Ellerton is the ultimate destination for a romantic, healthy and tranquil romantic getaway. With fresh local food, no TVs, cycling trails and plenty of opportunity for walking, Ellerton provides a fantastic spot to completely switch off and an alternative to huge, impersonal resorts.

For further information and bookings, visit

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January 20, 2014 | Travel | View comments

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