Make space for romance this Valentine's
With Valentine's Day two weeks away, one sure-fire way to show you care is to book a holiday break for two. And since the day itself falls on a Sunday, that is plenty of opportunity to take a long weekend off.
We pick five top hotel deals to cater to all the sentimental fools out there.
Indulge in a little old-fashioned courting over Valentine's weekend by spoiling your sweetheart with an evening of love and luxury at the Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton, which is set in the vibrant heart of London's shopping and entertainment district, directly adjacent to Carnaby Street and a hop from Regent Street.
Its Come-a-Courting overnight package is available from £399 (Dh2,343) per couple including breakfast, accommodation in a queen-sized room strewn with rose petals, a bottle of bubbly, strawberries and petit fours, a themed three-course dinner by candlelight and half an hour's relaxation in the tranquil Sanook spa. The package is available from February 12 to 14.
And for that little bit extra, the hotel, a former magistrate's court reinvented as a luxurious five-star hotel, is laying on a private dinner in one of three former jail cells on its premises at £300 per couple.
Call +44 207 297 5555 or e-mail go to www.courthouse-hotel.com.
Sir Rocco Forte took his impeccable service levels to romance-heavy Prague last year with the opening of The Augustine, created from a set of seven historic buildings, including a 13th-century monastery.
It has a special Valentine's weekend offer based on a three-night stay, including daily breakfast, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, a five-course dinner in The Monastery restaurant, couples' spa treatments and a rose petal turn-down. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the hotel's bath butler, who will run your bath and light umpteen candles at your request. Private dining can also be organised in guest rooms. The package begins at €850 (Dh4,327) for two – or you can get truly romantic with the three-level Tower Suite at €7,150. To book, call 8000 650 592 or visit www.roccofortecollection.com
A fairytale setting with striking views of both the city of Zurich and the Alps makes the Dolder Grand the ideal luxury retreat.
And for the hopeless romantics wishing to whisk their love away in celebration of Valentine's Day, the hotel offers guests two dreamy getaway packages. The Be My Grand Valentine deal packages together one night in a superior double room, a welcome in-room amenity, breakfast and a four-course meal with a glass of bubbly in the Garden restaurant for two plus a 60-minute massage or facial at CHF1,360 (Dh4,709). The hotel also offers a deluxe package with a seven-course meal for CHF1,540. The deals are only valid on February 13 and 14 with complimentary late check out at 4pm.
Additional nights at the Dolder Grand will be offered at 20 per cent off rack rates. For reservations call +41 4445 66000 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For those planning something closer home, the newly opened Le Gray hotel beckons visitors to the Paris of the Middle East for a taste of sea, snow, shopping and spa.
You can take a trip to the mountains of Faraya or The Cedars to enjoy the snow or shop till you drop in the nearby shopping district, then unwind at the Pure Gray spa with a complete treatment room dedicated to couples; special offers are available all through February. Finally enjoy a relaxed dinner at Indigo, the glamorous rooftop restaurant with wrap-around views. The Mediterranean never looked so romantic!
Room rates begin at $440 (Dh1,616) excluding 10 per cent VAT, while full-body massage treatments begin at $145 for two, discounted from $180. Call +961 196 2828 or e-mail email@example.com.
For something a little further away – and perhaps a mini celebration while on vacation in Australia – Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has rolled out a three-night package, Indulge Your Senses. Available for a three-month period at the hotel, which is three hours' drive from Sydney, the package offers special rates until the end of March.
From A$2,345 (Dh7,615) per head, you get three nights at the hotel, three meals a day, a select range of beverages, two complimentary on-site nature-based activities per day, a nine-course degustation dinner on one night of stay and a one-hour Signature Mountain Aroma massage. Call +61 2 6350 1800 or log on to www.emirateshotelsresorts.com.
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