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10 December 2023

Enjoy a luxury mini-break without travel hassles this Valentine's

Pushed for time but still want to celebrate? Why not book a stay at one of the Emirates' top hotels? (SUPPLIED)

By Aimee Greaves

With less than a week to go until Valentine's Day, it is time to decide where to spend the most romantic night of the year.

Hotels around the world have pulled out all the stops to make this year extra special for loved-up couples.

But it is not always possible to take off for a week of indulgence. Work and family commitments can often put paid to the best laid plans. However, if you still want to escape the rat race this weekend, fear not.

There are more five-star hotels in the UAE than ever before and many have created special romantic packages for the next few weeks. Whether you want a city break, a desert experience or to take off to a coastal retreat, there is a package to suit all desires that will not break the bank.

And with some featuring spa treatments and dinner there is no need to leave the comfort of the hotel – or sometimes your room – as staff cater to your every whim.

So turn mobile phones off, sit back and relax as Emirates Business has rounded up some of the best deals on the market guaranteed to give you and your loved one a magical Valentine's weekend.

The Palace, Old Town

The Palace is offering the ultimate Valentine's deal to one lucky couple. The Sweet Suite Package includes limousine transfers and a night in the Royal Suite where a private butler will be on hand round-the-clock. Guests will also receive a foot massage on arrival, spa treatment and candle lit dinner for two with bubbly on the balcony. In addition, the lady will receive a white gold, diamond and pearl necklace worth more than Dh12,000.

Price: Dh12,999

Call: 04 428 7888

Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City

Escape to the InterContinental this weekend for two days of pampering and relaxation. The hotel has a special offer on a one-bedroom suite, which comes inclusive of breakfast and a 30-minute couple's spa treatment.

Price: Dh1,700 per couple.

Call: 04 701 1111

Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa

Guests who book two nights at this luxurious retreat can enjoy a complimentary bottle of bubbly. Also included in the stay are breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as two on-site activities, such as horse riding, desert drives or guided walks.

Price: From Dh3,925 per night, including taxes.

Call: 04 303 4222

Raffles Dubai

Relax in the heart of the city with a break at the famous Raffles pyramid hotel. This weekend couples can forget about the stresses and strains of everyday life as they slip away to unwind with this special package, which includes a honeymoon set up in a Signature Room, breakfast and an Aromatherapy Associates Romance Bath, complete with rose petals and candles.

Price: Dh1,250 plus taxes.

Call: 04 314 9777

Media One

This hotel is doing things a little differently. Couples can choose from two overnight packages. Dinner for two in Bed includes a welcome glass of bubbly, dinner with drinks, goodie bag and photo as well as Dh600 worth of spa vouchers. Late Night Love, meanwhile, allows couples to indulge in bubbly, oysters, strawberries and more in the comfort of their own room, as well as getting a goodie bag and photo.

Price: From Dh800

Call: 04 427 1000

The Cove Rotana Resort

A weekend at this complex in Ras Al Khaimah will leave couples ultra relaxed and chilled out. The Cove is offering special bed and breakfast rates from February 11 to 14 as well as dinner packages that start at just Dh220 inclusive of selected beverages. Alternatively, couples can splash out by indulging in dinner in the private beach gazebo before retiring to their one-bedroom villa.

Price: From Dh550 per couple, plus taxes

Call: 07 206 6000

Le Méridien Al Aqah

The East Coast favourite is offering couples a special four-course dinner, bed and breakfast package this weekend. The deal also includes a welcome drink, in-room spa bath with products from the hotel's spa and sprinkled with rose petals, plus a glass of bubbles with breakfast on your private terrace.

Price: Dh1,199 per couple, inclusive of taxes. Offer valid from February 13 to 15

Call: 09 244 9000


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