The day of romance is near, and if you are still lost in translation deciding whether a day at the movies would suffice over a five-star dinner, we have picked out some hot date ideas for you.
Choose to spend the day goofing around at the ice rink, before a romantic date at the movies in a Platinum Suite, or go all out with an exclusive rooftop experience that could set you back a pretty fil.
Lap of luxury
Sheraton Dubai, Mall Of The Emirates
If you want to be hit with Cupid’s bow, which comes with a hefty price tag to match, then go no further than The Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel.
We are talking the ultimate in exclusivity with a private rooftop dinner offering a Valentine’s experience under the stars with breathtaking panoramic views for just Dh50,000.
This ‘Royal Valentine Dinner’ is giving one couple the chance to enjoy a five course dinner with wine pairing and live entertainment in a Gazebo on the rooftop.
The package also includes a night in the royal suite with lavish furnishings, exquisite décor, and breakfast in bed.
The guests will also be spoiled with chocolates, a shopping voucher worth Dh10,000 from the Mall of the Emirates and a reinvigorating massage for two at the Sheraton Spa.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
The Ottoman inspired luxury resort located on The Palm Jumeirah, has designed an exclusive romantic package for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Couples will be picked up by a limousine and chauffeured to their beachside Royal Residence, where they can enjoy their opulent five-bedroom villa complete with a private swimming pool, a personal butler and direct access to a private cabana on the beach.
In the afternoon they will enjoy a couples’ spa treatment in one of Talise Ottoman Spa’s private suites followed by an appointment for her at Carita salon for hair, nails and make-up in preparation for the ultimate in romantic dining.
A red carpet from their Royal Residence will lead directly to an exclusive table on the beach where a superb five-course menu will be served.
The next day, a bubbly breakfast is served in the garden of the Royal Residence followed by time to enjoy the resort’s pool and beach facilities.
The experience concludes with a private cooking class in Voi and a personalised gift for the lady.
The package costs Dh40,000 per couple and is inclusive of a few bottles of bubbly along the way.
Young at heart
Ultimate movie-date at Reel Cinemas
Platinum Movie Suites at Reel Cinemas is offering the chance of a romantic and luxurious movie-date.
Moviegoers can enjoy sitting back in large leather reclining chairs with pillows and blankets adding to their comfort, and avail of personal butler services throughout the movie.
They can also savour a special menu created for the occasion, with heart shaped dishes, and will receive a rose for a romantic touch.
All this is for a price of Dh405 per couple and Dh465 for 3D movies on February 14.
Adrenaline rush at SEGA Republic
Those who revel in the thrills of an adventurous date can head to SEGA Republic, one of the largest of its kind indoor theme park in the Middle East, with 14 exhilarating rides.
Treat your other-half with three hours of unlimited rides and video games for only Dh222 per couple.
Visitors will also receive a photo voucher to capture the moment as well as a Second Cup voucher to go reminisce about their favourite rides. All this for a price of Dh222 per couple.
Love on ice
Couples can head to the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink for skating to catchy tunes during the Disco Nights, at a 25 per cent discount.
Instead of Dh160, couples will only pay Dh120 from February 13 to 15, from 9:45pm to midnight.
Combine this with a movie date and you have it made.
Fairmont The Palm
Dig into a five-course Valentine’s menu at Bā Restaurant & Lounge, Fairmont The Palm this February 14.
The newest addition to Dubai’s Asian dining scene, Fairmont The Palm’s Bā Restaurant & Lounge is offering a fairytale Chinese experience this Valentine’s Day.
Start with complimentary rose petal beverages in the bar before enjoying a sumptuous five-course menu prepared by Master Chef Lau Pak Wai.
Combining authentic tastes of China, indulge in tantalising dishes including lobster, scallop and shrimp dim sum – rumoured to be the best in the City - wok prepared wagyu beef in a black pepper sauce and to finish a perfectly textured green tea and lychee Mochi ice cream, guaranteed to sweeten the mood.
If music be the food of love, Ba’s resident DJ Jason Kabuki’s tunes, blending music of different genres, are certain to get you in a spin.
For low-key lovers, Ba’s dimly lit lounge is the perfect place to enjoy post- dinner cocktails overlooking the sparkling Marina skyline over the Arabian Gulf.
The five course Valentine’s menu is priced at Dh550 per person (inclusive of a rose petal drink) and available from 7.30pm-11.30pm on the day.
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Make this Valentine's Day special by celebrating with your loved one at Flavours Restaurant at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, the first hotel for Wyndham Hotel Group in Dubai and the region.
Indulge in a cosy dinner retreat for Dh400 per couple featuring a set dinner menu along with a glass of non- alcoholic bubbly, unlimited soft drinks, chilled juices, water and tea or coffee from 7pm to 11pm.
The culinary team of Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham will offer Poached Shrimps with arugula, endives with pesto and balsamic, Seafood chowder with almond flakes and Scallops Risotto with bouquet of asparagus.
Finish the evening with a tempting Red Velvet with three kinds of berries for dessert.
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham offers a perfect setting to celebrate the meaning of Valentine’s Day with lovely ambience with flowers and balloons arrangements and plenty of special surprises in store for the guests.
Complimentary rose and delicious heart-shaped chocolates are offered for the lady guests.
Across the highway
The St Regis Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi’s most alluring address on Saadiyat is offering luxury romance this Valentine’s Day with sumptuous cuisine and seductive settings creating delightful memories for loved ones at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort.
To mark the occasion, the resort’s signature award-winning venue, 55&5th, The Grill will be offering complete personalisation.
Rather than a menu Chef Lee Murdoch will present a list of ingredients from which couples choose the ingredients they would like in their meals.
Chef Lee will then create a personalised menu around the produce and prepare the meal as per the items chosen by the couple.
Each course can then be paired with the finest beverages by the resident sommelier.
Guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace overlooking the resort or in the intimate booths of the restaurant.
For lovers of Southeast Asian cuisine, Sontaya, will also be serving up a tantalizing set menu within the seductive setting of the floating pavilions. As a keepsake of the evening, each couple will have their photo taken at the entrance so they can always remember the special evening.
For a more exclusive romantic evening, Sontaya will also offer a limited number of intimate tables on the terrace of the Sontaya bar and lounge, located on the floating pavilion next to the main venue - a setting that exudes romance by night as the lights shimmer over the pools next to the terraces.
Couples will enjoy a delectable set menu, bottle of bubbly, candlelight setup, and for added personalisation, their own music choice.
Tables will be fitted with a personal Bose speaker for guests to bring their own iPod, adding to the intimate mood.
The 55&5th, The Grill package is priced at Dh600 per person, including a welcome drink on arrival in the 55&5th bar and lounge.
The Sontaya set menu is available for Dh350 per person, while the exclusive Sontaya intimate table is priced at Dh2,000 per table (food, bubbly and table).
Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat
Limited to one couple only, the package offers the chance for the fortunate duo to enjoy Abu Dhabi’s most romantic Valentine’s Day experience.
This truly unique evening includes candlelight dinner for two, served on a secluded, romantic spot on Monte-Carlo Beach Club’s stunning boardwalk.
The experience comprises a specially created six-course Valentine’s Day menu from Monte-Carlo Beach Club’s signature Le Deck restaurant, bubbly served on arrival, butler service throughout the evening and a live saxophone performance.
To ensure that the experience starts from the moment you leave your home, the package also includes limousine taxi to and from Monte-Carlo Beach Club from anywhere in Abu Dhabi, as well as a bouquet of flowers and chocolates – every detail is taken care of.
Priced at Dh8,000 per couple, the package can also be extended to include unlimited drinks including La Passion Du Sommelier wine pairings.
Further to this, Monte-Carlo Beach Club’s exclusive Le Deck restaurant will be hosting a decadent six-course Valentine’s Day dining experience where guests will be treated to a one-off valentines menu of oysters, langoustines and tenderloin of beef as well as live entertainment throughout the evening.
Priced at Dh450 per person.
In the air
Some things last forever – like a thoughtful gift, an unforgettable journey and precious moments spent with your loved one.
This season of love, the Seawings Valentine’s Package has all the makings of a dream date that will be remembered for a lifetime!
Treat that special someone to a dream Valentine’s break for only Dh3,200.
Embark on a romantic aerial experience as you takeoff on a 25-minute breathtaking Seaplane Adventure flight from Dubai Creek to Jebel Ali or vice versa.
Spoil your partner with a stunning bouquet of roses and a box of sumptuous gourmet chocolates, both courtesy of Seawings.
Top off the ultimate date with an overnight stay for two either at Jebel Ali Golf Resort or Park Hyatt Hotel.
Seawings guests will also receive an F’n’B voucher worth Dh200 to spend at the hotel. It’s the perfect gift for your Valentine!
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