Forget the box of assorted chocolates. If you really want to sweep your significant other off their feet this Valentine’s Day, consider a romantic getaway for the ultimate quality time. From an intimate dinner on a retired cruise liner to relaxing his and hers spa treatments at a five-star hotel, read on for the 5 best ways to spend February 14.
The Ritz Carlton, Dubai
Set against a backdrop of the breathtaking Arabian Gulf, the Ritz Carlton is the ultimate staycation destination to spend cozied up with your loved one this Valentine’s Day. This February, the hotel is offering a selection of dining and pampering experiences throughout the entire month, so you can treat your loved one on February 14th and beyond. Whether its an intimate candle-lit dinner on the beach you’re seeking or a relaxing his and hers spa treatment, the Ritz Carlton has you covered. Boasting nine restaurants to pick and choose from, guests are spoiled when it comes to choices for dining. For AED 2,500, you can treat your second half to an intimate, private dinner on the beach, set to the soothing soundtrack of lapping waves. The offer features a personal butler, five-course set menu, and flowing drinks. Or, surprise your special someone after a Romantic Couple’s Spa Retreat — which includes a 60-minute couple’s massage followed by a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries post treatment — by booking a private, majlis-style tent just for the two of you for AED 1,400.
If you’ve ever dreamed about a romance like Jack and Rose’s, the QE2 is inviting you to experience a Titanic-worthy love this Valentine’s Day. Set at the bow of the retired cruise-liner, the Heart Of The Ocean Experience starts with a romantic, intimate dinner for two set to the soundtrack of live music. A personal butler is on hand to ensure that the entire evening is magical. Following the delectable five-course meal, couples will get to recreate the now-iconic Kate Winslet “flying” scene in a private photography session, before spending the night in a Superior Room. But think fast— the offer is limited to only 12 reservations and will be booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Anantara the Palm, Dubai
For a truly unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience, Anantara the Palm has a special 5-day long Valentine’s celebration planned for couples this year. The once-in-a-lifetime offer includes a two-night stay in the Anantara pool villa, a private, around-the-clock butler, and an intimate 5-course dinner aboard a yacht. But that’s not all— The offer also includes a limousine transfer to the Dubai Airport, where couple’s will hop on a plane to Male to spend two nights at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives, before returning to Dubai on the 18th. Of course, all of this will set you back AED 169,000, but can you really put a price on true love?
Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi
Located just 12 minutes away off the coast of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, Nurai Island rivals any tropical getaway. Dubbed the “Maldives of Abu Dhabi,” the idyllic sanctuary boasts 32 beach villas (all equipped with private infinity pools,) an ever-attentive butler, and four high-end restaurants to pick and choose from, proving to be an ideal hideaway for love-birds. This Valentine’s Day, the island is offering couples a one-night stay in one of its romantic beach villas over February 14 and 15. The stay comes complete with a couples spa treatment, breakfast in bed, and a Valentine’s-themed dinner of seared scallops, duck confit ravioli, and chocolate and strawberry-infused mousse at the island’s signature restaurant, Frangipani.
Fairmont, Fujairah and Ajman
For the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience, The Fairmont is inviting guests to spend two-nights at its Fujairah and Ajman locations. This entails a pick-up (and drop-off) in a stretch limousine and a private helicopter ride from Dubai and to the Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort for a one-night stay. Once there, ladies will be whisked away to the Rose Salon for a complete hair, nail, and make-up pampering session, before joining their second half for an exclusive Chef’s Table dinner at the resort’s signature seafood restaurant, The Copper Lobster. The next day, guests will wake up to a luxurious breakfast served in the suites terrace, before flying to the Fairmont Ajman for a one-night stay at the Corner Sea View Suite. Couples can then retreat to the Willow Stream Spa for a 90-minute couples massage, before enjoying an intimate candlelit dinner on the beach.