Looking for the perfect getaway this Valentine's Day? We've got it all sorted up with our pick of the best romantic places to retreat to.
We know it may seem cheesy to jet to the city of love for Valentine’s Day, but believe us when we say you won’t have any complaints if you organise a leisurely Eurostar trip to gay Paris. Book into Le Meurice for some serious luxury; it’s the perfect location between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre. Gorgeous boutiques are on your doorstep and the super romantic Tuileries Garden is around the corner. Don’t forget to tear yourself away from the city to enjoy the rosé Champagne, pink macaroons & bouquet of roses that will be waiting for you in your suite and to make the most of the free access to the hammam, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness center.
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This unique hotel, in the heart of Bali, features 38 villas, which are all built – along with the restaurants, pool and spa – down the hillside leading onto the valley floor below. For the ultimate romantic treat, why not have dinner at a secret location deep in the jungle and be waited on hand-and-foot by private waiter? Then, if you so fancy, you could take a short walk through the rainforest to the holy water temple, where a priest will perform a purification ritual. Don’t you feel relaxed just thinking about it?
Set in a 520 acre estate, this coastal golf resort in St Andrews has plenty to keep both you and your man occupied. There’s a world class golf course for him, divine Kerstin Florian treatments on offer in the spa for you and there’s even a romantic chocolate and champagne tasting on Valentine’s Day itself. The Fairmont has got all bases covered!
Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes stayed at the Hotel De Tuilerieen when they were filming the hit movie In Bruges, and if it’s good enough for Hollywood royalty, you know you’re in for a treat. The beautifully decorated hotel sits on the banks of the city’s most eye-catching canal, Den Dijver, and has oodles of Old Bruges charm. Cosy up by the open fireplace in the hotel bar, book into one of Bruges’ fantastic restaurants or hire a bike and cruise to The Minnewater (Lake of Love) for a romantic picnic.
Spending at least one Valentine’s Day in the city that inspired William Shakespeare to write Romeo & Juliet should be on everyone’s bucket list. Every year, around the 14th February, Verona hosts a series of romantic events called Verona in Love. The Gabbio D’oro is a charming hotel set in a perfect city-centre location and the perfect base from which to enjoy all the romance and charm Verona has to offer.
If you want to treat a loved one and get out of the city but don’t fancy jumping on a plane, Combe House in Devon is the perfect spot to get away from it all. The setting is wildly romantic: think a beautiful country estate, set in 3,500 acres of rolling hills with Arabian horses roaming free and the sea a stone’s throw for bracing coastal walks. With a Michelin-starred restaurant to boot, you’ll be in seventh heaven and your other half might thank you too.
The Presidential Suite at the Hotel Principe in Milan sounds rather grand, and it is incredible. A weekend’s stay here might cost your annual salary, but if you’re after the ultimate wow factor, it’s bound to deliver the goods. Recently refurbished, the classic suite has a modern edge with decadent décor and the superb location means all the sights are right on your doorstep. After a day seeing the city, the suite has its own private pool and Turkish bath so you and your man can relax and indulge yourselves after a day’s pavement pounding.
Brighton has the perfect combination of tranquillity for those wanting to get away from it all: long strolls along the beach and mooching in boutiques along The Lanes, as well as lively restaurants and bars. Drakes Hotel is ideal for a Valentine haven. A luxury boutique hotel on the seafront means you can book up the super-king-size feature room for breathtaking sea views, a decadent free-standing bath and, if you call ahead, the pair of you can arrive to bubbly, chocolates and a love hamper to get you in the mood!
Set at the water’s edge of the Grand Canal in Venice, this converted 18th century townhouse is luxurious in every way. For Valentine’s Day, the Bauer Il Palazzo offers a special two-night package, which includes a welcome cocktail, the Saint Valentine’s Tango Affair Dinner & Dance for two (worth £290 per person) and a bottle of chilled champagne in your room. There’s a reason it’s described as breathtakingly romantic.
If the Jalousie Plantation’s tagline ‘Where Heaven Meets Earth’ is true, then you’re in for a treat. Admittedly this could equally be a honeymoon destination, but if you’re not quite ‘in that place’ yet, then throw caution to the wind and book up a luxury Valentine break instead.The location is astounding: a lush rainforest on your doorstep, surrounded by majestic mountains, earning Jalousie a World Heritage badge. Book up a villa for your stay for ultimate privacy, with mountain views and your very own private plunge pool. You’ll never want to leave.
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If you have any hang-ups about Mallorca left over from the Eighties, put them firmly to one side and marvel at this stunning five star hotel, just two hours away, in Mallorca. It’s just far enough away to enjoy some much-needed winter warmth for Valentine’s Day. You can enjoy the stunning 16th century architecture of the buildings nearby before relaxing with a session of Eastern massages in the private stone caves within the hotel, whilst the view across the sea. Even Valentine’s Day philistines will be won over by the beauty of the place.
The friendly folk at the Hotel Palazzo Manfredi in Rome promise you a Valentine’s weekend to remember. With their special San Valentine’s Special, you and your man will arrive to a bed decorated with red rose petals, chilled champagne, delicious chocolates and a romantic candlelight dinner for two on their panoramic Aroma restaurant terrace. Perfect!