If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day getaway you’ll need to move quickly. Whether it’s a traditionally indulgent holiday in the Maldives, ice driving in Sweden or taking a languid river cruise through remarkable Myanmar, the packages below provide all manner of romantic extravagances for couples who would like to celebrate the occasion in style.
Valentine’s Day holidays in Britain
If the weather holds, the Isle of Skye provides a spectacular setting in which to celebrate Valentine’s Day. To mark the occasion, the island’s Kinloch Lodge is offering a two-night package that includes a welcome bottle of champagne, either a spa treatment or whisky tasting in the Talisker distillery, and dinner at the hotel restaurant, Scotland’s most remote Michelin-starred eatery. The two-night package costs from £799 per couple.
In Chelsea in London, 11 Cadogan Gardens’ Romance Package (available from February 10 to 19) provides accommodation in a suite, keepsakes including 100 red roses and a bottle of champagne, and breakfast in bed. It costs from £950 per night.
On the Southbank, Mondrian London’s Love Me, Paint Me package allows creative couples to dedicate a night to get messy with body paints. In their suite will be a black linen canvas with hand-hemmed edges and three jars of artists’ body paints – how they go about getting the paint onto the canvas is up to them. The package also includes breakfast, a bottle of champagne and dinner at Sea Containers restaurant. It costs from £854.
In Devon, Gidleigh Park hotel’s Romantic Indulgence package provides a 10-course meal for two at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant and various in-room treats including a Temple Spa gift box. Rates start from £650 per night and the offer is valid until March 31.
Valentine’s Day holidays in Europe
Dating from 1228, Ireland’s Ashford Castle hotel is truly magnificent. Set on 350-acre grounds that abut the expansive Lough Corrib and offer plenty of space for golf, fishing, falconry, horse riding and ample other outdoor pursuits, it also distinguishes itself with truly exceptional service – this is one of my all-time favourite hotels and the service here is among the best I have ever encountered – and acts as a gateway to Connemara, one of the country’s most wild and beautiful regions.
Couples keen to explore this enduringly romantic castle can between February 12 and 19 book its Valentine’s One Night Package to enjoy all of the hotel’s facilities alongside a candelit dinner for two in the fine-dining George V restaurant and in-room additions including a bottle of champagne and dozen red roses. And for an even greater sense of occasion there’s still availability in the property’s Hideaway Cottage, a secluded old boathouse by the lake that now serves as a private enclave for couples. Ashford Castle’s Valentine’s package starts at £459 in a Corrib Room, and from £1,944 if staying in the Hideaway Cottage.
An adrenalin-packed alternative to the conventional romantic escapes on offer elsewhere, Classic Grand Touring is offering adventurous types the opportunity to try ice driving in Sweden this Valentine’s Day. Couples will enjoy two full days’ ice driving in a Subaru or Mitsubishi rally car on a frozen lake in northern Sweden (staying just over the border in Norway’s simple but adequate Kjolen Hotel – luxury accommodation is hard to come by in this region). The package is available from February 7 to 10 and 13 to 16, and includes flights, ice-driving tuition and transfers; it costs from £1,350 per person.
In Puglia, Borgo Egnazia comes with a Hollywood seal of approval: it was here Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake chose to get married. The hotel’s Valentine’s package endeavours to showcase the best of the region and includes a private workshop with a local musical instrument maker; a special dinner captured in sketches for posterity by a discreet portrait painter; and a cookery class for two so couples can recreate the flavours of their trip back at home. Two-night package stays start at €828 per person, with check-ins still available on February 10 and February 17.
Valentine’s holidays in the Middle East
As an unconventional romantic gesture, it’s possible to create a cocktail for your paramour and to have it added to Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach’s bar menu – with description and your dedication of affection – for the month of February. The concoction will be crafted with the help of a drinks expert from the hotel’s Hendrik’s Bar, who will work to make something delicious from your partner’s favourite tipples.
Valentine’s holidays in the Caribbean
Couples who might consider booking out an entire private island just for themselves a touch too extravagant can instead enjoy an approximation of this luxury castaway experience at Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. Normally available for exclusive hire only, it hosts one of its “Celebration Weeks” in mid-February, meaning separate couples can book individual rooms on the island over Valentine’s Day.
They’ll have full use of the resort’s facilities, including two tennis courts, a Balinese spa and a zip-wire to the beach, but they may simply want to spend time at leisure exploring the 74-acre outpost, home to flamingos, Aldabra giant tortoises and lemurs. Guests can book stays of three to seven nights between February 7 and 16, with three-night stays at the Great House starting from £12,840 (£10,645).
In St Lucia, locally owned Cap Maison’s new Sunset Moments package makes the most of the resort’s idyllic setting and sensational views of Pigeon Island. Guests will enjoy privileges including a sunset cruise aboard the property’s yacht, a couple’s spa treatment and sundowners on Rock Maison, a private wooden deck built on a rocky outcrop and surrounded on three sides by the rolling sea. Turquoise Holidays offers a seven-night stay from £1,979 per person, including flights and transfers.
Valentine’s holidays in Africa
One of Morocco’s most beautiful resorts, Mandarin Oriental Marrakech is a tranquil haven some 20 minutes from the clamour and colour of the medina. Guests reside in one of just 52 single-storey villas and have access to facilities that include a vast spa with jade-coloured pool so it’s a setting that easily lends itself to romance at any time of year, but it’s a particularly inviting in February when the weather at home can be so miserable and the daytime temperature in Marrakech averages 21C or so.
Available throughout the month, the hotel’s Valentine’s Day package includes a four-course dinner, two 90-minute spa treatments in a double spa suite, special room decorations including 100 roses, transfers and late check-out. It costs from €1,200 per night.
One of the continent’s original outdoor bedrooms, the four-poster “star beds” at Loisaba camp in Kenya stand on sturdy wooden stilts and are positioned to take in unimpeded views of the surrounding valley and a nearby waterhole frequented by all manner of wildlife. The Ultimate Travel Company is offering a three-night stay at Loisaba with one night outdoors and two at the main tented camp, from £2,236 per person including full board, drives and flights.
Valentine’s holidays in the Maldives
The Maldives is an idyll at any time of year, but its status as one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations means local resorts go all out to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Among many possible options, JA Manafaru caters to amorous travellers by offering couple’s spa treatments and private dinners on the beach. The Private Travel Company offers a seven-night Valentine’s break from £2,739 per person, including flights and transfers.
Meanwhile, ultra-luxe Cheval Blanc Randheli provides one of the most stylish accommodation options in the country and its dining options are exceptional. Over the holiday a special Valentine’s menu will be served at elegant The 1947. Villas in February start at £3,080 per night.
Couples at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru should consider booking the On Supti Night Spa Ritual. After having an outdoor massage (weather permitting) couples are left alone in a forest setting to have a floral bath in a beautiful oversized bath made from copper-coloured Balinese stone. As a daytime activity, sailing to a nearby manta ray feeding station provides an opportunity for wonderful sea life sightings. Rates start from £756 per night.
Valentine’s holidays in Asia
In Myanmar, the 28-cabin Strand Cruise ship floats between Bagan and Mandalay on three- and four-night itineraries. On February 13, the vessel will host a four-night Musical Voyage with sunset concerts given on board each evening by eight classical musicians from the Opera de Paris. Prices start at £2,180 per person, with rates including full board, all excursions and some additional activities.