9 Dreamy Valentine’s Day Escapes
Diamond white sands, crystal seas, the northern lights and more await lovebirds looking for a Valentine’s Day escape to remember this February. See our pick of the bunch below with these 9 Dreamy Valentine’s Day Escapes.
Having recently taken home the ‘World’s Most Romantic Resort’ award for the sixth consecutive year, there are few places more suited to an idyllic retreat than this former coconut plantation. Planning days winding down post-flight with a complimentary bottle of champagne is a particularly challenging introduction – with so many to choose from. Baros’ Romantic Moments package is filled with activities to lure residents from their villas including bespoke spa treatments using botanical ingredients and a sunset cruise with champagne and canapés. Between such filmic experiences, explore the stunning house reef just 15 meters offshore and while afternoons away with the underwater residents as they show off their luminous scales beneath the turquoise Indian Ocean.
The ‘Romantic Moments’ package starts from £560 per night. Site.
If soaking up the Caribbean sun and stunning views of St Lucia’s Pitons is your idea of romance, you’ll feel right at home in one of Jade Mountain’s luxurious sanctuaries. Open to the elements with the absence of a fourth wall, sanctuaries house hot tubs and private infinity pools hanging over the resort’s tropical surroundings. Dreamy dining experiences are served up on Jade’s Celestial Terrace, with sensory chocolate tastings, sunset cruises and snorkelling above the offshore coral reefs keeping guests busy during their stay. If you’re unable to pull yourself away from the comfort of the rooms however, spa treatments can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own space, whilst a six-course private dining evening, organised by Jade’s executive chef and sommelier, is available on request.
Nightly rates at Jade Mountain start at £835. Site.
Follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty this Valentine’s Day with an escape to Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Millar’s honeymoon destination. While away the days on the 700 foot private beach just a short walk from the charming suites, before retreating to the famous terrace for a cocktail as Winston Churchill did over 50 years before. The resort’s Celebration of Love package fuses their most exclusive and romantic offerings, with champagne on arrival, a couples sunset massage and daily five course dinner included – and that’s just for starters.
Jamaica Inn’s Celebration of Love package is be available from £3,763 per couple. Site.
The Vietnamese islands are certainly not as popular as their Thai counterparts – for reasons unbeknown, as visitors to Vietnam’s Phu Quoc will be aware. The lengthier journey time to the island’s Salinda resort is rewarded with a handful of tropical, romantic experiences dependent on your choice of package. Foodies are particularly catered for, with couples cooking classes for those looking to return home with some cultural culinary knowledge, or three course gourmet dinners served amongst sweet-scented ripening fruit in the mango garden.
Treehotel & Arctic Bath
Honeymooners, lovebirds and adventurous types alike after something different from the flip n’ flop offerings of the world’s tropical landscapes may opt for this trip to Sweden’s Arctic Circle. The original Treehotel constitutes a group of architect-designed accommodation options, from a human sized birds nest to the mirror cube – an almost translucent shape that appears to hover amongst its midwinter surroundings, magically reflecting its environment. Opening January 2020, its sibling, Arctic Bath, will provide the luxury of an eco-spa retreat. Floating on the Hedavan River in summer and sat upon the frozen expanse during Winter, the nest like structure features hot and cold baths with treatment rooms and Nordic saunas. Be some of the first to experience this unique offering with their 4-night getaway package offering ‘yoga on ice’, sauna sessions and Artic Body massages, with your time split between the sister properties.
‘Arctic Bath and Treehouse Break’ costs from £2765 per person. Site.
Lovers of Thailand’s beaches, sun and culture are well catered for at The Sarojin. Enjoy a short break and avoid the often troublesome string of transfers to the smaller, south-eastern islands with a visit to this 56-roomed boutique residence, less than an hour from Phuket airport. Located on an 11km stretch of beautifully kept beach in Khao Lak, The Sarojin has ample activities lovebirds can while their days away enjoying. Sign up for a blessing from a local Buddhist monk, utilise exclusive use of the resort’s Lady Sarojin Yacht as you explore the secrets of the Andaman Sea or relax by your own waterfall for the evening as gourmet cuisine is served up under the stars. If you’re looking to give back to the community during your getaway, create your own local dishes at the local Camillian Social Centre, which cares for disabled children in the community.
Room rates for February 2020 from £415 per night based on 2 persons sharing a luxurious Garden Residence. Site.
Banyan Tree Lăng Cô’s location, between two tourist-trail cities, makes it the perfect spot for a cultural beachside escape. As part of their Sense of Romance package guests are welcomed on arrival with a bottle of champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries and bath selection, allowing for a freshening up before a romantic dinner with wine in one of their destination restaurants. With a day trip also included in the package, culture vultures can explore the remnants of imperial Vietnam in the ex-national capital Hue, or meander through the historical streets of Hoi An’s ancient town.
Prices start from approx. £403 per night per couple in a Lagoon Pool Villa. Site.
New England Tour
For those looking to blow the budget (and their lucky partner away) a selection of packages are available this Valentine’s Day. The Road to Happiness package includes stays in top suites at luxurious properties in New England during the four night stay including Ocean House and Inn at Hastings Park. Daily breakfast is served in bed with unlimited mimosas whilst a private chef awaits the arrival of the couple at their next stop to serve up a gourmet evening meal with wine pairings. Exclusive helicopter rides with champagne pairings, a $5,000 online shopping spree and private consultation with Tiffany & Co – after which a personalised 2 carat diamond ring will be created – are just a few of the arduous undertakings lovebirds will endure on their trip. Oh, and there’ll be no forgetting the insane experience – a private photography session and digital photos are included, naturally.
Road to Happiness tour costs from £79,350.
Shambala Private Game Reserve
Seclusion, safaris and exceptional service greets visitors to Shambala’s Zulu Camp in Limpopo where, with just eight chalets, noise and light pollution levels are kept at minimum levels. When Attenboroughs-in-the-making aren’t spotting the big five on a private game reserve drive, you’ll find them unwinding with indulgent couples treatments at the hidden treetop spa, clinking sundowners on a traditional boat down the Douw Steyn Dam, or reflecting on the day’s adventures with a scrub under the stars in the honeymoon chalet’s alfresco bathtub.
Stays at Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve start from £630. Site.
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