It’s that heart-shaped time of year again and whether you’re single, coupled up, somewhere in between, or just looking for a fun V-Day activity with your friends, we’re here to help make it one to remember!
The good news is that this year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday – which makes it the perfect time to escape the hum-drum of daily life and go somewhere truly extraordinary. Whether it’s a sumptuous city break, lavish country retreat or charming chateaux, we’ve rounded up our favourite places to fall in love all over again come February 14th.
Fall in love with… fanciful florals: Barnsley House
One for the old romantics: with tumbling wisteria, honey-coloured stone and mullion windows, Barnsley House is a fairytale setting for a Valentine’s weekend away. Come February 14th, couples can steal away to the Cotswolds countryside for a two-night stay in the Davina Suite – complete with roll-top bath tub and cosy furnishings made for cuddling up. By day, guests can take a private tour of Rosemary Verey’s famous gardens, strolling hand-in-hand through the golden archway of the Laburnum Walk and when evening comes, head to The Potager for a candle-lit dinner with dishes inspired by produce picked straight from the hotel’s Garden Kitchen. No romantic retreat at Barnsley would be complete without a trip to the hotel’s pink-leather-clad private screening room or sumptuous spa, where guests can indulge in a couple’s massage while looking out over the gardens.
A two-night stay over Valentine’s Day is available from £434, including breakfast. The Davina Suite is available from £502 (barnsleyhouse.com)
Fall in love with… the Highlands: The Fife Arms
The Fife Arms invites guests to find their hearts in the Highlands and celebrate Valentine’s Day with their special somebody this February in the most romantic part of Scotland. The Fife Arms is dedicating the whole month of February to this love-filled festivity as the hotel’s Valentine’s Day offer is available to book from 1st-29th February.
Along with champagne on arrival, pre-dinner cocktails in Elsa’s bar and a romantic dinner for two in the atmospheric Clunie Dining Room, guests will be able to take in the breath-taking setting of The Fife Arms in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. After hiking up hills or pottering around the idyllic town, The Fife Arms offers the most romantic haven to escape to this Valentine’s day.
The package starts from £290 for a double room. For further information, please visit: https://thefifearms.com/ or call 01339 720200
Fall in love with…bucolic bliss: Le Barn
Escape the city this Valentine’s Day and experience the transformative power of trees when you reconnect with nature at Le Barn. Only 45 minutes from Paris, these renovated barns, set in 200 hectares of farmland and forest, welcome guests to relax and rejuvenate this Valentine’s Day, to ensure that they leave Le Barn with love in their hearts and air in their lungs.
Arriving at leisure on Friday evening, guests will be welcomed with an aperitif and canapés by the fire as they drop their bags and feel an instance sense of calm wash over them. Dinner will be served in the hotel’s restaurant, illuminated by candles and lanterns. The night will end with a screening of the iconic French film “La Dernière Séance”, before sinking into a peaceful sleep with only the sound of birds to wake them. The simplicity of Le Barn allows guests to go at their own rhythm and re-centre themselves. The next day, guests will be guided on an eco-therapy session through the Rambouillet Forest, leaving guests reconnected with themselves and their loved ones this Valentine’s Day.
Doubles start from £145.00 For further information, please visit: https://lebarnhotel.com/
Fall in love with… the starry night sky: The Lord Crewe Arms
The Lord Crewe Arms invites couples to get starry-eyed in the wilds of the North Pennines this Valentine’s Day. Guests are kitted out with stargazing supplies before heading out to enjoy Northumberland’s best light show, hot toddy in hand and with thick blankets to keep cosy. The North Pennines are blanketed by some of the darkest skies in England and clear views of the milk way and Orion’s belt are visible in the winter months. Later, couples can tuck into a fireside supper (£30pp contribution towards food) – leaving room for their full Northumbrian breakfast in the morning.
A historic hotel with a legacy dating back to 1165, The Lord Crewe Arms began its life as a guesthouse to Blanchland Abbey. Today, it maintains much of its medieval magic with original stone walls, ogee-arched windows and roaring fires lit in stone chimneypieces to snuggle up in front of on a cold winter’s night. The hotel’s rooms, labelled ‘cosy’, ‘canny’ and ‘champion,’ feature tartan blankets and roll-top bathtubs while the suites are made even more inviting by warming log fires.
A mid-week stay at The Lord Crewe Arms with dinner, bed and breakfast with two hot toddies and stargazing supplies costs £249 (lordcrewearms.co.uk)
Fall in love with… a fairytale château: Relais de Chambord
Relais de Chambord invites couples to spend Valentine’s weekend in this spellbinding setting overlooking the breath-taking château– it is like waking up inside a fairy-tale. Relais de Chambord is the only hotel on the Château de Chambord’s extensive 5,440-hectare estate making it the perfect place to show somebody you love them this Valentine’s day.
Couples will be greeted with a glass of champagne from Maison Bernardaud and they are invited to indulge in a candle-lit dinner for two in the hotel’s renowned restaurant, as well as a 15% discount on massage treatments. Guests have exclusive access to the Château’s grounds from dawn until dusk, away from the rush of thee crowds. The hotel is in prime position for watching the sunrise over its romantic towers and chimneys. In the evening there will be plenty of time to admire the Renaissance architecture long after the last visitors have left – perhaps with a glass of local Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé.
The Valentine’s package at Relais de Chambord starts from 245 euros per night, based on two sharing a double room. Valid from Friday 14 February – Sunday 16 February 2020.
For further information, please visit: http://relaisdechambord.com/ or call +33 (0)2 54 81 01 01
Fall in love with… sand between your toes: St Michaels Resort
Escape to the Cornish coastline this Valentine’s Day with St Michaels Resort. Couples can take a romantic stroll along the beach and explore the quaint seaside villages nearby or whole up in the spa for a weekend of wellness. The recently renovated health club is the perfect place to warm up after a brisk winter walk and features a Cornish sea salt infused steam room (using salt from the Lizard Peninsula), an outdoor barrel sauna and rainforest steam room. Guests can also dip into the Swedish hot tub to take in the sea views or luxuriate in the largest hydrotherapy pool in the South West – with 21 massage stations to try out, this is truly an exercise in self-love.
Throughout the month of February, St Michaels is offering a 2-night romance packing including accommodation in the nautically-themed Beach House, a four-course Cornish tasting menu for two, a brunch in the Garden Kitchen and a Cornish Breakfast Buffet. Guests will also enjoy complimentary access to the health club and swimming pool throughout their stay and a 3-hour hydrotherapy session at a time of their choosing.
St Michaels’ Valentines Weekend Package (13-15th Feb) starts from £265pp – inclusions as listed above
Fall in love with… an artistic passion: Bankside
Art Yard Bar & Kitchen at Bankside Hotel is doing Valentine’s Day in their typical creative fashion. Realising that London Fashion Week starts on 14th Feb they put their heads together with partners Contemporary Collective – the result: Love à la mode.
Between 7pm and 9pm, backstage London Fashion Week photographer and artist Bridget Davies who describes her approach as “colour and the ink dancing on the paper” will be sketching all the young and old lovers eating and drinking in the restaurant that night. Bridget will then hand over the sketch to said lovers for free, so giving each couple a tangible memory of their evening. Beats a selfie on Instagram any day. There are also two ‘Love à la mode’ cocktails on offer that pay homage to the human form.
It comes as no surprise that there’s art going on, as the restaurant has a passion for it. The table and chair you eat it at and on have been especially designed, the tiles on the wall they depicting their neighbourhood – the culturally rich South Bank, have been hand-painted especially for them.
Perfect for spicing up this year’s Valentine’s Day, the hotel’s digital vending machines have both alcohol – half bottles of champagne, wine and small bottles of name-brand spirits – as well as other more miscellaneous items such as sparkly pants, and even an adjustable diamond engagement ring in case the moment strikes!
Rates at Bankside start from £279 for a Modest Double Guest Room based on two sharing.
Fall in love with… romantic movie magic: One Aldwych
This Valentine’s Day, couples can settle into One Aldwych’s exclusive 30-seat cinema with popcorn and a glass of champagne in hand and unwind while watching cult classic romantic comedy, Pretty Woman. With movie-star-main dishes and dazzling deserts to choose from at one of the hotel’s two restaurants, Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar and the recently refurbished Indigo – Film & Fizz is the hottest ticket in town this Valentine’s Day and makes for the perfect date night.
Couples looking to make a night of it can see out their evening in style with a stay in one of One Aldwych’s elegant suites. Pastel-hued interiors and soft, stylish furnishings are coupled with British-made flourishes – blankets hand-spun on the Isle of Skye and Mitchell & Peach bath products to name just a few. The result is an ever-so-appealing pied à terre right in the heart of Covent Garden’s theatreland.
Valentine’s Day Screening priced from £60 per person. All tickets include popcorn, a glass of Champagne and dinner at Indigo or Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar. Suites from £830 per night (onealdwych.com)
Fall in love with… chocolate-covered bliss: Rome Cavalieri
Oozing seductive glamour with opulent interiors, lush grounds and an enviable fine art collection, Rome Cavalieri is a fitting backdrop for any amorous retreat and this Valentine’s Day, guests can indulge in a sumptuous liaison with one or more of the hotel’s brand new ‘Love Experiences’. Couples are invited to tantalise their taste buds ‘dans le noir’ with a blind-folded chocolate-tasting led by Executive Pastry Chef, Dario Nuti, designed to help them savour every delicious morsel.
Couples can continue their oh-so-sweet Valentine’s Day experience with a full body chocolate massage at the Grand Spa Club, where therapists will use soothing cocoa butter to boost their skin’s elasticity. The caffeine in the all-chocolate body cream also improves circulation as it tones and firms the skin. After an afternoon of pampering, guests staying in the Planetarium or Penthouse Suites can dip into their outdoor hot tub to while away their romantic evening under the stars.
Rome Cavalieri’s (romecavalieri.com) ‘Taste of Love’ chocolate-tasting experience costs £130 per couple, the ‘Chocolove’ chocolate massage is £215 per couple. Room start from £230 including buffet breakfast at Uliveto Restaurant.
Fall in love with… bubbles and bath butlers: Regent Porto Montenegro
Regent Porto Montenegro’s brand new Romance at Regent package gives guests the chance to spoil that special someone and experience the best of Montenegro – from land, sea and even sky. The package is filled with indulgent surprises, including a private helicopter tour for two over Boka Bay, a couples spa treatment in the award-winning Regent Spa and a fascinating private guided tour of Kotor Old Town, with a photographer to capture the day. Couples will also have their own dedicated bath butler to attend to their every scent, salt and steamy desire.
Known as the gem of the Adriatic, Montenegro is packed full of charm and history and for two nights and three days, couples will be based in a Junior Suite Sea View Room at Regent Porto Montenegro. Set in the heart of the glamorous nautical village, it is the perfect place to escape together for a long weekend of love.
The Romance at Regent package is available from 1st January – 29th February 2020 and starts from 1,999 Euros + 10% service charge for a 2-night stay for two in a Junior Suite Sea View room on a B&B basis, including treatments and experiences listed above. For more details, please visit www.regenthotels.com/regent-portomontenegro