With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, why not surprise that special someone with a short but sweet weekend away? Here we’ve put together our top weekend destinations to suit every couple…
What could be more romantic than Italy? For those who love to immerse themselves in culture and the visual arts, Venice is home to one of the world’s greatest art houses, The Accademia. The collection includes an assortment of classical Venetian pieces from the Gothic artwork of the fourteenth century to the more romantic works of the Renaissance. Combine this with a walking tour of the San Polo district where you can learn more about the art and architecture of this magical city from your private guide. Staying at the Aman Canal Grande Venice makes this city break the perfect romantic destination. Guests can relax after a day taking in the sights in the opulent Neo-Renaissance and Rococo styled hotel with ornate stuccos, gilded mirrors and silk wall coverings.
Further afield but still reachable for a weekend away is Delaire Graff Estate in the Winelands of South Africa. This boutique hotel set on the Helshoogte Mountain Pass not only boasts delicious food and fine wines but throughout the lodge guests can enjoy the artwork on display featuring exquisite contemporary pieces from Laurence Graff’s private collection.
For couples with a taste for fine dining and searching for an alternative culinary experience, Oslo offers an incredible and varied food scene. Stay at the Hotel Continental which dates back to 1900 and choose from the five different restaurants and bars including the Eik Annen Etage and the famous Theatercafeen, which serves a gastronomic mix of Scandinavian and international dishes.
Imagine curling up in front of the fire after a long day of skiing and taking in the views of the slopes from your private chalet, the Adler Mountain Lodge in the Dolomites creates a truly fairy-tale setting. Opt for the Love Poem special offer, an indulgent package for two which includes a romantic sleigh ride, massage and body treatment.
The Per Aquum Desert Palm in Dubai offers a perfect boutique escape to unwind and spend some quality time together in an intimate setting. After a long week, take the weekend to relax at the fantastic LIME Spa and swim in its gorgeous infinity swimming pool located right beside lush polo pitches and riding school. It’s privacy and charm make it the ideal spa break for couples wanting to indulge.
Why not head south for sunshine to Dar Zemora in Marrakech, a stunning boutique hotel with great facilities for sun-seekers. Surrounded by beautiful citrus and palm trees, roses and jasmine this would be an idyllic retreat to treat the one you love. The large free flowing swimming pool surrounded by teak loungers and parasols and pool house means you can enjoy a dip in the pool and take in some lovely winter sunshine. And best of all? It can be found less than 4 hours from the UK.
There are many places for wine lovers to choose from, but with direct flights to Cape Town and only 2 hours’ time difference it’s easy to make the a romantic weekend getaway to The Winelands. The dramatic valleys with steep sided mountains definitely offer one of the most beautiful settings for any wine country in the world. There are endless amounts of vineyards to explore, and guests can enjoy special experiences like private wine blendings, behind the scenes visits to cellars, all accompanied by some incredible gourmet experiences.
If you wish to extend your weekend, take a look at our Wining and Dining in the Cape itinerary where you can stay at the Babylonstoren, a perfect boutique farm hotel located within vineyards and orchards in the Drakenstein Valley.
Partial to some port? Look no further than the mecca of this delicious drink and head to Porto and the Douro Valley and choose the Wine Country of Portugal: Porto and the Douro Valley intinerary. Guests can stay at The Yeatman, the city’s ‘wine hotel’ where each room is sponsored by a Portuguese wine producer. There is also a vinotherapie spa and a wine museum which includes the world’s largest wine cork. Alternatively amorous Amarante also offers a wonderful base for sampling the regions Vinho Verde and Douro Valley wines.
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