1Hotel Imperial, Vienna – something to sing about – snip at €25,000 for two
Why: You will have to have deep pockets for this one but you get to experience your very own “Individual Note” at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna. No other place on earth has produced so many famous composers and now you can have special piece of music composed solely for you or your beloved. A musical representation of your personality, based upon ancient, mythical characters: your personal archetypes.
What you get: For €25,000 two people can enjoy 2 nights in the extravagant Elisabeth or Imperial Suite including Champagne Breakfast, a personal composition with music test, consultation and ten design CDs, Limousine transfer to and from Vienna International Airport, imperial butler service, Gala Dinner at OPUS Restaurant and a farewell gift. There are several music options including a love song for two.
2Pulitzer Amsterdam – helicopter ride and diamonds – €1,750 per person
Why: Be welcomed by champagne, balloons and macaroons, accompanied by your favourite love song. A private bath butler will also be on hand and you will be staying in the unspeakably romantic Pulitzer Suite which has a free-standing bath in the centre. This space will tug at your heart strings with an eclectic mix of distinctive furniture, historic architectural details and modern features.
During your stay, couples will embark on an exclusive helicopter flight with beautiful views over Amsterdam’s canals. This lavish and love-filled retreat also includes a bespoke personal shopping service at de Bijenkorf, private boat tour, candlelit dinner and shop for diamonds at Gassan Diamonds in the diamond district.
What you get: Airport pick-up and drop off by private chauffeur, two night stay in the Pulitzer Suite including champagne and macarons, Valentine Champagne Cocktail upon check-in, breakfast in bed, late check out, private bath butler, exclusive helicopter flight over the city, 1 Gassan Diamonds VIP Tour by Rolex Watchmaker including Gassan Diamonds purchase (up to the value of €1,250) and 1 De Bijenkorf personal shopping experience (shopping value of €1,000). Included is a private canal tour and a three course candelight dinner at Janaz. This 2-night stay is available between 12-18 February. Priced from €1,750 per person based on two people sharing.
3Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa, Suffolk, UK – cute and quaint at £135 per night
Why: The 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa in the heart of Suffolk’s countryside is just so quaint. The half-timbered hotel with its ancient oak beams, cosy nooks, crannies and crackling log.
What you get: Stay there over Valentne’s week 12-18 February and tuck into dinner by candlelight and full Suffolk breakfast from £135 per person per night for two sharing. The five-course dinner menu will include oysters and a succulent beef wellington served to the tinkling of the resident piano player from the minsterls’ gallery above. Order the ‘Romance Package’, which includes a bottle of chilled house champagne and chocolate truffles in your room plus a Do Not Disturb gift from the spa. Dinner B&B prices are based on two sharing a double room; upgrades are available at a supplement.
4Claris Hotel Barcelona – 5* ‘Stay and Love’ package from £308
Why: The oh-so-arty Claris Hotel is a former 19th century palace and is a perfect base to enjoy a romantic weekend in beautiful Barcelona. You’ll be welcomed to your room with a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Take a soak in the bath with salts and rose petals, and look forward to an evening stroll down Las Ramblas. In the morning, a delicious breakfast will be served in your room, so no need to even get out of bed.
What you get: The “Stay and Love’ package is available throughout February, with the cheapest room starting from £308 per night (based on two sharing). As well as the above delights, if you book directly through the website you will also enjoy a welcome drink on arrival. You will be given a €35 voucher to spend at the Mayan Secret Spa so you can really treat your loved one. If they prefer culture to pampering, you will also get free entrance to the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona.
5The Feversham Arms Hotel, North Yorkshire – cover each other in mud from £95pp a night
Why: For something unconventional you could slather your other half in mud. You will get to spend time in a couples’ rasul – a closed off area in a The Verbena Spa – in this snug, Victorian style boutique hotel, and smother therapeutic muds onto each other’s body. It’s an activity inspired by an ancient bathing ritual.
What you get: You and your partner are given a platter of the therapeutic muds. You will use an exfoliator to sweep away any dead skin then smooth on the clays and head into a steamy private room to relax. The different types of mud will detox and improve skin tone by promising to absorb toxins. A monsoon-type shower then washes off the treatment.
Different colours of mud guide where on the body couples should apply them – the lightest on the more sensitive areas such as the face through to the darkest on more robust areas like the legs.
The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa currently has a Valentine’s package starting at £95 per person per night and including the use of the spa facilities, a one course lunch with glass of pink fizz, 45-minute couples’ treatment in the double room and couples’ mud rasul. Available from Monday, February 12 until Monday, February 19.