VALENTINE’S DAY HOLIDAY AND SHORT BREAK IDEAS
As the season of love approaches, it's time to plan a getaway that transcends the ordinary. Whether you're seeking the cosy ambience of a romantic hotel, the thrill of adventure, or the allure of captivating destinations worldwide, we've curated a list of Valentine's Day holidays and short break ideas to inspire your celebration of love. Join us through dreamy escapes and discover the perfect blend of romance and adventure for you and your special someone.
Treat your relationship to some expert advice – from £175.50 pp at The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
To really invest in your relationship this Valentine’s, you can trust in husband and wife team, Dr Michael Mosley and Dr Clare Bailey, authors of international bestselling books, award-winning programmes, and podcasts on mental and physical health. Their much-anticipated live theatre show, Eat well, Sleep better, and Live longer!, will come to Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre on the evening of 15 February (tickets from £27 pp). Book a two-night break, arriving 14 February, at The Grand Hotel, firstly to enjoy the Valentine’s Day Dinner (from £67 pp), followed by the live theatre show on your second night. Serenaded by a harpist, savour Whitstable oysters, lobster thermidor and peach schnapps posset, perhaps followed by a seaside promenade stroll, on Valentine’s Day. A two-night stay costs from £175.50 pp (two sharing a Deluxe Room), including breakfast and full use of the hotel’s wellness facilities (including a glorious indoor swimming pool). To book, contact The Grand Hotel Eastbourne on 01323 412345 (www.grandeastbourne.com).
Luxury couple’s getaway to Porto – Northern Portugal from £1,430 pp with Sunvil*
Make the ultimate grand gesture and spend Valentine’s Day at The Yeatman Hotel in Porto. One of the most luxurious hotels in Portugal, this property oozes romance and is home to one of the most extensive and breathtaking spas in the city. The luxury property is set within its own landscaped grounds on the south bank of the Douro River, a short walk from the Port wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia, and a 25-minute walk to the UNESCO World Heritage area of Porto. With its extensive wine cellar, Vinotherapie spa treatments and prime position in one of Europe’s wine capitals, it’s the perfect choice for a romantic spa or city break.
Dine on the terrace with uninterrupted panoramic views across the Douro River to the historic centre of Porto, relax in the spa with an indoor pool, Roman bath, sauna, Turkish bath, and barrel hot tub, or take a dip in the outdoor infinity pool with its fantastic views. A three-night B&B stay in a superior room (two sharing) costs from £1,430 pp, including return flights from London Gatwick, 23kg of hold luggage, private transfers, and special romantic touches such as dinner for two with wine on 14th February, plus a welcome drink, sparkling wine, a selection of fruits, chocolates and a bouquet of flowers in your room on arrival, with access to the panoramic indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnasium and wellbeing area, along with a 20% price reduction on The Yeatman Wine Spa. Call AITO* member Sunvil on 020 8758 4722 (www.sunvil.co.uk).
Test of time: save £220 pp on enduring romance in Athens – Greece from £1,259 pp with Kirker
When the magnificent Grande Bretagne first opened in 1874, it immediately became the grande dame of Athenian hotels. Now, 150 years on, with its iconic glamour and grandeur seemingly impervious to time, this is somewhere that stands for strength – and is thus a meaningful Valentine’s invitation. There are wonderful views of the Acropolis, stately Syntagma Square and lush Lycabettus Hill, and you’re within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas and museums. The hotel has a destination spa with thermal and herbal steam rooms, mud chamber, and outstanding ESPA and Valmont facials and massages. A four-night break now costs from £1,259 pp (two sharing) – saving £220 pp – including return flights (London), 23kg luggage allowance each, private transfers, B&B, and the services of the Kirker Concierge. Offer valid until 30 April. Call AITO* member Kirker on 020 7593 2288 (www.kirkerholidays.com).
Jungle love in the Amazon – Peru from £2,832 pp with Sunvil*
Valentine’s Day is referred to in Latin America as Día del Amor y la Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship); it is a day where people share love and appreciation with friends, family and significant others. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just one day… Share the love all year round, starting with a three-night stay in the capital city, Lima, then on to the jungle lodge, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion. Plunge into the depths of the Amazon, staying next to the majestic Madre de Dios river and Tambopata National Park Reserve, about 30 minutes down river from Puerto Maldonado. Originally a cacao and rubber plantation, guests arrive by boat at the two-storey hacienda, housing a dining room, bar and lounge, and eight attractively furnished bedrooms.
There are also 17 cosy wooden cabanas built in a traditional Amazonian style, with private enclosed terraces, equipped with mosquito nets, and hammocks with jungle or lake views. The site is dotted with atmospheric lamps, making it really romantic – especially with the backdrop of the rainforest and the sounds of the wildlife. Dial up the romance with a four-night package in a wooden cabana, with special couples’ experiences, from £2,832 pp (two sharing), including return flights from London Heathrow, 23kg pp of hold luggage, transfers, a 60-minute cooling massage, a cocktail around a bonfire with local delicacies, Pisco Chilcanos, entrance fees to Lake Sandoval, the panoramic views from the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and a city tour of Lima. Extra activities include a twilight river cruise and paddling on an ox-bow lake. Call AITO* member Sunvil on 020 8758 4774 (www.sunvil.co.uk).
An intimate Ubud wellness escape – Bali from £885 pp with Hoshino Resorts
Located in the lush green hills of Ubud, on Bali, within a mystical river valley, HOSHINOYA Bali is a tranquil retreat where 30 luxurious guest villas nestle amongst canal-like bathing pools and a Café Gazebo floats above the treetops, offering sublime Balinese jungle views.
Luxuriate with your loved one on a two-night Intimate Escape, staying in a luxurious villa which fuses Balinese and Japanese design and enjoys its own access to the canal-style bathing pool which weaves its way through the entire resort. Arrive at your villa to find a welcome tropical fruit basket and bottle of Sake, enjoy time in the spectacular spa with a massage or body ritual, sample complimentary sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, savour a romantic multi-course dinner in the treetop restaurant – which fuses Japanese and Indonesian cuisine – and try a private guided Batik workshop session, taking daily refreshments at the Café Gazebo. The cost is £885 pp for a two-night stay, including transfers from airport or from another hotel. Contact HOSHINOYA Bali https://hoshinoya.com/bali/en/).
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