It’s great to be on the receiving end of the most exquisite gift. With Valentine’s Day being a celebration of love, we have sourced the most thoughtful gifts imaginable for Him and Her, from sparkling jewelry, hand-crafted chocolates, yacht toys, timepieces, and books that need to be added to that distinct collection, you are sure to make an impression.

MycoMeditations at Bluefields Bay Villas,

A Magical Valentine’s Journey for Two

A weeklong magic mushroom Concierge Retreat, hosted by MycoMeditations at Bluefields Bay Villas, an idyllic resort overlooking Jamaica’s sparkling turquoise ocean, maybe the most romantic – and unique –Valentine’s Day gift ever. Guided by experienced facilitators, guests can explore their minds and the enchanted worlds beyond in this pristine and secluded Caribbean getaway, accompanied by the healing sounds of nature. This ultimate health and wellness reset, complemented by high-end hospitality, may take your relationship with your loved one to a whole new level, revitalizing and deepening your bonds, as many graduates of our retreats can confirm. Individuals are welcome too.

The ARRAW Star watches

A New Dimension of Style for Her

RJ’s first collection entirely dedicated to women, the RJ Star Twist offers four unique and colorful watches whose dial displays a deep-sky object. Each vibrant and bejeweled creation makes an ideal accessory for the multi-faceted modern woman. These wristwatches will certainly bring a new dimension of style to any woman’s wardrobe and make an exceptional Valentine’s Day gift.

The ARRAW Star Twist Titanium Glowing Eye Nebula is the perfect companion for vivacious women on the go. Its colorful and precious gemstones are special eyecatchers which reflect the beauty and diversity of space. The watches are waterproof up to 330 feet. In a world-first, the dials made of mother-of-pearl depict four different deep-sky objects and are designed using a special technique: four unique layers of paint are applied with artistic elegance and true-to-life astronomical observation. An additional fifth layer of transparent coating imparts a shiny effect, reflecting the immensity and colorful range of the endless universe and ever-moving galaxies. Available at Watches of Switzerland Soho in NYC.JAN de Journal cookbook

A Collector’s Item, JAN The Journal Volume 4 – 2019

With its coming of age at the end of its second year, the team at JAN the Journal, indulge in a bit of glitz and glamor, making this volume the most fabulous issue yet. Throughout its delectable 300 pages, infused with over 50 new three times tested recipes, Michelin star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen invites a few friends for breakfast, shows readers how to cook a sosatie in the wild while exploring the art of fine dining. In this issue, the history behind the 7 flowers that changed the world is explored, Jan shares some of Ouma Maria’s most festive dishes and throws the ultimate cocktail and páté party. Definitely a collector’s item, if you don’t have any of these magnificent journals.

Red Shark Water Bike, a great Valentine's Gift

photo courtesy of Red Shark Water

Don’t Set Sail without This Toy

PELORUS is the ultimate experiential travel company designing bespoke adventures and yacht expeditions in extraordinary places across the globe. Founders Geordie Mackay-Lewis and Jimmy Carroll highlight their selections for 2020 trips and the top yacht toy you can’t set sail without.

RED SHARK WATER BIKE – Visiting the White Desert by superyacht is an awe-inspiring experience that offers total privacy, freedom, and access to many harder to reach spots. The Red Shark Water Bike is a great addition to any Antarctic yachting voyage while you pedal past enormous icebergs, keeping an eye out for penguins and seals.

Chocolaterie Gift from Le Bristol Paris

courtesy of Le Bristol Paris

Sweet Dreams are Made of Chocolate

Le Bristol Paris has granted Pastry Chef, Julien Alvarez and Chef Chocolatier, Johan Giacchetti their ultimate sweet-toothed wish, by giving the world-class ‘masters in chocolate’ their very own workshop. Behind the scenes of one of the most iconic palace hotels in Paris, the brand-new chocolate factory is home to a brigade of outstanding chocolatiers crafting delicious handmade delicacies. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Parisian Palace has created a bespoke, deliciously seductive Valentine’s gift of a limited-edition gift box of artisanal chocolates. Chocolate Masters Alvarez and Giacchetti have put their hearts into these exquisite creations, creating the most delectable gift for a loved one on 14th February. In the custom gift box, 25 sweet ‘love tokens’ are flavored with raspberry-rose, ginger, and hazelnut, all magically transformed with a delicious crunch, alongside pillowy marshmallow hearts wrapped in a velvet ganache. Guests in residence at the hotel over Valentine’s Day are also invited for a behind-the-scenes visit to the factory, where they can try their hand at crafting the edible jewels themselves.

ALTRS Diamond for Valentine's DayDiamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

ALTR™ Created Diamonds wants you to think about diamonds in a new way, where no matter what the occasion, the perfect gift is within reach. Whether it’s Valentine’s day celebration or commemorating 50 years with the love of your life, ALTR™ Created Diamonds are there for every moment, like this 1 1/2 ct. tw. ALTR™ Created Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold and can be purchased at Helzberg Diamonds, a Berkshire Hathaway Company

About The Author

Helene Ramackers

Heléne Ramackers is a freelance journalist who enjoys interviewing local and international celebrities but thinks she has found her calling amongst the travel writing fraternity. A creature comfort girl at heart, she loves all things opulent. Her first taste of the bushveld was all it took to get bitten by the ‘bush-bug’, an absolute life-altering experience. She now longs for the expanse of wide open spaces, a pollution-free sky and the roar of a lion lulling her to sleep. When she’s not fantasizing about her next leopard sighting, she thrives on taking photographs of her family and loves capturing the beauty of sunrises, sunsets, rainbows and the magnificence of the full moon. Born and bred in Cape Town, this wife and doting mother love visiting the beauty that is right on her doorstep – the splendor of Table Mountain, the crashing waves at Bloubergstrand and the alluring scenery of the Winelands. To add Upscale Living to her portfolio is a dream come true!

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