Your Special Valentine
Celebrated annually on the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day is renowned for couples wanting to indulge in something special to showcase their love for one another. Upscale Living magazine has rounded up a few of the most memorable offers for you to truly express how you feel.
FOR ADVENTURES COUPLES
Adventurous couples who choose to embark on andBeyond’s 11-day Romantic East Africa safari, really have the most exquisite experience waiting for them. Not only will they sleep in cozy stilted treehouse suites at andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, but they will also get to picnic on Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater floor, stargaze at the Serengeti plains, and swim with dolphins at andBeyond Mnemba Island off the coast of Zanzibar. This trip of a lifetime starts at Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania for a game drive and ends on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. https://www.andbeyond.com/tailormade-tours/romantic-east-africa-safari/
BODY AND SOUL
At Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, wine and chocolate are more than things to be eaten; they’re the perfect addition to the new spa. With the grape seed exfoliation, mixed with wine and crushed cacao, guests will enjoy an antioxidant-filled experience. Couples can sip on wine paired with fresh fruit while soaking in the private outdoor garden. The treatment ends with full body couples’ massage. www.aubergedusoleil.com
Formerly a coconut plantation, Baros Maldives was one of the first resorts to open to the public in 1973 and remains one of the very best for couples, having taken home the award for the world’s ‘Most Romantic Resort 2018’ at the World Travel Awards for the sixth time. Surrounded by tropical greenery and an exquisite house reef, just 15 meters from the shore, Baros is the ultimate choice for a secluded island escape this Valentine’s Day. There are 45 Beachside and 30 Water Private Villas to choose from, many with private pools and each complete with a Villa Host to cater to guests every possible requirement.
For ultimate seclusion, the award-winning Baros Residence is encircled by lush flora, hidden away from the rest of the island but with direct access to the beach, a private swimming pool in the garden and a dedicated butler on call 24/7. It is hard for guests to tear themselves away from the spectacular surroundings and privacy of their private villa, however even at mealtimes, they are able to choose not to see another person. Thanks to Destination Dining at Baros, guests can enjoy a fine dining experience anywhere on the island for the most special Valentine’s date. www.baros.com
FULL STEAM AHEAD
With roundtrip journeys from London’s Victoria Station, Belmond British Pullman is known for its thematic day-trips throughout the English countryside. On February 14th, couples will board the Belmond British Pullman for a special Valentine’s Day Lunch. As the train passes through the Kent countryside, couples will enjoy a welcome champagne reception on board, a five-course British seasonal lunch, followed by coffee and petit fours.
A SOUTHERN ROMANCE
Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, Belmond Charleston Place will offer the ‘Valentine’s Getaway’ package, including an in-room flower arrangement, room service delivery of a selection of sweet treats, and sparkling wine welcome amenity. For the ultimate retreat, couples who choose to sojourn in a Club Level accommodation will enjoy full access to the two-story Club Lounge and its complimentary all-day food and beverages.
THE SUITE LIFE
Available by appointment only, the Sparkling Suite at Domaine Carneros offers an intimate, private tasting overlooking the vine-covered Carneros hills. The experience includes a private tasting of four Domaine Carneros wines (two sparkling, two Pinot Noir), one ounce of Tsar Nicolai caviar, a charcuterie plate, and one complimentary bottle for you to take home. https://www.domainecarneros.com/
THE CITY OF LOVE
What is more romantic than Paris? La Réserve Paris (the quintessence of Belle Epoque Paris), is celebrating the holiday with an offer that includes chauffeur-driven airport/train station transfers to and from La Réserve, a complimentary upgrade (upon availability), champagne and a romantic welcome in the room, and Afternoon tea with champagne for two. Other perks of Valentine’s Day Offer include complimentary 24-hour access to the swimming pool, fitness, sauna and the hammam, and breakfast in your room or at the restaurant. Offer is valid for any stay with a minimum of 3 nights until February 16, 2019. The stay must include February 14.
TAKE TO THE SKIES
Take in the sights of Napa Valley from above with Napa Valley Balloons private hot air balloon flight for two. During the one-hour flight, couples will enjoy panoramic views, passing landmarks including Old Faithful Geyser, the Palisade Cliffs, and Mount St. Helena, the highest peak in Napa Valley. Breakfast and sparkling wine await couples for a post-touchdown finale. www.napavalleyballoons.com/index.php
STARRY NIGHTS AND SPANISH DELIGHTS
Situated in the heart of the historic center of Palma, Majorca, Sant Francesc offers the perfect base for an exceptional Valentines city-break. The five-star, boutique hotel is set within a former Mallorcan mansion, built in 1860, which was lovingly restored in 2015 and is home to 42 elegant rooms and signature suites, three restaurants & bars and fitness and wellbeing center. By day, couples can discover the romantic cobbled streets of Palma, steeped in culture and history, exploring nearby landmarks such as the Cathedral, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, ‘La Lonja‘ or the Arab Baths. They can then head back to the hotel and indulge in Sant Francesc’s Wellbeing Sanctuary, which acts as an oasis in the heart of the Old Town, featuring an extensive treatment menu designed to counteract the effects of urban life, using the finest products from Anne Semonin.
As the sun goes down, couples can head up to hotel’s trendy panoramic Rooftop Terrace, complete with a glistening pool, sun loungers, and bar and watch the sunset behind the iconic Sant Francesc Basilica, while sipping delicious cocktails. To finish a perfect Valentine’s Day, couples will delight with a meal at relaxed, fine-dining restaurant Quadrat Restaurant & Garden, serving the finest Mediterranean specialties with a modern twist. The Hotel Sant Francesc building formally belonged to the Alomar Femenia family. www.hotelsantfrancesc.com
Kick back and relax in the picturesque town of Yountville in one of Spa Villagio’s elegant and intimate private spas. Including one-of-a-kind amenities such as an infinity-edge soaking tub, fireplace, and steam showers, this spa treatment aims to please. https://www.villagio.com/
Couples can turn Valentine’s Day into a long weekend on St Barts with The Christopher Hotel’s ‘Insider Package’ including a VIP dinner for two situated next to the infinity pool, a couple’s massage at the Sisley Spa, a welcome bottle of champagne, and a car rental during the stay to explore the island’s beaches. Situated on the rocky shoreline of the popular neighborhood of Pointe Milou, guests will enjoy a secluded getaway with uninterrupted views of the sea.
Built over 20 years ago, The Legian Bali is one of the island’s most iconic and best-loved hotels. It has truly stood the test of time and is still the luxury traveler’s top choice in Seminyak, thanks to its unparalleled elevated location on one of Bali’s best beaches and its superb choice of 14 private pool villas and 67 sea-facing suites. Couples looking for the ultimate luxury escape for Valentine’s day can opt to stay in The Club, located adjacent to The Legian Bali’s main entrance. This exclusive retreat houses a 28-meter lap pool, private outdoor seating area and comes complete with a personal butler.
Romantic dining options at The Legian Seminyak, Bali include The Restaurant, a spacious fine dining area overlooking the hotel’s iconic three-tiered infinity pool; The Pool and Ocean Champagne Bar, offering light entrees and refreshing cocktails throughout the day and The Lobby Lounge, a relaxing venue perfect for drinks and cocktails. The Legian has arranged for couples celebrating their love this February to benefit from a special Valentine’s Day Dinner package. The package includes a sumptuous five-course menu, including saffron-poached lobster and pistachio-crusted lamb and each course is carefully paired with a wine chosen by the on-site sommelier. Couples can admire the sultry sunset and ocean views while a jazz band performs on The Terrace. https://lhm-hotels.com/legian-bali/en/
Located in the heart of the Catalan capital just off the Gran Via, Almanac Barcelona is a stylish boutique hotel with luxurious rooms and 30 suites. Couples will enjoy a dedicated ‘Almanac Minimoon’ package this Valentine’s Day including accommodations, daily breakfast for two, and a special dinner for two at the hotel’s Mediterranean brasserie, Linia. Its glass-enclosed rooftop bar called Azimuth offers uninterrupted views over the city – ideal for a cocktail as the sun sets on Valentine’s Day.
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