Nothing says romance quite like a spontaneous Valentine’s day escape. Where to go we hear you ask? Here at H&L we have put together a few of our favourite escapes to whisk your better half off of their feet.
Celebrate Love With 100 Roses For Your Valentine – Marrakech
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is offering couples an opportunity to celebrate love in one of the world’s most romantic destinations with the Valentine’s Day package. Guests can choose to have breakfast in the seclusion of their luxurious Mandarin Villa, which has its own private pool and Jacuzzi as well as enjoy other indulgences such as couple spa treatments, an evening champagne set-up and a romantic dinner at Mes’Lalla restaurant. Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will make the event truly memorable treating their guests to 100 fragrant roses- who doesn’t love a magnificent bouquet?
The Valentine’s Day package is priced from EUR 1200per night.
The Valentine’s Day package is available for a minimum stay of two nights during February 2017 subject to availability. For more information please visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/marrakech/hotel-offers/
Experience A Magical Winter Retreat In Lapland
Finland’s Lapland offers the perfect snowy experience for couples and stunning scenery to inspire all. Adventure lovers can get their pulse racing with a safari tour of the Arctic wilderness on a snowmobile or be pulled by huskies or reindeer through the crisp air. Guests can witness the blazing colours of the Aurora Borealis on cross-country skis or plunge into an icy lake before heating up in a traditional Finnish sauna. After a fun-filled day, Valentine’s couples can kick back in the Aurora Domes at Harriniva Hotels & Safaris. Based on the banks of Lake Torassieppi and the first of their kind in Finland, these spectacular igloo-shaped tents are far from the bright lights of the large resorts and the perfect romantic retreat. Guests can stay cosy under canvas in luxury Nordic style and enjoy the warmth and comfort of an open fire.
Finnair flies to Kittilä airport from London Heathrow and Manchester via Helsinki from £235 return. Harriniva Hotels & Safari Aurora Domes start from €300 per night for two people including breakfast. For more information please visit www.visitfinland.com / www.finnair.com / www.harriniva.fi
Feel The Love At Sanderson This Valentine’s – London
A modern continental brasserie that boasts a masterful blend of visionary design, artisanal cocktails and an unrivalled menu, The Restaurant at Sanderson on Tuesday 14 February 2017 will be offering an exquisite four course dinner with a glass of Perrier-Jouet Champagne at £65 per person. For those looking to enjoy a romantic post-dinner cocktail, guests can head to the glamorous Long Bar next door and try the mixologist’s fresh favourite Love Cosmo – a Valentine’s Day special cocktail available only during the month of February. Should guests wish to make the most of the romantic experience, Sanderson is also offering an overnight package including breakfast from £369 per room.
For more information please visit www.morganshotelgroup.com/originals/originals-sanderson-london
Fall In Love with L’Albereta, Franciacorta – Italy
For us here at H&L, Italy really embodies romance, so why not fall deeply in love with the magical L’Albereta this Valentine’s Day and celebrate the day in style. Chill by the cosy fireplace, indulge in the finest Italian food and wine, relax in the world-renowned Henri Chenot Spa or take long walks in the beautiful surrounding vineyards. L’Albereta is tucked away in the rose-bowered vineyards of Franciacorta and the alpine foothills between the Pho valley and the southern shore of Lake Iseo. With only 57 rooms, the hotel is exclusive and intimate.
L’Albereta offer this one-night package from €775 (approx. £669) per couple in a classic double room. Please visit www.albereta.it/en or call +39 030 7760550. Second night available from €260 per night per couple with breakfast. Offer is valid from 1–28 February 2017.
Luxe Gold Cost Love Nest – Queensland
When it comes to an intimate Valentine’s Day experience, it doesn’t get any more romantic than Peppers Soul’s Valentine’s Day accommodation package. Priced from $1,279* per couple, the indulgent package includes overnight accommodation in a One Bedroom Ocean View Apartment, valet car parking, Champagne and strawberries on arrival, scattered petals on the bed, an in-room one hour couples massage, a five-course tasting menu dinner for two with matched wines at the resort’s awarded Restaurant + Bar, breakfast for two and a 3pm late checkout.
*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Valid for travel on 14 February, 2017. Massage by appointment between 3pm and 5pm on 14 February, 2017.
For more information please visit http://www.peppers.com.au/queensland/
Unforgettable Experience With Love And Paint At The Mondrian – London
This Valentine’s, Mondrian London is breaking the mould by offering couples the chance to create their own abstract piece of art, through a collaboration with experiential brand, Love and Paint. Founded by New York artist Alexander Esguerra, Love and Paint was born from the idea of capturing the beauty and passion of the physical act of love through art; using the body and paints to create tasteful pieces of artwork that couples can cherish as well as remember as a truly unique experience.
Now, with Mondrian London, couples can enjoy the hotel experience in one of the Mondrian’s sumptuous suites, kitted out with their very own Love and Paint kit. Couples are encouraged to unleash their inner artist along with their inhibitions… what happens on the canvas stays on the canvas.
The Love Me. Paint Me. package is available from 10-19 February (inclusive), starting at £854 per suite per night based on two people sharing. For more information please visit www.mondrianlondon.com
Romantic Seclusion On New Zealand’s South Island
This romantically secluded two-week adventure explores some of the country’s most magnificent scenery. In Abel Tasman National Park, native bush meets golden sands along deserted coastline, and crystal clear waters are an untroubled playground for birds, seals and dolphins. In the luxurious Grasmere Lodge, virgin forest and hidden lakes can be reached by foot, horseback, kayak or even helicopter from the lodge’s own airstrip. Other stops include the pristine wilderness of the The Waonui Forest Retreat and Matakauri Lodge on the banks of stunning Lake Wakatipu. This serene retreat has just eleven suites, each with a private terrace and panoramic lake and mountain views. Fabulous wineries abound in the nearby Gibbston Valley. The adventure concludes in Minaret Station; accessible only by helicopter and sitting at the head of a picturesque glacial valley in the Southern Alps, this is New Zealand’s first luxury tented camp. Enjoy a tented suite with sheepskin carpets, private hot tub, cosy open fire and wonderful views in a romantic finale to this breath-taking journey.
Red Savannah offers the 13-night Dramatic South Island tour from £7,775 per person based on two sharing, excluding international flights. Includes accommodation, domestic flights, car rental and transfers (including helicopter transfer to Minaret Station). For more information please visit redsavannah.com
Romantic Swiss Experience In The City Of Lausanne
The Swiss culture is perfectly set up for wining and dining loved ones, whether the preferred outlet to do so is sharing an indulgent fondue at “Pinte Besson” – the oldest restaurant in Lausanne, partaking in a chocolate moulding lesson at the highly regarded Chocolaterie Durig or wandering around the UNESCO world heritage listed Lavaux Vineyard Terraces sampling some fine Swiss wines.
The accommodation offering is also fantastic from hostels to 5* former palace hotels there’s something for every budget. For example the quirky Swiss themed, 4 star Agora Swiss Night starts from just £82 per night. The city of Lausanne also offer all visitors to the city a free transport card for the entirety of their stay so couples really can make the most of this stunning city.
Return flights from London to Geneva start from just £66 – with train taking couples in to the centre of Lausanne in just 40 minutes. For more information please visit www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/en/
A Perfect Scottish Valentine’s Evening Beneath The Stars
For a romantic evening beneath the stars we have found this 17 bedroom Relais & Chateaux hotel that is tucked away on the breath-taking Ayrshire coast. The castle sits proudly in its landscape and comes complete with fairy-tale turrets and crenellations. The 36-acre estate, gardens and the surrounding countryside are all perfect for romantic country pursuits including horse riding through the forest, and cycling/walking through the glen.
The local Galloway Forest Park is one of the only four ‘Dark Skies Parks’ in Europe, where clean air and lack of light pollution highlight incredible night-time skies. With a local astronomer on hand to guide guests through the millions of constellations clearly visible from the hotel, guests can use the castle’s telescopes to immerse themselves in some spectacular stargazing. This hidden gem is perfect for a Valentine’s getaway.
Prices from £295 per night. For more information please visit www.glenappcastle.com
Country Comforts At The Farmhouse at Mackworth
With crisp country walks, The Farmhouse at Mackworth is perfectly position amongst the rolling hills of Derbyshire, a stone’s throw away from the Peak District. Situated in what was once an 18th century farmhouse, The Farmhouse at Mackworth has found its home in this beautiful building blending old with new. For a truly special stay in this 18th century British bolthole, the romantic Napoleon suite has a freestanding roll-top bath, ultra soft super king bed and a spacious lounge.
For more information please visit thefarmhouseatmackworth.com/
Hampshire High Life At The Huntsman of Brockenhurst
Tucked away in the depths of the New Forest, The Huntsman of Brockenhurst is a stunning inn in Hampshire. Offering 13 enchanting bedrooms, each designed to offer classic country charm, the hotel also features a stunning all-day restaurant, a stylish coffee bar, and its own outdoor fire pit where couples can curl up together with a glass of wine.
For more information please visit thehuntsmanofbrockenhurst.com
Experience Sensuos Luxury And Culture In Marrakech
The beautiful La Sultana Marrakech provides an oasis of calm, away from the bustle of the kasbah. Set amongst the Imperial City walls, it comprises of five separate riads, cleverly blended to house luxury bedrooms and suites and channels a Moroccan maximalist style. The rooms are mini Roman temples, with their columns and marble finishes, spilling over into their sumptuous award-winning spa; offering tailored treatments, promoting health and relaxation in equal measures. Set high above the souks, the leafy rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains and provides the perfect moonlit setting for lovebirds to enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu.
Red Savannah is offering a three night stay from £954 per person, with return flights with EasyJet from Gatwick and private airport transfers in Morocco. The Valentine’s Day package includes a stay in a Prestige Room, champagne on arrival and rose petals and candlelit bubble bath; a traditional Royal Hamman scrub, followed by a luxurious 50-minute massage for two and late check-out (worth £200). Offer is available from 01 to 20 February, 2017. For more information please visit www.redsavannah.com/