Get away from it all with the one you love to one of these top locations
If you can’t have Christian Grey himself, then how about a seductive stay with your own partner in Mr Grey’s house?! Airbnb is offering a luxury apartment for hire in the actual Escala building in Seattle, as described in EL James’ books, for just £170 a night.
This one bedroom, 1000sq foot property, with amazing views out over the city, doesn’t come equipped with a Red Room of Pain, but it does have access to the Escala’s gym and pool, a private roof terrace, top of the range kitchen, and floor to ceiling windows.
Book via www.airbnb.co.uk
It’s the first time in ten years that Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend – make the most of it by letting yourself be whisked away for a romantic weekend break, at home or abroad.
Enjoy the magic of Rome this Valentine’s weekend while enjoying the old-school glamour of the Hotel De Russie. Its location between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo in the heart of the Eternal City makes it perfect for sightseeing, café culture and atmospheric evening strolls. Dining is a treat at Le Jardin de Russie. Three nights on a b&b basis, including flights, costs from £1,088 pp with Redsavannah.com.
On Valentine’s Day, the Corinthia Hotel in London is offering on-the-spot hand writing analysis who couples who wish to put their love to the test. Top graphologist, Emma Bache, will analyse the writing of guests at the hotel to assess their relationship compatibility, and reveal fascinating insights into the personality and character of your partner, including their reliability, integrity, ambition, honesty, and even health issues.
The experience is available to guests dining in The Northall and Massimo Restaurants, which will be serving a set menu for the evening. Rooms start at £674 per night. For further information, visit Corinthia.com.
While you won’t be totally alone on holiday in tropical Denis Private Island in the Seychelles, it will certainly feel that way. The barefoot getaway – close to where William and Catherine spent their honeymoon – is surrounded by coral reefs and cloaked in lush green palms fringing untouched white sand beaches.
Hayesandjarvis.co.uk is offering a seven night trip to the island with prices from £2,995 per person. Departing on 9 February 2015, the trip includes one bonus nght, accomodation on a full board basis and flights from London Gatwick with Emirates.
The luxurious Grade 1 listed Chilston Park Hotel in Kent is hosting an evening of music, masks and mystery the evening before Valentine’s. After an indulgent three course dinner, dance the night away to the best love songs of all time while sipping champagne, before stealing away to your tastefull decorated room.
Handpickedhotels.co.uk is offering a romantic one night stay from £240 on 13th February, including accommodation in a Classic double room, two tickets to the St Valentine’s Masquerade Ball with a three course dinner and breakfast the next morning, based on two sharing.
Epitomising the essence of elegance, Monaco’s Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo exudes a Belle Époque style and carefree spirit that has ranked it amongst the finest hotels on the Côte d’Azur for well over a century.
Its glamorous setting will shake up – but not stir – the Bond and Bond girl within you; have a flutter at the beautiful Monte Carlo Casino, just next door. Three nights on a B&B basis, including flights and transfers, costs from £864pp with Redsavannah.com.
Spend a pampering weekend in joint treatment rooms at Nutfield Priory Hotel’s spa. After you’ve both enjoyed the relaxing therapies, indulge in a candlelit dinner for two in this historic hotel’s fine dining Cloisters Restaurant, where dishes can include pan fried scallops, local Sussex lamb, and wild turbot.
A two night break on 13 and 14 February, including accommodation in a classic double room, breakfast, and a six course tasting menu on Valentine’s night, costs from £456 per couple with Handpickedhotels.co.uk.
Set in beautiful rolling hills in the heart of Scotland, the beautiful and historic Gleneagles Hotel – known as the ‘palace of the glens’ – invites you to a very special evening. You’ll start with a champagne reception, followed by an intimate, four course dinner in the elegant Edwardian ballroom, paired with fine wines.
The menu, created by Executive Head Chef Alan Gibb, and will feature some of the delicious dishes served to the champions of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Classic rooms start at £450 per night based on two sharing, including Champagne and canapé reception, four-course dinner and wine, breakfast and full use of the Club leisure facilities.
The all-villa boutique hotel, The Pavilions in Bali, is perfect for couples. With just 24 villas, they each offer true privacy with their own entrance and tropical walled garden – there’s even the opportunity to have villa dining brought to the room by a butler.
Hayesandjarvis.co.uk has a week’s holiday to this luxury resort with prices from £995 per person with flights on a B&B basis, including a 90 minute spa treatment. Based on 9 February departure.
Retreat from the outside world at Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Golf and Spa in Southampton. Their Date Night Getaway package will ensure you won’t set foot outside the property until it’s time to go home.
After you’ve checked in, you’ll be presented with a bottle of Pinot Grigio Blush, which you can enjoy in your room. Your partner might be tempted onto the 18-hole championship golf course, while you can take advantage of a complimentary spa treatment before a romantic dinner for two.
An overnight stay costs from £129 per room, including dinner, bed and breakfast; book at Macdonaldhotels.co.uk.
Channel a more outrageous era with a stay at the opulent Cliveden House,
where political scandal the Profumo affair played out in the 1960s. The
house was the setting of the fateful meeting between politician, John
Profumo and young model, Christine Keeler.
Set your own sparks
flying in the secret garden, where Keeler went skinny dipping, or simply
retire to your comfortable and historical room.
Rooms start from £415 a night with Mrandmrssmith.com.
Stay in a hotel which celebrates some of France’s most compelling women.
Bomehian writers Margherite Duras and George Sand are just two of the
ladies whose images light up the colourful interiors of this boutique
bolthole in the Latin quarter.
Each floor of Les Dames du
Panthéon pays tribute to its muse with hints of its heroines’ colourful
dalliances: vintage boxing gloves hang in one of the Edith Piaf rooms, a
bittersweet tribute to boxer Marcel Cerdan, the great love of her life.
Rooms start from £148 a night, Mrandmrssmith.com.
Check in to London’s hottest new hotel, the Mondrian, for a decadent Valentine’s Weekend. Their Valentine’s Package including Champagne waiting in your room upon arrival, chocolate covered strawberries to accompany it, breakfast in bed, access to the stylish rooftop Rumpus Room bar, with beautiful views across the Thames, and a heavenly late checkout at 2pm.
If you want to be extra indulgent, book yourselves the Spa Playground package at the hotel’s aqua Bathhouse & Spa; you can choose to have a couples massage, then spend time together in the spa lounge with Champagne to hand.
Valentine’s Package costs from £294 inc VAT, via mondrianlondon.com – available from 13-16 February. Spa Playground Package, from £200; call 020 3747 1000 to book.
Stylish Knightsbridge boutique hotel, The Wellesley, has a special Valentine’s package which includes an overnight stay with breakfast, a five course tasting menu dinner in the Art Deco inspired Jazz Lounge with a glass of Veuve Cliquot champagne, and fabulous live jazz from The Jayne Mahoney Trio.
Italian lingerie specialist La Perla will be offering a VIP Made to Measure service for those looking for a special experience to mark the occasion…
Prices start from £610 per couple, or £120pp for dinner only; book via www.thewellesley.co.uk or contact the hotel on 020 7235 3535.