The 7 most romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day


Need a Valentine’s Day getaway?

When chocolates and flowers just won’t do, it’s time to up the romance and escape with your significant other – just the two of you on a lovely Valentine’s Day getaway. Think breakfast appointments by the private pool; walk to a candlelit dinner in the sand dunes; A deep sleep where only the sound of the waves lulls you to sleep. All of this is sure to add a touch of true romance.

So here they are, seven luxury hotels and havens for the ultimate Valentine’s Day getaway.

Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Just 45 minutes from Dubai, a tranquil Bedouin-style oasis awaits in the desert, flanked by sand dunes and palm groves. The One Bedroom Bedouin Suite is the perfect base for your retreat. Furnished with rare Arabic antiques and furniture, it features a private temperature-controlled swimming pool and large dining and living areas with intricately carved chests and heavy Omani wooden doors. Take a dune bash outside the resort during the day or ride a camel to the crest of the dune, where you can watch the sunset with champagne, snacks and fruit. Bonus: your romantic getaway must only be accompanied by four-legged friends, as the native Arabian wildlife such as oryx and gazelle roam freely in the reserve.

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Dubai – Al Ain Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates; +971 4 832 9900

Cempedak Island

Live life like the castaways of Robinson Crusoe on Cempedak Island – albeit glamorously. To get to the private island, you need to take a ferry from Singapore to Bintan, from where it’s an hour’s drive to a jetty. From there you will be taken for a half-hour speedboat ride. Your romantic holiday begins with the first step on the Cempedak jetty. Go completely barefoot if you wish, as the island wants you to think of it as an ‘island hideaway for friends’. Completely built from the ground up and handcrafted from alang alang bamboo with cogon grass roofs, the two-storey villas feature two bathrooms, a large bedroom and a balcony overlooking your private plunge pool. With no televisions, souvenir shops, or restaurants, there’s little to stop you enjoying your partner’s company. Aside from relaxing with a book by your private or resort pool, go hiking or mountain biking through the woods or explore the rock pools.

Air Gelubi, Bintan Pesisir, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia; +62 811-7008-040

Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil

On a remote peninsula in southern Brazil, a rainforest resort framed by tropical trees shimmers amid sparkling seas. Ponta dos Gachos consists of 25 bungalows, each with private plunge pools. For couples who never want to leave the room, book the Special Emerald Villa Bungalow. It has everything you need for all that romance, including a sea-view sauna and a spa bathroom with tatami beds for in-room massages. Outside, your private infinity pool awaits on the sun deck, while one floor below houses a wine cellar and underground gym.

R. Elpidio Alves do Nascimento, 104 – Ganchos de Fora, Governor Celso Ramos – SC, 88190-000, Brazil; +55 48 3953-7000

The Outpost Hotel, Sentosa Singapore

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the coast on the south of our peninsula, The Outpost Hotel on Sentosa Island, Singapore offers a Valentine’s Day getaway closer to home. Enter the rooms decked out in lustrous black marble and white interiors, with floor-to-ceiling windows framing your surroundings. Spend your afternoons lazing by its pools inspired by water and coastal destinations around the world, including Turkey’s famous Pamukkale saltwater pools and the Amazon River. With its island location, adventure without a pass is easy enough. Hop aboard a kayak for a trip to Lazarus Island, where you’ll snorkel through a world of coral reefs. Or spend your evenings lounging on the white-washed sandy beaches or drinking at a nearby beach club during golden hour.
10 Artillery Ave, #03-01, Singapore 099951; +65 6722 0801

Rocat cap

Cap Rocat, located in a secluded area of ​​the Bay of Palma, is a large hotel with the most refined corners converted from courtyards, streets, secret watchtowers and battlements once carved into the rock. The rooms, converted from the old citadel, are a sight to behold. The El Cabo suite in particular is the epitome of romance, with its elegant four-poster bed, huge bathroom resembling a small spa, and three different terraces with a private gazebo and swimming pool for moonlit kisses. Book a private candlelit dinner especially for Valentine’s Day at The Lookout and The Panoramic Terrace with views of the sunset over Palma Bay. Otherwise, there’s a wealth of Mediterranean-style dining spaces on the property, including the softly sunlit La Fortaleza, where Mallorcan fare is eaten only by hand from colonial-era china, and the Sea Club, which offers grilled meats and fish by the sea.

Ctra. d’enderrocat, s/n, 07609 Cala Blava-Llucmajor, Balearic Islands, Spain; +34 971 74 78 78

Santa Rosa Monastery, Italy

The 17th-century Monastero Santa Rosa — perched on a cliff on the Amalfi Coast — houses just 20 suites and rooms, all former nunnery dwellings. Designed by a local Neapolitan designer, each room is adorned with timeless antiques and quality furnishings. Each differs in structure, with some having their own living and dining room and private terraces covered with bougainvillea overlooking the Gulf of Salerno and the fishing village of Conca dei Marini. Spend hours soaking in the infinity pool that seems to stretch into the horizon, or dine at the on-site restaurant, where great Campanian flavors are prepared using organic produce from the gardens.

Via Roma, 2, 84010 Conca dei Marini SA, Italy; +39 089 832 1199

The Wittmore, Barcelona

If overwater villas and private islands don’t mean romance to you, a Valentine’s Day getaway to one of the world’s most historic cities is sure to please the most cosmopolitan couple. The Wittmore in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is an intimate little hideaway. Like an exclusive private members club, it has an adults-only policy, no photography. Tartan motifs adorn the walls, complemented by a fireplace, red velvet furniture, and bakelite telephones and other antique furnishings. Upstairs on the sun deck, you’ll have front-row seats to the city, while the garden terrace, with its bar and library dining room, is perfect for chatting over coffee and cocktails. Walk hand-in-hand into the dense Gothic Quarter, where some of the city’s most historic attractions await.

Carrer de Riudarenes, 7, 08002 El, Barcelona, ​​Spain; +34 935 50 08 85

This story was first published via Prestige Online Singapore


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