If you long for a romantic escape to get away from it all, here is a delightful selection of what’s on offer both at home and away.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT THE RADISSON EDWARDIAN MANCHESTER
Indulge a loved one this Valentine’s Day at the Radisson Edwardian Manchester. Choose to dine in Opus One with its vibrant red surroundings and soft sensual lighting, or enjoy a laid back, cosy evening in the Alto Restaurant & Bar.
With a stunning Valentine’s menu created by executive head chef Russ Brown served in both restaurants, whatever ambience you desire, you can guarantee love will be in the air!
The Valentine’s menu offers a wealth of flavours to tantalise your taste buds. Inspired by the finest British produce, the menu brings together the finest ingredients for your special day. Fresh and Smoked Salmon Terrine, served with Chard salad and citrus crème fraiche or Carpaccio of Smoked Venison, in a juniper and orange dressing served with textures of celeriac, offers the perfect start to the evening,
The main course offers choices of Goosenarge Chicken Supreme, served with mini field mushroom and leek pie, vanilla creamed potato and baby carrots, or a stunning Chateau Briand of Beef for Two, served with game chips, honey roast seasonal vegetables, duck fat roast potatoes and red wine gravy. For vegetarians and meat eaters alike A Trio of Pasta Dishes includes ratatouille cannelloni, goat’s cheese and sun blush pepper ravioli, butternut squash and cumin tortellini
To finish off with a sweet treat, a selection of chocolate desserts is served followed by coffee and hand made petite fours.
The Valentine’s Day menu is served in both Opus One and Alto Restaurant & Bar on February 13 and served in Opus One only on February 14. Served at a set price of £42.50 per person in Opus One and £37.50 per person in Alto Restaurant & Bar.
For more information visit http://www.radissonedwardian.com/manchester.
VALENTINE’S WEEKEND AT THE COMPLEAT ANGLER, MARLOW CANDLELIT DINNER, B&B FROM £449 FOR TWO
Whisk your loved one away for a Valentine’s weekend of romance at the stylish Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel beside the Thames at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, The special Valentine’s package starts from £449 for two including two nights B&B and dinner at Bowaters riverside restaurant plus champagne, chocolates and strawberries in your room on arrival. With its stunning river views, candlelit dining rooms and four-poster bedrooms and suites, this incredibly romantic hotel is sure to set the mood for love.
On Friday, 12th February the two AA Rosette Bowaters Restaurant will be hosting a three-course dinner with live jazz entertainment, while on Saturday there is a special four-course Valentine’s menu created by head chef David Smith – and a red rose for every lady. There is also time to enjoy the pianist in the bar and take afternoon tea or lunch in Aubergine.
And on the day of romance itself, treat your partner to a traditional Sunday lunch or dinner in the riverside restaurant at £36.50pp.
For details call the Macdonald Compleat Angler on 0844 879 9128 or visit website http://www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/CompleatAngler.
LUSCIOUS LOVE NESTS FROM HOLIDAYLETTINGS.CO.UK
With the longest working hours in Europe and many of us Brits struggle to spend as much time as we would like with our partners. This Valentine’s Day, ditch the chocolates and cheesy Hallmark cards and whisk your loved one away for a hot mini break. Demand for Valentine’s weekend breaks on the UK’s busiest holiday home website, holidaylettings.co.uk, is soaring this year - so book now to avoid disappointment.
Enjoy the privacy and freedom a private holiday home offers. Your romantic weekend will not be disturbed by hotel chambermaids and you don’t need to head down to breakfast before 9am. Have breakfast in bed at no extra charge and you won’t even need to leave the bedroom!
Visit http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/romantic-break/28/ideas/ for further Valentine’s weekend ideas.
La Petite Rouvadin Gite, Mayenne, Loire Valley, France
Sleeps two for £220 per week or £40 per night (minimum stay three nights)
This one bedroom cottage is the perfect location for a couple looking for that much coveted privacy. La Petite Rouvadin is situated deep in the heart of rural France in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The cottage is light and airy with French doors leading from the lounge on to the private terrace. Take in spectacular views of the forest towards the Belvedere de Avaloir from the garden. The forest is ideal for romantic walks, cycling and getting close to nature - why not pack a picnic lunch with some exquisite French produce and Champagne! River Sarthe flows through this wonderful area of the Alps Mancelles, which is only 10 minutes away.
Gismic Studio, Tamarin, Mauritius http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/10819 Sleeps two for £250 per week or £36 per night (minimum stay four nights)
Gismic is a newly designed luxurious studio, with all modern amenities, attached to a Mauritian Creole style home. The studio is situated in the peaceful village of Tamarin, perfect for basking in the romantic early evening sunsets and enjoying the panoramic views across the island. The swimming pool is only a few steps from the door. Spacious landscaped gardens with fruit and exotic plants provide guests with the perfect setting for long romantic walks.
Cascada Bungalow, Mazarron, Costa Calida, Spain
Sleeps two for £275 per week
This one bedroom bungalow is ideal for couples looking for a romantic retreat with stunning views across the mountains from its patio and garden. Couples can enjoy breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset while sipping on a tall glass of sangria. A bamboo shelter provides shade for that long lazy lunch cooked on the BBQ. Costa Calida and the surrounding area boast magnificent unspoilt beaches, golf courses and restaurants, making it a must visit location for couples.
Little Coconut 2, Nai Harn, Phuket, Thailand
Sleeps two for £315 per week
Little Coconut 2 is a hidden gem superbly located in a stunning private courtyard. The studio sleeps two and is a two-minute drive from Rawai beach, where couples can catch a Longtail boat out to other tropical islands. The accommodation is in a quiet and peaceful area yet still close to many restaurants and bars. Local beaches provide couples with the perfect opportunity to go swimming and snorkelling. Other nearby activities include trekking up the mountains on elephants and horse riding on the beach – what could be more romantic than that!
Oaktree Cottage, Paignton, Devon
Sleeps two for £390 per week (minimum stay three nights)
Oaktree is a beautiful relaxing cottage offering four star accommodation. It is one of eight luxurious self-catering cottages set high up on the hilltop, boasting impressive far-reaching views of South Hams. Watching the sunset over this glorious scene literally takes your breath away! A heavenly oasis of 42 acres of woodland and pasture surround the property, which is reached by a half mile private track. Local amenities are a mere two-minute walk away, along with a 15th century Devon longhouse serving good pub food. You have free unlimited access throughout your stay to a member’s-only leisure centre featuring indoor heated swimming pool, learner pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Treat your loved one on arrival by pre-selecting a personalised hamper that consists of delicious local Devon produce. The ‘Taste of Devon’ hamper gives you the opportunity to sample some of the region’s favourite foods and beverages.
Refugio Marnes La Jaima, Jalon Valley, Valencia, Spain
Sleeps up to four (two bedrooms) price range: £377 to £530 per week
Live like Aladdin and Princess Jasmin in an Arabian dreamland where you will feel like your own personal genie has granted your every Valentine’s wish. With a private pool in a forest setting, you will be kept entertained in a world of fantasy and fiction. Rest and recuperate in style with an onsite chef to cater to your every need. The local area is home to some of the most beautiful and captivating countryside. Absorb the contrasts between the valleys and mountains; see the historical remains of different civilisations as well as crafts and festivals that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
LAST MINUTE OFFERS FOR VALENTINE’S WITH WORLDHOTELS
Frankfurt, 18th January 2010 – One of the leading collections of independent hotels, WORLDHOTELS, is offering romantic accommodation for couples with up to 25% off its best available rate at over 75 four- and five-star hotels worldwide for Valentine’s Day. The exclusive offers are available for romantic destinations throughout Europe, including Amsterdam, Rome, Budapest, London, Copenhagen, Vienna and Istanbul. For those looking further afar, there are some great deals on hotels across Asia and the States, including properties in the cities of Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Boston and Atlanta.
Most of the offers are available from 21st January until 28th February 2010. The terms and conditions, such as minimum stay for each of the hotel’s offers can be found at: www.worldhotels.com/valentines.
Some of the hotels that are featuring WORLDHOTELS’s Valentine’s offer include:
San Francesco al Monte, Naples, Italy – 10% off
The enchanting hotel San Francesco al Monte in Naples is located in a 16th century monastery offering beautiful views of the city, the Bay of Naples or Mount Vesuvius. All 45 guestrooms feature an elegant décor with delicate colours and classic furnishings and offer a bathtub or Jacuzzi and all modern conveniences. Couples will enjoy peaceful relaxation on the roof top terrace with its stunning hanging garden and swimming pool, as well as a hidden grotto with a second hot water pool and hammam. The 'Ristorante della Piscina' specializes in Mediterranean dishes and invites guests to experience a romantic dinner, whilst enjoying a fantastic view. The Valentine’s 10% offer for San Francesco al Monte starts at 90 EUR per night in a double room based on two sharing and includes breakfast.
Hotel Mäster Johan, Malmö, Sweden – 10% off
Malmö is often referred to as the “City of Parks” and is therefore the perfect destinations for a romantic holiday. Just a few minutes’ walk from the central train station surrounded by cosy restaurants and shops, Hotel Mäster Johan offers a warm and friendly atmosphere. Its 69 light-flooded, spacious rooms are tastefully decorated in classic Nordic style and feature natural materials and beautiful works of art. The Pillar Garden in the atrium courtyard of the hotel invites couples to enjoy a romantic drink. The Valentine’s 10% offer for Hotel Mäster Johan starts at 1.323 SEK (approx. 130 EUR) per night in a double room based on two sharing and includes breakfast.
Villa Oniria, Granada, Spain – 10% off
Villa Oniria is a luxurious 19th century palace in the city of Granada in the Spanish region of Andalusia. The hotel, which has been restored by the renowned Spanish architect, Pascua Ortega, features 31 deluxe rooms. Villa Oniria is part of the WORLDHOTELS Deluxe Collection and boasts a romantic garden with aromatic plants and two fountains, which is perfect for that Valentine’s walk. Couples will enjoy the hotel’s top quality restaurant, fitness centre and spa facilities. The Valentine’s 10% offer for Villa Oniria is valid for a minimum stay of two nights and starts at 126 EUR per night in a double room based on two sharing.
Hôtel La Pérouse, Nice, France – 10% off
In a prime position just next to Old Nice, Hôtel La Pérouse offers breathtaking views over the Baie des Anges and the Mediterranean. The hotel boasts 62 rooms, all of which have a terrace or balcony, perfect for that romantic aperitif before dinner. Valentine’s couples staying at the Hôtel La Pérouse, part of WORLDHOTELS’s First Class Collection, can treat themselves to fine dining at the hotel’s Provençal restaurant, as well as a drink at the discrete bar. This Valentine’s offer entitles guests to 25% off the standard price and is valid for a minimum stay of two nights. The Valentine’s 10% offer for Hôtel La Pérouse starts at 140 EUR per night in a double room based on two sharing.
All offers can be booked at www.worldhotels.com/valentines, terms and conditions apply.
VALENTINE’S VALUE IN DEVON - VISIT DEVON’S GUIDE TO AFFORDABLE VALENTINE’S DAY BREAKS -
Misty moors, windswept beaches, country manors and cosy cottages - lovely Devon offers the perfect location to get loved up this Valentine’s Day. The good news is Visit Devon believes romancing your loved one doesn’t need be a costly affair, they’ve put together their pick of wallet-friendly Valentine’s ideas from live poetry to paddling down the Dart. All you need to supply is the romance…
To access Visit Devon’s guide to affordable Valentine’s Day breaks log on to http://www.visitdevon.co.uk/romance
Valentines and verse - £10 per person
Sit back, hold hands and soak up the sweet sounds of the sonnets and verses of Moore, Shakespeare, Keats and Shelley coupled with live acapella music and sparkling performances at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre on Sunday 14 February - a literature lovers dream. Only £10 per person http://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk
Make a night of it and book yourself in to Exeter’s Abode Hotel which overlooks the historic Cathedral from £99 for a room - http://www.abodehotels.co.uk
Romance among the roses - £39 per person per night
Imagine walking your lover over the frosted lawns of your own private 65-acre gardens. Allow your love to blossom as you wander through the winter garden. Well you can do just that if you book a Valentine stay at Rosemoor House Apartments in the gardens of RHS Rosemoor in rural North Devon. Well equipped and beautifully appointed, the three apartments retain the charm of Lady Anne’s former home. Valentine’s guests will have the added bonus of catching Rosemoor’s winter sculpture exhibition which runs until end February. Just £231 (£39 per person per night) for a 3 night stay for two from Friday 12 – Monday 15 February - http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Rosemoor
Paddle your way into their heart - £38 per person per night
Little Riverside is a beautiful, self-contained bolthole on the banks of the picturesque river Dart near Totnes. The cottage also comes complete with a canoe for two. Ditch the car for the weekend and get paddling. From your doorstep you can canoe to the shops, canoe to the pub, you can even canoe to the Dartington Estate or to the winery at Sharpham Estate. £300 for a four day break, Thursday 11 – Monday 15 February , with unlimited use of the canoe and a picnic lunch- http://www.littleriverside.co.uk/
Mind your manors - £100 per person
In the romance stakes you can’t do much better than Combe House, a wildly romantic Elizabethan manor hotel on a huge, secluded country estate near Exeter. Snuggle up by the roaring fire – the hotel has four of them - and make the most of your deliciously comfortable bedroom. If your budget stretches a bit further Combe House is offering a special Valentine’s dinner on Sunday, 14 February. Created by the hotel’s two resident Master Chefs of Great Britain, the delectable five course Valentine’s night menu is £69 per person. Rooms from £199 per night - http://www.combehousedevon.com
Moor seclusion required - £32 per person per night
Really get away form it all at this one bedroom cottage on the edge of the wild moors. Hole-up in your own private corner of this Devon longhouse as the wind howls outside. A beautiful wooden spiral staircase leads to your cosy cosseted room and a cracking wood burning stove provides the perfect place to snuggle up. £181 for a 3 night stay from 12 – 15 February - http://www.bluechipvacations.com/holiday-cottages/dartmoor-country/manor-farm-cottage.html
Send your heart a-flutter - £10 for two
If you’re feeling the pinch, how about a day at the races. With a spot of luck you may win enough for a slap up dinner. Exeter Racecourse has a Valentine’s Day meet and they’re offering entry to the grandstand and paddocks for £10 for two. The offer is available for advance bookings only - http://www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk
Cash to splash - £498 per person per week
If you’ve got a bit more cash to splash, you can spend a romantic week as captain and first mate of your own luxury houseboat on the stunning Salcombe Estuary. Cosy up on board away from the elements in front of your huge plasma screen or brave the outdoors for a dip in the onboard hot tub. If you get bored of each other’s company invite some friends – the boat will sleep eight! - http://www.h2oresorts.co.uk
BEAT THE WINTER BLUES AT TURNBERRY, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT, SCOTLAND, WITH THE CHOICE IS YOURS AT TURNBERRY WINTER PACKAGES
For those seeking respite from the chilling and gloomy weather, Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland, is offering guests a range of experiences to enhance their mini-breaks away this winter. Benefitting from the unique microclimate on the west coast of Ayrshire, Turnberry is one of few UK golf courses open throughout the winter months. The breath-taking coastal scenery also makes the resort an ideal place to relax and unwind with recreation or indulgence.
Choose from four signature Turnberry Experiences and embrace the season by making the most of the shorter days and cosy evenings with The Choice Is Yours at Turnberry. From £199 per room per night on weekdays and £249 on weekends including full Scottish breakfast, Turnberry invites guests to create their own experience with the choice of one of the following activities*:
- Follow in the footsteps of golfing legends with a round of golf on the championship Kintyre course.
- A memorable outdoor activity to enjoy the breathtaking coastal scenery - such as horse riding on the beach, or off-road driving and quad-biking.
- A relaxing ESPA treatment at Turnberry’s award-winning spa, with access to a 20m swimming pool, a bubbling spa bath and a range of heat experiences such as a sauna, steam rooms and relaxation rooms, with views out across to the Ailsa Craig.
- A sumptuous three-course dinner at 1906, Turnberry’s signature fine dining restaurant. Inspired by an era of culinary legends and traditional cooking methods, 1906 offers diners a distinct retro twist on dishes from Escoffier’s Repertoire de La Cuisine, the bible of classical French gastronomy.
Turnberry reopened in July 2009 following its renovation and role as host to last year’s Open Championship, and is now part of Starwood’s acclaimed Luxury Collection.
The Choice Is Yours at Turnberry packages are available until March 31 2010 and are based on two people sharing Classic accommodation. Upgrade to one of the newly renovated deluxe rooms from only £40. * One Turnberry Experience per guest per stay.
To book, telephone 01655 333 991 quoting ‘The Choice is Yours’ or visit http://www.turnberryresort.co.uk/choice.
For more information on Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort Scotland, please visit http://www.luxurycollection.com/turnberry.
CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH CHAMPAGNE
Treat your loved-one to a glass of vintage champers this Valentine’s Day on a romantic wine-tasting weekend in Champagne.
Based in Reims, in the heart of the prestigious Champagne region, specialist operator Grape Escapes is offering a special Valentine’s Weekend including a bottle of Champagne on arrival and candlelit four-course gourmet dinner at a local restaurant from £365 per person.
The package includes return Dover to Calais ferry crossing for a car and two people, two nights’ accommodation in Reims, full day coach tour with English speaking guide including visits to three different Champagne houses with tastings, four course gourmet lunch at a top local restaurant with accompanying Champagnes and wines.
Upgrade to the four star L’Assiette Champenoise from £484 per person.
For more information on Grape Escapes’ Champagne-tasting weekends and tours visit www.grapeescapes.net or call 08456 430 860.
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