This Valentine’s Day, spend quality time with your loved one in some of the UAE’s most idyllic resorts.
Address Beach Resort, Dubai
The latest luxury hotel to open its doors in Dubai is the Address Beach Resort. Situated on Jumeirah Beach Residence, the resort has unparalleled sunset and sea views and marks the first-ever Address beachfront property. Perfect for a romantic city break the 77-floor twin towers are connected with the world’s tallest inhabited skybridge and also features the world’s highest infinity pool. For a romantic stay, choose a sea view property where you and your loved one can relax while watching the beautiful sunset together.
Chill by the beach or sky-high infinity pool during the day and discover one of the many restaurants at night. Choose from Li’Brasil which features a delicious fusion of Lebanese and Brazilian flavours, or for more relaxed options The Restaurant has a homely aesthetic and The Beach Grill is great for those who want to dine by the sea. This Valentine’s Day the hotel’s dining offerings have a number of exciting Valentine’s happenings for couples. At Li’Brasil and Beach Grill couples will be offered a 3-course set menu with outdoor seating overlooking Bluewater Island. While inside at The Lobby Lounge a Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea with a themed menu will offer you a much-needed sugar fix. For all Valentine’s Day experiences early booking is advised.
Aspen Ski Chalet, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates
If you’re dreaming of a winter getaway in the snow but flight restrictions are putting that on hold, you need not worry as Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates have all the experience of a snowy vacation, without having to leave Dubai. The modern rustic Aspen Ski Chalet offers the warmth of a cosy winter lodge and is finished with views of Ski Dubai. Wrap up in comfy clothing and lounge in the relaxing atmosphere of the suite which truly is one of a kind.
The one-bedroom suite comes equipped with Hermès amenities, a state of the art in-room technology system (for cosy nights in with your loved one), and even a stone faux fireplace. While the temperature may be heating up outside, once you’re inside the Aspen Ski Chalet you’ll truly feel like you’re on a ski getaway. And when you’re done relaxing, stays at the Chalet suite also include complimentary access to Ski Dubai so you can finish off your experience in style.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
An icon on Abu Dhabi’s skyline Emirates Palace is a regal escape for those longing for luxury. Located on a natural bay in the corner of the city, Emirates Palace is surrounded by a private pristine beach and marina. The iconic interiors need no explanation and if you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy staycation this is your place. Prepare to feel spoiled as you experience the ultimate in Middle Eastern luxury. The spacious rooms and suites are designed in traditional Middle Eastern style with a touch of modernity thanks to state-of-the-art technology.
The suites are elegant and regal and many have extensive private terraces, dining areas and full pantry facilities – so you won’t even need to leave the privacy of your room. If you do decide to venture out the resort has a number of dining options including legendary Chinese restaurant Hakkasan which recently opened a new terrace overlooking the grounds of the Palace.
For the month of February, couples can discover specially curated dining experiences include afternoon picnics in Emirates Palace’s lush gardens as well as a special picnic basket for two in a private cabana on the beach to enjoy fine food overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
At other locations around the expansive property, couples can find intimate hideaways to spend quality time while experiencing bespoke five to seven-course dining menus. At the beach restaurant, BBQ Al Qasr, couples can enjoy the sounds of the ocean in a private gazebo, while private tables under the domes either on the beach or the fountain, offer a unique destination for couples to create unforgettable memories. All experiences are set up with the most romantic touches including flowers and decorations to ensure the theme of romance is not forgotten. For a more lavish experience, couples can book their table at the West wing gazebo with a seven-course dining experience, special rose décor and bubbles.
Throughout February, guests will also be lavished with a special bouquet of flowers on arrival, and an array of offers to inspire romance. A half-day private beach cabana with a selection of finger food and sparkling date juice, a romantic picnic in the Palace gardens overlooking the vistas of Abu Dhabi and the Arabian Sea or an intimate in-room breakfast for two are just some of the special treats in store for the special month.
One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Located on the furthest tip of Palm Jumeirah’s West Crescent, One&Only The Palm offers guests the ultimate in privacy. Perfect for couples looking to escape the city for some much-needed time together, the resort comes with its own private marina, as well as a 450 metre stretch of picturesque beach. The intimate hotel comprises of just 90 guests rooms plus four opulent beachfront villas for ultimate privacy. Those visiting for Valentine’s Day will surely want to samples some of the resort’s food and beverage options including ZEST which blends flavours from the Middle East, Asia and the West. STAY by Yannick Alléno is fine dining at its most playful, as traditional cooking methods are married with modern culinary advancements to create a seasonally evolving menu of signature dishes.
And for the ultimate romantic evening head to 101 Dining Lounge and Marina which perches above the Arabian Gulf with an overwater terrace that boasts glittering, panoramic views over the city skyline. The picturesque restaurant and lounge serves a refined seafood menu designed by Chef Yannick Alléno. Wellness is of utmost importance at One&Only The Palm and you must not leave without a visit to the Guerlain Spa which is truly one of the best in the region. The only Guerlain Spa in the United Arab Emirates features luxurious treatment suites, a relaxation room, private swimming pool and inviting lounge. A secluded, self-contained couples’ suite complete with hammam facilities will be the perfect way to spend a romantic afternoon together.
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resort
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resort reopens from 1 February 2021 and it offers a staycation with a difference for the adventurers and explorers. Lush landscapes, archaeological marvels and exotic wildlife will make you feel as though you’re a million miles away when in reality you’re just a short boat ride from Abu Dhabi. Stay in the middle of the Royal Nature Reserve which is home to over 11,000 animals from 30 different endangered species including blackbuck antelope, Arabian oryx, giraffe, ostrich and cheetah. The Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort offers guests the chance to get become one with nature.
Nestled in the Arabian Wildlife Park, an oasis of African-lodge-style villas is surrounded by a lush landscape. Excursions into the park include nature walks and drives, while a unique “Spa Cabana in the Savannah” experience promises utter bliss. Savannah Grill and Savannah Lounge serve up delicious delicacies from all over Africa, and vibrant Boma Nights bring the bush culture alive through music and al fresco cookery. The resort is currently offering all-inclusive packages for guests.
Mandarin Oriental, Jumeira
Mandarin Oriental, Jumeira is a truly stunning resort that offers romance and tranquillity for couples. With large modern rooms and suites overlooking the Arabian Gulf, you will truly feel a million miles away. For those still wanting to feel in the heart of the city, the other side of the hotel offers extraordinary views of the Dubai skyline that you really can’t beat. By day you will surely want to lounge by the pool or visit the hotel’s spa which is one of the largest in the UAE.
With couples suites available you must try the signature treatment, the Nomadic Sensory Journey, which features Emirati drumming as part of the healing process, incorporating Asian beauty knowledge with cutting edge technology. When it comes to dining you’re spoilt for choice with six dining destinations including Portuguese restaurant Tasca by José Avillez and Japanese steakhouse Netsu by Ross Shonhan. Throughout the month of February a selection of the hotel’s dining options will be offering Valentine’s specials for couples.