Take a Romantic Break this Valentine's Day
There’s nothing like a weekend away to spark the romance and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat your partner. See below for our pick of the best last minute romantic breaks.
Indulge at Fuerteventura’s Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real
Fuerteventura’s most luxurious hotel, Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is an ideal place to escape for a romantic break. With a year round tropical climate, extensive spa facilities offering a range of couples’ treatments, six exquisite restaurants – including candlelight dinners at La Cupula run by Michelin star chef Carles Gaig - and the recently opened Coco Beach, Fuerteventura’s first dedicated chill-out beach club and lounge, couples can enjoy a truly pampering Valentine’s weekend.
Located in one of the most beautiful corners of the island, the five-star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real Grand Luxe is an oasis of calm and tranquillity, right on the beach and at the edge of the Corralejo Nature Reserve.
A double deluxe room for two at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is available from £192 per night (B&B) during February. A return trip from London Stansted to Fuerteventura with Ryanair is available from £195, flying 10-13 February. (www.atlantisbahiareal.com)
Enjoy some of the best views in Madrid from the new Only YOU Hotel Atocha
New Madrid property, Only YOU Hotel Atocha is perfectly located for a short romantic break to the Spanish capital. The urban-style hotel is within walking distance of the best city attractions including Madrid’s famous Golden Triangle of Art featuring El Prado, the Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen – Bornemisza Museum and is just moments from the spectacular Retiro Park. Currently featuring a pop up gin bar in collaboration with US gin brand Seagrams and a jazz residency from renowned US jazz label Blue Note, the hotel offers an authentic slice of New York in the heart of Madrid.
As well as typical New York cuisine and cocktails, Only YOU Hotel Atocha also offers a gastronomic journey through Latin America to Asia and back to Europe with the ‘Trotamundos’ Restaurant, a collaboration with the chefs at Spoonik, the flagship restaurant for fusion cuisine in Barcelona.
Only YOU Hotel Atocha has a special Valentines offer priced from £180 (€210) per couple including a romantic three course evening meal and breakfast. Flights from London Stansted to Madrid are available from £58 with Ryanair, flying 10-14 February. (www.onlyyouhotels.com/hotel-atocha / 0034 910 052 222).
Rock and romance this Valentine’s with Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife
Hard Rock Hotel has put together a unique ‘RockMantic Package’ with discounts of up to 50% for stays between 10 – 19 February. The package includes a romantic dinner with a special menu in one of their à la carte restaurants, two cocktails in their SkyBar ‘The 16th’, special Valentine’s amenities in the room, a 50-minute couple’s massage, a romantic breakfast in the room and a playlist of the best rock ballads available to play in your room.
Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife offers guests three pools, access to the freshwater lagoon, a beach club with Balinese beds and signature Hard Rock facilities including a Rock Spa®, Body Rock® gym and world famous Rock Shop®.
A Deluxe Silver room for two with the ‘RockMantic Pack’ at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is available from £391 per night (B&B) between 10-19 February. Return flights from London Stansted to Tenerife with British Airways are available from £136 with Thomas Cook Airlines, flying 10-12 February). (www.hardrockhotels.com/tenerife).
Choose Guernsey for a unique romantic getaway
Hop over the Channel on a short 45 minute flight to enjoy a romantic break on the island of Guernsey this Valentine’s Day. While exploring the capital of St Peter Port, travellers should visit Victoria Tower within the Candie Gardens Museum and Gallery, which was erected in honour of a visit to the island by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who were a famously devoted couple. Here guests can borrow the ‘secret key’ for the tower and after climbing the 96 steps enjoy beautiful views of the capital and out to sea. (www.visitguernsey.com)
Guests could stay at the five star Old Government House Hotel (www.theoghhotel.com) in St Peter Port, which is offering Valentine’s packages from £379.80 per room, based on two people sharing a classic double room. The Valentine’s package includes a Champagne breakfast for two in the morning, a bottle of Lanson Champagne in the Crown Club Bar, a 60-minute spa treatment, £50 food credit on the first night, 10% discount on all beauty treatments and use of the hotel’s gym and spa.
Flights from London Gatwick to Guernsey are available from £98 return with Aurigny, flying 14-15 February.
Explore the La Isla Bonita in Belize
Ambergris Caye in Belize, also known as “La Isla Bonita” is a Caribbean island surrounded by turquoise waters and boasts some of the most isolated beaches in Central America making it the perfect escape for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day. Skirted along its eastern side by the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, Ambergris Caye is a mecca for visitors who wish to enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing.
El Secreto boutique hotel located on the island offers an intimate luxury experience in a secluded piece of paradise enveloped in a lush tropical landscape and boasting 13 exclusive villas fashioned out of marble with private outdoor Jacuzzis and stunning panoramic views overlooking the ocean. The hotel offers a variety of activities for couples to enjoy – from private dinners on the beach and couples massages, water sports and diving to adventurous activities in the rainforest. El Secreto hotel is offering a Valentine’s Day special with a 40% discount from January 13th until February 28th 2017. www.elsecretobelize.com / www.visitcentroamerica.com
Save more money for chocolate and wine with Heathrow Express
Romantic jetsetters can save 25% when travelling together on board the Heathrow Express, when booking the online Duo Saver. This money saving deal of £55.00 for a return journey for two is an extra special way to start the holiday.
The online exclusive Duo Saver offer must be booked in advance and can be redeemed by simply entering the code DUOSAVER in the promotion code box before completing the payment transaction.
Standard fares for Heathrow Express are £22 for a single per person and £36.00 return.
National Rail Passenger Survey figures out today found that Heathrow Express has just received 96% overall satisfaction rate from consumers and 93% for helpfulness and attitude of staff which is unparalleled across the UK. (www.heathrowexpress.com)
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1. Abriendo Mentes, Costa Rica, Copyright KateHood.com
2. Nuevas Esperanzas, Nicaragua
3. Vidarte Space, Brazil