Hotel Amigo, Brussels, Belgium
Chalk it down to the inherent essence d’amour this city exudes, or the ethereal charm of its gothic architecture and cobbled lanes, but Belgium’s capital, Brussels, has what it takes to give neighbouring Paris a run for its money when it comes to a romantic city break. Smaller and less crowded, there’s an intimacy that’s unique to this chocolate capital of the world. Strolls around the central Grand Place (Grote Markt) with its towering spires and the Museum of the City of Brussels make for unforgettable memories. And it’s not just a visual feast that awaits; this is a destination whose culinary credits include waffles and moules-frites (oysters and fries).
Brussels sure knows how to lay down the red carpet for lovers as seen at Hotel Amigo, a few minutes’ away from the Grand Place. Its Valentine’s Day package will see your rooms adorned with elegant rose candles from famous Belgian renowned parfumerie L’Antichambre, beds dressed in rose petals, a box of Belgian chocolates, a buffet breakfast or continental breakfast in bed for two, dinner at Bocconi and two tickets to the Van Buuren Museum’s gardens.
Rooms from Dh1,280 for two per night. Visit www.roccofortehotels.com for details.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Leisure and love go hand in hand at this hotel by the Creek. The V Day package turns date nights into a luxe affair with a three-course dinner at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire or Terra Firma Steakhouse, breakfast buffet at Anise, an hour-long couple’s massage at the Spa InterContinental and 20 per cent discount at Al Badia Golf Club. From Dh2,060 until Sunday. Call 800 4642 or email email@example.com.
The Pierre New York, USA
What’s better than being in love in Manhattan – the location for classic romcoms such as You’ve Got Mail and Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Go for Taj Hotels’ American flagship, The Pierre’s Valentine’s Day package, and stay in the iconic property’s Central Park-view rooms with pastry amenities and two tickets to Romance Under the Stars at Hayden Planetarium. From Dh2,846 on February 14. Call +1 800 743 7734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Style on the go
An Apple a day Hands too busy carrying bags and suitcases to attend a call? Answer your phone and dictate messages using Apple Watch’s voice control. The slash-proof vivid silicone straps, heart monitor and activity tracker make it a great outdoor companion, too. Dh2,399 at E-City
Fashion foulard In hot pink and hints of orange, this gorgeous lightweight Desigual scarf is perfect for the season of love for other reasons, too – it shields you from the cold and you can also wrap it around your head Grace Kelly-style to hide bad hair days! Dh149
Luggage in red Celebrate your wanderlust with this red-hot salsa deluxe trolley bag from Rimowa. Perfect for overhead lockers, its rotating multiwheels ensure the case is undamaged and never stumbles. Dh2,649