Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re still looking for ideas to sweep your loved one off their feet, read on and act fast!
From an amorous evening in high atop a mountain with a view over St. Moritz’s valley to a couples massage by a river in Bali, here’s a list of earth-friendly hotels where you can spend some unforgettable time with your loved one.
On the Snow
Experience pure romance for St. Valentine’s Day on the snow, at the Romantik Muottas Muragl in Engadine. Take the funicular railway 700 meters (0.4 miles) to the hotel and enjoy a bottle of champagne upon arrival. Spend the day downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, or tobogganing (sledding).
Then have a romantic four-course Valentine’s candlelight dinner in Muottas Muragl’s restaurant resplendent with panoramic views of the mountains and the Upper Engadine lakes. Start off with a special Valentine’s Day aperitif and an appetizer of gilt-head bream tartar with pink pepper. Next, are heart-shaped ravioli filled with ricotta and lime with spicy red pepper butter. For the main course it’s Swiss sirloin steak with Roquefort sauce, potato gratin and vegetables. Dessert is white chocolate panna cotta on a strawberry-basil salad and truffled Brie de Meaux cheese with fermented beetroot-ginger mustard. The complete menu is CHF 115 (US$115) per person. Romance through the night at the hotel from CHF 659 (US$660).
If your love feeds on art and pampering then Villa Ammende is your ideal destination. Enjoy special moments with your loved one in Pärnu (Estonia) and seal the day with a special Valentine’s Day dinner.
Built in 1904, Villa Ammende is a carefully restored art nouveau mansion located just a short-distance from the Old Town and close to the beach. According to legend, if a couple holds hands while walking along the Parnu’s seawall and kisses at its endpoint they’ll stay together forever.
Villa Ammende’s spa offers two romantic packages:
- Luxurious Relaxation features a night in an accommodation of your choice in-room massage for 2, complimentary Damman tea, surprise on arrival, breakfast a -la-carte and 2 nightclub tickets.
- The Rose Package includes accommodation in a suite or jr suite, romantic dinner à la carte for two, followed by Rose Petals Bath, sparkling wine, candles and of course a bouquet of beautiful roses!
Valentine’s dinner is €33 (US$37) and rooms range in price from €89 (US$102) to €255 (US$292) for the Ammende Suite. One hundred years ago, the Ammende Suite used to be the living room of the Villa and has a romantic fireplace, as well as a sauna in the bathroom, and a balcony overlooking a beautiful garden with a bubbling fountain.
Kissed by the Sun
Bucuti & Tara is an adults-only carbon neutral beach resort located on the white powder sands of Eagle Beach in Aruba. If you want a tranquil, romantic beach vacation, this is the place!
At the resort, a personal concierge is available to help guests book jeep safari tours of the island, diving or sailing excursions, horseback riding trips or a round of golf.
Elements, the on-site restaurant, is offering a Valentine’s Day dinner in a spectacular oceanfront setting. The meal begins with an appetizer of veal tenderloin with tuna tartar and caper mayonnaise. Next, is a creamy bisque of lobster and crawfish. Beef steak slow-cooked for six hours with truffle gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, and stuffed mushrooms is the entree. For dessert there’s Amarena cherry ice cream with strawberry sauce and a caramelized nut crisp. The price is US$75 per person.
A Thousand and One Nights
If romance AND adventure is your thing, book the “Romance & Adventure” package at La Sultana Marrakech in Morocco. In addition to a Moroccan daily breakfast, a bottle of champagne, and a turn down with rose petals scattered on your bed and throughout the bathroom, you can choose from three different romantic adventures. Pick the one that matches you and your loved one best! Choose from “Retro”, a three hour side-car tour in the Marrakech Médina or “Adrenaline,” a morning hot air balloon flight or “Epicurian,” a private country lunch in the gorgeous Atlas Mountains home to some of North Africa’s most remote Berber villages.
The “Romance & Adventure” package is available from February 1st to February, 28th, 2019 for 2300MAD (US$240) per person.
Romancing in London
Sweep your loved one away for a night that’s “Romantically” satisfying at London’s Hotel 41. Voted the number one luxury hotel in Europe by TripAdvisor in 2019 and awarded the 2018 Best Green Hotel by Condé Nast, this five-star private hideaway has staff that outnumber guests two to one.
Receive a red rose upon arrival and sip champagne by the fire in the Executive Lounge. Spend the evening catching a flick at The Electric Cinema in nearby Notting Hill. It’s one of London’s oldest movie theaters and definitely the most romantic. Why? The front row seats are made up of luxurious, velvet-lined double beds, which are ideal for a little smooching.
Back at Hotel 41, in your room there’s a romantic turndown with scattered rose petals, massage oil, chocolate dipped strawberries, candles. The morning after, enjoy a full English breakfast with champagne. Prices start from £490 (US$638) per night.
Located near Ubud in Bali along the banks of the Ayung River, Fivelements wellness resort offers a variety of romantic getaways and wellness retreats inspired by Balinese philosophies.
A one night romantic getaway includes a stay in a riverside suite, as well as their “Hibiscus Prema Signature Couples Ritual” by the Ayung. While listening to the sound of the rushing water get a head to toe couple’s massage with their signature patchouli and rose-scented oil, “Prema.” Then complete the experience by a floating in a red hibiscus flower bath while enjoying a glass of chilled rosella kombucha tisane.
There’s also a five-night wellness retreat complete with Balinese healing rituals for purification, balancing, and regeneration. If you book by February 28th you’ll receive two complimentary nights! These retreats feature a variety of experiences combining meditation, deep bodywork, and “prana” (life force) energy performed by gifted healers.
Package prices begin at IDR10,430,000 (US$700).