8 stunning getaways for the ultimate Valentine's staycation
Whisk her away to one of these luxurious resorts and you’re guaranteed to score some major brownie points.EDGAR staff February 3, 2015
Rixos The Palm Dubai
Hotel: Situated on the prestigious Palm Jumeirah, the Rixos lives up to its five-star billing with 230 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, a relaxing spa and a number of high-end dining options.
Package: If you really want to push the boat out, the hotel's Diamond package is sure to impress. It includes, a night in the stunning three-bedroom Grand King Suite, a romantic meal on the terrace, with personal chef, butler and private entertainment, Rolls-Royce transfers from anywhere in Dubai, a bottle of Dom Pérignon, a couples' spa treatment and a champagne breakfast. There are also slightly less extravagant Silver and Gold packages available.
Price: Silver package is AED 2,350, Gold is AED 4,500 and Diamond is AED 35,000, all plus fees and taxes.
Details: Visit thepalmdubai.rixos.com
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Hotel: Located around two hour's drive from Abu Dhabi city in Rub'Al Khail, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world, luxury hotels in the UAE don't get much more remote than Qasr Al Sarab.
Package: Desert Romance package includes a two-night stay, daily buffet breakfast for two, a bottle of bubbly or date juice with chocolate upon arrival, a 90 minute signature couple’s massage at the Anantara Spa, a Dining by Design experience for two, and a late check-out.
Price: Rates start from AED 4,200 plus fees and taxes.
Details: Visit qasralsarab.anantara.com
Shangri-la Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Hotel: A serene oasis near the centre of Abu Dhabi, the lush landscaped gardens of the Shangri-La are the perfect secluded escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Package: The Yue-Lao package (apparently named after the Chinese god of love) includes a one-night stay in a deluxe room, a romantic dinner for two at your choice of three of the hotel's restaurants and a breakfast the following morning. Plus late-risers can take advantage of a 4pm check-out.
Price: The Yue-Lao package starts from AED 1,599.
Details: Visit shangri-la.com
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Hotel: Located in the northern Musandam Peninsula of Oman, with the dramatic rugged mountains on one side and the beautiful sands of Zighy Bay on the other, the Six Senses has to be one of the most romantic destination hotels in the world.
Package: The Arabian Romance package includes two nights in a luxury villa or suite with private pool, a daily buffet breakfast, arrival by either paraglider or private speedboat, a sunset cruise, a couples' spa treatment and an exclusive destination dining experience.
Price: Rates start from around AED 5,000 per night for a beachfront villa. The Arabian Romance package varies depending on options chosen.
Details: Visit sixsenses.com
Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah
Hotel: Set in stunning private grounds and with its own 350-metre stretch of private beach, the Waldorf Astoria's location is just as perfect as its pristine interiors. And if the romance isn't flourishing, the hotel even has its own championship golf course!
Package: For a romantic weekend that puts all others to shame, the Waldorf Astoria has come up with the ultimate luxury package. It includes flights on a private jet from anywhere in Europe, a helicopter transfer to the hotel's helipad, three nights in the Imperial Suite, a private butler and pianist for your room, access to a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a McLaren supercar, a private catamaran dinner, a Venom spa facelift and even a personalised diamond necklace or ring.
Price: Room rates start from around AED 2,200 per night, or if money is no object, the ultimate package costs in excess of AED 1 million.
Details: Visit waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Hotel: Home to free-roaming exotic wildlife you'd expect to come across in Africa rather than Sir Bani Yas, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa combines unbeatable natural beauty with luxurious accommodation to form the perfect romantic weekend getaway.
Package: During your stay you can take advantage of the hotel's bespoke Dining by Design service, enabling you to create a customised private dining experience for you and your other half. Whether its a romantic breakfast among the gazelles or a barefoot beach dinner by the sea, your wish is their desire.
Price: Room rates from AED 1,600 per night plus fees and taxes. Dining by design package starts from AED 1,200 per person, plus fees and taxes.
Details: Visit desertislands.anantara.com
Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Hotel: A luxurious desert resort with a private beach isn't something you come across every day, but that's exactly what the Banyan Tree Al Wadi provides, with a private Ras Al Khaimah beach just 20 minutes away. And if you don't want to leave, each villa has it's own private pool.
Package: If you're looking for the perfect way to pop the question this Valentine's Day, the hotel's Ultimate Proposal Package has it covered. It includes a one-night stay in a tented poolside villa for two, an in-villa breakfast, a camel ride, a private dining experience, a couples' spa treatment and even a consultation at any Dhamani Store within the UAE to help you pick out the perfect ring.
Price: The ultimate proposal package starts from AED 4,375, plus fees and taxes.
Details: Visit banyantree.com
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Hotel: Located 65 kilometres from the centre of Dubai, Al Maha is a peaceful reserve that's home to a plethora of free-roaming desert animals. It's far from wild though, as each of its opulent rooms and suites comes with its own private temperature-controlled swimming pool.
Package: The Art of Romance package includes champagne and strawberries on arrival, gourmet breakfast and lunch, a six-course private dining experience, a box of chocolates and roses, a 25 per cent reduction on couples' spa treatments and a choice of activities from dune driving to falconry.
Price: Room rate starts from AED 5,500 per night. The Art of Romance package varies depending on options chosen.
Details: Visit al-maha.com