In the words of the recently deceased Meatloaf, if you would do anything for love, you are sure to be spoiled for choice in the UAE this Valentine’s Day.
Hotels and resorts across the emirates have pulled out all the stops with a host of lavish romantic getaway packages available to book during the month of love.
So while the chocolate and flowers might be enough to impress some, those looking to go the extra mile need look no further than their nearest luxury hotel.
From sunsets with your loved one on a beach in Fujairah to a rooftop dining experience with a private chef in Dubai, these are the most lavish Valentine’s Day stays in the UAE.
1. Dine on the rooftop with a private chef at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC
Go wild for Valentine’s Day with a luxury stay in the heart of Dubai at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC. Settle into your Royal Suite where you’ll have 220 square meters of luxury accommodation with a private dining area and a king-size bed with 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets.
Start the day with a personalized spa experience for two, including a body scrub, massage, and express facial, then take time to relax in your suite with DIFC views. Dinner will be served on the rooftop by your own private chef, and you can serenade your loved one with ease to live music under the stars. Top it all off with breakfast in bed for two the next morning.
Available February 14; starting at $10,000 per couple taxes included; Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai; ritzcarlton.com
2. A stay in a suite at SLS Dubai
One of Dubai’s trendiest hotels offers couples an unforgettable night this Valentine’s Day. SLS Dubai’s spa and suite package includes an overnight stay in the hotel’s lavish Presidential Suite, private hotel pickup and drop-off, and numerous treatments during your stay.
Check in early and enjoy a Valentine’s Day set-up in your room including decorations and a bouquet of roses. An in-room couples massage will ensure you are both enjoyable and relaxed and afterwards the ladies can have their hair dried while the men are treated to a professional shave in the room, so everyone is at its best for a night of romance.
A private dinner will be served to you in the comfort of your suite, and the rest of the night is for your own pleasure.
The next morning, enjoy your breakfast in the room, then head to Ciel Spa for relaxing facials. When you are ready to depart, your private transfer will be waiting to take you home.
Valid from February 1 to February 28; from MAD 25,000 per couple; SLS Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai; slsdubai.com
3. Royal romance at the Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental Abu Dhabi
For a truly royal Valentine’s Day, how about staying in a palace?
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi is offering a romance package throughout the month of February, perfect for couples looking for some “us” time. It includes a night in a Khaleej Suite, with 24-hour butler service so you don’t miss a thing.
As the sun begins to set, embark on a private abra cruise around the bay. After your return, you can dine at Al Qasr BBQ inside a gazebo under tent accompanied by the sea breeze. There’s also a two-hour Royal Couples Hammam experience and you’ll receive bubbles and strawberries delivered to your suite during turndown service.
Available until February 28; from MAD 7,412 including tax; Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi; reservations on 02 690 8888 or by email [email protected]; mandarinoriental.com
4. Pop the Question in Style on Address Sky View
Thinking of proposing this Valentine’s Day? Then this Ce La Vi and Address Sky View hotel package might be for you.
Start your special day with a private limo transfer that will take you both to the luxury hotel in downtown Dubai. The first stop is Ce La Vi, where the pool deck will be transformed into your own private dining room, just for you and your significant other. Surrounded by flowers from the elegant Flower Company Floward and accompanied by a singer and violinist, prepare to feast on a 15-course menu served by your very own butler and accompanied by vintage drinks.
Enjoy spectacular views from your private vantage point 220 meters above the city and, when you’re ready to pop the question, do it with a timeless solitaire ring from Aque Jewels, set with a five-point diamond carats. Enjoy the rest of the evening in your suite, then begin your life as an engaged couple with an outdoor sunrise massage for two the next morning.
Available February 14; 1,000,000 DH; reservations by email: [email protected] or 04 582 6111; Ce la Vie, Address Sky View Hotel, Emaar Square Area, Dubai; cevi.com
5. Love the East Coast at Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
Escape to the east coast for a romantic stay surrounded by the peaks of the Hajar Mountains. Stay at the Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort where the Love in the Sea Breeze package includes a one-night stay in a one-bedroom ocean view suite.
A relaxing couples massage will ensure you are both in a relaxed state of mind and you can spend time enjoying your suite which will be furnished with roses, gifts and a bottle of bubbles. As night falls, head to the beach where you’ll enjoy a three-course feast accompanied by entertainment from a live saxophonist.
A 30-minute Valentine’s Day Couples Photo Shoot is also provided for those who wish to capture romantic memories of their stay, and the next morning you can start the day with a sunrise breakfast, delivered directly in your suite.
Available February 14; 7,249 Dh including optional extras, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort, Mina Al Fajer, Fujariah; fairmont.com
6. Royal romance at the Palace Downtown, Dubai
Recently refurbished, the Palace Downtown is offering a special Valentine’s Day package that includes limousine pickup and an overnight stay in a luxury suite at this tranquil hotel in the heart of bustling Downtown Dubai.
After an hour of cocktails on arrival, couples can enjoy a four-course dinner on the hotel’s observation deck where the perfect backdrop includes front-row seats to the Burj Khalifa and the fountain from Dubai. Then head to the water where you will enjoy a romantic ride on an abra and your loved one will receive a huge bouquet of flowers.
Available February 14; 20,000 MAD per couple; Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai; addresshotels.com
7. An eco-friendly Valentine’s Day stay at Mysk Kingfisher Retreat, Kalba
A romantic getaway with a twist awaits at Mysk Kingfisher Retreat on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. This luxury eco-resort is the perfect place to hide from the world with your loved one and the relaxation package, available throughout February, includes breakfast and a visit to the Art Spa, where you will both be properly pampered.
You’ll also have your very own three-bedroom tented villa, with a private pool, terrace and sea views, perfect for enjoying the sound of the ocean under a star-filled night sky. A four-course dinner is served in a candlelit cabana on the beach, and you can also enjoy it guilt-free as this resort prides itself on its eco-friendly policies.
Available throughout the month of February; from MAD 8,430 including tax; Retreat of Kingfishers from Mysk, Kalba; mysk.com
8. Dinner hosted at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Begin your Valentine’s Day stay by settling into your stunning Four Seasons Jumeirah Sea View Suite, featuring a king-size bed and a spacious balcony with views of the Arabian Gulf and the resort’s private coastline .
As night falls, get ready for a romantic night at the Royal Cabana on the beach. Here, you’ll enjoy a five-course menu with each course designed to mimic the stages of falling in love, from first sight to moonlit kiss. Dinner also comes with a bottle of premium rose bubbles and a show. At the end of the meal, your loved one will receive a box of chocolates and an eternal rose as a souvenir of the evening. The next morning, treat yourself to a buffet breakfast at the Suq, or opt for in-room dining and enjoy a little longer “just you twice.”
Available February 12-14; from MAD 19,490 per couple; Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach; 04 270 7777; fourseasons.com
Updated: February 4, 2022, 5:05 a.m.