Valentine’s Day is touted as the most romantic day of the year, and it can be, if planned correctly. This year, instead of buying a thoughtful but predictable gift, go one step further and surprise your loved one with a romantic minibreak for two. As 14th February falls on a Sunday in 2016, it’s the perfect excuse to jet off and celebrate your relationship in style. With so many options available, we’ve put together a list of leading Valentine’s getaways to some of the world’s most romantic cities. Read on to see how Rocco Forte Hotels can make your trip extra special.
London: Best for historical sights
London is a city steeped in history and tradition. A popular destination for history fanatics and old soul romantics, the capital is laden with historical buildings and striking views. Spend a romantic weekend strolling over bridges and through parks, gazing at artwork in galleries and visiting museums. When you need a break from sightseeing, stop off in quaint tea shops, catch a magical West End show or settle down for a romantic dinner at one of the city’s esteemed restaurants.
Stay at the appropriately historical Brown’s Hotel, London’s oldest hotel. Our Brown’s Bespoke Traveller package makes for an excellent Valentine’s treat and includes Champagne on arrival, breakfast at acclaimed British restaurant HIX Mayfair, spa treatments and airport transfers. Guests will even be gifted a customised monogrammed Globe-Trotter suitcase, giving extra packing space for souvenirs.
Brussels: Best for classic romance
From fine dining restaurants and world-class bars to beautiful gardens and cultural attractions, Brussels has everything you need to woo your partner this Valentine’s Day. Spend the day exploring art galleries and museums, visiting Medieval sights or people watching at Grand Place, before relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere at one of the city’s revered cocktail bars.
Romance your partner with Hotel Amigo’s Valentine’s Day Package. In classic fashion, Champagne, chocolates and candles await guests in their suite. The couple also receive a full Continental breakfast served in the privacy of their room, and two tickets to the Van Buuren Museum and its beautiful gardens.
Frankfurt: Best for wining and dining
The riverside city of Frankfurt makes for a charming Valentine’s escape. It’s easy to lose a day strolling along the riverfront promenade, gazing at the city’s soaring towers and cathedrals, and exploring the many squares and plazas. When it comes to wining and dining, Frankfurt’s options are limitless. From cosy German taverns serving homemade apple wine and hearty Bavarian cuisine, to ritzy bars and world-class restaurants, there’s a place to tempt every palette.
Make your weekend even more unforgettable by booking the Romantic Moments package at Villa Kennedy. The experience comes with a special couples’ spa treatment at Villa Spa – a beautiful escape from the city and the perfect start, or end, to a romantic weekend away.
St Petersburg: Best for the wow-factor
Grandiose architecture, world-class theatres, historical landmarks, incredible restaurants – all this and more can be found in St Petersburg. An impressive option for a Valentine’s break, the city offers plenty to satisfy a courting couple, from morning troika rides at Tsarskoye Selo to afternoon literary tours and evening operas at Mariinsky Theatre.
Impress your loved one by staying overnight at Hotel Astoria – a city landmark in itself. When booking a suite, request the Celebration Package and enjoy extra touches such as complimentary chocolates and Champagne.
Florence: Best for unforgettable views
Romance is in the air most of the year in Florence, but the mood amplifies over Valentine’s Day. An outstanding romantic destination, the Italian city is known for its flawless vistas. For optimum panoramic views, climb Brunelleschi's Dome or the Tower of Palazzo Vecchio, or walk across the Medieval Ponte Vecchio. An important stop for art lovers, don’t miss the opportunity to view world-famous artworks such as Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia.
Spend your Valentine’s weekend in style at Hotel Savoy. Located on Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of the city, the hotel is within walking distance of all the major attractions. Book the special Celebration Package and receive welcome gifts such as Champagne and chocolates upon arrival.
Make your Valentine’s weekend even more special with Rocco Forte Hotels gift vouchers, which can be used on everything from spa treatments to dining experiences.
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