Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there’s nothing we love more than an excuse for a weekend or week away. Try the following short breaks to celebrate love, on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year.


Twenty minutes from Venice’s magical St Mark’s Square, The Dedica Anthology’s Grand Hotel dei Dogi combines an authentic sense of nobility from its 16th-century origins with a modern attitude to life and thoughtful, highly personalised service. Although the hotel is located within the magical and romantic canals of Venice and just a short distance from the tourist beats, guests can get lost in one of the city’s largest private gardens and experience the true romance of Venice.

Grand Hotel dei Dogi has produced a Romantic Secret Map for Valentine’s Day – a handy insider guide to their favourite romantic spots in the city. With intimate squares, flower-filled parks and breath-taking views to discover, you cannot fail to feel the love.


Once known as Constantinople or City of the World’s Desire, Istanbul blends two continents. With a history as poetic as that, romance can be found in every corner of the Old City.

An artisanal gem, the five-star AJWA Hotel Sultanahmet blends the finest elements of Seljuk and Ottoman architecture with modern luxurious hospitality, creating the perfect backdrop for the ultimate romantic getaway. The hotel’s location in the fabled Old City of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so couples can explore the major mosques, museums and bazaars, which are only a short distance away, before returning to the spectacular hotel. Couples can book in for a private treatment at the exquisite hammam or take the views from the rooftop whilst enjoying an intimate candle lit dinner.


A myriad of blue and picturesque islands, the Maldives is romance personified, a tranquil escape with uninterrupted ocean and pristine turquoise lagoon views.

For Valentine’s Day, the spa at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo is offering a special Valentine’s Day package that includes a 30-minute coconut and sea salt exfoliation, 60-minute heavenly signature body massage and a soaking bath tube experience with a bottle of wine. For couples staying at the resort during Valentine’s Day, they have the choice of two incredible food and drink offerings. The Valentine’s Kaiseki Dinner is a five-course dinner at The Pearl, the resort’s elegant speciality Japanese restaurant.

Alternatively, guests can enjoy the Starlight Escape Dinner on Sunset Beach, which includes a five-course dinner and one bottle of champagne. Guests can also add a floating breakfast in the morning with two glasses of champagne to this package for the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience.

Northern Ireland

The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, one of Hastings Hotels’ seven properties in Northern Ireland, is situated on the idyllic seashores of the Irish sea on Newcastle Bay. The hotel looks out to the Mountains of Mourne with spectacular views across the Royal County Down Golf Course. Set in six acres of beautifully kept private grounds, the property is famous for its expansive and luxurious spa. Guests can escape to a cocoon of calm and melt away their stresses with over two floors of tranquility, including a magnificent 20 metre swimming pool and Vitality Pool, amethyst steam room and high-tech fitness studio.

This Valentine’s, spend a romantic dinner overlooking the Mourne Mountains, complete with dinner, a glass of prosecco and spa access during your stay. Plus of course a Hastings rubber duck created especially for Valentine’s Day for those bubble baths for two.


Salinda Resort is located on the serene island of Phu Quoc, where the breathtaking location, authentic Vietnamese touches and impeccable service are ideal for a Valentine’s Day break. With three spoiling restaurants to choose from, an enchanting Thai Spa, and the incredible famous ‘purple sunsets’, Salinda Resort offers a charming tranquil island retreat. The hotel boasts a fantastic selection of exceptionally designed venues to inspire love. .

Wow your loved one with a stunning, serene and beautifully set up dinner, featuring a glorious sunset as your backdrop or a dinner nestled in lush greeneries of the mango garden. Experience romance with a 3-course gourmet meal as your private waiter provides attentive and solicitous service for you to celebrate love. Alternatively, working alongside your Valentine, Chef Long will walk you through a culinary celebration of your favourite Vietnamese dishes. The chefs will demonstrate how to make the quintessential Vietnamese meal step by step, and then you can dine on your creations for lunch with complimentary refreshments and chef’s recipes to take home.


What could be more beautiful than gazing at the stars with your loved one? Tuscany Now & More, the exclusive villa rental specialists in Tuscany and beyond, is delighted to announce its collection of properties that boast awe-inspiring panoramas for Valentine’s Day, creating the perfect locations for stargazing and admiring the sun set to form a spectacular night sky. Guests can experience stargazing with an expert astronomer at a traditional Tuscan farmhouse, stay in a villa on its very own secluded hilltop, or sit on their terrace on the edge of a medieval village and gaze at the starlit night sky above.

Located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, Colli Fiorentini is a spectacular stone farmhouse that is surrounded by sweeping hills, blanketed with vineyards and olive groves. Due to the villa’s remote location, the constellations are incredibly visible from the garden, allowing guests to experience a truly magical and unique Tuscan experience.


Tivoli Carvoeiro invites you to celebrate love with a customised programme designed for St. Valentine’s, being the perfect excuse for a romantic weekend, in one of the most elegant resorts in the Algarve. With a contemporary and warm design, inspired by the tones of the sea, and tucked onto a cliff-hugging coast of picturesque fishing villages, Tivoli Carvoeiro is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Some highlights of the programme include dinner for two, with the sound of the Atlantic waves and candlelight, a walking tour of the Seven Hanging Valleys with a specialized guide to help couples unveil the secrets of the landscape, fauna, flora and local culture. The Valentine’s Day program includes an offer of 20% for the couple treatments at the Tivoli Spa. The romantic treatment for two combines a facial with a massage and ends with a bath of rose petals, strawberries with chocolate and sparkling wine.

There is a strong belief that the Trojans were originally Greek, including some of the scholars who worked at site.

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