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Valentine’s Day getaway offers

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  • Staff Report
  • Published: 17:00 February 8, 2013
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  • Gourmet Abu Dhabi Valentine’s dinner will take place on Thursday, February 14, at the Arabian Nights Village
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DINNER AT ARABIAN NIGHTS VILLAGE

Gourmet Abu Dhabi Valentine’s dinner draws on an Emirati and Arab-inspired theme, based on the 1001 Nights. The event will take place on Thursday, February 14, at the Arabian Nights Village, deep in Abu Dhabi’s desert. Guests can choose to stay overnight at the sustainable desert camp. The village has three room clusters — Beit Al Barr, traditional desert mud houses; Beit Al Bahr, the houses of Emirati sea-dwellers made from palm fronds; and Beit Shaar, which are woven tents in traditional Bedouin style. An idyllic 200-square-metre swimming pool called The Oasis, dune bashing, quad biking, sand surfing and falconry are some of the amenities and activities available. Call 02-6769990, or write to reservations@arabiannights.ae or log on to www.arabiannights.ae

A NIGHT OF LUXURY

Stay the night in one of the Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi’s luxurious suites, starting at Dh750, including buffet breakfast for two at L’Opera. Dine at the revolving restaurant Al Fanar with live music by pianist Victoria; Dh500, including a 4-course European dinner and a complimentary bubbly drink on arrival. Call 02-6742020 or 800-101101 or write to reservations.lrmad@lemeridien.com

TWO NIGHTS ON A FLOATING OASIS

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a two-night escape aboard a floating oasis, in Khor Qabel and Ras Musandam. Enjoy sunbathing, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking and diving. Dh1,300/per person, including food, beverages and activities, for stay from February 14 to 16. For family offers, call 00968-26836550 or log on to www.almarsamusandam.com

OVERNIGHT AT TILAL LIWA HOTEL

Tilal Liwa Hotel offers Valentine’s Day packages starting from Dh999, including an overnight stay in a deluxe room with the view of the dunes, a heart-shaped cake, a candlelit three-course dinner by the pool under the stars and a room service breakfast the following morning. Room upgrades available from Dh250. Valid until February 16. For information and reservations, call 02-8976111 or log on to www.danathotels.com

SOFITEL ABU DHABI CORNICHE PACKAGE

The Magnifique Romance package at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche start from Dh1,190 per night. The package includes a welcome gift of chocolate, in-room breakfast and late checkout at 4pm. For reservations and more information call 02-8137777 or write to h7507@sofitel.com.

CELEBRATE LOVE AT MAFRAQ

Mafraq Hotel, Abu Dhabi, offers the Celebrate Love package, starting from Dh444, including stay until February 16 in a deluxe double room, four-course set dinner for two at the hotel’s Oasis Courtyard. Couples can also book a private romantic tent in the garden, with their own personal waiter for an extra Dh199. For more information log on to www.mafraq-hotel.com or call 02-6596666 or write to res@mafraq-hotel.com

ESCAPE TO MANGROVE HOTEL

Mangrove Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah offers Valentine’s Day getaway packages starting from Dh649, including stay at a suite double room which will be set up with rose petals, chocolates and strawberries, a three-course Asian dinner at Noodles House, complimentary coffee and shisha in Sidewalk Coffee Shop and breakfast. Valid until February 16. For reservations, call 800-5700, or write to reservations@binmajid.com or log on to www.binmajid.com.

SPOIL YOURSELF AT QASR AL SARAB

Choose to stay in a deluxe room for two nights at Qasr Al Sarab, starting from Dh4,500 per couple, including breakfast, one dinner at rooftop restaurant Suhail for two people and one dinner for two at Al Waha. Dine indoors or alfresco and enjoy a variety of fruit-infused refreshments while feasting on a sumptuous range of grills, including the must-try mouth-watering Blackmore Wagyu beef from Australia and the 1kg Tomahawk steak at Suhail. Or choose the Opulence package starting from Dh11,500 per couple for two-night stay in a bedroom villa, including breakfast and dinner for two at Al Waha, and bespoke Dine by Design experience with a butler catering to your needs on the sand dunes and under starry skies. Also inclusive are two 60-minute spa treatments, a bottle of grape, chocolates or bouquet of flowers. Call 02-8862088 or write to infoqas@anantara.com

TOTAL RELAXATION AT GRAND MILLENNIUM

Stay in a modern deluxe room at the Grand Millennium Dubai from Dh1,150 per night, per couple, until February 16, including a buffet breakfast and dinner at Dante restaurant. Include a 60-minute massage for Dh600 per couple and enjoy a Valentine’s Day goodie bag and a rose. For reservations call 04-4299999 or write to reservations@grandmill-dubai.com

A DAY AT ACACIA HOTEL

With rates starting from Dh600, celebrate Valentine’s Day at Acacia Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah. The package includes stay in a romantically decorated standard room with dinner buffet at Al Nakhla restaurant, two complimentary drinks at Acacia Club and an evening of dancing to a live band. For reservations, call 800-5700 or log on to www.binmajid.com.

EXPERIENCE ROMANTIC DUBAI

The Address Downtown Dubai offers a Valentine’s Day package with all the trimmings. Priced at Dh36,500, the package includes pick-up in an Audi A8 by a uniformed chauffer within Dubai and a bouquet of flowers for the lady, two-night stay in a Spa Suite Fountain, pre-dinner drinks at Neos on the 63rd level before a five-course candlelit dinner in the privacy of the suite overlooking the fountains and glittering Dubai skyline, breakfast at Zeta Lounge and Glow Together, a 90-minute spa treatment (foot ritual, oil and salt scrub, massage) at The Spa. For more information call 04-4368888.

A HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN KERALA

Stay by the banks of the Vembanad Lake, south India’s longest lake, in Kerala, surrounded by lush greenery and paddy fields. Offers start from Dh2,399 per person, including economy-class return airfare, airport departure tax, three nights’ accommodation on twin-sharing basis with buffet breakfast, return airport transfers, city tour of Cochin on arrival day en route to your hotel. A welcome drink and fruit basket and one-hour ayurvedic massage are also included in the package. Add to the romance by cruising 900 kilometres of untouched waters onboard a traditional houseboat from only Dh275 per person including lunch. Offer valid until April 30.

ONLY YOU IN ASCONA

The “Only You” package at the Eden Roc, Tschuggen property in Ascona, Switzerland, offers couples a romantic weekend. Starting from Dh1,943 per person, the package includes two nights in a suite with lateral Lake Maggiore views, buffet breakfast and one candlelit dinner. For more information and booking log on to www.edenroc.ch

A WEEKEND IN BEIRUT

The Valentine’s weekend escape package (starting from $1,808 [Dh6,635]) at Four Seasons Hotel Beirut offers a two-night stay in a sea-view room with breakfast in bed for two, a 30-minute vanilla full-body scrub for the ladies and an organic tea scrub for men, a 30-minute Jacuzzi and a 60-minute Western Touch Massage followed by a calming 30-minute facial, and a 4-course dinner at The Grill Room. For more information and bookings log on to www.fourseasons.com/beirut

WOLGAN VALLEY ROMANCE

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa’s Valentine’s Day Romance package includes two nights’ accommodation on twin-sharing basis in a luxury Heritage Suite with private indoor/outdoor swimming pool, gourmet breakfast served in bed on one morning of their stay and a delectable Valentine’s Day-inspired dinner menu in the Main Homestead throughout their stay, and two nature-based activities per day, for $1,675 per person until February 17. For more information log on to www.wolganvalley.com

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