GN Focus | Valentine's Day

25 deals to fall in love with

A selection of offerings from properties across the UAE to help make Valentine’s Day memorable in more ways than one

  • By Vanisha Pereira | Staff Writer
  • Published: 00:00 February 7, 2013
  • GN Focus

  • Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News
  • Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara

ABU DHABI

Fairways, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa

Experience a Valentine’s-themed dinner buffet at Fairways with roses for ladies and chocolates for gents. Don’t forget to participate in the draw for a chance to win a couple’s weekend getaway and spa package.

Price Dh240++ per person

Call 02 616 9999

Kazu, Viceroy Hotels and Resorts, Yas Abu Dhabi

Surprise your loved one with a culinary journey to the Far East with exceptional Japanese flavours, featuring sushi and sashimi, a teppanyaki table, tempura station and robatayaki grill.

Price Dh275++ per person

Call 02 656 0600

DUBAI


Choices, Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai

Make your way to a special Valentine’s Day dinner with a lavish seafood buffet and enjoy the contemporary ambience.

Price Dh280 per person

Call 04 705 4285

Pergolas Restaurant, Al Murooj Rotana Dubai

Enjoy a classy dining experience and indulge in a variety of Italian dishes complete with live cooking stations including a barbecue station on the terrace.

Price Dh350 per person

Call 04 321 1111

Splendido, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

Set the scene for a special evening this Valentine’s Day with fresh scented rose petals, a four-course set menu and a serenading guitarist.

Price Dh1,500 per couple including a bottle of premium bubbly

Call 04 318 6150

Terra Firma Steakhouse, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City

Indulge in a five-course meaty set menu featuring some of the best steaks in the city. Along with promising sizzling starters, a mouth-watering main and a delicious dessert, ladies will also receive a complimentary box of chocolates.

Price Dh790 per couple

Call 04 701 1127

Segreto, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah

Enjoy a three-course set menu paired with a glass of sparkling beverage, while enjoying beautiful views of the resort and its waterways. Ladies are also in for a sweet surprise.

Price Dh450 per person

Call 04 366 6730

Talk Restaurant, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach

Treat the one you love with a cocktail before enjoying the table d’hôte four-course menu and a live romantic jazz session. Ladies get a special present.

Price Dh600 per person

Call 04 449 8888

Chef’s House, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City

Indulge in a seafood night buffet and choose from a wide selection of the fresh catch of the day. A special gift also awaits the ladies.

Price Dh550 per couple

Call 04 366 9111

Mashrabiya Lounge, Fairmont The Palm

Cherish some quality time with your partner at Afternoon Tea from noon to 6pm, especially enhanced for the occasion with pourings of Kir Imperial. The tea includes an extensive array of treats.

Price Dh225 per person (Kir Imperial)

Call 04 457 3457

Hakkasan

An evening of extravagance with a scintillating three-course dinner comprising signature delicacies such as jasmine tea-smoked Wagyu beef or the Hakka steamed dim sum platter of scallop shumai, with rich chocolate fondant for dessert.

Price: Dh650++ per couple

Call 04 384 8484

Magnolia Bakery, Bloomingdale’s Home, The Dubai Mall

Savour some Valentine’s bakes with preparations such as the red velvet whoopie pie. Made with two heart-shaped mini red velvet cakes, the pie is sandwiched with a lovely pink whipped vanilla icing.

Price Dh14 each

Call 04 350 5440

BiCE Mare, Souk Al Bahar

Celebrate San Valentino the traditional Italian way with a unique Per Lei e Per Lui menu for couples.

Price Dh1,200 per couple

Call 04 423 0982

JW Marriott Hotel, Dubai

Enjoy live cooking stations set up at the Bamboo Lagoon, Hofbräuhaus and The Market Place.

Price From Dh300 per person

Call 04 607 7977/7009/7588

The Observatory, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites

With a seductive variety of flavours, the restaurant’s three-course set menu is ideal for a romantic evening between 5pm and 11pm.

Price Dh550 per couple

Call 04 319 4795

Cucina Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community

From 7pm to 11.30pm be serenaded by a guitarist in Cucina, where a scrumptious selection of dishes awaits, before raising a toast 
to a magical romantic night with 
a complimentary beverage with your partner.

Price Dh365 per couple

Call 04 885 2222

Petals, TIME Oak Hotel & Suites in Al Barsha

Indulge in an appetising line-up of dishes created exclusively for February 14 by executive chefs Anthony Sarkar and Haytham El Sayed, accompanied by a sparkling non-alcoholic toast and a red rose for every lady.

Price Dh120 per person

Call 04 437 7888

Rococo, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach

Feel welcomed with a glass of bubbly to set the tone for the evening before sitting down to a decadent five-course menu under rich purple interior and chandeliers.

Price Dh700 per couple

Call 04 448 4733

FUJAIRAH

Samakino, Concorde Fujairah Hotel

Enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one on Valentine’s Day and be surprised with special sweet treats.

Price Dh300 per couple

Call 09 224 9000

RAS AL KHAIMAH

Noodles House, Mangrove Hotel

Celebrate the romantic day in a suite double room set-up with rose petals, chocolates and strawberries. A three-course Asian menu will be served at Noodles House along with soft beverages. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast the following morning. The hotel package is valid from February 14 to 16.

Price: Room rates start from Dh649

Call 800 5700

Basilico, The Cove Rotana Resort

Cosy up to your partner in the 
restaurant’s intimate setting to make your Valentine’s night a memorable one with a set menu and a wide selection of beverages to suit the occasion.

Price From Dh550++ per couple

Call 07 206 6000

 

 CELEBRATE SINGLEDOM: ANTI-VALENTINE'S PARTIES

Brazilian Carnival party at 
B-lounge

Forget smooth and romantic sounds this 
Valentine’s Day and 
get ready for the hottest Brazilian Carnival party in town at B-Lounge at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel 
& Resort. The party starts 
at 8pm, entry is free of charge but door policy applies. Combine the party with a special Valentine’s room package if you like and get the Friday Bubbly Brunch for two included for only Dh899 net.

Voda Bar Ladies Night, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

The ultimate night for the single to mingle, ladies enjoy a complimentary house beverage on arrival for a special Valentine’s Ladies Night amid the uber-chic surroundings of Voda Bar.

Anti-Valentine’s Party 
at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Sick of all the lovey-dovey sentimentality? Shake off your Valentine’s blues and join the anti-Valentine’s party at the rooftop pool bar and celebrate your independence. Dance the night away with the live DJ and indulge in a good old-fashioned party with no strings attached.

Price: Dh150 per person.

REVIEWED: Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara

 Living the Arabian fairy tale

There are few things more hypnotic than the setting Arabian sun behind a crest of blood orange sand dunes surrounded by absolute solitude in the middle of the desert. Having the landscape to yourself is an intensely intimate experience, and the mesmerising Liwa Oasis, on the northern edge of the Rub’ Al Khali desert, is the appropriate place to do it.
You could take a picnic to this historic oasis, or you could get the experts to do it for you. In our book, Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara (above) offers the perfect solution. The hotel, the furthest inland desert hotel in the world, has won accolades for its signature Dine By Design concept.
A customised four-course meal laid out on a rose petal strewn table at your own Arabian divan with personal butler, while you look out towards the Empty Quarter, are all taken care of by the hotel. All you need do is sit back and enjoy a dreamy meal set amid golden sand dunes and starry skies, just like an Arabian fairy tale. It’s the ultimate desert romance.

The verdict
Her view: For someone not overemotional, I was hard-pressed to explain the moisture gathering in my eyes. I could attribute it to tear ducts irritated by the shifting sand. But, in the interest of truth, I have to admit that Qasr Al Sarab itself is nothing short of breathtaking. After a dozen, “Are we there yet?”, cramped muscles from a four-hour drive and the endless monotony of undulating dunes and unkempt shrubs, you arrive in the middle of nowhere to be enveloped in the majesty of nature. A glass of bubbly set the mood, followed by a stunning meal.
We dined on foie gras, king fish Qasr style and strawberry cheesecake. I’m not a fan of foie gras, but the fish was excellent. Marinated in tea, it came served with dates and smoked eggplant, which made for an unusual, exotic combination of tastes and flavours. The delicate and creamy cheesecake was part baked and part fresh and was a subtle exploration of dual natures.
His view: Truth be told, the setting is enough to thaw even the most unromantic, ice-hardened of hearts. Even I felt a pang of sentimentality. The picturesque stillness of the desert sweeps an intense intimacy into the experience. Dining by design in the desert is an unforgettable experience. There are very few occasions when you are impervious to a stray crystal of sand making its way uninvited into your water or bubbles, and this is one of the only times you can cast this otherwise eminent worry aside. The camel milk chocolates are a real, indigenous treat in this oasis of calm: I haven’t tasted better. It’s just a little touch that accentuates that quintessentially Emirati charm of Qasr. And there are, of course, those helpful souls who cater to your every culinary and comfort-inclined whim. The service is immaculate, speedy but unobtrusive, and having the table laid out for you on arrival is always a rare treat.

The details
Dine by Design packages start at Dh520++ per person and include a bubbly welcome drink. Guests can choose from a set menu or have one created for them. Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call 02 886 2088 or email infoqas@anantara.com

— Thomas Billinghurst and Sanaya Pavri/Features Writers

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