I know of only one duty and that is to love.” Albert Camus

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to think about how and where to celebrate the day of love in the capital. Keep the romance alive with an intimate dinner, couples spa date or even a staycation. Looking for some extra inspiration? Here’s some ideas to help create some memories in 2021.

Modern Romance

Contemporary hotel, The Abu Dhabi EDITION is offering couples romantic dining, pampering and staycation opportunities to celebrate the day of love. Award-winning steakhouse, Oak Room has a delicious curated menu with an array of dishes including their signature sourdough with marmite butter, Gillardeau Oysters, Surf and Turf with poached lobster claw and black onyx tenderloin followed by a British classic, mixed berry trifle. Available from 6pm – 11pm (AED 395 house package). 

Relax at the elegant Edition Spa with a cocoa inspired spa experience. Proceedings start with a chocolate body scrub followed by a 60-minute full body massage with serenity oil and finishes with a slice of gourmet chocolate cake and a glass of bubbly (Daily 10am–10pm, AED 770). Book a staycation with stunning marina views this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a luxurious night’s stay, the aforementioned 5-course menu at Oak Room, Alba Terrace’s limitless breakfast for two and a signature EDITION Spa couple’s massage (AED 2,280). 

For more information visit www.editionhotels.com/abu-dhabi/ or telephone 02 208 0000. The Valentine’s Oak Room menu, chocolate spa experience and staycation are all available from Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th February.

Read more about The Abu Dhabi EDITION in previous posts HERE

Love Island

Escape to your very own love island by speedboat and dine under the stars at Zaya Nurai Island this Valentine’s Day. Spoil your loved one with a candlelit dinner at the chic Frangipani restaurant.

The 3-course specially curated set menu will feature a selection of international dishes on 14th February from 8pm. The package is AED 1700 per couple with champagne and house wine or AED 1400 with mocktails and non-alcoholic sparkling wine. 

Visit www.zayanuraiisland.com, email dining@nurai.com or telephone 02 506 6229 for more information and to book.

Read more about Zaya Nurai Island in previous posts HERE

The Luxury of Love

It’s all about luxury at the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi in Al Maryah Island with five ways to spoil your loved one. Enjoy a lavish five-course Italian meal at Café Milano with indulgent dishes such as foie gras terrine, house-made beetroot ravioli with lobster, pancetta-wrapped roasted veal tenderloin and morello cherry mousse with almond biscuit and raspberry sorbet. 

Chicago steakhouse Butcher & Still is offering a delightful menu that includes St. Jacques scallops, oysters Rockefeller, sea bass, lobster thermidor, choice of steaks and a New York-style cheesecake. Those who fancy something different from dinner can opt for the Valentine’s themed afternoon tea at Al Meylas with treats such as raspberry scones and raspberry rose pate choux (AED 250 per couple). 

Pamper your loved one at The Pearl Spa with a couple’s two-hour pampering session. Take a bath with bubbly and fresh canapés followed by side by side massages and revitalising facials. Go all out with a staycation and avail of the Abu Dhabi Getaway offer by booking online HERE.  

For more information email reservations.abudhabi@fourseasons.com, telephone 02 333 2222 or visit www.fourseasons.com/abudhabi/

Read more about the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi in previous posts HERE

Splash Out

Treat your loved one to an extravagant and memorable dining experience at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Couples will enjoy a five-course dinner in a private teepee on the hotel’s stunning beach.

Lapping waves and fire pits will provide a romantic ambiance, early diners can also enjoy the Saadiyat Island sunset. Indulgent dishes are on the menu such as wagyu tartare with beluga caviar, fine de claire oysters, foie gras, Boston lobster thermidor, grilled rib eye beef and eton mess. The romantic dinner costs AED 3,000 per couple including a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne and house beverages. Advance booking is required as spaces are limited. 

The hotel is also offering a Valentine’s champagne breakfast and a themed Afternoon Tea alongside other dining options. Iridium Spa, the hotel’s standalone facility, has a luxurious spa experience for couples. Guests can relax in the VIP suite with its private Jacuzzi and enjoy firming gold body polish treatments, a full body massage with premium massage oils and gold firming facials using 24 karat gold pebbles. The romantic 2 ½ hour experience costs AED 2,900 per couple (available from 14th – 20th February).

To see all the Valentine’s Day dining options available contact the hotel via email restaurant.saadiyat@stregis.com or by telephone 02 498 8888

Read more about The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in previous posts HERE

A Touch of Glamour

Delicious Italian cuisine, a glamorous location and marina views make Cipriani Yas Island the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. The elegant restaurant will be serving a specially curated four-course Valentine’s Day menu alongside their signature a la carte dishes.

Diners will enjoy dishes such as Cipriani’s signature carpaccio, prawn and asparagus risotto, fillet of Dover sole and herb-crusted rack of lamb and a choice of either the Valentine’s Day strawberry & vanilla meringue or chocolate cake (AED 495 per person).

Visit www.ciprianiyasisland.com or telephone 02 657 5400 for more information and to book. Open from 6pm – midnight

Romantic Date Night

Punjab Grill, located at the Venetian Village in the Ritz Carlton complex, is inviting couples to enjoy a four-course culinary journey of Indian flavours. Offering a romantic setting with cosy interiors and stunning canal views, the restaurant will give Valentine diners a bouquet of flowers and chocolates as part of the restaurant’s celebration. 

The special Valentine’s Day menu will include starters of Dibba Bay Oysters along with a selection of chat and soup options. Mains include Tandoor Salmon served with Apple, Walnut and Coconut or Avocado Kofta served with Cashew and Kale foogath followed by a Chocolate and Banana Brulée. The menu features vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and a complimentary welcome drink. 

For more information and to reserve a table  WhatsApp +971 50 668 3054. The Valentine’s menu is priced at AED 590 per couple.

Read more about Punjab Grill in previous posts HERE

Keep it Casual

Located downtown, Café 302 at Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana is launching a 3-day special set menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The romantic menu includes roasted tomato basil soup and grilled sea scallops followed by main course options of either herb-marinated t-bone steak or a pan-seared sea bass (plant based set menu also available). End on a sweet note with a red velvet molten lava cake. Soft drinks are also included.

Find out more at www.rotanatimes.com/almahaarjaanbyrotana. Available from 12th to 14th  February 2021 from 6pm – 10pm. AED 199 net per couple. 

Read more about Café 302 and the Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana in previous posts HERE

The Gift of Love

Does your partner have a sweet tooth? Do they love receiving flowers? Why not send them a personalised cake or gift hamper from Ferns N Petals. There’s plenty of romance-themed flower arrangements and bouquets as well as heart-shaped cakes, chocolates and gifts. Long stem roses and ‘Forever Roses’ are also available.

Visit www.fnp.ae/gifts/valentines-day for more information and Valentine’s Day delivery options.

Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2021. All rights reserved. Additional photos used with courtesy of the respective venues.