“You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.” Albert Einstein
Spread the love this Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner or a couples spa treatment here in the capital. There’s lots of options on how and where to celebrate the day of love in Abu Dhabi, some affordable and others a bit more of a splurge.
Here’s some ideas for those looking for some inspiration …
Al Maya Island and Resort – Enjoy an alfresco candle-lit dinner under the stars at Al Maya Island and Resort. A three-course dinner will be served in a beach cabana with a backdrop of romantic music and ocean views.
The Valentine’s Special package is available from 1pm to 10pm on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th February for AED 1000 per couple (also includes complimentary chocolates and red roses). For more information and to make a booking telephone 02 667 7777 or visit almayauae.com/offers/
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi – Celebrate the day of love the Italian way with a five-course meal at Café Milano (AED 590 per person including a welcome drink). Tuck into tasty options such as oysters, pan-roasted scallops, house-made lobster ravioli, roasted sea bass or a pan-roasted lamb saddle with a fine chocolate heart to finish.
Other options at the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi include an à la carte dinner at Chicago steakhouse Butcher & Still or a special Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea at Al Meylas. The afternoon tea is available daily from 13th to 19th February between 3pm and 7pm (AED 250 per couple). Alternatively Pearl Spa & Wellness is offering the specially curated Just For You 90-minute body and face experience (AED 750) from 12th – 20th February.
For more information and to book any of the experiences telephone 02 333 2222 or email email@example.com
The Herbal Thymes – Turn your home into a spa and pamper yourselves with a gift box from The Herbal Thymes. The handmade eco-friendly, natural organic products include such delights as herbal bath soaks and fizzies, body scrubs and lip balms. Choose from three gift boxes; The Essentials, Box of Joy and Someone Special. Visit theherbalthymes.com to see the full product range that also includes a range of dried herbs that can enhance your daily life.
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island – Surprise your other half with the Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island’s ‘Perfect Pair Relaxation’ offer and enjoy an indulgent couples massage and complimentary pool access (AED 700 per couple).
Make use of the eforea spa’s state-of-the-art amenities which include a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and colourful experience shower followed by a 60-minute massages in the private couples treatment room. Unlimited relaxation by the pool is included as well as 20% discount on food and beverages.
Niri Restaurant & Bar – If you love Japanese cuisine take your date to Niri Restaurant & Bar located on the beachfront promenade at Mamsha Al Saadiyat. The distinctive Japanese yakitori restaurant offers a memorable dining experience with great service, a dedicated sushi counter, accomplished mixologists and an outdoor terrace offering ocean views.
Enjoy the many a la carte options, a selection of well presented dishes that includes sushi, sashimi, grills, tempura, salads and vegetarian options. My top tip is to definitely save room for dessert and order the delicious chocolate souffle with hazelnut ice cream.
To book telephone 02 546 8886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Raclette Brasserie & Café – Tantalise your tastebuds with a French inspired evening in a romantic setting at Raclette located in Mamsha Al Saadiyat. Couples can enjoy an à la carte menu with special drinks, desserts and live entertainment (minimum spend of AED 499 per couple).
Telephone 056 996 6898 or book via the link bit.ly/3kIF2XF
Sea Hawk Watersports – Looking for a different kind of experience? Take a Valentine’s sunset cruise with Sea Hawk and enjoy a candle-lit BBQ dinner under the stars on a remote island.
Sail through the mangroves on a 45-minute sunset cruise and enjoy the Abu Dhabi skyline from the beach. Available on Sunday 13th February from 6pm – 9pm. To book telephone 02 673 6688 or email email@example.com
The Abu Dhabi EDITION – Treat your special one to a memorable experience at The Abu Dhabi EDITION. Enjoy a 4-course meal at Oak Room steakhouse (from AED 650 per couple), a 3-course Mediterranean inspired menu at Alba Terrace (from AED 500 per couple) or a seafood platter and two-hours of bubbles at the Library Bar (AED 500).
Alternatively pamper yourselves with a couples massage at the stylish EDITION spa. Telephone 02 208 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yas Bay – Plan a visit to Yas Bay on 14th February to avail of a variety of Valentine’s dining offers. Asia Asia Abu Dhabi are offering a set menu, glass of bubbly on arrival and live entertainment (AED 700 per couple). Siddharta Lounge is inviting couples to partake in a sharing style three-course meal with a bottle of wine and waterfront views (AED 325 per person or AED375 with free flowing selected drinks). Available from 7pm – midnight.
Meat lovers should head to Australian steakhouse Hunter & Barrel who will be serving a decadent three-course menu (AED 390 per person). Beach club Café Del Mar is offering a five-course set menu with Valentine themed cocktails and a bottle of bubbly (from AED 999 per couple).
Visit www.yasbay.ae/dine/ to see all the restaurants.
Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2022. All rights reserved. Additional photos used with courtesy of the respective venues.