1. A NEW CHAPTER OF WELLNESS
As one of Koh Samui’s most recent openings, Garrya Tongsai Bay Koh Samui - which falls under the Banyan Tree Group - is ripe for a get-in-there-first getaway. With simplicity, harmony and balance at its well-being core, it sits on 28 acres of tropical land, its buildings curated into a private hideaway on the north-eastern side of the island. With a focus on self-care, simplicity, slow-life, sleep and rest, and nourishment, your stay here will be one of relaxation and rejuvenation. The Exclusive Wellbeing package allows you to ‘stay different, be healthy, with 10 per cent discount from the Best Available Rate for a stay in a Wellbeing Pool Villa, plus daily breakfast, Samui Airport round-trip transfer, a complimentary 60-minute private yoga lesson and 60-minute massage, a five-course wellbeing dinner at EVOL, a selection of wellbeing activities and more!
2. AT ONE WITH WILDERNESS
If you’re one for the great outdoors, and like to experience romance under the stars, take a look at Amangiri in desert heart of Utah. You really don’t get much more secluded and private than this luxury retreat, especially when staying under the canvas of Camp Sarika by Amangiri - an intimate, back-to-the-wild experience surrounded by towering mesas, slot canyons and rust-coloured sands. Each of the camp’s 10 canvas-top pavilions have a private plunge pool, and are centred around a shared lounge, restaurant and pool area. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, book the Romantic Hideaway at Camp Sarika package, for a three-night stay that includes on Via Ferrata or Three Canyon Tour experience for two, a 60-minute couples’ yoga session, a 30-minute meditation for two, a 105-minute signature massage, a private dinner, full-board (excluding alcoholic drinks), round-trip transfers from Page, AZ and an Aman signature candle to take home.
3. ADVENTURE UNDER AN AFRICAN SKY
For something unique, go beyond the usual wildlife experiences and discover a new way to safari on an electric-powered vehicle, with Scott Dunn’s nine-night ‘silent safari’ in Zambia. The perfect itinerary for wildlife enthusiasts, this itinerary allows guests to embark on game drives through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to marvel at herds of elephants, with a stay at Tongabezi Lodge. Then you’ll head to Shawa Luangwa Camp, one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, to experience a ‘silent safari’ and explore sensitive ecosystems peacefully from the quiet and comfort of an electric, solar-powered Land Cruiser, letting you get even closer to the wildlife. You can also enjoy walking and river safaris or birdwatching, or simply relax into your stilted tent to enjoy the natural sounds of your surrounds.
4. FIND AMORÉ IN THE INDIAN OCEAN
Few places on earth scream unbridled romance as much as the Maldives, with its endless horizons, piercing blue skies and water so blue it’s as if painted directly from an artist’s palette. To ensure Valentine’s Day doesn’t go unnoticed, book a three-night stay in an overwater villa with pool at St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, and you can also enjoy daily breakfast at ALBA, return seaplane transfers, a six-course Signature Valentine Dinner for two with a bottle of champagne, a bouquet of roses and a chocolates, a guided snorkelling tour of the garden reef, in-villa champagne sabering and a 120-minute Romantic Spa Retreat, with massages, body scrubs and a rose petal bath with bubbles.
5. WRITE YOUR OWN LOVE STORY
Just a 30-minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport, the boutique island resort Milaidhoo Maldives is all about barefoot luxury, letting you reconnect with nature with every step and make memories to last a lifetime. To make the most of this tropical island idyll, book its Valentine’s Escape, which offers guests a 120-minute all-new Couples Connect spa experience (which focuses on the heart, sacral and crown chakras, and draws on the strength of rose, orange blossom and jasmine oils), a romantic getaway including a sunset cruise, dinner at a sandbank and a surprise, and a five-course set menu romantic dinner on the beach.
6. ROMANCE WITH A VIEW
Set against the backdrop of the majestic Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and surrounded by protected coral reefs and lush vegetation, the colonial-style JW Marriott Mauritius prides itself on its essence of timeless luxury and personalised service. Make use of this tailor-made attention to detail this month with its over Valentine’s Day offer, which gives guests staying three nights an exclusive sunset beach experience with canapés, bubbly and a private live solo musical performance, and a beautiful couples’ massage in an ultra-luxe spa suite at Pure Spa. If you want to up the ante further, you can have your own private dinner set up on the beach with wine pairing and, of course, epic star-kissed views!
7. RIVER DEEP
For an immersion into the raw, untouched beauty of the Douro River, book yourself in for a stay at the Octant · Douro, a haven in the north, and an architectural work of art built on the hillside terraces of Castelo de Paiva along the banks of the river. Amidst the rustling trees and trickling waters, book in for a Valentine’s stay, between February 12-18, with one night in any type of accommodation, early check-in and late check-out, sparkling wine and treats on arrival and a special dinner for two prepared by the hotel’s chef. Walk, hike, read a book, visit the spa, sweat it out in the sauna or Turkish bath, then swim it all off in the heated indoor pool with panoramic views over the river.