February 14 is likely to be a dry day, although this hadn’t been confirmed at the time of writing. Many restaurants are scheduling Valentine’s events on Sunday 13 or Tuesday 15 instead, so be sure to call ahead.
1 Dubai Marina Yacht Club: If you’re planning to pop the question on Valentine’s Day, impress your loved one with a cruise on the luxurious Athena yacht. The cost includes a three-hour cruise with a four-course set menu, a bottle of bubbly, a chef and a butler on board. Dhs7,000. Time can be arranged accordingly. Near Al Maya supermarket, Dubai Marina (04 362 7900).
2 Dusit Thani Dubai: All three of the hotel’s restaurants will be serving set meals on February 14 – great for couples who enjoy each other’s company without the benefit of a stiff drink. The Californian is Dhs398 per couple with soft drinks, fresh juices and a special mocktail, while Benjarong and Pax are Dhs499 per couple including a mocktail each. Sheikh Zayed Road, email@example.com (04 317 4212).
4 Esca: On Valentine’s Day, Esca will be dishing up five tempting courses while you whisper sweet nothings by the pool in the shadow of the glittering Burj Khalifa. There’ll also be roses and chocolates for ladies. Dhs350 (including two glasses of date bubbly and soft drinks). 6.30pm. Qamardeen Hotel, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 428 5923).
5 Maya by Richard Sandoval: Those looking to spice up their Valentine’s Day celebrations on February 14 and 15 should head to this high-end Mexican restaurant helmed by top chef Richard Sandoval. Dhs700 per couple (includes selected house beverages). 7pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
6 M-Dek: On February 13 and 14, Chef Nicolas will be offering a vast selection of recipes to heighten the senses. Though couples are welcome, the night is geared towards singles looking to mingle. February 14 is dry, but the hotel is offering special room packages. Dhs199 per person; Dhs388 per couple. 7pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 427 1000).
7 Oscar’s: Love is all about sharing, which is why Oscar’s is offering a sharing menu for two on February 14 and 15 – delicate seafood, succulent meat skewers and a heart-shaped dessert. Dhs199 per couple (includes two glasses of pink bubbly). 7pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
8 Rhodes Mezzanine overnight stay: On the evenings of February 10, 11 and 12, enjoy top-class fare and an overnight stay at Grosvenor House for Dhs925 per person. Not too bad five-star luxury (although he/she doesn’t have to know that). Dhs925 per person. Dinner served 7.00-11.30pm. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).
9 Rive Gauche: To avoid the potential dry day on February 14, Rive Gauche is offering a five-course set menu from February 10-13, and ladies will also receive a spa discount voucher. Best for couples who need to celebrate their Valentine’s Day with bubbles. Dhs1,000 per couple. 6.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
10 Saha Courtyard: Just because you’ve a family doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day with kids in tow. Saha will offer live buffet stations in a serene setting that makes you feel as though you’ve escaped the city. Dhs250 per person (including selected beverages); Dhs100 for kids aged six to 12. 7pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, near Arabian Ranches, www.poloclubdubai.com (04 361 8111).
11 Spice Island: For a more oriental take on Valentine’s Day, head to Spice Island on February 13 or 14, when the staff will be cooking up all manner of dishes with an Asian twist. Dhs189 (soft drinks), Dhs239 (selected house beverages); Dhs309 (premium beverages). 7pm. Renaissance Hotel, Deira, www.dubairenaissance.com (04 262 5555).
12 Teatro: For couples who like all their senses tickled on Valentine’s Day, Teatro is offering roses, chocolate and posh John Richmond fragrances, as well as a four-course menu. Dhs700 per couple. 7pm. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2202).
13 The Lakes Club: Great for those on a Valentine’s budget: guests will receive a glass of bubbly on arrival, followed by a trusty international buffet and unlimited soft drinks. Dhs150 per person. 7pm. The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 362 7791).
14 The Talk: Smooth grooves and fun on the outdoor terrace – we predict a relaxed, yet romantic experience. Dhs399 per couple; Dhs499 per couple in a private cabana. 7pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).
15 Traiteur: If anyone knows about romance, it’s the French. Chef Franck Detrait has created a sumptuous five-course Gallic menu for guests on February 13 and 14. Don’t miss the views. Dhs650 per person (food only). 7.30pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).