Within the UAEArabian Adventures’ new-year packages
The ‘Just for You’ package (Dhs850) features a drive into Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve by 4x4 truck, followed by a camel ride to a secluded spot in the dunes with a barbecue and unlimited selected beverages. The ‘Rise and Shine’ package (Dhs850) involves leaving early for a Bedouin ‘futoor’ breakfast in the desert and a tour of the rolling dunes, returning to Dubai around noon. Finally, on the ‘Starlight Express’ overnight safari in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (Dhs650), you’ll set up camp at sunset and tuck into a barbecue feast (for an additional Dhs85) before retiring to your tent. The next morning features a safari. Prices vary. Valid until April 30 2012; also available October 1-31 2012. www.arabian-adventures.com (04 303 4888).
All-inclusive weekday mountain retreat at Hatta Fort Hotel
Escape the stress of city life and relax in a deluxe chalet-style room while absorbing the scenery of the Hajar Mountains. This offer is available for UAE residents and includes three meals, soft drinks and selected house drinks during lunch and dinner. Avoid the weekend rush and stay midweek (Saturday to Thursday).
Dhs549. Sat-Thu only. Ongoing. Hatta Fort Hotel (04 809 9333).
Beachside Valentine's dinner package at the Kempinski Palm Jumeirah
Enjoy a Valentine’s dinner on the beach in a private cabana with an overnight stay in a two-bedroom suite. The package also includes a couples massage and breakfast in bed.
Dhs5,350 (per couple). End dates TBC. Kempinski Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2444).
Get a night’s stay, breakfast, late check-out at 6pm and a dive (for both qualified and new divers) at the five-star PADI centre, Divers Down.
Dhs550 per person. Ongoing. Nour Arjan by Rotana, Fujairah (09 202 5507).
InterContinental Valentine’s package
Guests who book the premium Valentine’s package will enjoy a chauffeur-driven limousine to the hotel before checking into a luxury suite for two. This will be followed by a romantic sunset helicopter tour of Dubai and a Valentine’s dinner for two at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire. Signature spa treatments will also be included, as well as breakfast designed by chef Pierre Gagnaire, which will be served to the room for a blissful end to the romantic break.
Dhs10,000 per couple. Bookings for February 14 2012 only. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, www.intercontinental.com (04 701 1127).
Island romance at Sir Bani Yas Island
Experience the warmth of Arabian hospitality on Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. Unwind together with an indulgent 90-minute massage at the Anantara spa, before you meander down to the idyllic beach for a private three-course candlelit dinner.
Dhs3,620. February 8-20 2012. Desert Island Resort, desertislands.anantara.com (02 801 5400).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray deals
Book your stay before May 31 2012 and enjoy a deluxe room starting at Dhs1,500 per night. Stay for three consecutive nights and choose between a 60-minute signature Talise massage or traditional Turkish hammam at Talise Ottoman Spa, or one bottle of house grape and a sushi platter for two at Voda Bar. From Dhs1,500 per room per night.
Valid until May 31 2012. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah (04 364 7133).
Take in the romance of Valentine’s Day from the surroundings of a signature room at Raffles Dubai. Couples will be treated to a special dinner for two at Fire & Ice and a ‘Togetherness Massage’ in the exclusive couples’ spa. Prices start at Dhs2,012 per night (includes breakfast at Azur and a bottle of bubbly).
Until February 29 2012. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Luxury spa stay package at Atlantis
Enjoy one night’s stay for two people and a two-hour spa experience for two adults, which includes a one-hour full-body massage, full-body scrub, scalp massage, foot massage, unlimited use of the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym, and access to Aquaventure and Lost Chambers.
Dhs2,315 per room, per night. Valid February 1-10, February 18-March 23, April 15-May 5 2012. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Romantic mountain stay in Hatta
The Valentine’s package includes a welcome drink upon arrival, a five-course gourmet dinner at Jeema Restaurant, chocolate-covered strawberries/rose petals and aromatherapy candles in the deluxe chalet-style room where you will be staying.
Dhs1,650 per couple per night; upgrade to a one-bedroom deluxe chalet-style suite for Dhs3,000 per couple per night. Valid February 9-14 2012. Hatta Fort Hotel (04 809 9333).
Play the Montgomerie golf course and stay at Atlantis
Enjoy two games of 18-hole golf and one night’s stay for two in a deluxe room at Atlantis on the Palm Jumeirah. The price includes club and shoe hire.
Dhs2,465 per night. Until May 5 2012. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
The Ultimate Desert Romance at Qasr Al Sarab
Escape to the romantic dunes of Liwa Desert and experience the luxury of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Couples can unwind together in the Anantara spa with a 90-minute Desert Romance massage and toast to the occasion with a glass of bubbles post-massage. The experience continues with a private three-course candlelit meal.
Dhs4,760. February 8-20 2012. Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, qasralsarab.anantara.com (02 886 2088).
Further afieldRomantic hotel stays in Vienna
Stay at Holiday Inn Vienna City (prices start at Dhs4,120) or Hotel Sacher Wien (prices start at Dhs6,270), all of which include flights from Dubai. Prices are per person on twin-sharing basis and include economy-class return airfare, three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, room tax and service charges.
From Dhs4,120. Valid until February 29 2012. Emirates Holidays www.emiratesholidays.com/ski (800 5252).
Check out Thailand’s most exclusive resort and spa. Trisara is a sanctuary of privacy, space and good taste. Stay three nights in an ocean-view pool room, enjoy daily breakfast and airport pick-up and drop-off. Dhs5,485 per person. Valid until April 30 2012. Dhs5,485. firstname.lastname@example.org.