If you’re planning on taking your relationship to the next level this February 14, then choose from these stunning destinations, guaranteed to help you to pull off the perfect proposal.
Make Maseru’s countryside your playground this February. There’s nowhere more magical to pop the question than in the Maluti Mountains which surround Maseru.
From your convenient perch on a hill just outside of Maseru, at Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino you are perfectly placed to explore Lesotho’s surrounding countryside. The hotel’s warm, welcoming rooms provide the perfect base, offering welcome respite from an adventurous day in the great outdoors. Watch dawn burst over Maseru from your private balcony – there’s one in each and every room and suite – and marvel at the wide-open space.
The light in Lesotho has a quality of its own; it’s luminous. Get the hotel to help you to find the best proposal spot and make sure you do it just before the sun sets over the mountains. Celebrate with a dip in the pool followed by a drink at Avani cosy Leifo Bar and fireside lounge.
Room rates at Avani Hotels & Resorts, Lesotho start from AED450 per night. For more information visit www.avanihotels.com/en/lesotho
Alluring Hai Phong
Regarded as the ‘real’ Vietnam with colonial architecture and lively local markets, Hai Phong is a charming spot in Vietnam that has romance oozing out of its every façade.
Located on the coast just 120km from Hanoi, most people use Haiphong as a jumping off point for Cat Ba Island, but Northern Vietnam’s port city deserves to be explored. Reminiscent of Vietnam’s capital city several decades ago, it’s easy to fall in love with this ‘mini Hanoi.’
Blending French colonial décor with international ambience and warm Vietnamese hospitality Avani Hai Phong sports romantic harbour views that sweep you back to a bygone era.
Stroll past little fishing villages to discover a host of beautiful beaches – each one more perfect than the last. Adrenaline junkies, meanwhile, may want to find a more adventurous spot to propose on top of a mountain or in a cave with a rock climbing expedition.
Evenings are about unwinding at Avani’s Nam Phuong restaurant for the best in authentic Vietnamese flavours or at Harbour Café for a laidback vibe. La Terrasse is where to settle in for the evening in order to watch the world go by.
Room rates at Avani Hotels & Resorts, Hai Phong start from AED350 per night. For more information visit: https://www.avanihotels.com/en/hai-phong
From Paris, With Love
No Valentine’s Day list is complete without Paris, the city of love. Whether it’s a boat ride down the river Seine or a hot-air balloon ride 150 metres above the city, you’d be hard pushed not to find a setting that is truly romantic. We suggest a private box at the fabulous Palais Garnier opera house followed by a stroll back to Mandarin Oriental, Paris for dinner at the fashionable Sur Mesure restaurant, guaranteed to make an impression with its all-white décor and two-starred Michelin cuisine. Couples can continue the celebrations at the Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop with world-class patisseries and finally head back to their spacious room at the hotel, overlooking Rue St Honore.
Room rates at Mandarin Oriental, Paris start from EUR 935 per night. For more information, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com/paris/place-vendome/luxury-hotel
For a private and personalised proposal, you can’t go wrong with North Island, Seychelles. Located 30km away from the main island of Mahe, Seychelles and extremely secluded with only 11 villas, each overlooking the Indian Ocean, this exclusive private island is ideal for an intimate proposal in peace and serenity, away from everything and everyone.
No experience or activity is too difficult to arrange at North Island, whether it’s a candlelit meal at a secluded beach complete with all your loved one’s favourite eats, or a private barbeque night in the luxury of the Villa followed by a classic movie to end the night, villa attendants are available 24/7 to cater to each guests’ whims.
Rates for the Presidential Villas start at EUR 6,433 per night and EUR 10,126 per night for Villa North Island excluding tax. For more information, please visit www.north-island.com
L’amour in Morocco
Lying in 20 hectares of fragrant gardens and olive groves, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is an elegant, contemporary resort offering the ultimate romantic escape. Only 10 minutes from the city centre, the resort promises a truly luxurious experience, with just 54 villas and 9 suites, a world-class spa and fine dining. Valid year-round, ‘A Romantic Escape’ package is just what you need for the perfect proposal. It includes breakfast for two in the privacy of your villa or suite, a fantastic four-course romantic dinner for two, spa treatments and other special treats guaranteed to make your trip unforgettable.
Rates for the ‘A Romantic Escape’ package start from EUR 1,150 per night and is valid for a minimum of 2 nights.
For more info, please visit https://www.mandarinoriental.com/marrakech/la-medina/luxury-hotel/offers/a-romantic-escape