It feels like it's going to be an ice-cold winter 'til April but for Valentine's Day—when we've got plenty of reason to feel warm and fuzzy all over. Romance fills the air while hearts, lace and red and pink hues take the place of dreary grays and chilly blues... unless... you haven't made any plans!
But don't fret just yet, there's still a chance to make your loved one swoon if you don't count on chocolates to show your love's true. Dispense with clichéd trinkets and baubles, roses and heart-shaped cupcakes (well, if you make them yourself that could be pretty sweet!), Valentine's is a time to focus on each other and let everyone else do the work!
Imagine a weekend at a 5-star hotel, spending all day in a luxurious bed or at the spa, being waited on hand and foot and eating incredible food... could there be a better way to enjoy love's delights?
So read on, there are a wealth of fine hotels out there, but these next ones have let us know that they want to make this Valentine's Day extra special...
In Shanghai, the URBN hotel's Love Story package offers plenty of sinful indulgence while allowing you to keep your conscience squeaky clean thanks to this green hotel's low-carbon footprint credentials. On offer: The ultimate romantic evening. You’ll begin with private car service to Downstairs, the URBN's fine dining outlet, where you'll enjoy a cozy three-course meal for two. Afterward, you’ll take pleasure in a pampering massage for two in one of URBN's tranquil, award-winning rooms—which will be yours for the night. You'll also enjoy full breakfasts for two. Offer good from Feb 9-28, RMB 2999.
In Hangzhou, the lovely World Travel Awards-winning Fuchun Resort is offering its own enticements in the form of its Valentine's Escape package. Your evening at the resort begins
with an intimate dinner for two with a complimentary glass of champagne each. Then retreat to your room for a "blissful bath experience" before enjoying the rest of the evening in the privacy of your Garden-view Suite (though one "privilege option" available to you is an upgrade to a Lake-view Suite).
Start your next day with breakfast for two before indulging in a day of 90-minute spa treatments and a 60-minute Himalayan yoga session. Other "privilege options" include round-trip pick-up service, a Hangzhou half-day tour and a romantic Hangzhou boating experience accompaniment by a live Chinese flutist. Choose your privilege carefully, you only get to pick one! Offer good from Feb 8-15, RMB 8,000.
In Beijing, Shanghai and near Suzhou, our friends at Fairmont Hotels have planned a series of unforgettable evenings for your pleasure.
It's all about a night of sensual jazz at the Fairmont Beijing. Enjoy a "study of romance" at The Cut, where Chef de Cuisine, Marcus Routbard and resident sommelier, Faisal Majeeth take you on a culinary journey featuring amorous dishes matched with the perfect wines and complimentary glasses of Dom Perignon Champagne for a sizzling hot evening that awakens the senses. Reservations (010) 8507 361.
You could also enjoy an intimate Valentine's Day dinner at the Fairmont Beijing's Lunar 8 restaurant, where Chef Alan Yang has created a romantic menu featuring delectable Asian dishes accompanied by complimentary champagne and a rose for the lady. Reservations (010) 8507 3618.
At the Fairmont Yangcheng Lake your night begins with an extraordinary eight-course set menu for two including his and hers "welcome cocktails" (Perfect Manhattan for him, White Lady for her), accompanied by a private violin player and a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne. After all those intoxicating sights, scents and sounds, retreat to your luxurious Fairmont Park View Room for a night of bliss. RMB 9,999, call (86 512) 5780 0888 ext.25 for reservations and more details.
Thethe Bund while you enjoy Chef de Cuisine Sarah Madigan's moan-inducing five-course menu creations. You'll end the evening on a sweet note with a bottle of Rose Champagne, chocolates and a bouquet of red roses. Feb 14 only. RMB 2,999. Reservations (021) 6138 6881.
(All prices quoted exclude service charges)