Best romantic breaks in the UK for Valentine’s
Featuring castle experiences, luxury spa stays and relaxing retreats
Castle Hotel Windsor
MGallery Hotel Collection’s Castle Hotel Windsor offers a romantic break like no other. Its “Memorable Moments” package features a luxurious overnight stay, breakfast and afternoon tea. Also included is a 30-minute carriage ride with Windsor Carriages, the only company to operate carriages on The Long Walk at Windsor Castle and throughout The Great Park.
Couples will witness the stunning views of Windsor Castle, meet with the resident deer and encounter historical monuments, ancient forests and stunning horticultural displays. Following this, they will return to the splendour of the hotel to indulge in a delicious afternoon tea and a specially curated menu at Castle Hotel’s restaurant, Leaf. The memorable moments package starts from £361 for two people.
Shangri-La The Shard
Love is in the air throughout February at the Shangri-La The Shard in London. Starting on level 34 and occupying 18 floors of the iconic tower, the 202-room hotel offers a spectacular romantic getaway in the clouds.
For Valentine’s, rooms and suites can be transformed with heart-shaped balloons, bouquets of flowers, hand-made chocolates and caviar. Guests can also enjoy sipping rosé champagne against a backdrop of the capital’s skyline. Available from Sunday to Thursday only, the “Love is in the Air” package is priced from £745 per night and includes:
- A one-night stay in a luxurious room or suite, with breakfast for two at TĪNG
- A bottle of chilled rosé champagne in your room
- A bouquet of flowers and hand-made chocolates
- Use of the Sky Gym, infinity Sky Pool and sauna
The beautiful Glenapp Castle, a 21-bedroom hotel on the breathtaking Ayrshire coast in Scotland, has an “All You Need Is Love” package for February. Couples will enjoy candlelit three-course dinners, a bottle of champagne upon arrival and a cream tea in the grandeur of the Castle Drawing Room before retreating to one of Glenapp’s magnificent Castle Suites.
With a rose petal turndown on one evening, couples can spend time alone whilst looking out onto the calming waters surrounding the Scottish Isles with spectacular views of Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and on a particularly clear day, Ireland. For a romantic night of stargazing, Glenapp Castle is situated beside the local Galloway Forest Park and is one of the only four “dark skies parks” in Europe. Prices start from £150 per person per night, minimum two night stay.
Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Retreat to the Enniskillen countryside in Northern Ireland this Valentine’s. Forest hideaway Finn Lough has a sundowner lakehouse package which includes a night’s stay in a split level lakeside villa with beautiful views out across the still waters of Lough Erne. Couples can spend time outdoors, wandering the trails along the shores of the Lough before returning to their villa to be greeted by a private firepit overlooking the water.
Wrap up warm and toast s’mores together on the fire pit and enjoy wine and treats from the fireside hamper. In the morning, a cooked breakfast is delivered straight to the door. The sundowner lakehouse package starts from £235 per night, including accommodation, a private firepit experience, fireside hamper, complimentary bike use and breakfast.
Enjoy a luxury romantic getaway at The Headland, the five-star hotel located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Newquay. Boasting a beautiful cliff top location overlooking the golden sands of Fistral Beach, The Headland is the ideal place to revitalise, rejuvenate and relax with your partner.
Starting from £399 for stays between 2-17 February, The Headland’s Valentine’s package includes:
- Two nights’ accommodation
- Cornish breakfast on both mornings
- A two-course dinner on first evening
- Single red rose in the room
- Complimentary use of the spa facilities including pool complete with swan neck jet, Cornish salt steam room, Swedish sauna, hot tub and experience showers
- Access to the new £10m Aqua Club with six pools and a sun terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Conwy Valley, Wales
Byway’s romantic retreat to North Wales
Escape to the heart of the Conwy Valley with Byway, the sustainable flight-free travel company. The four-day, three-night trip will see guests take a train journey to the bustling mountain village of Betws-y-Coed where they will stay at Aberconwy House, a beautiful Victorian bed and breakfast.
On this romantic retreat in North Wales, you can explore the native woodlands, mountains and rivers right on your doorstep before heading back to the B&B for a glass of bubbly overlooking the view of the Gwydir Forest. Prices start from £434 per person.
This seven-bedroom small boutique lodge-style hotel is nestled amidst stunning scenery near Kylesku in the far north west Scottish Highlands on the NC500. Newton Lodge provides the perfect bolthole to cosy up by a crackling fire after a romantic day spent exploring the Highlands.
The hotel’s Valentine’s package includes a two-night stay for two, a bottle of prosecco on arrival, a homemade Highlands breakfast each morning and a romantic candlelit dinner for two on both nights. A special Valentine’s menu will also be available on Saturday night, with a table guaranteed to overlook the beautiful loch that surrounds Newton Lodge. Prices start from £400 for stays between 11-14 February 2022.
Kimpton Fitzroy London
The Kimpton Fitzroy London has launched a special deal for Valentine’s – “Get Kosy at Kimpton”. Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, guests can unwind during an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms or suites, where a bottle of champagne and a surprise sweet treat will be waiting upon arrival.
During the day, venture out and make the most of the bustling nearby neighbourhoods before returning for cocktails or a glass of wine. As candles are lit, guests can then enjoy an intimate dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Galvin’s Bar & Grill.
The “Get Kosy at Kimpton” experience starts from £409 and includes an overnight stay, breakfast in the morning, a bottle of champagne and £100 credit towards dinner at Galvin’s Bar & Grill. Valid for stays on 11, 12 and 14 February.
Down Hall Hotel, Spa & Estate
Celebrate the most romantic time of year at the stunning Down Hall Hotel, Spa & Estate, located in the beautiful Essex countryside. This year Down Hall has launched a Valentine’s Weekend Treat package – available on Saturday 12 February with prices from £355 per couple. The package includes one night bed and breakfast in a classic room, a cocktail on arrival, five-course taster menu in a private function room, and a live pianist to entertain you throughout the evening.
Couples looking to go all out can opt for the Helicopter Escape package, which includes an overnight stay in the opulent Master Suite, complete with a free-standing copper bath overlooking the stunning grounds. After a delicious dinner in the Garden Room restaurant, a blissful night’s sleep, and a hearty breakfast, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime private helicopter charter taking in the iconic sights of either London or rural Cambridgeshire. The package is priced from £4,999.
Enjoy a romantic break at luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair in London. The Valentine’s package includes a stay in one of the property’s stunning bedrooms, an indulgent eight-course tasting menu with a signature wine pairing at the hotel's fine-dining restaurant, Ormer Mayfair by Sofian, followed by breakfast the next morning.
The exclusive tasting menu, created by executive chef Sofian Msetfi, features dishes including a canapé selection of Jersey oysters with cucumber, horseradish, and Alsace bacon; aged Comté and smoked haddock tartlets; Scottish langoustine with pink grapefruit and juniper; and a roast squab pigeon with beetroot, cumin and rose water caramel. The package starts from £785 for a deluxe double room for one night.