Hotels and resorts across the Emirates have gone all out with a host of lavishly romantic staycation packages available to book during the month of love.
So while chocolates and flowers might be enough to impress some, those wishing to go the extra mile need look no further than their nearest luxury hotel.
From enjoying sundowners with your loved one on a beach in Fujairah to a rooftop dining experience with a private chef in Dubai, these are the UAE’s most lavish Valentine's Day staycations.
1. Rooftop dining with a private chef at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC
Pull out all the stops this Valentine’s Day with a luxury stay in the heart of Dubai at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC. Check into your Royal Suite where you’ll have 220 square meters of luxury accommodation complete with a private dining room and a king-size bed with 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets.
Start the day with a personalised spa experience for two, including a body scrub, massage and express facial treatment, then take some time to unwind in your suite which has views over DIFC. Dinner will be served on the rooftop by your very own private chef, and you can serenade your loved one with ease as live music under the stars is also provided. Top things off with breakfast in bed for two the next morning.
Available February 14; from $10,000 per couple including taxes; The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai; ritzcarlton.com
2. A suite stay at SLS Dubai
One of Dubai’s hippest hotels is offering couples a night to remember this Valentine’s Day. SLS Dubai’s Spa and Suite Package includes an overnight stay in the hotel’s lavish Presidential Suite, private transfers to and from the hotel and plenty of pampering while you’re there.
Check in early and enjoy a Valentine's Day set-up in your room, including decorations and a bouquet of roses. An in-room couples' massage will make sure you’re both nice and relaxed, and afterwards, women can have their hair blow-dried while men will be treated to a professional in-room shave, so that everyone looks and feels their best.
A private dinner will be served to you in the comfort of your suite, and the next morning, you can enjoy breakfast in the room then head to Ciel Spa for relaxing facial treatments. When you’re ready to leave, your private transfer will be waiting to whisk you home.
Valid from February 1 to February 28; from Dh25,000 per couple; SLS Dubai, Business Bay; slsdubai.com
3. Regal romance at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental Abu Dhabi
For a truly royal Valentine’s Day, how about staying in a palace?
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi has a romance package running throughout February that's perfect for couples seeking a little “us” time. It includes one night in a Khaleej Suite, complete with 24-hour butler service so you'll want for nothing.
As the sun starts to set, sail off on a private abra cruise around the bay. After you return, you'll enjoy dinner at BBQ Al Qasr inside a tented gazebo accompanied by the sea breeze. There’s also a two-hour Royal Couples Hammam experience and you’ll get bubbles and strawberries delivered to your suite during turn-down service.
Available until Feb 28; from Dh7,412 including taxes; Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi; bookings via 02 690 8888 or email email@example.com; mandarinoriental.com
4. Pop the question in style at Address Sky View
Start your special day with a private limousine transfer that will whisk you both to the luxury hotel in Downtown Dubai. The first stop is Ce La Vi, where the pool deck will be transformed into your own private dining area. Surrounded by florals from stylish company Floward, and accompanied by a singer and violinist, you'll get set to feast on a 15-course menu served by your own butler and accompanied by vintage drinks.
You'll enjoy spectacular views from your private vantage point 220 metres above the city and, when you’re ready to pop the question, you can do so with a timeless solitaire ring from Aque Jewels, set with a five-carat diamond. Then start life as an engaged couple with an open-air sunrise massage for two the next morning.
5. East coast love at Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
Escape to the east coast for a romance-filled staycation surrounded by the Hajar mountain peaks. Stay at Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort where the Love in the Sea Breeze package includes a one-night stay in a one-bedroom suite with sea views.
A relaxing couples' massage will make sure you’re both in a relaxed state of mind, and your suite will be set up with roses, gifts and a bottle of bubbly. As night falls, head to the beach where you’ll enjoy a three-course feast accompanied by entertainment form a live saxophonist.
A 30-minute Valentine’s couples photo shoot is also on the cards for those who want to capture some romantic memories of their stay, and the next morning you can start the day with a sunrise breakfast, delivered directly to your suite.
Available on February 14; Dh7,249 including optional extras, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort, Mina Al Fajer; fairmont.com
6. Regal romance at Palace Downtown, Dubai
The recently upgraded Palace Downtown is offering a special Valentine’s Day package that includes a limousine pickup and a night’s stay in a luxury suite at this tranquil hotel in the heart of bustling Downtown Dubai.
After drinks on arrival, couples can enjoy a four-course dinner on the Viewing Deck of the hotel where the picture-perfect backdrop includes front-row seats to Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. Afterwards, make your way down to the water where you’ll enjoy a romantic ride on an abra and women will be presented with a huge flower bouquet.
Available February 14; Dh20,000 per couple; Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai; addresshotels.com
7. An eco-minded Valentine's stay at Mysk Kingfisher Retreat, Kalba
A romantic escape with a difference awaits at Mysk Kingfisher Retreat on the UAE’s east coast. This luxury eco-resort is the perfect place to hide away from the world with your loved one and the Relaxing Package, available throughout February, includes breakfast and a visit to the resort's art Spa, where you’ll both be suitably pampered.
You’ll also have your own three-bedroom tented villa, complete with a private plunge pool, sundeck and view of the sea, perfect for enjoying the sound of the ocean under a star-filled night-time sky. A four-course dinner will be served at a candlelit cabana on the beach, and you can also enjoy it all guilt-free as this resort prides itself on its environmentally friendly policies.
Available throughout February; from Dh8,430, including tax; Mysk Kingfisher Retreat, Kalba; mysk.com
8. Curated dining at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Start your Valentine's stay by checking into your sweeping Four Seasons Jumeirah Sea View Suite with a king-size bed and spacious balcony with views of the Arabian Gulf and the resort’s private shoreline.
As evening falls, get set for a night of romance at The Royal Cabana on the beach. Here, you’ll get to enjoy a curated five-course menu with each dish designed to mimic the stages of falling in love, from first sight to a kiss under the moonlight. Dinner also comes with live entertainment. At the end of the meal, you'll receive a box of chocolates and a forever rose as a keepsake of the evening. In the morning, you can indulge in a buffet breakfast at Suq, or go for in-room dining and enjoy some “just you two time” a little while longer.
Available February 12-14; from Dh19,490 per couple; Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach; 04 270 7777; fourseasons.com