LOVE is in the air this month so why not show him or her how much you really care and whisk them off on a romantic break for two?
Traditionally, St Valentine’s Day is an excuse to shower our loved ones with hearts and flowers but there’s nothing says “I love you” like an unexpected break away from it all, just the two of you, snuggled up in a cosy bar or enjoying a nice spa treatment in a luxury hotel, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
You don’t even have to take that much time off work or battle with airport queues, there’s plenty of options right here in the UK to put some sparkle back into your love life.
Hopefully these suggestions will give you some inspiration for a well-deserved break with the love of your life.
The bright lights of London never fail to deliver for an action-packed weekend away but if you don’t want to be in the thick of the city buzz, you can still relax in some of the lovely hotels in the capital. For evening entertainment, you could take in a west-end show – and there are still some tearjerkers playing right now, such as The Phantom of The Opera or Les Miserables, or for upbeat, feel-good music, you could escape into the magic of Wicked or Mamma Mia. London has some proper luxury hotels just waiting to welcome you on your mini break. My favourites are The Montcalm where you could really spoil yourself and your other half in a beautifully appointed room which even has pillow menus and personalised aroma scents…nice! Or the delightful Rubens at the Palace which overlooks the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, with elegant guest rooms which have been carefully planned with thoughtful personal touches in each one. Both are fit for your king or queen!
Speaking of royalty, another great place to spend a nice day or two is Windsor, roughly an hour by train from central London or just 15 minutes’ drive from Heathrow Airport.
Prince Harry and his fiancé Meghan Markel have opted to tie the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor this spring and hotel prices are sure to rocket during the month of April so it might be an idea to go soon before the pre-wedding hype kicks in and there’s not a room to be had. I had the pleasure of staying in the lovely Macdonald Windsor Hotel recently and loved the location. This hotel sits right on the High street, about a minute’s stroll from the gates of Windsor Castle. This is an ideal choice for seeing the historic town and its attractions and if you hurry you might catch their ‘we time’ special offer.
Nothing screams romance like a cosy cottage in the heart of southern central England. Despite being quaint, cute and quintessentially English, the Cotswolds covers a big area; almost 800 square miles and runs through five counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. Rent one of these charming cottages from holidaycottages.co.uk and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful neck of the woods.
The phrase ‘chill-out’ could have been coined with this place in mind, as the pace of life never gets too hurried here. The Lakes are perfect for escaping the rat-race for a few days and really winding down among some of England’s finest landscapes and glorious scenery. Cosy up together at one of the welcoming little pubs or take long walks in the fresh air to clear your minds and just focus on each other.
Sometimes we forget some of the magical places we have right here on our own doorstep, often taking them for granted. Edinburgh is a great place for a quick romantic getaway and there’s some truly sumptuous hotels to hole yourself up in. Hotel du Vin is a great choice for even just an overnight. Each room features luxurious beds with Egyptian cotton linen to dream the night away.
Or, if you fancy being down on the shore at Leith, Malmaison has some pretty good overnight and weekend packages available too.
At some of these prices, you can afford to treat yourself without breaking the bank. Who said romance was dead?
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