Valentine's Day 2014 - Love Luxuriously

We give you some options on how to pamper your sweetheart this 14th February

By: Soumya Jain

Posted on: February 3, 2014

We give you some options on how to pamper your sweetheart this 14th February!

It’s the L-month again, when everyone is hunting around for options and gifts to celebrate that day, irrespective of caste, colour or creed. And no magazine is complete without doing at least one story dedicated to Valentine’s Day in the month of February. Then how can we break that sacred, and sweet, tradition? We list some varied, exciting options for how you can treat your loved one this year!

Stayin’ alive
Who said Valentine’s Day can only be mushy? The destination of Orlando offers many exciting activities which couples can do together, and discover a whole new facet about each other and their relationship.

Participate in Bob's Balloon Flights over the beautiful central Florida, and start your day with a champagne toast and buffet breakfast, for USD 175 per person only. Continue that feeling with Walt Disney World's Wild Africa Trek. Journey just above Nile Crocodiles across a suspended rope bridge, get a close-up look at massive hippos, and enjoy the stunning views of giraffes and rhinos from an exclusive safari camp for USD 189 per person plus park admission. 
Your interaction with the wild is not over till you visit SeaWorld, where you can enter the water and see the beautiful and friendly beluga whales up and close together. Share an unforgettable experience with the one you love in this rare opportunity for USD 99 per person after park admission. Continue the day by heading towards Truffles and Trifles which offers several evenings of Valentine's Day themed cooking classes that will ensure a delicious meal and a fun, romantic night together for USD 140 per couple.
Orlando is also hosting the Winefest XXIV at Lakeride Winery & Vineyards, from February 14 – 16, where you can enjoy an extensive variety of table wines. Over 80 local artists and crafters are invited to display their work as you enjoy live music alongside.

Clinking flutes
Probably all hotels across the world have something planned for Valentine’s Day. And while we can’t mention all of those fabulous programmes, there are some that caught our eye especially.

Make a beeline for Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou’s Festive Celebrations package which includes a Premier Suite Stay and a private viewing at Cartier – perfect for adding sparkle to the occasion. One of the best combinations of love and luxury we have seen.

Visit The Imperial New Delhi and you and your love will be spoilt to your heart’s content. San Gimignano, their Tuscan Italian restaurant, is offering a specially crafted five course aphrodisiac menu and a bottle of sparkling wine in a visually stunning canopy setting. Put together under a starlit sky, it is priced at INR 50,000 + taxes per couple. Our special favourite at the hotel, Spice Route, is also offering a South East Asian five course menu with a bottle of sparkling wine with the traditional Thai Khantok seating, artistically raised on a wooden platform and beautifully lit up with candles. Priced at INR 50,000 + taxes per couple again, bring out the epicurean in you and enjoy each other’s company.

Take your love to new heights at the Tower Club at lebua’s restaurants in Bangkok. Reach for the stars as you enjoy a seven-course dinner for two at the famous Mediterranean restaurant Sirocco for THB 21,999++ per couple. Sirocco is the highest alfresco restaurant in the world, and offers a breathtaking backdrop to this annual celebration of love. In India, the brand offers Devi Garh by lebua, Udaipur, a magnificent 18th century palace overlooking hills and a traditional village. At the property, indulge in a two nights romance package which includes private dining experience, daily Champagne breakfast, double massage at la Terre Spa by L’Occitane (or treatment of same value) for 90 minutes; a romance bath ceremony with candles, fresh milk, honey and roses and many more romantic touches throughout your stay. Priced at INR 79,000, the resort has made the complete checklist for this special day!

If a private dinner appeals more, Chandon makes it a tad bit easier with its Brut Rose wine. Place it on the table, and half your planning is done, as it heightens the romance quotient of the evening incredibly. A vibrant rose gold with hints of pink peach skin and a fine persistent effervescence, the Chandon Brut Rosé is created with Shiraz and Pinot Noir grapes. On the palate, the wine holds a rich, creamy texture with a crisp 'Brut' finish.

That red box
But all this celebration falls flat if you don’t have that gift ready! Shopping for a gift for women is easy. Louis Vuitton Horlogerie’s two new models in the Tambour Monogram collection, however, particularly caught our eye as a potential gift option. The Tambour Monogram Valentine’s Day 2014 edition has a mother-of-pearl dial set with 11 diamond indexes. It has a bright coloured strap in red Pomme d’amour Vernis leather. Available in 28 and 33 mm, the watches have a quartz movement.

A girl never has enough makeup. Knowing that, Bobbi Brown has launched a special, vintage collection, which will forever remain close to your darling’s heart. With retro red colour lip shade; shades like ivory, golden pink metallic and chocolate bronze for the eyes; and solid gold glitter nail paint, you won’t be able to make your girl any happier…

Cuff links for men are a cliché, but Paul Smith offers such delightful little designs that you and your man won’t be able to resist them. From tiny colourful cars to matchsticks, you will be spoilt for choice. And nothing pleases a man more than having a stylish drink. Tumi’s Earl Grey Mixology set, therefore, seems like the perfect gift for him according to us. So hand it over to him and see that lovely, mischievous smile spread over his face!

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