14 Unique Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

Discover special ways to celebrate love this month

With the year that preceded this one, I made the decision to celebrate – everything! So many things are unknown, so many changes are constantly on the go… when opportunities to do something fun, create joy, and make memories – I say, grab them!

Here’s a list of ideas that you can use to spoil your other half, your bestie, your family or even yourself this month.

 

1. Take flight with Seawings

There can be no better occasion than the month of love and some of Dubai’s best weather to take to the skies across our magnificent city.

The Seawings experience is a 45 min seaplane ride that gives you a unique look at the city from the air – taking you from your arrival and departure spot in Jebel Ali, along the length and breath of the emirate.

From sparkling coastlines, beaming buildings and some of the world’s most iconic skylines, to the lush greens of golf courses and bustle of dhows, this experience is special in so many ways.

Here are their offers running throughout the month of February:

Package 1, named Let love give you wings starts at AED 1200 per couple and includes tickets for the Seawings Snapshot for a couple. This flight is now upgraded to a 30 minutes flight. Included in the package are 2 glasses of bubbly & dessert to share. For those who don’t want the gastronomical additions, they can replace it with a bouquet of roses and box of chocolates. Add-ons like upgrading the flight to a 45 minute Signature tour or pre-ordering bottles of champagne are available on request.

The other option is a more private and exclusive one, aptly names Love measured with altitude includes a private Seawings Snapshot tour with a VIP Red Carpet Arrival, bouquet of roses and box of chocolates OR 2 glasses of bubbly & dessert to share. This exclusive option is available at AED 3200 per couple. Those wanting to make it a proposal – Seawings will lay out your proposal on the beach on a complimentary basis

For enquiries and reservations: Email reservations@seawings.ae or Call +971 48070708. You can find them on Instagram HERE

 

2. A Private Beach dining experience with Caesars Palace Bluewaters

Just across the bridge in JBR is an area I love discovering – Bluewaters Dubai. Home to the largest ferris wheel, Ain Dubai, and many hidden gems, it is also the location of the luxurious Caesars Palace Hotel. As if the story of Cleopatra and Caesar isn’t enough for the ultimate romantic setting, it’s close to the city with a sense of being a million miles away. Large waves, palm trees and privacy are some of the options you have to customize a night with your loved one.

Escape To The Beach… For An Unforgettable Valentine’s Dining Experience
Starting from AED 5,000 per couple, this exquisite beachfront dining experience will deliver the finest food, drinks and service Caesars Palace Dubai has to offer. Guests can toast their love  as they dine on a four-course set menu specially prepared by Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen.
With the beach completely private to just one couple, enjoy this one table set up close to a roaring fire pit and let the love flow while toasting marshmallows together during an exclusive and oh so romantic evening under the twinkling stars.

Couples can choose to upgrade their evening with an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s stylish one bedroom suites for the ultimate Valentine’s getaway. The Exclusive Private Beach Star-lit Dinner for Two is available from Monday 1 February to Sunday 28 February.

The starlit dinner is more affordable and very special, and if you’re more of an indoors kind of couple the Valentines Dinner at Hell’s Kitchen may be for you.

Follow along on their Instagram HERE for more on their fabulous property

You can chat to the team and find out more, or get booked in HERE

 

3. A Romantic Outdoor Cinema

Credit: Svetikd/E+/Getty Images c/o elitedaily.com

Now, it’s no secret that staying home for some is the preferred option given the times we live in, but there are loads of ways to take that up a notch too.

If you’ve got kids and want adult time maybe arrange a night nanny through a company like Malaak, or a sleepover for the older ones, while you turn your home / living room / garden into a romantic cinema experience. (Which could work for a family night in too!)

Here’s a little list of contacts to make the evening even more special!:

Get in touch with the team at Garden Party who will arrange your cinema setup

Order the most delicious and beautiful looking hot chocolate bombs to cuddle up with for the movie from local artisan baker, Bisan. You can find her on Instagram @bisobakes

 

Jump online and get (a week out) the Crumb & Co. doughnuts that are so good it will score you bonus points on top of everything else. For Valentine’s Day the team are collaborating with local home-grown candle brand LUNASS to bring you an exclusive offer. Surprise your loved ones with a box of doughnuts and a custom made Anbar Wooden wick candle. A box of your favourite doughnuts with choices to pick from 6 different flavour options handcrafted especially for Valentines day:

  • Chocolate Hazelnut
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Vanilla Raspberry
  • Plain Sugared
  • Strawberries & Cream

Visit their website HERE and get your order in early! You can also see all their delicious creation on Instagram @crumbandco.me

 

Fun to do, and even better to eat… this one is perfect for the ‘anti-valentiners’ too. Another local small business does the most beautiful heart smash boxes… great for gifting a secret crush, for a sweet ending to a night or even a fun addition to the family feast. Check them out on Instagram @Cakesandplaces

If you’re anything like me, you grab any excuse to decorate and my all time go to brand is another local business I absolutely ADORE! Party Camel has grown over the years to bring some of the most beautiful event and occasion decor to the region.. It’s owned by the loveliest woman, who has soldiered on with her business idea and made it something she should be so very proud of! Her selection of Valentine’s Day decorations, plates, stickers and more is available online with same day delivery too!

Visit the store HERE and see follow their adventures and beautiful range HERE

 

4. A Local Staycation

Sometimes all you need to set the tone for romance or relaxation is a hotel bed! There are dozens of fantastic properties in the city offering amazing views of the desert, the skyline, iconic buildings or the big blue sea.
Our top picks for a one nighter, child free:

  1. Caesars Blue Waters
  2. Fairmont The Palm (but also great with kids)
  3. The Address Beach Resort JBR

 

5. Family love… something for the big ones and small ones too

Reel Cinemas and Kidzania have teamed up to make sure the whole family enjoys Valentine’s Day this year! With every booking at the Platinum Suites cinema, kids can get access to the fun and fantasy play of Kidzania at just AED 60. The adults can enjoy the most luxurious cinema surroundings in the city, complete with a special set menu, while the little ones have ball being fireman, pilots and so much more.

To redeem the offer between 11 – 14 February, simply show your platinum suites booking at the Kidzania checkin counter. Check out more @reelcinemas and @kidzania

 

6. Take the plunge with SkyDive Dubai

One of our first Valentine’s days was spent jumping out of a plane over the The Palm, and it’s one I’ll never forget. Maybe early love bravery, or younger at heart, we took to the skies and didn’t regret doing it. One of us, would definitely go again… Can you guess who?

Jumps start at AED 1499 with an experienced instructor, and if you think you’re up for it you can book HERE

 

7. Level up gifting with something HIS  & HERS… 

Available at Level Shoes, The Dubai Mall

I always find gifting challenging as I am always looking for something unique, different and special.

His and Hers is ridiculously stylish when you choose styles that compliment each other, or signature customization to make your pairs of shoes the ultimate perfect fit!

Level Shoes has the personalization hub which is a really fun space that allows you to add your personal touch to shoes, bags and so much more. The team are great with ideas, and you can customize an existing piece of your own too!

There’s a variety of ways that you can edit your footwear….

Hot Foil Stamping: choose to add initials, a nickname or a tongue-in-cheek motif, our skilled artisans will hand-stamp your items using gold, silver metallic foiling or blind embossing.

Laser Engraving: choose a symbol, a set of initials or any design to personalise your footwear and accessories with our creative engraving service.

Heat Press: give your items personality by including a print that’s bound to make you stand out in a crowd.

You can personalise any style purchased at Level Shoes, as well as non-store-bought items. The sales team can be contacted in-store (1 PM – 9 PM) or online for more information. You can also get in touch with our Guest Services Team directly by emailing guestservices@levelshoes.com or via WhatsApp on +971525383555

Follow their latest collections HERE

 

8. Luxury hot air balloon and glamping experience with Platinum Heritage

Platinum Heritage offers one of the best desert experiences I’ve been on. From the fabulous vintage Land Rovers, to their incredible hot air balloon experiences, their exceptional service and offering is the perfect way to create beautiful memories against the desert backdrop… particularly if those include a ring and a big question!

As a Valentine’s special, included in the price there will also be a bottle of sparkling juice (non-alcoholic), a small bouquet of roses and a bowl of strawberries to be enjoyed in the privacy of the tents patio.

At extra charge, our guests can also add to their experience: a wildlife safari in vintage Land Rovers, a sunrise hot air balloon ride or a camel ride in our private desert property.

For that night only, kids won’t be allowed.

You can follow them on Instagram HERE find out more HERE

Bookings should be made by sending an email to info@hero-experiences.com or call 04 440 9827

 

9. Front row seat to the Dubai Fountains

It may seem like a cheesy tourist outing, but having a front row seat to the magical Dubai fountains will throw glitter into the air for anyone who sees it. Rides can be booked through a number of ticketing and tour websites online and you can follow this with dinner at one of many eateries along the water.

 

10. Star gazing in Mleiha

Image: Pexels

One of the most incredible experiences I’ve had since living in this region for almost 10 years, is the Mleiha desert. Rich red tones of shifting sand in the day, that become a sea of darkness beneath a sky sprinkled with the brightest of stars.

You can make a day of this Mleiha region, or simply head out for a desert style dinner around a bonfire followed by star gazing – a unique offering done through a very special telescope.

Follow them HERE and reach out for more information and bookings details

 

11. Make memories with a couple photoshoot

It’s no secret that I am a sucker for a good photo-op, but as a couple it’s not always easy to get those perfect shots. Often this could take some bribery on one part, but having a nice photos together that aren’t selfies (or shaky shots that you politely asked a passer-by to take of you and your significant other, friends or family) are often few and far between. Make a day of your shoot and start with a nice meal, or picnic snack followed by an hour or two at key locations in whatever you’re both most happy wearing. The end result will be amazing, framable memories that will soon be your profile placeholders for months to come. And while you’re all dressed up, end with a dinner out…

My hubby does these sort of shoots a lot (present company partly responsible) and so do many amazing photographers in the city. He is pretty good at nabbing good locations too.

Give him a shout via Instagram HERE or his website HERE and get those print worthy memories locked in.

 

12. Rooftop Rendezvous at Shangri-La Dubai

Sunset at Shangri La

Experience one of the city’s most sought after views someplace with a magical sunset or moonlit setup. Whether it’s Boho Chic or Fly Me to Moon, the team at Shangri La Dubai have taken transformed their heavenly views into a backdrop for a most romantic setup.

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai and Dubai-based luxury event planner ByTuleen elevate wedding proposals, romantic evenings and intimate celebrations with whimsical themed events accompanied by the glittering Dubai skyline. Enhanced with direct reach-out-and-touch views of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the new unforgettable private experiences are designed for two to six guests, available in two themes – Fly Me to the Moonand Bohemian Chic– and feature bespoke dining menus prepared by the hotel’s talented culinary team.
Whether it’s plush textures, framed views or care-free pampas grass, the setup is tailored in mood and ambience, with an extraordinary menu to accompany it.
The experiences are designed for two to six guests and start from AED4,500. To book the experience, guests or planners can call 04 405 2889 or email events.sldb@shangri-la.com.

Visit the Instagram account for the Shangri-La Dubai HERE

 

13. Say it with food, all perfectly packaged
Anantara, The Palm

Romance your loved ones with an elegant beachfront dining experience overlooking the sparkling Dubai skyline. Choose from a lantern-lit table heaped with succulent seafood to share or your own private gazebo decorated for the occasion. Delve into delicious dining as you toast your love beneath the pink-streaked skies at sunset.
Packages start at AED 1,999.

To reserve your date night this Valentines, call 04 567 8304, or WhatsApp +971 56 189 7000 or
email us at restaurants.dubai@anantara.com and visit them on Instagram HERE

 

14. I’ve left the biggest for last…splash out on an international getaway that is safe and socially distanced!

Summer Islands, The Maldives

If you’re looking to score some serious brownie points, or really get a break then jump on the Fly Dubai website and browse through some of their amazing fares to destinations that are open for travel.

We have just returned from 4 nights in the Maldives, and the trip was an absolute pleasure. From simple rules and easy to follow procedures to get in and out of the UAE, to short and very pleasant travel, and a wonderful trip in between. The Maldives is only 4 hours away, is on the green list for Abu Dhabi (which means you can travel without major issues with quarantine in the capital), and has hotel based services to make the testing on the way back simple and easy.

We decided at the very last minute to travel, and found the entire experience smooth and enjoyable.

Fly Dubai is running fabulous offers to this and many destinations (CLICK HERE) , and as always, booking.com never lets you down!

I hope that however you choose to spend your day, week, month of love you do it with the person or people who make you feel loved, special and appreciated… everyone deserves to be surrounded by love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xxx

Zah

 

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