Valentine’s Day often sees couples head on romantic mini-breaks to treat the special someone in their life. If you're hoping to treat your Valentine to a romantic getaway on 14 February, we've discovered the UK's most stunning and ultra-luxurious hotels where you can steal away for a wholesome weekend.
From country escapes with beautiful surroundings to city breaks offering indulgent meals, these places are sure to sweep your loved one off their feet. We've rounded up the most romantic UK hotels so you can start charm your loved one with a lavish overnight stay…
Drakes Hotel, Brighton
Nothing says 'I love you' like waking up to the sound of the sea and the sun rising behind the ocean. For a relaxing retreat that feels like a home away from home, Drakes of Brighton is a gorgeous boutique hotel tucked away on Brighton's Kemptown seafront.
Complete with freestanding roll-top baths that look out onto the seafront, Drakes will go above and beyond to ensure your Valentine getaway is extra special. From fresh rose petals scattered on the bed, to a pre-run petal bath when you enter the room, there's something extra special about the romance of Drakes.
This fabulous boutique hotel is said to be a favourite of Cate Blanchett's, and has been a seaside pad for both Kylie Minogue and Woody Allen in the past.
To book, visit booking.com
Varsity Hotel and Spa, Cambridge
Romance may not immediately spring to mind when you think of Cambridge, but this charming city has a deep-rooted history, stunning architecture, quaint boutiques and intimate restaurants perfect for romancing your loved one. Situated at the heart of Cambridge's most famous colleges lies The Varsity, a stunning riverside hotel and spa that has perfected the art of making a hotel feel like a home from home.
After a day of restoration in the hotel's luxury spa, slip into a blissful sleep in plush King-sized beds with panoramic views of the historic city. The ultimate spot to keep your beau entertained, hotel guests have access to the gym, daily fitness classes, Elemis Spa treatments, SPA Pool, Sauna and Steam Room, an iconic Roof Terrace, 6th-floor Panoramic Bar and Brasserie, Riverside Steakhouse, nearby punting and complimentary bicycles. Take our word for it that the River Bar Steakhouse cannot go unmissed, with mouthwatering dishes and eclectic cocktail menu making for an unrivalled date night.
Cliveden Hotel, Berkshire
This five-star country-house-hotel hosted Meghan Markle the night before her lavish wedding to Prince Harry. Stretching across 376 verdant acres, the 17th-century property, situated alongside the banks of the River Thames in Berkshire, has welcomed the likes of Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin through its opulent doors. Head to Cliveden’s Georgian-style dining room with your nearest and dearest for a taste of modern British dishes, fastidiously prepared and immaculately presented. Once you’ve polished off your delicious meal, conclude your romantic evening with an arm-in-arm stroll around the stately grounds before retiring to one of the hotel’s 48 suites for a much-needed rest.
For more information, visit booking.com
Bovey Castle, Devon
With secluded valleys of countryside, beautiful scenery and spacious surroundings, this luxury castle hotel is the perfect place for an amorous getaway. You'll be treated to a restful break in one of the hotel's stylish classic rooms, with access to spa facilities, including a steam room, jacuzzi, sauna, and spectacular indoor Art Deco swimming pool located within the Orangery and overlooking the river. This overnight destination will give you the chance to put your feet up and kick back in gorgeous country surroundings.
For more information, visit Virgin Experience Days
Forest Holidays at Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
These luxury cabins are hidden amongst the trees in the Sherwood Pines Forest Park. With acres of forest to explore from the doorstep of your cabin, the fast pace of your daily life will fall away as soon as you arrive. Each hut provides you with peaceful woodland views and the specially designed Hideaway cabins, made exclusively for two people - they are the perfect sanctuary for romance. Each cabin comes complete with a hot tub, wood-burning stove, a large, sunken bath and your own hammock on the decking. Couples can take time to explore the surrounding forest and savour long lunches in nearby cosy restaurants, before returning to the luxury of their cabin for champagne and chocolates, or a range of in-cabin spa treatments.
For more information, visit Forest Holidays
With secluded views of the Scottish countryside, beautiful scenery and spacious surroundings, this luxury castle hotel is the perfect place for an amorous getaway. Boasting an array of bespoke suites, three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa and the critically acclaimed, Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie restaurant, guests can revel in the hotel’s lavish amenities. Gleneagles is also the perfect place for couples to snuggle up in front of the hotel's cosy fireplaces or wind down at one of the welcoming bars for a warming winter cocktail at the decadent 1920s style American Bar, with its cashmere lined walls, wool curtains and original marble fireplaces.
For more information, visit booking.com
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath
Bath is one of the most romantic cities in the UK and the ideal setting for a Valentine's retreat. So book this luxurious spa hotel for a one night stay including a romantic Valentine's dinner with a glass of Taittinger Champagne, Tea, Coffee and Petit Fours, followed by a leisurely breakfast the next day.
For further information, visit royalcrescent.co.uk
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences
This is just a stone's throw away from Buckingham Palace! Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences comprises of 85 luxurious suites and residences with butler service. Offering the space and exclusivity of a private home - each with their own separate kitchen and living area - this location redefines the meaning of luxury, creating a distinctive, customised and exclusive Taj experience. There is a host of on-site dining options including Quilon, the signature Michelin star Indian South West coastal cuisine restaurant and Kona, which showcases the colours, flavours and vibrancy of contemporary Europe.
For more information, visit taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk
Stoke Park Hotel, Buckinghamshire
Pull out all the stops with a romantic retreat to Stoke Park Hotel in Buckinghamshire. Loved by Made In Chelsea star Binky Felstead, the 17th century, white-bricked mansion is surrounded by 300 acres of beautiful parkland and features an award-winning restaurant. Head to the multi-surface tennis courts or try the 27-hole golf course before relaxing in the luxury spa, complete with a swimming pool, Italian marble steam rooms and a beauty centre.
For more information visit booking.com
Hotel Gotham, Manchester
Looking for something with wow-factor? Then a romantic cityscape to Gotham might just do the trick. Couples can catch up on life in vintage-style suites complete with an emperor-sized feather bed, roll-top bath and a decadent cabinet stocked with all the ingredients for romance. You can also head to the top floor and indulge in some of the cocktails at the hotel’s Brass Club before enjoying dinner at Honey Restaurant with the Manchester vista providing the perfect backdrop for some memorable photos.
For more information, visit Bespoke Hotels
Bel & The Dragon, various locations
Want to sweep your special someone off their feet? With a collection of Country Inns and restaurants situated across South England’s most charming towns and villages, couples can escape to the English countryside, staying in characterful rooms adorned with timeless, cosy and classic décor.
For more information, visit Bel & The Dragon
Conrad London St. James, London
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For those who prefer to spend the weekend with a romantic afternoon tea, Conrad London St. James should do the trick. Enjoy freshly baked scones, clotted cream and jam, as well as homemade cakes and a selection of sandwiches served with tea and a celebratory glass of fizz, within the beautiful hotel. Couples can top off their romantic afternoon with a sightseeing trip around the royal grounds close to the luxury resort.
To truly spoil that special someone, Conrad London St. James is offering a 'Valentine’s Package' available from £495, including bed and breakfast for two (with early check in and late check out), the Valentine’s set menu at The Pem and a refreshing glass of pink Champagne at The Hedgerow cocktail bar.
For more information, visit Conrad London
Crown & Anchor, Wiltshire
Fall in love at this traditional village inn located at the foot of the North Wessex Downs. The Crown & Anchor blends tradition and tomorrow as oak panelling and flagstone flooring meet with modern decor and luxury en-suites. Situated midway between Newbury and Marlborough - just one and a half hours from London - it offers an idyllic retreat away from the city, providing couples with the chance to wind down and catch up on some much-needed R & R. With a cycle route running past and three long-distance walking routes nearby, the Crown & Anchor Inn is the perfect stop for dog walkers, cyclists and lovers wandering hand-in-hand.
For more information, visit booking.com
Owl Lodge, Somerset
Experience the beauty and tranquillity of nature in luxurious comfort on an idyllic organic farm in Somerset. The easily accessible location of Owl Lodge belies the sublime peace on offer. This is a property designed to complement nature. From the shingle and silvered wood roof set against the majestic woodland backdrop. To the beautiful south facing views enabling an abundance of wildlife watching. Exclusively for adults, this peaceful site offers the opportunity to relax and unwind.
For more information, visit thewanderlist.uk/properties/owl-lodge/
Horwood House Hotel, Buckinghamshire
Nestled in the rural tranquillity of the Buckinghamshire countryside, couples would love this stunning Grade-II listed Horwood House which combines heritage and comfort to ensure a perfect stay.
Built in 1911 and currently nearing completion on a detailed £6 million refurbishment, the hotel’s Manor House and expansive grounds blend classic styling with modern luxury to offer a stay with wow-factor, with resplendent lounges, picturesque gardens, Modern British dining and 165 beautiful bedrooms. Suites boast wonderful views of the grounds while also providing a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.
All rooms come equipped with en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, ironing board and iron, safe and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Prices start from £179, based on double occupancy.
To book, visit www.horwoodhouse.co.uk
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