They say money can’t buy love, but is that really true? I mean it can’t hurt, right? Plus money buys stuff and who doesn’t love stuff?
If money truly is no object, if all your cards are platinum, diamond or black, if you don’t experience the tense sweaty five seconds of ‘insufficient funds paranoia‘ after a cashier swipes your card – this is the list for you. We’ve rounded up some of the grandest gestures, with the biggest cash price tags available for Valentine’s Day in Dubai this year, that actually makes us wish we weren’t impoverished journalists.
Heart Of The Ocean At The QE2
Remember Titanic? Wasn’t that movie romantic? Until Rose’s negligence and unwillingness to share dry floatation space ultimately lead to the slow hypothermic death of protagonist Jack. Well, you can live out those upper deck fantasies with a special package from the QE2.
Their ‘Heart Of The Ocean’ deal for the evening of the 14th February includes a five-course meal, one bottle of bubbles per couple, a souvenir photograph and night’s stay for two, with breakfast, in a Superior Room. The price is AED 1,969 per person (which is the year the QE2 set sail for the first time, SMOOTH marketing there, team). There are only 12 spaces available so if you are interested, it’s full steam ahead.
Night of the 14th February only. QE2, docked at Port Rashid. 04 526 8888
Valentine’s Dinner in an Elevator at Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Ready for *giggles* an up-LIFT-ing *snorts* Valentine’s experience? Well, Jumeirah Emirates Towers is offering a very different sort of venue for a romantic meal. You can now book a table in those famous glass elevators. If it’s good enough for Willy Wonka…
Each course of a five-stage menu is served on a different floor. Take a vertical tour of beautiful Downtown skyline vistas as you eat. Prepared by the hotel’s Alta Badia restaurant, the food highlights include chicken liver mascarpone terrine and mango crème brûlée.
The experience is yours for AED 4,000. If you want to make the night extra special, there’s a bolt on package that screams ‘well, since you’ve already spent that much.’ For a total of AED 5,500 you get the once in a lifetime lift dining extravaganza, a night’s stay in the hotel, and a spa treatment and transfers by Rolls Royce. We’re actually pretty sold on this, we just have one question, what’s the music situation in the elevator?
14th February only. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Downtown Dubai. 04 432 3232.
When you’ve only got eyes for one person, make sure it’s just the two of you. On Valentine’s Day, The Secret Room at the Address Boulevard seats only one couple. If that’s you, you’ll be served a five-course tasting menu that your personal sommelier will pair with grape. Are you the lucky pair? For AED 3,000 minimum spend, the room is yours. You even get to pick your own playlist, but if their musical decisions are dodgy, there’s nowhere to hide!
14th February, from 6pm. 04 888 3444. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.
Platinum Package At Pai Thai
Go all out with the romantic Thai restaurant’s platinum package. You’ll be picked up in a limo and complete your journey to the waterside diner in a private abra strewn with roses. At Pai Thai you’ll enjoy a five-course meal and bottle of rosé bubbly, along with amazing views, if you can stop gazing into each other’s eyes. AED 3,500 per couple.
14th February, from 6pm. 800 666 353. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah.
Dinner by the pool At Palazzo Versace Dubai
Nothing says romance like a waterside dinner for two. With only six tables available around the pool at the Palazzo Versace Dubai, you’re assured of a sophisticated and tranquil evening. AED 2,500 per couple, including a bouquet of flowers and dessert to take away, so you can feed each to other in private.
14th February, from 7pm. 04 556 8820. Palazzo Versace Dubai at Jaddaf Waterfront.
Fairmont’s Northern Emirate Royal Reverie Package
If you’re looking for the most dramatic Valentine’s Day, enter the two-night Fairmont Ajman and Fujairah package. On the afternoon of February 14th, you’re flown in to Fairmont Fujairah by private helicopter; a bottle of premium bubbles awaits on arrival at your uber swanky Sultan Suite; afterwards she is whisked away for pampering in the Rose Salon; he can relax at the couple’s private day chalet at Lava Beach Club; then an exclusive dinner for you both at the chef’s table in the resort’s seafood restaurant, The Copper Lobster.
The next morning, linger over breakfast on the suite’s panoramic terrace, before another helicopter transfer to Fairmont Ajman, to enjoy traditional Arabic tea and relaxation at Badr lounge. You’ll then head to the Willow Stream Spa for a 90-minute couples’ massage, then a candlelit destination dinner experience on the beach. The next morning, over breakfast, have a look down at the beach – they’ll have written a private message for you into the sand of the shoreline.
The hotel group’s Northern Emirate Royal Reverie Package comes in at a regal AED 59,000.
14th February only. Reservations on firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 311 5567.