12 Romantic Weekend Breaks for Valentine's Day 2014

Very soon that special day will be upon us and this year St Valentine's Day falls on Friday the 14th of February which is a great excuse to get away on a long weekend. Escape the hustle and bustle and indulge you and your loved one in a romantic weekend break.
Whether your idea of a romantic weekend away is to cosy up in a cottage in front of a fire with chocolates and champagne, long sunset walks on a paradise beach, finding adventure amongst nature or being pampered at a luxury spa hotel, we have created a list of 12 Romantic Weekend Breaks for Valentine's Day, collected from some of the most fabulous hotels and resorts to help inspire that special whimsical break.

ROMANTIC HOTELS UK

1. Portmeirion Hotel - Gwynedd, Wales
Experience a touch of Italy in this enchanting village hotel set in Gwynedd, Wales. Hotel Portmeirion opened in 1926 and was designed by Clough Williams-Ellis'. This welcoming hotel has been a source of interest for artists, writers, politicians, celebrities and royalty as well as a set for the television series, The Prisoner.
As well as hotel rooms, this unique village also has 17 self catering, fully equipped cottages, sleeping three-eight people. Whilst staying at the Portmeirion you can adventure outdoors by taking a walk along the coastline or catching a ride on the forest train to explore enchanting woodlands, enjoy tranquility at one of the cove beaches whilst indulging in freshly produced ice cream from the village ice cream parlour or stroll through stunning Victorian gardens.
Portmeirion hotel also has four restaurants, swimming pools and for spa seekers, you can spend time at the Mermaid spa where there are highly trained Holistic Aromatherapists who use only natural oils and organic materials to help you unwind and relax.

2. The Swan Hotel and Spa - The Lake District
The Swan Hotel and Spa is one of the most romantic hotels in the Lake District, situated at the southern tip of Lake Windermere in Cumbria. This elegant Lake District hotel has a comfortable boutique feel with luxury and attractive accommodation. Here you can explore the Lake District's countryside or pamper yourself, relax and unwind in the spa whilst taking in breath taking views of River Leven. This four star hotel also offers a 10 meter swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. There is also a fitness centre which has all the necessary work out equipment. Personal trainers can be hired via appointment. Yoga or pilates classes are also available.

3. Rhinefield House - New Forest National Park
Indulge in a weekend of elegance at one of the New Forests finest hotels. This grand estate is set far into the enchanting New Forest National Park, and surrounded by a fairytale scenery decorated by beautiful scented pines and majestic conifers. Magnificent grand architecture of the hotel is of Tudor and Gothic style, with a touch of old, new, romantic and even eccentric furnishings.
This hotel offers a AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, perfect for romantic meals there are also private dining options as well. There is also an outdoor pool, spa pool and leisure facility for you to enjoy.

ROMANTIC HOTELS - EUROPE

4. Lagacio Mountain Residence - Italy
Nestled amongst the Alta Badia mountains in UNESCO designated Italian Dolomites, wake up to a fine gourmet breakfast and take in breath taking views of serene surroundings from the Lagacio Mountain Residence located in South Tyrol, San Cassiano.
If your looking for a romantic skiing weekend then this luxurious boutique residence offers a range of adventurous amenities including a ski school, ski equipment and ski passes. The hotel has a fitness centre and steam bath and most importantly after a day of mountainous activities you can relax in the sensuous tranquility of the La Palsa Spa.

5. Kristal Palace Hotel - Italy
If you are looking for a touch of luxury then elegant and sophisticated Kristal Palace Hotel might just be the perfect romantic weekend break for you. This charming hotel is situated just a short walk to the edge of Lake Garda, Kristal Palace hotel offers modern accommodation, a jacuzzi and a stunning roof top seasonal swimming pool.
Kristal Palace is located in Riva del Garda and is close to Fiera di Riva del Garda, La Rocca, and Tower of Apponale. Also nearby are places of interest such as Riva del Garda Museo Civico and the Saint Andrea Church.

6. The Cliff Bay - Porto Bay, Portugal
Serving up idyllic harbour views, The Cliff Bay - Porto Bay is situated on a cliff side in Sao Martinho.
The expansive property of the Cliff Bay Hotel is spread out over different levels. Cliff Bay boasts it's own private beach, a fitness centre, Michelin star restaurant and sprawling floral gardens. On the top tier of the property is a heated swimming pool with indoor, outdoor areas as well as a spa and wellness centre where you can indulge in treatments from chocolate body wraps to hot stone massages. You can also enjoy such treatments in one of the four posted gazebos set amongst palm trees.

A shuttle bus is on offer to whisk guests 5 minutes into the city centre to enjoy bars and restaurants.
7. Alchymist Residence Nosticova, Prague, Czech Republic
Located in a quiet cobblestone street is The Alchymist Nosticova Palace, set close to the charming Kampa Park and Vltava River.
This enchanting 17th century Palace is a truly delightful boutique hotel, with a luxurious spa and wellness centre. It is conveniently situated near all the popular tourist attractions in Prague.
For an elegant Valentine's weekend away this residence with it's historical charm and comfort is the place to stay.

8. Lindos Blu Hotel, Greece
Sculpted into the hillside above stunning Vlicha Bay, sits the Lindos Blu Hotel. With it's spectacular grandstand views, this lavish hotel curves around the cliff side gracing the Mediterranean and a golden sandy private beach below.
Lindos Blu's pools blend into the horizon and adorning them are sun loungers and large canvas parasols ready for you to sit and relax. This delightful five star hotel also offers a state-of-the-art spa and steam bath where tranquility and pampering awaits. This 5 star lavish hotel also has a jacuzzi, tennis court and fitness centre.
With clever use of stone, wood and glass, this chic boutique hotel is truly one with it's surroundings melting into the rocky background. With plenty of natural light, potted orchids and a modern white Zen designed interior this is the perfect place to unwind.
ROMANTIC ISLAND RESORTS AND TROPICAL ESCAPES
9. Turks and Caicos Resorts, The Amanyara
If your dream of a romantic vacation for Valentine's Day is a relaxing tropical escape then the Amanyara, Turks and Caicos Resort is the ultimate place for an unwinding and indulgent weekend break.
The resort is set on a stunning secluded beach, where you can enjoy the tranquility of gleaming golden sand and the gentle lap of waves from the blue Caribbean Sea.
The resorts accommodation is composed of 40 Balinese style pavilions with gentle clean lines and clear glass walls that open onto private decking. The pavilions are grouped around serene ponds or along the beach front. The resort offers luxury in-room dining and massages can be arranged in your private abode.

10. All Inclusive Beaches Turk & Caicos Resort
If you are looking for fun in the sun this Valentine's Day then a stay at the All Inclusive Beaches Turks & Caicos Resorts Villages & Spa is in order.
This exciting resort is a family friendly resort and packed full of fun activities and offers every imaginable amenity. It has a 45,000 square foot water park, with water slides making this the largest water park in the Caribbean. There are four fantastic villages, adorning architecture of France, Italy, the Caribbean and Key West and hosting 19 restaurants that will take you on a culinary journey.
Activities on the water include: Ocean Kayaks, Snorkeling, 6 Pools, 2 Kiddie Pools, Windsurfing, Paddle Boarding and Scuba-Diving and on land activities include: 4 Whirlpools, 2 Huge Water slides, Hobie Cats, Hydrobikes, 4 Swim-up Bars, 1 Swim-up Soda Bar and much more.
This exquisite resort is located on a 12 mile stretch of beach, with the winning reputation of "Best of all island beaches worldwide" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.
After a day full of fun, relax at The Red Lane® Spas of Beaches and endulge in signature treatments that combine natural Caribbean materials such as rare botanicals, Ortanique citrus, and Blue Mountain Coffee. You can also choose your own setting of rare beauty for your treatments, from the seashore to tropical gardens or perhaps the privacy of your suite.

11. Bora Bora Holidays, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Enjoy an idyllic stay at The St Regis Bora Bora Resort for a romantic weekend break. This picturesque resort sits amongst the tropical beauty of Motu Ome'e, Bora Bora - an astounding wonderment of French Polynesia. The St Regis Bora Bora encapsulates the harmony of this exquisite island with precision and sensitivity. Villas are feathered around the lagoon and out over the water embracing views of Mt. Otemanu and the South Pacific whilst still retaining privacy. Internally, accommodation is luxurious, sleek and proudly exhibits natural elements of the pacific culture.
This vast 44-acre resort has it's own private beach, three restaurants and a bar. Take in breath taking views as you are pampered in the 13,000 square foot CLARINS spa, Miri Miri, which is located on it's own private island in the Resort's lagoonarium. This luxurious spa features, saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools, as well as a shared relaxing room. You can also keep in shape at the 24/7 fitness centre with state of the art equipment or enjoy a game of tennis. This resort certainly has it all for your perfect Bora Bora vacation.

12. All Inclusive Resorts Jamaica, Riu Montego Bay Hotel
The Riu Montego Bay graciously fronts the Caribbean Sea like a gleaming white palace, showing off it's unique pointy towers. Be spoilt by mesmerising views and easy access to the resorts own private beach. Enjoy a walk along the white river of sand that gently merges into crystal clear turquoise waters.
Winding it's way around sunny decks, decorated with loungers and palm trees is a huge fresh water lagoon styled swimming pool that has also has a swim up bar so you are never far from refreshing yourself. There is also a separate splash pool for little ones.
The Riu Montego Bay truly is one of the best all inclusive resorts in Jamaica as it also offers a Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and the "Renova Spa" wellness centre where you can indulge in a range of different treatments and massages. You can be sure there will always be something to do as this resort as it is packed full of activities such as table tennis, volleyball, golf, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving and other water activities. There is an entertainment programme during the day and at night time so much fun to be had with shows, live music and dancing to the rhythm of Jamaican beats.
You will never go hungry as there is all that you can eat and drink included in the all inclusive price. Enjoy big buffet spreads and on the spot cooking stations or a full American breakfast to get you prepared for a fun filled day ahead. There are also plenty of opportunities to sample traditional Jamaican cuisine.

By Meg Morris
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