11 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Getaways

Looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day escape? Discover our pick of the best romantic hideaways and hotels

1 Backwell House, Bristol


Just 15-minutes from central Bristol, Backwell House is a renovated Georgian manor resting on the rural outskirts of Backwell town. Country pile meet Bristol cool, this is the perfect base for a relaxing weekend, with 9 unique rooms and fabulous food in the restaurant. The Toogood room has classic panelling and a freestanding tub, whilst one of the smaller rooms, Sparrow, is a cosy love nest with views of the garden.

The interiors are classic and quirky; look out for handmade headboards and walls papered with fascinating 19thC receipts. The garden is full of rose and magnolia trees and couples looking a country stroll can roam further at nearby Ashton Court, where they’ll find superb views towards the city of Bristol.

Cost: The Sparrow room starts from £85 per night on a B&B basis. The Toogood room starts from £166 per night on a B&B basis. i-escape guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine.

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2 Monachyle Mhor, Perthshire


Monachyle Mhor sits along Loch Voil’s edge, surrounded by woodland, deep in the Trossachs National Park. The manor hotel has 14 contemporary rooms and is run by siblings Dick, Tom and Melanie (whose art is scattered around the hotel). Couples looking for a luxury break will love the Feature Rooms, particularly those with wood-burning stoves and private steam rooms.

Tom cooks up award-winning cuisine in the kitchen, making it a key spot for foodies. He uses local produce, meat from their own farm and sustainably caught fresh fish. Whether couples are after a romantic stroll to the end of the glen, or a shin up the nearest peak (Stob Binnein), there are plenty of hiking options nearby.

Cost: House Rooms start from £195 per night on a B&B basis. Feature Rooms start from £285 per night on a B&B basis. i-escape guests receive a free room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.

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 3 Hotel Particulier Montmatre, Paris


In the heart northern Paris’ historic Montmartre quarter, the luxurious Hôtel Particulier is surrounded by tranquil gardens and tucked behind black iron gates. The hotel is far enough away from the bustling centre for privacy yet just a 5-minute promenade from the picturesque Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.

Each of the five suites is a couple’s haven, with contemporary art and furniture, and windows overlooking the trees; some suites even center around open bathrooms. The hotel’s restaurant serves up stunning cuisine (Wednesday-Saturday evenings) and, during warm weather, the garden is perfect for romantic alfresco breakfasts.

Cost: Junior Suites start from £345 per night on an accommodation-only basis. i-escape guests receive a free breakfast.

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 4 Areias do Seixo, Lisbon Coast


Just 35-minutes from Lisbon, on Portugal’s west coast, Areias do Seixo’s 14 rooms and villas are the apotheosis of eco chic. The interiors are unique and romantic, blending modern minimalism with designs inspired by Africa and India. There’s an on-site Ayurvedic spa and outdoor pool, plus a decked path leading directly to sand dunes and the Atlantic. For the eco-conscious, this hotel employs energy monitoring, photovoltaic solar panels, composting and recycling.

Cost: The 2-night ‘My Love’ package starts from £297pp, based on two people sharing a room of their choice on a B&B basis. Package includes vegetable garden tea and cake, in-room breakfast, in-room Jacuzzi bath with floral extract and a massage for 2 at the spa.

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5 Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica


Hidden in the depths of the rainforest, only reachable by raft, is the secluded Pacuare Lodge, in Costa Rica’s San Jose and Central Valley. Each beautifully designed cabin offers total privacy and boasts a luxurious bed draped with nets and lit by candles. Plenty of hikes are on offer, as well as canopy tours and even the chance to unwind in the Jawa Juu Spa together. Couples can enjoy the Linda Vista Suite’s rainforest views and spring-fed dipping pool. Better yet, the extravagant Canopy Suite cabin, has a secluded observation platform accessed via a private suspension bridge, perfect for declarations of love.

Cost: A 3-night stay in the River Suite starts from £789pp, based on 2 people sharing, on an all-inclusive basis, with the Linda Vista and Canopy Suites starting from £1461pp. Price includes return transportation from San José, river rafting to and from the lodge, a waterfall hike and a sustainability tour. i-escape guests receive a complementary cocktail. Special activity packages are available.

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6 Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur, India


Over the decades, the Rajmahal Palace has hosted the great and the good including the Queen and Prince Philip, Jackie Kennedy and Lord and Lady Mountbatten. Avant-garde designer, Adil Ahmad, adds a modern twist to the past guest list of this central Jaipur palace. Features include a grand marble staircase, intricate chandeliers and mirrored ceilings, combining traditional and contemporary takes on palatial Indian style. The suites are just as lavish, with rich velvets, Mughal carpets and massive marble bathrooms.

The plushest suite, The Maharani Suite, has a grand entrance hall, master bedroom, private veranda and even a plunge pool. Romantic dining can be enjoyed in the relaxed Collonade with alfresco tables and views over the gardens, or in one of the formal dining quarters, such as the glamorously tongue-in-cheek 51 Shades of Pink or the decadent Orient Occident dining room.

Cost: A stay in the Palace Room starts from £483 per night on a B&B basis. A stay in the Maharani Suite starts from £8,048 per night on a B&B basis. i-escape guests receive a complimentary bottle of champagne and a foot massage.

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 7 Verana, Mexico


Situated in the jungle above the remote fishing village of Yelapa, Verana is an intimate jungle retreat overlooking the Bay of Banderas, just south of Puerto Vallarta. The incredibly secluded collection of handmade houses sits in a lush jungle landscape, reached via a boat transfer and uphill hike.

Walls are optional and little wonder with such stunning views to enjoy; the Tea House is completely open-air, whilst Casa Piedra has the full complement of walls, for those who like to ‘lock it up’ at night. The spring-water pool area is always a good place to cool-down, whilst the Jungle Spa offers a candlelit aromatherapy bath for couples looking to unwind.

Cost: A 7-night stay in the Casa Amor room starts from £731pp (Tea House would be from £1,253pp and Casa Piedra from £889pp) , based on 2 people sharing on an accommodation-only basis.

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8 Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, Sussex


Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa is offering loved-up couples a spa and dining experience, with ‘Light my Fire’. Enjoy a two-course lunch at the hotel’s Tapestry Restaurant with a glass of bubbly, followed by an afternoon at their award-winning spa – built in the style of the traditional Sussex barn. Bailiffscourt is set within 30 acres of parkland, with 39 rooms and suites reached through oak panelled passageways around a rose-filled courtyard, many with oak beams, sculpted four poster beds and original fireplaces – providing guests with the ultimate Valentine’s experience.

One treatment each ensures both are suitably pampered with options such as a ‘Mediterranean Marinade’ facial or ‘Glorious Mud’ Body treatment.  After their treatments couples can wrap up in fluffy robes and slippers to enjoy full use of the spa, including hot tubs, indoor spa bath, swimming pools, followed by a romantic evening stroll on Climping Beach. Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa was built in the 1920s using only medieval timber and stone collected from derelict 13th century buildings nearby.

Cost: Light My Fire at Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa starts at £116 per person, available Monday to  Thursday from 1 February to 29 March 2018

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9 Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, Sussex

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The ‘Love is in the Air’ experience is the perfect choice for foodie couples, with a six-course lunch and an afternoon spa package. Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa is tucked away at the end of a little country lane in Cuckfield. A tranquil Elizabethan manor house with roaring log fires, wood panelled bar – in perfect contrast to the modern, minimalistic Spa with floor-to-ceiling windows and unbeatable views of the Sussex Countryside.

During their visit, couples will dine at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant to enjoy an impressive six-course lunch with a glass of Ridgeview Estate wine, before heading to the spa for a spoiling treatment. Couples can choose from a selection of treatments; from a Lava Shell Massage to a Botanical Booster Facial or a simple manicure. Following their treatment, couples will have full use of the spa facilities, spending the rest of their afternoon in a haven of peace and relaxation.

Cost: Love is in the Air at Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa starts at £125 per person, available Monday to Thursday from 1 February to 29 March 2018

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10 The Grove, Hertfordshire

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Set in the rolling Hertfordshire countryside, The Grove is offering the perfect retreat for couples this Valentine’s day. Cosy up and relax in the elegant lounges, head to Sequoia spa for a dip in the jacuzzi and enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner for two at The Glasshouse – complete with a complimentary glass of Champagne. The Offer is available between 11 – 15 February 2018, subject to availability and the price is based on two sharing a Superior West Wing room for one night, includes dinner at The Glasshouse with a glass of Champagne each, breakfast and access to the award-winning Sequoia spa.

Cost: Romantic stays at The Grove start at £365 per couple, available from 11 to 15 February 2018

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11 La Réserve Paris

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Just off the world’s most beautiful avenue, La Réserve Paris is discreetly hidden behind a curtain of trees and made up of 40 elegantly designed rooms and suites – it is the ultimate insider’s address and the perfect choice for a dreamy Valentine’s Day treat.  The Valentine’s day stay exudes a true sense of romance and elegance, beginning with a guaranteed room upgrade upon booking.

As the only hotel in Paris to offer a private butler to each guest, everything will be taken care of for a truly relaxing and indulgent stay. On arrival, the memorable experience starts with a glass of Michel Rebier Champagne accompanied by a romantic welcome in your suite. La Réserve Paris is perfectly situated, minutes from the Champs-Élysées, to enjoy all the city’s incredible sights.

When evening comes, enjoy two delicious cocktails created by the hotel’s talented barman, followed by the magical tasting menu at their two Michelin starred restaurant Le Gabriel, with Jerome Banctel at its helm. The next morning, enjoy breakfast at leisure and make use of the spa facilities including the large swimming pool, hammam and Nescens Spa treatments.

Cost: The Valentine’s Day offer starts from 1,650 EUR per night, based on two sharing. Available from 14 February to 15 February 2018, subject to availability.

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