Al Fanar Should you be afraid conversation might run dry during dinner, try Al Fanar. The amazing views from the lofty revolving restaurant will surely distract from any embarrassing pauses in conversation, while the five-course meal with free-flowing sparkling is also a plus. Dhs285. February 13. Le Royal Méridien (02 674 2020)
Belgian Café For a more informal Valentine’s Day outing, head to this European-themed drinking hole, where you’ll be able to enjoy a three-course meal from the excellent bar food on offer, accompanied by a bottle of bubbly, should you want to add a bit of fizz to the occasion. Dhs700 per couple. February 13. InterContinental Abu Dhabi (02 666 6888)
Benihana Japanese food purists may turn their noses up at this place, but the rest of you will love the delicious food and entertaining cookery show put on by your own personal chef. We imagine if you’ve just hooked up with your partner, you’ll be remembering the time the chef split an egg in mid air or flipped a shrimp right into your mouth for years to come. Dhs250. February 14. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi (02 697 9000)
Bord Eau When it comes to the language of love, the French have to be the masters. At this fabulous French brasserie Chef Jean Hurstel has created a sumptuous five-course menu for your dining pleasure. If this doesn’t convince your partner of your undying love for them, maybe it’s time to bring in the divorce lawyers. Dhs450. February 14. Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8888)
Chamas What real bloke doesn’t like piles and piles of meat? If you want to unleash your man’s carnivorous spirit, book a table at the Brazilian churrascaria that is Chamas, where DJ Steve will be playing some Latino beats to add to the South American vibes. Dhs375, Dhs475 with grape. February 13. InterContinental Abu Dhabi (02 666 6888)
El Sombrero Spice up your love life at this Mexican dining spot, where the three-course meal includes fiery dishes such as enchiladas, fajitas and burritos, with a live Mexican band to add to the South of the Border feel. Dhs175. February 13. Sheraton Abu Dhabi (02 677 3333)
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Should you want to impress your partner beyond belief, then book the massively expensive ultimate romance experience. Your Dhs4,999 will buy you an alfresco dinner on the hotel’s private pier, where your five-course meal will be cooked by your own personal chef, accompanied by premier bubbly (on the 15th only, of course), roses, chocolates and jewellery for the lady, before you retreat to a luxury guestroom. Dhs4,999 per couple. February 14-15. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (02 654 3333)
Finz Finz is always a close contender in the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards best romantic category, and rightly so. We can’t think of many better ways to induce feelings of love than with a four-course seafood feast at this candlelit beachside chalet. Dhs450. February 14. Beach Rotana (02 697 9000)
Frankie’s Few nationalities are more romantic than the Italians, so one sure way to give your partner a huge dose of love would be to take them to Frankie’s. The award-winning chefs will be preparing a five-course meal of fois gras, cannolos and veal cheek ravioli, while the restaurant’s resident entertainer will belt out some love songs. Dhs350. February 14-15. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (02 654 3333)
Jing Asia For a Far Eastern take on a Valentine’s dinner, head to this quality Asian eatery, where you’ll be able to eat as much stir fry, sushi and other treats as you like at a pretty reasonable price. Dhs160. February 14. Crowne Plaza Yas Island (02 656 3000)
La Mamma This Italian restaurant’s Valentine’s meal deal is boldly named the ‘Aphrodisiac Dinner.’ The four-course meal and free glass of bubbly for the ladies on arrival might just work to put you in the mood for some amore. They also give away a free rose, should you have forgotten to buy one earlier. Dhs195. February 13. Sheraton Abu Dhabi (02 677 3333)
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grille We’re huge fans of this outpost of the British super chef’s restaurant chain, and we reckon it’s as romantic a place as you’ll find in the capital. With a three-course meal including such delicacies as wagyu beef and cannon of lamb, and a warm, cosy decor. If your relationship’s in need of some serious repair work, MPWs could be the place to do it. Dhs495, Dhs605 with grape pairings. February 14-15. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (02 654 3333)
Shuja Yacht A fine seafood buffet, to be enjoyed while cruising through Abu Dhabi’s waters, with lights from the city’s famous skyline sparkling in the distance. Sounds like an ideal way to melt the heart of that special person in your life. Dhs190, Dhs290 with sparkling grape. February 13. Organised by Le Royal Méridien (02 647 2020)
Stills Bar & Brasserie Fancy something a bit more pub meal than fine dining for Valentine’s Day? Stills at Crowne Plaza could be your man. The promotion runs over four nights, and offers a three-course meal at a wallet-pleasing price. The place has the longest bar in the city, should a few hoppy cool ones be required after your meal. Dhs125. February 12-15. Crowne Plaza Yas Island (02 656 3000)
The Yas Hotel The hotel’s Island Escape package might be a tad costly, but you sure do get a lot of bang for your buck. Your Dhs2,500 will buy you a spa package for you and your partner, including massages and manicures, as well as dinner at the fantastic Nautilus seafood restaurant, breakfast and a deluxe room. Surely your love
The couple’s massage lesson
Book a couple’s massage lesson at Zen Spa for something a little bit different. You and your partner are taught a series of basic Balinese massage techniques, which you then get to practise on each other in a room lit with candles and strewn with flower petals. What could be a more romantic warm up for later?
Dhs350 for one hour. Zen Spa, Beach Rotana (02 697 9000)
They say chocolate is an aphrodisiac, so why not go ahead and wrap yourself in the stuff to get you and your partner in the mood on Valentine’s Day? Spend some time relaxing in the Jacuzzi and sauna before receiving a back scrub, massage, and skin-softening chocolate wrap, leaving you smelling good enough to eat.
Dhs350 per person. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Health Club. Corniche Road (02 677 3333)
Couple’s Chill Out
If you fancy spending the whole day unwinding together, head to Espa, which has a Valentine’s offer that includes a spa treatment for each of you – classic hamam session for him and a facial for her – followed by the rest of the day spent enjoying their top-notch facilities. This includes use of your private spa suite, steam room and experience shower featuring colour therapy. Then you can finish off your day with a sunset dip in the rooftop pool. Bliss!
Dhs840 per couple, Espa, The Yas Hotel (02 656 0862)
The glamorous Valentines
If your loved one is impressed by price tags, this couple’s package will go down a treat. You both start off with an exotic enriching milk bath, followed by an aromatic massage using scented oils and acupuncture techniques. Then each of you receives a facial – ceremony of gold facial for her and elemis urban cleanse facial for him, so you’ll both be left looking your best for an evening of romance later on.
Dhs2,400 per couple. Anantara Spa, Emirates Palace (02 690 9000)
Valentine’s Day Gift Vouchers
If you want to keep things nice and private on Valentine’s Day, why not cosy up at home with lots of goodies from Chi, The Spa? Order one of their customised hampers and fill it with your favourite oils and scented candles. You’ll be able to create the perfect romantic atmosphere and you don’t even have to set foot outside the front door.
Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La (02 509 8888)