From a private in-suite recital by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perfume-making in Cape Town or a retreat in Ashford Castle’s hideaway lakeside cottage, Red Carnation Hotels has an incredible collection of special experiences to spoil your partner this Valentine’s Day.
For the love of music at The Milestone Hotel, Kensington
Indulge in an in-suite recital from the world’s most prestigious classical music institution thanks to Red Carnation’s partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Guests staying in one of The Milestone Hotel’s elegant suites or residences can enjoy an exclusive performance in the privacy and luxury of the hotel. They can also follow this with a mixology class with head bartender Angelo, who will share the secrets of the historic hotel’s legendary Old Fashioned or Duchess Hourglass cocktails.
Suites priced from £752 per night, private recital from £500, in-suite cocktail making from £80 per couple
Sleep under the stars at Hotel 41, Belgravia
The Conservatory Suite at Hotel 41, Tripadvisor’s number one hotel in the UK, is an effortlessly romantic, glass-topped space looking up to the night sky. Couples can spend a ‘Night Under the Stars’ in the suite, equipped with a telescope for star gazing, an astrological map and the chance to name a star after a loved one. Champagne and a hamper of treats can also be arranged to celebrate an extra-special moment under the moonlight.
The ‘Night Under the Stars’ experience is priced from £1,358 per night.
The power of scent at The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town
Guests at Cape Town’s Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa can also make a personalised Valentine’s gift at a perfume-making class in Franschhoek with our partners Perfume Privé. Amongst centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture, guests will explore different notes and nuances of scent to create a unique 10ml of perfume oil and perfumed body cream that makes a perfect gift, suitable for men and women. The experience also includes a tour of Africa’s first perfume museum, after which guests can retreat to The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa for cocktails and canapés as the sun sets over Cape Town.
Rooms priced from £324 (ZAR 6000) per night, and perfume-making class from £28 (ZAR 520) per person.
Hideaway in Ireland at Ashford Castle
The 800-year-old Ashford Castle overlooking serene Lough Corrib in the west of Ireland is the epitome of fairytale romance, but couples looking for a more secluded retreat should stay in the lakeside Hideaway Cottage within its grounds. Formerly the Castle’s boathouse, the cottage has been lovingly restored and offers breathtaking 180 degree lake views. Guests have access to the same thoughtful service and amenities of the five-star Castle hotel and its 350 acre estate, or can opt for room service and dine in the cosy interiors of the cottage.
The Hideaway Cottage is priced from £2,120 (€2,500) per night.
Sweets for your sweetheart at The Chesterfield Mayfair
For sweethearts with a sweet tooth, The Chesterfield Mayfair’s Original Sweetshop Afternoon Tea makes the perfect playful date laden with nostalgic, tasty treats. Freshly made finger sandwiches, homemade chocolate chip and fruit scones with Cornish clotted cream and preserves are served alongside homemade pastries and cupcakes inspired by the nation’s favourite sweetshop staples, such as Coca-Cola slices, chocolate fudge éclairs, peanut butter cups, and, of course, love heart inspired macarons.
Afternoon Tea priced from £40 per person.
Shaken not stirred at The Egerton
Enjoy an entertaining and engaging Martini Masterclass with Esley, our expert mixologist, at The Egerton House Hotel. Learn the tricks of the trade before trying your hand at creating the world’s most famous cocktail. Sit, sip and indulge together, while sampling a delicious section of home-made canapés.