10 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Date Nights

No idea where to go this Valentine’s Day? Check out The Gaggler’s Last Minute Guide to where to enjoy the day (and night) of love in Dubai…


Take the object of your affections on a romantic Thai adventure with a gorgeous beachfront dinner at Anantara The Palm Dubai. Choose from a lantern-lit table heaped with succulent seafood to share or your own private gazebo decorated specially for the occasion as you toast your love beneath pink-streaked sunset skies. From AED 1,999. 

Call 04 567 8304, WhatsApp +971 56 189 7000 or email restaurants.dubai@anantara.com to book


If you and your true love are true lovers of Greek food, cosy up on a table for two at glorious Greek-Mediterranean restaurant Aiza. With incredible views of the world’s largest fountain, there’s a selection of limited-edition Valentine’s dishes to enjoy as well as a divine a la carte menu, all topped off with traditional plate smashing. Call 04 575 5097 or email reservations@aizarestaurant to book. 


Fancy heading into the desert for a dreamy night under the stars? Luxury desert resort Bab Al Shams Special Moments Together package includes an exquisite candlelit dinner for two in a private cabana in Falcon Dunes – super secluded and ultra-romantic. AED2,500 per couple, call 04 809 6194, WhatsApp 00971 56 549 4440 or email restaurants@babalshams.com  to book.


With incredible views of the city skyline and the eternally breathtaking Burj Khalifa, enjoy a delish a la carte menu of contemporary Asian cuisine created by Executive Chef Howard Ko, 54 floors up at CÉ LA VI, Address Skyview Hotel. AED1,250 per person for an indoor table and AED2000 for a table outside. Call 04 582 6111 or email reservationdxb@celavie.com


With incredible views of the glittering Dubai Marina, Dukes The Palm’s Romantic Beach Dinner offers an intimate table set up on the hotel’s private beach with a three-course set menu for two people and a bottle of grape. Priced AED 1,000 per couple, email dukesthepalm.dining@royalhideaway.com to book.


The One & Only Royal Mirage’s luxury beach and pool destination Drift Beach’s Valentine’s Day set menu includes a Seafood Bouillabaisse amuse bouche, followed by  Foie Gras Escalope and Beet Cured Salmon starter, with a choice of Kunafa Lamb Chops served with Sweet Potato Puree and Spiced Curd, Gratinated Seabream, or Pumpkin Risotto with Fresh Black Truffle as a main course, topped off with Dark Chocolate Soufflé with Raspberry & Tarragon Ice Cream. Food to fall in love with! Priced AED285 per person excluding drinks call 04 315 2200 or email info@driftbeachdubai.com to book.


Fancy extending your Valentine’s Day celebrations? Book a romantic picnic in the grounds of the stunning Melia Desert Palm on February 12 or 13 and make the most of Dubai’s fabulous balmy weather. Set up in a secluded area with delicious nibbles and refreshing drinks, the picnic package starts with a welcome drink poolside at Epicure, before you head for your picnic blanket and basket for an afternoon of romance. Priced AED 750  per couple, call 04 602 9323 or email eat.dp@melia.com to book


The London Project’s Love Is package offers brilliant value for foodie couples. The five-course sharing menu includes a rustic cheese platter with warm sourdough bread; scallop and green apple open ravioli with fresh asparagus; baked lobster with wakame butter and burnt lemon; roasted breast and leg poussin, fillet of beef, served with sweet beetroot puree, baby beets and jus and baked celeriac with cream and carrot, with rich chocolate log and raspberry parfait for dessert, as well as a welcome drink and a three hour drinks package, inclusive of unlimited house beverages and sparkling grape. Priced AED1,250 per couple, call 00971 54 306 1822 or email info@thelondonproject.com to book. 


Marea’s divine three-course Valentine’s Day couple’s menu begins with a glass of bubbly and the restaurant’s signature oysters served with cucumber mignonette, followed by lobster and burrata and grilled octopus with fregola, apricot, black olive oil to start, hand-made Garganelli with parmigiano and broccolini and pan-seared lamb chops with onion salsa, marinated in ripened cherry tomatoes and padrón peppers, complete with a special Valentine’s day dessert. Priced AED895 per couple, call 04 583 6366 to book or email info@marea.ae


For a fabulously fashion-focused Valentine’s Day date night, Palazzo Versace Dubai’s Romantic Poolside Dinner includes an exquisite 4-course set menu, a bottle of bubbles, a bouquet of flowers, and a delicious gift from Capri’s pastry chef to take home with you. Priced AED 2,500 per couple, call 04 556 8888 or email info@palazzoversace.ae

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