Helpful Hints for a fail-safe Valentine’s present

With our extensive range of specially selected Valentine’s gifts, you are sure to be spoilt for choice as to what to give to your loved-one this February 14th – so here are some handy hints to help you along…

For a present that is both functional and fabulous, how about something from our unrivalled range of luxury leather travel accessories – a classic Slim Travel Wallet in Black or Brown Mara for him, or a chic and practical Travel Clutch for her… add a pair of tickets for a romantic getaway inside for the perfect Valentine’s Day Surprise.

 

Not sure where to take your Valentine’s date? We have asked boutique and luxury hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith to reveal their most favourite Valentine’s Day Stays in five of the world’s most romantic cities…

Paris  ‘Officially the city that invented both l’amour and ooh la la, Paris promises a melange of wonderful romantic clichés that never fail to move even the hardest of hearts.  Whether you’re at the top of Montmartre or the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre or on the Left Bank, Paris is chic to its bones and still pushing style frontiers.  If you’re lucky enough to visit on Valentine’s, when love hangs heaviest in the air, be sure you’re booked into Pershing Hall, a 19th-century mansion turned design-conscious romantic’s dream where the spa is the sherry on its sybaritic cake.  Or bed down in interiors guru Pierre-Yves Rochon’s Hotel Keppler, a contemporary classic boutique hotel just off the Champs Elysées that’s made for glamourpuss shopaholics.’

Hotel Keppler, Paris

Hotel Keppler, Paris

 

Florence – ‘Fairytale squares, centuries-old churches and sprawling palaces – the capital of Tuscany boasts more past glories than most continents.  The art-infused beauty of Florence alone is enough to induce swooning, but couple that with an array of seduction-guaranteed restaurants and chic boutiques, and you have a recipe for a perfect Valentine’s Weekend.  From prime Ponte Vecchio positioning, book a room at Continentale, a sleek modern hotel in the thick of the architectural action, or, for a real Room with a View experience, try JK Place, where the bend-over-backwards concierge will guarantee you a smooth and seamless stay.’

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

 

London– ‘Whether you’re visiting for a runaway weekend or a diehard urbanite anxious to Valentine away from your home borough, London has got it all.  And, by jingo, does she flaunt it – glorious parks and historic squares, restaurants promising some of the world’s most spectacular culinary fireworks, galleries where art soothes or surprises, and stages attracting theatre’s hottest talent.  It’s a city made for whirlwind weekends and there’s no better place to base yourself than Anoushka Hempel’s superbly seductive Blakes – this landmark boutique hotel embodies an entire decade of modern decadence and has hosted its fair share of celebrity wedding nights in its time.  For those of a more vintage bent, the Victorian opulence of The Gore should satisfy any velvet-draped four-poster cravings.’

The Gore Hotel, London

The Gore Hotel, London

 

Venice – ‘Quite simply one of the most beautiful cities on earth, La Serenissima is an atmospheric maze in which lovers can lose themselves.  Drift along the canals by gondola and float back in time as you admire Byzantine, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.  With so many palazzi and piazze to discover, Venice is a place for early nights and misty mornings spent wandering charming alleyways and hidden nooks.  One of which is Ca Maria Adele, a baroque blend of Murano chandeliers, fine flock wallpaper and heavy damask fabrics – it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to hide from the tourists.

Alternatively, step off a gondola onto the private piers of I Qs, a cluster of contemporary apartments set inside an imposing Italian Gothic shell.’

Venice

Venice

 

New York – ‘Big, bold and beautiful, New York truly is the city that never sleeps, and, on Valentine’s weekend, nor should you.  Browse the boutiques of NoLiTa, take in art and culture in SoHo, see a show on Broadway and have a cocktail back in your bedroom.  And that’s just before dinner.  Ian Schrager’s delightfully idiosyncratic Gramercy Park Hotel is a true bohemian rhapsody, with sultry perfumed boudoirs and devilishly decadent décor.  If eccentric interiors don’t light your candles, make a beeline for Robert DeNiro’s new Tribeca design den, The Greenwich Hotel, where ladies will love the hand-built bamboo spa and their gentlemen can while away treatment time supping grappa at the bar.’

Times Square, New York

Times Square, New York

 

All hotels listed had availability for Valentine’s weekend on 27th January 2009

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One Response to “Helpful Hints for a fail-safe Valentine’s present”

  1. Dekla Says:

    A really nice blog. I like it well.

    Greetings DEKLA

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