Valentine’s Day brings out the best and worst of ourselves, depending on your perspective. Some people, like me, are hopeless romantics who dream of being whisked away to a magical destination where we will be treated to endless romantic gestures. If you also happen to be a foodie then here are some places for romantic dining that will tick all your love boxes. If your other half is useless though, you might want to book yourself…
Enjoy spectacular views out over the Caribbean and the islands surrounding St. Lucia. If you are lucky enough to dine on Rock Maison, champagne will be delivered to you via a zip wire.
An ‘oasis of calm’ in central London, Clos Maggiore’s conservatory is the perfect spot for a romantic rendez vous. In the summer months the apple blossoms frame the light and airy dining space and in the winter it is made cosy and intimate with candles, starlight and a crackling fire.
The National Opera of Paris provides a dramatic backdrop to a romantic meal. Clever architecture means you are dining in the space where patrons would have pulled up in their carriages amidst seemingly free standing panes of glass.
On Fregate Island you are spoiled for choice with dining options. You can create bespoke menus with their team of chefs and enjoy your romantic meal anywhere on the island or in the intimate setting of your private villa.
In association with the Four Seasons Hotel, you can arrange a exclusive meal in the exquisite setting of the Hungarian Opera. You and your loved one will be dining centre stage as a live orchestra sets the romantic mood for you.
Breeze is a dining experience like no other. Perched high over the Bangkok skyline, dining at Breeze makes you feel like you and your significant other are standing on top of the world.
Tranquility is the name of the game in this luxury hotel. For your romantic dining experience you can chose from six tailored menus and relax after dinner in your own pool or jacuzzi while gazing out over the Caldera and Aegean Seas.
Dine like royalty from the top of a ridge looking down into Ubud’s Valley of the Kings. Exceptional dining in a tropical setting creates a romantic atmosphere that you will remember for years.
Crystal clear waters? Check. Stunning island views? Yep. Private Teppanyaki booths? Of course. Tapasake is literally that, tapas style Japanese dishes served in a luxury island resort. What could be better!
Indulge in some romance in the city on top of one of New York’s iconic hotels. The Rooftop Lounge is decked out with luxury and elegance for a romantic date looking out over the city skyline.
Float away with your loved one on a floating pontoon, where your unique dinner will be served to you by boat. Or you can dine atop the mountain, on a water side dock or a rock that overlooks a lagoon.
This charming French restaurant transports you to Europe for a romance filled evening. The courtyard bathed in candlelight is the perfect spot to enjoy the company of your loved one and some exceptional food.
You can’t beat the Maldives for a spot of romance and this luxury resort has several dining options for your romantic break. From local cuisine to fine Italian, every option is sure to satisfy.
Dine in the presence of history at the Palazzo Manfredi, a boutique 5 star hotel. From the penthouse restaurant you and your partner can dine in the moonlight while enjoying the best views of Rome’s Colosseum and Emperor Nero’s Gardens.
Enjoy spectacular views as the sun sets from this tropical island as the team treat you to a range of culinary delights. Enjoy private BBQs, luxury picnics and four course candlelit meals on the beach.
Inspired by the Château de Versailles, the restaurant exudes the elegance of the “Grand Siècle” and will bring you back in time. Enjoy exceptional food with beautiful views of the nearby Tuileries gardens. A magical and romantic venue.
Treat your partner to dinner in the sky. From the top of Santorini you can enjoy the best views of the Greek isles and some great local dishes. You will feel like the only people in the world.
Hidden away from the bustle of the city in the courtyard of the Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s is a romantic oasis. Luxury, lighting and lovely Italian cuisine come together to create a loving atmosphere.
The isolation of a private treepod give you all the space you need to enjoy being together. The stunning views and unique experience guarantee you an unforgettable date.
Indulge your partner with some Michelin Star dining in an incredible setting. Located right on Piazza san Marco, the restaurant allows you to soak up the atmosphere of Venice while enjoying some of its best food.
A popular site for honeymoons and romantic breaks, El Farallon is perched on a cliffside, right out over the ocean. The sound of the water, the exceptional seafood and the beautiful setting will seduce you.
The smallest restaurant in the world, this charming little restaurant is located in a historical building and caters only for two. The dining room is yours exclusively and the waiters attend you at the tinkle of a silver bell.
Guests come to Dasheene to enjoy the award winning food and great views of the sea and St. Lucia’s signature twin volcanic Piton peaks. The luxury resort Ladera is located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sufriere Volcano.
Opportunities for romance abound at the Comoshambala Estate. Enjoy intimate gourmet meals in a host of romantic, exotic or adventurous locales, from your private residence to tropical waterfalls, the unique Tea House to the Japanese restaurant.
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Alison has been writing since she could hold a pen, which came in handy for her degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies. She has been working in media since graduating and is the latest features writer for TheTaste.
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