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7 ways to make Valentine’s Day memorable

Wondering what to give to the one you love, or to yourself? Check out our top picks of gifts and experiences.

[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

You may love it, or avoid it, but Valentine’s day is a good time to make loved ones feel special. We assure these ideas will not make you, your partner and everyone else around you roll their eyes. They are thoughtful, plush and decadent. And if you fall in the self-love category that has accepted Miley Cyrus’ Flowers as an anthem, then this Valentine’s Day, you can buy flowers, chocolates, and whatnot, for yourself.

Here’s some gifting ideas, from watches and spa to special treats. Indulge a little, because why not?

Soda Fountain Edition – Excelsior Park x Perpétuel

Photo: Perpétuel

They say, “love is timeless”.  Whether you believe it or not, the Excelsior x Perpétuel’s Soda Fountain Edition wristwatch is a great gift. Inspired by the design codes of the past, featuring a bright soda fountain tone and vintage-inspired dial, it is a tribute to the brand’s glory days in the 50s, and the limited edition– only 50 pieces – makes it more special. The public sale will start, on 14 February, on the brand’s website.  

Versace Greca Time Lady

Photo: Versace

What’s not to like about this Versace watch? The Greca time collection—launched in Fall-Winter 2022—with a women’s watch that adapts its lines and intricate details for smaller sizes, in proportion with the 35 mm case. The dial of the Greca Time Lady model sees the reappearance of the alternating Greca and Versace logo pattern that has contributed to the collection’s success. The Greca motif runs along a five-link stainless steel, gold or bicolor bracelet, offered as an alternative to the new black or blue leather strap, which adds to the versatility of this piece. 

Versace Icon Active Indiglo 

Photo: Versace

This is for the most discerning. The new Icon Active Indiglo is Versace’s first chronograph with a transparent polycarbonate case enclosed in a cage with four visible screws. It makes for the perfect gift as this timepiece showcases a new movement feature: the 5021.D chrono has been replaced with the three hands Indiglo movement featuring dial backlighting when needed. This function can be manually enabled and disabled to save battery power.

Capsule collection by Azza Fahmy 

Photo: Azza Fahmy

Can’t find the words to tell your SO just how much they mean to you? There are ways. Jewelry label Azza Fahmy has fashioned a special capsule featuring unique pieces – the collection comprises five pieces inscribed with verses of poetry. We love the one by Khalil Gibran. Launched under the Nur line, which means light in Arabic, the calligraphy-inspired pieces showcase a wrap-around beaded bracelet engraved with love verses. 

Valentine’s Day experience on Bluewaters

Photo: The London Project

Treat that special someone to an exclusive tour of Madame Tussauds Dubai. Take a 90-minute guided VIP tour of Madame Tussauds, including a dedicated photographer to capture memorable moments, followed by a talk from studio artists. Opt for the wax hand experience and seal the deal by casting you and your special someone’s wax hands — the perfect souvenir to treasure forever. Afterward, indulge in a three-course meal at The London Project, a short walk away. Enjoy fresh oysters and truffle ravioli, or chocolate fondant, all while soaking up the spectacular views of Ain Dubai. 

Valentine’s Spa Package 

Photo: The Spa at Address Fountain Views

If gifts aren’t your style, treat yourself and your loved one to a day of relaxation and tranquility at The Spa at Address Fountain Views. 

The package begins with a 90-minute massage, a tailor-made treatment, ending with afternoon tea in the plush surroundings of the Lobby Lounge with views of the Burj Khalifa. You will also receive a gift box. A complete pampering session, we’d say.

A special treat 

Photo: Summersalt by Kayto

A lot is shared over a memorable meal. Good food is a way to the heart and there’s enough options for you. Here’s a list of restaurants with exclusive Valentine’s Day menus – 

Summersalt by Kayto

AMMOS Greek Restaurant

KATSUYA, Hyde Hotel Dubai

Cipriani, Doha 

ISSEI, Radisson Hotel DAMAC Hills 

Muchachas, Holiday Inn Express, Al Safa, Dubai 

Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Dubai Barsha Heights

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