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Where to stay in Paris: A romantic getaway on Valentine’s Day at five-star Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris.

Paris, is undeniably the dream destination for romantics. For decades, lovers have been heading to the French City of Lights with their significant other, aspiring to prove their love and faith – eventually by attaching a lock to the famed Pont des Arts. The bridge may now be gone, but the romantic spirit lives on in the numerous other establishments around the city and we take a look at one hotel that fits the bill: Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris.

Paris has much to offer visitors and each hotel in the city has its own magic spin that will lure you in. Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris, a boutique hotel located near the Faubourg St Honoré neighbourhood, joins the list of exclusive locations that one might turn to, to bring their loved one to. Situated in the same neighbourhood as haute couture Maisons such as Dior and Chanel, the exclusive hotel is a charming alternative to the luxury chain hotels around the city.

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Sunset Party at Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris (©Christophe Madamour)

From the outside, the Buddha-Bar Hotel looks as it did in days gone by. The historic building, which was once owned by Augustin Blondel de Gagny, art collector and treasurer to King Louis XV, was constructed in 1734 and has stood tall through the many changes over the centuries. Transformed in a luxury travel establishment 20 years ago, it has maintained the magnificence while going through an assertive revamp. Inside, the French art de vivre meets the calm of an Asian temple. Aiming to be a phantasmagoric representation of 1930s Shanghai, the hotel, established around a paved inner courtyard, merges traditional architecture with a surprisingly modern decoration, that evokes a sense of wanderlust and inner peace.

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Grande Suite Historique, Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris (©Guillaume de Laubier)

The most luxurious suite of the hotel, La Suite de Gagny, which is named after the historical owner of the hotel, stands out from the rest of the establishment with its look. Frescoes and original mouldings have been restored to preserve the 18th-century aspect and pink granite fireplaces and crystal chandeliers add to the Parisian atmosphere. The rest of the furniture, though are contemporary and suit the Asian spirit brought to life by Buddha-Bar Hotel concept creator Raymond Visan.

With two bedrooms, and of a total182m², the suite is noticeably large. One has to admit it is rare to find such a space in Paris. And, because it is tempting to stay inside when the cold seizes Paris during the winter, the suite has the perfect escape with a golden bath that sits proudly as the centrepiece of the 30 square metre bathroom.

Salon de Bain de la suite de Gagny, BuddhaBar Hotel Paris (©Guillaume de Laubier)

Salon de Bain de la suite de Gagny, Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris (©Guillaume de Laubier)

For those who are not lucky enough to stay in the best suite, Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris also boasts 55 other rooms which include 18 suites and three new Prestige suites, that are all available for your enjoyment. Come Valentine’s Day, the hotel will be offering a special package for guests starting from 525€ (US$ 555) for one night. The package includes a dinner for two at the Vraymonde restaurant, a small bottle of champagne, breakfast in bed, and late checkout till 3pm, amongst others.

For more information visit Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris website

Romantic Travel: 3 Cities Of Love

As far we are concerned, it is always a good time for romance. While the staple cities of love such as Paris still hold their allure, it would be nice to venture out to fins other scenic cities that provide just as much to offer — and a whole lot of love of course.

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With its white landscapes and freezing cold weather, Iceland may not seem like your typical romantic getaway. (It is also not a city but going to Iceland and just seeing Reykjavik is like going to Paris and just visiting Charles de Gaulle – Eds). But if there is one thing that sums up why I thoroughly believe it is, it’s being able to share the raw power of nature with your other half. You can expect the sort of experience that sets your pulse racing, that makes you want to grab the hand of your partner as you witness the most majestic sights your eyes have ever seen.Iceland-Cities-of-Love-Lofficiel-3

Start off in Reykjavik, the largest city in Iceland, filled with quaint shops and some of the finest Scandinavian restaurants. The capital is also home to Hallgrimskirkja, a ridiculously beautiful Lutheran church and the largest in Iceland. The building – known for its expressionist architecture and stunning rooftop view of the city – will blow you away with its sheer magnificence. Grillmarkadurinn, or The Grill Market, is the place to head to for the best farm-to-table cooking, made with produce from Iceland’s best exotic meat farmers – fancy some reindeer or puffin?Iceland-Cities-of-Love-Lofficiel-2

Rent a car and drive through Iceland’s infamous Golden Circle, a route that passes Thingvellir National Park and the majestic waterfall Gullfoss, or tour on horseback through the mountains, past glacier lagoons, black sand beaches and Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s most popular geothermal spa. Don’t forget to make time for one of Earth’s most phantasmagorical natural phenomena, the Northern Lights – the greatest and perhaps most romantic light show in the world.

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Santorini is, undoubtedly, one of the best places in the world to watch the spectacle of the sun sinking into the sea – one of the main reasons why it’s the holiday destination for couples. With its old-world architecture and steep cliffs dotted with restaurants and hotels overlooking the Aegean Sea, it is the ultimate vacation spot for romance.Santorini-Cities-of-love-Lofficiel

Stay in Oia, a small town just by the sea. Hordes of tourists are to be expected, but there’s a certain excitement in squeezing through the crowds to get to the delicious feta-topped Greek salads, grilled meats and fish. Kastro Restaurant, an over-two-decade-old establishment next to the ruins of the Byzantine Oia Castle is a must-visit for its traditional Greek favorites, served with a side of that infamous Santorini sunset.Santorini-Cities-of-love-Lofficiel-3

Spend afternoons exploring archeological sites on foot, by boat or by doing both. Take a trek through the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni, home to natural hot springs. Spend a few hours in lesser-known Pyrgos, the highest point of Santorini where a charming, rustic village sits. Here, you’ll find ruins of Kasteli Castle, as well as neo-classical mansions, vineyards and ancient narrow paths leading up to hills and Catholic churches. Alternatively, you could simply pick any one of Santorini’s black beaches – to do absolutely nothing except sip cocktails and take in the view.

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Colorful architecture, magical canals, fairy tale castles, charming parks and cobbled streets that beg hand-in-hand strolls – just some of the things that make up Copenhagen, a city built for lovers. Perhaps it’s also to do with the fact that it was once home to author Hans Christian Andersen and the birthplace of some of the most romantic literary masterpieces. There’s also the Danish culture of “hygge”, an emotion and expression that translates closely to “coziness”. A candlelight dinner with a lover is “hygge”. Snuggling together under a blanket is “hygge”. Drinking wine while cruising on a boat through Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s famous 17th Century canal and entertainment district, is “hygge”. Danes simply live and breathe “hygge” – it’s a city with its own heartbeat.Copenhagen-Cities-of-love-lofficiel-2

When you’re done soaking in the ambience, drop by Torvehallerne, a vibrant farmer’s market with over 60 stalls selling the freshest and most sustainable produce. Get a dose of “hygge” at Atelier September, one of the homiest places for brunch in Copenhagen (I recommend the avocado on rye, pumpkin soup and yoghurt with granola). Travel back in time with your partner at Tivoli Gardens, the oldest amusement park in the world, or imagine yourselves as royals for a day at the Rosenborg Castle or Christiansborg Palace. Engage in a rom-com cliché and rent a swan boat on Peblinge Dossering Lake. Arty couples will love The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, an architectural haven just 25 miles north of Copenhagen that boasts over 35,000 modern works of art and panoramic views of neighboring Sweden.Copenhagen-Cities-of-love-lofficiel-3

Story Credits

Text by Melody Tan

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Valentine’s Day: 5 Island Hideaways

Everyone is getting into the Valentine’s day spirit and, if you have not already figured out what to do, TripAdvisor has some high-end options. The company released their list of romantic hotels in Asia and we have to say, we were impressed. Think white sandy beaches, staff who cater to your every need and of course a respite from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Tempted? So are we.

The team at Luxuo knows that you may be hard pressed for time to filter out the whole list, so we decided to give you a helping hand and narrow it down. Here then is our selection five romantic island destinations that would make Nicholas Sparks envious.

Komandoo Maldives Island Resort, Maldives

This truly is a perfect honeymoon destination, not simply because it is in the Maldives but because it is an adults-only retreat. Surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, the water villas are situated over the Indian Ocean.Komandoo-Maldives-Island-Resort-02

Though you have a beautiful view of the sapphire blue waters, each villa also comes with a private Jacuzzi and terrace. Accompanied by top-notch service, it is no wonder the resort topped the list.

The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Thailand

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This romantic getaway in the hills of Ko Tai is truly breath-taking. With nine boutique villas, each with its own private infinity pool, it is private and serene. While you immerse yourself in nature, let the service crew cater to your needs, be it a warm welcome or massages on the sundeck. One TripAdvisor reviewer offered praises for the boutique villa for putting “a lot of thought into the whole guest experience”. We have to agree.

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Now, you will be on a private Island resort but the staff certainly can’t stop some uninvited guests from making an appearance outside your terrace. Home to a rich colorful and lively house reef, some reviewers have had the opportunity to interact with turtles and dolphins and even a “myriad of beautiful fish” as they snorkel steps from their villa. The intimate island hosts 30 villas in five different styles.

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Located in the tranquil Mamanuca group of islands, there are numerous ways to access the island resort. Another adults-only resort, it has several contemporary and Fijian-style ‘freestanding’ villas to choose from. You can enjoy the tropical outdoor shower, relax by your personal pool or simply enjoy the sunset and stargaze from your hammock. There is much to do on the island and it must be noted that there are special packages for a romantic getaway, making it an ideal choice.

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Made of sandstone and timber by expert craftsmen, the beachside and water villas look like they have always been a part of the island. We can’t help that this is the third resort on the Maldives that we fell in love with but who can blame us. With the finest rooms, service and restaurants, this resort rounds off our list of romantic destinations to enjoy. A reviewer’s tip is the twilight dinner for two on the sand bar.

For more on TripAdvisor’s list of most romantic hotels, click here.

5 Romantic Experiences to Win Your Heart

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, marriage looms large in the minds of many couples. For others, it is the state of the marriage that might benefit from something extra special. Here’s a look at five original spots to pop the question, as they say, or just to take a chance on romance, whatever the date or status of your relationship may be. Seriously though, even if you’ve missed the boat this year (it is quite late in the day after all) all of these experiences can be savored at any time. Yes, the offerings will be different the rest of the year but you can recreate the magic with a little effort – we are sure that all the hotels and establishments listed will be happy to work with you on an exotic escapade. Speaking of which…

An exotic escapade to the Savoy Resort & Spa, Seychelles

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s day than with a romantic trip to a paradise island (pictured top)? Throughout the month of February, the Savoy Resort & Spa is offering a seven-day, five-night package priced at €890. The deal (excluding flights) includes an upgrade to an Ocean View room, a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, breakfast, and a couple’s spa treatment with a saltwater peel, a Dead Sea mud treatment and a massage. This modern hotel is located on the island of Mahé, just ten minutes from the capital, Victoria.

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In a Chantal Thomass room or a Hermès suite at Le Pradey hotel, Paris, France

Chantal Thomass has designed two rooms (above) at Le Pradey, Paris, a four-star hotel right next to the Tuileries gardens, not far from the Louvre. In line with the designer’s typically baroque style, the rooms take guests back to an era of sumptuous cabarets, with a red and black décor complete with frills and velvet. On the fifth floor, the hotel’s suites have been designed by Hermès. Two different ambiances for a memorable proposal on February 14. The hotel is offering a Valentine’s Day package with one night’s stay, breakfast, a bottle of champagne and roses in the room for €320.

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A historical hotel in Verona, Italy

Just steps away from Verona’s Roman amphitheater, the Palazzo Victoria (above) is a five-star hotel built around medieval frescoes and Roman ruins. In the town famously home to Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet, this stylish hotel is offering a two-night Valentine’s Day stay for two adults priced at €215 per person (approx. $230). The package includes two nights in a Deluxe Double room, an American buffet breakfast and access to the hotel’s fitness suite.

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The Michelin-starred restaurant at Le Bristol hotel, Paris, France

The triple Michelin-starred Epicure restaurant (above), run by Chef Eric Frechon, will be serving up a special Valentine’s Day meal for fans of fine dining. The menu includes premium ingredients such as blue lobster, cooked in a bouillon with claws, infused with ginger, lemongrass and coriander. Scallops accompany caviar from Sologne and Bresse pigeon is prepared with duck foie gras. The meal comes priced at €690 per person, excluding drinks. Le Bristol has also teamed up with the Maison Boucheron jewelry house to offer one lucky Valentine’s diner drawn at random a “Reflet” watch.

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A refreshing road trip in Iceland

Travel agency Island Tours has a four-day long weekend in Iceland (above) from February 12-15. This takes couples to the geothermal village of Hveragerdi, where they’ll stay in a luxury hotel located on the lava field. Couples can then relax in the warm waters of the Fontana Spa at Laugarvatn and bathe in the milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon. The trip costs €762 per person (excluding flights).

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Abu Dhabi hotel launches $108,900 Valentine’s Day package

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

The Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi has launched an ultra-luxurious package that aims to up the ante in romance and extravagance.

TOP 10 MOST ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY DESTINATIONS

While 400,000 AED might not buy love, at the Shangri-La it buys a stay at the Presidential Suite, fresh flowers, gourmet chocolates, and champagne.

Then, the couple will be treated to a spa treatment that includes a caviar facial and a rooftop dinner that includes typical, luxurious French delicacies: caviar, oysters, and a serenade from a private musician.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

But the real kicker in the package is the inclusion of a Hublot watch and Dior couture piece that the couple will swap in a gift exchange. A personal shopper will be on hand to help choose the items.

To cap off the romantic weekend, the couple will also embark on a nocturnal helicopter ride above the glittering city.

For more info visit www.shangri-la.com.

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Amosu launches pink iPhone for Valentine’s Day

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‘s luxury accessories brand is touting the world’s first pink iPhone 6, produced in a very limited edition of 10 units just in time for Valentine’s Day. The smartphone costs £1,899 (around $2,850).

For this special edition, rather than decking out Apple’s latest smartphone in diamonds and gold, Amosu simply chose to update the case with a new and exclusive color.

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Of course, those who prefer a little more bling can always opt for the rose gold version, which is available for £2,499 (around $3,750).

Amosu Couture also offers a pink iPhone 5. Just as romantic as the more up-to-date version, this model will only set you back £1,499 ($2,250).

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Bulgari celebrates love with latest jewelry collection

Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection

The Italian jewelry maker has presented the Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection, which is dedicated to the theme of love.

Naturally the heart — “cuore” in Italian — is the key motif in this new jewelry line. Not just an enduring symbol of love, the heart is also one of the emblems of the city of Rome, where Bulgari is based.

The collection includes four items — two heart pendant necklaces, a three-strand necklace and a ring — all made of rose gold.

Worn on a rose gold chain, the first pendant has pavé diamonds and stands out for its unique moving parts, which enable the user to wear it four different ways. The rose gold pendant may be turned to show or hide the pavé diamonds or the “Bvlgari-Bvlgari” engraving.

The second pendant is in rose gold with white mother-of-pearl. A three-strand necklace in rose gold and white mother-of-pearl rounds out the collection, along with a rose gold ring with pavé diamonds on one side.

The items in the Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection range in price from €1,900 (around $2,150) to €6,500 (around $7,360).

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Restaurant creates Kimye-inspired Valentine’s Day menu

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Aspiring Kimye couples take note: A Brooklyn restaurant has created a special Valentine’s Day menu inspired by the power couple.

The five-course menu at Brucie is described as L.A. meets Paris: sexy, brooding, wet and wild.

Diners have the option of choosing between the Kim menu — with cheeky references and culinary odes to her posterior — and the Kanye menu, with dishes created in homage to some of his most popular tracks.

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Take a look at the Kimye menu at Brucie – Prices are $100 per person.

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Amuse bouche
Stacked 24 Karrot Terrine: Dill Kreme Fraiche, Midori Shot

Course 1
Stuffed Kalimari: Kauliflower, Pistachio, Raisin, Salsa Verde

Course 2
Sticky Rice Balls: Kim-chi, Honey Mascarpone Glaze, Sesame

Course 3
Mak N Kheese: Elbows, Scharfe Maxxx, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, White Truffle

Course 4
Khicken Fried Rump Roast: Kabbage, Pickled Pear, Buttermilk Ranch

Course 5
Karrote Kake: Goldschlagger, Salted Karamel

KANYE

Amuse bouche
“Good Life”: Smoked Oyster, Caviar, Brioche, Lillet Blanc

Course 1
“Gold Digger”: Beets, Gold Leaf, Saffron Aioli, Hazelnut Dirt

Course 2
“All Foie’s Down”: Foie Gras Pate, Crepe, Cognac, Smoked Cherry Sauce, Quail Egg

Course 3
“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”: Squid Ink Tagliatelle, Duck Confit, Coconut, Microgreens

Course 4
“Bound 2” Pork Roulade Bourguignon: Celeriac Puree, Artichoke, Parsley Salad

Course 5
“Imma Let You Finish”: Pernod Yeezecake, Chantilly Cream

Entrees for Two to Share
The North West: Pacific Northwest Salmon En Croute, Bacon Braised Greens

“No Church in the Wild” Mushroom Polenta: Pumpkin Seed Pistu, Chiriboga Blue

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Top 10 most romantic Valentine’s Day destinations

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Venice has edged past Paris to top a survey of the most romantic places in the world, according to some of the world’s wealthiest travelers in advance of Valentine’s Day.

In a survey conducted by VeryFirstTo, the top three most romantic cities that were cited began with Venice, followed by Paris and Santorini, Greece.

READ MORE: HEAD TO ITALY FOR VALENTINE’S ROMANCE

Overall, the list of top 10 most romantic destinations is dominated by Italy, which claimed three spots for Rome, Venice and Florence, receiving twice as many votes as its closest competitor, France.

For the survey, participants were asked to name the most romantic destination in the world.

Venice seems to still be enjoying a major tourism boost thanks to last year’s glamorous, high-profile wedding of George Clooney.

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Couples with deep pockets looking to celebrate their love in high style this Valentine’s Day can partake in another extravagant travel package organized by VeryFirstTo and partner Hurlingham Travel.

The ‘Ultimate Lovers’ Trip’ is a 30-day vacation that hits all 10 destinations including Italy, France, the Maldives and Thailand.

For $103,400, guests stay two to four nights at some opulent hotels in the most romantic spots in the world, including the Santorini Secret Boutique Hotel, Four Seasons Koh Samui, Thailand and Gritti Palace, Venice.

Top 10 most romantic Valentine’s Day destinations

1. Venice, Italy
2. Paris, France
3. Santorini, Greece,
4. The Maldives, Republic of the Maldives
5. Florence, Italy
6. Kauai, Hawaii
7. Rome, Italy
8.Saint Lucia, Caribbean
9. Koh Samui, Thailand
10. St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Japanese take chocolate spa for Valentine’s Day

A hot spring resort in Hakone, Japan, is offering customers a chance to relax in chocolate baths for Valentine’s Day.

Yunessun spa resort customers paid 27 USD for the twice daily bathing session which some women believe will lead to good skin and smell. In Japan, it’s traditional for women to buy gifts for men on February 14.

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So for those wondering what to give their Valentine, perhaps, in 2015, instead of a box filled with chocolate, it will be a tub filled with chocolate instead!

Riviera Resort & Spa

Top 10 most romantic hotels in the US

A relaxing, romantic beach holiday is the most popular form of vacay for American lovebirds, followed by city breaks and island escapes.

Riviera Resort & Spa

That’s according to a TripAdvisor survey that looked at how couples plan to celebrate their nuptials, anniversaries and love for each other in 2014.

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The majority of respondents – 61% — said they plan to hit the beach or the ocean as part of their vacation plans, while 39% said they plan to take in some culture and shopping in a big city.

About a quarter of respondents said they’re off for an island getaway.

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San Francisco also emerged the most popular domestic destination for couples, followed by Las Vegas, Honolulu, New York City and Miami.

And if you haven’t made any Valentine’s Day plans yet, consider booking a stay at the hotels listed below!

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Here are the Top 10 most romantic hotels in the US

1. Honor Mansion, A Wine Country Resort, Healdsburg, California
2. Desert Riviera Hotel, Palm Springs, California
3. Bardessono, Yountville, California
4. Hotel California, Palm Springs, California
5. Adobe Grand Villas, Sedona, Arizona
6. Marquesa Hotel, Key West, Florida
7. Alhambra Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
8. Olea Hotel, Glen Ellen, California
9. Koa Kea Hotel & Resort, Poipu, Hawaii
10. Orchid Key Inn, Key West, Florida

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Coloseo Valentine watch by Saint Honoré

Paris watchmaker Saint Honoré has introduced the Coloseo Valentine, a women’s watch inspired by the celebration of love. All in red, this timepiece is truly a symbol of passion, with its modern and ultra-feminine rounded design.

Saint Honore Coloseo Valentine

Based on a quartz movement, the watch displays hours, minutes and seconds and is waterproof to 30m. The 38mm stainless steel case features a crown topped with a black onyx cabochon.

Coloseo Valentine

For women who prefer more subtle shades than romantic red, Saint Honoré also offers the Coloseo Valentine in white, purple, chestnut brown or gold.

Versace Greca Red Rubies ring

Versace celebrates Valentine’s Day with rubies

Versace has revealed a fun and pretty new limited edition jewelry collection in tones of pink, red and gold just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Versace Greca Red Rubies ring

The “Greca Red Rubies” line was inspired by one of Versace’s famed motifs, the iconic Greek key symbol, which has been given a contemporary twist.

Versace Greca Red Rubies earrings

The four-piece collection includes a pendant, earrings, a bracelet and a ring all featuring curved forms, with a yellow gold setting and bright red rubies.

Versace Greca Red Rubies pendant

The Greca Red Rubies collection is priced from €2,200 up to €6,000.

Versace Greca Red Rubies bracelet

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TOP 10 Most romantic hotels in the world

It’s not hard to see why the following hotels were ranked among the most romantic in the world by by TripAdvisor users.

The Place Koh Tao

Most offer private, beach or poolside suites in milieus where the water shimmers otherworldly hues of turquoise and blue, and four-poster beds beckon couples invitingly.

Greece leads the top 10 list with three addresses, followed by the Maldives and South Africa, which tied with two properties each.

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Taking the top spot is The Place Koh Tao in Thailand, a luxury getaway that offers five boutique villas, tucked discreetly in the Thai tropical forests, each with its own infinity pool.

The Place Koh Tao villa

If you haven’t booked your Valentine’s Day getaway yet take a virtual tour of the 10 most romantic hotels in the world, as rated by TripAdvisor users.

1. The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Koh Tao, Thailand

2. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse, Frans, South Africa

3. Anastasis Apartments, Imerovigli, Greece

4. Aia Mattonata Relais, Siena, Italy

5. Astra Suites, Imerovigli, Greece

6. Lindos Blu, Lindos, Greece

7. Baros Maldives, North Male Atoll, Maldives

8. Veligandu Island Resort and Spa, North Ari Atoll, Maldives

9. Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10. 2Inn1 Kensington, Cape Town Central, South Africa

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World’s most expensive Valentine’s Day dinner

Have £61,000 kicking around and want to impress your Valentine this year? A luxury retail website has designed a Valentine’s Day dinner featuring some of the rarest ingredients on the planet and a Michelin-starred chef.

Adam Simmonds

Created by the same folks who put together around-the-world trips to all 962 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a culinary odyssey to Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, the latest outrageously extravagant package from VeryFirstTo is an eight-course meal that would be prepared in the home by Michelin-starred British chef Adam Simmonds.

Predictably, the menu is designed as an aphrodisiacal experience that starts with oysters and Almus white caviar — a symbol of fertility — along with Pacific Bluefin tuna, foie gras, truffle salad and Wagyu beef.

Dishes are also paired with some of the finest wines in the world. Saffron risotto, for instance, is accompanied by a 1990 La Romanee-Conti, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, valued at £17,000 ($27,680).

To wash down the oysters, guests will sip on a £3,600 ($5,860) bottle of 1959 Salon Blanc de Blancs, that also comes with South Sea pearls.

To cap off the meal, guests will tuck into bowls of vanilla and smoke chocolate Kopi Luwak ice cream.

Kopi Luwak – known as the most expensive coffee in the world – is actually coffee berries extracted from the feces of the Asian civet cat.

Most Expensive Valentines Day Dinner Menu

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A $500,000 Valentine’s Day hotel package

Aptly called “The Once In a Lifetime” package, the Canadian brand Sutton Place Hotels has launched the extravagant deal for lovers who may also be in the market for a luxury sports car and wardrobe overhaul.

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Here’s what $500,000 will buy you in the deal:

First, you and your partner will be chauffeured in a limo and taken to the presidential suite, where you’ll be greeted by a personal butler with a bottle of Dom Pérignon and hors d’oeuvres.

Next, you’ll be served a six-course meal in a private, candle-lit dining room to set the mood.

The following morning, while lounging in your personally monogrammed terry robes, you’re served another champagne-soaked breakfast-in-bed.

After that, the package includes a helicopter tour of the city — be it Edmonton, Vancouver or the Revelstoke ski resort where the brand is located.

After a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend, the hotel will also ‘throw in’ a personalized Maserati car, $50,000 worth of jewelry, and a $100,000 shopping spree at upscale Canadian department store Holt Renfrew.

Couples will also receive weekly deliveries of fresh flowers to their home and weekly couple’s massages for an unspecified length of time.

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Diet Coke Unveils Can by Chantal Thomass

In its latest designer collaboration, Diet Coke has teamed up with French lingerie designer Chantal Thomass for a chic and sexy limited edition can.

Chantal Thomass diet coke

Arriving in French stores in time for Valentine’s Day, the new Coca-Cola Light can is perfectly suited to the season, with its seductive lingerie motif designed by Chantal Thomass. The women’s underwear specialist has created a glamorous design featuring black lace and a heart-shaped ribbon.

In 2013, Diet Coke celebrated its 30th anniversary with Marc Jacobs, who followed in the footsteps of world-famous designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Nathalie Rykiel. Even Karl Lagerfeld has designed a can for the company.

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An aluminum bottle designed by Chantal Thomass, arriving in French stores next April, will complete the line. The new Diet Coke can will be available from late January.

Which designer created the best can or bottle for Diet Coke?

Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez Vous

Jaeger-LeCoultre Secret Rendez-Vous

For Valentine’s Day, Jaeger-LeCoultre has presented an exceptionally romantic version of its Rendez-Vous watch with a red patent leather strap.

Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez Vous

In addition to its bright red color symbolizing passion, this limited edition strap has a small, secret pouch designed to hold a tiny letter. For an unforgettable gift, the giver can slip a personal message or declaration of love into the watch strap before offering it to a loved one.

The luxury watch has a round case adorned with a diamond inlaid bezel. The self-winding movement, built and assembled in the Jaeger-LeCoultre workshops, has an original night and day indicator.

This limited edition Valentine’s Day version of the Rendez-Vous will be available in Jaeger-LeCoultre stores before February 14. Price available on request.

Godiva gold box

Sweet Gourmet treats for Valentine’s Day 2013

dalloyau Heart shaped cakes

Master chocolatiers and top luxury pastry boutiques have come out with another wide assortment of sweet treats for this year’s edition of Valentine’s Day.

Pierre Herme pate de fruit

Pierre Hermé

A litchi and rose pâte de fruit, or fruit jelly, covered in a raspberry ganache.

dalloyau Heart shaped cakes

Dalloyau

Heart-shaped versions of Dalloyau’s signature offerings include the Macaron of Love, a raspberry-flavored cookie filled with a Madagascan vanilla cream and raspberry compote; a shortbread pastry filled with a Sabayon mousse and berries, and a choux-pastry filled with vanilla and raspberries.

Pierre Herme Ella Heart

Pierre Hermé

Made with a base of olive oil and lemon biscuits, the Ella Heart is an ode to red berries and is filled with a light lemon mousse.

La Maison du Chocolat bonbons

La Maison du Chocolat

Want to spice up your regular repertoire? French chocolate boutique La Maison du Chocolat has come out with special edition bonbons with interesting flavor pairings, such as a vanilla and Jamaican pepper-spiced praline filled with almonds and hazelnuts, and Galanga and lemon chocolates.

Herme Tarte Coeur Infiniment Jasmin

Pierre Hermé

Hermé’s Tarte Cœur Infiniment Jasmin, or Infinitely Jasmine Heart, is made with shortbread, jasmine–infused ganache, jasmine tea biscuit and Marscapone cream.

Godiva gold box

Godiva

Godiva’s signature gold box is an assortment of 36 milk, dark and white chocolate bonbons, pralines and ganaches.

Anastasis Apartments

World’s most romantic hotel in Greece

Anastasis Apartments

Couples who want to spend Valentine’s Day in the most romantic hotel in the world should head for Cyclades in Greece. The Anastasis Apartments on Santorini island is lovers’ favorite place.

Tripadvisor has established a list of the best hotels in which to celebrate Valentine’s Day based on the opinions of the millions of travelers that make up its community.

After the Anastasis Apartments in Greece, La Minerva in Capri, Italy came second and the Cranleigh boutique hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere in the UK came third.

World’s top 10 hotels for romance according to TripAdvisor

1. Anastasis Apartments, Imerovigli, Greece
2. La Minerva, Capri, Italy
3. Cranleigh Boutique, Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
4. Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Windermere, United Kingdom
5 .Baros Maldives, North Male Atoll, Maldives
6. Casa del Mar, Langkawi, Pantai Cenang, Malaysia
7. Bardessono, Yountville, California
8. Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
9. Layana Resort and Spa, Ko Lanta, Thailand
10. Veligandu Island Resort, North Ari Atoll, Maldives

The Travelers’ Choice Awards are based on millions of traveler’s opinions on hotels on TripAdvisor over a period of 12 months following the 2012 awards, especially comments left by those who indicated that they went on holiday as part of a couple.

Anastasis Apartments Imerovigli Greece