By Mark Captain, Travel & Lifestyle Editor.
For us at Luxury Chapter, Valentine’s Day is one of the many days we celebrate love. Diamonds and watches will always do the trick but you can really reach someone’s soul through their senses. Below are a few hand picked ideas of how to do just that.
Cosmoledo by Blue Safari Luxury Seychelles Getaway
To awaken all the senses and reconnect with nature, a retreat to the brand new Cosmoledo luxury eco-camp is just the ticket. One of the most remote wildernesses in the Seychelles, Wizard Island is just 17 km long with 20 islands nearby within boat hopping distance. There are only 8 sustainable lodges available that will form an integral part of the new Blue Safari Seychelles concept which all come with a fully retractable front wall so guests can look right out onto the ocean.
Cosmoledo offers an immersive and pristine wilderness including marine turtles, nesting seabirds and much more. Activities include fly-fishing giant trevally and barracuda, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling with the chance to be the first to experience previously undiscovered coral reefs and dive sites.
All meals are included too – a breakfast buffet, delicious lunch and a typical dinner of Seychellois Creole cuisine of fresh line-caught fish and vegetables. To book, visit bluesafari.com/en/accommodation/cosmoledo-eco-camp
Plate Restaurant Cupid Shoot Experience
If Saint Valentine was around today, this would earn him ultimate brownie points. Available only from 14-28 February, Plate Restaurant in Shoreditch are offering a unique 24 hour all inclusive overnight experience the senses won’t forget.
Starting in the morning, you will be chauffeured to the stunning grounds at E.J. Churchill for a clay shooting session followed by champagne and smoked salmon. You will then check in to your luxury room at the 5 star M by Montcalm Hotel. Spend the afternoon mooching around Shoreditch or enjoy a jacuzzi at the hotel’s spa. To finish off the day, it’s time for a 7-course dinner, created by Plates’ owner and award-winning head chef, Arnaud Stevens. Menu highlights include crispy Carlingford oysters, Dashwood Estate pheasant and a warming Chocolate Caramel Fondant with salted almond praline. To end the luxurious overnight stay, a champagne breakfast is also included.
All this costs just £325 per person. To book, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Lyan Time Capsules
Meet with world renowned mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan) and create your own tailor-made vintage bottled and hand-labelled cocktail. Starting at £10,000, this includes a personal consultation to explore your life history, preferences and personality along with a tasting with Mr Lyan from his collection. Together, you will taste, smell and marvel at Mr Lyan’s treasure trove of rare and hard to find spirits, wines and liqueurs, creating one bespoke bottled cocktail and miniature.
To book, visit: www.mrlyan.com
L’Orbe Caviar Infused Vodka
Not only is the bottle easy on the eye, but the taste has to be experienced to be believed. Premium vodka from Sweden combined with caviar from ethically sourced sturgeon farms in France needs to be sipped a couple of times for the nuances of caviar to come through, releasing soft, nutty and buttery tones.
London bars currently serving L’Orbe include: Wiltons, Dukes, Gazelle, Devonshire Club and Tramp. Bar legend Allesandro Palazzi from Dukes has created a must try cocktail with L’Orbe, sake and garnished with tiny cocktail onions. To enjoy at home, purchase a bottle for £49.50 from Soho Wine Supply here.
For recipe ideas and more information, visit L’Orbe on Instagram
‘À la Rose’ eau de parfum by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Made with two varieties of rose that unlock the richness of their petals, each bottle contains 400 roses. In the top notes, Damascena rose from Bulgaria, bergamot from Calabria and orange from California give radiance and a breath of freshness. In the heart notes, you will find violet and magnolia blossom and finally, woody cedar and musk mingles with Centifolia rose from Grasse.
Available from Selfridges. £175 (70 ml).
Lumira Tropical Gardenia candle
No need for flowers this year. Inspired by exotic foliage often found travelling, the soy wax in this candle gives 80 hours burn time and has been packed with floral notes like tuberose, white freesia, double blooming gardenia and finished with sultry spices, lemon, white musk and amber. When lit, it’s just as romantic as having flowers in every room of the house.
Available from Selfridges. £49.
Indian spices are known to get blood rushing and pulses racing. Celebrate Valentine’s at this stunning new restaurant on Haymarket where every dish has it’s own story to tell. Start in the bar with genius and original Farzi cocktails, organised by star sign. A Valentine’s menu is available on 14 February with one off ‘For Him’ and ‘For Her’ cocktails. For him, an Aromatic Collins using a floral rose gin. For her, Pitta’s Passion infuses cherry liquor, passion fruit, lime and a spiced ice cream.
Dishes on the main menu we can personally recommend too are the salmon tikka, lamb chops and Kashmiri morel risotto with parmesan. But save space for the creamiest, dreamiest pistachio butter coated Rasmalai dessert with marshmallow and a saffron infused carrot cream. To book, visit: www.farzilondon.com
Romance in the sky at London Sky Bar
This gem nestled on the 29th floor of Millbank Tower is somewhere you can enjoy 360 degree views of London over dinner, cocktails and even a romantic film. Cocktails pay tribute to all the incredible landmarks of London and include ‘The Palace’, a cocktail fit for a queen with champagne and angostura bitters, and ‘The MI6’, a tribute to Mr Bond, shaken (not stirred) with vodka. Available 14-16 February. To view their romance in the sky packages and book, visit: www.londonskybar.com/valentines-day-london