Valentines Day: Friday 14th February 2020
Valentine’s Day – undoubtedly the most romantic day of the year. The day you want to swoon your better half and remind them how much they mean to you. However, there’s only so many flowers and chocolate you can give before it gets a bit old and repetitive. Luckily, Brisbane, and surrounds, is home to some some of the best Valentines dates on offer!
Perhaps the best part of Valentine’s Day in 2020, is that February 14th falls on a Friday, giving you the perfect opportunity to sit back and indulge in those extra glasses of wine, or better yet, whisk away for a romantic and relaxing weekend.
Valentine’s day is now just over a week away, which means it’s time to get thinking about the perfect places to share a night (or two) with your loved one. Get all swept up at one of our top picks for a romantic dinner or getaway near Brisbane and make this Valentine’s day one to remember.
O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat, Canungra
O’Reilly’s is the perfect escape to check out (or check into) for a weekend of relaxing amongst nature. Relax to your hearts content in one of the 48 self-contained and architecturally designed villas perched on the sloping hillside, whilst taking in the expansive views overlooking the western McPherson Ranges. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, there’s no shortage of activities. Segway through creek crossings and see one of 500 nearby waterfalls, spend a day at the Lost World Spa or opt for a boozy picnic lunch at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. This special place has something for everyone and is only a short drive from Brisbane.
Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach
Tranquil, carefree days of Australian Summers are captured in everything at Halcyon House. Arguably one of the most ‘instagrammable’ places, Halcyon House needs no introduction. The romance will be soaring as you lap up a life of Anna Spiro styled decadence in the deluxe rooms and suites. Dine by the Sea, relax in ultimate luxury at the day spa and sip cocktails by the pool during your valentines weekend. The boutique hotel holds a spectacular beachfront location on Cabarita beach, surrounded by delightful scenery. The restaurant, Paper Daisy, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, a curation of the freshest ingredients from the local region; a perfect valentine’s treat. Even a one-night getaway will leave you feeling refreshed and we guarantee you won’t want to leave!
Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester
If you prefer to relax in the country, then Spicers Hidden Vale is the destination for you. Comprised of 12,000 acres of beauty just an hour’s drive from Brisbane, lies the style and comfort of a luxury retreat with the warmest of country welcomes.
The 14th of February 2020 marks an exciting time for Spicers Hidden Vale, as the homestead restaurant, which was tragically burnt down in 2018, will be completed and re-opened for guests to experience. The new homestead will pay homage to the history of its colourful past whilst incorporating the modern, luxurious finishing’s that Spicers Retreats are renowned for. This valentine’s day, guests are welcomed to come for a romantic lunch or dinner and enjoy the incredible culinary experience in the new Homestead that is Homage Restaurant.
Elements of Byron, Byron Bay
Six years in the making, Elements of Byron commands a beachfront haven located just north of the Byron Township on the doorstep of Belongil Beach. The resort boasts 103 private villas dotted across 22 hectares each featuring crisp white linen, blond wood and textural touches in shades of green that complement the natural environment, instantly transporting you to a Zen state of mind. Lush and serene, the resort also has an incredible adult-only pool for ultimate relaxation. On top of this, there’s a tennis court, day spa, restaurant and fire-pit to ensure you’ll never be bored. Renowned for its design, eco values and luxury appeal, a stay at Elements will give you the little bit of barefoot luxury you didn’t know you needed and make this valentine’s day one to remember.
Everyone knows the way to the heart is often through the stomach, right? If a weekend away isn’t on your radar this year, then don’t worry, show the love with a delectable feast for two. Here are our picks:
Otto, Brisbane City
Get a double dose of love at Otto Brisbane this valentine’s day with a three course Italian menu and a choice of a cocktail or bottle of Charles Heidsieck Champagne. Sitting riverside with your loved one has never been more romantic.
Signature at the Emporium, Southbank
Signatures is the pinnacle of Emporium Hotel Southbank’s culinary collection, serving an elegant, modern cuisine which celebrates the best of Australian produce. Not only this, the restaurant has its’s very own wine cellar Library. The Library list features over 6,000 bottles of wine from around the world including limited editions and rare vintages served in bespoke decanters. A dinner here is sure to wow your special someone.
The Jetty, Southbank
Another Southbank Favourite is The Jetty. You can’t go wrong with a romantic, riverfront dinner with spectacular views of the Brisbane River and CBD. Guests at the Jetty will enjoy a delicious three course menu with the option of adding champagne and espresso martini. A perfect date night destination that wont disappoint!
One Fish Two Fish, Kangaroo Point
In an old Queenslander at Kangaroo Point lies this seafood gem that is always putting on a show. Their version of Valentine’s Day is ‘Love Bug Weekend’ which features, you guessed it, Moreton Bay Bug! Available for lunch and dinner from February 14 – 16, their enticing six-course Love Bug menu includes dishes like bugs on sticks with XO sauce and bug risotto, We’re drooling over here…
Arc Dining, Howard Smith Wharves
ARC Dining is arguably one of Brisbane’s most beautiful new restaurants. This valentine’s day treat your special someone to a decedent dining experience along the coveted Howard Smith Wharves with a glass of champagne on arrival and a special Chef’s menu.
On the day devoted to love, show that special someone just how much they mean to you by feasting at some of Brisbane’s best Valentine’s destinations. All you need is love. And food.
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Article by Daisy Hicks