Abu Dhabi has everything for a perfect romantic evening – the Corniche, breathtaking beaches and ocean views, a stunning skyline with plenty of skyscrapers to take it in, great weather this time of year for an outdoor setting, and plenty of venues that know how to put together a candlelight dinner for two. So whether you need to impress someone new in your life, celebrate your relationship or take your relationship to a new level, here’s our rundown of the top choices of a night to remember!
Dine under the stars on the lovely terrace at Al Meylas, with a 3-course Middle Eastern menu and a gift for each couple. (DHS300)
55&5th is a romantic place on any evening – with its terrace and private booths. For Valentine’s the Jade Trio will play and the special 5-course menu is sure to impress your loved one. (DHS990 per couple)
Forget about the old-fashioned cinema date and head to the Sheraton to watch a movie under the stars, share canapes and a bottle of bubbly with your toes in the sand. (DHS199 per couple)
One of our personal favourites, not just because of the view (think 63rd floor) but also because of the cocktails. For Valentine’s Day, expect a special 3-course menu. (DHS375)
Your own butler and a private cabana. And did we mention it is outdoor and has views of the ocean? We haven’t even mentioned the amazing food. (DHS970 per couple)
At BBQ Al Qasr, you can book a gazebo and gaze out over the ocean together while enjoying freshly grilled seafood and steaks. (DHS1350) Or you can book the Beach Picnic – it starts a little earlier so you can watch the sunset, and there is live cello music and a picnic basket full of treats. (DHS520)
Watch the sunset together at this beautiful beachside property. Cedar Lounge offers a Lebanese set menu for the evening, a lucky draw, and gifts for all the ladies. (DHS199)
The Anantara-run Eastern Mangroves Hotel offers a customizable experience, with the iconic mangroves as backdrop. (DHS600)
This venue is beautifully set on floating pavilions among pools, which are lit by candles and small lights. The evening will include a 4-course menu and live entertainment. (DHS600 per couple)
Watch the world go by in this revolving restaurant, while sampling a special 4-course Valentine’s menu. A DJ will provide the musical backdrop. (DHS360 per couple)
Another venue with sweeping ocean views, and a few private cabanas. Think a 4-course seafood galore under the stars. (DHS850 per couple)
At this beachside restaurant, dine under the stars while you can hear the sound of the waves hitting the beach. A seafood menu and a bonfire with marshmallows to toast can’t be beat. (DHS350)
Watch life on the Corniche go by and admire the colours of the sunset, while tucking into a 5-course menu.
Booking a Valentine’s dinner at a restaurant is so 2016. Instead, book this special package that takes you to different venues throughout the hotel. Starting with aperitifs at Zsa Zsa, starters and mains at Butcher & Still, on to Al Meylas for dessert and end the evening with rooftop cocktails at Eclipse.
And of course there’s the aphrodisiac ingredients! Three courses with hints of special ingredients will be the start of an amazing Valentine’s Day evening. (DHS450)
With stunning ocean views, you can’t go wrong with Byblos Sur Mer. Live music and delicious food complete a romantic evening for two. (DHS690 per couple)