It is that time of the year when couples and soulmates cosy up and find an excuse to celebrate. While the trends have changed over the years; the essence and spirit of Valentines hasn't. The idea is to make your loved one feel special and dedicate that day to express an emotion that you so want to — in ways special.
Don't be disheartened if you are single, you can celebrate that too. You don't have to think so hard or tire yourself planning things. A host of jewellers and hotels have just the right thing for you. THURSDAY magazine looks at some of them. If you plan to gift something precious, here is what you can:
Celebration of love
This Valentine's Day, seaPearls presents six exquisite new pendants under You'n'Me, a special love diamond collection designed to woo the woman in your life. These beautiful pendants are crafted in diamonds, rose gold, white gold and yellow gold, at very appealing prices. As a special promotion for the season of love, customers can avail of a discount of up to 70 per cent on diamond jewellery. Avail this special offer of valentines which is ongoing.
Be mine, this Valentine
The gold glitter can attract smiles, with Joyalukkas 'Be Mine & Masaaki'; the jeweller has on offer special Valentine's Day pendants plus special discounts with 10 per cent cash back as gift voucher for diamond and polki jewellery. Joyalukkas has several surprises waiting at its stores for everyone. With a choice of a dozen diamond pendants from the 'Be Mine Heart-to-Heart' collection. Meticulously crafted in 18k white, and yellow gold, and studded with the finest diamonds, these pendants are a fitting tribute to love.
The 'Be Mine Heart-to-Heart' collection features stylish pendants that appeal to every sensibility. Each one is inspired by the classic heart, with interesting variations. There's also a chic pendant that can be worn as a heart, or as a sleek oval. Masaaki pearl jewellery also has several exclusive designs for Valentine's Day. These include necklaces, pendant sets and rings, all featuring high quality natural pearls imaginatively set in gold. Another appeal is the free gift voucher with every purchase of diamond and polki purchases till February 16, 2013. The vouchers can also be redeemed in Joyalukkas Centre, the fantastic retail mix of this unique format includes the largest collection of traditional and contemporary gold jewellery, the widest range of diamonds, precious stones, pearls and platinum jewellery, a big choice of sarees, churidars, bridal wear and men's formal and informal wear.
"Valentine's Day is a universal celebration of love and a big occasion to express one's love and affection and to compliment this beautiful sentiment. At Joyalukkas, we ensure customers get the choice, range and price to make the day memorable for them and their loved ones.
Our price points are also created to ensure our exquisite products are accessible to all budgets," said Jose K. F., regional manager, Joyalukkas. Customers purchasing the special Valentine's collections will also be given a Valentine's wishes card free to wish their loved one. These offers are valid across every store in the GCC.
The true romance of the season
Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa presents a relaxing and romantic Valentine's destination, where guests can walk away with special giveaways and capture the true romance of the season with loved ones. Guests can experience unforgettable moments at Sultanah restaurant, which offers an exquisite five-course international dinner set menu while overlooking the Sea of Oman. A four-course succulent Italian dinner set menu awaits guests at Capri Court restaurant, with roses and chocolates presented to each couple. Seafood lovers can savour the freshest catches from the sea for Valentine's Day at Bait Al Bahr restaurant. For a sumptuous five-course authentic Moroccan dinner set menu, guests are invited to indulge themselves amid Shahrazad restaurant's romantic settings and dazzling surroundings. Guests who prefer to sample an array of buffet specialities can choose to dine in either Samba restaurant or Al Tanoor restaurant. CHI, The Spa offers a romantic package that includes a 30-minute Choco Scrub and a 60-minute Aroma Vitality Massage.
Something for everyone
At Radisson Blu Hotel women get a rose free and a chocolate give away. Single men and women can try bursting a 'Heart Balloon' with an arrow as a way of "mourning the event and express their displeasure of being single," says Hazel Ruth Carvalho, sales manager, social media and PR, Radisson Blu. "We have something for everyone," she adds.
Woo your love
Enjoy your evening at Park Inn along with music and dining. Enjoy an elaborate dining where you and your partner can choose your starters, main course and desserts from an a la carte menu. "Live music by Park Inn's in-house musicians will set the mood and serenade you the entire evening," says Vianney Antonio, PR & Executive Secretary, Park Inn. You can extend your evening with a night under the stars at Park Inn's rooftop Sama Terrazza lounge.