Eat, Stay, Love: A Valentine’s Getaway, No Matter What Your Type Is, From Booking.com
When it comes to who we’re looking to travel with in 2022, Booking.com’s research shows that Brits are looking for those that “just say yes”, with half (50%) looking to travel with those who are also happy to go with the flow, and 87% looking to enjoy their next adventure with their partner*.
Whether cosying up in a countryside cottage, celebrating in style in your favourite city or exploring somewhere new with good friends Booking.com is sharing an escape for everyone this Valentine’s Day.
And you never know, a new love in a new city might be just what you stumble upon, as Booking.com predicts a resurgence of holiday romances with more than a third (36%) hoping for one on their next trip*.
Chocolate Box Escape
If you’re looking for a picturesque countryside staycation, Bibury has been named ‘the most beautiful village in England’. This quaint bolthole in the Cotswolds provided the backdrop for the iconic Rom-Com Bridget Jones’ Diary and boasts a number of 17-century stone cottages as well as enchanting trails along the River Coln.
Set on the banks of the River Coln in the heart of Bibury village, this cosy stay is ideally located for exploring the beautiful Cotswolds. Featuring private riverside gardens, seasonal menus in the Swan Brasserie and a terrace to soak up the views, this pet-friendly hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
For the Foodies
For the couples that love the buzz of the capital, diverse cuisine and unique activities, London is the place to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. With an endless number of cocktail bars, tucked away candlelit restaurants, activities such as axe-throwing for an adventurous date or romance-themed cinemas for a chilled one – you’ll never run out of things to do.
The glamorous and elegant Claridge's presents sophisticated 5-star luxury in the heart of Mayfair and is the ultimate romantic retreat for foodies. Why not try the contemporary menu in luxury Art Deco surroundings at The Reading Room restaurant, the famous afternoon tea with over 50 varieties of tea and delicious pastries is one not to be missed! Having hosted a number of movie stars, fashion designers and global dignitaries, Claridge’s is a place like no other to spend Valentine’s Day.
Off the grid
Set in Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond is known for its stunning scenery and is a truly enchanting escape. For couples or friends who love to stay active, make the most of the walks through West Highland Way or stay up late to stargaze where you can see over 1,000 stars if weather conditions are right.
Boasting jaw-dropping views over Loch Lomond, this Travel Sustainable property is the perfect place to relax after a long day of walking through the glens. The Corries features an array of sustainable initiatives such as no single-use plastics, bicycle parking and using locally sourced food. Guests can enjoy a full Scottish breakfast brought to you by the highly recommended, welcoming host.
Relax Like Royalty
The royal county of Buckinghamshire is home to not only the Queen herself, but a number of exquisite, luxury escapes that will make you feel like you’re roaming the palace grounds themselves. Live out a period-drama dream in one of the many prestigious stays within the county, take a wander through the beautiful woodlands in the Chilterns and relax in one of the many gastropubs.
This Italianate mansion is the epitome of luxury, combining Edwardian elegance with modern luxury, where Meghan Markle stayed the night before her wedding to Prince Harry. Guests can roam the beautiful National Trusts gardens, feast at the triple-rosette Cliveden Dining Room Restaurant or relax in the lavish spa facilities.
For those that are looking to put a do-not-disturb on the holiday altogether and focus on time with their gal pals, we’d be going amiss not to mention Dublin’s fair city. Booking.com research found that 39% want to stay somewhere close to plenty of nightlife options so that they can meet new people in 2022. So, whether its dancing til the wee hours of the night on Dawson Street or sipping on delicious cocktails at 9 Below, Dublin will be a Galentine’s not to missed.
Located just a stone’s throw from world-famous Temple Bar, this Aparthotel is not only placed in the heart of the city, it’s perfectly painted the prettiest of pinks. Each suite is complete with a private kitchen including fridge, microwave and dishwasher – and there’s a restaurant and bar on site too, if you don’t fancy cooking.
Travel Predictions 2022 research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who plan to travel for business or leisure in the next 12-24 months. In total 24,055 respondents across 31 countries and territories were polled (including 501 from Argentina, 1003 from Australia, 500 from Belgium, 1001 from Brazil, 500 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1007 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 508 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1000 from Germany, 1005 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 502 from Israel, 1003 from Italy, 1002 from Japan, 500 from Mexico, 501 from The Netherlands, 501 from New Zealand, 500 from Peru, 1000 from Russia, 1005 from Singapore, 1002 from South Korea, 1002 from Spain, 501 from Sweden, 501 from Switzerland, 504 from Taiwan, 500 from Thailand, 1000 from the UK, 1002 from the US and 501 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in August 2021.