Want to make the day of love last more than just one day? We've got super romantic, affordable and easy-to-reach destinations for the perfect Valentine's Day-inspired getaway.
1. Ladakh, India
How much: From Dhs949 with Jet airways (direct)
Flight Time: 1h20
Ladakh, the Land of High Passes refers to a picturesque set of villages in the Himalayas. This part of the world may be difficult to get to but that's exactly why making the effort is worth it. Pure and untouched by hordes of tourists, trek your way through the mountains with your S.O. for the kind of romance you'll remember for a long time to come.
2. The Maldives
How much: From Dhs2,800 with Emirates (direct)
Flight Time: 4h5
Frequently referred to as paradise, this gorgeous collection of islands is populated with a whole host of heavenly resorts. Stay in an over-water villa and dive into the ocean from your deck, go scuba diving or just enjoy a romantic meal for two in picture-postcard-perfect locations. Our pick for V-day would have to be the super luxe Huvafen Fushi, one of the few adults-only resorts that is famed for the word's first and only underwater spa.
3. Rome, Italy
How much: From Dhs2,127 with KLM Royal Dutch (via Amsterdam)
Flight Time: 10h20
The Italian capital is a city you can lose yourself in for days. Walk on cobblestone streets, make a wish at the Trevi fountain, explore Vatican City and eat feast on gelato and grape - there's no lack magic to awaken every one of your senses.
4. Salalah, Oman
How much: From Dhs543 with Flydubai (direct)
Flight Time: 1h55
The capital city of Oman and the Dhofar region, Salalah is recognised for its archaeological remains, ancient history and beautiful beaches. It’s also famous for its Kareef (monsoon) festival.
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5. The Seychelles
How much: From Dhs3,047 with Emirates (direct)
Flight Time: 4h35
White sand beaches, rich flora and fauna and mint blue oceans as far as the eye can see, this scenic locale is also famed for its surreal rock formations and Creole heritage. There are a number of beautiful resorts to choose from. Our fave has to be the beautiful Six Senses Zil Pasyon.
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How much: From Dhs3,571 with Emirates (direct)
Flight Time: 6h40
Mauritius is blessed with gorgeous mountains and beautiful untouched stretches of beaches. However, there's also plenty to do. With a busy waterfront and marketplace, this small 38-mile-by-29-mile destination is always abuzz. Popular resort locations include Mont Choisy, Trou-aux-Biches and Flic en Flac.
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7. Istanbul, Turkey
How much: From Dhs856 with Pegasus Airlines (direct)
Flight Time: 6h
This transcontinental city literally straddles two continents and the scenic Bosphorus river. The capital of both the Ottoman and Byzantine empires, Istanbul has always been coveted for its beauty and unique location. Explore the rich heritage and architecture (the Hagia Sophie and Blue Mosque are not to be missed) and enjoy the many buzzing hotspots at night.
8. Cappadocia, Turkey
How much: From Dhs1,132 with Pegasus airlines (direct)
Flight Time: 20h5
A big fan of Mad Max Fury? Then live the film and explore Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys, underground cities and moonlike landscape and carved rock houses. One of the most unique places in the world, there's simply no other landscape quite like Cappadocia thanks to its peculiar rock formations. Take a hot air balloon ride and be transported to a whole other world!
9. Paris, France
How much: From Dhs3,360 with Emirates (direct)
Flight Time: 7h35
Often called the most romantic places in the world and for good reason, the city of lights is a must-visit on any V-day getaway list. With delicious food, quaint cafes, historic landmarks and so much more, it's the place every loved-up couple must visit at least once together.
10. Fujairah, UAE
How much: From Dhs25 (direct)
Bus Time: 3h (Bus leaves from Al Ittihad Square every 45 minutes)
Three hours away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai, Fujairah is one of the UAE's most pristine and untouched Emirates. Visit the 500 year old Al-Bidyah Mosque which is supposedly the oldest in United Arab Emirates and check into one of our favourite resorts, the InterContinental Fujairah Resort for some luxe TLC.
How much: From Dhs2,140 with Emirates (direct)
Flight Time: 4h30
Ancient harbours, sun soaked beaches and historic ruins, this island is one of the most visually stunning and culturally rich locales in the world. We highly recommend staying at Ayii Anargyri and visiting the UNESCO-listed churches and beautiful vineyards to round-up the perfect Cypriat sojourn.
12. Sri Lanka
How much: From Dhs650 with Emirates (direct)
Flight Time: 4h20
Lose yourself in the artistic caves of Dambulla, get insta-snapped in lush green tea plantations, check out the abundant wildlife or just relax on the beautiful beaches -- there's so much you can do in this paradisiacal country. If you're in the mood for luxury, check into the fabulous wellness resort, Satani.
13. Kerala, India
How much: From Dhs336 with Indigo airlines (direct)
Flight Time: 4h15
Called the 'Venice of the East', the serene backwaters of Kerala is a popular destination in the region, and for good reason. Rent a luxurious house boat and cruise along the canals and lagoons bordered by lush and untouched foliage stretching as far as the eye can see and refresh yourself with nature's verdant abundance.
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14. Al Maha, Dubai
How much: From Dhs4,800 a night
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If you're not interested in getting on a flight, spare yourself the air fare and book the perfect V-Day getaway at this stunning resort in Dubai. The digs are seriously to-die-for: a large suite with a private pool that opens up to the vast, untouched desert... it's tailor-made for romance.