Whether you’re a Valentine’s Day believer or not, it’s always worth knowing about a sexy boutique hotel in Paris or an intimate back room bar in New York. I asked some of the most stylish women I know where in the world they’d most like to go (or be taken) on February 14th. Or 15th, or 16th, or 17th….

CHARLOTTE ROBERTS, Student/Stylist/Writer

Hôtel Amour in Paris

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The Hôtel Amour is the best date you’ll ever have. Seriously. Amazing steak, delicious drinks and you’ll feel like you’re a French movie. Kiss amongst the flowers in the outdoors area and pretend that you are.

SOO-YOUNG KIM, Assistant Editor at Complex Magazine

Otto Pizzeria in New York
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I love Otto Pizzeria in NYC’s West Village. It’s a few dollar signs below Mario Batali’s usual fare, but still delicious enough to make it a place for special occasions. The lighting is dim, but the ambiance isn’t too serious. The space is actually huge, and it’s just crowded enough for other diners’ voices to cloud around your own private conversation. Cheese, dessert, and wine. Romantic and fun. What more can you ask for?

SANDEEP BHULLER, Buyer at McNally Jackson

Hungry Mother in Cambridge, MA
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Best restaurant in Boston. The food is beyond delicious and the cocktails are always perfectly seasonal. My fiancee and I love sitting at the bar and looking at all of their beautiful liquors. The wait staff is excellent, so good that sometimes I think they are all drama students that rehearse the specials before opening. Also, they will go to the theatre around the corner and book your movie tickets at a discount for you while you eat.

LAURA E. MARCUS, Writer, Editor & Social Media Maven

The Back Room in New York City
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This hidden gem isn’t so hidden anymore, but on a weeknight when 1920s tunes murmur in your ear as you lounge on tufted settees, you tend to forget the douchery that goes down at this venue during the weekend. Utterly romantic, mysterious and sexy, the space was a real speakeasy back in the day. If you’re into great cocktails and some light time-travelling, I highly recommend it.
The Back Room


Babington House in Somerset

I’d be very happy with a stay at Babington House and a bouquet from The Flower Appreciation Society.

ANTRONELLA–MARIE BOOK, Retail Marketing Liaison

Assa or Annabel’s, both in London

I’d like to go to this unassuming Korean joint called Assa, because I’ve been craving it for a while and I would assume it wouldn’t change or give a toss about the day. Alternatively, Annabel’s would be ideal: moody lighting, cheesy fairy light-lit dance floor and great food/cocktails.
Assa on Yelp

JENNY ON, WAH Nails Manager

Au Général La Fayette in Paris

I would go to my favourite restaurant in Paris. It’s called Au Général La Fayette. Great menu and wine selection, all within a beautiful classic setting. Every time I visit Paris, this is the spot that I know will hit the spot.
Au Général La Fayette

ELLE WITCHARD, Picture Editor

The Bell in Sussex

For me it would have to be The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex. I love this place so much I’ve chosen it as my wedding venue. It’s got everything: roaring log fires (it’s unbelievably warm and cosy), worn Chesterfields, great food, lots of locals, and a few taxidermy squirrels thrown in for good measure. I’ve found nothing else like it in the surrounding area.

The menus all locally sourced, the staff know what they’re talking about (and more than happy to talk you through all the drinks they have to offer) , and if you want to make a night or weekend of it there’s some really stylish yet reasonably priced rooms upstairs. Or you can even stay in the American Jetstream Caravan in the garden!

SCARLETT WARD, Co-Owner of The Pamper Puff Girls

The River Thames in London

I can’t think of anything better than a night cycle down to the River Thames (always to the South Bank, so you can look at the more beautiful and historic north side) with a bottle of Champagne, Strawberries and some chocolates. And, of course, a big coat and a lovely man to keep you warm.

EMAN ALI, Photographer

The Wahiba Desert in Oman

My friend owns Hud Hud Travels, a travel company specializing in bespoke luxury camping and private expeditions around Oman. So if I wanted to do something totally unique for Valentine’s Day I’d most definitely see if he could organize a special evening for two in the Wahiba Desert and probably a mini adventure for the next morning. I’m an outdoorsy gal and appreciate the beauty of our natural environment, especially on special occasions.

RADHA MEDAR, Artist Management/ A&R Consultant for Atlantic Records

Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire

Stoke Park is the perfect place for a quick getaway as it’s not too far from London. The hotel suites are beautiful, the food is perfect and the surroundings of the entire park are simply stunning. The staff are friendly and helpful, which always helps!

EMILY SHEN, Account Director, The ID Agency

The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica
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One of the tallest buildings in the vicinity, The Huntley serves up delicious new-American fare in the heart of Santa Monica. It’s beautifully decorated with sweeping views of the ocean and Malibu, and if you make reservations early enough, you can usually request a window seat. It’s romantic without being over the top and the array of young socialites that frequent this place make it a hot spot for drinks on a casual evening out as well.

Daniel in New York City
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Daniel by Daniel Boulud reigns supreme as one of my favorite restaurants in the world. The famed French restaurateur’s namesake location is a New York staple and one of five three-Michelin star picks in the city. Reservations are usually booked four-months in advance, so you may need to call in a favor or two to score a table for Valentine’s Day. Everything from décor to ambiance to service to presentation to taste is exactly what you want in the ultimate dining experience. I wouldn’t call it romantic per say, but on the other hand, what’s more romantic than a date who knows how to feed you right?

Image Credits

Otto Pizzeria
Babington House
The Bell
River Thames
The Back Room
Stoke Park