Valentine´s Day 2010

Hugs & kisses all around Prague

Jacy Meyer

Written by Jacy Meyer
Published on 01.02.2010 17:08 (updated on 01.02.2010)

Love is in the air…whether you have to have an excuse for a nice evening out or you feel obligated to show the love on February 14, we´ve rounded up some sweet offers and affectionate ideas for celebrating with your loved one.

Eat

Dinner seems to be in everyone´s plans and restaurants have happily responded to this possible increase in business. Make reservations early if planning to take advantage of any of these special offers. Prices are per person unless otherwise noted.

High-End

The Radisson Hotel´s two restaurants will both be offering special dinner meals on February 14. At the La Rotonde, enjoy a 4-course his and hers menu for 1250 CZK. (“his” is usually a beef option; “hers” is seafood.) For a bit bigger spread, go for the 7-course tasting menu at the Alcron (www.alcron.cz). A variety of his and hers offers along with dessert and coffee for 1950 CZK. The beautiful Bellevue (www.zatisigroup.cz) along the river is offering a special design your own courses menu in which you can choose to have a 2-course (990 CZK) all the way up to a 5-course (1390 CZK) meal. Wine can be added for an additional charge. At the musically themed Coda Restaurant, (www.aria.cz) inside the Aria Hotel, you can enjoy a melodious 3-course meal for 1450 CZK. It includes a welcome drink on their fabulous rooftop terrace. Allegro (www.fourseasons.com/prague/dining) at the Four Seasons Prague is offering a special Valentine’s degustation menu that includes “aphrodisiac spices and scents created by Michelin Star Chef Andrea Accordi.”

Zinc (www.prague-oldtown.hilton.com), inside the Hilton Prague Old Town, will have their Valentine´s Dinner on February 13. Here´ you can enjoy a 4-course candlelit dinner, with jazz music for 2200 CZK per couple. February 14 you can head over for their Valentine´s Sunday Roast from noon-4pm for 1800 CZK per couple. Essensia (www.mandarinoriental.com) at the Mandarin Oriental is offering a three course his and hers menu for 3900 CZK on February 14. The hotel´s Monastery Lounge is organizing an Afternoon Tea all weekend long for 800 CZK per couple. Finger sandwiches, scones, themed pastries and chocolates along with tea or coffee. Champagne can be added for an additional price. U malířů´s (www.umaliru.cz)French-inspired fare will turn romantic on February 14 with a 3-course meal for 1100 CZK.

The always classy CzecHouse will have a lovely 5-course candlelit meal on February 14, with harp music as an accompaniment for 2950 CZK per couple. Singing and dancing with a view of the river is on tap at Mlýnec (www.zatisigroup.cz). A singer and pianst wil be enteraitning, and they´ve got a dance floor for your twinkle toes. Dinner is a 4-course meal for 990 CZK. The special runs February 12, 13, & 14. Asian SaSaZu (www.sasazu.com) is promising a hands-on dining experience with their special aphrodisiac menu for 1990 CZK per couple. Zlatá Praha (www.zlatapraharestaurant.cz), atop the InterContinental Hotel already wows thanks to its fabulous city views. The restaurant has two Valentine´s Day specials this year. A buffet brunch will be served from 11am-3pm for 990 CZK and a “passionate” 5-course meal will take care of the evening for 2200 CZK.

Valentine´s Weekend at V Zátiší (www.zatisigroup.cz) sees a lovely 4-course menu for 1080 CZK. The Monastery Restaurant at The Augustine Hotel (www.theaugustine.com) in Mála Strana is offering a 5-course dinner on February 14 for 1450 CZK. The Siddharta Café is offering a 3-course meal for 1550 CZK while downstairs at the Buddha Bar (www.buddhabar.com) you can enjoy a 3-course meal for 1990 CZK. Both menus are international and heavily favor seafood. February 14 at Pálffy Palace (www.palffy.cz) will see a 4-course spread for 1890 CZK. Their desert is a “tender strawberry heart with cream of roses.”

For something a bit different; bundle up for an evening cruise on the Vltava with dinner. Evropská Vodní Doprava (www.evd.cz) is offering a special St. Valentine´s Day cruise on February 14. For 1250 CZK you´ll get a welcome drink, 3-course meal, bottle of wine and be serenaded with live jazz while you float through Prague. Bílý Koníček (www.bilykonicek) is a place to woe her with music. They´ll have a special Valentine´s Day menu plus live music in their 12th century cellar restaurant.

Budget-Friendly

The new Artisan restaurant (www.artisanrestaurant.cz in Malá Strana is offering a 3-course menu for 1800 CZK for two which includes your choice of a starter and main plus dessert. Great opportunity to try out this new place. About the same price is the Vltava Restaurant´s (www.hotelpresident.cz) 3-course meal. Inside the President Hotel, the special dinner is happening February 12-16 and costs 900 CZK. For a fun all-American Valentine´s Day, spend it at TGI Friday´s (www.tgifridays.cz) whereyou´ll get your choice of one appetizer; two entrees and one dessert for 699 CZK.

Visit Jama (www.jamapub.cz) for a laid-back Valentine´s evening. Live music will be on from 7-10pm and all dining couples will receive a free dessert. The Hotel Grand Majestic (www.hotel-grandmajestic.cz)is offering a nice set menu for 1000 CZK for two. The three course meal includes a choice of appetizer, a main meal and dessert. Dahab el Souk (www.dahab.cz) will be celebrating both February 13 & 14 with a special Valentine´s dinner complete with candlelight and music for 899 CZK per couple.

Make it a romantic evening at home; without the preparation or clean-up. Culinaria (www.culinaria.cz) puts together a passionate line-up of takeaway offerings for a perfect living room picnic. Each item, from shrimp bisque with aniseed essence to roasted rack of lamb with red pepper mustard crust and red basil pangrattato, contains an ingredient said to increase affection.

Other nice restaurants for a decent meal without the check heart attack include Mozaika (www.restaurantmozaika.cz), Oliva (www.olivarestaurant.cz), Noi (www.noirestaurant.cz), Passepartout (www.passepartout.cz) and Aromi (www.aromi.cz).

Sleep

With February 14th being on a Sunday, you could easily make a weekend of it. Local hotels have designed some heavenly packages.

The Augustine Hotel (www.theaugustine.com) is offering a 3-night “Valentine´s Romantic Retreat” package which includes daily breakfast, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, a 5-course dinner in The Monastery Restaurant, couples spa treatments and a rose petal- decorated room. Check into the Hilton Prague Old Town (www.prague-oldtown.hilton.com) for a 1-night stay which includes buffet breakfast and the above-mentioned dinner at Zinc for 4900 CZK.

Do the weekend up right with a stay at the Buddha Bar Hotel (www.buddha-bar-hotel.cz), chosen by Holidays for Couples magazine as one of the 20 best places to have your honeymoon. Their Valentine´s package will set you back 1188 EUR for two and includes, among other goodies, a 2-night stay; two massages; breakfast daily; Valentine´s Day dinner at the Buddha Bar, champagne and strawberries in the room upon arrival and a limo transfer from the airport. Well, maybe you can get them to pick you up at your flat. 

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The Moevenpick Hotel (www.moevenpick-prague.com) has a sweet deal on for 2850 CZK per couple. It includes an 1-night stay with breakfast in the morning; 5-course candlelight dinner; bottle of Moravian wine and a photo of the happy pair. The Light Up My Love package at the Mandarin Oriental (www.mandarinoriental.com) is a bit step at 21,500 CZK for two; but the package is full of lovely stuff. Breakfast in bed; candles and rose petals decorating the room; in-room aromatherapy massage; champagne, strawberries, chocolatesit is impressive.

A 2-night stay at the Hotel Grand Majestic (www.hotel-grandmajestic.cz) along with a welcome box of chocolates and bottle of Bohemia Sekt plus buffet breakfast is going for 220 EUR. The gorgeous Le Palais (www.palaishotel.cz) in Vinohrady has a special 1-night stay offer which includes a bottle of sparkling wine and strawberries in the room; floral decorations; a 3-course dinner in their restaurant and breakfast starting at 265 EUR.

Kempinski Prague (www.kempinski-prague.com) is offering a special Valentine’s Package throughout the month of February, which includes two nights accommodation, homemade pralines, daily breakfast and a 4-course candlielit dinner at Le Grill Restaurant. Le Grill is also serving up a sepcial four-course menu on Valentine’s Day priced at 2,800 CZK per couple.

Escape from Prague and into a tower. Both the Ještěd lookout tower (www.jested.cz) in the Jizera Mountains and the Praděd (www.hotelpraded.cz) tower in the Jeseníky Mountains have hotel accommodations. Spend the day skiing and the night recuperating high above the hills. If you´d rather you and your honey were simply pampered, spas in Mariánské Lázně (www.marienbad.cz) and Poděbrady (www.lazne-podebrady.cz) both have special couples´ packages.

Treat

Pure Spa (www.palaishotel.cz) inside the La Palais Hotel has a special couples 120 minute treatment which includes a peeling massage and body mask for 10,200 CZK for two. Other treatments that can be enjoyed in the couples room include a stone infinity massage (6800 CZK for two); St. Barth harmony massage (7800 CZK for two) and a classic massage (4800 CZK for two).

The Augustine Spa (www.theaugustine.com) has designed two relaxation packages for couples. The first, White chocolate & Roses peeling is a sensual treatment designed to warm the body and soul. If you are looking to stimulate the flow of love, choose their Couples Chakra Wellbeing Connect treatment.

Hotel Health Club and Spa InterContinental (www.icfitness.cz) is running a Valentine´s weekend special in which each guest who has a 50 or 90 minute massage will receive a free bottle of Bohemia Sect.

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Give

Flowers are on obvious, but often correct, choice. Flower shops bloom everywhere in Prague, but for a bit more special bouquet, there are some nice alternatives. Belles Fleurs (www.bellesfleurs.cz) with locations on Na Poříčí and Bělehradská also does delivery. They are currently featuring a lovely pink and red heart shaped bouquet starting at 499 CZK. Annie´s Tulip (www.anniestulip.cz) and Beautiful Flowers (www.krasnekvetiny.cz) are also  recommended choices.

And of course, the ubiquitous box of chocolates. Forgo the Kinder Surprise and truly surprise with a yummy box from Koruna Pralines Chocolaterie (V Jamě 5, Prague 1). Their Becherovka-filled chocolates are a treat. Pick up some Belgian goodies at the Choco Shop, in front of the Choco Museum (www.choco-story-praha.cz) or from Leonidas inside the Palác Flóra mall (www.palacflora.cz).

Café Saint Tropez (www.cafe-st-tropez.eu) is hiding three rubies – valued at 10,000 CZK apiece – in randomly selected chocolate bonbons from now through Valentine´s Day.

And if you just aren´t in a lovey-dovey mood this year; opt to celebrate Chinese New Year instead. It falls on February 14 as well.