British Pullman Valentine’s Day Lunch – steam-hauled – 14th February 2012
Spend the most romantic day of the year with a loved one aboard the British Pullman for a special steam-hauled lunch. The train will depart from London Victoria and guests will settle down in a cosy armchair and admire the vintage marquetry lined carriages whilst enjoying a sumptuous five-course lunch with champagne and wine. During the trip the train will pass through stunning countryside and guests can relax and listen to onboard entertainment. A perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day.
Price: £350 per person.
British Pullman Valentine’s Day Dinner – 14th February 2012
Alternatively, spend a romantic evening aboard the British Pullman and enjoy a five-course dinner with a glass of champagne and wine. The train will depart London Victoria and guests will settle into their cosy armchairs and decadent carriages, relaxing to the sound of the entertainment onboard. Price: £300 per person.
To make a Valentine’s trip aboard the British Pullman even extra special, guests can request a coupé, a compartment set away from the main carriage, order Champagne, caviar or a bouquet of 12 red roses to be waiting for them onboard. Our Train Manager can also help the gentlemen facilitate a proposal and prepare the perfect moment! The Northern Belle, the sister train to The British Pullman and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, will host for the first time in 2012, the ‘Brief Encounter’ Dinner on 14th February.
The Northern Belle Brief Encounter Dinner – 14th February 2012
Create your very own ‘Brief Encounter’ with your loved one on Valentine’s Day aboard the 1930’s carriages of the Northern Belle adorned with cosy furnishings and intricate marquetary. Depart from Liverpool or Manchester and enjoy a sumptuous dinner served with champagne and wine before stopping off at Carnforth Station, where the famous film ‘Brief Encounter’ was filmed in 1945.
Price: £195 per person
Reservations www.orient-express.com or 0845 077 2222
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – Season starts 29th March 2012
The ultimate glamorous and romantic, once in a lifetime, adventure to share with a loved one has to be a journey between London and Venice on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. As the twinkling lights of Alpine villages are glimpsed through the windows, guests dress for dinner in their private sleeping compartments and sip champagne cocktails in the piano bar, toasting a proposal, anniversary, the start of married life or a belated Valentine’s gift. Prices per person start from £1690 based on two adults sharing a Pullman compartment.
Renaissance Rivals: Leonardo and Michelangelo
Travel in style aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and follow in the footsteps of two of the world’s most famous artists. In association with the National Gallery, London and their current and critically acclaimed exhibition ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan’, this brand new eight-night escorted tour for 2012 will open up the worlds of Leonardo and Michelangelo to anyone with a love of art and a passion for travel. The route, from London to Milan and Florence, will be accompanied by a National Gallery host who will shed light on these two influential artists and their creations, whilst bringing alive the magic of the Renaissance, what better way to celebrate these works with a loved one. Price: £7,950 per person for eight nights departing on the 16th May, 2012.
Reservations www.vsoe.com or 0845 077 2222
Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali – Secret Romantic Dinner
With a backdrop of emerald green terraced rice-fields and the tumbling waters of the Ayung flowing below, Ubud Hanging Gardens is set at the heart of Bali. The hotel features 38 villas, each of which has been built in contemporary Balinese style on gravity defying wooden pillars with thatched alang-alang roofs. The resort’s accommodation, restaurants, pool and spa cascade down the hillside to the valley floor below. For the ultimate romantic dinner, Ubud Hanging Gardens can arrange a dreamy dinner at a secret location deep in the jungle. Illuminated by the gentle glow of oil lamps, a private waiter will host the perfect evening. After dessert, couples can enjoy a leisurely walk through the rainforest to the holy water temple, where a priest will perform a purification ritual. End this magical night with a foot massage at the hotels riverside bamboo deck.
Prices for the secret romantic dinner start from US$175 (approx £109) per person
Nightly rates at Ubud Hanging Gardens start from US$380 (approx £238) based on two sharing a Riverside Deluxe Pool Villa with breakfast and daily afternoon tea. www.ubudhanginggardens.com
Eagle Island Camp, Botswana – Private Helicopter Flights & Secluded Picnic
Eagle Island Camp is a water-based camp in the Xaxaba lagoon. Surrounded by a network of lush waterways, the camp attracts almost 400 land and aquatic species making for unrivalled viewing. A thrilling way to game watch is by helicopter, flying over remote inaccessible lakes and vast plains, with the opportunity to hover just feet above a heard of zebra as they graze or a group of buffalo as they cross a river. After the ride, the helicopter can land at a secluded spot for a romantic continental champagne breakfast where pre-arranged table and chairs would be set up for the couple. The couple would then be brought back to the camp by boat, and enjoy more game viewing opportunities on their journey back.
Helicopter excursions are complimentary for couples staying for six days or more at Eagle Island Camp. For trips less than six days, the cost is $350 (approx £218) per person.
A double room at Eagle Island Camp starts from US$1,359 (approx £854) per person per night. www.eagleislandcamp.com
Maroma Resort and Spa, Mayan Riviera Maya, Mexico – Add A Little Romance
Set among verdant jungle beside a white, sandy beach, Maroma Resort and Spa is pure escapism with a touch of Mayan magic. This Orient-Express paradise is one of the Yucatan’s hidden gems, a haven of well-being where guests can start the day with yoga and end with a session in a traditional temazcal sauna.
‘Add a Little Romance’ are three packages designed to be added to any holiday in need of a little romantic sparkle.
1. Sacred Mayan Love: A private Temazcal for 2 people and three course secluded dinner. Price: $US560 (approx £352)
2. A Picnic To Remember: Champagne Beach Picnic & Mayan Mud Kit For a Private In-Room Spa Treatment. Price: $US415 (approx £261)
3. An Evening With The Moon And Stars: One 50 Minute Moon and Stars Massage per person, bed decoration, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. $US 420 (approx £264)
Nightly rates at Maroma Resort & Spa start from US$ 695 (approx £437) based on two sharing a Deluxe Garden View Room, with breakfast. www.maromahotel.com
To book any of the above experiences, please call Orient-Express Reservations on 0845 077 2222