All’s fair in love and war, and we’ve got the fairest Valentine’s Day events in all the land! Whether you’re single and ready to flamingle, in a relationship with your cat or with the love of your life, check out the best things to see and do. And eat. Mostly eat.
1. INTERCONTINENTAL SANCTUARY COVE
Rekindle the romance this Valentine’s weekend with InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. Start the weekend in style with Saturday’s exclusive and romantic three-course menu. Seatings are available from 5.30-7.30pm and 8-10pm. On the big day, InterContinental’s signature restaurant, The Fireplace, will offer a contemporary provincial-style a la carte menu along with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day. Make a weekend of it with the Great Value Package, including overnight luxury accommodation, full buffet breakfast for two in Cove Café, complimentary late checkout at 1pm, and chocolates and sparkling wine on arrival. Nothing says love like food, champagne and big comfy beds, if you get what we mean (wink, wink!).
Manor Cir, Hope Island
Cost: $99 per person for Valentine’s Day Eve feast; check online for Great Value Package prices and other additions and inclusions
Book: Call (07) 5530 124 or email [email protected]
Darling & Co invites you and your darling to indulge this Valentine’s Day weekend with special four-course set menu. Courses include an arrival canapé of Vannella mozzarella arancini, a choice of house-cured Huon ocean trout or Borrowdale pork terrine for entrée, a choice of Northern Rivers veal cutlet or Cone Bay barramundi for main, and a Bombe Alaska to share for dessert. Be sure to go the extra mile and treat yourselves to matching wines for the perfect dining experience.
157 Given Tce, Paddington
Cost: $65 per person, or $95 per person with matching wines
If you and your Valentine share a love of delicious food, Delfina’s Bistro has got you sorted. From Friday to Sunday, with two sittings each night, you can enjoy a glass of Spanish cava on arrival and chef-selected canapés. With two delicious choices for each entrée, main and dessert, you’ll be spoilt for choice. A warm and cosy atmosphere, accompanied by dazzling food will have you almost more in love with your plate than your date. Almost.
50/1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $67 per person
Xs and Os mean kisses and hugs right? Wrong! This February, Gelatissimo celebrates Valentine’s Day with two limited edition XO flavours. There’s Persian Love Cake, a combination of flavours including fig, rose and cinnamon, with an indulgent rose-scented cake and topped with pistachios. Or perhaps you’re more of a Raspberries ‘n’ Cream kinda gal, in which case you can get loved up with a creamy raspberry-flavoured gelato rippled with a sweet, fragrant raspberry sauce.
5. HOTEL URBAN
Treat yourself and that special someone to a little romance this Valentine’s Day Eve at Hotel Urban. Indulge in overnight accommodation in a King Balcony Room, with complementary chocolates delivered to your room and a three-course dinner for two at Gazebo Bar & Restaurant with a bottle of sparkling wine. Nestled within the Hotel Urban Brisbane property, you’ll feel hidden away from the rest of the world – it’s the perfect place to spoil your sweetheart.
345 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill
Cost: $299 per night
6. THE LAB, TREASURY CASINO & HOTEL
If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then let the Treasury Hotel chefs win over your man over this Valentine's weekend. Experience a truly unforgettable dinner with three-courses of pure indulgence set in the elegant surrounds of the grand Heritage Hotel. What more could you want?
159 William St, Brisbane
Cost: $100 per person
7. STOKEHOUSE Q
Celebrate the most loved-up day of the year with Stokehouse Q’s all-inclusive food and beverage package. A custom-designed three-course menu and beverage package will have you begging for more, and the best river views will leave you and your date simply dazzled. It’s a combo you’ll love.
Sidon St, South Bank
Cost: $195 per person
Book: Call (07) 3020 0600 or email inf[email protected]
If you haven’t found your perfect match yet, don’t have a pity party – attend the Tinder Party at Fringe Bar! Promising good fun, magnificent cocktails, dinner specials and the chance to match with a like-minded single, this is definitely an event to swipe right for. This event is FREE but registered guests will receive a gift on arrival.
Fringe Bar: Cnr of Ann & Constance St, Fortitude Valley
9. PET DATING
Together with Petbarn Jindalee, The Pet Foundation invites you to join in National Pet Dating Day! Go on a play date with your possible new forever friend and get to know them before you take them home. Make sure you find your purr-fect match by checking online to see the types of animals available for adoption at your local Petbarn store. Dogs > dates. Count us in.
This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself and your loved one to an intimate dining affair in the lap of luxury at Cloudland. Enjoy a four-course Pan-Asian dining experience at the Madame Hedges restaurant. You’ll be taken on a romantic journey with the delicious dishes, champagne, live jazz and more! Lunch sittings are available from 12-3pm, with dinner sittings available at 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $55 per person
Book: Call (07) 3852 5000 or email [email protected]
11. COLD ROCK ICE CREAMERY
Head to Cold Rock Ice Creamery’s official Facebook page to nab a special Valentine’s Day offer! Until Monday, February 15, when you purchase a kiddie-sized Nutty For You Combo, you can get a free upsize to a regular size! This delicious combo is filled with Ferraro Rocher ice-cream, Nutella, Picnic and raspberries. You’d have to be nuts to miss out on this offer!
12. LENNONS RESTAURANT AND BAR, NEXT HOTEL BRISBANE
Spoil your sweetheart with a trip to Lennons Restaurant and Bar this Valentine’s Day. You’ll enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, a three-course dinner with your choice of four entrées, four mains and four desserts, a special gift from The Noosa Chocolate Factory, a voucher for a Valentine’s Day cocktail to enjoy pre- or post-dinner at The Pool Terrace & Bar, as well as live entertainment from jazz singer Stephanie Taylor. Want to revel in the romance a little longer? Take advantage of Next Hotel Brisbane’s special Valentine’s Day package and book a room for you and your special someone.
72 Queen St, Brisbane
Cost: Dinner package: $95 per person; accommodation package from $384 per couple on Saturday, February 13 and from $294 on Sunday, February 14
Book: Call (07) 3222 3282 or email [email protected]
Whether you’re dining with “the one” or just looking out for number one, The Fox Hotel has an offering you’re sure to love. They’re turning the lights down low and setting a romantic atmosphere this Valentine’s Day weekend with a four-course set menu available for lunch and dinner on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14. Each course has two options to choose from, and is graced with spectacular fare such as Coffin Bay oysters, beetroot carpaccio, roast spatchcock, and chocolate parfait, honeycomb, white chocolate sorbet and raspberries.
71-73 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Cost: $59 per person, or $89 per person for matched wines
Could there be a better reason to take your pants off than for charity? We think not. This Valentine’s Day weekend, join hundreds of half-naked runners taking to the streets to raise funds for the Children’s Tumour Foundation. If you’re heading to the Gold Coast for your romantic getaway, this event is perfect for you! You can pick up your special Cupid’s Undie Run undies on the day.
Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club
Cnr Goodwin Tce and Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $60 per person