Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and whether you’re dreading the most romantic night of the year or you’re fortunate enough to have plans, you can’t escape the fact that love is in the air. No matter whether you’re going to be lying in bed all night trying to avoid happy couples at all costs, you’re a single, hopeless romantic that plans to cuddle up on the sofa and binge-watch your favourite rom-coms with a small group of your closest single friends, or you’re heading out to your favourite fancy restaurant with the one you love, chances are romance, or the lack of it, will be on your mind.

Just because you don’t have someone to share the day with this year, doesn’t mean you can’t fantasise about the years when you will, and while you’re fantasising why stop there!? For all you know you could marry a millionaire and jet off to a new country every Valentine’s Day to enjoy a delicious three-course feast overlooking some of the world’s most picturesque and romantic locations. If that happens, this list of 10 of the most romantic dining destinations in the world will come in handy.

Clos Maggoire, London

Voted the world’s most romantic restaurant and influenced by the stylish country inns of Provenance and Tuscany, Close Maggoire brings romance to the heart of Covent Garden with its cherry blossom adorned conservatory, retractable glass roof, and roaring fire. Where better to enjoy a Valentine’s meal than completely surrounding by a blanket of flowers hanging from the ceilings and crawling up the walls!?

With perfectly balanced menus that have been awarded three AA-rosettes since opening in 2008, it’s not just the setting that will take your breath away. Head Chef Marcellin Marc combines the very best local and seasonal ingredients with his passion for Provencal cuisine and demonstrates a culinary style and flair that is guaranteed to impress just as much as their globally renowned wine cellar which boasts over 2,500 selections will.

Tour D’Argent, Paris

If you want to do romance right, you can’t get much more romantic than the city of love. Boasting beautiful views of Notre Dame and the Seine River, this historic French restaurant, which claims it was founded all the way back in 1582, is one of the finest settings in this fairytale city to enjoy classic French cuisine like their speciality pressed duck and a glass of wine from their cellar which boasts more than 450,000 bottles.

Relax at your candle-lit table for two and gaze out onto Paris which comes alive at night from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Said to have inspired scenes for the Pixar movie Ratatouille, a movie all about incredible French cooking, if Hollywood is looking to Tour D’Argent to represent the best of French restaurants on the big screen, you know the restaurant must be doing something right.

Club del Doge, Venice

Whether you’re taking a romantic gondola ride for two down the Grand Canal or you’re reenacting the iconic scene from “Lady and the Tramp” over a bowl of spaghetti at one of the city’s many fine restaurants, Venice is about as romantic a place as it gets, and there’s no better place to take that in than at The Gritti Palace’s restaurant Club del Doge.

Sit at an intimate candlelit table for two on the restaurant’s gorgeous terrace overlooking the gentle waters of the Grand Canal drenched in moonlight, and just a short swim from the imposing Santa Maria della Salute located just across the water, and dine on a delicious selection of Italian dishes prepared by chef Daniele Turco, whose culinary style, which is deeply rooted in the local culture, will make you never want to leave this miraculous city.

Ristorante Aroma, Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans do and enjoy classic Italian dishes whilst taking in the incredible sights of this stunning city. Ok, sure, most Romans couldn’t afford a table at the Michelin-starred Aroma at Palazzo Manfredi, but they wish they could.

With unrivalled views overlooking the world-famous Colosseum, this 28-seat restaurant promises a romantic dining experience unlike anything you’ll ever have experienced. Described as both intimate and grandiose, head chef Di Lorio is considered a master of Italian cooking and where better to experience true Italian cooking than overlooking perhaps the country’s most famous landmark?

Lycabettus Restaurant, Santorini, Greece

Instead of sitting at home and watching Mamma Mia for the fourteenth time this Valentine’s Day, dreaming of a romantic getaway to a Greek island, you could instead be spending an unforgettable evening with a loved one at Lycabettus Restaurant on the Greek Island of Santorini – well, if you win a small fortune on the lottery that is.

This one-of-a-kind dining destination literally places you and your partner on the edge of a cliff, with indescribably serene and breathtakingly beautiful blue views all around you, as you dine on some genuinely inspired dishes including the likes of oysters with cucumber, watermelon, lemon, avruga, and mint, or octopus with potato, smoked salami and basil. It might set you back hundreds of pounds, but it’s an experience you’d remember far more than your 20th visit to your favourite Italian.

Kanoun Restaurant, Morocco

Nestled within Morocco’s amazing and must-visit Atlas Mountains, Kanoun Restaurant, found at Richard Branson’s award-winning Kasbah Tamadot resort, showcases incredible mountain views pulled from your favourite romance novels along with traditional Moroccan dishes and wines that will bring your taste buds to life with unforgettable flavours and taste experiences.

Bought by Branson after one of his ballooning exhibitions, the resort and restaurant, which is located in Asni, a little village and marketplace in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, encapsulates everything that’s magical and romantic about North West Africa. Sit outside surrounded by the beautiful Moroccan architecture of the resort along with Moroccan furnishings and antiques from around the globe and let all your troubles simply melt away.

Treepod Dining at Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

Bring your Tarzan fantasies to life on one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, Koh Kood. Hoisted up into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest, you’ll get to experience treepod dining like you haven’t since you used to take a packed lunch up in your treehouse when you were a kid. Just like it was back then except this time with far better food, stunning views, and less fear of accidently placing your hand down on a loose nail, this may be an experience few could afford to enjoy, but we can dream right!?

Sat in your comfortable bamboo pod with your loved one, look out across Koh Kood’s boulder-covered shoreline through the vibrant green of Thailand’s tall trees and enjoy tempting gourmet delights delivered to you via a personal waiter on a zip-line.

Samabe Bali, Bali, Indonesia

If the idea of enjoying a romantic meal for two on a white sandy beach within a cave lit up by hundreds of twinkling lights sounds more appealing than whatever you had planned for Valentine’s this year, then you’re not alone. While some people will be spending Valentine’s Day with only a tub of Ben and Jerry’s to keep them company and trying to avoid super staged pictures of happy couples on social media, others will be frolicking around on warm sandy beaches in fancy exotic resorts in Bali with their significant others.

Within this secluded stretch of coastline, sit on a table in the sand and enclosed by a cosy cave as you and your partner gaze out onto the stunning sea views while you enjoy a sensational 4-course seafood and primecut BBQ meal. Maybe I’ll treat myself to two tubs of ice cream this year instead of one!?

Turtle Island, Fiji

Can you even imagine a more romantic dinner setting than a table for two on a wooden float in the Blue Lagoon in Fiji, surrounded by lanterns as you gaze into your loved one’s eyes? The thought is so ridiculously extravagant that you probably think a dining experience like this is only possible in a cheesy Hollywood rom-com. Well, it is possible, but you’d probably have to have starred in a few cheesy Hollywood rom-coms in order to afford it.

Home to only 14 couples at a time, Turtle Island in Fiji describes itself as offering “pure indulgence, relaxation, and romance at one of the most sought-after destinations in the world” and offers dining experiences pulled straight out of a fairytale. Whether you’re being served your meal by boat or enjoying an Instagramable beach picnic, if you can afford it, Turtle Island is the place to experience the very best food Fiji has to offer.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea, New York, USA

The location of most of our favourite rom-coms, chances are when you think of New York you can’t help but think of happy Hollywood couples, whether you like it or not. If you’re ever fortunate enough to have enough expendable income to experience romantic dining at one of this city’s fanciest restaurants, it doesn’t get much better than One if by Land, Two if by Sea situated between 7th Ave So and W 4th St in Manhattan, New York.

Often cited as one of New York’s most romantic restaurants, the candlelit tables, brick fireplaces, golden candle-style chandeliers, enchanting stained glass windows, and private garden will make you feel like royalty. This beautiful and elegant restaurant, which operates inside a historic land-marked carriage house built in 1767, is NYC’s go-to spot for weddings and anniversaries, and has seen more engagements within its walls than any other restaurant in Manhattan.

If you can’t quite afford to eat out in any of these places, there are still many affordable and romantic restaurant in the UK that would take you. Pick up a FREE copy of one of our regional eating out guides here, read a digital copy of one of our food and drink guides here, or use our website to search for some fantastic restaurants near you today.

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