Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day

The new cocoa bar-cafe in John Lewis could be one place to take your loved one on Valentine's Day. Picture: Jane Barlow

The new cocoa bar-cafe in John Lewis could be one place to take your loved one on Valentine's Day. Picture: Jane Barlow

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LACKING ideas? Keen to make an impact? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, waste no time in deciding how you are going to impress your loved one.

Don’t wait for Cupid to help you out though – let us do it for you with a few romantic ­suggestions.

SOMETHING QUIRKY

Chocolate. Most of us love it, so how about a trip to Edinburgh’s new luxury cocoa bar-cafe in John Lewis? The brainchild of Hotel Chocolat, the 120-seater venture serves up a chocolate-inspired menu, with the likes of cocoa glazed sausages to tempt customers. Offerings also include cocoa beer, white chocolate mash and, of course, chocolates, chocolates, chocolates. Call the store on 0844 693 1740 for more details.

You will have to know your Valentine pretty well before taking a chance with this one. For a night of glamour – of the slightly risqué style – head to the Voodoo Rooms, in West Register Street, for Missy Malone & Friends Burlesque Revue. Back in town for one-night only, the Livingston-raised entertainer and her high-class team of performers incorporate vintage style, glamour, comedy and music into this amazing night out. Visit www.thevoodoorooms.com for booking details.

DINING

For a Valentine’s meal bursting with flavour, head to First Coast, in Dalry Road, where chefs are offering a three-course romantic set menu for £28. With passion fruit cheesecake on the menu, who could resist? For bookings, call 0131-313 4404.

Loved-up diners could also book a romantic meal at EH2 Tempus, in George Street, where a three-course Valentine’s meal is priced at £30 a head. Among the “The Tease” starters is Loch Fyne smoked salmon, while a roast rump of lamb features on “The Seduction” mains. Call 0131-240 7197 to book.

Oysters are on the menu at the Voodoo Rooms this Valentine’s Day. As are champagne jelly shots to truly get you in the mood – four courses for £29.95, Call 0131-556 7060 for more details.

PAMPERING

Indulge in a sensual spa day for two at One Spa, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. One Love includes heat and steam treatments, including access to the rooftop Hydropool. Couples will then be offered either an intensive facial or body massage in a double treatment room – a romantic, candle-lit experience. The day is priced at £195 per couple (usually £300). Call 0131-221 7777 for more information.

Looking to treat a loved one this Valentine’s Day? At Pure Spa, in Lothian Road and Ocean Terminal, the My Valentine Spa Package could be for you.

Priced at £56 (a 25 per cent reduction on the usual price), customers are invited to choose from a number of facial and body treatments, including a hot stone back massage, as well as a Pure Spa Foot Ritual. The package also includes full use of the spa’s relaxation area. To book, visit www.purespauk.com.

SHOPPING

At ROX, in the Assembly Rooms in George Street, customers looking to go all out this Valentine’s Day must visit the luxury Thrill Room. A private shopping lounge offering a VIP service, with a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar to boot, this is for serious Valentine’s shoppers.

The room contains superior quality diamond engagement rings, wedding bands, top of the range jewellery and luxury watches. Go on – spoil your loved one.

Keen to get your hands on something special for your Valentine – without damaging your finances? Debenhams is offering ten per cent off all fragrances, with discounts also available on lingerie and jewellery ranges. Visit www.debenhams.com for more details.

For a culinary gift, Valvona and Crolla, in Elm Row, is offering Valentine’s shoppers goodies such as homemade passion fruit truffles (£4.99 per 100g), an Italian cheese box (£29.16) and a ‘Signature Dozen’ selection of wines (£90.72).

Call 0131-556 6066 for more information.