5 last-minute hotels to make the most of Valentine’s Day

It’s almost that time of year again. A day when men have spent the preceding days rushing around cards shops for one that perfectly encapsulates their undying love for their spouse or partner. Yes, it’s almost Valentine’s Day.

For a change this year, why not swap the roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate (bought in a moment of last-minute panic), and instead treat your partner to a romantic break away? Spend the most romantic day of the calendar spending time exploring a new city or kicking back on the white sands of an exotic beach. Imagine the brownie points you’ll get from your nearest and dearest when you spring this surprise on them.

We have a host of amazing cheap last-minute offers so you could be spending Valentine’s Day on holiday. And we’ve got some suggestions to get you in the mood.



Spend Valentine’s Day in the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe – Lisbon. Perched in between in the picturesque hillsides and overlooking the Rio Tejo river, the Portuguese capital is a place which embodies cool. From its cobbled streets and its hip bars and restaurants to the glorious beaches the city can boast – if you’re looking for romance then you’ll find it in Lisbon.

Climb up to the miradouros and take in the spectacular views of the city. Whether it is Portas do Sol, da Nossa Senhora do Monto, Santa Luzia or São Pedro de Alcântara you can spend a romantic evening watching the sunset over the city. Don’t forget to stroll through the ancient district of Alfama which has been transformed from a deprived area of the city into a vibrant, fashionable section of the city.

When the sun does set, you can enjoy one of the best nightlife’s in Europe with everything from dive bars to high end cocktail joints open until the early hours.

Sunmaster recommends – VIP Diplomatico 4*


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Barcelona is one of the most intoxicating cities in Europe. Cool, chic and with so much going on every day of the week. Bearing the hallmarks of the genius of Antoni Gaudi, it is somewhere you can’t move without seeing an iconic landmark.

Spend the day visiting the boutiques and designer outlets that line La Rambla, marvel at the incredible spectacle that is Sagrada Familia and as the sun sets sample delicious tapas in the Gothic Quarter. Of course, when a couple of days of sightseeing get a little tiring, then swap the shops for the beach.

Barcelona has an amazing stretch of coastline providing the perfect spot to take a breather during your stay.

Sunmaster recommends – Derby Hotel Barcelona 4*

Derby Barca

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World Heritage sites, leading centre of art and an incredible harbour – it could only be Valetta. Strolling around the Maltese capital is like stepping through a portal to a different era. The winding streets pass by cathedrals and palaces with a quintessential Baroque vibe to them but don’t worry as there are plenty of bars and cafes to bring you back to the modern era.

The “city built by gentlemen for gentlemen” can provide the backdrop to a romantic Valentine’s Day retreat. Take a walk along by the Grand Harbour then seek out one of the quaint restaurants that are dotted around the city. Visit one of the city’s beautiful gardens and then take a moment or two in the incredible St John’s Cathedral.

You’ll know why Valetta has been named as the European City of Culture for 2018.

Sunmaster recommends – Excelsior Grand 5*


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It is hard not to fall in love with Italy. What’s not to love? It is blessed with sprawling countryside, vineyards for as far as the eye can see, iconic landmarks and, of course, delicious food. While many will head to the cities of Rome and Florence, if you want a real romantic retreat then hop across to Sicily.

There is so much to explore in this gem of the Mediterranean. Visit the historic cities of Palermo and Catania or relax on the miles of sandy beaches; while you can also sit down to an out of this world meal at one of the countryside restaurants. Bask in the warm sunshine as you admire the breathtaking scenery of sea, mountains and volcanoes to enjoy a honeymoon like no other.

Sunmaster recommends – San Paolo Palace 4*

San Paolo

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Create the perfect Valentine’s break in a country synonymous with love – Cyprus. The country is famed for being home to the resting place of the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite and Larnaca is just a stone’s throw away.

Blessed with glorious weather all year round, this beautiful coastal resort is perfect for either beach or city breaks. Lay back on the white sand of Phinikoudes beach, one of the most famous in southern Cyprus or wander down to the marina and watch a host of luxury yachts float by. At night you can sample some of the best cuisine around in one of the country’s favourite towns.

Sunmaster recommends – Lordos Beach Hotel 4*

Lordos beach

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It’s not too late to book that Valentine’s Day getaway. We have a host of amazing offers just waiting to be snapped up for February breaks. Secure a holiday from just £49pp deposit and take advantage of discounts of up 50%. Start your search at www.sunmaster.co.uk today.