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anyone thinks that love is all a pink fairy tale should go to St. Andrea’s
restaurant in downtown Budapest and experience the dark passion and deep
emotions of their festive offer, DRAMA. As part of the Valentine’s Day creations
by chef Endre Kollár, masculine flavours are drawn on a plate with the
treasures of the forest, and the closing chord is none other than a new dessert
by St. Andrea, the Blessed Virgin, a meeting of roses, raspberries and camomile.
Miklós Lizsicsár and his team will take care of the service and the
champagne range has been fashioned by sommelier Gábriel Sztarovics. Book your
table here (Hungarian-only) for your romantic dinner.
Here, an elegant cosmopolitan atmosphere, with a touch of downtown bustle, spreads out below as love blooms above. This all awaits at the St. Andrea Wine & Skybar, where Valentine’s Day treats the senses to the Night of the Aphrodisiacs. Romance-inducing special cocktails of saffron and chocolate are being concocted for the occasion, and for real lovers, they can be accompanied by Taittinger Prélude champagne and fresh oysters.
Bask in warm thermal waters amid February chill and ornate surroundings
at Budapest’s historic Széchenyi Baths.
As one of the largest spa complexes in Europe, the revered Szecska offers enough
secret nooks and hidden corners for couples to canoodle without being disturbed,
and for a few extra forints, you can change in a cabin for two rather than use
the communal lockers like everybody else. Three big pools await outside, plenty
of smaller ones and saunas of differing temperatures within. The long bar terrace
overlooks the lane pool and catches the afternoon sun. All is easily accessible
by the yellow M1 metro to Széchenyi fürdő.
The pair of you can hide your love away in a real urban jungle at
Twentysix on Király utca. The inner courtyard, topped by a special see-through
roof, most closely resembles a huge oasis where you can romance amid 34 varieties of plants, banana trees, rubber figs and begonias. Here, they bookend lovers’
day with special breakfast and dinner offers on 14 and 15 February, the first
meal between 7.30am and noon. In addition to the usual superb selection, you
can start the day with a cognac-glazed prawn omelette and a tasty selection of cakes,
while in the evening tuck into the star attraction, oysters, tuna and a delicious
chocolate dessert. (x)