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Best Romantic Spots In Essex This Valentine's Day

Essex is renowned for its beauty and is the perfect destination to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day. As one of the leading hotels in Essex, we know the top local hotspots to spend some time with your loved one. Check out our guide for the perfect date ideas in Essex.


Cupid’s Coastline

If you haven’t had the chance to explore the 350 miles of Essex coastline, this is the perfect excuse. Not only is it the longest stretch of shoreline in England, it is also one of the most beautiful, rich in wildlife. Nothing sounds as romantic as a long stroll along the beach hand-in-hand with your loved one, so why not take a visit to Frinton on Sea or Shoebury East Beach for a bit of peace and quiet this Valentine’s Day.


Heart-warming Heritage

Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all have made their mark on Essex’s extensive history. Rich with glorious English Heritage, the Audley End Estate is a wonderful place to escape to with your significant other. Take a wander through the magnificent grounds and you will feel like you are in a fairy tale. From the ancient town walls and temple remains beneath the castle in the old Roman capital of Colchester to the tiny Saxon chapel of Bradwell-on-Sea, make sure you and your partner make the most of these romantic Historic gems of Essex.


Wine and Dine

Valentine’s Day would not be complete without some top notch food and drink and Essex has its fair share of quality restaurants to choose from. Whether you are looking to push the boat out at a Michelin star restaurant or are simply looking for a cosy pub to warm up in, make sure you reserve a table beforehand.  Colchester, Maldon and Chelmsford are all a stone’s throw away from our hotel and have great restaurants to share a meal with someone you love.


It’s Showtime

Nothing says entertainment more than a trip to the Theatre. This is a great excuse for you and your partner to don your best attire and laugh the night away. Whether it’s a play or a musical, grab the popcorn and a glass of wine and sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Take a look at the large calendar of events at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre.


Admire the Art

Essex boasts various creative spaces all crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists. It is important to take time out of your busy lives to make the most of these hidden gems that lie in our local museums and art galleries. Spend some quality time together admiring the artwork at The Munnings Art Museum in Dedham before enjoying a coffee afterwards.


Attractions are a must

Get that adrenaline flowing with a trip to an amusement park with your partner this Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for an activity packed day, why not visit Colchester Zoo and Clacton Pier? Our plaza resort and spa is located close to many great attractions, perfect for a fun filled Valentine’s Day.


A Night Away

Book a surprise romantic getaway for the one you love. As one of the finest Essex hotels, we offer the ultimate romantic break with flowers & bottle of champagne in the room on arrival, a 3-course dinner in Brasserie1 and full English breakfast as well as complimentary use of the facilities. For more information on how to book the Romance Packages, please click here.


When in Essex…

If oysters are the food of love, you are in the right place here in Colchester. Both the rock oyster and the celebrated Colchester Native Oyster are farmed off our shores. Why not try this local aphrodisiac this Valentine’s Day.


For the best-guaranteed rate, book your Valentines break here at Five Lakes and enjoy the beautiful hotspots Essex has to offer.

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