Air Partner - 04 feb 2018
Last year we explored some of the more unusual city breaks to fly to by private jet with your loved one for Valentine’s Day. This year, we have reverted to more classic ideas – Paris, Florence and Verbier.
You may think they are cliché, but their offering, diversity and beauty are what makes them some of the most romantic places to visit with your loved one – plus they are close enough that you can fly there and back by private jet in a day. Whisk your loved one away to somewhere special this Valentine’s.
Just a stone’s throw away – or an hour’s flight by private jet – Paris is the perfect destination for a day of culture, good food and a little romance. With everything in the centre of Paris in such close proximity, you can squeeze a lot into one day. Start with a wander in the Jardin des Tuileries and stop off for a gaze at Monet’s Water Lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie, or cross the river for the magnificent sculptures at the Musée d’Orsay. Walk to Place de la Concorde for a glimpse of the Champs Élysées and veer off to the quieter streets around l’église de la Madeleine. You can share a morning pastry at Fauchon, or if you prefer a spot of shopping you’re not too far from the famed Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris provides a cultural interlude and you can also climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city skyline. The surrounding area of the Sorbonne gives you more of a feel for the Paris of Sartre and de Beauvoir, particularly as you venture further west towards St Germain des Pres where you can visit the the watering holes of artists, writers and philosophers – Les Deux Magots and Café de Flores. If you’re looking for a little more hustle and bustle in the evening, Opéra can offer you a lively end to your day before your fly home.
Flight time from London 1 hour
Nearest airport Le Bourget
Recommended private jet Embraer Phenom 100
Home to some of the best Mediterranean cuisine on offer, Italy is an obvious choice for a romantic lunch date. Just a X hour’s flight from London, Florence is the perfect Tuscan paradise to explore with you loved one. With an encompassing historic atmosphere to the town and most cultural highlights within walking distance, you can enjoy a leisurely lunch and enjoy some of the sights while you’re there. The iconic Duomo is unmissable in the Florentine skyline and worth a peek inside, whilst the Uffizi is home to some of the world’s most celebrated works of art. If you have time, stroll across the ponte vecchio and explore Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens. For lunch, Irene at the Hotel Savoy is a popular choice. A Tuscan bistro with dishes created by the award-winning Fulvio Pierangelini, the dishes offered at Irene are inspired by the Tuscan classics and best local and seasonal produce. Head Chef, Giovanni Cosmai, sources the freshest ingredients from local suppliers and farmers every morning and has worked closely with Fulvio Pierangelini to curate a menu that celebrates the best of Florence.
Flight time from London 1 hour 55 minutes
Nearest airport Firenze
Recommended private jet Cessna Citation XLS
For a slightly more adventurous day, surprise your loved one with a trip up to the mountains. With a flight time of just 1 hour 20 minutes from London to Sion and a 45 minute transfer to Verbier, you can be at altitude in no time. Spend the morning off piste and stop for a hot chocolate with mountain views at Ice Cube – the infamous seasonnaire pit-stop. Join in with the apres-ski party at Mouton Noir, Verbier’s biggest terrace bar or wind down with a relaxing treatment at a spa. Having gone to all this effort, you might want to treat your loved one to an overnight stay – in which case Nevaii Hotel offers a combination of all you could want; slick service, an utterly cool and sophisticated atmosphere, a central location and Verbier’s best sushi!
Flight time from London 1 hour 30 minutes
Nearest airport Sion
Recommended private jet Cessna Citation Latitude