The Maslow Hotel in Sandton has a romantic story to tell this Valentine’s Day. The story begins in a deliciously-romantic urban setting – not too far, but with the illusion of being somewhere far away. Couples arrive to be welcomed with a refreshing glass of bubbly while soothing love songs, performed by songstress Chanel and the Saxophone Duo, fill the air.

Dinner is served in the trendy Lacuna Bistro, overlooking The Maslow’s tranquil oasis garden. The specially-created four-course meal is a story on its own. Oozing romance, it starts with tempura oyster and salsa vinaigrette.

The story takes a delightful turn with a choice between smoked springbok carpaccio with rocket and pomegranate salad; a refreshing kung pao salmon poke bowl with sesame rice, or a tapas board with falafel, marinated eggplant, hummus and grilled pita.

The tale continues with a mouthwatering selection of beautifully prepared main dishes such as slow braised beef short rib with creamy polenta; Chinese spiced line fish with potato rosti, asparagus spears and champagne veloute; blue cheese gnocchi, and buttermilk chicken supreme with wilted greens,  chicken and corn chowder.

It then takes a deliciously sweet twist, with a choice of desserts. Chef’s Love at First Sight is a rich chocolate tart with Turkish delight, white chocolate pearls, strawberry macaroon and pina colada ice cream, while the Romeo & Juliet is a composition of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, nougat, shortbread sphere and dark chocolate ganache.

Couples can choose to add another chapter to the Valentine’s story by staying the night in one of the Maslow’s exquisite rooms, with breakfast the following morning.

The Maslow’s Valentine’s Day accommodation package is R2 600, inclusive of house sparkling wine on arrival, breakfast and either the Valentine’s Dinner at Lacuna Bistro (14 February) or a gourmet picnic to be enjoyed in the garden the following day.

Booking is essential. To book or find out more, email lacuna.bistro@suninternational.com or call 010 226 4647.