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Love is in the air at La Boutique


Today approximately 150 million cards are exchanged around the world on Valentine’s Day making it the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. Though the holiday is originally intended for romantic lovers, today it has become a holiday that celebrates love, whether for lovers, friends or family. From romantic dinners to irresistible desserts, cards and special gifts, Valentine’s Day is that one special day to celebrate the people for whom you really care. 

Though the idea of Valentine’s Day is to celebrate love, get it wrong on the day and you will be celebrating the exact opposite of love. Stay out of the dog house this Valentine’s Day with a gift from La Boutique at Palazzo Parisio. We stock a number of luxury brands and one-of-a-kind items that are sure to have her squealing with delight. Every girl loves a handbag, we stock novelty by designer Mary Frances and Italian-made Marlon bags.

Jewellery is a girl’s best friend and the selection at La Boutique is second-to-none. All made by small designers who are passionate about their work you can be sure these pieces aren’t going to be seen on someone else at a party. 

Valentine’s Day competition

Get your Valentine’s Day gift from La Boutique and be in with the chance to win a romantic afternoon tea for two. Simply fill in your details on a card available at reception and you'll be part of a draw that will take place on 14 February. The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day and given a voucher for tea for two that can be used at any time until 14 March, 2019.

The afternoon tea experience

Our afternoon tea experience is something we are very proud of at Palazzo Parisio. Start the meal off with some fine finger sandwiches filled with a variety of items, like smoked salmon, ham and cheese, cucumber and egg. Delicate pastries are to be expected at afternoon tea and ours are no less than magnificent. Handmade by Florian Deville of Le Grenier à Pain, they are served on a stunning three-tier cake tower and promise to be the highlight of the afternoon. Florian selected Palazzo Parisio to showcase these pastries before opens Le Grenier à Pain in Malta later this year. If that is not enough, there is a selection of homemade cakes to choose from; our signature carrot and pineapple cake is a star among its audience and is showered with praise, the Heaven Sent chocolate layer cake has to tasted to be believed. Nine layers of chocolate ganache, buttercream and praline make it an indulgent and thoroughly satisfying treat. 

Tea the central focus and we bring you a selection of the world’s finest teas, delicately grown by Jing. Tea leaves are nurtured and picked by hand to create the very best in flavour, making Jing the tea of choice among the world’s best chefs. And why not add a little pazzaz to your afternoon with a glass of champagne?

The history of Valentine’s Day

Where did Valentine’s Day come from? This special day has been celebrated around the world throughout history, with the first recorded Valentine greeting written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife, while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. The reason for the holiday is shrouded in mystery, with the Catholic Church recognising three separate St Valentines, all of whom were martyred. One legend tells of a priest who served during the third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men were better soldiers than those with loved ones back home and immediately outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine realised the injustice of this law and continued carrying out marriages for young lovers in secret. He was eventually found out and put to death. 

Another story suggests that Valentine helped Christians escape from harsh Roman prisons where they were beaten and tortured. He was eventually imprisoned himself where he fell in love with the jailors daughter who visited him during his confinement. Before he was put to death he left her a note signed “From your Valentine”, a signatory used by young lovers until today. 


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