It’s never a bad time for a romantic getaway with your partner, but Valentine’s Day really is the perfect excuse. Check out our suggestions for the best destinations and experiences for Valentine’s Day this year.
An obvious choice for Valentine’s Day is to head towards the equator and chase the sun during this final stretch of winter, and there’s little doubt as to why. Warm sand between your toes, water lapping at your feet, sunset strolls on the beach – it’s the perfect couple’s retreat. There is an abundance of options in this regard, but some of our favourites include the island of Kauai in Hawaii, Fiji, the Maldives and Bali. And if you’re looking for seclusion, few places are more out of the way than the Cook Islands, a tropical paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
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Seclusion in the Wilderness
Other couples might prefer to embrace the cold of winter and use it as an excuse to cuddle up by the fireplace, hot cocoa in hand. A cosy and secluded wood cabin surrounded by breath-taking views of snowy mountains or a scenic lake can be just as romantic and infinitely more intimate than sprawling out on a beach. It’s easy to feel like you’re the only two people in the world when for miles in any direction, you are. Head for the Rockies, the Alps or any of Canada’s spectacular national parks to get lost among mountain views.
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Enamoured by Dazzling City Lights
You don’t need to seek absolute isolation in order to find romance, however. Numerous cities around the world offer intimacy among the bright lights and have that certain something that makes you want to stretch your hand-in-hand, leisurely stroll through the park just a bit longer. Skip the obvious choice (Paris) and head instead for cities like Florence, Buenos Aires, good old NYC, or our top pick, Kyoto. February is still too early to catch the cherry blossoms in full bloom, but it is a classic city with shrines, castles and parks, and for our money, there are few cities this romantic in the world. For added intimacy and cultural experiences, stay in a ryokan (a traditional style hotel), sleep on tatamis and share a romantic bath in a traditional ofuro.
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Getting High with Your Loved One
At once exhilarating and oddly peaceful, a ride in a hot air balloon is a wonderful experience to share with your loved one. Take in the views from incredible heights and share a bottle of bubbly for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. You can take your pick of amazing destinations, the most famous perhaps being Cappadocia. Other places we highly recommend (pun intended) include Queenstown and Napa Valley.
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A Carriage for Two
Enjoy one another’s company in utter luxury while watching the world fly by the window of your private carriage on a romantic train ride. The sceneries alone will take your breath away, and the comfortable interiors, fine meals and sparkling drinks will set the intimate mood. The Napa Valley Wine Train excels at this, as does the Coast Starlight, a train running along the Pacific coast of the US. Our favourite, however, has to be the Rocky Mountaineer, which runs through the spectacle that are the Canadian Rockies.
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A Bit of Pampering
Finally, this Valentine’s Day let yourself be massaged, exfoliated and taken to unprecedented states of relaxation alongside your partner with a couples’ spa retreat. A bewildering variety of treatments are available at health and beauty facilities around the world, from hot stone therapy to water massages in thermal baths across destinations around the world, from hot springs in Japan to spas in Budapest (check out the full report on our trip to Budapest), and we can think of few better ways to spend Valentine’s this year.
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