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Plan your Valentine’s break now!
With one month to go until the big day, now is the time to start planning your Valentine’s Day celebration. Whether you are star-crossed lovers looking to make February 14 the chance to ask that all important question or are looking for somewhere to get away for some time alone together, we have a range of ideas to help you on your way.
And don’t hang around waiting to book. Availability for the best hotels always runs tight closer to the big day, so the earlier you act, the better your break will be.
Where can you go?
In the UK, you can choose from a range of options – from a weekend stay in a small, cosy, romantic cottage in beautiful surroundings to a swanky hotel in London’s West End, or something in between. You just need to decide exactly what you want from your break before settling on a location or holiday type.
The big cities around the UK offer great restaurants (book now to ensure a reservation), nightlife, a huge range of hotels to suit every budget, and plenty to see and do, whatever your interests. So spoil your loved one by indulging them in a weekend of activities based around their interests and loves.
If you want great shopping and a spa, head to Bath; for history and scenery, head to Edinburgh; and for nightlife and entertainment, it has to be London. Alternatively, if your loved one is footie mad, a trip to Manchester to visit the National Football Museum with a tour of one of the North West’s Premiership grounds could be just the ticket. Or for true romance, consider a weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare, the writer of Romeo and Juliet, hailed from.
For countryside and romantic walks, head to the Lake District. In the winter months it may feel bleak to some people, but the scale of the scenery and lakes, along with great places to have a romantic meal, make it a special place to be.
Alternatively, a Cornish seaside village may just do the trick or you could consider a break in the Cotswolds with its golden stone villages and rolling countryside.
Paris and Venice are the obvious choices here for a Valentine’s break. However, there are many other destinations worthy of romance.
Amsterdam is packed with galleries, its canal setting and, of course, the Anne Frank story. Florence was the setting for ‘Room with a View’ where Helena Bonham Carter’s character, Lucy Honeychurch, falls for George Emerson and their romance blossoms.
Budapest sits straddling the romantic Danube and has a wonderful old town packed with romance to stay in and visit. Or head to Vienna to learn how to dance the ‘Strictly’ way with Waltz lessons and carriage rides, or Antwerp to buy that special diamond you may be yearning for.
The key is to make your break what you are looking for, so research the destination and ensure that it has the types of places you enjoy visiting and eating in to make your romantic weekend one to remember.
If you have more time on your hands then why not head to a paradise beach or one of the world’s big cities?
New York is always full of life and is packed with places to make a special break away. But what about places like exotic Marrakech in Morocco where you can visit the Marjorelle Gardens, created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle and later owned and restored by French designer Yves St Laurent?
Or maybe a week in Buenos Aires which is a city built on the passion of the tango? Its colonial architecture and great places to stay and eat out make it a romantic city to visit. Alternatively, nearby Rio will be gearing up for Carnival amid its fantastic beachside setting where lovers laze on the sand at Copacabana Beach.
And, of course, you could pick from one of the many paradise beach destinations around the world for a week of romance with a tan thrown in. From St Lucia, Antigua, Mustique and St Barts in the Caribbean to Kauai in Hawaii, from the Maldives to Bali or the Great Barrier Reef to Bermuda, there’s a beach on an island waiting just for you.