Romance Isn’t Dead

For all those romantics out there, it’s always nice when someone spoils you. But it’s even more special when it’s on the most romantic day of the year, writes Tracy Hargreaves

But if you were to be whisked away, where would your ideal destination be? We’ve put together some of our recommendations.

London might not seem a romantic city, but there’s a plethora of five star hotels to choose from, then add on those special extras. Head to the Thames for a pre-dinner three hour cruise and take in a West End show, or book the Emirates Air Line Valentine’s experience and you and your other half can enjoy a flight in a private cabin across the river, taking in the iconic views of London’s riverside.

For something further afield why not jet off to Dubai? Miles of stunning coastline, the beautiful Arabian desert and year-round sunshine make Dubai the perfect destination. There’s record breaking buildings, classy dining, plenty of shopping opportunities and desert safaris. This will definitely be a break to remember.

The city of Paris is the ultimate in romance. But it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Look out for special offers like a room upgrade or a Champagne breakfast. The Latin Quarter is the perfect place to just get lost for the day and meander around the quirky side roads and lively narrow streets. There’s plenty of attractions to visit or drift down the River Seine while eating delicious food, listening to live music.

New York, New York. You don’t have to meet atop the Empire State Building to find romance in New York on Valentine’s Day. There’s so much to do you will be spoilt for choice. Be dazzled by the bright lights of Times Square; pose in front of the Statue of Liberty with the New York skyline behind you; take in a show on the fabulous Broadway; gaze across the city from the top of the Empire State Building or visit the city’s biggest and best museums.

For those looking for somewhere a little more remote, romance could definitely be in the air when you escape on a Forest Holiday Valentine’s Day break. Whisk your partner away to a cosy cabin located deep in the woods. Explore the surrounding forest, enjoy the peace and quiet, spend hours in the hot tub outside your cabin, then cosy up next to a roaring log fire, for a perfect evening in.

Bergen is the gateway to the Fjords of Norway and is a city packed with history and tradition. It has a small-town charm and atmosphere, with flights only a few hours, it’s an opportunity not to be missed. Lazily walk through the maze of backstreets, stop off at one of the many cafés where you are attracted by the aroma of freshly-baked skillingsbolle (giant cinnamon rolls) and sit in the pretty squares, taking in your surroundings. Ride the Fløibanen funicular railway for breathtaking views of the city, explore the Norwegian fjords by taking a boat trip or dine on the freshest seafood at the city’s alfresco fish market.

With so much choice, there’s no excuse not to treat your loved one. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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