Sweep them off their feet with intimate dinners on a private island, pamper yourself on some spa retreats, and luxurious stays in some of the region’s best hotels. Or if you are broke
and single like the writer, you might be interested in looking through the “14 destinations to a romantic Valentine’s Day” you can’t afford during your annual Valentine’s Day K-drama series marathon.
14 – Watch the Sunset at Sri Panwa Phuket, Thailand
Hidden in more than eighty rai of undisturbed rainforest and overlooking the Andaman ocean, Sri Panwa is a luxury pool villa hotel located on the southeastern tip of Phuket. If you are looking for luxury and nature, Sri Panwa is probably the answer to your search. The place is secluded, quiet and away from everything.
You can book a suite that has a clear view of the sunset over the glistening Phuket sea, sounds dreamy isn’t it? Note that not every suite has the same view, so if you’re going to book a room, please tell them and request the room with the view of the sunset to be sure.
Hotel villas are completely private and very sexy, with infinite-edge swimming pools wrapped seamlessly around glass-enclosed bedrooms.
Wake up next to the love of your life, open the glass sliding doors and dive into the pool for a short swim. You can also cozy up your partner on your sprawling sofa bed and let the state-of-the-art entertainment system of Sri Panwa take over.
13 – Ride a Gondola in Venice, Italy
With its gondolas, canals, amazing restaurants and unforgettable romantic ambiance, Venice is definitely a city on your Valentines getaway list. Waterfront palazzos, palaces and churches make drifting down the Grand Canal feel like sailing through a painting.
From the private gondola ride and holding-hands-while-walking exploring the city’s labyrinth of hidden bridges and canals, to truly experience Venice, take out that tux and vintage red dress from your luggage, watch an opera or a classical music performance with your partner.
Nibble fresh pasta and pastries in a candlelight dinner and get lost in the beauty of arts in galleries. Valentine’s Day won’t ever be the same after your trip to Venezia!
12 – Seal Your Love in the Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a perfect destination for its bohemian attraction and fairytale features. You alone, or with a partner can devote an entire day to explore Prazky hrad (Prague Castle), then refuel over a hearty quixotic dinner at a classic Czech tavern.
Spend some time wandering, immersing yourself to the Old Town Square before heading over to gape at the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock.
If you are single, you can find the bests bars in cellars, where historic pubs set the scene for a night of traditional tippling. Let’s admit it—some of the best love stories often start with a little alcohol.
Since I already mentioned alcohol, if
And for couples, don’t miss fastening a love lock along bridge railings of Charles Bridge. Also, you can leave some sweet messages over John Lennon Wall which is just around the corner. While your work will likely be painted over, it’s a less wasteful way to profess your love.
11 – Find Your Happily Ever After in Malahide Castle, Dublin, Ireland
Not only the final resting place of St. Valentine himself,
One place that worth’s the visit is the Malahide Castle & Gardens. It’s a beautiful and historic medieval castle with a fascinating story dating back to the 12th century.
It is located on the beautiful north coast of Dublin City. Malahide Castle was once owned by the Talbot Family for nearly 800 years and is one of the longest owned castles by one family in the country. Set on 250 acres of stunning parkland, Malahide Castle is also home to one of Ireland’s four botanical walled gardens with 5000 species of plants.
10 – Stroll Through Budapest’s Elegant Streets
Whether it’s the spectacular 19th-century architecture or a vivacious nightlife that makes you swoon, Budapest has it all.
Wander through Budapest’s sophisticated streets as insightful local guides tell you all about Hungarian heritage, their stormy past, and share with you the tales of the people you won’t find in any guidebook.
Explore sights such as St. Stephen’s Basilica. The Chain Bridge and take in the panoramic view of Budapest from Buda Castle. On a budget? Check www.FREEtour.com
9 – Get Wild at Montreal, Canada
Montreal is one of the most romantic cities in North America. Services in Montreal usually open late—and comes with cumbersome discounts at some establishments. There are plenty of great places where you can treat your loved one (or yourself) to a late-night meal.
Aside from being one of the most romantic cities, Montreal is also a city of music, especially jazz—and there are number of great clubs where you can set the mood for your romantic evening with some smooth jazz performances.
If you are more a day-person than a night-person, do not fret because Montreal also has something for you. Whether you’re looking for a couple’s massage or just want to spoil yourself in a day of relaxation, Montreal offers several resorts and spa with special deals for Valentine’s Day.
Lastly, if you are into something wild, you may attend Cirque de Boudoir’s annual Valentine’s Day bash that puts an emphasis on kink and smut.
The Cirque is throwing a special “Pin-Up Valentine” party. Featuring local and international DJs, fetish and burlesque performers of visual artists.
With its European influences and cobblestone streets, museum tours and fancy dinners to private getaways in the mountains, these ideas are sure to make your Valentine happy.
8 – Find “the one” at Cape Town, South Africa
Single, and have no one to spend the Valentine’s Day with? No sweat, the Radisson Blu in Riebeek Street got you covered. They are inviting singles from all over the Cape Town (okay, I’m packing my things now, let’s go!) for cocktail date rounds, speed dating and killer beats by DJ Paso D.
If you are
bitter and not into speed dating, why not go to the Cape Town Comedy Club on Valentines Day for a not-so-Valentine-themed party? Get ready to laugh, and mingle, and maybe find the one while laughing the heck out of you.
Okay, Cape Town is not only for the singles you can also impress your partner with a marvelous trip to Cape Town!
Filled with fine-dining restaurants— taste seduction at Coco Safar Café, feast a four-course Mediterranean banquet at Sotano Restaurant, get a glass of Andiamo an Italian-style sparkling wine at The 41, and get on the mood on your romantic twilight picnic at the Rhode Secret Rose Garden at Boschendal.
This passionate city will leave you endlessly inspired and full for tons of date night ideas.
7 – Chase Adventure at Gstaad, Switzerland
Three ski areas, heli-skiing, ten winter sports schools and more than thirty miles of cross-country skiing trails are within reach of this traffic-free resort town.
It is also well-known for the fine dining and esplanade lined with luxury boutiques runs through the town center.
Visit Glacier 3000 and experience the breathtaking view. Catch free ski bus from Les Diablerets then the cable car up to the top. Walk to the peak to indulge yourself with the astonishing panoramic views.
With a loved one or alone, being here will make you feel glad to be alive and very privileged to be here. Happy Valentine’s Day!
6- Seal It With a Kiss in London Eye
February is a great time to visit London, whether you are traveling alone, with your family, as a group of friends, for a business trip, or with your special someone.
Cruise the river of Thames, snuggle up by a crackling fire in a clannish pub or splash out on a Valentine’s dinner in a Michelin-starred London restaurant.
Pick some beautiful bouquet of flowers at Columbia Road Flower Market.
Finally, if you’re planning for something more (like a wedding proposal, OMG), why don’t you blow your budget by hiring a private Cupid’s Capsule or sip on champagne as you soar above the Thames while in awe of the lover-birds-eye-view of the city in the London eye?
It’s a sure yes for you!
5 – Indulge Yourself at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa offers a new level of luxury to the beautiful island of Boracay.
Luxury and comfort with a reverence for nature, the 12-hectare resort encompasses 219 rooms including 36 villas and suites, comprehensive leisure facilities, 350 meters of secluded beach front and a thriving ecosystem of diverse, even rare, vegetation and wildlife.
With two private beachfronts and an infinity pool, the resort offers a myriad of recreational activities. Those looking to soothe weary senses can head over to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La.
Also, a variety of dining options of different cuisines is located within the resort.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa is the perfect paradise destination for a Valentine Getaway!
4 – Get Lost in the Paradise of Apulit Island, Palawan
Either you want to go away from everything or spend the Valentine’s away from the city, Apulit Island is the place to go. It’s truly the “Paradise” in Palawan.
As you soon as you step off the airplane, consider yourself as King or Queen with the remarkable services you will soon experience.
As you docked at the Apulit Island, you will be greeted with a welcoming song which will really make you feel that you are “welcome”.
Apulit Island Resort is nuzzled within a pristine cove with a backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs. It offers a wide expanse of white-sand beach lined with palm trees.
Everywhere you turn your head is sheer beauty where you can do is just ask yourself “is this even real?”
Who would have thought that the paradise you’re looking for is just an hour flight from Manila and an hour and half van ride from El Nido (or 4-hour land trip from Puerto Prinsesa City)?
3- Have a Dreamy Escape at Saint Lucia
A surreal scenario comes to life at La Soufrière, one of the most popular attractions in St. Lucia. Pack your skin with the medicinal mud of Sulfur Springs for a DIY spa treatment.
For an intimate beach experience, hit the private black sands of Anse Mamin.
For those who want more than a tan on Valentine’s Day, St Lucia couldn’t be better. Around 77% of it is covered in forest. So, escape the beach, start exploring and fly through the rain forest canopy.
You don’t need to have a partner to have a wistful getaway at St. Lucia!
2 – Get intimate at Melbourne, Australia
Escape winter and spend the Valentine’s Day in summer-y Australia!
From tried-and-true dinners and cruises to fun, sweet and out-of-the-ordinary ideas here’s my pick of what you can get up to in Melbourne on and around Valentine’s Day.
If you’re audacious in love, then Melbourne’s Luna Park is the place to take your adrenaline seeking lover. Grab unlimited ride tickets and a souvenir photo of your romantic roller coaster adventure on the Great Scenic Railway.
Putt-putt your way into someone’s heart on Valentine’s day by indulging in the insta-famous cocktails of Holey Moley.
Grab a blanket, chocolate, champagne and cozy up underneath the stars and watch Fifty Shades of Grey (just kidding) in Moonlight Cinema.
If you two are into sweets, woo your date and indulge in strawberry and cream cheese eclairs, champagne and lychee macarons on one of Melbourne’s most reputable and romantic restaurant- The Langham.
Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Knock the socks off your lover at Melbourne, Australia!
1 – Seize the night in the most romantic city in the world, Paris, France.
Of course, Paris is the first in the list! When you hear “romantic places”, Paris is always the first that will come into your mind.
Paris, the city of light, is also reputed to be the most romantic city in the world. With instagrammable scenery, great restaurants, cozy spots, the city is the perfect place to celebrate the Valentine’s Day!
There’s no shortage of romantic things you can do in Paris
unless you have a shortage in money ha-ha.
So here are some ideas for you. Pick the one you like the most, or if you have the budget, you might want to do everything in the list!
It’s nighttime in Paris, you’re spending a magical evening, you’re staring at the love-of-your-life while you’re cruising down the most romantic river in the world—River Seine. You stare at her/his lips as she/he sips champagne, watching the City of Lights, and being served by a classic French 3-course dinner.
After that, you dare to romance in the city of love and lose yourselves in its streets to exchange tender kisses
or rough, French kisses since you’re in France? Ha-ha.
You’re having an unforgettable night with your mon chéri in Ice Kube Bar, the mini Parisian North Pole. Both of you are covered in a warm coat and cozying up in a delicious cocktail served in iced glass. Truly unique experience!
Something magical? Imagine riding a horse, going up and down the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye with your partner. Discovering the brilliant forest of Saint Germain and the historical and equestrian heritage of Maisons-Laffitte.
More? Let’s take it above the clouds and fly over the biggest Parisian edifices and admire the breathtaking view. Stroll and contemplate the Parc des Princes, Versailles or the gardens of the Sun King. And as your partner admires the awe-aspiring view of the Eiffel Tower, bring out that ring and ask “veux-tu m’épouser?”
There are so many ways to have an unforgettable February 14th, in the heart of Paris. The city is so romantic and so special for whoever is in love.
Take advantage of these 14 ideas to surprise your loved one
or yourself, lol.
Spice things up by planning a surprise, find an unexpected gift (doesn’t need to be expensive) and spend the night with him/her!
All those attentive quixotic gestures while out for a romantic evening, (even a Netflix and chill evening would be great as long as you are together).
Lastly, a gorgeous bouquet of flowers will complete the package—there you go.
Oh! And even if your single, there’s nothing like taking a relaxing solo trip to show some self-love. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
What’s the most romantic place you’ve ever been? Did it make our list? Please share below!