Valentine’s Day - love it or loath it – it’s on the horizon. I am not the world’s biggest believer in celebrating this holiday personally, but even by writing this blog my mind has been changed, let’s be honest what girl doesn’t want to be swept off their feet on the big day. Here are a few great ideas that combine romantic settings with a bit of adventure.
Stargazing, Kruger National Park, South Africa
What could be more romantic than looking wistfully into the stars with your lover? Well, how about stargazing, whilst on Safari in South Africa. The Kruger National Park in the North-East of the country has some of the best wildlife to see, and at night the sky is to die for. You can take night time star gazing tours with a local expert ranger, in some instances 3’s a crowd, but in this case I think there is an exception to the rule. Adventure and romance rolled into one – Perfection. Not to mention that there are some cracking places to stay in this region too, many of them err on the side of luxury, so after hard nights exploring the wilderness there is somewhere to relax and indulge.
Ice- hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
This place is amazing…. Valentine’s Day or not, it should be visited. You can’t get much more romantic (and original) than the Northern Lights inspired ice room. An ice and art installation, which recreates the effect of the Northern Lights, yes please! If you get bored of being inside one of the coolest hotel rooms on the planet (ummm…sorry…) then you can always go outside and search for the real deal. Sweden’s Lapland is one of the best places to view the Northern Lights. Even better, you can take a huskie-pulled sled or a snowmobile.
Boat trip, Paris, France
I love boats, to me boats are a symbol of romance, and it would be rude to have a Valentine’s post without mentioning the big hitter – Paris. So, by my logic, a boat trip through Paris is arguably the most romantic thing you could do on Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure how much more clichéd I can get but you could certainly do worse than taking a cruise down the Seine, taking in all of Paris’ monuments, whilst enjoying French cuisine and sipping on Champagne. Luckily, such tours do exist and are cheaper than you would expect (starting at 140 Euros). So if you fancy traditional romance pepped up with a bit of glamour – then this option would be for you.
Cappadosia Cave Suites, Turkey
This hotel rivals the ice hotel for originality, and again, is a fabulously romantic place to get cosy in. This luxurious retreat is actually carved into the Yunak Evleri mountain cliff, it has 30 rooms all carved around the 5th and 6th centuries, with stunning results. If sleeping in a luxury cave isn’t enough the hotel offers excursions such as hot air balloon flights, terribly romantic I feel.