What makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day? The right two people, certainly, but where you are and what you do can also play a role. Your perfect setting may be wild or sophisticated, tranquil or exotic — you have a vast choice.
A Perfect Valentine’s Day Break
Most hotels and restaurants offer a special Valentine’s service, and you might find the perfect dinner at the restaurant round the corner — as long as you’re not just being given a red rose with your chips and told to make do.
For a really special experience, though, you can have your candle-lit dinner in real style as part of a complete romantic break giving you a night or two in luxury. Packages vary a little, but a good hotel will probably offer chocolates and champagne in addition to dinner, as well as breakfast in bed.
You might only have eyes for one another over dinner, but the surroundings make a romantic occasion more memorable. If your tastes run to the rugged splendour of the Scottish Highlands, for instance, the Dunollie Hotel on the Isle of Skye is set against the background of spectacular mountains, while the Columba Hotel in Inverness offers picturesque views overlooking the River Ness and across to Inverness Castle.
For a bit of English tradition, on the other hand, the Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket and the George Hotel in the village of Piercebridge near Darlington are both venerable coaching inns, though the facilities have been fully modernised. The Carnoustie Golf Hotel, on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to supplement romance with a round on one of Scotland’s greatest golf courses. Or, if greens and fairways aren’t really your thing, you can be pampered in a top-class spa centre.
A one or two night break in a fine British hotel can be a wonderful experience, but perhaps you want a more exotic location. Valentine’s Day is a worldwide phenomenon and hotels all over the world offer romantic packages, whether you’re looking for a short break or to incorporate your romantic escape into a longer holiday.
Destinations for an exotic Valentine’s break range from Los Angeles to Phuket in Thailand, but you don’t have to go that far. There’s always Paris — a romantic break in the city of love still does the trick!]
Whatever you decide, it’s still about being with the right person, but choosing the best place can make it more special. You bring the romance, and the setting and service will do the rest.