From wine tasting in Bordeaux to a mini cruise to Amsterdam, or seeing the Northern lights from your own treehouse, here are our top ideas for a romantic valentine’s getaway…
Valentine’s day is fast approaching and while the conventional romantic getaways of Rome and Paris are always great, sometimes you want something a bit different and somewhere that won’t be crowded with tourists. Here are our top different ideas for a romantic valentine’s getaway…
A wine trip to Bordeaux
There are so many reasons why Bordeaux is France’s best kept secret. It has fine art galleries, plenty of shops, a beautiful river to wander along, great transport links and of course, plenty of vineyards to produce the Bordeaux wine we all love so much. This valentine’s day, why not take your other half of a wine trip to this quaint yet bustling French city? Head to the Bordeaux wine school to learn all about wine and do some tastings, visit vineyards such as Château La Fleur de Boüard, Chateau la Dominique or Château Fonréaud and round the day off with dinner at Hâ, Belle Campagne or La Brasserie Bordelaise for a real treat. Don’t forget to visit La Cité du Vin wine museum for an immersive wine experience, and of course check out the local bars where you can while away an evening indulging in local wines and cheeses.
A mini cruise to Amsterdam
This mini P&O Cruise from Southampton to Amsterdam sets sail a few weeks after Valentine’s day, so is the perfect gift to give your other half to look forward to – and is something that little bit different. This mini cruise departs Southampton on the Iona on the 22nd of March, arriving in March on the 23rd, staying for two nights and one full day before departing back to Southampton on the 26th. There is plenty of time to explore the city and with lots to do on the boat during your sea days, you’ll be entertained, wined and dined from start to finish. This is a really romantic gift and that bit different from your usual weekend getaway.
A long weekend in Genoa
Genoa is a relatively undiscovered city in the Italian Riviera and is a quaint little place packed with history and a delicious wine and culinary scene. We like to think of it as a real hidden gem, as you’ll discover when you visit – there are mostly locals here and it still feels very authentic, with not many chains and big attractions. Spend an evening relaxing in a local restaurant with homemade pasta and pesto and a glass of local wine – all for under €10. In the day, head out for a local Italian coffee, then explore the winding streets, take a sightseeing lift up in the harbour, or visit the large aquarium. We recommend you stay in Genova46 – a beautiful period-style aparthotel right in the city centre.
an adventure in the trees in Sweden
For a unique and different yet romantic break this valentine’s day, why not head to Sweden’s tree hotel? The Treehotel offers utter escapism right at one with nature, where you can sleep in a unique tree house unlike anything else out there. Head into the trees and stay in a mirror cube, UFO or even a giant birds nest. You may get the chance to see the Northern lights, head out in a snowmobile, or head off on a fishing trip where you can learn all about the berries and mushrooms you pick up along the way. This is a truly unique and different idea For a Romantic Valentine’s Getaway.
Which is your favourite in our list of Different Ideas For a Romantic Valentine’s Getaway? Let us know!