Do Something Different This Valentine’s Day

iStock_000001999869XSmallFlowers, chocolate, a quiet night in… The good old Valentine’s Day recipe isn’t bad, but it could be a whole lot better. Why not get your thinking cap on early this year and plan something a bit different? Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day with a partner, or your fiftieth together, shaking things up a bit only does wonders for romance. Here are some ideas for how to make your Valentine’s weekend better than ever:

Learn Something

If you want to make lifelong memories, a brilliant way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by taking a fun class. Why not learn about wine-tasting or discover how those delicious Valentine’s Day truffles get made in a chocolatier class? Bristol has an excellent school called The Chocolate Tart, as well as dozens of classes to teach you everything about great wine to drink alongside it. Book a room in our Bristol Central hotel for the chance to enjoy a sticky-fingered, tipsy weekend with your Valentine.

Get Active

Getting muddy might not sound particularly romantic, but actually, getting your adrenaline pumping by doing some outdoor activity with your partner is a great aphrodisiac. If you’re adventurous, a weekend in the Brecon Beacons is a great choice, where you can go climbing, kayaking, or horse riding in the National Park. Our Merthyr Tydfil hotel is right near all the adventure opportunities.

See Some Spectacular Scenery

Beaches and sunsets may be considered classically romantic, but any stunning natural scenery does wonders for creating a romantic atmosphere. While the UK’s beaches might not be your first choice of destination in February, there are plenty of jaw-dropping views you can visit instead. If you’ve never seen Giant’s Causeway, Valentine’s Day might just be the perfect time to check it off your bucket list. Stay in our Belfast Central hotel to combine this with a visit to the wonderful capital of Northern Ireland.

Get Dressed Up

If you see your loved one everyday, it’s easy to forget to put in a bit of effort and do something fancy together. But there’s no better way to rekindle the romance than by taking things back to when you fussed over getting ready and got all nervous before meeting up for dinner. Instead of heading to the local pub, explore a new city and reserve a table at a special restaurant you’ve never been to before. Newcastle has a great emerging foodie scene, as well as plenty of cultural activities if you fancy combining a meal out with tickets to a performance. Book a room in one of our Newcastle hotels for a weekend that will make you feel like you’re falling in love all over again.