Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to share in something extra special. This year it'll likely be a local walk, a home-cooked meal and a steamy pair of glasses. Many of us won't be venturing beyond our kitchens, but don't let that stop you looking ahead to next year's romantic getaway.
Ditch the classic petrol station flowers and go all out for the one you love in 2022. From beach holidays to city breaks and outdoor adventures, we've got you covered. Read on for romantic holiday inspiration, ready for when travel resumes.
Give the gift of vitamin sea with a holiday to Mauritius. Ideally located in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is renowned for its amazing white-sand beaches, lagoons and reefs. A paradise for sun worshippers, there's no better place to relax with your loved one. Still need proof? You can take in the island's natural beauty here, via live cams installed at prime locations.
What could be more captivating than the shores of Italy's largest lake? With crystal clear water, majestic landscapes and charming vineyards, Lake Garda offers plenty of opportunities for romance. This year, a new 87-mile bike path will allow cyclists to circle Lake Garda in its entirety! Get pedalling at home in preparation for picturesque views at Capo Reamol. While in Italy treat your partner to some chocolate-covered hazelnuts wrapped with a romantic quote. Known as Baci Perugina, these are a popular Valentine's day delicacy.
No Valentine's Day blog would be complete without mentioning Paris, the city of love. A timeless combination of fine wine, world-class chocolatiers and beautiful architecture, it's easy to become enchanted. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets of Montemarte to find the "I love you" wall, an art installation dedicated to eternal devotion. Hundreds of lava tiles feature those three words in 311 different languages. If you want to push the boat out, then do exactly that—row to the aptly named Temple of Love, where many a wedding proposal has been accepted.
Those looking for a less traditional city break should head to Miami. Renowned for its iconic nightlife and party scene, Miami also has a softer, romantic side. Reconnect with a long walk on the beach, admire the art-deco architecture or go kayaking at sunset. Whatever you decide to do, with oceanfront restaurants and exquisite spas, there's a lot on offer for couples.
Secluded and stunningly beautiful, the Lake District provides an ideal setting for romance. Windswept walks, luxury spas and of course the majestic lakes all contribute to the magic of this area. Celebrate in style with a hot air balloon ride over Lake Windermere or jump aboard a historic steam train and take in the spectacular scenery with your loved one.
Is there anything more romantic than stargazing with the one you love? For the ultimate experience, travel to the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile, renowned for the clearest night skies on earth. An astronomer's paradise - with over 300 cloud-free days and minimal light pollution. See for yourself, here.
If Chile is a little out of reach, you can still search your local sky for the Valentine's day star. Officially known as the Betelgeuse star, its giant red glow appears in early February, every year.
Where would you like to travel for a romantic getaway? Tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know.
Published on 3rd February 2015
Published on 12th February 2015
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