Make Valentineís Day 2013 one to remember with luxury spa breaks and getaways.
For many people, Valentineís Day is the chance to demonstrate to their partner how much they mean to them, by making romantic gestures and exchanging gifts. Treating Valentineís Day like an obligation isnít likely to create the right effect for either partner, but embracing the opportunity to get closer to your partner and do something special can make 14 February one of the most anticipated days of the year.
If youíre just starting out in a serious relationship or you feel like youíre running out of original ideas, here are five creative ways to celebrate this special day, suited to people of all budgets.
1. Breakfast in bed -
If youíre spending the day at home, give your partner the life of luxury with breakfast in bed and other romantic meals throughout the day, so they never have to set foot in the kitchen. Heart-shaped toast and eggs can be easily prepared using cookie cutters, and candles can be the perfect accompaniment to any evening dish. Find out his or her favourite meals and learn how to prepare them in advance, to ensure nothing goes wrong on the special day.
2. DIY gifts -
If you have a creative flair, you can avoid the commercialization of the holiday and add a personal touch with hand-made gifts. Depending on your partnerís personality, these may be practical gifts for the home or their car or can be purely to set the right mood.
3. Romantic getaway -
Whisking your partner away for a Valentineís Day break is sure to be appreciated, but only if you put in the effort to make sure it will be a trip to remember. You can save on a luxury hotel
by booking in advance or at the last minute, though advance bookings are recommended as hotels in popular locations tend to sell out fast over the Valentineís weekend. Traditional romantic cities are Paris and Venice, both easily reached with flights and Paris via the Eurostar to avoid the hassle of the airport.
4. Spa breaks -
Whether your partner is a spa devotee or hasnít tried the experience before, a luxury spa break
isnít likely to go wrong. Well-appointed spa hotels have opened in a number of locations throughout the UK, from bustling city centres to country retreats, so youíll be able to get plenty out of the experience yourself even if you donít get involved in the spa therapy. If you donít choose to accompany your partner, arranging for a friend or family member to go with them will ensure they have good company.
5. Revisit old haunts -
If you and your partner have been together for a number of years, you could consider retracing the steps of those early days by visiting the same places and getting involved in the activities you used to do back then. As well as being a nostalgic trip down memory line, getting back in touch with those early romantic feelings could help to reignite a spark.