Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and many couples are looking for a memorable way to enjoy some quality time with their special someone.
All Things Business caught up with Rob Gower of Dragonfly Traveller and got his recommendations for a romantic trip away this Valentine’s.
What could be more romantic than strolling hand-in-hand through winding cobbled streets, discovering new sights and hidden wonders together? This is what's waiting for you in Copenhagen. Copenhagen is compact and easy to get around. You'll find that you can cover all of the city’s most popular sights and attractions in a weekend without the need to rush. Why not head to one of Copenhagen's most fascinating museums, Thorvaldsen’s Museum, to see the well-known work entitled ‘Cupid and Psyche’. Cupid is waiting with his bow and arrow to make sure you'll be lucky in love! It is located right by the grand parliament building, Christiansborg Palace, and the canals where you can enjoy a relaxed tour of Copenhagen from the water.
Amsterdam is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so being here for Valentine’s Day is an opportunity not to be missed. Cosy up for dinner, take a boat cruise or just stroll through the old cobblestones streets this Valentine’s week in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is simply gushing with old city charm and what could be better than the romance of holding hands and ice skating together? Spin around the rink dubbed ‘the coolest in the Netherlands’ at , or if it's snow that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside, SnowPlanet in nearby Velsen-Zuidusually offers a Valentine's package with four hours on piste and a romantic dinner.
Enjoy a gondola ride, the perfect sunset, or go for a romantic walk over the numerous bridges over the canals stopping at a street side café along the way. Other things to do include taking a water taxi through the city of from Vaporeto to the Lido to take in the views across the lagoon to the Italian mainland. Another beautiful walk is on Sant’Erasmo through the fields of artichokes.
If you can, also visit the island of Burano, where you can see all the colourful homes along the waterside – a great experience away from the city bustle for a romantic afternoon.
Now Bangkok may not be at the top of your list of romantic locations but when you are at the roof terrace of the city’s funkiest roof top bar at the Hotel Muse, known as The Speakeasy, the view is just break-taking and has inspired many a romantic moment. Whilst in Bangkok, get out early and discover some of the historic sites. Take a tour to see the floating markets and some of the well-known temples – Wat Phra Kaew and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha are well worth a visit. When you are looking to grab lunch, try the street food – it is amazing and freshly cooked! Then join in with the locals at Kri Yoga for a blend of yoga, fitness and Pilates done the Thai way, topped off with a visit to the Jasmine Spa. If you are in Bangkok over a weekend, the Chatuchak Weekend Markets are a must too.
Vilamoura in the Algarve region of Portugal is also a great place for couples with its large marina, golf courses and casino, and sandy Vilamoura Beach. It is also home to the Anantara Vilamoura Resort, a quiet retreat overlooking lush golf greens. Drift between five luxurious pools and embark on a journey of wellness that includes packages such as rejuvenation and anti-aging, romantic retreats, sleep therapy and detoxes.
Rob and Lisa Gower of Dragonfly Traveller work as travel PAs, building bespoke holidays and trips for their customers. Call 01604 661100 or visit www.dragonflytraveller.co.uk to find out more.