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Romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s not long to go until Valentine’s Day, and if you’ve yet to decide how to show your beloved how special they are, here are some romantic ideas to inspire you.

Last-minute city break

Nothing says romance like whisking someone off on a last-minute city break. Whether you choose a classic ‘city of love’ like Paris or Venice, or you push the boat out with a more far-flung destination such as New York or Dubai, a romantic short break is the ultimate Valentine’s Day gesture. Get your trip off to a luxurious start by hiring a chauffeur to get you to and from the airport in style, sparing you the hassle and stress of travelling and parking with all your luggage.

Local hotel stay

If you don’t have the time or budget for a full-blown overseas adventure, a romantic overnight hotel stay closer to home could be just the ticket. The Cotswolds has numerous luxury hotels that fit the bill perfectly, such as Dormy House near Broadway or Lords of the Manor in picturesque Upper Slaughter. You could make the occasion even more special by booking afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne for when you arrive – with breakfast in bed next morning, of course.

Spa day

A spa day is a relaxing way to mark Valentine’s Day, with plenty of ways you can treat your loved one to some extra indulgence. Champagne, couples’ massage and a hot tub session could all feature on a romantic spa day. There are lots of fantastic spas to choose from in Oxfordshire should you choose this enticing option; here’s some more inspiration.

Take to the skies

Love is in the air! Another way to wow someone special is to take to the skies over some of the places that mean something to the two of you. How about a helicopter flight over the place where you had your first date or an aeroplane ride over the house you share?

The food of love

A cosy dinner in a restaurant or at home may be the standard Valentine’s Day activity, but if you wanted to do something a little different, you have plenty of other foodie options. Why not take a cookery lesson together, or enjoy a wine tasting session? As long as it’s not raining, a picnic in the park in the chilly February air could also be romantic if you wrap up warm and take hot drinks with you.

Country walk

Oxfordshire is a stunning county to explore at any time of year, and that includes winter. If a picnic seems too ambitious but you’d still like to get outdoors, a bracing walk ending up by a roaring fire in a country pub could be a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Day (if you’re able to take a day off, that is). You don’t even have to go far to do so; a walk across Port Meadow to the Perch or the Trout is always a treat if you’re based in Oxford.

However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day, don’t forget that we’re here to make the occasion extra special.