Have real fun in Chicago! Learn how to dance salsa, how to make truffles, how to toss a pizza at bar Toma or take a helicopter tour and view the city from new heights. The holiday is also coinciding with Chicago Theater Week, the perfect time to snatch deals on the city’s best productions. How does this sound you?
Amsterdam! Tour the canals at night in a vintage vessel via Private Boat Tours. Book a ‘loge package’ at the Tuschinski, a beautifully preserved Art Deco cinema, which includes a plush loveseat for two, plus a drink and snack. Pick up specialty chocolates from local favorites Puccini Bomboni or Huize van Wely. Aw!
Paris! No surprise though! There’s a special on boudoir sessions with photographer Krystal Kenney, and the chance to take a class with La Cuisine Paris making chocolates and macarons. Also, Crazy Horse is offering a sultry multi-act performance with champagne and souvenir photo for guests.
Melbourne! Take a hot air balloon ride over the city with Global Ballooning or join the locals for Cupid’s Undie Run, a one-mile charity dash. You can rent a hand-built rowing skiff from the Fairfield Boathouse and ride along the Yarra River, or take in a special picnic for two in one of the many intimate nooks at Rippon Lea Estate. Inspiring!
Tuscany! Head to the hills in February and you will have this beautiful countryside all to yourself. Stay at Il Ruscello, a beautifully restored watermill for two people, with terracotta floors, beamed ceilings, exposed stone and French doors opening out onto a terrace. A glorious isolation!
Marrakesh! There is something hugely romantic about disappearing through an unmarked door in the medina into a coolly elegant hotel or ornately tiled cafe. Many of the riads in Marrakech have roof terraces where you can laze together, glass of wine in hand, watching the sun set over the rooftops…
Copenhagen! Take a boat tour on the canals of Christianshavn, a maritime area full of cobbled, nostalgic charm. Reserve a table at Noma, consistently awarded the title of world’s best restaurant. Once you’ve nibbled on the Michelin-starred treats like sea urchin and hazelnuts and lingered over the chocolate and egg liqueur, you’ll soon forget about the world.
Palermo! Visit the Vucciria and Ballarò markets, go to Monreale and admire the beautiful mosaics of the Dome and walk along the beach of Mondello to admire the wintery sunset. You can even do as the locals do and climb up Mount Pellegrino with a romantic picnic in hand to admire panoramic Sicilian views.
London! Cozy up in Discount Suit Company, and drink the Love Potion #9 cocktail designed for two. After, go to Sea Life London Aquarium for the Snorkeling with Sharks experience. You’ll be submerged into the water and separated from the creatures with nothing but a mesh net. What an extreme!
Barcelona! If you don’t get lost in love, you’re likely to get lost in the beguiling streets of the Barri Gòtic, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. You will get happily confused amongst all the vintage shops, cocktail bars and cafés. So where is your Saint Valentine’s destination? We hope our list will give you the right directions.