Today is Valentine’s Day, but why should romance only be restricted to an allotted 24 hours each year? Especially as the last two years of restrictions have made it harder to find love and mark this event with our significant others.
In a snub to tradition, we’ve already seen some continuing to embrace the holiday season well into the new year and refusing to consign Christmas trees to the loft or the compost bin, instead redecorating with a seasonal twist. Why not apply this to the day of love too?
Perhaps, after all we’ve been through, it’s time to forget Valentine’s ‘Day’ and celebrate Valentine’s ‘Year’.
Here are some inspirational places and ways to revere romance all year round:
Enjoy Champagne in the great outdoors
A bottle of Champagne is synonymous with a special celebration, so what better way to show your love for someone than sharing a bottle with them in a stunning location in the Scottish Highlands?
The Torridon’s Champagne Moments make all this possible. Whether you choose a sun-soaked afternoon in the woodlands, dusk falling over the sea loch or star gazing – Champagne Moments shared with someone special can make memories that last a lifetime.
Learn, grow and discover together
Love is all about sharing experiences together. Head to Oxford for a memorable one at Vanburgh House Hotel Oxford, the starting point for an exclusive walking tour of the city. Designed to make you feel extra-special, the tour is custom-designed based on your curiosities – whether that’s architecture or Harry Potter.
Show your love for the planet and your pooch
Explore Tower Hamlets and give something back by staying at The Corner London City – The Greenest Hotel in London. Borrow one of the free bicycles from the hotel and explore Brick Lane in carbon-neutral style. As it’s a dog-friendly hotel, you can also bring along your beloved pooch if you want.
A tall order
Indulge your animal-loving partner with a stay in one of Hotel Indigo Edinburgh’s giraffe-themed rooms and a visit to the zoo to see five new giraffes. The rooms were created to celebrate the return of these majestic creatures to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo after 15 years and proceeds from each stay are donated to the wildlife conservation charity.
Share sunset views
What is more romantic than sharing a stunning view together as the sun sets over the water? At The Duke of Cornwall in Plymouth, this can be done all year round through the hotel’s panoramic windows over Plymouth Sound Bay where you may catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins or Minke whales. For a truly special experience, head to the Duke of Cornwall’s Tower Suite. Here guests have exclusive use of the Tower for two hours and can order afternoon tea via their own personal butler.
Celebrate your ‘Galentine’
Love isn’t just reserved for a significant other! This Valentine’s, get together with your best girlfriend, mum, sister or colleague to enjoy afternoon tea with a view at The Cottage in the Wood Malvern – which is really a hotel on the hill! Add a glass of champagne to toast to love and friendship, and celebrate that love comes in all shapes and sizes.