If candlelit dinners, films, theatres and weekends away aren’t original enough, here are some other ideas:
- walk along the beach – even in winter this can be romantic, especially on a west coast when the sun is setting.
- boat trip – on a river, canal or the sea, either hire a boat for an hour or take a guided trip somewhere.
- the London Eye – fantastic views over London, and nothing to do but admire them for half an hour or so. If you met in London, can you see the place?
- breakfast picnic – why not get up early and go and watch the sun rise?
- fair or theme park – remember the waltzer? The Tunnel of Love? Go on, have a go!
- wildlife park or zoo – make sure they have your partner’s favourite animal there.
- museum or art gallery – have a gentle stroll around, just enjoying each other’s company in the quiet atmosphere, then share a pudding in the shop.
- go racing (horse or dogs!) – you have the full range to choose from,, dog track on a Thursday to Royal Ascot!
The most important thing is that you spend quality time together, having fun!
When you think of a romantic short break, surely Paris is the first European city to come to mind. Whether you’re trying to recreate the lyrics of Abba’s ‘Our Last Summer’ (or any number of other romantic songs!), or just want to spend time with your loved one exploring the cafes, bridges, churches and monuments of this fantastic city, a trip to a European city will be well received by the other half.
Thinking about it, it might be worth taking note of those lyrics to give you some ideas for things to do!
If you fancy somewhere other than Paris, take a look at all the different cities covered by the first two links on the right – Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Nice and many more, but note that these first two don’t include your flights (the Paris deals include Eurostar).
Unsurprisingly, many hoteliers have realised that giving you your perfect romantic break makes sense for everyone, so there are plenty of choices for breaks designed with couples in mind. Have a look at a few of these…
A champagne balloon flight is a marvellous experience (though not for those with a fear of heights!). The winter is in many ways the best time for this, as you can fly during the day, whereas in summer flights are either very early in the morning or late in the evening. Offset that against the temperature (but of course you won’t feel much wind, as you’re moving with it). And to end with champagne, well… Picture the scene – the two of you, floating serenely above a beautiful landscape, with nothing to do but admire the view and talk to each other…
(Usually, you’ll be sharing the basket with other people doing the same, but as you can see from the links on the right, you can hire the balloon for just the two of you!)
If you’re stuck at home with no babysitter, or just fancy a quiet night in, why not buy or hire a romantic video to watch with a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates? Turn the lights down low and enjoy the romance.
If you can get hold of the first film you saw together at the cinema, then great. Otherwise, try one of these: