Valentine’s Day. Love it or loathe it, the expectation to do something is indisputable. Whether you’re blissfully besotted or a serene singleton celebrating friendships, we have rounded up the most stylish suggestions for you. Read on to find the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day across the UK…
There’s no doubt about it, February’s frosty weather is enough reason for anyone to go into hibernation mode. But instead of opting for a Netflix night in, why not head to the honey-stoned city of Bath for a rejuvenating getaway? The city’s ancient Thermae Spa has a fabulously relaxing thermal bath with ‘lazy river’, a new wellness suite with multiple steam rooms and treatments, and a heated rooftop pool from where you can gaze over the city’s historic rooftops while you float. If that’s too public for you, book a session in the excellent spa at No.15 Great Pulteney, which also has fabulously quirky rooms and suites to impress your other half.
Put down the Milk Tray and step away from the clichés, because we have found a feast-worthy experience for all you chocoholics out there. Cocoa Crystal host chocolate workshops in Brighton where loved ones can spend an evening learning to temper (and taste) organic chocolate, alongside a glass of bubbly. You can book a private session, too. And if you happen to be broken hearted this Valentine’s Day, remember that French doctors used to prescribe chocolate to women with broken hearts. Do not let your single status curb your cocoa enthusiasm. Solo or coupled up, stay at the lively Artist Residence Brighton – eclectic bedrooms, superb cocktails.
The saying goes ‘the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’, but what if you’re not quite the Nigella protégé? Fear not, as renowned London cooking school L’Atelier Des Chefs can lend a helping hand, teaching you how to whip up the finest cuisine for your partner. From Mexican tacos to Spanish paella, bring a big appetite to enjoy your creations with a well-deserved glass of wine. Afterwards, splurge on a stay at one of our London hotels. Or if London’s too far for you, check out our other UK hotels offering cooking classes.
For many, a romantic evening isn’t complete without a bottle of fine wine. But if you’re looking to impress that special someone (and your taste buds), why not go all out with a sophisticated wine tasting for two? Whether you’re a connoisseur or your knowledge only stretches as far as ordering the house white, this is a surefire way to relax any first date nerves and get the conversation flowing.
Explore our collection of hotels offering this boozy bonding experience here.
When it comes to dates, art galleries can provide the perfect backdrop: they let you talk as much or as little as you like, while gently probing each other’s tastes and subtly learning about each other. Escape to the countryside at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a pioneering world-class gallery and arts centre, with innovative exhibitions of under-the-radar artists, as well as lovely gardens and a buzzy café-bar. Afterwards, adjourn to At The Chapel, a chic chapel conversion that also happens to boasts the best pizzas in town. What’s not to love?
As a young girl growing up in South East Asia, Emma was able to soak up as much information as she could about the many cultures that surrounded her. However, this thirst for worldly knowledge forever left her feeling unfulfilled with the infinite amount of the world had yet to discover. Now studying journalism and public relations at university in Bristol, Emma combines her passions for writing and travel at i-escape.