And the UK's most un-romantic place is...

And Britain's least romantic place is...


Scunthorpe, the 'Industrial Garden Town' of North Lincolnshire, has received the dubious honour of being crowned the UK's most unromantic destination in a new poll.

It seems that being home to the largest steel processing centre in the country wasn't enough to bring out the British public's romantic side as it beat Bradford and Blackpool into second and third place to claim the top spot with 21 per cent of the votes.



The Lake District (pictured, above), with its combination of poetry and scenery saw it top the poll as the most romantic destination with 30 per cent of the votes. Cornwall and The Cotswolds coming in second and third place.

The poll was conducted by Hotels.com in the run up to Valentine's Day. It asked its visitors to vote for their most and least romantic places to visit in the UK.

A spokesman for the Hotels.com said: "We hope our list will prove inspirational to those looking to plan a last-minute romantic - or maybe unromantic - get away."

Some, however, aren't particularly impressed with Scunthorpe's latest accolade and have been quick to defend the town.

One North Lincolnshire council spokesman told local news site This is Scunthorpe: "We feel the perception is a little unfair. With internationally renowned restaurants such as Winteringham Fields, stately homes such as Normanby Hall and a Championship Golf course and spa resort from Q-Hotels on our doorstep, Scunthorpe really is a hidden gem."

Looking for something a little more saucy than Scunthorpe for your Valentine this year? Check out our selection of sensual ideas for 2013...

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Looking for the last word in privacy? Call off the search. One by The Five is a luxurious and hedonistic single-suite hotel with a number of sexy extras, including a cocktail station with all the ingredients for a special "love elixir" (champagne, cognac, berries, cinnamon and sugar), as well as a choice of five sensual fragrances to be diffused into your room. Clouds and fibre-optic stars surround the suspended "floating" designer bed, while a 24-hour concierge will be on hand during your stay to cater to your every need.
Price: Starts from £412.00 per room, per night. Visit onebythefive.com

The helpful staff at Hotel Barcelona Princess - on the world-famous Avenida Diagonal- have whipped up the perfect sensual Valentine's package, including accommodation in a Junior Suite with special romantic decoration, a sumptuous breakfast, a bottle of Cava and chocolate-covered strawberries, a free mini-bar and access to the sauna and pool. But the best bit? The offer also includes an “erotic kit” (plume, mask, lubricant, massage gel, condoms and lollipop included) to ensure a more-than-pleasurable stay.The hotel also boasts a sun terrace with pool on the 23rd floor with spectacular views of the city.
Price: £131 per room per night from 16 January to 31 March. Hotel Barcelona Princess is a member of Great Hotels of the World Premium Collection. Visit ghotw.com.

With frisky couples in mind, myhotels has partnered with erotic lifestyle brand 210th to create a naughty-but-nice package available at myhotel Bloomsbury, myhotel Chelsea and myhotel Brighton. All three hotels offer a cheeky box from 210th including a luxury vibrator, massage oil and pleasure balls, satin blindfolds and 25 saucy assignments to surprise each other. The package also includes an overnight stay and an energy-boosting (!) continental buffet breakfast for two the morning after.
Price: From £145, based on two people sharing. Visit myhotels.com or call  020 7637 2000.

Grand Hotel Kronenhof, a neo-Baroque property tucked away in a pretty Engadine valley, is offering a "Time for Two" Valentine's package that includes a 3 night stay with sumptuous breakfast buffet and daily Gourmet-Arrangement (half-board) in the Grand Restaurantwill and welcom Champagne in your room. Enjoy a romantic, private horse-drawn coach ride to Val Roseg. Relax for two hours in a private spa suite, where you can take a hydrojet bath together, before lounging on a double waterbed overlooking the snow-capped mountain peaks, followed by a simultaneous 25-minute aroma massage and a rasul ceremony in the steam bath. Sounds steamy, alright...
Price: Grand Hotel Kronenhof’s “Time for Two” three-night package costs from CHF 1240 (approx £832) per person and includes accommodation, gourmet half-board (including breakfast buffet and dinner in the one-star Michelin restaurant Kronenstübli), welcome Champagne, a private horse-drawn carriage to Val Roseg and exclusive use of the private spa suite for two hours.  Visit kronenhof.com.

Swap the sofa for a fabulously sophisticated treehouse at the upmarket spa hotel Chewton Glen in Hampshire. Your wrap-around balcony comes complete with its own hot tub, perfect for a night of romance. Relax in front of the wood burning stove and enjoy a candlelit dinner for two, as well as a sensual 90-minute couple's hot oil candle treatment in the luxury of your floating pavilion. You'll also receive a bottle of chilled Champagne and strawberries on arrival, together with a breakfast on both mornings.
Price: The 'Valentine's break' package starts from £610 per room, per night, and also includes full use of the spa and leisure facilities. Visit chewtonglen.com.

A three-day jet set to the Maldives? Very flash. The Beach House at Iruveli Maldives offers a host of sexy treats, including a private beach dinner for two under the stars, an 80-minute Couple Experience treatment, daily breakfast in Four Corners restaurant, 3 course dinner in any a la carte restaurants or Theme Buffet Night in Four Corners and round-trip transfers from Male.
Price: $1,417.00 per room per night (approx. £855) plus taxes and service charge. Valid for selected departures during February. Visit beachhousecollection.com.

Exotic Marrakech just oozes sensuality, and a stay at the Dar Jaguar, an ancient riad that has been lovingly restored as a beautiful private guesthouse, will not disappoint. Get cosy in your room with Champagne and strawberries upon arrival; enjoy a full body massage; take an exotic excursion beyond Marrakech to the waterfalls of Ouzoud; have a cooking lesson followed by a three-course candlelit dinner on the terrace overlooking the medina; and receive a private professional guided tour of the souk.
Price: From £600 per couple not including flights. Visit mantiscollection.com

Falling asleep under the spectacular African night sky after an indulgent bush bath in beautiful natural surroundings is a seductive, intimate experience. Lie back and reflect on an incredible day of game viewing in Botswana’s Okavango Delta in a private bath for two under the stars at the five-star Sanctuary Baines’ Camp. Each suite has a four-poster “sky bed” that can then be rolled out onto the candlelit wooden deck for an intimate night under the star-filled African sky.
Price: Visit sanctuaryretreats.com or call 020 7190 7728.

If you can't afford to star-gaze in a bath in Botswana, there's a wonderfully romantic - and purse-friendly- alternative in picturesque Dorset. The Bothy is a stylish self-catering sanctuary for "grown ups only, please", according to its website. With its private courtyard and copper bateau tub, this is the place for skinny dipping under the stars. Valentine’s visitors also get a goodie bag with locally made massage balm and homemade chocolate truffles, to warm things up even more.
Where:, Launceston Farm, Tarrant Launceston, Blandford Forum, Dorset.
Price: £325 for a three-night break for two. Visit sawdays.co.uk or call 01258 830528

Sleeping beauties will be able to enjoy a luxurious package with a loved one this Valentine’s Day at the five-star St. James’s Hotel and Club. This is the perfect choice for lovebirds who want a relaxing, private break. 

You and your Valentine will slip between fine thread-count sheets in one of the hotel's well-appointed Junior Suites. A chilled bottle of Champagne will await your arrival, whilst fine-dining and inspired imbibing are mere moments  away at the downstairs bar or Michelin-starred Seven Park Place. But if you can't prise yourself away from your beautiful boudoir, then laze in bed with your beloved, a flute of fizz in-hand and a classic black-and-white in-room movie flickering in front of  you; in the morning, laze with a late English breakfast and receive delivery of a sensuous massage hamper courtesy of stylish spa brand Cowshed. Lock yourselves away for the rest of the weekend, light the seductive room candle and celebrate Valentine’s Day by pampering each other with the bath and body oil provided in the hamper.
The Ultimate Lay-In package includes overnight stay in a Junior Suite, a chilled bottle of champagne upon arrival, English breakfast served in your room, a Cowshed sensous massage hamper and 2 champagne cocktails served at William's Bar and Bistro.

Price: This relaxing, romantic break costs £520 per couple, per night.This exclusive offer is only available from the 14th – 16th February, for a minimum stay of two nights.
For reservations, call 020 7316 1600 or email reservations@stjameshotelandclub.com.

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