Valentine's Day 2017: Great ideas for romantic breaks

Adler Thermae romantic spa break Tuscany

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and if you're looking to make this year one to remember, a romantic holiday with your partner is the ultimate way to celebrate.

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We've picked some terrific short breaks and unusual getaways in the UK and abroad for you to really impress your loved one while enjoying the most romantic day of the year in a magical location. Whatever your budget or holiday style, you'll love our ideas for a 2017 Valentine's Day break...

Soak up the spa life in Tuscany

Is there anywhere more romantic than Italy for a Valentine's escape? In breathtaking southern Tuscany you and your lover can experience the UNESCO World Heritage views of Val d'Orcia, a plethora of outdoor activities to try together and top-notch spa treatments on a wellness holiday for two at Adler Thermae. The hotel boasts natural thermal waters and a fantastic location for walking, mountain biking and yoga. When it comes to spa bliss, the Rasul Bath, private Salt Grotto and Water Zen experiences are ideal for couples, while the healing thermal pools, sauna, steam and relaxation areas will heighten your level of relaxation. Rates start from €258 per person per night on a half-board basis and include full access to the spa, as well as the indoor and outdoor fitness programme.

Grass hut on tropical beach

Feel the love (and sunshine) in Jamaica

Why just celebrate Valentine's over a weekend? For couples who fancy splashing out on a longer break over Valentine's Day itself, you can head for sun, sea and sand over 14 nights with a five-star winter sun holiday in Jamaica. Average February temperatures on the Caribbean island reach a warm 31C and at the adults-only Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, couples can experience little touches to their romantic holiday, including the powder-soft sandy beach which is exclusively for hotel guests. There is also a spa and couples looking to learn a new skill together can try the diving and water sports available on site. Loveholidays offers two weeks at the hotel from £3,820 per person on an all-inclusive basis, including flights from Gatwick on 9 February.

Northern Lights romantic holiday

Witness the magical Northern Lights in Norway

Follow Harry and Meghan's romantic footsteps by heading to the far north of Norway and sleeping in a glass-roofed Crystal Lavvo, made for stargazing and watching the Northern Lights from your double bed. Dog sleds, snowmobiles, a reindeer sleigh ride or whale watching and the local culture will enhance your romantic adventure as you explore the wonders of Tromsø and the Lyngen Alps. The Aurora Zone's four-night Northern Lights holiday costs from £965 per person for a 13 February departure and includes all activities, cold weather clothing, guides and instructors, full-board accommodation and transfers.



Hole up like two peas in a pod in Berkshire

For a vintage romantic glamping weekend in the UK where you can make the most of Britain's beautiful scenery and spend quality time together in a quirky holiday pod, look no further than Hollington Park Glamping, a luxury camping site set within a peaceful woodland clearing, just 45 minutes from London. Located close to Highclere Castle, couples are treated to Downton Abbey-style bone china with everything you could need provided, including bed linen, cutlery and crockery and barbecue equipment. There is a covered cooking area with gas stove and barbecue outside, along with a part-covered outdoor terrace for al-fresco dining, whatever the weather. You will also find a brick-built fire pit to snuggle up around in the evenings. This affordable break costs from £198 for two nights per couple with Pitchup.com, based on 10 February arrivals.

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Treat the person you love by taking them to see the natural masterpiece of the Great Barrier Reef and flying over the Heart Reef in the Whitsundays. The Heart Reef was naturally formed in the shape of a heart and is the ideal way to woo your loved one in Australia. The reef is best seen from the air and is one date you'll never forget.

If you're looking for the perfect place to meet your date in London, it's at the Meeting Place at St Pancras Station. The beautifully restored station is often compared to New York's romantic Grand Central Station and is home to the nine-metre sculpture The Meeting Place, which sits at the heart of the station showing two lovers locked in an embrace. Looking for a place to go once you've met at the sculpture? Just catch a train and see where it takes you!

A cemetery probably isn't the first place you'd think of wooing someone, but the Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris is definitely worth a visit on a romantic date. It's where the tomb of 12th-century lovers Abelard and Heloise lies. The relationship between philosopher Abelard and his student Heloise scandalised the local community and when Heloise fell pregnant they were soon separated. It was only after they died that they were reunited with their remains resting eternally together in the Cimetière du Père Lachaise.

Whether for a stroll through the hidden Shakespeare Garden, a carriage ride through the park or lunch at The Boathouse Restaurant overlooking the lake, New York's Central Park is the ideal place for a romantic rendezvous and is a must-visit if you're in the city. Don't miss ice skating at the Wollman Rink if travelling in winter and look out for Cleopatra's Needle.

According to tradition, couples who visit the Alley of the Kiss in Guanajuato, Mexico must kiss while standing on the third step to receive 15 years of happiness and if they don't will have seven years of bad luck. The tradition comes from the story of Ana and Carlos who fell in love here but were forbidden to see each other by Ana's father. They went against his wishes and one night Ana's father saw them together and in a rage he put a dagger through her heart killing her. Carlos also died while trying to protect her.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany was the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland and is a magical attraction for couples to visit. Explore the grand interior and admire the architecture of the beautiful building. The fairytale castle is surrounded by forests and lakes and was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat, before it opened to the public in 1886 when he died.

As the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, Petra tou Romiou or Aphrodite's Rock in Pafos is the ultimate beach spot for a romantic date. Bring a picnic basket and watch the sunset with the turquoise blue waves crashing against the rocks. It's also said that if you swim around the Aphrodite Rock, you'll be blessed with eternal beauty.

India's Taj Mahal is not only a landmark admired by architects, it's one of the world's most romantic buildings where lovers meet. The monument was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who he fell in love with at first sight. The love story behind the majestic Taj Mahal and its stunning architecture make it the perfect place to visit on a romantic break.

The French capital's Eiffel Tower is the epitome of romance and one of the most iconic buildings in the world, so what better way to impress the person you love than by visiting the stunning landmark? You can stand underneath the structure, climb the first and second levels and eat in the tower's restaurants. There are 300 steps from the ground floor to the first level, so if you're looking to make the romantic gesture of proposing when you reach the top, you may want to catch your breath first!

Relive the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet at Juliet's House in the Italian city of Verona. The famous balcony where Romeo swore his eternal love for Juliet in Shakespeare's play is visited by lovers from all around the world who come to touch the bronze statue of Juliet hoping to instantly fall in love and get married. You can enter the house and stand on the balcony, see the costumes worn by performers of the play and check out the furniture of the Capulet family.

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