As it’s Valentine’s Day, we thought it only appropriate to compile a list of outstanding destinations fit for romance.
Forget the classic ‘most romantic cities in the world’ - discover somewhere new and alluring. Instead of focussing on the traditional, clichéd getaways, we’ve taken inspiration from our lovely customers this week. Some of our luxury hampers have been on a little whirlwind of an adventure this Valentine’s, starting off in the sleepy village of North Carlton, Lincolnshire, whisked away to London, then venturing on to a plane to some very exotic and surprisingly romantic destinations.
Take hamper number 1, one of our Indulgence Traditional hampers jetted off to Tokyo, Japan today. This is a city not to be missed - it’s buzzing and vibrant and even through it’s fast paced and energetic, there is heaps of romance to be found here.
Forget the Gondolas in Venice, try a river cruise down the stunning Kanda River, take photos of the famous bridges, catch glimpses of the wildlife, count the cherry blossom trees and experience both the historical and modern Tokyo.
Enjoy a romantic sunset stroll down Tokyo’s Rainbow bridge, whilst enjoying the beautiful views of Tokyo’s waterfront. If you want to see incredible, sweeping views over the whole city, then check out the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories, towering 202 metres above ground level.
Escape from the lively buzz of the city and experience the real nature in Tokyo’s only valley, the Todoroki Valley. Take a picnic and enjoy a feast by the waterfall, plush greenery and flowing streams.
Hamper number 2, a Luxury Traditional Hamper will be flying over to Portland (aptly nicknamed The City of Roses) in the US later this week.
In line with the nickname, the International Rose Test Gardens, the oldest official, public rose test garden in the States is a must see. Walk among 7,000 remarkable rose bushes for free. It’s seems the perfect setting for a romantic proposal...no pressure.
National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, also known as The Grotto has 62 acres of greenery. It’s an internationally-renowned Catholic shrine and botanical garden and is the most peaceful and inviting retreat. Numerous sculptures, various gardens, paths, shrines and chapels, this is a beautiful place of solitude, peace and prayer.
Hamper number 3 our Premium Traditional Hamper ventured off to Toronto, Canada. Here couples can enjoy magnificent, glittering 360° views of the Toronto skyline at the popular Rooftop Lounge, Thomson Toronto. Drink delicious smoothies by the infinity pool during the day and sip creative cocktails in the cool cabanas by night.
The David Dunlop Observatory is a great place for a starry-eyed date night, gazing out into the night sky through the largest optical telescope in Canada.
Yesterday, hamper number 4, a Grand Gluten Free Hamper travelled to Alnmouth in Northumberland, UK. It might not be as exotic as the aforementioned, but Northumberland has been labelled as one of the UKs top honeymoon destination and it’s not hard to see why.
Shallow rivers, tumbling waterfalls, unspoilt valleys, hidden ponds - the peaceful and impressive Cheviot Hills, on the North side of the National Park is the perfect spot for a romantic picnic for two.
After visiting Hadrian’s wall and Bamburgh Castle, check out Northumberland Dark Sky Park – Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. It’s one of the best places to experience some spectacular stargazing – on clear nights you can see millions of stars, the Milky Way and even the Andromeda Galaxy – incredibly romantic.
Michelin stars, natural beauty, stunning views, quirky restaurants, sparkling city lights, scenic cycling routes, horse riding along the beach, sensational spas, quiet fishing spots, starry nights, history, deserted beaches, watersports, landmarks and bustling bars there are just too many romantic adventures to be had to stay at home this Valentine’s!