February 10, 2012
If you’re still in need of some Valentine’s Day inspiration then take a whirlwind trip around the world with us as we uncover some of the best happenings and enchanting escapades in a handful of our most romantic destinations…
First up, our very own capital city. Take a loved-up flight on the London Eye and get to see our famous skyline in all her glory. Time your ride for late afternoon as the lights on the Embankment start to twinkle and famous landmarks are lit-up against a (hopefully) dramatic winter sunset. A number of different Valentine’s packages are available, from the extravagant private Valentine’s Cupid Capsule for two, with champagne and pink truffles and your own personal host, to the more affordable Red Rose Experience, a 30 minute flight including chocolates and… yes, a red rose.
All aboard the Love Boat. Get yourselves down to Pier 81 on the Hudson River and settle down for dinner and a sunset cruise in one of World Yacht‘s luxury vessels. You’ll sail around New York Harbour for three hours – wrap up warm and get out on deck to fully appreciate the views of Lower Manhattan from the water – and you’ll enjoy a four-course meal at a private table. The Sweetheart package starts at $90 and the Romance is $125, which includes live music and champagne.
At the Ferry Building Marketplace, the 9th annual Food from the Heart event kicks off tonight in the Grand Nave, for a weekend of Valentine’s-inspired offerings from a range of merchants, artisan food producers and restaurateurs, including chocolate tastings and seasonal hors d’ouvres. Local Napa Valley vintners will be pouring the wines, and you’ll be entertained and serenaded by tango dancing and classical music. The event is free, with a small charge for food and wine samples.
Snuggle up in the back of an elegant carriage for two drawn by stately French Percheron horses and take a leisurely tour of central Cape Town. Your journey will start from the Castle of Good Hope and continue along past the bars and galleries of Buitenkant Street before heading into Company Gardens, where you’ll have the opportunity to disembark and share a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. If you’re elsewhere in the Western Cape, try a whale-watching carriage ride in Hermanus or a wagon trail ride in Napier.
Take to the skies for an exciting flight over Sydney’s beautiful northern beaches before your pilot makes a smooth landing on one of the more secluded stretches of sand, only accessible by seaplane or boat. Then you’ll be left to your own devices for a romantic picnic complete with Australian wine, beach rug and umbrella. There’s plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in the sea before the arrival of your Beaver seaplane for the return flight, during which you’ll circle over Sydney Opera House before landing. Visit Sydney Seaplanes for details.
Virgin Atlantic operates daily, direct flights from London Heathrow to all the above destinations.