Valentine's Day Gifting Done Right
1/4 Instead of… just a romantic dinner
Take her on a gourmet-themed European cruise
Whisk your partner away on a culinary journey in the Mediterranean, Baltics or Scandinavia. And if you don't want the hassle of planning it, Oceania Cruises offers over 20 customised trips to choose from.
A sampe two-week voyage on board the lavish Marina and Riviera includes a stopover in Slovenia, where you’ll learn about sustainable fish farming at Fonda Fish Farm, before tucking into lunch at Hisa Torka, a famous local restaurant.
You’ll also get to visit Corfu, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, to see the historic sites and experience shopping at a local market in the historic Old Town. The day will end with a cooking class on traditional Greek cuisine.
Visit oceaniacruises.com for more information.
2/4 Instead of… a bottle of fine wine
Splurge on a spa and winery stay at Margaret River
If you and your love are into wines, a week-long staycation at Empire Retreat and Spa in Margaret River, Australia is a must. It’s situated within 12 acres of lush vineyards, so, naturally, wine tours and tastings of cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays—the region’s stars—are part of the itinerary. That said, couple time is perhaps best savoured in the comfort of the retreat's gorgeous private suites, which includes access to its signature spa, complete with stone baths and rainforest-themed showers.
Visit empireretreat.com for more information.
3/4 Instead of a... romantic staycation
Invest in a health and wellness retreat to Bali
A health and wellness retreat at Como Shambhala Estate in Ubud, Bali is ideal when you want to keep to each other’s company with minimal distractions (good to note: mobile phones are not recommended here).
But there are plenty of couple programmes to keep you entertained while you reboot your system. Take in some yoga or pilates, and evem a class in healthy cooking. Otherwise, long walks within its 23-acre property is highly recomended. When you get hungry, Glow Restaurant provides delicious and healthy nourishment. Just make sure you don’t miss out on the signature Como Shambhala massages before you leave.
Visit comohotels.com/comoshambhalaestate for more information.
4/4 Instead of… a heart-shaped box of chocolates
Partake in a chocolate making class
For a surprise that doesn’t invove lugging luggage or new swimwear, a chocolate making workshop at Chocolate Academy sure beats a tacky box of store-bought bon bons. An upcoming class to consider is all about discovering pralines and other chocolatey, gems taught by chef Agus Supriyadi.
Not only will she be able to indulge in her favourite treats, but gaining a basic foundation in making chocolates from scratch means more homemade pleasures anytime she wants—she might even let you lick the spoon.
Visit chocolate-academy.com for more information.