10 Romantic Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

02/11/2011 04:55 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Amy Chan Luxury Travel Expert. Relationship Columnist, Founder of

This Valentine's Day, forgo the typical (red roses, teddy bears) and opt for the out of this world. Here's a list of 10 romantic date ideas guaranteed to set your paramour's heart a-flutter:

  1. Steam up in a natural Japanese onsen (i.e. hot spring) in Japan's country side. Most onsens apply a "no clothing" rule. How convenient.
  2. Take up an afternoon cooking class in the culinary capital of Paris and learn how to make a souffle. Then devour the goods over candlelight. Oui, oui, oui.
  3. Zoom over beaches and glide through rain forests on a zip-lining tour in Costa Rica. Look out for white faced monkeys and colorful toucans native to the area.
  4. Connect over compassion in New Orleans, building a Habitat for Humanity house together. After a rewarding hard day's work, unwind with the locals and dance zydeco underneath the stars. Finish the night off with a midnight snack of hot beignets dusted with powdered sugar and black coffee. Oh, and don't forget to kiss the powder off your honey's nose!
  5. Bicycle along the rolling vineyards of Napa Valley. Get buzzed off life. That, and your fourth glass of vino.
  6. Find a cozy spot on your lover's lap in the Lapland region of Finland to watch rare blue-hued Northern Lights undulate across dark skies. Cold hands, warm heart -- right.
  7. Skate around iconic Wollman Rink in New York's Central Park. Hold hands, watch your cheeks turn rosy red; follow with a healthy helping of hot chocolate.
  8. Spend a weekend at Viceroy Anguilla in a rooftop suite with a plunge pool overlooking blue Caribbean waters. Ease into the day with a couple's massage. Sup and sip the night away with a three-course dinner and lots of bubbly.
  9. Salsa under the stars in Sao Paulo, Brazil with the help of a few pitchers of sangria and a live band.
  10. Dress up in your nautical blues and whites and spend the day sailing the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Pack a picnic to share during sunset.


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Amy Chan is Director of Marketing for the luxury hotel reviewer, Kiwi Collection. She is also a relationship columnist, and has her own blog at