Valentine’s day isn’t far away now, so it s a good idea to start planning. I know for a lot of people it might be quite a chilled night. You might just get together for a girls night and have a meal with friends. If you are in a relationship, it is only right to do something together. I know you don’t need a specific date to show that you love someone. But we all need a little more love in this world, so why not embrace it? Here are some fun date night ideas that you could try, and they don’t have to cost a lot!
At Home Spa
Booking a spa day can be expensive and might be hard to coordinate both of your schedules. Why not try an at the home spa instead? You could run a bubble bath and light some lovely scented candles for your other half to enjoy. You could then give each other massages and perhaps a facial. It is always fun taking selfies with a facemask on. Bonus points if you get your other half to put on a face mask too!
Depending on your budget, you could eat out or plan a romantic dinner at home. This is the cliche thing for valentines but who can say no to good food? If you have a meal at home, you could both dress up to make it an extra special event. Decorate with candles, add valentines flowers and you’ll be set. Dinner at home works great for parents with young children as it will save on the cost of a babysitter.
Take it outside
With warm nights and daylight savings making daylight last longer, why not head out and make the most of it. There’s a lot to do this time of year; from roof top cinemas, music events and a lot more. Check out your local listings to see what is going on in your area. We love going Gold Grass (think Gold Class cinema but with a bean bag instead of a recliner) at Moonlight cinema (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) for a romantic night out. They are playing romantic movies all this week too!
What about stargazing? OK, how romantic? If the weather is good and it is a clear night, head out for a walk at the beach or a park. Find a place that you can set down a blanket and look at the stars. There are a lot of apps that help you to recognise the constellations so be sure to get one of those before you go. You could exchange gifts when you’re out, take a picnic and some chocolates to nibble on. Such a fun and cute date but low cost.
With the unpredictability of Covid19 cases and border closures, staycations are in your own area are IN. What better way to support local hospitality than with your partner or bestie?
A lot of hotels are offering special Valentine’s weekend packages, so why not take advantage of it? One of our favourite hotels, Hotel Chadstone, has an amazing special Romance package. The pamper-filled package includes a romantic overnight stay in a Deluxe Suite, breakfast for two, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a decadent box of Koko Black chocolates and complimentary car parking. The Romance package starts from $454 in a Deluxe Suite and is bookable online, now.
To complement the Valentine’s Day overnight experience, the hotel’s Altus Rooftop Bar and Pastore restaurants are offering two romantic dinner options which can be added to the overnight package.
Altus Rooftop & Bar has two sittings of a gourmet, savory and sweet High Tea offering which comes with Champagne and a red rose on arrival, while Pastore Restaurant is offering a decadent four-course Valentine’s Day dinner created by Director of Culinary, Deepak Mishra.
With Champagne on arrival, guests at Pastore can expect to enjoy an entrée of either king fish crudo or gnocco fitto with prosciutto, followed by saffron mafaldine with soffrito and Morton Bay bug pasta with wild sorrel, then a choice of a 250g wagyu porterhouse or barramundi for main. Topped off with the restaurant’s signature tiramisu for dessert. Yum!
Want to head out into nature and seclusion? Getaway in one of Camplify‘s boutique campervans like Rosie The Vintage Viscount or One Lazy Sunday. These vans come fully equipped with everything you need for a romantic getaway with your loved one.
There will be a tonne of places that you could volunteer for the evening at. Think about shelters or other charities, contact them and then get involved. It will be so rewarding doing things for others, but you’ll have a great time together. Total relationship goals!
Whatever you choose to do on February 14th, I hope you have the happiest of valentine’s days!