Break out of the marketing-led chaotic blitzkrieg of Valentine’s Day, by reclaiming romance all year round! At LIVEINSTYLE.COM we’ve charted out an amorous map of activities that will be as exciting as they are romantic. Read on and start planning…
SPLASH OUT ON A STAYCATION
Don’t have time to fly out for a day-trip to an exotic beach? Save yourself the stress of bookings, delayed flights and overseas hiccups by checking into a plush hotel in your very own city for a day or two, for some unfettered intimacy and R&R. There are no interruptions and all the expected luxuries are at hand, including massages and candlelight dinner for two — minus the hassle of planning it. That rose petal-sprinkled bubble bath will be so much more dreamy without ‘clean up’ ringing at the back of your mind!
TAKE A DANCE LESSON
Abandon your respective Zumba, spinning and bench-press schedules for the day, to book a lesson in old-world charm. Opt for a dance form that you’re both unfamiliar with. If you have the rhythm for it, look towards the sensual Latin American ballroom classics. The Cuban Rumba is also designed for lovers, while the Argentinean Tango is pretty passionate. For a heady mix, try the Bolero — it includes the wide sweeping movements of a Waltz, is easier paced than the Rumba and lets you stay close to your partner at all times.
GO ON A TREASURE HUNT
This needs plenty of advance prep, but the results will leave you feeling as starry-eyed as when you first met. Plan out individual hunts for your partner that you can set upon together in turns, whether in the comfort of your own home or across the city, to places you frequent together. You can trace your journey by weaving puzzles with rhyming clues leading your partner to where you first kissed, where you first said ‘I love you’ and where your magical proposal materialised. Remember to reward your partner with something appropriately sweet or wicked as they hit every target.
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COOK A SCINTILLATING MEAL
Tog out in designer his/her aprons and whip up a meal worthy of a MasterChef trophy. Instead of yet another comfort meal of pasta, scrambled eggs and toast, up the ante with a challenging menu. You can source the ingredients together, time yourself — if you’re a competitive couple, you can plan a cook-off with other couples — deck up your kitchen together and bond over basting, sautéing, whisking and plating. Dividing tasks, working in tandem, tasting as you cook and kissing over the perfect dish is a heart-pumping love-a-thon in itself.
PLAYACT YOUR FAVOURITE ROMCOM
He’s an easy-going bookshop owner and you’re an A-list movie star from another continent who slips incognito into his little store and gets the cute klutz to spill a drink on you, thus fuelling the most charming love story. Whether it’s the breezy Notting Hill, kooky Annie Hall or the hilarious Date Night, re-enact your favourite meet-cute. If you’re up to it, you can also get a professional to film it for posterity. And if that isn’t quite your scene, simply relax, hang out in your pyjamas, curl up on the couch with chips and dip, and Netflix a storm of your favourite movies!
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