With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be thinking about where you’re going to bring your lovely date for the occasion. Do you scratch your head every year wondering which restaurant to reserve and what flowers to get? Whether you think Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year or a silly commercial holiday, I think we can all agree that going on a date with our significant other is always a good time! Let’s explore some fun, unique date experiences around the world, that are a little more special than dinner and a movie. Read our picks for unique date spots around the world below!
Dinner cruise along the Danube River (Budapest, Hungary)
If you’re looking for incredible views and ultimate romance, then there is no better experience than a cruise along the Danube River at night. The views are simply breathtaking! The Hungarian Parliament building is entirely lit up and is one of the most beautiful sights to see. With live music, cocktails and the option to have dinner on the water, this is a must-do date night activity!
Sunset cocktails in a beachfront treehouse (Tulum, Mexico)
If you’ve seen any photos of Tulum on social media in the last couple of years, chances are you’ve seen this idyllic luxury treehouse. Azulik is an eco-friendly villa that sits right on the beach, offering incredible views from wherever you sit. While they are actually a hotel, the bar is open to the public! Trust me, you and your date will want to snag a treehouse hammock to watch the sunset here.
The art of pasta making & cooking class (Rome, Italy)
This may not be for everyone as we don’t all want to make our own food on date night, however this is an experience you’ll never forget! Cooking with your partner can be so fun and learning a new, authentic recipe makes it even better. Cooking classes are offered all over Rome, some in family homestyle settings and others in high-end restaurants. Whichever style you choose, there is definitely something for every couple and every palette.
Medieval Times tournament dinner (Various locations across North America)
This one’s for the couple who enjoys history, competition and feasting! Certainly not for the faint of heart, this dining experience is a show inspired by an 11th century feast in Medieval Spain. Totalling about two hours in length, this date will bring out your competitive side and allow you and your partner let loose. Choose one of six knights to cheer for as they battle in combat, jousting and swordsmanship. It may be a little tacky but we promise it will be a date to remember!
Evening at the Ice Hotel (Quebec, Canada)
In the heart of Valcartier village, this is a truly Canadian date night for adventurous couples. With its stunning snow arches and crystal clear ice sculptures, the Ice Hotel is bound to be a night to remember! Open to visitors until 8pm, you can go on a tour of the grounds and have a drink at the bar (made entirely of ice, of course). Or, if you’re feeling particularly frisky, reserve a themed-suite for the night and have a true nordic experience!
Underground cenote dinner (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
Cenotes, or caves are all the rage in Mexico. However, it’s rare they come with a full-on restaurant. In Playa del Carmen, you can reserve at Alux, a restaurant and lounge based entirely underground! You can reserve a secluded candlelit section in the restaurant and admire the way the light hits the cave walls. Top it off with a live singer who’s voice gently echoes throughout the cave, this is quite possibly the most romantic date setting ever!
Picnic in Bradfield Park (Sydney, Australia)
What’s more romantic than a waterfront picnic? An array of foods hand-picked by your significant other, a nice bottle of wine (or sparkling water) and a stroll in the park for some ice cream? Sounds like a great date. How about all of the above, including a beautiful view of the Sydney Opera House? Sold! Head to Bradfield Park, just under the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a more secluded and relaxing experience.
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Written by: Sacha Vincent-Toskin