Valentine's Day: Nine ways to celebrate
It’s Valentine’s Day on Wednesday and Loop is feeling the love. So we’ve come up with nine ways for you to show your partner how you feel.
Breakfast in bed
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a holiday, so a lazy lie-in might be an option. You could cook up something nice for your partner or surprise them with pastries – Eleni’s Bakery at Sovereign North Plaza has a wonderful selection, as does Sugar and Spice (at multiple locations) or the Devon House Bakery. Pour some coffee for your loved-one and enjoy a slow start to the day.
That special bouquet
Flowers are a classic Valentine’s gift – Shields and Shields is offering a range of different bouquets including, if you want to really splash out, a multi-coloured extravaganza of 50 roses. Green Thumb Floral and Gifts is also offering packages that include chocolates, roses and balloons.
Stop and smell the (free) flowers
Want to offer your loved-one some flowers but feeling the financial pinch? Hope Gardens is lovely at the moment – all kinds of flowers are out and the temperature is cool, making it the perfect place for a romantic stroll. Entry is free (it’s $200 to park). There’s also the zoo, where you could spend a blissed-out hour or two looking at the lions, bobcats and fabulous array of birdlife.
Sweets for your sweetie
Nothing says “I want to spoil you” like chocolates or dessert. Devon House in Kingston has two great options here, with its famed ice cream (27 flavours of goodness!) and the ever delicious Chocolate Dreams, which offers cakes and gourmet chocolates, plus some Valentine’s specials. There’s a lovely courtyard to sit in while you indulge.
Pretty words, from the heart (or the internet)
Roses are read, violets are blue, websites can help if you don’t have a clue. A poem that you’ve written yourself can make a great Valentine’s gift. If you’re struggling to compose something, try Rhymezone - type in a word and the site will give you several others that rhyme with it. And if you need more inspiration, try BrainyQuote, where you can borrow romantic statements from famous poets, writers and even (oddly) Ashton Kutcher.
There are tons of options if you want to wine and dine your love. Red Bones Blues Café is offering a special menu – highlights include panko shrimp with strawberry vinaigrette and lobster ravioli. Alexander’s at the Courtleigh boasts a Valentine’s cake consisting of seven layers of red crepes layered with vanilla-infused Chantilly cream and chocolate ganache. At Terra Nova hotel, you can choose between a candlelit poolside buffet and a la carte fine dining, followed by jazz. And if you’re in Montego Bay and want to splurge, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa is offering a “dining under the stars” experience that includes “sumptuous food, champagne and a beautiful location”.
Head to the movies
For something simpler, and if you fancy holding hands over the popcorn, there are two new movies playing on the island that might work. The Shape of Water is a fantasy romance that’s been nominated for 13 Oscars, including Best Picture. And if you want to add a bit (or maybe a lot?) of spice, there’s Fifty Shades Freed, the third in the erotic Fifty Shades Trilogy.
Want to really splash out?
If you’re seeking a truly grand gesture, the spa at Strawberry Hill Hotel in the Blue Mountains is offering a Valentine’s package. For US$400, couples get a chocolate cocktail, a shredded coconut scrub, followed by a coconut milk and honey body wrap. The pampering concludes with a “chocolate oil elemental massage”. Wow!
But the tiniest gestures can be the best…
You forgot. You’ve got nothing planned and no gift. This is fixable. Maybe you could do a chore that your partner hates doing? Mend a shelf, or clean the bathroom. Or pick your moment, find a romantic song on your phone and play it, then ask your loved-one for a dance and say something nice. After all, despite all the hoopla, Valentine’s Day is not about spending power – it’s about celebrating the people we love.