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Creative Valentine’s Day ideas and ways to celebrate with your partner

When it comes to selecting the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your long-term partner, best friend or even someone you have just started dating, the internet is a failsafe goldmine for an endless supply of ideas to suit every interest. What isn't so easy to stumble across, however, are creative ideas on how to actually spend your Valentine's Day.

While there's certainly nothing with spending the day doing the bare minimum (save for a few treats and roses here and there), for couples who are looking to make the most of the day together, it's time to upgrade from the conventional activities and embrace a little touch of luxury. From 21st-century stargazing – courtesy of your favourite app – to beachside hideaways with just the two of you in mind, here are 20 creative ways to spend Valentine's Day this year.

Spend a weekend away at a luxury getaway




Enjoy a morning in bed – no interruptions




Indulge in a delectable degustation dinner




Treat each other to a couples spa retreat




Celebrate the taste of love with a cooking class




Spend a day on the harbour



Find your perfect mix with a cocktail class




Set-up a luxury couples picnic 




Release your creative side with an acrylic paint pouring class




Cook a romantic, spicy dinner for two



Take in the cities best views





Embrace adventure with a scenic hike




Hit the road




Escape to an (almost) deserted island




Snuggle up at a Moonlight Cinema




Curate your own bouquet at a floristry arrangement class




Select a drop (or two) from your favourite local wine cellar




Pair said wine with a mouthwatering selection of cheeses




Set up under the stars for an evening of stargazing




Chocolate pralines of all varieties to finish the night off



If you prefer to ditch the fancy dinner and spend the night in, look to our selection of romantic Valentine's Day recipe ideas to inspire a home-cooked meal. Finish the day with a much needed snuggle on the couch, accompanied by some of the best Valentine's Day movies Hollywood has to offer.

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