For those of us who are fully loved-up but are also allergic to clichés, planning a romantic weekend away can be a bit of a hassle. So, to ease the strain, here are the best destinations for couples who hate romance.
Pompeii in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius
Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii was the site of one the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. Simply walk the streets of this ancient Roman city and you will spot signs of nature’s destructive power and how life in this once bustling area was brought to a standstill.
It’s about as far from romance as can be, although sharing this intense insight into history is a once-in-a-lifetime experience worth sharing. After you’ve spent the day exploring, enjoy an intimate dinner at Home Max. Candles optional, stunning sunset guaranteed.
The Tokyo skyline
When it comes to avoiding romantic clichés, heading to a country with ‘anti-love’ protests seems like a safe bet. Even if you don’t fancy joining the protests, Tokyo is still a dream destination for the romantically disinclined as this hectic city caters to every taste and hobby.
After a day of shopping, eating and sightseeing, curl up in companionable silence with a good book at the Book and Bed. Or spend an evening at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, the setting for the essential pre-Japan movie – Lost in Translation.
Puffin Island in Wales
Wales offers yet another destination where romantic celebrations are slightly out of step with the rest of the world. The Welsh celebrate Saint Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers, on 25th January – which makes it an ideal spot for a Valentine’s Day getaway for people who don’t “do” romance.
Travellers looking to get away from it all, and especially all those hearts and flowers, will adore Anglesey. As Wales’ biggest island, Anglesey is covered in historic landmarks and surrounded by lovely sea views. Or, if you want to escape even further, Puffin Island is only a short boat ride away.
Rotorua, New Zealand
Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley in New Zealand
The sulphuric activity around Rotorua may have given this New Zealand destination the nickname of ‘Sulphur City’, but the 30-metre high Pohutu Geyser is also a fascinating part of Maori culture. Visit the Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley to view the bubbling mud pools and watch the regular geyser eruptions.
While the geothermal activity is impressive, if you want to stay outside the sulphur zone, book a few nights at these apartments and make the most of their geothermally heated swimming pool.