The 5 Best Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

There can be a lot of pressure around Valentine’s Day to create an amazingly romantic date experience for your partner. And while you want to show him or her how much you care, it can be challenging to come up with a date idea that’ll be both meaningful and memorable. Fortunately, these five date ideas, chosen especially for Valentine’s Day, will let your partner know just how special and great he or she is to you. 

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Cook a romantic dinner.

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Whether you're top chef material or still learning to boil pasta, cooking a romantic dinner for your partner is a great option for Valentine’s Day. You're already going the extra mile for your partner by taking the time to prepare a special meal, but you can take it one step further by cooking your partner's favorite foods. For instance, if you know that your partner loves burrata, then starting off the meal with a caprese salad puts a personal touch on your dinner together and shows how well you know them. If you know that your partner is a chocolate fan, you can even incorporate chocolate throughout the menu; think chicken in mole sauce or filet mignon with a chocolate barbecue sauce. You can even serve a chocolate martini!

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Hire a private chef.

If you’re looking for another top Valentine’s Day idea that’s bound to impress but don't want to spend all your time in the kitchen, hiring a private chef to create a one-of-a-kind meal for the two of you is a terrific choice. This allows you both to enjoy a professionally prepared meal together in the privacy of your own home and opens you up to so many new options for meals that you might not have been able to pull off all by yourself. Many professional chefs create special Valentine’s Day menus that truly turn up the romance. Ask for dishes that are meant to be shared and/or hand-fed to one another (hello, Lady and the Tramp!) or consider foods that contain known aphrodisiacs, such as chili peppers, oysters, and watermelon. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, having too many cooks in the kitchen isn’t a bad thing.

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Book a night in a hotel.

Whether you go on a vacation or a staycation, spending quality time with your partner at a hotel is a unique way to enjoy Valentine’s Day. Many hotels have special Valentine’s Day perks for guests, such as romantic couple’s massages, complimentary champagne and beautifully decorated rooms that don’t skimp on roses. Plus, spending time with your partner in a new and romantic setting can heighten the intimacy in your relationship. 

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Go to a spa.

If you’re looking to really pamper your partner, consider turn Valentines Day into a spa day. This is a great way to spend time with that special someone. In fact, many spas have unique Valentine’s Day offerings that take indulgence to the next level, from caviar facials, cocoa body wraps and deep tissue massages that are accompanied by chocolates and champagne. So if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day date idea that shows your partner just how much you value his or her comfort, these romantic spa offerings are truly priceless. 

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Plan a special night out.

Valentines Day is the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and try something with your partner that the two of you might not have tried otherwise. For example, surprising your partner by taking him or her to a jazz club, going dancing, finding a wine tasting or even hitting up a karaoke bar is a fun way to enjoy the holiday, especially if it’s something that you don’t do often or haven’t done before. In fact, when you opt to do something new and exciting with your partner and break out of your typical date routine, these types of activities keep your relationship feeling new and exciting as well. Plus, you can always put in that extra touch by calling these places ahead and making special arrangements that’ll give the evening that personal and romantic feeling. For example, you can ask the jazz club to announce that you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day together or save you the best seats in the house. These little gestures can go a long way and help to make your relationship long-lasting as well.