Romantic-dates

Take Me Away: A Valentine’s Day Package Fit For a Queen

If you’re looking for an excuse for a Queensland getaway, Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 14, is a damn fine time to pamper yourself (and your loved one). And this year, the romantic day for all lovers magically falls on a weekend. Mark it in your diary now, ladies.

Call me high maintenance, but I’m a huge fan of Valentine’s Day blowouts. Love should be celebrated!

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And if my husband is reading this, take notes! Being a Queenslander, this is my top pick of local escapes: Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has announced two romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day 2015 – The Exquisite Valentine and The Enchanted Valentine, as well as an optional add-on, the custom-created Cinderella Experience.

Located at 1000 Ann Street, in the heart of Brisbane’s stylish Emporium precinct at Fortitude Valley, the multi-award winning Emporium Hotel was recently awarded Australia and Queensland’s Best Luxury Accommodation.

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The Exquisite Valentine package, from $499, includes overnight accommodation in a luxurious King Suite, valet parking, in-suite breakfast for two, Molton Brown toiletries, and a demi-bottle of Mumm Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Alternatively, the Enchanted Valentine package, from $549, includes an overnight stay in a King Suite, a romantic turndown with candles and rose petals, in-suite breakfast for two, a bottle of Mumm Champagne, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Packages are subject to availability, conditions apply.

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But wait – there’s more – together with leading shoe designer, Nat-Sui Shoes, Emporium Hotel is launching The Cinderella Experience this Valentine’s Day: a personal shoe styling and shopping session with one of Australia’s leading designers, Natalie Mainwaring herself (pictured), owner and designer at Nat Sui Shoes. Nat-Sui Shoes has adorned the feet of Oprah, Gayle King, Tara Moss, Deborah Hutton and many more women of style. The Cinderella Experience is included as a VIP benefit for all Valentine’s Day guests and requires booking through Emporium’s concierge. Swoon!

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Visit emporiumhotels.com.au for more information.

January 21, 2015

Date Ideas for Boring Married Couples

Has routine replaced the romance in your relationship? Hey, we know what it’s like. You’re busy, your partner’s busy, and all you look forward to at the end of the day is pure, unadulterated sleep.

Planning date night is a must to keep the romance alive. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with dinner and a movie, but save the cliches for a rainy day. We’ve got some fun date ideas that will make your next date night a night to remember.

Take a trip down memory lane
When you were dating, every “first” was exciting. Relive that excitement by visiting some of the places that are the most special to the two of you. Revisit the restaurant where you had your first date, and end by taking a walk to where your partner proposed. One couple we know have dinner every month at the restaurant where they hosted their wedding reception. Treasure those memories, and make new ones.

Be a tourist
Pretend to be tourists in your own city. When was the last time you spent an afternoon admiring the animals at the zoo, having high tea at a 5-star hotel, checking out the views from your tallest tower, or taking a relaxing harbour cruise? And don’t forget to bring along your camera. No date is complete without plenty of cheesy photos of the two of you.

Learn something new together
Taking a class together is a great way to break free of monotony. Sharing a hobby draws you closer together and gives you something new and exciting to talk about. You could learn to cook a favourite cuisine, practise self defence, learn a new language or even take DJ classes! Your local community college has a never-ending roster of evening and weekend classes and you’re sure to find something you’re both interested in.

Get outside
The weather is gorgeous, so forget sitting inside and make the most of summer. Get some fresh air and enjoy quality time with your man outdoors, whether having an alfresco BBQ at the beach, or taking a scenic walk with drinks at a favourite beer garden afterwards. Getting outside is good for both the body and the soul.

What are your favourite date ideas? Share them in the comments!

January 28, 2014

5 Fun Spring Date Ideas

After spending months inside avoiding the cold, it’s time to get outside with your loved one and enjoy the warmer weather. If it’s not outdoors, forget about it. You just spent months hibernating inside.

Enjoy some of these fun date ideas that will definitely add a spark into your love life this spring.

Get competitive
Golf is the perfect opportunity for you and your date to get outside and have some flirty fun. Now, not everyone may be a fan of shooting 18 holes at your nearest golf course. Instead, who doesn’t love a little competitive fun at the local mini golf course, so grab your sweetie and kick some butt. Make some risqué bets to make the mini golf experience even sexier.

Get beachy
The water’s warming up, but even if it’s still a little nippy, the beach is the perfect place to get a little rest and relaxation, and fresh air, with your honey. Bring a blanket and watch the sunset, or pack some snacks for a picnic on the beach.

Go green
Whether you have a backyard or just a balcony, gardening is a fun way to bond. If you both enjoy gardening, all the better. Get dirty outside by planting your favourite fruits and vegetables, or a some fragrant herbs in a planter on the balcony. Just imagine all the delicious things you will be able to cook up with your partner in the near future.

Dine outside
Beer gardens are open again so head to your local pub and while away an afternoon over cold beers, or enjoy a leisurely alfresco dinner along the water. There’s nothing better than sitting outdoors in the warm spring air, sharing a bottle of wine and great food. Don’t forget your cardi as it can get chilly!

Get active
Exercise may not be at the top of your list of most romantic date ideas, but being active releases endorphins, which makes you happy, and gives you a natural high. Now, skip the gym. That’s inside and doesn’t count. Instead, grab a bike or rent some kayaks, hike the woods or stroll a local park. Getting active together in a fun way will allow you to both feel great about yourselves, as well as one another. Plus, all that hot sweaty activity could lead to some exciting activities later on at night!

What’s your favourite spring date idea?

October 3, 2013

5 Fun Date Night Ideas (That Aren’t Cheesy!)

Whether you have kids and need to slip away for an evening, want to get out of the house and have a romantic night out, or are planning a first date, we’ve got 5 unique date ideas that are sure to light a spark without the eye rolling and sarcastic jokes. Forget the candle-lit dinner on the floor in front of a fireplace. Life is not a Nicholas Sparks film, so here are 5 non-cheesy dating ideas that both of you will love.

Dance the night away

Typically, date nights consist of you and your partner, but who says that has to be your idea of a great date? Grab some friends and head to a club and dance the night away. If the club scene isn’t your idea of romance, look for a salsa club or even jazz bar.

Take a class together

Going back to school may not seem like a romantic night out, but learning something together can be a lot of fun and an excellent way for the two of you to bond. Learn a different language, find a hobby you both have in common, or take a cooking class. Enriching yourself will only feel even more satisfying when you’re doing it together, and that positivity will be felt well into your relationship.

Exercise in a fun way

Exercise isn’t typically something that people think of as a fun date. But it doesn’t have to mean sweating it out at the gym. Grab your partner and hike a local trail, go for an after-work jog, or now that it’s warmer, take a dip at the beach or local pool. It’s a great way to work up the endorphins, which can only mean good things for when you get home…

Hit up your local amusement park

Amusement parks are fabulous for a romantic date night, or even just a fun getaway for the day. Channel your inner child and let go of the everyday stress. Spin around on rides, compete in carnival games and enjoy some old-fashioned fairy floss and caramel popcorn. There is no way that you can have a bad time at an amusement park. Well…unless you go on one too many twirly rides!

Boat along the harbour

Taking a boat trip at night is a stunning way to see the city lights and cosy up to your partner. Look for a boat that comes with a romantic dinner or picnic during the ride, or grab a bottle of Champagne and set sail on your own…even hopping on the ferry or a river cruise can be the perfect way to spend an evening.

What’s your favourite date night idea?

September 26, 2013