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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

4 (Non-Cheesy) Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

So you want to do something fun and romantic on Valentine’s Day, but then, of course, you don’t want to be a cliche. You want a genuine experience with your partner, not a Nicholas Sparks novel brought to life.

What are your options? How can you create a special night for the two of you (without rose petals on the bed or edible underwear?). Here are four Valentine’s Day date ideas you’ll both love.

Cook together
It sounds too simple, right? The best dates are often just that: simple. Cook something delicious, but not too complicated. Spending time together in the kitchen on Valentine’s Day should be fun and flirty, so no stressful soufflés or tricky tapenades. What do you both love to eat? Maybe you can recreate a dish you ate together on your first date, on the night you got engaged, or any time that was memorable for you as a couple.

Make a mess, spice things up, and then enjoy the meal together together. This is the time to open that bottle of wine you’ve been waiting to open on a special occasion (while it gathers dust on your wine rack). Make the meal feels like a celebration, which it is! You’re celebrating your love, and that deserves a toast.

Pack a picnic and go to an outdoor movie
The weather’s perfect for a picnic, and really, is there anything more romantic? If you can drink wine under the stars while watching a movie on the big screen, you’ve got yourself a pretty perfect date. Fill a basket with fun foods and a bottle of bubbly and spend Valentine’s Day in the fresh air.

Schedule a couple’s massage
Okay, this one may sound cheesy, but once your cares are being melted away by a warm, relaxing massage, you won’t care.  And trust us, most men might role their eyes at the idea of a massage, but we’ve yet to meet one who hasn’t loved it as much as you. After a session of pampering, both of you will feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready for a sexy evening in.

Do something adventurous
Whether adventure for you means a light hike or a ride on a rollercoaster, get outdoors and do something a little challenging together. There is nothing more exhilarating than getting out of your comfort zone and enjoying a daring adventure together. Take in the breathtaking view at the top of a mountain. Spend the night at an amusement park. Jump in the waves together at your local beach. Get outdoors and hold hands. You’ll have an unforgettable experience.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about red roses and heart-shaped chocolates if that’s too cheesy for you. Just think about what would be most fun for you and your partner and go with it. Celebrate your relationship and enjoy each other without any distractions. If you’re both relaxed and doing something you enjoy, your Valentine’s Day is sure to be a memorable, romantic date!

What are your favourite Valentine’s Day date ideas?

January 23, 2014