Romantic mini-breaks for people who hate romance
For those of us who are fully loved-up but are also allergic to clichÃ©s, 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.
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 natureâ€™s destructive power and how life in this once bustling area was brought to a standstill.
Itâ€™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 youâ€™ve spent the day exploring, enjoy an intimate dinner atÂ Home Max. Candles optional, stunning sunset guaranteed.
When it comes to avoiding romantic clichÃ©s, heading to a country with â€˜anti-loveâ€™ protests seems like a safe bet. Even if you donâ€™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 â€“ Lost in Translation.
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 â€“ which makes it an ideal spot for a Valentineâ€™s Day getaway for people who donâ€™t â€œdoâ€ romance.
Travellers looking to get away from it all, and especially all those hearts and flowers, will adore Anglesey. AsÂ Walesâ€™ 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
The sulphuric activity around Rotorua may have given this New Zealand destination the nickname of â€˜Sulphur Cityâ€™, but the 30-metre high Pohutu Geyser is also a fascinating part of Maori culture. Visit the Te Puiaâ€™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 atÂ East West Studio ApartmentsÂ and make the most of their geothermal heated swimming pool, perfect for the 26% of Canadian travellers who prefer unique accommodations while on vacation.