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Celebrate this special day with birthday treats, indulgences and surprises
Venice for two...
From trendy ‘experience days’ out and cooking master-classes, to good old beer festivals, there’s lots of ways you can make your beau’s next birthday a special one. We’ve got some ideas to make sure you’re equipped with all the information before you go ahead and book a romantic birthday package.
Where should I go for a birthday celebration?
Going away to mark your birthday is a great excuse for a romantic celebration. So it might be that you’re in the market for something that gets the pulse racing a little more than a regular weekend away. If you do fancy getting stuck into some activities, then you might want to check out some of the best breaks we’ve found for adventure, culture and more with our comprehensive guide to your next romantic holiday.
For a group-friendly adventure a bit closer to home, you could always look to Scotland. There’s a rich variety to what you might do of course – anything from city breaks for the summer festival season in Edinburgh, to an unforgettable visit to Mussleburgh’s Carberry Tower.
Should I consider an ‘experience’ gift?
Gift experiences are very popular at the moment and, with daily Groupon deals and offers always popping up on comparison sites, it’s not hard to see why. When planning your lover’s birthday treat, you have licence to be a little more creative. If your partner is crazy about football, then you could travel to a far-flung location and take in a stadium tour. Or, if you’re going out with a foodie (and not a footie) you might head for some afternoon tea or bottomless brunch, or a trip to a local brewery.
Then there’s holidays which centre around baking or cooking – sometimes known as organic food retreats. If that’s more up your street then Bologna might be the place for you. Often thought of as Italy’s culinary capital, there’s plenty more to Bologna than just parma ham, balsamic vinegar and parmesan. And we’re not talking about lasagne alla Bolognese either – or any of the multiplicity of foods of which the northern Emilia-Romagna region is best known for. There’s terrific bars, a thriving music scene and medieval architecture to enjoy as well. And there can be few more appealing places to stay than the Grand Hotel Majestic "già Baglioni".
Overlooking the town's main street, Via Indipendenza, is this six star(!) 18th Century designed Renaissance palazzo. The beautiful hotel is built on top of a very ancient Roman road, part of which can be seen from the hotel. During any other spare moments when you do make it out of your lover’s arms, it’s well worth paying a visit to Fico Eataly World. The foodie theme park, which opened last year, intimate cooking classes which will really raise the ‘date night’ bar for years to come!
Where should I go for a birthday milestone?
When it comes to a milestone birthday, it pays to be a bit more adventurous than when you and your pals went to a Greek island to celebrate the fact you could all go to the bar for the first time! If you’re (a little) older and wiser now, but still want a shared experience as a couple (and assuming you’re both sporty) you could try a luxury golfing holiday. Spain’s Hotel Camira - PGA Catalunya Resort has a deal which includes Bed & Breakfast package with 1 Green fee per person per day. This includes access for a round at the Tour Course Free Access to the gym. If it indeed is just for a couple, rather than a group thing, then maybe you could pop over to Portugal and enjoy the splendid Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa. Read about their stunning All About Us package. And for those really special birthdays such as your 40th, 50th or 60th, for example, more and more of you are choosing to celebrate in style with a big family getaway. Why not hire a gorgeous villa and gather together your nearest and dearest for a birthday you'll never forget.
What extra special birthday treats could I choose?
Because of the way The Romantic Tourist works we put you in direct contact with the host you’ll be staying with on your trip so you can be certain your celebration is everything you want it to be and more. Tell our expert hosts exactly what you're looking for and they will make your occasion truly special with treats including romantic-turn downs, romantic and private dining, music and personalised extras.
And to make things easy you can book lots of these romantic extras directly through our website pages for many packages making things that extra bit special and romantic.