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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day grants you an excuse to impress a loved one and make them feel like the most special person in the world.

DISCLAIMER: One wrong move on this special day and we’ll be paying for our transgressions until the end of time!

On the bright side, Valentine’s Day is a great way to earn some brownie points and show our partners that we care. It is essential to make the most of this day. Above all, you only get one chance to do it right and every moment counts.

So you haven’t quite realised what your partner has been hinting at for all this while until it dawned on you a little too late? Here are a few ideas:

8 Awesome Things To Do On Valentine’s Day:

1. A reservation for two (at home)

This one is simple, sentimental and shows effort.

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Creativity is the key. Remember that this is no ordinary dinner. Plan a unique setting that includes a three-course menu. Bring out the fancy dishes, find a regal (and clean) tablecloth, light things up with scented candles and the best wine on the market.

Romance: 😍😍😍

2. Cross that off the bucket list

“Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.” – Shall We Dance (2004)

We all have a list of things to do before we die, and we all hope that deep down we have someone to be a witness to our adventures, our antics, our lives.

Journey into the unknown with your loved one by promising each other that each year will be dedicated to ticking off an item off the other’s bucket list.

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Your partner will feel absolutely in awe knowing that they were right by your side as you conquered a fear or journeyed on an adventure that once was only a dream. This is something both of you will remember years from now.

Romance: 😍😍😍😍
Adventure: 😎😎😎

3. A Song of Ice and Love

There is just something incredibly fun about ice-skating. It brings people closer together and keeps you laughing with all the falling and clinging onto each other for dear life.

The bonus of going ice-skating, especially if you’re good at it, is that you build trust in your partner. You falling depends on how well your partner can support you.

Romance: 😍😍😍
Fun: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Johannesburg: Check out the Northgate Ice Rink
Entrance Fee: R75.00

4. A trip down memory lane, amour

Take your partner to places where special moments were shared, like where the romance began, the first time you laid eyes on him/her, the place where the first kiss happened.

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Romance: 😍😍😍😍😍
Adventure: 😎😎

5. The blank slate game

This is a fun experience for both partners. Play a game with your partner and pretend like you’ve just met each other and this is the first time either of you is going on a date.

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Look at each other the same way you did the first time you met, be shy, be talkative, joke around, make it fun and remember the feelings you had on your real first date.

Romance: 😍😍😍
Fun: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

6. Watch a movie under the stars

One of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with some good company and a great movie under the brightly lit night sky.

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Cape Town: The Galileo Open Air Cinema offers a magical Valentine’s evening that includes a movie, a welcome drink on arrival, a heart-shaped lollipop, your partner and the sense of love in the air.

Cost: R225
Venue: Nooitgedacht Wine Estate

Romance: 😍😍😍😍😍

7. Soak in all that love…

Valentines Day falls on a weekday, so to all the hustlers reading this: We have to go to work before sweeping bae off their feet.

So after a long day in the office the only thing we want to do, is run a hot bath.

Why not have the best of both worlds?

Before your partner gets home, dim the lights, light up candles, have rose petals leading him/her to the bathroom and cover the bath in scented rose petals. To make things even more interesting, add a bottle of good wine to the mix and in your birthday suits rediscover that feeling of love again.

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Romance: 😍😍😍
Passion: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

8. Alert all the senses

If you have a significant other, he/she would probably give you a massage on Valentine’s Day. In order for both of you to relax, make a couples booking at a spa and enjoy.

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Romance: 😍
Relief: 😊😊😊😊😊

Durban: Spa Durban offers a Valentines Fairytale spa package (5hours). It includes loosening those muscles with a full body signature massage with hot stones on the back, a head, neck & shoulder massage, sugar & lavender back scrubs and much more…