For many of us, February 14 usually involves picking up some flowers on the way home from the office and hoping the best ones haven’t already gone (they usually have).
Or showing your special someone how much you care by attempting to bake for the first — and last — time.
Luckily, Valentine’s Day can be a whole lot more exciting — and successful.
Here are some of the most remarkable ways around the world to spend February 14 with your special someone in 2018.
Heli-picnic in New Zealand
Picnics are usually well received, but even more so when they come with a helicopter trip and incredible views of Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
Queenstown provides the setting as couples take off above breathtaking scenery, before landing on one of the majestic peaks. Once up there, a champagne picnic is served before guests get to spend some quality one-on-one time in the remote, tranquil location.
Luckily the chopper returns to pick guests up and bring them back down to earth, literally and figuratively.
Picnic on a peak is priced at $562 per person.
Cave swimming in Mexico
From the frozen mountain wilderness of Alaska to a natural swimming hole in the balmy climes of Mexico.
Hacienda Temozón, a Luxury Collection Hotel, features a tour to Sacamucuy, a 20-meter wide circular cave known as a cenote where guests can plunge in privacy to their heart’s delight.
The stunning subterranean world was created as a result of the collapse of porous limestone over millions of years. Other experiences are on offer, including the Mayan Ritual, where a Mayan Shaman performs a cleansing and wellness ceremony that includes incense, local vegetation and candles.
Back on the luxury property, there’s a chance to kick back at more modern pools, take advantage of the spa and enjoy local cuisine.
The tour to Sacamucuy is $25 per person, while the Mayan ritual is around $350 per couple.
Bubbles and tents down under
There’s a whole new spin on Valentine’s Day bubbles down under, with the option to sleep under the stars in an inflatable bubble tent. Located some 200 kilometers from Sydney, Bubble Tent Australia sits on a secluded working farm and overlooks a massive canyon, second only in size globally to the Grand Canyon.
Its glamping tents are named Leo, Virgo and Cancer and all have different features. Virgo offers a wood-fired hot tub on arrival, as well as a herb garden to help take al fresco culinary skills up a notch.
Being a bubble, of course, means being entirely exposed to the breathtaking night skies above. Mod cons provided include a telescope, hot water bottles and a fridge for your another kind of bubbles.
Private slopes in St. Moritz
Corvatsch is one of the main slopes at St. Moritz , the glitzy Swiss resort known as one of Europe’s top winter playgrounds.
It’s normally full of well-heeled skiers, but a very special package allows guests to have the entire slope — and lift — to yourself, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Not only that, they also get transfers, Swiss culinary specialties such as fondue, drinks — and even a private DJ — so they can kick back to their own playlist at 3,000 meters.
The package offered by the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz costs around $10,500 and also offers extras such as a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride to whisk guests to their personal slope.
Balloon with a view in Kenya
Few experiences sound like they could match the romance of a balloon ride, especially one at sunrise over Kenya’s magnificent Masai Mara national reserve.
This wish list favorite from Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara enables guests to look down on the theater of wildlife below, floating silently by for 45 minutes.
They’re likely to observe an extraordinary diversity of wildlife, before landing and enjoying a full English breakfast, glass of champagne — and collecting their flight certificate.
After a game drive back to the Olare Mara Kempinski, guests can kick back in a safari experience under canvas in luxurious tents surrounded by rolling savannah. Throw in sundowner drinks and bush walks for memories set to last well beyond Valentine’s Day.
Tented suites from $900 per room per night, balloon ride $450 per person.