Pucker up, sunshine: Valentine’s will soon be on you like a drunk at a stag do. So if you want to take your loved one somewhere special; somewhere a little off-beat; somewhere different from the usual Valentine’s weekend staples then you’re in the right place.

Be prepared to woo your lover with these 7 sexy suggestions for an unusual Valentine’s weekends.

Naughty, but nice.


Beach Island in Newquay



On the side of a cliff, Anglesey

Take your love to dizzying new heights with a nerve-jangling cliff-side camping weekend with Gaia Adventures. Choose from either an Afternoon on the Edge or Cliff Camping – sleeping overnight suspended in mid-air as the waves crunch into the rocks beneath you.

Although you do need to have balls of steel, you don’t need previous climbing experience. And, according to Gaia Adventures, it is very safe; you’ll be in a controlled environment and safely attached at all times. So a bit like marriage then. 

COST: Cliff Camping for 2 people costs £250 pp, Gaia Adventure

Cliffside campign in Wales

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Up a Lighthouse in Newport

With romance oozing out of its wedding cake-shaped walls, West Usk Lighthouse could be one of the best smooch spots in the country. Built in 1821 by Scottish architect, James Walker, it’s an elegant B&B with breath-taking views over the Bristol Channel.

The 4 wedge-shaped rooms are nautically decorated and thanks to 3ft thick walls you don’t need to worry about disturbing the neighbours (not that there are any). For the ultimate dreamy vista, head upstairs to the lantern room to toast one another under the stars. Best of all, a Rolls-Royce can be provided to take you to the local restaurant. Just remember to turn the light out before you leave.

COST: From £150 a room including breakfast, West Usk Lighthouse 

West Usk Lighthouse

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Atop a beach island in Newquay

Jutting out of the golden sands of Towan Beach in Newquay, like a giant granite tooth, is a sweet spot known simply as, The Island. This New England-styled cottage is barely visible amongst the palms and only accessible by crossing a suspension footbridge.

By day, families and beachcombers roam below; by night, the sea rolls in cutting you almost entirely off from civilisation. Smooch al fresco on the deck with heart-thumping views of the Atlantic Ocean, then head indoors for dinner in the beautiful dining room – raising the flag in the garden to let passing boats know you’re not to be disturbed.

COST: A long winter weekend costs £1,462, Boutique Retreats

Beach Island cottage in New quay

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Locked in a castle tower, The Highlands

Make like a Laird and Lady with a stay in Ackergill Tower – a breathtaking 15th-century castle nestled in the glorious Scottish Highlands, 15 miles from John O’Groats. Perched just 3 metres from the rolling North Sea, with 3 miles of pulse-racing sands at its foot, Ackergill Tower is impossible not to fall in love with.

As strapping as an ox, as handsome as a film star, with lavish amenities that’ll send you dizzy: 3,000 acres to explore, the largest treehouse in Europe, a private Loch, lighting by the Northern Lights and a plethora of amazing activities to try. Bonny.

A Champagne Valentine’s DB&B Stay costs £239Amazing Venues

Castle in Scotland

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In a vintage caravan, Bristol

There’s a ‘happy ever after’ waiting for you both on an idyllic farm just outside of Bristol. Choose one of three bespoke vintage caravans to snuggle up in for the weekend and let the outside world drift away. Forget modern-fuss, each van is beautifully equipped with blankets, sheepskins, lanterns, and wood burners.

It’s a bona-fide soul retreat, where candlelight replaces electricity and you wash with hot water straight from the old-fashioned kettle. There’s even an outside bathtub should you fancy a romantic dip under the night sky. Chances of a full moon are relatively high.

COST: Get a Boutique Retreat quote contact The Magic Atelier

Magic Antlier retreat in Bristol


Banged up in Jail in Oxford

Love locks take on a whole new meaning thanks to Oxford Castle’s Valentine’s Lock-in. £80 gets jailbirds a 3-course meal served behind bars in one of the Castle’s old prison cells (from the 18th-century to the late 1990s the castle was Oxford’s main prison).

Upgraded to a £110 evening and you can have the Castle’s creepy crypt all to yourselves instead, with a bottle of bubbly to steady your nerves. For added jailhouse rock, stay at the Malmaison – also part of the former prison – where the rooms come complete with barred windows and iron doors.

COST: £80 per couple for a cell, £110 for the entire crypt, Oxford Castle Unlocked

Malmaison Castle Oxford

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In the treetops, Kent

Slide back the glass-to-ceiling doors of your Treehouse Suite, step onto the decking and whistle with the other love birds. For this romantic retreat is rooted high-up in the juicy green canopy of Port Lympne Reserve in Kent, above the rhino enclosure.

The Treehouse Hotel, as the complex of self-catering suites is collectively called, is a contemporary, stylish retreat set in 600 acres of wildlife park. You’ll get a complimentary drink on arrival, entry to the park itself, use of a golf buggies to cruise between the tigers, gorillas and rhinos, plus an elegant clubhouse to chillax in, with a fully-stocked bar. Wild thang, I think I love you.

COST: From £400 per suite, per night, Aspinall Foundation

Aspinal Foundation Treehouse in Woods

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Are you inspired to smooch somewhere different this Valentine’s? Or do you already have plans that’ll make me blush? Spill the beans below, I won’t tell a soul.

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Claire Robinson

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Claire Robinson is an award-winning freelance writer with a lust for weekend travel. Whether it’s in the UK or Europe, you’ll find her checking out the sweetest places to stay and the best things do to on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Over the last year, Claire’s zipped to a host of different spots in the UK and Europe, bringing back colourful, evocative and energetic tales of where to go and what to see for those wishing to do the same. She’s founder of Weekend Candy – The Weekend Inspiration Blog.
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