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Romantic Britain : 4 Valentine’s Getaways for Romance

by Tom McShane

We all know that Valentine’s Day is kind of a big deal – 141 million cards are exchanged worldwide and, in the UK alone, more than £1.3bn is spent each year on cards, gifts, flowers and chocolates. And while romantic preconceptions we all have would conjure up images of fine dining at the top of the Eiffel Tower or gazing into each other’s eyes while slowly making your way down the Venetian waterways in a gondola, there are many equally romantic Britain holidays to be had too.

Perfection needn’t require jetting off hundreds or thousands of miles away and this latest guest post, supplied by touring caravan supplier The Caravan Company, runs through four of the best choices to ensure a successful Valentine’s.

1. Stratford-Upon-Avon: Soak up the culture
Of all the historic towns and cities in Britain that are responsible for the growth of culture, Stratford-Upon-Avon is perhaps the most important of them all. Famous for being the home and birthplace of William Shakespeare, the town has been a hub of British theatre, culture and history ever since – and the variety of unique things to do make it an absolutely perfect location for a Valentine’s getaway.

Romantic Britain

The traditional and historic charm of the town has changed little, with countless shops, restaurants and tea rooms boasting the quintessentially historic British Tudor style. Shakespeare’s birthplace is a fascinating insight for couples interested in history, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a hub of theatrical culture for those dying to check out a show performed on these historic boards, and the town centre is perfect for dining in either classic British restaurants or something a little more international.

2. Cornwall: Explore the Cornish coast
A far cry from the stereotypical British seaside getaway, Cornwall swaps piers, fairground rides and suspiciously difficult arcade games for miles of picturesque coastline, rolling moors and countryside, and quiet beaches.

Cornwall Romance
Cornwall Romance

You can opt for quintessentially British hotels further inland or, for a truly coastal experience, stay right next to Millook Haven Beach – a picturesque piece of Cornish coastline surrounded by imposing cliffs and boasting a remote and solitary luxury beach hut.

The hut is relaxing and features traditional amenities like log burning fires, and is perfect for a private and unforgettable Valentine’s.

3. York: The Romance of UK history
Britain is renowned for being steeped in history, with countless key moments contributing to a rich and varied past, and nowhere is this truer than the city of York. From Roman settlers and Viking invaders through to Tudor era, industrial revolution and the modern day, York’s history is apparent throughout the entire city.

York Romance

Whether it’s taking a humbling walk through the awe-inspiring York Minster to gaze over the city from its top, exploring the tight winding pathways of the medieval streets known as The Shambles or enjoying a romantic meal at the countless independent restaurants that are abundant in the city’s centre, there’s something for everyone.

4. Talacre (Wales): Relax in a luxury Caravan park
Now, bear with us on this one – when you’re looking for romantic getaways, not least luxury ones, then a caravan park isn’t exactly what might first spring to mind, but the Talacre Beach caravan park, situated on the tip of the North Welsh coast, is not like any other site in the UK. The site boasts an absolutely amazing range of luxury facilities, including fixed lodges for sale too, that will make your romantic coastal getaway unforgettable.

Romantic Britain

Relax in the pool, enjoy fine food in the restaurant or unwind in the evening with some drinks in the modern bar or the exclusive over-21s lounge – this trip is bound to change your view on caravanning!

This guest post was written by Tom McShane – UK-based blogger, writing on behalf of The Caravan Company, who are the UK’s largest supplier of touring caravans.

Discovering Tahiti Part 1

Saturday before last Mink Hippie and I boarded a Hawaiian Airline flight and flew to Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia. Tahiti lies in the South Pacific. Our flight arrived at 11pm and we called and were picked up by the German proprietor of Chez Myrna, Mr. Walter Dammeyer ( B P 790 – 98 713 PapeeteTAHITI Tel. / Fax. 42 64 11 Papeete ). Chez Myrna was clean, had nice baguettes and coffee (instant) for breakfast, and served as a perfect launch pad for us to wake up and go to the Sunday farmers market in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti. As we walked through town we saw lots of signs saying ‘silence culte’. We finally figured out that they meant a church was nearby and people should turn their stereos down and not be too loud.

We had an excellent coffee at the airport and met a woman named Dorothy and an apparently unproductive conversation with a Pension we wanted to stay in. Unproductive as the connection was worse than both of our French and the man she said would come get us never did. The woman in the coffee shop said that he was a real ‘flintstone’. We never saw him. Instead we called Pension Vai honu (Tel: 68.87.33 Fax: 68.77.57) and were quickly picked up by a lovely woman named Jocelyn who told us about how when she was a schoolgirl she had been present when the Hawai’ian voyaging canoe Hokulea arrived in the bay at Fare.”]Mairie de Papeete ( Tahiti )

Papeete is a bit of a ghost town on Sundays and after going to the market and the drugstore (as mentioned in a previous post), we crashed the pool at the Sheraton and had a very enjoyable dinner of pizza and pasta in the restaurant there. The pool was surrounded by topless beauties including our Minkie who was gawked at by a fat man in a black thong. We laughed at him. A real creep. The next morning, Walter took us to the airport and we caught a flight to Huahine. Huahine lies 175 km. (110 miles) northwest of Tahiti in the Leeward Society islands.

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More to come later…..

The World’s 7 Most Amazing Hotel Pools

Indulge yourself as you submerge yourself in the world’s most amazing hotel pools

World's Greatest PoolsPicture your dream holiday as you sit behind your desk, in your office, on another endless workday. Picture cloudless blue skies, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and your own personal butler bringing you cocktails as you lounge beside the most incredible infinity pool you have ever seen.

It’s nice to dream… Why not keep on dreaming as you check out the world’s most amazing hotel pools. The world is your oyster and all of these hotels are open for you. You can experience amazing swimming pools yourself.

Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives
Indulge in an island fantasy at Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, this hotel’s 49m infinity pool is the longest in the Maldives. Fibre optics light up the pool at night as it rivals the glittering stars, and for something extra, check out what’s happening under the sea from the glass-bottomed bathtub in your Overwater Pool Villa.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii
The $9 million infinity pool at the Four Seasons stands out among the numerous other luxury hotels and resorts in Wailea. Located on the southwestern shore of Maui, the 37m salt-water infinity pool seems to disappear into Wailea Bay 16m below. You can swim up to the bar to grab a cocktail, listen to Hawaiian music underwater, and relax in the evening by the glow of tiki torches.

San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile
Saying the pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort is large is an understatement. Stretching 1km in length, covering 20 acres, and containing 250 million litres of filtered Pacific Ocean water, this amazing pool has been called the largest in the world by Guinness World Records. It holds several man-made sand beaches and reportedly cost $2 billion to build.

Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
Hang out in this resort’s U-shaped pool to enjoy panoramic views of Utah’s dramatic mesas, or relax on one of the poolside king-size day beds while you sip on a prickly-pear margarita. You can swim day and night at a pleasant 29 degrees, and you really can’t miss the 80-foot-high, Jurassic-period sandstone escarpment that rises out of the pool.

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, Rajasthan
On the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan, the Oberoi Udaivilas showcase majestic India at its best. Built as a traditional Indian palace, this hotel has rambling courtyards, sweeping gardens, and reflection pools. Rooms open out onto terraces and semi-private swimming pools, and some suites have their very own swimming pools. There is also a luxurious spa with its own swimming pool overlooking the lake.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Opened in 2010, this Singapore hotel has one of the most iconic pools in the world. The infinity pool isn’t just three times the length of an Olympic pool, it’s also 55 storeys high and straddles three towers of the hotel. At a cost of $4 billion, the hotel is apparently the most expensive in the world, and allows guests the chance to swim at 650m, while enjoying spectacular views over Singapore.

Golden Nugget, Las Vegas
Ever felt there was something missing in the hotel pools you’ve seen in the past? Perhaps a few sharks? In the Golden Nugget’s $30 million pool complex – The Tank – you can swim alongside sharks, stingrays, huge Queensland grouper, and silvery jack crevalle. Nice idea, and thankfully danger free – as the swimming pool is separated from the shark tank by a six-inch clear acrylic wall. The Golden Nugget is just one of the unique places to stay in Las Vegas.