With Valentine’s Day and the brighter times of spring on the horizon, romance is in the air here in Devon. So how are you planning to show your affections this year? Whether you intend to treat his or her taste buds, explore the North Devon coast or spring your own special romantic break, February is our "Month of Love". Here are just some of our favourite activities and current offers to make hearts flutter.
1. Lose the crowds and go wild
One of the most priceless things of all about North Devon is the wonderful sense of seclusion. Whether you go hiking on Exmoor or take to the South West Coast Path, it is still possible to get that precious feeling that you are the only two people in the world.
So where might you start with a day out for two? Walking is always a popular option; get a good distance from any obvious access point and you can almost guarantee peace and quiet. It doesn’t get much more spectacular than the craggy coast of North Devon (see our precious blog on great coastal walks)
2. Have a blooming beautiful day out
Naturally, not all the beauty spots in North Devon are rugged or far-flung. Indeed, if you prefer a little history and stately elegance, there are some wonderful heritage sites and gardens to visit. Spring arrives early in Devon and many of the various attractions have beautiful blooms even in late February (in fact, some of the daffodils are already out here as we type this in February!).
3. Enjoy a Devon spa session for two
When was the last time the two of you enjoyed a spot of dedicated relaxation together? Sociable pampering sessions don’t have to be a “girls only” thing these days. On the contrary, his and hers spa time is increasingly popular for obvious reasons. You can mix and match your favourite massages and treatments to suit both of your tastes, followed by some quality time together in the sauna or the pool. Sheer bliss! See our spa section for more details.
4. Share a tandem bike or a boat made for two
Granted, so your paddling or peddling skills may leave a bit to be desired. You may well get wet, or get butterflies when the steering goes wonky, but this is all part of the charm. Indeed, for any lovebirds who enjoy fresh air, there’s little to beat the fun of an active day out on water or wheels. You certainly needn’t be an expert or even bring any of the gear with you; our recent “where to hire it in North Devon” blog has various ideal places to rent tandem kayaks or cycles by the hour.
5. The food of love
The way to any foodie’s heart is very definitely through their taste buds. So why not arrange a genuine gourmet experience this year? The choice of setting probably depends on your style as a couple. Will it be candlelit and delicate, or hearty and indulgent?
We offer taste of both here at Woolacombe Bay. Doyle’s Restaurant is the place for deliciously refined dining, while The Bay Brasserie has rather less formal options, including delectable sharing platters. Meanwhile there are also some great food festivals and tasting experiences in North Devon, depending on the season.
Romantic escapes in Devon, for Valentine’s Day 2018 and beyond
Here at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel, we have all the ingredients for a truly memorable romantic break for two. Nor do you need to arrive on Valentine’s Day itself, because our current special breaks run from February 9th right through to late March! Escape to the sea with us and enjoy breath-taking scenery along with elegant rooms and the best in West Country hospitality.
Our special Romantic Break and Cosy Dine and Stay hotel offers both include an excellent meal in our AA Rosette awarded restaurant, along with access to The Haven Spa, while we would be delighted to add any further special treats for your loved one on request. Find out more and plan your own romantic break on the North Devon Coast here: https://www.woolacombe-bay-hotel.co.uk/hotels-north-devon/valentines-day-2018