Top 5 Valentine's Day Experiences

Top 5 Valentine's Day Experiences

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to treat the one you love to something special. But it's not all about expensive gifts – taking the time to scope out the best locations, best restaurants and best experiences will also be greatly appreciated by your better half.

So – in no particular order – here are five ways that you can make this Valentine's Day extra special:

1. A roof with a view

A roof with a view

Cities around the UK are full of amazing architecture, sunsets and vistas – the one issue is that you can only see them from high up in the air. Luckily, cocktail bars and restaurants popping up at the top of buildings has become a recent trend, so your options are abundant.

London has the Asian-inspired SushiSamba, located on the 39th floor of the Heron Tower, where you will find yourself on the highest outdoor dining terrace in Europe. The views of London's most iconic landmarks (and the array of delicious cocktails) will help distract you and your love from the chattering teeth and shivering limbs.

Beat the chill with The Big Chill in Bristol. Dance the night away (and most of the next morning) with their 4am closing time on Saturday's, with regular jazz and funk music events happening on the roof terrace atop the historic Georgian terrace building.

The Veuve Cliquot Champagne roof garden at Bohemia in Brighton will bring some class to proceedings. Its summer garden vibe means you can dine, drink, chat (and flirt) from sun-up to sun-down. Warning: your dancing shoes will be required as the sun goes down and the music turns up.

What's better than brunch? That's right, a boozy brunch. What's better than a boozy brunch? Boozy brunch with a view. Presented more like an Amazonian rainforest than a restaurant / pub in the West End of Glasgow, Ubiquitous Chip has a Victorian rooftop complete with luscious greenery and wrought iron trusses. And the food and drinks not bad either.

Note: some of the above venues may not cater during the winter months, so please check availability with the specific venue beforehand.

An added extra: Make this Valentine's extra special by popping the question with the perfect diamond ring! Wink wink.

18ct White Gold 1/2ct Forever Diamond Ring, now £1299, was £2599.

2. Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

Sometimes the best plans involve simply staying in the comfort of your own home – but we're not suggesting another Netflix and chill night. More effort please.

Show your culinary skills with a delicious home-cooked meal (this may need some practising beforehand if you're not a budding Jamie Oliver), make an old-school mixtape of her favourite chill-out tunes, create a handmade Valentine's card (the soppier, the better) and dedicate some time in the evening to simply be together. New pj's, a fluffy gown and slippers, a glass of wine and some alone time can go a long way in these days of non-stop work and frantic living.

An added extra: Home isn't the only place where the heart is. It's also here at H.Samuel.

Sterling Silver Diamond Heart Pendant, now £29, was £129.

3. Keep her guessing

Keep her guessing

This one requires a bit of creative thinking, but bear with it.

The simplest plan can be made into a beautifully thoughtful gesture by making it a surprise.

Have you booked the restaurant where you had your first date? Or a few cocktails at the bar where you first met? That's great – adorable and personal to your relationship. But make these plans more special by leaving little hints around the house every morning or sending her a different clue to mull over each lunchtime when she's at work and that kind-hearted plan will transform into a one-of-a-kind experience.

An added extra: Keep her GUESSing. Get it.

Guess Rhodium-Plated Heart Bracelet, £49.

4. Valentine's Day = spa day

Valentine's Day = spa day

Nothing feels better than to unwind with a pampering session, so why not make it a couples pampering session. Or even a couples pampering retreat.

Find a beautiful country house to escape to and have a relaxing weekend of massages, scrubs, Himalayan salt baths, manicures, pedicures and body wraps.

An added extra: Make her jewellery collection sparkle like she does with this Seksy ladies' watch gift set.

Seksy Ladies' Stone-Set Watch Gift Set, now £59.99, was £119.99.

Valentine's Day = spa day

5. A night at the movies

This is no Blockbuster rental and microwave popcorn. This is something a little different.

There are companies out there that hold special screenings of all your favourite films in a completely immersive environment. Whether Independence Day in an intergalactic world (complete with its own space station bar) is your thing, or Romeo + Juliet in a candlelit London church (complete with a full choir to sing the iconic soundtrack) sounds more romantic, these alternative cinema experiences are the must-do dates for movie buffs.

An added extra: Get her a single rose (set with diamonds) from her favourite Disney film.

Enchanted Disney 9ct Rose Gold 1/10ct Diamond Belle Pendant, £799.