Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

No Ordinary Love ; Tired of Run-of-the-Mill Romantic Breaks? These Five Destinations Offer Something a Little Bit Different

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

No Ordinary Love ; Tired of Run-of-the-Mill Romantic Breaks? These Five Destinations Offer Something a Little Bit Different

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IF you don't want to take the stereotypical romantic break this Valentine's Day, with a run-of-the-mill hotel and candlelit dinner, then show your partner how much you care by opting for adventure, rugged isolation or a wellbeing escape to reignite your love life.

FINNISH LAPLAND SEEING the N orthern Lights on the edge of the Arctic doesn't have to be a frosty affair.

N orthern Lights specialist The Aurora Zone (www.theaurorazone.com; 01670 785 012) has launched a heated Aurora sleigh with transparent windows cocooning you, giving an amazing view of the night sky at Lake Inari.

Bed down in a bubble, a heated see-through enclosure with a double bed, and enjoy the spectacle. In February the company launches ten glass Arctic view igloos, allowing couples panoramic views of the Arctic night skies in comfort.

The Muotka Fellside Auroras trip costs from Pounds 1,830pp (two sharing) including flights (London), transfers, four nights' full- board (with a night in a bubble), activities, guides and coldweather clothing. Departures available in January, February and March.

ISLE OF SKYE STA ST GGERING scenery, castles and luxurious accommodation make the Isle of Skye a romantic's paradise.

Luxury B&B Canowindra (www.canowindraskye.co.uk ; 01478 613 640), just outside the island's capital, Portree, offers packages featuring a couples photo-shoot and offers packages featuring a couples photo-shoot and half-day ramble.

Wildlife lovers can take a boat trip to admire the pods of dolphins and minke whales or admire them from the land at Rubha Hunish, R the most northerly point of Skye.From April Loch Lomond Seaplanes will be running a new seaplane service (from Pounds 89).

TUSCANY Unspoiled: Italy of peace and tranquillity can discover the TOWNIES may head for the romantic cities of Florence and Siena, but those in search of peace and tranquillity can discover the rolling hills, vineyards and off-the-beaten track villages of this beautiful, unspoilt region of Italy. …

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