No idea what to give your valentine? No offence to gumdrops, chocolates and roses, but come on. We all know what is really most important. Duck the commercial side of it all and give your special someone the finest gift of all: your time, presence and undivided attention!
We are offering some tips on things to do, and life and love hacks for deepening relationships with your partner, closest friend, big brother, mother or neighbour. Enjoy!
#1 Extend Valentine's to a long weekend
Get out of town and have some time together for real. Because what could be more ideal than a long weekend when Valentine's Day is on a Thursday? (And even better in 2020 when it is on a Friday! #Longtermplanning).
Not possible to go away that weekend? No problem. Maybe even better as a surprise present on Valentine's Day?
So where are you going? Are you looking for a nearby town, across the country, over the Baltic or neighbouring countries? We have hotels in over 100 different destinations in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Lithuania and Latvia.
Breakfast in bed at Hobo in Stockholm?
How about a 600 sqm spa? Check in at Quality Hotel The Box in Linköping.
#2 The food - cook at home or eat out?
How much room is there for love and caring in a homemade, creamy mushroom sauce? Answer: unlimited. Food is love. Full stop. Whether you order food to-go from your local pub, throw together your own garlic aïoli to accompany some prawns, or surprise them with their favorite dish, you can't go wrong!
Another idea, at least as good if not better, is to free each other free from the responsibility of cooking and washing dishes and treat yourselves to a night out at one of your town’s restaurants or bars. Do you need inspiration? Check out our tips and guides for bars and restaurants in both large and small cities in Sweden, Norway and Denmark! Below you can see a tiny selection of all our restaurants and bars!
Beautiful and inspiring interior at Restaurant Norda at [Clario Hotel Post]((https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/hotels/sweden/gothenburg/clarion-hotel-post/) in Gothenburg.
You will find Malmö's best drinks at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live.
At the hotel At Six, in the middle of central Stockholm, you can enjoy both food and drink at a real design hotel.
BUT, you have to promise one thing during dinner. No screens. No TV, tablet or mobile. NADA. Turn off everything. At a restaurant? Leave your phones at home. Or at the very least have them on with flight mode on and carefully tucked away in a bag or pocket. Notifications, vibrations - shut it all off. Comprende?
#3 Do you speak the same Love Language?
Words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service and physical touch *. What do they all have in common? That’s right, they are all parts of the Love Language phenomenon! Psychologist Gary Chapman has identified these BIG FIVE as the most common ways we show our love. And having a knowledge of your partner's Love Language can give you a lot of priceless tips on how to maximize his or her experience of your love (... as well as save you from a misunderstanding).
Not sure which one of the 5 languages is most dominant in your sweetheart? Lucky you! Because then you have a perfect opportunity for a fun, reflective and probably very exciting discussion! Here you can read more about the five Love Languages.
#4 Eye contact is THE shit
...As you know. "The eyes are the mirror of the soul" etc etc. But did you know that 4 minutes of eye contact is enough for the hormones adrenaline and oxytocin to kick in? And yes, you guessed right. Those are the same hormones that dance that samba in the body when we are in love. With longer periods of eye contact, we simply experience a stronger bond with each other. And doesn’t that just sound splendid? Will it be your ace in the hole on February 14th?
#5 Go to a spa – the ultimate luxury
Going to a spa together has always felt like the ultimate luxury. What could be more wonderful than stepping into a small, calm bubble of hot baths, sauna, massage, good food and of course lots of time together. Take care of each other, faaar away from the distractions of everyday life and the darkness and cold of February.
We have over 30 spa hotels in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Check them all out here!
Strömstad Spa & Resort has everything that a Swedish archipelago idyll possibly could have to offer – and more to boot!
At Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm you can swim in the heated rooftop pool, regardless of the season.
Going past Larvik? Don't miss the Farris Bad spa hotel, just 1.5 hours from Oslo.
From the rooftop pool at Clarion Hotel Helsinki you have a fantastic view of Helsinki.
Is it possible to top Yasuragi, Sweden's most famous spa?
See also: Guide to 7 unique spa experiences in the Nordic countries The Nordic region’s 10 best spa hotels New Yasuragi - join us at Sweden's most famous spa 10 fantastic hotel pools in Sweden and Norway
#6 Can 36 questions do the trick?
Heard about the 36 questions that are said to create both magic and love between two strangers? Well. Let's take it with a pinch of salt. But we cannot help but love the idea of opening up exciting conversations and getting to know close friends and loved ones better (why limit it to just sexual relationships, hmmm?). We guarantee a conversation that will open up for mutual vulnerability and intimacy regardless!
Okay. To summarise.
Turn off all digital devices. Learn something new about each other with 36 questions. List your Love Languages. Treat the brain to a shot of hormones with eye contact. And most important of all: time, presence and undivided attention! Love for everyone <3