Photo Courtesy: Ralph Lauren
February rings in the season of love and along with it, a bevy of clichés. This year why not do away with the usual suspects and try something different to make this Valentine's Day an affair to remember? Try these offbeat ideas on for size.
At Your Service
If you're still strapped for ideas and are keen to surprise your beloved with something truly extraordinary, then Quintessentially Lifestyle - India is the answer to your gifting woes. In fact, the globally-renowned concierge service has executed many an unusual request in the past.
When it comes to Valentine's Day celebrations, the company has played a discreet role in many instances. Sonia Deshmukh, Head - Marketing, PR and Events, Quintessentially Lifestyle, shares, "A client in Mumbai had a limousine pick up his wife and himself from their residence. They were driven to the Gateway of India, where they were transferred to a yacht only to be welcomed by a butler. The yacht set sail and the butler presented a tray with a simple arrangement - a rose, champagne bucket and little box with a three-carat solitaire (his V-Day gift to her). As a member of the concierge service, his request was brief - he wanted to get away from the noise of the city and spend time with his wife in the middle of the sea without having to travel too far."
If work is keeping you away, then you could take inspiration from this Bengaluru-based member, who planned an unusual surprise for his wife. Deshmukh reveals, "A member in Bengaluru was spending Valentine's Day away from his wife, at a conference in Tokyo. He wanted to arrange a special day for his wife at home. With the assistance of Quintessentially Lifestyle - India, she was treated to an American breakfast, a midmorning spa session, a Thai lunch with a live kitchen, English tea with macaroons and scones, private jewellery shopping session, and an Italian dinner with a violinist playing in the background."
Expert at finding tickets to sold-out performances or planning a bespoke event, concierge services can take care of the details, while you sit back and enjoy this day in the company of your beloved.
Photo Courtesy: SeaDream Yacht Club
It's on certain occasions that we feel the undying urge to step out into the world and explore it in ways that make us feel special and cared for. It could be lying under a blanket of stars, sipping delicious wine, getting a taste of nightlife or perhaps making a trip to a peaceful resort. But what if you could indulge in all these activities one after the other this Valentine's Day? SeaDream Yacht Club took up the challenge and has successfully lived up to it. It's a world of customised luxury from the moment you come onboard. You could…
- Stay overnight in a port to enjoy the nightlife.
- Dine alfresco on deck or in the elegant dining salon.
- Relax on the spacious pool deck or in the Jacuzzi.
- Join a shore-side activity with the crew.
- Indulge yourself at the SeaDream Spa.
- Sleep under the stars on a Balinese Dream Bed.
- Watch starlit movies on deck.
It would be difficult to ask for more. With an added advantage of absolute privacy, you spend just about the same amount that you would shell out for a cruise-an experience where you'd have no choice but to share space. The expression 'Yacht Club' is not only a sentiment about size; it is a statement about lifestyle aboard the small, ultra-deluxe mega-yachts.
Spa Time Surprise
While it's a good idea to surprise your partner with a day at the spa, why not make it even more special by learning how to give the massage yourself? With just a little bit of effort, you can create a spa-like ambience at home and give your partner a personalised pampering session. Dr. Rejith Daniel, Regional Spa Director - L'Occitane Spas echoes this sentiment, "This Valentine's Day, a unique idea is for one partner to take up spa therapy lessons from Spa la Vie by L'Occitane in the weeks leading up to V-Day. You can then surprise your spouse with an incredible massage." Take your pick from the various kinds of massages available. "Learn about the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish effleurages and Chinese acupressure and give your partner the joy of wellness and bliss. This gift is not only extremely personal, but also shows your effort and commitment in trying to do something exceptional to express your love," he adds.
You can easily create the ambience at home by lighting candles, preferably containing aromatic oils or use a spray containing essential oils. And just in case, it doesn't work out as planned, Spa la Vie by L'Occitane in Mumbai is also offering the 'Ultimate Romance Spa Experience' that offers couples the Provencal Steam Experience, a special Aromachologie Massage and Royal Bath Ceremony in the VIP Couple's Room. Or, you could opt for a Detoxifying and Energising Scrub with an Aroma Wellness Massage or an ILA facial or body therapy at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La in Mumbai.
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