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A pleasant surprise this year is that Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend. How about turning your romantic escapade into an intimate escape — just the two of you?

Kerala, India
Close to four hours away lies what you must have read on Incredible India campaigns as ‘God’s own country’. As soon as you step out of the plane you’ll realise how true the title holds. Around an hour’s drive away from the airport is a crisscross of tranquil, palm-fringed, backwater canals at Allepey.

Take a houseboat cruise here, which can last from 20 to 36 hours. After much research and several reviews by friends, I assure you, this is one of the most romantic experiences you’ll ever have. There isn’t a long list of activities. Enjoy some peaceful moments watching the ongoing life on the shore while you float away.

These houseboats are well-equipped with all sort of modern amenities. You have your personal chef, who keeps dishing out the finest of his culinary repertoire. and a captain who’ll steer you towards some great sights and a magical sunset.

Sofia, Bulgaria
February_2014_Travel-02The Bulgarian capital and its largest city, Sofia boasts wonderful history and a number of touristy attractions. Approximately four hours by flight from Bahrain, this gateway to Europe preserves its old world charm and is one of best cities to walk in, due its compact design.

Visitors exploring the city’s streets can see remnants of The Eastern Gate. In addition to the many monuments, there are quaint restaurants and shops in almost every corner. You can take a short bus ride to gorgeous sites like the Bansko, Malyovitsa and the Rila Mountains.

This beautiful city has managed to remain untouched by heavy tourism. It is hence a great choice for a quiet yet delightful Valentine’s escape.

Cyprus
February_2014_Travel-03Pristine beaches, saline air and sun-kissed topography — there’s a reason why this Mediterranean haven is considered the birthplace of Aphrodite. And guess what…it’s less than three hours away from Bahrain. A direct flight takes you to Larnaca and we suggest a car ride to Paphos.

Pissouri, a charming town, beckons all in love and looking for a respite from their concrete jungle lives. There are a number of boutique restaurants and not too far is the famous Aphrodite beach.
Owing to its battered economy, the place is easy on the pocket. A wholesome restaurant meal for two, inclusive of great quality local wine will come up to around BD20.

With art, local delicacies, architecture, scenic splendour and warm faces that

welcome you wherever you go, the Cyprus way of life is calm, beautiful and full of love.

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