Thomson and First Choice offer romantic destinations for Valentine’s Day

UK-based holiday company, Thomson and First Choice, claims to have put together some of the best destinations for couples looking for the perfect romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day.

The locales are claimed to be the best spots to escape the cold and rain and celebrate Valentine’s Day abroad with sunshine, golden sandy beaches and peaceful settings. The destinations on offer include:

1. Thomson Couples, El Dorado Seaside Suites, Mexico

Thomson offers 14 night Couples holidays to Mexico, staying at the El Dorado Seaside Suites, by Karisma on an all-inclusive basis, from £1,719 per person. The price is based on two adults sharing, and includes flights departing from Gatwick airport on February 11, 2014.

Thomson says, Welcomed with a chilled glass of champagne, the stylish Travelife Gold awarded 5T El Dorado Seaside Suites offers a first class setting to ensure a relaxing and romantic Valentine’s getaway.

2. Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica

Thomson offers 14 night holidays to Jamaica, staying at the 5T Couples Tower Isle on an all-inclusive basis, from £2,160 per person. The price is based on two adults sharing, and includes flights departing from Manchester airport on February 13, 2014.

Thomson says, Located in beautiful settings surrounded by gardens dotted with palm trees, the Couples Tower Isle is perfect for a quiet and peaceful Valentine’s holiday. With a private sandy beach and adjacent swimming pools, the adults-only hotel is luxury at its finest.

3. Sensatori Tenerife

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Tenerife staying at the Travelife Gold awarded 5T+ Sensatori Tenerife on a full board basis, from £1,290 per person. The price is based on two adults sharing in the Red Level section, and includes flights departing from Birmingham airport on February 9, 2014.

Thomson says, Designed to fuel the senses, Sensatori features a modern design and is complete with a spa, sauna and steam room. For the more active couple, the hotel also offers a gym, as well as various sport and activity classes available, including tennis, archery, sushi making and wine tasting.

4. Ndogo Safari & Southern Palms, Kenya

For the more adventurous couple, First Choice offers safari tour and stay options; combining a three night safari in the breath-taking Tsavo East and West National Parks with an 11-night stay at the stunning Southern Palms Resort.

First Choice offers 14-night Tour & Stay holidays to Kenya, incorporating a three night Ndogo Safari with an 11-night stay at the 4Sun Southern Palms on an all-inclusive basis from £1,975 per person. The price is based on two adults sharing, and includes flights departing from Glasgow airport on 10th February 2014 and transfers.

5. Thomson Platinum Riu Tikida Palmeraie, Marrakech, Morocco

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Marrakech staying at the Travelife Gold awarded Platinum 4T+ Riu Tikida Palmeraie on an all-inclusive basis, from £465 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing, and includes flights departing from Gatwick airport on 10th February 2014.

Part of Thomson’s Platinum portfolio, the company says that the all-inclusive hotel, which looks like a traditional desert village, is in a peaceful location within easy reach of Marrakech. Excursions on offer include visits to the Garden of Marrakech, a beautiful home with manicured Gardens owned by international designer Yves Saint Laurent.

6. Thomson Chic and Unique Living Room Hotel, Goa

Thomson offers 14 night holidays to Goa staying at the 3T+ Living Room, on a bed and breakfast basis, from £899 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing, and includes flights departing from Manchester airport on 10th February 2014.

Thomson says, With its Buddha statues, water fountains and stylish interiors, the Living Room is a boutique hotel with a laid-back, bohemian edge. Thomson also offers some fantastic excursions in Goa showcasing what India really has to offer.

The most popular place in the UK to propose… the Lake District

When it comes to popping the big question, it seems the rugged landscape of England’s largest National Park is more popular than anywhere else in the UK.

The Lake District has been revealed as the top place for getting down on one knee, beating capital cities Edinburgh and London.

The Lake District was the only place in the top five that was not a city destination.

According to the research by eHarmoney.co.uk, the park was followed closely by Brighton, the bohemian sea-side city.

Dr Gian Gonzaga, relationship scientist and senior director of research director of the online matchmaker said: ‘Brighton is a perfect spot for couples who thrive in the City but love the bohemian vibe and the town’s seafront quaintness.’

However it’s not all about nature and sea air, in third place was the historic city of Bath.

The city famous for its Roman Baths, and beautiful architecture came ahead of the Scottish capital Edinburgh.

Popping the question in Edinburgh Castle is popular with is spectacular views, according to Dr Gonzaga.

Surprisingly London was fifth, despite its buzzing city nightlife and historic architecture.

It has also been revealed that Paris was the number one place to visit on Valentines Day, according to lastminute.com.

Paris was followed closely by Rome, New York, Barcelona and Las Vegas as top Valentines destinations.

Lemurs in Love at West Midlands Safari Park

As Valetine’s Day approaches, a pair of smitten lemurs are proving that it isn’t just humans who want to spend some alone time with their partner during the season of love.

After spending the chilly winter months keeping each other warm and getting to know each other at West Midlands Safari Park, this loveable pair of black and white ruffed lemurs only have eyes for each other.

Named Romeo and Juliet by park staff who love nothing more than a romance between their animals, the lemurs even have their own love nest – with rangers hand delivering the lovey dovey couple’s favourite food, strawberries, to encourage the relationship to blossom.

Due to wide hunting and a disappearing habitat, black and white ruffed lemurs are one of the more endangered species of the primate group – which is why staff at the park are doing all they can to make sure they will be hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet over the coming months.

Bob Lawrence, Director of Wildlife at the park, said, “Love is most definitely in the air for these two, which is really rather good news as ruffed lemurs are critically endangered in the wild.

“They get on well, and getting on well is half the battle. They don’t squabble over food and living quarters.

“There’s no sign of biting each others tails off or repetitively pacing up and down the fence.

“They seem quite happy and content with each other. Anything that we can do to encourage the patter of tiny paws will be enormously beneficial to this species.”

The cute couple live in a special love shack in the park’s discovery trail, and although there is another female in the enclosure, staff are confident nothing will break up the loved-up lemurs.

“It does come with its complications though, because Romeo also lives with a second female that staff have nicknamed Titania,” added Bob, who has been at the park since 1973.

“So there are three in there altogether but those two get on well. We provide a good environment for them to live in and hope that nature takes its course.”

As well as the endangered couple, West Midlands Safari Park also have ring-tailed, white-fronted brown and red-bellied lemurs all living together in the UK’s largest lemur walk-through wood.

“We only had lemurs less than a year ago and the ring-tailed ones bred well last year,” said Bob.

“So we are hoping that Romeo and Juliet follow suit, and we have more babies to celebrate later this year.”