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    Hot air balloons launching in Mudgee. Photo VisitNSW.

    Some of us are not into Valentine’s Day, while others embrace this romantic occasion with all the chocolates and roses. But in the time of COVID-19 let’s show a little love and make this one a special day whether it’s for you and your special someone, gal-friends, the guys, or your pet.

    New South Wales is one of the few states which, comparatively speaking, has remained open to all Aussies throughout the last few months. Celebrate in style in one of the following ways.

    If you are thinking of popping the question then perhaps the Marry Me Suite at Pier One Sydney is for you. There’s a private balcony under Sydney Harbour Bridge where you can get down on one knee surrounded by Marry Me lights, Champagne and chocolate coated strawberries, plus your own personal photographer.


    Crown Sydney Resort Pool. Photo Credit Crown Sydney Image VisitNSW

    Could this be Sydney’s most luxe hotel room? The Executive Harbour Bridge Suite at the brand-new Crown Sydney offers one of the best pool views around as well as a contemporary Japanese fusion menu from Nobu Sydney.


    Park Hyatt Harbour Suite Bedroom. Photo Credit Park Hyatt

    The Harbour Suite at Park Hyatt Sydney is up there with the best. Offer your valentine a bespoke in-room dinner served by your very own butler. Finish the evening off in a bath filled with bubbles as you gaze upon the Sydney Opera House.


    Sydney Seaplanes. Image VisitNSW

    For the bluest of ocean views, hop on a Sydney Seaplane from Rose Bay and alight at Whale Beach enroute to one of Jonah’s recently refurbished Ocean Retreat rooms. Bask in the picturesque coastal views over an alfresco lunch on the balcony terrace.


    Scenic views from Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotelpool, Whale Beach, Sydney. Image VisitNSW

    Spoil your loved one with a weekend stay at Contemporary Hotels’ breathtaking Palm Beach Villa, boasting uninterrupted views from Palm Beach to the Central Coast. Get the heart pumping and complete the iconic Barrenjoey Lighthouse walk, then wind down with a carefully curated Valentine’s Day Meal by The Boathouse.

    LeFromage and Picnic & Proposals who will arrange the ultimate picnic proposal set-up in Sydney. From Observatory Hill, to the shores of Watson’s Bay, Neilsen Park or a sentimental location of your choice – just take your pick and leave the romance to the experts


    Couples Room at The Darling Spa. Photo Credit The Darling Spa

    Rejuvenate with a luxurious couples’ treatment at The Darling Spa. Try the Li’tya Ocean Dreaming Bath package for a relaxing massage and cleansing and revitalising bath.


    Friends enjoying a day of kayaking on Sydney Harbour. Image courtesy VisitNSW

    Start your Valentine’s Day in the most memorable way and catch the first light of the morning on the waters of Sydney Harbour with a private sunrise kayak tour with Oz Paddle. Experience the calm of the city before it wakes, passing by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge before stopping at a secluded beach.


    Pampered Pets at The Langham Sydney. Photo Credit The Langham Sydney

    Enjoy a luxurious pet-friendly staycation in Sydney, curated specially for you and your four-legged friend by The Langham Sydney. Enjoy a Pawesome Pet gift bag on arrival, treat your pal to an exclusive puppy high-tea while you indulge in your own and get pampered with a paw-dicure – and pedicure – alike.

    Find a dog-friendly picturesque location in Sydney and NSW for you and your pup and set up the ultimate photoshoot by a professional Pawtastic Photography dog photographer. Head to Centennial Park or Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, or dog-friendly spots around the Blue Mountains or Southern Highlands.

    Round up your GAL-entines or adventure buddies and make memories you’ll never forget. View an astonishing array of wildlife including meter long stingrays and tiny seahorses as you snorkel around Cabbage Tree Bay in Manly. Close out the adventures with an Elderflower Spritz on the rooftop of Manly Greenhouse.


    Sun setting over accommodation at Nimbo Fork Lodge, Killimicat. Image VisitNSW.

    Book a romantic escape at Nimbo Fork Lodge nestled in the Snowy Valleys, and enjoy an intimate farm-to-table dining experience at the new Three Blue Ducks restaurant. Book an exclusive half-day Vine to Wine Adventure by helicopter visiting two award-winning cellar door wineries.

    Treat yourselves and plan a getaway to remember with Wallace’s 5 night ‘Bush + Beach’ Private Jet Journey. Get the VIP treatment and fly by private plane, dine in stunning vineyards, shop local, and stay overnight in stunning accommodation across the NSW North Coast.


    Couple with Roses at Boat House, Palm Beach. Image VisitNSW

    Go glamping – luxe-style – at The Cove in Jervis Bay. Located within the rainforests of Booderee National Park, this beachside paradise is a perfect weekend getaway. Soak in the tranquillity with a luxurious outdoor bath, wake up to the sounds of local birds, and unwind on your very own private beach.

    Take your love to new heights with a sunrise hot-air ballooning experience over the rolling hills of Mudgee with Balloon Aloft, followed by a memorable champagne breakfast. Sample award-winning wines at cellar doors like Lowe Wines and Robert Stein Winery, dine on local produce at Elton’s, and snuggle up in the beautifully styled Peppertree Hill.


    North Of Eden Gin School and Cellar Door. Photo Credit David Rogers Photography

    Book a short break on NSW’s Sapphire Coast and learn how to make your own bespoke bottle of gin at multi-award-winning distillery North of Eden Gin’s Gin School. Spend the night under the stars at Currajong Retreat, offering romantic private-tented accommodation set high upon a cliff overlooking the river and valley below.

    Feel the power behind the wheel of a 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and cruise through the stunning vineyards and rolling countryside of the Hunter region on a three-hour drive with your lover. Book the Hunter Romance Package at voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley and indulge in luxury accommodation, a heli-wine tasting for two, cocktails, bottle of wine and romantic dinner in Locavore Restaurant.

    For more personalised information, tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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