I mean, romance doesn’t have to be limited to chocolates and flowers, although they do make a wonderful gift. Our Valentine’s date will be a celebration of lust, a slice of romantic escapism in the midst of the mundane, and a little secret that will make this month one for the books.
Here are three of my favourite ideas of celebrating this month. Let me know which one strikes your fancy.
A little light research on the origins of this day led me to this wonderful quote. It describes the day’s transformation from a pagan festival to one celebrating Catholic saints as becoming – “ a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it”.
I wouldn’t even begin to promise that we’ll be wearing clothes all of the time, but what about for half of our date? Let’s bring some romance into the month with a lunch or dinner date – the best way to brush away nerves, flirt, ( I am the biggest, corniest flirt,) and simply enjoy discovering one another.
I think, in honour of the saints, we should have our own seafood feast at J.Sheekey. The vivid red exterior seriously sets the mood for this romantic month. Let’s make sure we order a platter of oysters, the ultimate aphrodisiac.
I have to confess to sometimes waking up and craving these salty little morsels, (oysters!) and we’ll discover whether they do indeed get us in the mood for love. I already know they do but there’s no harm in repeatedly testing a hypothesis. In fact, it’s science.
Though sometimes, you want to keep away from prying eyes. Well, what better way to do so than discovering one of my top 5 romantic movies – Wong Kar-wai’s masterful In the Mood for Love.
Even if you’re not ordinarily a huge fan of romance, you can’t help but brush aside your cynicism at this beautiful chronicle of unrealised love. Love, much like life, is often complicated, bewildering and unrealised. This film captures the nuances, tragedy, but also joy exquisitely.
This masterpiece, coupled with a gorgeous suite at the equally romantic Rosewood hotel is the formula for a date to savour. We can finish with an overnight, waking up to a delicious breakfast in bed or stumble disgracefully bleary eyed to breakfast. My favourite way to end a passionate overnight.
For my time limited gentlemen, we can easily check into a luxurious dayroom. Gracefully spending a duvet afternoon of Netflix and chill between the cool crisp sheets is an ideal compromise.
Another theory behind the roots of St Valentine’s Day, is that it evolved from the Roman feast of Lupercalia- celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of February. Of course, the romans are not known for their decorum and restraint in celebrating.
I did assume plenty of wine, wassail and song would have been involved but they truly surpassed themselves with this one. During this feast goats and dogs were sacrificed and skinned, with the menfolk using the hides to whip the women. I mean, what else could they do?
It’s only fitting in this age that we celebrate by reversing the roles – I take care of the whip and you provide the hide! 🙂 This stunning Anoeses set would be the perfect accompaniment to such an erotically charged session.
The colour and design is ideal for a debauched Valentine’s encounter. Red isn’t only the colour of love, passion, it’s also the universal colour of danger. Good danger of course.
Is there a better way to celebrate this month than by losing sight of the world for a few hours? Allow me to take the reins and curate a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s date for us. Drop me a line via my booking form and anticipate a day to remember.
If you are tragically unavailable to meet me in person and truly revel, you can put a little smile on my face via one of my favourite giftcards or pre screen and book for a future date!
Love, lust and luxury isn’t limited to February.