Valentine's Day Special: When cupid goes quirky

This Valentine's Day, ditch the clichéd candle-light dinner, and get into quirk mode. Get a headstart with the guide’s uber-cool planner. Depending on your type, take a hot air balloon ride, sign up for a dessert-making workshop or watch a RomCom together under the stars. Hooked?

For adventure junkies


Gift hot air balloon rides
Wish to go on a hot air balloon ride together and learn paragliding or just plan a fun day out together? Giftkarting, an online gifting platform has put together a plethora of exciting experiences for couples with pick-up and drop services. You can also use their app to browse through these options.
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Sail away into sunset
Wanna double date this V-Day? Head to Gateway of India for a two-hour sailing experience on a sailboat that seats four. From checking out Mumbai’s oldest lighthouses to spotting dolphins in the Arabian Sea, if this isn’t your idea of a romantic adventure, what is?
On: February 14
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Cost: 3,999 per boat


Book a chopper ride
Sweep your partner off his/her feet to 1,000 feet above the city’s skyline by hitching on a helicopter ride. Take in the breathtaking view of Mumbai, starting from Juhu Airport, along with a professional pilot. Lasting 15 minutes, this ride by Accretion Aviation promises to make it a memorable V-day.
On: February 14, from 10 am to 5 pm
Call: 9575303892
Cost: Rs 5,500 per person

For the DIY-ers

Let’s bake some love
Instead of getting chocolates, this time, why not get your hands dirty and bake a dessert for your date? Sign up for a two-hour baking workshop with chef Shahzad, who will direct both of you to bake yum chocolate desserts. Best part: All materials will be provided by the chef and you can do this in your own kitchen!
On: February 14
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Cost: Rs 8000 for a couple

Burn it up with Zumba
Want to flaunt funky moves in front of your girlfriend? Opt for an hour-long couple’s Zumba class, conducted by Zumba instructor Sukoon Rajani. Apart from fast and slow rhythms, you will also learn aerobic exercises and resistance training. After all, a couple who trains together, stays together.
On: February 14 (8 am to 9 am)
At: House of Wow, 10, Natraj Building, Hill road, Opposite St Stanislaus school, Bandra (W).
Call: 9930246031
Cost: Rs 500

For nature lovers

Fish with your date!
If Valentine’s Day means spending a day together in the lap of nature, then a fishing date in a village is perfect for you. Spend a romantic day together, learning to catch fish, splashing around in the water, enjoying a village lunch as well as riding a
On: February 14, 10 am to 4 pm
At: Neral
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Cost: Rs 2,299 per coupl

Luxe love, indeed
Want to whisk your partner to a secret location for quality time? Take him/her on a luxury speedboat to Kihim and head to the charming Mango Beach House, a private villa where you will be treated to couples’ spa and gourmet lunch with a
butler at your service.
On: February 14, 11 am to 6 pm
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Cost: Rs 19,500 per couple

For those who go the online way

Get reccos on restaurants
Don’t know where to take your date on this day? Take help from the Haptik app to get recommendations from the experts on the DineOut Concierge handle. If you make a reservation in advance, you can also avail special discounts.
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For kinky tipplers

Get criminal on love!
Are handcuffs a part of your wild fantasies? Well, get arrested, literally, at Py Bar as the place will be converted into a jail; the waiters will be dressed as convicts and couples will be handcuffed as they enter. Interestingly, the drinks are formatted to portray different types of death sentences, and you’ll have Rock and Roll/Street music and Bollywood item numbers for company.
On: February 14, 9 pm onwards
At: 2nd Floor, 201, Hubtown Skybay, Bhulabhai Desai Road.
Call: 23520005
Entry: Rs 1,500 for couple, Rs 1,000 for singles (Inclusive of food and full cover on beverages)

Sip on aphro ale
Try Cupid’s Potion Lavender Ale, brewed specially for Valentine’s Day at a city microbrewery, as lavender is an aphrodisiac. This clear golden colour beer starts off tasting sweet and floral with  dry wheat counteracted by the honey and lavender.
On: February 14
At: The Barking Deer Brewpub, Todi and Co. Mills, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
Call: 61417400

For the mushy, filmy couple

Cinema under the stars
Picture this: You’re cuddled up with your date around a bonfire under the open sky with a love story playing on a big screen in front of you. Sounds like a dream, right? Make this a reality by signing up for Cinema In The Great Outdoors, a weekend getaway at Murud-Janjira. At this campsite, overlooking a hillock and Arabian sea, you can indulge in barbeque sessions while watching Chupke Chupke and Notting Hill outdoors.
From: February 14 to 15
At: Murud-Janjira
Call: 9820526098
Cost: Rs 4,400

Say it with a dialogue
Out of your wits finding the perfect gift for your loved one? Buy cool looking mugs with cute one-liners that are bound to add that Kajol-SRK-esque spark to your love story.
At: Baaya Design store, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel (W).
Cost: Rs 375 per mug

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