(CNN)One thing’s for sure on Valentine’s Day: owners of chocolate stores, flower and greetings card shops will definitely be smiling. But for most, it’s not so easy to guarantee success on the day when tradition dictates overt romantic gestures.
If roses, truffles and a candlelit dinner alongside 60 other couples won’t cut it, it can pay to look further afield. Here are some of the most unusual ways to let that special someone know how much they really mean to you.
Volcano-gazing in Guatemala
A helicopter jaunt from the Intercontinental Hotel is the ultimate way to do it.
Next, a stop at a lagoon with a guided boat and swimming with friendly sharks amongst beautiful coral formations.
Lunch follows in a private inlet, served on a table in the water with grilled meat and fish, local fruits, vegetables and fresh coconut.
You can toast your experience with local beers, wine or Champagne.
Cost: $3,080 per couple.
Vietnam Valentine’s cruise
Set sail on a special journey aboard the Genting Dream five-night round trip cruise from Hong Kong to Vietnam.
While at sea, options include a Cupid party, dance classes and a Zouk nightclub, in addition to a huge array of entertainment and dining options.
The bustling city of Da Nang is the first stop in Vietnam, a perfect hop-off for the charming ancient town of Hoi An with its canals, shophouses and temples.
Sail next to Halong Bay, which woos with its iconic limestone formations rising up from the still waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
A day trip to Hanoi is also an option for those wanting some urban fun.
Cost: From $580 per person.
Take a letter-writing workshop in Toronto
Sometimes it’s the simpler pleasures in life that spark romance.
In Toronto, the historic Mackenzie House (formerly the Mayor’s home) offers a group letter-writing workshop amongst other activities.
You can learn to write poetic letters, add a Valentine stamp from their original 1850s cast-iron press, then seal it with wax.
Share words with other participants over refreshments — or keep them private for a special Valentine.
Cost: $15 per person.