It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to love and, whether you’re just starting out as a couple or in a long-term partnership, it’s the perfect excuse to plan a really amazing date to show that special someone just how much you care. We’ve come up with our Fantastic Five ideas for dates with a difference.

A Couple That Cooks Together…
There’s nothing more romantic than sharing a meal. Or perhaps there is – cooking a meal together. It’s such a bonding moment over flavour and fun. Roots and Shoots, an organic farm in Hamala, offers cooking classes with the famous Chef Susy Massetti. A restaurateur, she’s credited with bringing the farm to table concept to the island so, you can be assured of quality ingredients and top-notch flavours.

A Fun Escape
Embark on an adventure together with some escape room fun. Crack the code as a team – Escape Code, located in Nakheel Centre and City Centre Bahrain, offers a challenge. You can choose from a wide range of themes such as Prison Break, Alice In Wonderland, Game of Stones, The Haunted House… VR Escape Games are available too. The Great Escape Challenge in Country Mall, Budaiya is another option to explore.

Dive Into Love
Those who’ve experienced deep sea diving know that time, in a way, stops down there. You become more aware of each breath and alive to each moment. Now, imagine sharing this moment with your loved one – priceless! The island is home to many diving schools such as ScubaMaster, Into The Blue Dive Center and New Way Diving & Sea Tours that teach diving and organise recreational dives at different sites around Bahrain.

Dynamic Dancing
Remember the scene from the movie Dirty Dancing that had audiences swooning over Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey? That could be you! Well, almost. Nothing gets things going like a steamy dance session. Put your best foot forward this Valentine’s Day and sign up for classes together. Jaff Fit Studios in Zinj teaches a range of dance forms including salsa and bachata. Al Mardi Salsa Studio in Manama is another place to try.

Get Away
Move away from the hustle bustle and spend some quality time together. Al Dar Islands, Bahrain’s natural beach resort located just 10 minutes by boat from Sitra Fisherman’s Port, offers the nearest getaway. Book a chalet for an overnight stay. During the day, you can enjoy a range of activities or simply relax in a beach hut. If you’re looking for something farther away, consider a night’s stay at Hawar Islands.