Sun | Feb 17, 2019

Romantic Airbnb experiences to woo your love this Valentine’s Day

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Ditch the traditional red roses, chocolate-covered strawberries and candlelit dinner, and cue your adventurous side. This Valentine’s Day, sprinkle in some spontaneity and flex your creative muscles in your pursuit to show the one you love just how much you care.

If you seek to do something more ‘outside the box’ this holiday and create memorable moments with your loved one, Airbnb has dozens of experiences on the island that will surely help you reignite the old flame of passion.

Sure, the world recognises Jamaica as the birthplace of reggae music, the fastest man alive and jerk chicken – but this special island nation we call home is also a wellspring of romance.

Willing to venture off the beaten path on your quest for enchantment? If so, these experiences led by local expert hosts right in your backyard, are sure to satisfy your soul.

 

Chukka’s Bamboo Rafting

If spending the afternoon meandering through the Great River on a 30-feet bamboo raft, surrounded by lush rainforest and local fauna doesn’t spark your fire, the fresh coconut water straight out of the shell – a natural aphrodisiac – sure will.

Chukka’s Bamboo Rafting adventure is one Instagram-worthy experience that’s just as memorable as it is aesthetically jaw-dropping, and it’s not just for tourists! Your relaxing ride is piloted by a captain who will share fun facts and intriguing information about the surrounding rainforest. Breathe in the fresh air, cuddle next to your mate and take in the magical scene.

 

Blue Mountain Sunrise Hike

Sun is shining, weather is sweet and this experience was made for lovers with a penchant for adventure. If hiking a mountain is still waiting to be checked off your bucket list, why not share this thrilling experience with your beau?

 

Your nine-hour adventure begins at 10 p.m. when you’re picked up in Papine for an overnight excursion. You will then travel by car to your rest stop about 11 miles below the peak, near Portland Gap. Next up is a 2-4 hour hike up the idyllic Blue Mountains. Miles away from the city lights, the constellations steal the show. Once you arrive at your destination on the mountain, stare in awe at the sun as it graces a new day, hand in hand with your love.

 

Paint and Pour on the Cliffs in Negril

They say art imitates life, but paint a romantic sunset and perhaps the reverse can be true! Spend an hour and a half playing in paint and exploring your lover’s creative side al fresco, while taking in Negril’s coastline. Guided by a local artist, you and your mate can both decorate your own canvas. The length of the class will be guided, but feel free to express yourself and unleash your creative spirit. Each session is personalised and culminates with your unique art piece that you can take home with you.

 

Zimbali’s Farm-to-Table Cooking Show

They say the way to the heart is through the stomach. If so, this unique gastronomic journey is sure to please your palate and rev up the romance. Venture to Zimbali, a tranquil mountain hideaway just outside Negril, for a farm-to-table 5-course meal and an experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Explore Zimbali farm, a family-run organic farm and the source of key ingredients in the meal. Then settle in for a live cooking show where each aspect of your meal is prepared before your eyes. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine with your beau and cross this 5-star adventure off your bucket list.