The historic city of Bath is ones of Britain’s best loved tourist destinations, and is also a favourite destination to enjoy a romantic weekend.
According to Visit Bath, the city was “built for pleasure and relaxation.” The ancient Roman bath waters have made it into a wellbeing destination for hundreds of years.
A romantic weekend should certainly be about wellbeing. A visit to the restored Roman Baths or a pampering few hours at one of Bath’s many hotel health spas are great ways for a couple to relax and unwind.
There’s lots to do in Bath in a compact space, with great places to eat and drink, and some of Britain’s best independent shops.
If you are interested in Bath’s history and culture, there are museums, art galleries, theatres and music venues. Bath has a rich architectural heritage. Notable locations include the famous Bath Crescent and the Circus.
Beyond the city, there is the stunning Somerset countryside, Longleat Safari Park, Stonehenge and Avebury.
There are large and small hotels in the city to suit all styles and budgets. The best hotel rooms for romantic breaks need booking in advance. If you would like a hot air balloon to be the highlight of your romantic weekend, it too should be booked several weeks in advance.
Flights take place within two hours before dusk and within two hours of dawn. Flights operate in spring, summer and autumn as long as the weather is fine.
Flights accommodate between two and sixteen people. For a special romantic flight, you can book an exclusive private flight for two, but of course, this means that three people will be onboard, as you cannot fly without a pilot! This is an ideal setting for a marriage proposal.
You are welcome to take along a camera to record your flight. On exclusive two-person flights, ask the pilot to take a picture of you both, or take along a selfie stick for your camera phone.
You cannot know for sure what you will see on the flight, as the direction and distance travelled is dependent on the wind speed and direction. Rising above the city centre, you will probably see the Bath Crescent, Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and Pulteney Bridge.
Beyond the city, you could go as far as Stonehenge or the city of Bristol. A hot air balloon ride is a magical mystery tour because you never quite know what you will see.
When you land, it is traditional to celebrate your hot air balloon flight with champagne, the perfect romantic drink. Of course, non-alcoholic fizzy drinks are available for non-drinkers.
For a dawn flight, book a celebration breakfast after the flight, or a romantic dinner for two after a dusk flight.
A great romantic weekend is remembered and talked about for years. A romantic weekend that includes a balloon flight will probably be your most remembered and cherished romantic break, and a city like Bath can make it truly special.