Yeah, chocolates and roses are nice, but they merely show that you remembered it was February 14. If you really want to wow your sweetheart, charter a private jet for a love-filled holiday that will more than just impress. After all, how can you go wrong with a romantic trip in the name of love?
Lose yourselves in Fès (also spelled Fez or Fas), the second largest city—and one of the most opulent—in the country. Known as the “Athens of Africa” and the “Mecca of the West,” Fès is also home the world’s largest car-free urban areas and the oldest functioning madrasa (a type of educational institute). Make your way through the labyrinthine-like medina that leads you past centuries-old workshops, tanneries, carpet shops and spice-laden souks. As you gawk at the masterpiece medersas, walk through the minaret of the Bou Inania Madrasa, one of the few religious places that that welcomes non-Islamic visitors in Morocco. Take your time in the old school, as it’s filled with carved geometric patterns, Arabic calligraphy and a wonderful courtyard. For your Valentine’s Day, enjoy a diffa (feast) at the L’Ambre (http://www.restaurantfes.com/index-en.html) restaurant; request a table on the terrace. (http://visitmorocco.com/index.php/eng/I-am-going-to/Fez/Unmissable)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
As the capital of the country that introduced tango dancing to the world, Buenos Aires is one of the hautest places on earth. Called the “Paris of South America,” it’s hard to miss the influence that Europe has had on this metropolis. Buenos Aires has an acclaimed tradition in visual arts and you can catch a peek of the latest openings at galleries like APPETITE, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and MALBA museums and cultural centers, such as the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Don’t forget to get tickets for a show at the Teatro Colón, the famed opera house. If your honey is a fashionista, charter a private jet during the Buenos Aires Fashion Week events in February and do some shopping at the Galerías Pacífico mall on Calle Florida (Florida Street), where you can find fresco paintings on the ceilings and high-end stores such as Lacoste, Christian Lacroix, La Martina, Christian Dior and many more. In the evening, celebrate el día de San Valentín (St. Valentine’s Day) with a visit to Rodizio (http://www.rodizio.com.ar/), THE place to go for the best, highest-quality asado Argentino (steak) and local cuisine. (http://www.turismo.gov.ar/eng/menu.htm)
Baby, it’s cold in the small town of Jukkasjärvi in the Kiruna municipality. But, your love is all you need to heat things up in the Swedish Arctic Circle. Book a snowmobile or cross country-skiing tour through the tundra and get to know the people in the Sámi culture, see reindeer in their natural habitat and get in a sauna when the day is done before gazing upon the northern lights. Make your way to the nearby city of Kiruna to see where Virgin Galactic plans to offer sub-orbital flights of SpaceShipTwo from Spaceport Sweden by 2015. When you trek all the way up the Arctic Circle, you have to stay at the Jukkasjärvi ICEHOTEL (http://www.icehotel.com/), the original accommodation of the frozen kind. As a combined hotel and art project, the ICEHOTEL also has a high-end gourmet restaurant, the cool ICEBAR lounge and world-class ice and snow sculptures that are destined to melt with the springtime sun. If you decide to tie the knot with your Valentine, the ICEHOTEL also has an ice chapel for the most stunning white wedding. (http://www.sweden.se/eng/Home/Tourism/)
About Solairus Aviation:
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Solairus Aviation is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and has over twenty-five base locations across the United States and Europe. Solairus is an Aviation Research Group/US Platinum-rated charter operator with a fleet of over 50 managed aircraft. After completion of an intense operations and safety systems audit, the ARG/US Platinum rating has only been awarded to 5% of the world’s charter operators that have demonstrated that their procedures meet or exceed industry “Best Practices” in all phases. Solairus has also received the NBAA Commercial Business Flying Safety Award and is an IS-BAO certified company. Solairus offers a full range of services in addition to aircraft management, which includes aircraft charter sales, aviation support services, and consulting. For more information about Solairus Aviation, visit www.solairusaviation.com or call 800-359-7861.