8. Private slopes in St. Moritz
Corvatsch is one of the main slopes at St. Moritz , the glitzy Swiss resort known as one of Europe's top winter playgrounds.
It's normally full of well-heeled skiers, but a very special package allows guests to have the entire slope -- and lift -- to yourself, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Not only that, they also get transfers, Swiss culinary specialties such as fondue, drinks -- and even a private DJ -- so they can kick back to their own playlist at 3,000 meters.
The package offered by the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz costs around $10,500 and also offers extras such as a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride to whisk guests to their personal slope.
Kulm Hotel, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland; +41 81 836 80 00
9. Love through beadwork in Durban, South Africa
The lush hills around Durban in South Africa are the gateway to the area inhabited by the country's largest ethnic group, the Zulus. Many practice artistic traditions passed down over generations, notably the delicate and intricate art of bead work.
One unusual way to woo a Valentine comes in the form of a Zulu love letter, where the different patterns and bead colors chosen offer different meanings. For example, white apparently symbolizes purity and true love, while blue indicates both fidelity and loneliness.
The WowZulu beading workshop at the craft marketplace allows participants to learn the ancient skills and also discover more about other rich elements of Zulu culture.
The experience ends with a visit to the picturesque homestead of a master crafter to see how it should be done.
Classes cost 385 rand ($32) each, which includes coffee, bottled water, and guide service.
WowZulu, Durban, South Africa;+27 81 324 1338
10. A balloon with a view in Kenya
Few experiences sound like they could match the romance of a balloon ride, especially one at sunrise over Kenya's magnificent Masai Mara national reserve.
This wish list favorite from Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara enables guests to look down on the theater of wildlife below, floating silently by for 45 minutes.
They're likely to observe an extraordinary diversity of wildlife, before landing and enjoying a full English breakfast, glass of champagne -- and collecting their flight certificate.
After a game drive back to the Olare Mara Kempinski, guests can kick back in a safari experience under canvas in luxurious tents surrounded by rolling savannah. Throw in sundowner drinks and bush walks for memories set to last well beyond Valentine's Day.
Tented suites from $900 per room per night, balloon ride $450 per person.
11. Diving for pearls in Bahrain
Bahrain has a rich history of pearl diving and visitors can now add serious sparkle to their Valentine's Day with a scuba diving tour during which they can try their hand at scooping up to 60 oysters from the seabed.
The best bit? They get to keep whatever they find.
The scuba action is part of a Pearling Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage experience departing from the ancient capital of Muharraq that also takes in beautifully preserved old merchant's houses before a four-course dinner or a spa experience.
Pearl Scuba Diving costs around $98 per person, which includes a licensed pass.
12. Cruising in Koh Samui
Finally, to the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the island of Koh Samui where a private yacht, Siam Seas, offers cruises that are almost guaranteed to get a positive answer to the big question.
Seemingly no one has ever said "no" when the question has been popped here, so throw in Valentine's Day for even more pressure not to break the successful run.
With canapés, champagne, picture-perfect sunsets and snorkeling turquoise waters all part of the package, the setting should do most of the hard work.
Sunset cruise is THB 30,000 ($950) per couple plus taxes and service charge.