Hilton Honors Experiences: One Idea for Valentine’s Day 2019

So what are you doing about giving a gift to your special someone on Valentine’s Day, which is tomorrow, Thursday, February 14, 2019? Do you want to spend your time making wine in the hills of Portugal? How about taking your romance to new heights in a hot air balloon over Myanmar, where activities for every type of couple are plentiful. Perhaps you would like to choose from a private concert with Walk The Moon in Vegas in Las Vegas on Friday, March 1, 2019; or perhaps treat your Valentine to a KISS — concert, that is — in Cleveland on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Hilton Honors Experiences: One Idea for Valentine’s Day 2019

U2 concert

U2 performs in concert at Capital One Arena in the District of Columbia. Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Approximately 25 percent of participants who participated in the annual Valentine’s Day consumer spending survey in 2018 by the National Retail Federation planned to give the gift of experience for Valentine’s Day last year; and greater than 40 percent of those participants said that they would like to receive the gift of experience.

Hilton Honors Experiences can potentially open up the world to anyone — regardless of whether or not tomorrow is Valentine’s Day — by allowing you to choose an adventure and plan an impromptu getaway to a faraway place.

Examples of Other Hilton Honors Experiences Platform Experiences

The Winemaker Experience Explore a vineyard located in the gentle undulated hills of Algarve where grape varieties unique to Portugal, such as Touriga Nacional, flourish. Immerse yourself into the truly unique experience of blending and bottling a wine that reflects your character. You and your guest will visit Quinta dos Vales Wine State and be joined by the local winemaker on a tour of the winery. Learn about all of the existing varieties, terroir and production. After the tour of the vineyards, visit the bottle blending room where you’ll have the opportunity to blend and bottle your own signature wine with the guidance of a professional winemaker.

Homemade Pasta Workshop In Venice Nothing says romance like Italy — and nothing is more quintessentially Italian than pasta. Hilton Molino Stucky Venice invites you and a guest to experience the City of Canals and its delicious cuisine. Take part in a pasta lesson guided by our Executive Chef, Ivan Catenacci, and discover how authentic Italian pasta is made.

Explore Myanmar From Above Collect a romantic experience in Myanmar, with a two-night stay at Hilton Ngapali Resort & Spa. Explore the city through a biking trip to a nearby village, taking in the lush landscape and local architecture. Kick off the next day with an early morning balloon flight, experiencing Ngapali from above. Drift low over the scenic Thandwe river and remote little villages, picturesque pagodas and the small colonial town of Thandwe, climbing up high to enjoy a panoramic view of the endless mountain ranges and the coastline of the Bay of Bengal. Wrap up your evening with a romantic dinner for two on the property’s beach area. Hurry, though — this one closes soon.

Unforgettable Dinner Experience In Athens How about Greece as a romantic destination? Hilton Athens invites you to an unforgettable dining experience at the stunning Galaxy Bar & Restaurant. Indulge in delicious cuisine while taking in breathtaking views of the Acropolis.

Sunrise Over The Dead Sea The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Judaean Desert. We have arranged a special way of seeing and feeling this wonder of the world. Leaving before dawn from Jerusalem in Israel, you will arrive at the Dead Sea in time to watch the sun rise over the Jordanian Moab Mountains. Breathe the fresh desert breeze and live this rare experience. We provide a Waldorf Breakfast Picnic basket filled with fresh fruits and our home baked croissants.

A Luxurious Boat Trip On The Bosphorus Gaze over the sea in Istanbul on this magnificent guided Bosphorus tour with the world’s most beautiful strait that divides Turkey — as well as the continents of Asia and Europe. The trip includes a professional personal guide on the boat to explain the breathtaking sights of Istanbul. Learn all about the Bosphorus with its unique view and beautiful Yali’s and more, as you enjoy your champagne and hors d’oeuvres.


U2 concert

Paul David Hewson — who is more popularly knowns as Bono — mesmerizes the crowd as the lead singer of U2, which is one of the few musical groups whose original personnel has remained unchanged for almost 43 years since the band formed in Dublin. Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

In full disclosure, Hilton surprised me by treating a select group of us to a concert as performed by U2 at Capital One Arena in the District of Columbia last year. Unfortunately, this was before I purchased a new mobile telephone and cameras were not allowed within the arena; so the photographs are not exactly the best.

I personally prefer creating my own customized experiences — sometimes spontaneously — whenever I travel; but if you want to enjoy something different, consider using your Hilton Honors points instead of cash to purchase an experience which is right for you…

…or — better yet — one which will win the heart of your special Valentine this year.

All photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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