One doesn't have to exclude the other. Active and adventurous travelers will tell you that romantic getaways and adventure travel make a great couple. Whether you want a special place for a Valentine's Day getaway, or an any-time-of-year romantic getaway, blending activities such as hot air ballooning over amazing landscapes,, mountain biking on rugged trails then sunbathing on secluded beaches, or sliding along a half-dozen zip lines then visiting a luxurious spa, all add extra zing to the trip.
Imagine the pictures you'll take home as memories after horseback riding in the snow or cross country skiing past a doe watching you with those huge eyes. Too cold for you? How about parking on an island beach, one where you can don scuba diving gear (or a snorkel), walk into the water, swim a few hundred yards and view schools of fish swarming around colorful coral reefs. Drifting in a hot air balloon over the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey, hiking to a waterfall-fed spring in Hawaii, and or swimming in an underground cave in Mexico's Riviera Maya are just a sampling of the ways you can add adventures to any romantic getaway.