Romantic vacations don’t have to break the bank no really, they don’t have to. It’s still possible to find great deals on warm getaways during the winter, when snowbirds flock to the Sunshine State to escape the cold. If a romantic escape is what you seek, packages can offer more for your money. Of course, everyone’s idea of a romantic getaway is different mine was a scuba certification mission with my husband to West Palm Beach in January (I scored two round-trip flights from Baltimore for $300!). But there are a few elements that make any winter escape romantic in everyone’s eyes. Privacy is key; a hot tub is a plus. There’s a better chance you’ll get both by booking at a venue that caters to couples. Here’s a look at three wintertime Florida romance packages worth looking into once dreary January comes:
Summit Tops’l Beach and Racquet Resort in Destin
This package is for the couple who believes romance and ocean-view are synonymous. For $600 through February 29, you get a three-night stay in a studio suite offering a Jacuzzi bath, king size bed, and a private balcony. It also includes dinner for two at the Ocean Club Fine Dining Restaurant and a 50-minute couples massage at Serenity by the Sea Day Spa. The package cannot be combined with any other offer and does not include gratuity or tax. Call 888 598-5359 and ask for Romance Package code $ROM. Fly into Pensacola or Panama City Regional Airports.
The Fairbanks House in Amelia Island
This intimate, 1885 Italianate B&B’s (pictured above) romance package starts at $595 for two nights in a large mansion suite or private cottage and one dinner at a local fine dining restaurant. It also includes champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries, a daily gourmet breakfast and evening social hour, and complimentary Wi-Fi. There’s also a pool, and the beach is just a bike ride away (complimentary bike use is included). Fly into Jacksonville International Airport, which is a half hour away.
Sunset Key Guest Cottages in the Keys
This Westin resort is on a private, 27-acre island, and on seven on them are cottages for rent. Book a one-bedroom and sip champagne on your veranda. Right now, you can book one night in a one-bedroom cottage and get the following night for 40 percent off (rates start at $595). Or you can book four nights and get the fifth free (which includes a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries) using the promo code HNYMN.
For general trip-planning information, see our Florida Travel Guide.