Romance is revving up all over the place during the month of February, from sun-kissed beaches to sophisticated big cities. Here are 25 deals and packages – from Fort Lauderdale to Fiji, Maine to Madrid, and St. Kitts to Sedona – that you can still book to make this Valentine’s Day the most memorable ever:
IN THE U.S. & CANADA
The Grand Del Mar: Unplug and relax with the “Disconnect Package” at the luxurious The Grand Del Mar near San Diego (shown above at left) and you’ll get one night’s accommodations (with the room TV unplugged and upgrade upon booking if available), berry-infused champagne cocktail upon arrival, choice of a 60-minute couples massage, or a 2-hour horseback ride for two, breakfast in bed for two, and late checkout, from $795/night.
L’Auberge de Sedona: If sightseeing and skiing in Arizona’s red-rock country appeals, romantic L’Auberge de Sedona is offering a “Snowmance” package that includes overnight accommodations, two lift tickets to the Flagstaff Snowbowl (one hour’s drive away), and a $75 food-and-beverage or spa credit, from $265/night with a minimum 2-night stay.
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa: With the “Romance in Wine Country” package at California’s The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, you’ll receive one night’s accommodations, two 60-minute spa treatments, a sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberry amenity, rose petal turndown, and a sparkling wine tasting pass at Gloria Ferrer Winery, from $429/night. Plus, Santé, the Inn’s Michelin-star restaurant, is offering a Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu (February 10–19) for $125/person.
Forty 1° North: Valid February 10–15, 2012, the “Do Not Disturb” package at the contemporary, LEED-certified Forty 1° North in Newport, Rhode Island (shown at right), includes a welcome of Hibiscus Flower Champagne, a Jellybath soak in your room’s deep-soaking tub, a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot and raw oysters, a customized romantic playlist, complimentary chocolates, a Malin + Goetz Essentials amenity, and late checkout, from $250/night.
La Valencia Hotel: Book the “Romance by the Sea” package at La Valencia Hotel in picturesque La Jolla, California, and you’ll get a partial ocean-view room, a champagne and chocolate welcome amenity, a three-course dinner for two in the hotel’s Mediterranean Room or the Whaling Bar & Grill, and a double kayak tour through the seven caves of picturesque La Jolla Cove, from $460/night.
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth: Healthy hearts are the theme in romantic Montreal, with The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth’s “Bare Your Heart” package, which features one night’s accommodations, En Couer Kir strawberry-liqueur cocktails for two, and a heart-healthy breakfast in bed – plus, with each package booked, the hotel will donate $10 to help children with heart disease, from $218/night.
OPUS Vancouver: With the “Exclusively Yours” package at the urbane OPUS Vancouver, you’ll receive a Valentine’s Night (or weekend night, subject to availability) stay, and a Personal Cupid to customize the romantic ambience with a half-dozen roses or orchids, a half-bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a framed photo of your choice, plus sparkling wine upon arrival and breakfast in bed, from $295/night.
White Barn Inn & Spa: New England-style luxury is on offer at the White Barn Inn & Spa in Kennebunkport, Maine, where the “Romance Package” includes one night’s accommodation, a champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries welcome amenity, country-style continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and a special romantic dinner for two, from $600/night or $1,130 for two nights.
Island Hotel Newport Beach: If you plan to get away the weekend before or after Valentine’s Day (February 10–11 or February 17–18), check out the “Bubbly & Extra Sweet” package at the Island Hotel Newport Beach in California, which includes one night’s accommodation, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, a visit to the Cocoa Lounge dessert buffet (closed Sundays), and complimentary valet parking, from $265/night.
W Fort Lauderdale: Book the one-night “Crazy Love, with W Style” package at the W Fort Lauderdale in Florida and indulge in a flirty his-and-hers makeover (involving a series of head-to-toe treatments) at the Bliss Spa, a style consultation with a W Store stylist, a $50 resort credit to be used at the on-site restaurants and bars (shown at left), and a DVD of Crazy, Stupid, Love (which inspired this package), from $899/night though February 29, 2012.
Smyth TriBeCa: With the “Tryst in TriBeCa” package from the Smyth TriBeCa, a downtown boutique hotel in New York City, you’ll get a one-night stay, chilled in-room champagne upon arrival, a Kiki de Montparnasse Intimacy Kit, and an aphrodisiac-inspired, six-course chef’s tasting dinner at Plein Sud, from $389/night, valid February 10–12 and February 17–19, 2012.
JW Marriott Chicago: Book the “Disconnect to Reconnect” package at the JW Marriott Chicago to truly unplug by leaving your cell phones at the front desk (which will even hold the TV remotes from your room), before enjoying a 2-hour Couples Connection experience at the VALEO spa (with wine or champagne), followed by in-room multi-course Dessert Bites tasting with champagne, and late check-out, from $534/night (from February 10–20).
Portola Hotel & Spa: With the “Romance by the Bay” package at Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California, you’ll enjoy a one-night stay, chocolate-covered strawberries, homemade chocolate-chip cookies, dinner for two at Jack’s restaurant with two glasses of sparkling wine, and complimentary on-site parking, from $334/night.
Williamsburg Lodge: The 3-day/2-night “Chocolate Lovers” package at the Williamsburg Lodge in Virginia is available February 10–12 and February 17–19 and includes nightly accommodations, daily breakfast, admission to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area, admission to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, reservations for the $45/person Chocolate, Coffee and Cognac event, and 25 percent savings on select activities, from $336 for two nights.
IN THE CARIBBEAN & MEXICO
Hacienda San Angel: With the “Sweetheart Serenade” package at romantic Hacienda San Angel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (shown at left), throughout February you’ll get three nights in a junior suite (with upgrade upon availability), a private terrace dinner for two, a private mariachi serenade, in-suite massages for two, and daily breakfast, from $1,620.
Bimini Bay Resort & Marina: Book the “Romance on Us” package at Bimini Bay Resort & Marina, an easy-access Bahamas island getaway (there are daily flights from Fort Lauderdale) and you’ll save 25 percent and get a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, daily breakfast for two, and a private, three-course chef’s dinner on the beach, from $307/night with a minimum 3-night stay.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa: Inspired by the 2010 season of The Bachelor (which filmed here), CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa on Anguilla is offering “The Bachelor’s Journey” package, which includes five nights’ accommodations in a beachfront suite, VIP airport transfer from St. Maarten, welcome drink upon arrival, welcome in-suite champagne and roses, daily breakfast, four dinner experiences (from beach casual to gourmet), a Couples Rendezvous spa escape, and a one-day car rental, from $5,505.
Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort: Book the “Ultimate St. Thomas Romance” package at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (which requires a 5-night minimum stay) and get a 50-minute couples massages, a dinner on the beach, and turndown with champagne and strawberries, from $249/night.
St. Kitts Marriott Resort: Golf-loving couples can book the “Escape His ‘N Her” package at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, which just completed a $3 million soft goods renovation, and get accommodations, a bottle of wine upon arrival, daily breakfast buffet, two spa treatments, two rounds of golf, and room tax and gratuities for the maid and bellman, from $442/night with a 3-night minimum stay.
IN HAWAII & THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora: If you like your romance far-flung, consider several packages (all including round-trip airfare from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui) being offered by Tahiti Tourisme, such as the 5-night “Tahiti & Moorea” package that includes one night at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort (shown at right) and four nights at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, breakfast daily, lei greeting, round-trip ferry from Tahiti to Moorea, and all transfers, from $1,899/person; or the 7-night “Bora Bora & Moorea” package, which includes one night in the InterContinental Tahiti Resort, three nights at the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa, three nights at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, daily buffet breakfast, round-trip inter-island transfers, flower lei greeting, and all transfers, from $3,499/person.
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel: If Hawaii is on your wish list, check out the 5-night “Island Romance” package at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel on Maui, which includes five nights’ accommodations, a 25-minute massage or facial for two, daily buffet breakfast, daily car rental, and dinner or Sunday brunch at the Tiki Terrace, from $2,039.
Namale Resort & Spa: Through February 28, 2012, you’ll stay seven nights for the price of five at the luxurious Namale Resort & Spa in Fiji with the “Fiji Romance Package,” which includes seven nights’ accommodations, daily breakfasts plus daily three-course lunches and five-course dinners, all beverages, daily laundry service, round-trip transfers from Savusavu airport, and complimentary water and land activities, from $4,875 for seven nights.
The Dylan Amsterdam: Wine lovers should consider the “Valentine’s Day High Wine Package” at boutique property The Dylan Amsterdam, which from February 13–19 includes an overnight stay in an exclusively designed room, full buffet restaurant in restaurant Vinkeles, and an extended six-course Valentine’s Day High Wine food and wine pairing (shown at left), from $585/night.
Hotel Mediterraneo: Book the “Valentine’s Day Package” at Art Deco-style Hotel Mediterraneo in Rome and get two nights’ accommodations, sparkling wine and a red rose upon arrival, early check-in and late checkout (based on availability), daily breakfast for two, and a romantic dinner for two, from $390 for two nights.
Villa Magna: Splurge on the “Be My SUITEheart” package (available February 10–19) at the luxurious Villa Magna in Madrid and you’ll receive accommodations in a suite, welcome champagne and assorted treats, Valentine’s cocktails at the Magnum Bar, a three-course wine-paired dinner for two at Restaurante Villa Magna, romantic Valentine’s Day room service breakfast, one-hour private chauffeured tour of Madrid in a classic Morgan car, a 60-minute couples massage, Blaise Mautin skincare products, and 4pm late checkout, from $1,300/night with a 2-night minimum stay.
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