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World's Most Romantic Getaways for Valentine's Day

January 10, 2013 -

With Valentine's Day and President's Day occurring over the same weekend in 2013, couples have the chance to extend romance (and the holiday) when booking the offers below.

Sultry Valentine's Day in Scottsdale: This Valentine's Day, romantics can treat their loved ones to an unforgettable desert getaway in the heart of Arizona. Scottsdale's resorts provide the perfect escape for rest, relaxation and romance.

Catering to every romantic whim, The Royal Palms Resort & Spa's (pictured) "Be Mine" Valentine Package includes one-night accommodation, a 3-course dinner for two, rose-petal turndown and in-room amenity of Champagne, truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Love is always a celebration at The Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, which is offering its "Boulders Romance" Package, including resort casitas accommodations, daily breakfast for two, a chilled bottle of sparkling wine or cider upon arrival and complimentary access to its award-winning Golden Door Spa and fitness center.

Love me tender, Charleston: Sweep your loved one off their feet and choose charming Charleston, South Carolina, to celebrate your romance this Valentine’s Day. Charleston Place, one of the grand Orient-Express hotels, launches a special offer this February. The Nightie-Nite package includes one night luxury accommodations with a personalized turndown gift from Bits of Lace - a local Charleston designer lingerie store. Also included is a signature dessert and sparkling wine pairing from pastry chef Emily Cookson of the hotel’s award winning restaurant, Charleston Grill. The Nightie-Night package starts at $430 per night. Travel dates are valid February 7 - March 17, 2013. For more information please visit www.charlestonplace.com.

Spend Valentine's Day Poolside in Gold Coast, Australia: Perfect for lovers, Palazzo Versace Gold Coast is taking poolside lounging to a whole new level. The recently launched "Sparkling Cabana" and "Champagne Cabana" packages provide guests a cool cabana oasis set next to the hotel's own "lagoon beach," with fashionable amenities such as chilled face mist, seasonal fruit selection, a poolside cabana picnic, and sparkling wine. The "Twilight Cabana" package is for balmy evenings poolside, with the cabana lit up by an impressive array of tea candles. Kicking romance up a notch, the package also includes a three-course meal and glass of sparkling wine. For more information, please visit www.visitgoldcoast.com and www.palazzoversace.com.au.

Rest, Relax & Romance at The Inn at Perry Cabin: Take the wheel this Valentine’s Day and check-in to The Inn at Perry Cabin by Orient-Express in St. Michaels, Maryland. Couples can get cozy in nautical-themed luxurious accommodations overlooking the picturesque Chesapeake Bay. When booking the “Retreat to Romance,” couples are offered a $100 spa credit for use at the Linden Spa; a dinner for two at the award-winning Sherwood’s Landing overlooking Miles River; and daily a la carte breakfast. For more information please visit www.perrycabin.com.

Romance under the Stars of Bali: Break the Valentine's Day routine and make this year unforgettable. Ubud Hanging Gardens by Orient Express proposes a romantic dinner overlooking volcanoes and rice terraces in the heart of Bali. With the “Romance under the stars” package, couples are offered a gourmet meal atop a floating stage on the Ubud Hanging Gardens infinity-edge pool. With a breathtaking view of the rain forest and a panoramic view of the Pura Dalem Segara Temple, lovers can bask in candlelight and float serenely under the stars. To conclude the experience a traditional lantern is lit and sent floating into the night sky. “Romance under the stars” offer starts at 145USD per person. www.ubudhanginggardens.com.

Suite Expectations at Belgraves: Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel has collaborated with La Perla, one of the most luxurious lingerie houses in the world and Theo Fennell, jewelry designer to the stars, to create a Suite Expectations Package this Valentine’s Day. Available throughout February 2012, the overnight package includes an exquisite La Perla gift box complete with lace eye mask and Macramé necklace. Additionally guests will also receive a silver Theo Fennell ALIAS charm worth $200 USD. A private in-room La Perla fitting is included in the package and each room and suite will feature a specially curated movie library showcasing iconic romantic flicks, such as Say Anything… and Casablanca. Sunday brunch in bed created by the hotel’s celebrated restaurant team plus a 4:00 p.m. checkout completes the Suite Expectations experience. The package starting rates from £500 + VAT ($805 USD) for a King Suite. www.thompsonhotels.com

Open for Love at La Residencia: Orient-Express’ historic manor house hotel in the bohemian village of Deia, Mallorca is celebrating the beginning of their 2013 season on February 14th with a special offering for guests who want to book a Valentine’s escape for their loved one. The Valentine’s Experience at La Residencia includes a luxury accommodation for two people, a $65 USD spa credit per person, and a romantic four-course candle-lit gourmet dinner, sure to set the scene for a fairy-tale weekend away. For more information please visit www.hotel-laresidencia.com.

Romance With Style: This Valentine's Day, take your experience over the top with InterContinental Hong Kong's Terrace Suite Experience. This indulgent package includes a one-night stay in the Terrace Suite featuring an intimate outdoor terrace with a private Jacuzzi and stunning views of Victoria Harbor. Couples will be whisked from the airport in a sleek Rolls Royce limousine and greeted with 99 long-stem roses - the number that symbolizes eternal love. After a private sunset cruise through the harbor, guests will enjoy a gourmet six course Valentine's Day menu at the exclusive Chef's Table at the 2-Michelin star restaurant SPOON by Alain Ducasse. To top of the evening of unbridled luxury, couples will also receive an exclusive treatment in the Couple's Spa Suite at the hotel's feng shui inspired I-Spa. Reservations for the Terrace Suite Experience must be made by February 1st. Rates begin at $8,400.

Solitaire-y Moments at La Mamounia: Add Moroccan flair and magical memories to Valentine’s Day with a special offer from La Mamounia. Located in the center of the imperial city of Marrakech, the lavish palace serves as a romantic backdrop for lovers looking to celebrate, or for those who choose to spend the holiday celebrating themselves. Seeking to juxtapose the companionship felt by couples around this holiday, La Mamounia is offering exclusive chocolates inspired by the classic card game, solitaire. The treats, crafted by executive pastry chef Xavier Castello along with a special Valentine’s menu of chocolate-inspired desserts, are meant to bring joy and company to those unattached on February 14th this year. La Mamounia is globally regarded as one of the most notable and desirable hotels in the world. www.mamounia.com

Undiscovered Romance: This Valentine's Day, Buccament Bay Resort is encouraging couples to explore the undiscovered luxuries of St Vincent & The Grenadines while uncovering new depths of their romantic connection. The all-inclusive resort, renowned for its elegant wedding and honeymoon offerings, is now offering two special Valentine's Day packages for couples seeking an enchanting Caribbean escape. The Jack's Dinner Package includes an intimate four-course dinner at the famed Jack's restaurant, a glass of champagne, special gift and a 60-minute couples massage at the resort's spa with ESPA products. For an even more authentic Caribbean experience, couples can book the Beachfront Dinner Package, which includes an exclusive dinner on the beach, a bottle of champagne, special gift and a 90-minute couples ESPA massage. Pricing for each package is per couple and begins at $299 for the Jack's Dinner Package and $469 for the Beachfront Dinner Package.

The Suite Escape: This Valentine's Day, elevate your experience from dinner and a box of chocolates to a full weekend immersed in some of the world's most romantic cities. To make an amorous adventure even easier, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts has introduced a new Weekend Escapes Offer providing guests traveling throughout Europe a minimum of 10% discount off best flexible room rates including breakfast for all weekend travel. By taking advantage of this exciting offer, couples can explore the City of Love with the InterContinental Paris Le Grand or indulge in an authentic Italian candlelight dinner before retreating to the luxurious guestrooms at InterContinental Villa de Roma. For a less traditional Valentine's Day Meal, couples can sink their teeth into hearty barbecue dishes from Blue Boar Smokehouse and Bar inside the newly opened InterContinental London Westminster. For further information and a full list of participating hotels, please visit: www.intercontinental.com/weekendescapes.

Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve has designed Three Nights in Paradise Package this Valentine’s Day, which includes your own Royal Beach Villa for two with a secluded infinity pool with hydro jets, indoor and outdoor bath facilities with rainforest showers, private gardens and a veranda with lounge beds over looking the Southern Thailand’s Andaman Sea. Partake in a traditional couple blessing ceremony from the local Thai Buddhist monk in the Sala Srichan Pavilion followed by a private dining for two surrounded by 2,000 candles. Continue relaxing throughout your entire stay with daily candle yoga on the beach, intended to enrich your mind, body and spirit as a couple. This package is available starting at $5,000 USD.

Celebrate love high above sea levels at Hotel Arts Barcelona, offering incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea and Barcelona City along with some romantic pampering at its Six Senses Spa. The Valentine’s Day Chocolate Rose Treatment with rose oil and an organic chocolate body massage is intended to create a state of harmony and complete relaxation in your body and mind to leave you feeling nourished and relaxed. Enjoy dinner for two at the two Michelin starred restaurant Enoteca where Chef Paco Perez will be serving up a pre-fixe menu featuring special dishes such as the “Broken Heart”and Peas “Catalan way” and finishing off the night with lychees, strawberries and roses for dessert at 140 Euros per person. The Romance Package, which includes lodging, breakfast for two at Cafe Veranda, chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, begins at 300 Euros.

Check out some iconic California loving at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica this Valentine’s Day. The Romantic Coastal Comfort package welcomes couples with a special romance amenity delivered to your room upon arrival followed by dinner for two at FIG Restaurant, Chef Ray Garcia’s seasonal bistro. Cruise the Santa Monica coastline and cozy up with two tickets on the Ferris Wheel at the renowned Santa Monica Pier. Following an evening out, linger in bed with breakfast in bed for two. This package starts at $499 per night.

Delight your sweetheart with a Romantic Rendevous at SpaHalekulani, www.halekulani.com. The 90 minute experience begins with Bubbles & Bubbles, offering couples an intimate opportunity to sip Champagne by candlelight while unwinding in the Jacuzzi in the Spa Suite. Next, relax under the experienced touch of SpaHalekulani’s massage therapists with a couples massage side-by-side. Lastly, savor tea and a fruit plate from the calm of a private terrace. The memorable Romantic Rendezvous concludes with a small token upon couples’ departure to express Halekulani’s appreciation. $390/ couple. Call (808) 931-5322

At California’s Bernardus Lodge, Pastry Chef Ben Spungin is a chocolate enthusiast, using the flavors of the surrounding coastline to add local essence. His handcrafted chocolates come in unique flavors such as Big Sur Sea Salt, Lemon Verbena, Cinnamon Stick and Garden Mint. In the Marinus Restaurant, in addition to several plated chocolate desserts, there is a three-course cacao tasting, which changes nightly, and can feature anything from crisp chocolate sorbet with puffed rice to thick spiced hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. Guests can also enhance their confectionary skills with a three-hour hands-on class. One, on March 9 is priced at USD 125, and includes a brown bag lunch, gourmet recipes and departure gifts. The other, a two-hour experience on December 7, is priced at USD 95, and will enable guests to enjoy cocktails, Bernardus wines and a chocolate buffet, as well as to create their own chocolate delights to take home.


 

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