While a Valentine's Day bouquet of long-stemmed red roses and a box of exquisite chocolates can certainly set the stage for romance, nothing's quite as swoon-worthy as a trip custom-made for two.
Lucky for you, fine hotels and resorts create special packages that are good for an overnight stay, a long weekend, or even more time to enjoy romance on and around Valentine's Day.
The following packages and places are truly exceptional, thanks to resorts that are truly luxurious, packages with amenities that couples will love, or a location that is perfect for lovers. Note that some of the following are offered exclusively during February; others are available year-round.
Couples are drawn to this remote resort in the South Pacific to experience beach and underwater adventures along with legendary Fijian hospitality in a beautiful, pristine setting. For Valentine's Day and beyond, the Romantic Escape package enables couples to stay for six nights and just pay for four.
Couples can celebrate their love by renting a private island. The resort provides private roundtrip transportation for the day plus a chef-prepared picnic and chilled Champagne.
Or you might want to don scuba suits and go diving. Home to the largest variety of fish and coral in the world, Namena Marine Reserve is one of the planet's top 10 dive sites. At the resort you can become scuba-certified in one day.
You can incorporate chocolate into your Valentine’s Day in a non-caloric way at the spa. The Koko Rapture treatment is made with an organic cacao wrap and banana leaves and applied in a beachside bure overlooking tranquil Savusavu Bay.
Note: The resort is family friendly, but well-organized activity programs keep kids occupied from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In the heart of Kensington, the Milestone Hotel offers a month-long Valentine's Day package that includes a bottle of pink champagne and a romantic turndown accompanied with strawberries.
Since Valentine's Day is prime time for engagements, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently announced theirs, the hotel is also offering a two-night "Royal Engagement" package that includes a horse-drawn carriage ride around London, a chauffeured Bentley to bring you to a jewelry store, a Champagne toast, a private tour of Kensington Palace (home of royals from Queen Victoria to princes William and Harry), and a photo session. This package is valid through December 31, 2018 and subject to availability.
Address5340 NY-28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457, USA
In New York's Catskill Mountains, the Emerson recently opened an expansive spa and now offers a variety of treatments in a private room for two.
Good through the end of February, the Valentine's Day package includes a luxurious VIP Couples Soak & Massage, which begins with a Himalayan salt soak and aromatherapy. An artisanal cheese platter and Champagne will be brought to you, and the pampering is complete with full-body massages before you float back to your spacious fireplace room.
Babymoon, proposal, and elopement packages are also available at the Emerson.
Address130 Kai Malina Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Escape to wide Kaanapali North Beach this Valentine's Day. Honua Kai on Maui is a condo resort with hotel amenities and accommodations that contain full kitchens.
Its five-night Suite Retreat package offers a bevy of romantic features including a welcome gift, sunset cocktail cruise, and a photo shoot with one complimentary 8x10 print (additional prints are extra). Best of all, the property provides couples with a complimentary rental car, so go experience the island, from laid-back Lahaina to sunrise at Haleakala and the magical Hana Highway.
Address34631 N Tom Darlington Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85262, USA
A resort that looks like no place else on earth, the Boulders was designed to organically fit amidst the desert's massive rocky outcroppings and sky-tipping saguaro cacti.
February's Love at the Boulders package provides two nights in a casita that has a wood-burning fireplace and private deck or patio. There's complimentary access to the spa facility and unlimited fitness classes, plus three hours in the spa's Couples Sun Suite, where a chilled bottle of champagne and fruit platter will be delivered. During that time, each of you can experience an avocado scrub treatment and two 50-minute spa treatments per person. In addition, there's a $100 food & beverage credit (for maximum joy, order room service breakfast).
Then revel in the great outdoors—follow the trails, play golf or tennis, swim in one of four pools, go horseback riding, or even repel down massive granite boulders. Romantic evening activities include after-dark exploration tours, stargazing with a pro, and moonlight yoga or bike tours.
Address275 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2012, USA
Around February every year, beach cravings peak. Couples who head south to Fort Myers on Florida's Gulf Coast can get their fill of vitamin D at Pink Shell Beach Resort.
The resort's romance package includes accommodations, a 50-minute couples massage, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries. What's most delightful is dinner on the beach, which is also included. Plan to return in the morning, when the ocean deposits nature's bounty on the shore for shell collectors.
With more than 100 barrier and coastal islands, couples ought to explore the area by water. Hop a water taxi or rent a boat and sail to one of the destination's many outer islands to enact your own deserted-isle fantasy.
P.S.: If you're in the area on February 14, the annual group vow renewal on Fort Myers Beach will take place.
Address20 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611-4938, USA
The Talbott offers couples two good ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in the Windy City: the "Just Like a Fairytale" package features a horse-drawn carriage tour of the Gold Coast followed by a candle-lit dinner at its 20 East restaurant. Afterwards, kindle romance with Prosecco, bubble bath, and rose petals that await in your room. There's breakfast in bed included in the morning, plus late checkout.
The hotel's Recreate Your First Date offer is certain to bring back memories (as long as you didn't get food poisoning back then): The 20 East culinary team will prepare the meal from your first date and serve it in the hotel’s Gallery Room. After enjoying the meal, repair to your suite for champagne, strawberries, and chocolate, and romance.
Address1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada
Head north for a triple celebration: Quebec City's energizing Winter Carnival is underway through February 11, the Chateau Frontenac is celebrating its 125th anniversary as one of the world's most romantic hotels, and Valentine's Day.
If February in eastern Canada strikes you as a bit chilly, know that the hotel's romance package is available year-round. In addition to accommodations, it provides breakfast for two, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a half bottle of Champagne, and two engraved champagne flutes with Le Château's logo to take home to commemorate your visit.
Address7751 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456, USA
Few spots are more romantic than California's Mendocino Coast, where the ocean crashes outside while you snuggle in front of a fireplace or in a warm Jacuzzi tub. Family owned and operated for three generations, The Little River Inn has a familiar and friendly ambience.
The Little River Inn's "Rustic Romance" package provides a two-night stay, tasty dinner for two (no one can be in a bad mood when feasting on local Dungeness crab), breakfast the next morning, and a map to charming seaside Mendocino (two miles away) and the "kissing bench" at dramatic Mendocino Bay Overlook. Provisions for you to share in the souvenir backpack that's provided include bottled water, lip balm, breath mints, and a sampling of the Inn’s rich fudge.
Address2, Livewell Dr, Kennebunk, ME 04043, USA
Half an hour by car from Portland, Maine, several hotels in the exclusive Kennebunkport Resort Collection (KRC) offer a "Love KPT" package through March 31, 2018. If you can't decide, the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel in the center of town has a fantastic restaurant for seafood lovers and great views of the marina.
The package includes a two-night stay, arrival goodies of red wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, a three-course dinner for two, and noon check-out.
For help in planning and arranging an ideal romantic getaway, couples can call upon the KRC Cupid Concierge by emailing or calling 207-967-1517. This cupid-on-call can curate customized music playlists for the guest room, deliver personalized flower bouquets, schedule a couples massage, secure late check-out, deliver dessert in bed, and provide more delights guaranteed to make for a delicious and memorable Valentine's Day.