While a Valentine's Day bouquet of long-stemmed red roses and a box of exquisite chocolates can undoubtedly set the stage for romance, nothing's quite as swoon-worthy as a trip custom-made for two.
Luxury 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.
These packages and places are truly exceptional, thanks to opulent resorts with fabulous amenities, or a location that is perfect for lovers.
Note: Some of the packages 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 for four.
If adventure appeals, don scuba suits and go diving. The island is home to the most extensive variety of fish and coral in the world, Namena Marine Reserve, one of the planet's top 10 dive sites. At the resort, you can become scuba-certified in one day.
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.
Why not 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.
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 an "All You Need is Love" package that includes overnight accommodations, full English breakfast for two, a bottle of pink champagne, and romantic turndown with strawberries. This package is valid February 1-28, 2019 and subject to availability.
In New York's Catskill Mountains, the Emerson has an expansive spa that offers a variety of treatments in a private room for two. Since nothing's more romantic than getting engaged around Valentine's Day, the resort offers a two-night Proposal package that includes:
• 20% off room rate
• On-site proposal coordination
• VIP Couples Massage
• Private dinner for two in the Great Room
• Bottle of Champagne
• Floral arrangement
Babymoon and elopement packages are also available at the Emerson.
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.
Its Truly Boulders package provides nightly accommodations in a Casita, Villa, or Hacienda with a wood-burning fireplace and private deck or patio. There's 20% off spa services and unlimited access to the spa facility, plus a $25.00 per person food & beverage —for maximum joy, order room service breakfast. Additionally, the $30 daily resort charge is waived and complimentary valet or self-parking is available.
At Boulders, you can 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.
Couples who head south to Fort Myers on Florida's Gulf Coast can get their fill of vitamin D at Pink Shell Beach Resort during the dark days of winter.
The resort's romance package includes accommodations, a 50-minute couples massage, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries. What's most delightful is that dinner on the beach is also included. Plan to return to the sand 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 deserted-isle fantasy.
If you're in the area on February 14, the annual group vow renewal on Fort Myers Beach will take place.
Head north for a triple celebration: Quebec City's energizing Winter Carnival is underway through February 17th, Valentine's Day, the Chateau Frontenac is celebrating its 126th anniversary as one of the world's most romantic hotels, and Valentine's Day.
If spending 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.
Few spots are more romantic than California's Mendocino Coast, where the ocean crashes outside while you snuggle in front of a fireplace or inside a warm Jacuzzi tub. Family owned and operated for three generations, The Little River Inn has a familiar and friendly ambiance.
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 provided include bottled water, lip balm, breath mints, and a sampling of the Inn’s rich fudge.
Half an hour by car from Portland, Maine, several hotels in the exclusive Kennebunkport Resort Collection (KRC) offer a "Love KPT" package. If you can't decide which one to stay in, consider the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel in the center of town. The hotel houses 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 207-967-1517. Their Cupid Concierge can curate customized music playlists for the guest room, deliver personalized flower bouquets, schedule a couples massage, secure late check-out, arrange dessert in bed, and provide more delights guaranteed to make for a delicious and memorable Valentine's Day.