With Valentine’s Day weeks away, it’s time to think of ways to jazz up your romance. While some are busy making dinner reservations, we suggest you do something different this year: Plan a romantic getaway for you and your special someone! Although Valentine’s Day is approaching, don’t fret, we’ve compiled a list of destinations from great concierge services to all inclusive packages to make your romantic getaway unforgettable.
Cupid Takes Vancouver
Escape to OPUS Vancouver and plan a romantic stay with their new Cupid Concierge that will take care of your Valentine's Day details with a truly personalized experience for you and your sweetheart. Rooms start at $295 per night for the Deluxe Guest Room with sparkling wine to greet you at check-in plus a 1/2 bottle of Veuve Clicquot. You also have the option of a half-dozen roses or orchids including a framed photo of your choice and a handwritten message from you delivered before arrival. The following morning enjoy breakfast in bed for two and take advantage of the leisurely late check-out of 1PM
Contact your personal cupid at least 48 hours prior to arriving to arrange your evening: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Upgrade to a suite for $100 more
*Based on availability and valid weekends in February + Valentine’s night
ECO –CONSCIOUS IN SANTA MONICA
Venture out in Santa Monica, CA, at Shore Hotel, the new chic and eco friendly hotel celebrates Valentine’s Day with a “Pink Goes Green” package. For the month of February, Shore Hotel is offering guests a romantic, eco-conscious package including beachside accommodations and romantic activities and amenities. With rates starting at $469 per night you can experience overnight accommodations at Shore Hotel, Two bicycle rentals for the duration of your stay (which is perfect for a romantic bike ride on the beach), Bottle of organic wine or champagne upon arrival, 60-minute couples massage at Tikkun Spa, and $50 voucher to Santa Monica’s own, The Lobster Restaurant. This is definitely a divine package for the eco-conscious couples.
STAY, SPA, & SPLASHES FOR THE BEACH LOVERS
The oceanfront Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, CA shares a shoreline with the calming waves of the Pacific Ocean and serves as a romantic retreat for beach-loving couples. With private balconies and windows and doors that open-up toward the waves below, you'll not want to leave your room as you take-in dolphin sightings and scenic sunrises and sunsets. Surf & Sand's Stay, Spa & Splashes package with the rate of $625 includes: One-night stay in beachfront accommodations, signature spa treatment for two, three-course dinner for two at Surf's signature Splashes restaurant, gourmet breakfast for two (in-room or at Splashes).
WARM THINGS UP CARRIBEAN STYLE at CURTAIN BLUFF
Located on 20 lushly landscaped acres on the south coast of Antigua, Curtain Bluff boutique resort can accommodate exclusive romantic experiences, such as a private dinner on the beach or a wine tasting at Curtain Bluff's wine cellar –the largest in the Caribbean! With a picture-perfect location, friendly atmosphere, gourmet cuisine and a host of outstanding activities, incorporated in a fully-inclusive rate that is truly one of the best values in the region starting at $1,095.
ROMANCE BY THE SEA at OCEAN HOUSE
The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island offers an idyllic winter escape that redefines seaside luxury. The Victorian-era resort features the award-winning OH! Spa, an outstanding farm-to-table culinary program, and a full roster of resort activities such as cooking classes and wine tastings. With stunning seaside views and fireplaces in many guest rooms – the Ocean House is the perfect romantic New England getaway. The Romance By the Sea package starting at $965 includes: Two Nights luxurious deluxe accommodations, chocolate dipped strawberries and a bottle of champagne in your room upon arrival, specially created romantic five course dinner for two in Seasons restaurant on Saturday, February 11, 2012 featuring The Salt Marsh Opera, Spa Credit of $150.00, and Brunch in Seasons on the day of departure
Couples/travelers can book this trip now through February 9. www.oceanhouseri.com
-Carlton Jared Lockett