Practicing for the Honeymoon With Valentine’s Day Travel
You might call Valentine’s Day practice for the honeymoon. Whether you scoff at the commercial holiday or not, you’re still beholden to its powers. Doing it wrong (or right) can break or make a relationship. So, if you’re tired of waiting too long to make that V-Day dinner reservation (only to end up with that loser 5pm time slot); if being surrounded by legions of googly-eyed lovebirds in your personal romantic space takes the sizzle out of your sexy, you may need a new plan. Time to look outside the proverbial wooing box—toward the rest of the coquettish world. During February, many hotels roll out the red carpet to seduce couples with alluring deals, sure to inspire wedding talk. Here’s a few we’d like to try ourselves.
Los Angeles, California
You watched “Pretty Woman” on your first date. So what better way to pay homage to your relationship than reliving famous scenes from that movie together in the City of Angels itself. To celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel offers a splurge package for long weekend travelers. Bunk in a signature suite, indulge in spa treatments, and gobble up gourmet meals—including one dinner at Michelin-starred Cut, which includes a meet-and-greet with your favorite chef, Wolfgang Puck. During the next two days, channel Julia Roberts with curated private shopping excursions on Rodeo Drive, rooftop caviar picnics, makeovers by celebrity stylists at Lea Journo Salon, and a same day trip to San Francisco via NetJets. Champagne all day? You bet!
Les Fermes de Marie, Megeve, France
Sure, Paris is for lovers. But have you tried the French Alps? Ooolala. Escape for a romantic ski and spa retreat at Megève’s most classic hotel, Les Fermes de Marie – a collection of traditional farmhouses and chalets carefully restored by the Sibuet family and converted into a 70-room hotel. After a day on the slopes, unwind at the hotel’s renowned Pure Altitude Spa. For Valentine’s Day, snowshoe to the hotel’s own Le Ferme de Bacre, a secluded outpost for a private gourmet feast, served beneath the starry sky. Fur blankets provided—but optional. N’est-ce pas?
The Retreat, Atenas Costa Rica
Embark on a sensual journey at The Retreat Costa Rica Wellness Resort and Spa. Perched on a high vibrational crystal mountain, the spa and wellness hideaway goes quickly to the heart of the matter. Delve into its Crystal Healing Treatment, a two hour ritual that begins with a side-by-side amethyst scrub to revitalize the energetic connection between the two of you. Next comes a moon dust stone to ignite eroticism, orange and rose quartz to expand the heart chakra, then some chocolate and a floating bed. Shazzam! A party may ensue.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, Lost Pines Texas
Repose riverside near Austin, at Old West-intoned Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, a fanciful escape from city life. With a lazy river pool, fishing pond, s’mores at night, bikes, horses, golf and a coterie of animals from Longhorn cattle to alpacas, the resort keeps guests busy. Save time to renew together with a session at Spa Django. Soulmate Sunset, begins with a massage a deux at day’s end, then finishes with an hour to use the spa’s pools and saunas privately after closing time. Chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne enhance the magic.
The Boulders Resort, Carefree Arizona
You’ll be on cloud nine in more ways than one when you book a private dinner beneath the full moon at this golf buffs retreat, set amid otherworldly, gargantuan red rocks in the Sonoran Desert. After a long day in the curative spa, on the greens, or by the pool, reserve one of the resort’s swoon-worthy “elevation” evenings. Gastronomic menus, personal waiters, fine linens, crystal, china and candles combine with nature for an unforgettable salute to your love. Choose from a variety of titillating settings—such as Promise Rock, where a table will be set just for you that promises sunset vistas. Watch your passion take to the skies!
Glenwood Hot Springs Colorado
Get hot…in the biggest mineral springs pool in the world. Historic Glenwood Springs, set midway between Aspen and Vail, draws lovers year round. Couples can fuel the flame with a warm, steamy soak after a day of skiing or hiking (in season). Book the Romance Package, which includes a well appointed room, chocolate, champagne, a spa credit for adjacent Spa of the Rockies , breakfast and two plush robes (with a two night stay).
New York City, The Mark Hotel
Love is in the air in the Big Apple. At The Mark, one of Manhattan’s most iconic hotels. Woo him (or her) with “The Mark’s Fool Proof Valentine’s Day Menu,” an add-on to your reservation in a glamorous suite. Ladurée chocolates with a stuffed bear, a dozen roses, and an in-suite couples massage might be fodder enough, but take that love talk a step further with a Sidney Garber Rolling Bracelet (for her) and a Tom Ford Watch (for him). You can’t go wrong.