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The couple's guide to Valentine's Day hotel packages
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Amelia Island, Florida
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, is a romantic hotel in general, with ambient restaurants and activities for couples like cooking classes, bike tours, wine tastings, and picturesque hikes. There is also a nightly "Beach Lovers Fire by the Dunes" where couples can snuggle with blankets, hot cocoa, and binoculars for star-gazing in front of a beach bonfire. For Valentine's Day, couples can opt for the "Romance Package", which includes accommodations, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival, breakfast for two, a rose-petal turndown service, free parking, and late check-out. Rates begin at $379 per night. Call 904-277-1100 to book.
Geneva on the Lake
Finger Lakes, New York
Geneva on the Lake is situated in the perfect location for those who love celebrating with delicious cuisine and free-flowing vino. The area is home to culinary trails, farm-to-table dining experiences, and over one hundred vineyards. During the month of Valentine's Day, Geneva on the Lake is helping to enhance the wining and dining experience even further with a "Romantic Valentine's Celebration" package, which includes accommodation in a suite that overlooks Seneca Lake and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, two elegant wine glasses, chocolates, a full breakfast, a bottle of locally produced wine or Fuji apple juice, a candlelit four-course dinner with live music, and, if you stay on a Friday, a wine and cheese reception. Rates begin at $330 per night. Call 800-343-6382 to book.
Santa Monica, California
The Shore Hotel is an environmentally-friendly, luxury property right on the beach. They are LEED-registered, use local materials for building as much as possible, and recycled 50% of their construction waste, among other initiatives. During the entire month of February, the property is offering a "Pink Goes Green" package that includes accommodations, two bicycle rentals to use for your entire stay, a 60-minute couples massage at Tikkun Spa, a bottle of organic champagne or wine, and a $50 credit to The Lobster Restaurant, the on-site seafood eatery. Rates for the package start at $469 per night. Call 310-458-1515 to book.
Couples who love public displays of affection
New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.
Affinia Hotels, a boutique hotel chain with multiple properties in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C., is offering a "Kiss & Tell" package from now all the way until December 31, 2012. The package includes accommodations with upgrades (if available), a list of each city's most romantic kissing spots, Affinia signature "Kiss Me" mints, a "Kisses Goodnight" turndown service that includes Hershey's kisses, and a split of champagne. To make the package more fun, the hotel is asking couples to take kissing photos around the cities and post them to the Affinia Facebook page and the Affinia Twitter account. Prices start at $139 per night in New York and Washington D.C. and $149 a night in Chicago. Call 866-246-2203 and say the word "KISS" to book.
The Pop-Up Wedding Chapel at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Whether you're looking to get married for the first time, renew your vows, or just trying it out for a day or two, The Pop-Up Wedding Chapel at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas offers a variety of wedding-inspired packages. Each includes a 20-minute ceremony, Molla Space eraser rings, and Sofia Coppola champagne poppers. Note that all packages are faux until you add a $150 legal binding fee.
For those who are looking to quickly seal the deal, there is the "Hitched in a Hurry Package" ($80), which includes the wedding ceremony, a photo booth photo, and a gift bag. Couples looking to get a little more out of the experience can opt for the "On a Whim Package" ($125), which will give you the wedding ceremony, a silk flower bouquet, two photo booth photos, six cans of champagne, party favors, a t-shirt, two cake tops, and a gift bag. And, for those couples who want to really go all out, there is the "Going to the Chapel Package" ($195), which includes the wedding ceremony, silk flower bouquet, a bottle of Sofia Coppola Champagne (swanky!), two photo booth photos, party favors, six cake tops, two t-shirts, Marquee Hotel nightclub guest list access for four people, and a gift bag. Call 702-698-7640 to book.
Couples with sex on the brain
Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa
Miami Beach, Florida
Let's be honest; for most couples, romance isn't just about chocolates and tropical sunsets. And because Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa understands this, they're hosting a "Sensuality & Sexuality" week from February 13-18, 2012. Not only will you be able to relax on the beach with your partner, you'll also be able to learn how to heat things up in the bedroom (don't worry if you're single, as there are solo tips, as well). Some of the classes guests can partake in include:
- Get in Touch with Yourself- Learn how to bring back and ignite sexual passion and vitality
- Swap the Blue Pills for Dumbbells- Learn how to use exercise to increase sexual performance
- Position Yourself- Couples will learn strengthening exercises that will not only work your muscles but also help you achieve unique and pleasurable sex positions
- Keep It Up (for men)- Dr. McGee gives the men insight into how things like nutrition, relationships, stress, exercise, and everyday activities can affect sexual performance
- Forty Beads Talk with Carolyn Evans (for women)- The ladies will learn a new method that will help transform their relationships
Rustic and adventurous couples
Blackberry Farm is a luxury resort housed in a renovated farmhouse situated in the hills of the Smoky Mountains. From February 10-14, 2012, the property is hosting an array of romantic activities, some of which include a romantic confections baking demo, horse-drawn carriage rides, aphrodisiac tasting menus, spa treatments for couples, private fly fishing lessons, and adventure sports like kayaking and white water rafting. Rates start at $695 which includes all meals. Call 865-984-8166 to book.
Snow bunny couples
L'Auberge de Sedona
L'Auberge de Sedona is a luxury property situated on Oak Creek as well as in the midst of picturesque red-rock mountains. Through March 15, 2012, the property is offering couples a chance to experience the natural beauty of the area by hitting the slopes with their "Snowmance" package, which includes two-nights accommodation in either a guest room or fireplace and private patio-equipped luxury cottage, ski lift tickets to Flagstaff Snowbowl for each day booked, and a $75 credit to use for food and drinks or the spa. Prices start at $265 for a guest room and $320 for cottage. Call 928-282-1661 to book.
For couples that like to live life in the fast lane, a stay at Fairmont Chicago will give them the chance to spend this Valentine's Day lavishing in expensive tastes. From February 10-14, 2012, the property is offering a $100,000 "Romantic Getaway Package", which includes your own butler throughout the stay as well as a Presidential Suite featuring a rose petal trail from the foyer to a bed of six dozen red roses. The package also includes a $10,000 gift card to Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago that will give sweethearts access to their exclusive Fifth Avenue Club, allowing for personalized shopping, doting slaes attendents, and the ability to shop during non-regular hours. And if you're not feeling like a baller already, you will also receive a Marshall Pierce & Company 18 karat white diamond and sapphire necklace. Back at the resort, the high rolling continues with a lavendar and rose petal-filled bath for two, strawberries, Cristal Champagne, a ninety minute in-room couples' massage, breakfast in bed each morning, as well as two fine dining experiences, one being a Chef's Table-for-Two at the on-site Aria and the other being at your choice of hotel in Chicago. Call 312-565-8000 to book.
Couples who can't get enough chocolate
From February 1 up until Valentine's Day, the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, is offering a Valentine's Day package that includes accommodations, breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, chocolate, champagne, a rose-petal turndown service, and overnight valet parking. Along with this, there is a calendar of chocolate-inspired activities for couples. Some sweet selections to expect include a Chocolate Afternoon Tea ceremony ($34), a chocolate desert-ladden brunch ($59), chocolate and wine pairing sessions (included), candy making classes ($125 per couple), and 50-minute chocolate spa treatments ($155-$290). Prices begin at $299 per night and the chocolate activities can be purchased a la carte. Call 404-237-2700 to book.