Scholars could debate for centuries the best Valentine’s Day ideas, but the truth is romance is as subjective as humor and music. While some couples believe a private island escape with 24-hour butler service is the only way to spend this special day, others are content with a nice meal at their favorite restaurants. To each his and her own, we say.
The great thing is you can be spoiled no matter what style of travel you choose and judging by the amount of Valentine’s Day travel deals we’re sorting through, there is a lot of spoiling to be done. Now it’s just a matter of choosing where to go.
Black Pearl Romance Getaway
The Place: St. Regis Bora Bora
The Experience: Is there anything more romantic than a heart-shaped island? We’d have to see Bora Bora’s Tupai island to decide, and anyone can thanks to the St. Regis Bora Bora’s incredible Black Pearl Romance Getaway. Where do we even start? It includes a private helicopter flyover of the aforementioned island, candlelit champagne dinner on the resort’s private island, the signature canoe breakfast, and a 24-karat gold couples massage that features gold-flake-infused coconut oil.
The cherry on top? A 12.4mm Tahitian black pearl solitaire necklace. Well, that might be the cherry on top of the other cherry, which is five nights in one of the resort’s amazing overwater villas.
One Incredible Backdrop
The Place: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort
The Experience: There are places that do romance very well and some that absolutely ooze romance. The Towers at Pacifica, which is known as a “resort within a resort” at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, is definitely the latter. People in Los Cabos love to claim that they have the best sunsets in the world, and if that’s true, this resort is the best place for viewing them. Especially on Valentine’s Day.
The romance experience here includes the resort’s trademark 24-hour certified butler service, in addition to $100 credits toward a private dinner on the beach and a couples massage at the phenomenal Armonia Spa. Best of all, it doesn’t have to take place on February 14. Booking is available until February 25 for stays through December 20 (use the code Romance22).
The Places: Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort and Club and Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
The Experience: What’s better than being spoiled and pampered at one luxurious resort? Being spoiled and pampered at two luxurious resorts, obviously, and a private yacht serving as transportation between them, of course. With this Coastal Voyages experience, guests will first enjoy two nights at Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort and Club, where they’ll choose between a 90-minute restorative spa treatment for two or a round of golf on the Monarch Beach Golf Links (or splurge and do both!) and eat a magnificent dinner at Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina (a $500 dining credit).
Leaving from Dana Point Harbor, the couple will embark on a three-hour private yacht cruise along the Pacific coastline, before checking into Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills for another two-night stay. Here, a La Prairie Spa couples massage awaits, as well as dinner at The Rooftop by JG or Jean-Georges Beverly Hills (also a $500 dining credit).
The Place: Grand Wailea, Maui
The Experience: The most important aspect of romance is celebrating the ones we love; however, the foodies among us might argue that a fantastic meal is the centerpiece. That’s certainly the case at Maui’s iconic Grand Wailea, which is offering a private dining experience complete with six personalized courses, wine and champagne pairings, live music to set the mood, and a sunset photography session.
A Romantic Proposition
The Place: Conrad Ft. Lauderdale Beach
The Experience: The thing about an elaborate destination proposal is you basically have to be a diabolical mastermind to pull it off without the other person knowing. That’s tricky with Conrad Ft. Lauderdale Beach’s proposal experience, because part of it involves a massage in the Spa Suite and a makeup session with a local salon. But if you pass that off as just the perks of an amazing Valentine’s Day getaway, you can probably get away with it before the next part.
The couple will embark on an intercoastal boat ride that features private dinner with flowers and a musician, all before the question is popped, for which there will be a photographer on hand to capture every second of the reaction.
Complete the Journey
The Place: Park Hyatt St. Kitts
The Experience: One of the coolest things about this resort is how guests are invited to take a variety of “journeys” that get them up close and personal with everything this island has to offer. For example, the Journey Off the Beaten Path is an off-road adventure through the mountains and rain forests of St. Kitts, so be sure to pack long sleeves and extra sunscreen.
That’s not to say Park Hyatt St. Kitts isn’t also very romantic. The beaches of Banana Bay are great enough for long walks and lounging, but we’re also fond of 15 percent discounts on rates. Booking only lasts through February 16, so this is for last-second lovers.
St. Lucia by Yacht
The Place: The Landings Resort and Spa
The Experience: A lot of people refer to St. Lucia as the “Hawaii of the Caribbean,” but it was only recently that someone asked me, “Are you sure Hawaii isn’t the St. Lucia of the Pacific?” Insert Cosmo Kramer mind blown GIF here. The point is this is one of the most romantic destinations in the world, so couples don’t really need a lot of bells and whistles here, but if you really want to go all out, the Landings Resort and Spa has a private yacht with your name on it.
Guests will be transferred from the airport by helicopter to check into their beachfront villa, enjoy a couples massage at the resort’s spa, and when it’s time to celebrate Valentine’s Day and each other, couples will set course to either the famed Pitons or Diamond Falls for a sunset dinner for two on the beach.
Plunge into Love
The Place: Hilton Los Cabos AltaMar
The Experience: What’s better than oceanfront views? Enjoying them from a private plunge pool, naturally. And the plunge pool suite at Hilton Los Cabos AltaMar offers the Sea of Cortez as an extraordinary backdrop for all things romance. The Plunge into Love experience includes, among other things, a floating breakfast, couple’s massage, and private cabana dinner spread out over three glorious nights.
Pick Your Perfection
The Place: Rendezvous Resort, St. Lucia
The Experience: Seriously, pick your perfect moment. Proposals, elopement, vow renewal, destination weddings, vow renewals, or just a Valentine’s Day celebration that no couple will ever forget. Rendezvous Resort is a one-stop shop for all things romance any day of the year, so even if you can’t make it in time for February 14, just keep the passion and celebratory vibes pinned, book the right dates, and boom—it’s going to be absolutely perfect.
Sun Kissed in Mexico
The Place: Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
The Experience: From the moment guests arrive at San José del Cabo International Airport, the spotlight will be shining squarely on them. A private transfer will whisk the lucky couple to Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, where romance is always in full bloom. However, the Sun Kissed in Mexico experience heats things up even more with breakfast for two, discounts on spa treatments, a rose petal turndown, and an unforgettable dinner at one of the resort’s beloved restaurants.
Bubble and Berries
The Place: Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
The Experience: A romantic dinner? Check. Wine, champagne, or sparkling cider? Check. A strawberry bouquet? Check. One of the most beautiful beaches in the entire U.S.? Check. Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach offers it all for Valentine’s Day this year, but the best part of all is the 10 percent discount on Gulf View and Gulf Front rooms.
Escape to Hawaii
The Place: Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa
The Experience: Dropping everything and heading to Hawaii isn’t as easy as it used to be (if it ever was), but fortunately Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa has a knack for making every day feel like Valentine’s Day. That’s because the romance package that is absolutely ideal for February’s big day is also good for the entire year.
Fresh off a massive renovation that includes a stunning new pool, this resort welcomes couples with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and personalized bath robes with embroidered names. The experience also includes a VIP day bed pool cabana and dinner for two in another private cabana at new open-air restaurant Queensbreak.
Valentine’s on the Bay
The Place: Paradise Point Resort, San Diego
The Experience: With a mile of beautiful San Diego beach, as well as five pools and just as many dining options, there’s no shortage of romance at Paradise Point in Mission Bay. The Valentine’s on the Bay experience simply enhances the mood by offering up to 30 percent off rates for the fun bungalow-vibed rooms.
A Florida Keys Favorite
The Place: Bungalows Key Largo
The Experience: It didn’t take long for Bungalows Key Largo to become one of the most talked about romantic resorts in Florida, and when word finishes spreading it will be known as one of the best in the country. The only adults-only, all-inclusive property in the state boasts 12 acres of natural beauty and 135 private bungalows that are great for couples looking to escape for a long Valentine’s Day weekend.
The romance experience here includes a four-night stay with welcome gifts of chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling wine, and couples will also receive a $200 credit for the spa and another $200 credit for the myriad on-site water activities.
Celebrate Your Love
The Place: Rosewood Bermuda
The Experience: There’s no denying that when it comes to Bermuda, it’s about as perfect as it gets in terms of convenience. But that doesn’t mean couples will lose out on things like tropical bliss and unparalleled luxury. After all, that’s Rosewood Bermuda in a nutshell. Factor in the Celebrate Your Love experience and this becomes a private, personalized celebration of love that includes a romantic dinner with a professional photography session. And don’t rush—this is available through December 31, 2022.