Chocolate and flowers and officially done. This year, give your S.O. a gift they’ll never forget—a stay at a luxurious hotel with added perks guaranteed to put you in the mood. Sweet dreams ;)
Best for...Getting Your Sex(y) On
Is “50 Shades” the tone you want to channel this year? The Mark is offering a steamy “Aphrodisiac Package” that follows up cocktails and bites by Jean-Georges with a bedroom stocked with goodies including a silk eye mask, pair of panties, and even a sex score card. Meanwhile, book the “NSFW” package at either Arlo location in NoMad or SoHo to enjoy a little “on the town” action—you’ll get two tickets to the Museum of Sex and an, ahem, informative class at Body & Pole—before coming home to some sexy in-room games (accessories included) and a bouquet of roses to sweeten things up.
Best for...a Money-is-no-Object Proposal
If ever there was a day made for grand gestures, Valentine’s Day is it. Looking to bestow a little travel with a side of that ring? Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is the ticket—or rather, two tickets. On a private jet to Monaco. For a cool $1,226,120, your stay includes (in addition to those flights) a reservation in the penthouse suite (decorated with rose petals and 1,000 candles come nightfall), a couple’s massage, a shopping spree with a personal shopper, and a private en-suite dinner, during which a plane trailing a “Will You Marry Me?” banner will fly by at the opportune moment.
Hoping for something a bit cheaper and closer to home? The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park’s “Romance by the Park” ($16,999) packs in everything you could dream of in a swoon-worthy Manhattan escape: the penthouse suite including champagne and strawberries and a rose petal turndown, a five-hour chauffeured tour of the city, a private shopping experience (and $500 voucher) at Saks Fifth Avenue, a 90-minute couples massage, a tasting menu dinner, and a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park.
Best for...Urban Sophisticates
If dinner among a sea of other canoodling couples sounds like your nightmare, bear with us. Yes, you’ll still be a part of the crowd during an à la carte dinner at Omni Berkshire Place’s Bob’s steakhouse, but the closer comes when you book “Ballroom and Bubbles” (from $7,500), when the hotel closes off the ballroom for just the two of you for a four-piece quartet to serenade a private dance. The rest of the night is spent in the presidential suite, concluding the next morning with a leisurely champagne breakfast in bed.
Best for...Movie Buffs
Some would argue that (in recent cinema, anyways) there isn't a more lauded on-screen love story than “The Notebook.” This year, you can relive the fairytale at Charleston’s HarbourView Inn. With “Allie & Noah’s Romance Package,” you’ll get your names displayed on the marquee outside The American Theater (where the twosome shared an impromptu dance), tickets to both Boone Hall (Allie’s summer house) and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and a carriage ride through the city. Bonus: those staying overnight on Valentine’s Day proper will get to enjoy a private screening of the film on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.
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Best for...a Sweet Surprise
It’s safe to say you’ll never see this one coming. This year, Australia-based brand QT Hotels (with locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and the Gold Coast) is offering a “Room for Dessert.” Starting at $299 (paid up front), couples will sit down for a decadent dinner. When dessert is ordered, a waiter will deliver the sweet treat along with a room key—and they’ll be automatically checked into a room upstairs, where a half-bottle of champagne on ice awaits. How’s that for "seeing where the night takes you"?
Best for...Bringing the Bling
As Marilyn Monroe once eloquently put it, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” This year, add a little color to that jingle. The Peninsula Paris has partnered with Swiss jeweler Piaget to bring us “From Peninsula With Love.” Along with a bottle of Duetz Champagne and a rose-petal turndown, the “ice” on the proverbial cake is an 18-karat pink gold ring set with a pink sapphire and diamond (from $1,450 per night excluding jewelry purchase, which costs roughly $1,630). If "pink" sounds a bit too girly (or her taste is more "Material Girl"), the ring can be nixed for an embroidered La Perla Silk Satin Robe.
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Best for...the Adrenaline Rush
Physical activity is proven to release endorphins. Our proposal: ditch the bedroom (at least for a little while) and share a heart-pumping, once-in-a-lifetime experience together. Snow bunnies will love the “Valentine’s Experience” at Telluride’s Madeline Hotel and Residences—the two-night reservation gets you custom skis and a private day of heli-skiing including an “on-mountain” picnic—followed up with an en-suite dinner and breakfast in bed the following morning (call to book). For adrenaline without the exertion, L.A.’s Hollywood Roosevelt hotel is offering up a 30-minute helicopter tour of the city capped off with dinner in your room served by private butler. If that’s not special enough, book the penthouse suite for a private rooftop dinner under its famous red sign.
Best for...Making a Week of It
Is one night not enough to celebrate your love? It’s a 5-night minimum to stay at Mukul, an Auberge Resort, an eco-chic beach retreat on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, but we doubt you’ll mind. Their “Ultimate Romance Package” will more than keep you occupied with daily meals and an open bar (including a welcome bottle of champagne), and you’ll have the freedom to choose when to cash in on your three-course dinner under the stars, three-hour couple’s spa experience, and two of three activities included in the rate—be it a surfing lesson, a private yoga session, or a round of golf between naps on the beach.