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February 3, 2020

Extraordinary Last-minute Valentine’s Day Escapes

By Alex Martin

Valentine’s Day 2020 is just around the corner, but the most romantic adventures are surely those that are taken at the last minute. To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, we are rounding up the most extraordinary Valentine’s Day escapes that are ready to sweep you off your feet at a moment’s notice.

The Peninsula New York

For one night only, The Peninsula New York will transport besotted couples to the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps, all without leaving Manhattan. The hotel will transform its popular Chalet de Ning (two chalet-inspired domes on the roof terrace) into a cozy and sumptuous private room for two. The chalets will be filled with all of the trappings of a luxury ski lodge and decorated with a one-of-a-kind floral creation by McQueens Flowers for a romantic touch.

This over-the-top experience includes copious amounts of fine champagne and Petrossian Caviar, which will be delivered upon request by a dedicated personal butler. Guests will also enjoy a private dining experience with a menu hand-crafted by the hotel’s executive chef Jim Reutemann. The dinner will conclude with a specially created dessert paired with hand-selected champagne by the hotel’s own sommelier. Then, the couple will retreat to their cabin for a night sleeping under the stars.


The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

The Presidential Suite at The Post Oat Hotel

Like the rest of Texas, The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston knows how to go over-the-top. It’s $20,000 Valentine’s Day package incorporates a number of different aspects over a one-night stay. Guests experience a night in its stunning Presidential Suite (One of our Top 100 Suites in the world) and enjoy a private dinner overlooking the skyline on its private terrace. There is also the option for a nighttime helicopter tour of Houston and two treatments and massages at The Spa. Guests are given $250 credit to redeem towards room service (is there anything better than breakfast in bed?) and $500 shopping credit to 29° North, the property’s luxury multi-brand boutique, to find the perfect gift for that special Valentine.


Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Hawaii

The Lanai V at Four Seasons Resort Lanai / ©Four Seasons

If you are growing weary of winter by mid-February, jump straight back into a summer vibe at Four Seasons Resort Lanai. The Hawaiian island is at its best in the winter months with warm temperatures and the potential to see migrating humpback whales. The resort offers a range of activities for two with a special Valentine’s Day twist, many of which can be arranged on arrival. Couples can enjoy a special menu at the resort’s ONE FORTY restaurant or, for something really special, set sail on the Lanai V, the hotel’s luxurious 45-ft catamaran. Couples can snorkel, fish, go scuba diving or simply enjoy a beautiful ride along the stunning cliffs of the island.

From $1,400 per night,

St. Regis San Francisco

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At $50,000, St. Regis San Francisco offers the most expensive Valentine’s Day package on this list. Available to book throughout February, the package includes a two-night stay in the hotel’s Presidential Suite and comes complete with a host of exclusive and bespoke amenities. Guests will be given private, after-hours access to the hotel’s 9,000-sq-ft spa, including its tranquil indoor saltwater infinity pool featuring spectacular city views, and enjoy customized spa treatments. They will also experience a delectable Chinese New Year-inspired Art of Tea tasting in the Lobby Lounge, featuring aromatic Dammann teas from around the world.

Couples will undertake a tour of the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market with executive chef Joseph Tiano where they will select ingredients that will be used to curate an in-suite bespoke dinner for two. Finally, In partnership with VRAI and Diamond Foundry, the world’s first certified carbon neutral diamond producer, guests will also be given access to unique diamond shapes and sizes that have never been seen by the general public. They can then choose one of these diamonds to create a customized piece.


Jane Street Townhouse II

The sitting room in Jane Street Townhouse II / ©onefinestay

Some couples simply don’t have the time to go away for Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t escape everyday life. In such a situation, a city bolthole might be the perfect solution. Rental company onefinestay offers a range of luxury apartments and houses for a dreamy staycation. We love Jane Street Townhouse II, a beautiful residential apartment located in West Village, Manhattan. The five-bedroom home has been designed with glamour and flair in mind and comes with a split-level garden, terrace, and balcony. It is also ideally located in one of New York’s hottest spots with a huge selection of restaurants and bars to choose from. As an added bonus, guests who book a five-night stay in onefinestay’s City Collection throughout February will receive a complimentary bottle of bubbles and a sweet treat to enjoy with loved ones upon arrival (quote code Valentines2020).

From $2,805 per-night,

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese

The terrace at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese / ©ACCOR / Gilles Trillard.

Paris is the undisputed City of Love, but you can’t spell romance without Rome. That is no coincidence for those who have been to the Eternal City, which has as much charm as it does history. There is so much to see and to do, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is offering a five-night Valentine’s Day package to ensure you don’t miss out on anything.

Guests stay in either the Venus or Cupid Suite and are treated to a variety of exclusive activities such as a helicopter trip to one of Rome’s countryside vineyards, a nighttime drive through the city, a private tour of the Villa Aurora to admire Michelangelo sculptures and even a Candle-adorned bath for two in Roman Donkey Milk (believed by the Romans to be an elixir of long life). There will also be the option to design a custom hand-made piece of jewelry at Cazzaniga, an Italian family-owned atelier which has serviced Rome since the 1920s.

From €20,000 ($22,150 approx),

Nido Love Nest at Viceroy Los Cabos

The unique Nido nest can be booked out for a romantic dinner for two / ©Viceroy Los Cabos

Viceroy Los Cabos sits on an idyllic spot on the beachfront and offers beautiful views out over the Sea of Cortez. It is a very romantic location best enjoyed inside its unique Nido Nest. With the Nido Love Nest package, couples can secure private use of the nest-like structure for a romantic evening under the stars. The experience comes with a concierge to wait on the couple’s every need and a photographer to make sure the memory lasts a lifetime. Throughout the stay, couples can also partake in other activities, such as a day of exploring the historic Colonial streets of San José del Cabo.


Morocco’s Enchanting Southern Route

The thriving markets of Marrakech / ©Naya Traveler

Marrakech is renowned for its bustling markets and packed souks, but Morocco is far more than just its capital city.  Naya Traveler is offering couples the chance to get off the tourist trail and explore the North African country’s southern route. Staying at private properties along the way, guests will spend a week on a fully serviced, exhilarating road trip that will introduce you to Morocco’s secret essence – one that is seldom described in the guidebooks. The journey begins at the ultimate romantic oasis, Dar Ahlam, and continues for an exhilarating few nights in Marrakesh. Itineraries can be tailored for each guest and accommodation options include anything from beautiful private homes to a private luxury nomadic camp in the Sahara Desert.

From $1,200 per person per day,

The Ananda Active

Ananda in the Himalayas, India / ©Ananda

Specifically designed for the adventurous couple, this romantic package takes you to the spectacular scenery of the Himalayas. The dynamic itinerary includes a variety of activities for adrenaline junkies including treks through the Himalayan foothills, white water rafting across the mighty Ganges, ziplining, and outdoor boot camps with trained experts. There is, of course, the opportunity to unwind. Couples can benefit from physiotherapy sessions and deep tissue massages before enjoying a candle-lit dinner for two. Of course, the menu is well balanced in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates to ensure your body recovers from the day’s exploits.

From $1,330 per night on double occupancy,

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