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For many, cards, flowers and jewelry are go-to purchases for Valentine’s Day. But now more than ever, couples are upping the ante — opting for more experiential gifts, such as spa days or getaways.
In fact, Americans spent $3.6 billion dollars in 2015 on travel and entertainment for the February 14th holiday, and that figure is expected to rise this year.
So it seems that the best way to win your loved one’s heart is to take them on vacation.
With that in mind, Yahoo Travel has put together a list of romantic getaways, perfect for whisking your loved one off their feet. But book now, Valentines day is just around the corner.
Won’t break the bank
Show your love without breaking the bank. (Photo: iStock)
The Puppy Love Package at the Cypress Inn, Carmel, CA
This charming and historic boutique hotel is not just for lovers. The first hotel of its kind in California, the Cypress Inn also welcomes our animal friends. Since the mid-1980s, the hotel has had everything from parrots to potbellied pigs cross the threshold. To celebrate this day of love, guests can snap up the Puppy Love Package which includes deluxe, pet friendly accommodations, breakfast for two, a Cypress Inn pet collar tag for each of your furry friends, complimentary Muttini and treat turn down along with Tea with Toto - an afternoon fireside tea service where pets get the VIP treatment. Rates start at $225 for a double room with a two night minimum.
Rose City Romance at The Benson, Portland, OR
This historic European inspired hotel, located in the heart of downtown Portland, was built in 1913 but features a host of modern amenities. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering the Rose City Romance package which features accommodations in a deluxe guest room, scattered rose petals, sparkling wine upon arrival and complimentary valet parking. So while you are central to everything Portland has to offer, you may just want to stay in and enjoy the ultimate couples getaway from the privacy of your hotel room. Rates for the package start at $284 a night.
The Suite Life Package at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki, HI
What is more romantic than watching then sunset over the ocean from your Hawaiian hotel suite? At the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa you can up the Valentine’s ante with the Suite Life Package that includes a daily breakfast for two, a copy of the historical Moana Surfrider book, daily beach club access and a $300 Moana Lani Spa credit. Rates start at just $256 a night with a four night minimum stay.
A relaxing couples massage is the perfect way to kick off a romantic vacation. (Photo: iStock)
The Modern Romance Package at The London Hotel, New York, NY
For a chic Valentine’s Day city break, check into a suite at The London NYC and indulge in their Modern Romance Package which includes a relaxing 60-minute, in-room couples massage, an assortment of canapés delivered to your suite along with their signature martini and a customized selection of aromatherapy bath salts to enjoy during your stay. Rates start at $417 for a one-night stay.
The Spa Experience Package at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX
For a serious romantic indulgence, book the Spa Experience Package at the Hilton Anatole, an iconic property in the heart of Dallas’ design district. For just $339 a night, guests will be treated to in-room wine and cheese, luxurious plush robes and $100 daily spa credits. For an extra treat for your loved one, pre-order the “Sweet Dreams” - a collection of home made truffles and petite macaroons delivered to your bedside with chocolate dipped martinis glasses and an individual Grand Marnier nightcap.
Spoiled At The Spa Package at the Virgin Hotel Chicago, IL
For a heavenly urban getaway head to the ultra contemporary Virgin Hotel in downtown Chicago, just blocks from Millennium Park, where they are offering the Spoiled At The Spa Package. For just $469 per night, lovers can immerse themselves in the wondrous spa experience that includes a stay in a Grande Chamber Suite, a bottle of Champagne and a couples massage.
Love is in the air. (Photo: Thinkstock)
The Ultimate Date Night at Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, CA
Set at the foot of the historic Golden Gate Bridge, with dramatic views across the San Fransisco Bay, the Cavallo Point Lodge is the ideal location for a tranquil and romantic getaway. This Valentine’s Day, indulge in the Ultimate Date Night - a package that includes one night’s accommodation, $100 dining credit for dinner at Murray Circle and breakfast for two. Amenities at the resort include airport shuttle service, daily wine hour, complimentary yoga classes and access to the Healing Arts Centre and Spa. Rates start at $574 a night with a two night minimum over Valentine’s Day weekend.
The Romance Getaway Package at The Bohemian Hotel, Savannah, GA
Overlooking the riverfront, the beautiful Bohemian Hotel is the epitome of historic elegance. Celebrate the annual day of love in upscale luxury with the Romance Getaway Package that includes accommodations, chilled champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries upon arrival, a private carriage ride around downtown Savannah, a dozen roses, dinner and breakfast for two as well as free valet parking. Rates for the package start at $569 a night.
The Guilty Pleasures Package at The Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA
If you are looking for a reason to not leave your hotel room this Valentine’s Day, then the Liberty Hotel in downtown Boston might be for you. Their Guilty Pleasures Package includes luxurious accommodation, sparkling wine, breakfast for two, chocolate dipped strawberries delivered to your room, an intimacy kit, and an extended late check out until 3pm. So there will be no excuse to end the fun early. Rates begin at $487 a night.
Splurge a little
Nothing says love like getting your loved one out of the cold and onto a beach. (Photo: iStock)
Bubbles and Bubbly at the Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, WA
Located about 30 minutes east of Seattle, this elegant and luxurious resort overlooks the Snoqualmie Falls and has an award winning spa. This Valentine’s Day, they are offering guests Bubbles and Bubbly: A Night In, where you can relax and romance your loved one from the privacy of your spacious suite which features a jet tub for two, cozy robes, and mood music. The package includes a river-view suite, a Salish bath butler sampler including bath salts, scrubs and body butter, a $50 dining credit for breakfast in bed, a bottle of sparkling wine, rose petals, and an in-room movie. Rates throughout February start at $818 a night.
The Sea of Love Package at the CuisinArt Resort, Anguilla
If you sign up for the Sea of Love Package at the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa on the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla, you might never want to leave. Set on a breathtaking stretch of beach overlooking Rendezvous Bay, this luxurious property is one of the Leading Hotels of the World. And rightly so. This special package includes 7 nights of beachfront accommodations, daily breakfast, a day car rental, Champagne and strawberries upon check-in, three lunches and two dinners for two at your choice of resort restaurants, a private beach dinner for two, wine tasting, massages, and a couples rendezvous escape spa package. Rates start at $1,156 a night.
The Sweethearts’ Sanctuary Package at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, AZ
Nestled against the spectacular Camelback Mountain, the Sanctuary Resort & Spa is the ultimate in luxury and romance with world class amenities in a breathtaking setting. The Sweethearts’ Package includes Valentine’s Day dinner at the award-winning elements restaurant, 10% off a two-night stay between Feb 13 and Feb 16, a 60-minute couples massage at the Sanctuary Spa and a rose petal turndown service. Rates for the package start at $1,866 based on a two-night stay for two guests.
When it comes to love, go big or go home. (Photo: Guana Island)
A private island rental, Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
What do you give that special someone in your life for Valentine’s Day if they already have everything? How about a private island? Guana Island is 850 acres of untouched natural beauty located in the heart of the British Virgin Islands. Family owned but featuring a spa and world-class chef, this private resort is comprised of seven immaculate beaches that encircle tropical forests. For $22,000 a night, guests will be treated to three meals a day, unlimited use of various sports equipment from kayaks to snorkeling gear, al-fresco movie nights and beach barbecues. You can have the island all to yourself, or share the experience with 35 of your nearest and dearest. The choice is yours.
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