Short-notice Valentine’s Day getaways
SHERYL NANCE-NASH | 1/31/2019, 2:47 p.m.
Remember how you used to feel when you heard “Love’s Holiday” by Earth, Wind & Fire? Why not make it real? It’s not too late to make plans for a last-minute Valentine’s Day getaway. After all, there’s nothing sexier than spontaneity. Because you’re short on prep time, forget about a far-flung place on the other side of the globe. Save that for another time. Keep it simple, and simply beautiful. Consider these ideas.
How can you go wrong with a name like Temptation Cancun Resort? Should you be naughty or nice? You two can enjoy a romance heavy V-Day with an intimate four-course dinner on the beach with personalized table service via the signature You, Me & the Sea experience. Up the romance factor with a Moonlight Couples Massage, a 60-minute beachside experience, followed by chocolate fondue and Moët and Chandon Champagne under the stars. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags now!
San Diego, Calif.
The beaches are Southern California favorites, and there’s much buzz about the culinary scene. You’ll find special V-Day deals such as the Couple’s Retreat Package at The Westgate Hotel. Relax in European elegance. Your mini-retreat includes accommodation, a 50-minute couple’s massage at AquaVie Spa and breakfast for two. Chill on the rooftop deck or at the pool.
Another good option is Tower23’s Sex on the Beach Package. You and your boo can enjoy two nights with a sparkling wine welcome amenity, romantic dinner for two at the award-winning JRDN restaurant with two cocktails, breakfast in bed each morning, an in-room couple’s massage, naughty turndown service (think rose petals and adult novelties, including lace handcuffs, feather tickler and mask).
Cooper Mountain, Colo.
If you and your sweetie love the cold weather fun, Cooper Mountain is ideal. Ski, go tubing or make angels in the snow. Cuddle around a fireplace, dine at the many restaurants or kick back in the bars. Cooper Mountain is 75 miles from Denver in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The scenery for sure sets the stage for a sultry holiday.
Playa de Carmen, Mexico
Royal Hideaway Playacar is an adults-only all-inclusive resort, with six restaurants, a spa and fitness center and six pools with awesome views, including three relaxation pools and an infinity pool with a waterfall. The Romantic Getaway Package offers up to 40 percent off regular rates and includes a 50-minute Swedish massage per stay, use of the spa’s hydrotherapy circuit and free Wi-Fi. When you’re not on the beach, you can discover the mysteries of the ancient Mayans at archeological sites such as the San Gervasio ruins. Do spend time on Playa’s favorited pedestrian corridor, Quinta Avenida, with its popular restaurants, boutiques and endless nightlife entertainment.
Long Branch, N.J.
Just an hour by train, car or ferry from New York City, the beachfront boardwalk locale of Long Branch awaits. Food, drink and entertainment are plentiful. Check into the boutique hotel, Bungalow. The Bungalow Love Birds Package includes a room with ocean views, in-room fireplace, a bottle of bubbles, red silk rose petals and tealights set up in-room on arrival and Zagara-scented candle. At nearby Pier Village, there’s ice skating by the beach and complimentary horse and carriage rides.
Newport is dreamy with its yachts and mansions. For a memorable Valentine’s celebration, choose the Chanler at Cliff Walk. This vintage mansion, now a luxury boutique hotel, has private gardens, decks and Jacuzzis. It’s said to be one of the most romantic hotels in the U.S. It is the only hotel on the cliff walk. You’ll want to treat yourself to the Chandon “Bubble Bath” that includes a complimentary bottle of sparkling Rosé, Domaine Chandon. Choose from a variety of essential bath oils by Aromatherapy Associates to keep you relaxed. Recently debuted in 2018, Cara at the Chanler at Cliff Walk is Newport’s newest can’t miss dining experience. Tickle your taste buds with the Adore Valentine’s Day menu, a seven-course tasting menu offering unique takes on classic dishes you know and love.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
You can often find affordable flights to the DR. Pair that with the new Limitless All-Inclusive program at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, which offers unlimited add-on experiences such as spa treatments, tours, romantic private dinners and much more for only a 25 percent service fee, and you know you’ve got the makings of a memorable, marvelous V-Day. The beach, the music, party-hearty if you like or lay low. Whatever you fancy, you can do it there.
Mountains can be magical. The Loews Ventana Canyon Resort sits snuggly within the Catalina Mountain Range. The Putt and Pamper Package should please the both of you. Golfers will enjoy the world-class golf and the spa aficionado the unique treatments at the Lakeside Spa, such as the Aloe Vera and Blue Corn Healer. In the Tucson area, there’s plenty of opportunity to hike, cycle and feast on awesome Mexican food.