Good things also come in big packages. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few fabulous Valentine’s Day treats at a few of our favorite luxury hotels. What will it be: your paramour in Miami, main squeeze in the Maldives, beloved in Bangkok or… click in for all the overnight aphrodisiacs.
Vancouver: We’ve been to a few parties at the Opus Hotel and its known to be playful. To help you up your game Valentine’s weekend, the hotel has a personal cupid frame a photo of you and yours and leave it with a love note and some bubbly in your Superior King room. You also get $100 credit to their restaurant, La Pentola, to nosh on yummy Northern Italian cuisine, and a late 1 p.m. check-out the next morning. For, you know….
San Francisco: Throughout February, the Mandarin Oriental offers their “Romance in the Sky” package, which is very much literal. You get a room in one of the top 11 floors of San Francisco’s third tallest building. There’s also a two-hour couples spa treatment and breakfast with bubbly in bed. There’s also the option of individual escapes at the spa or restaurant.
New York: Near one of if not the most romantic spot in the Big Apple, and that would be Central Park, the Trump International Hotel & Tower has a couple charming offers. If round-the-clock park views is your thing, take the “Romance on the Park” package and if $100 spa credit is more your bag, opt for the “My Sweet Valentine” package. Both come with champagne, continental breakfast and the comforts of a newly renovated room. Finally check that “horse-drawn carriage ride” off your bucket list, will you.
Miami: At Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, make it easy by taking them up on their offer of an oceanfront room, beachfront dinner for two, champagne and rose petals. Tack onto that a private couples’ massage lesson (how you let your partner know their weak finger taps aren’t doing it for you, without explicitly saying so). Just me and me in Miami? Meet someone potentially special at the hotel’s singles night at Piazzetta Restaurant February 14 and hopefully get a kiss on the neck to go with your Kiss On The Neck cocktail.
London: Paris is for lovers? That’s so cliche. Alliteration points to London. Here, The Wellesley wants to put you up in a suite overlooking Hyde Park with champagne breakfast, bouquet and Rolls Royce drop-offs within range of the hotel (because if you make a girl walk too far in her candy red, five-inch Louboutins, the love will be lost).
Another option is to hunker down at the St. James’s Hotel & Club. They’ve teamed up with Victoria’s Secret for a Valentine’s week “Seduction” package that includes a personal shopping appointment and £70 spending money at the lingerie brand’s flagship on New Bond Street, a box of Charbonnel et Walker pink champagne truffles and breakfast in bed.
Bangkok: Ignore the Murray Head lyrics “One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble” (so much euphemism for one sentence), because one night at the St. Regis will make the world your oyster. Think the Caroline Astor Suite, limousine service, 24-hour butler service, a bottle of Krug Rose Champagne and a private 7-course candlelight dinner for two.
Maldives: If you really want to wow, surprise your sweetheart with a getaway to one of the idyllic islands in the Indian Ocean. From February 10 to 15, guests of Niyama have the opportunity to write and produce their own rap for a loved one. Asia’s biggest hip hop artists, Joe Flizzow and Sona One will lead workshops on beat listening, familiarization and selection, and lyric inspiration with the end result being an utterly unique V-day gift.
If you prefer olfactory to auditory stimulation, head to the recently renovated Huvafen Fushi where father-daughter perfumers Nicolas Maillebiau and Isabelle Maillebiau, scent-makers for the likes of Nina Ricci, Céline and Dior, will be conducting a three-day workshop, February 11 to 14. It culminates with guests creating their own Per Fumum Ex bespoke perfume with the help of the Nicolas and Isabelle. A gourmet dinner prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Johnson caps it off. Smells good, doesn’t it?