Romance is calling and we have compiled a list of the most intimate places for you to choose from. From a luxurious, wellness-focused stay in the heart of Horse Country and stargazing from the lavish suite to oceanside picnics with romantic lighting and fresh flowers, these 14 romantic destinations are sure to create lasting memories for love-struck travelers.
Whether lovebirds want to relax, rekindle relationship or simply recharge together on February 14th, the following luxury destinations will offer the romance they are looking for.
Lexington is the ultimate destination for relaxation and reconnection this Valentine’s Day. Sweethearts can get a room at Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa for stunning views of 250 lush, rolling acres, surrounded by famous horse farms. They can relax at The Spa at Griffin Gate with a variety of treatments that combine local minerals, wildflowers, and (of course) bourbon, or play a round of golf on the Rees Jones-designed 18-hole championship course.
An immersive wellness and romance program is awaiting love-struck travelers at The Kentucky Castle. This 110-acre estate and castle over the last five years has become a boutique hotel accommodation founded on guests’ wellbeing. The Castle features luxury suites, an on-property-grown farm-to-table restaurant, a swimming pool, and a spa. Couples can stroll through the no-till garden and greenhouse, take a goat yoga class, or go horseback riding through the estate ending with a garden-to-table picnic.
Lexington was just recognized as one of best cities for equality with a vibrant LGBTQ community. Stay downtown at a hotel like 21c Museum Hotel to be in the heart of what is known as the “Fruit Loop” – a walkable circuit of bars, venues, and clubs that cater to the LGBTQ+ crowd.
Valentine’s Day visitors will also be ideally located near the Bourbon Trail (Lexington is home to some of the state’s best distilleries), exciting cultural stops, public art, over 120 locally owned restaurants, and outdoor adventure.
Bellyard Hotel – West Midtown, Atlanta
Couples are encouraged to escape to West Midtown Atlanta on February 14th and to book a room at Bellyard. The area’s only boutique hotel is a 161-room stylish property where guests can luxuriate in an oversized Japanese soaking tub with champagne and cozy up in a robe for a movie night in. They can spend date night at nearby restaurants including the dreamy mozzarella bar, Bastone!, or local hotspot Drawbar (located in the lobby of Bellyard).
Caribe Royale Orlando Resort – Orlando, Florida
Orlando is the perfect place to spend an intimate Valentine’s Day weekend. Book a one-bedroom suite at Caribe Royale Orlando Resort for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, and enjoy exceptional resort amenities including a massive pool with 75-foot water slide, professional tennis and basketball courts, two hot tubs, and six on-site dining outlets. Couples can indulge in elevated Italian cuisine and unparalleled tableside preparation at The Venetian Chop House at Caribe Royale (Orlando’s best kept secret!) after enjoying an exclusive rum tasting and tapas at the upstairs Rum Bar featuring Bacardi. The highlight of the weekend is a couples treatment at The Island Spa. Couples can also take Caribe Royale’s complimentary shuttle transportation to Walt Disney World Resort or Disney Springs.
W South Beach – Miami Beach, Florida
W South Beach is offering special programming for Valentine’s Day. Couples can write love notes to each other on curated stationary at Living Room; join a Love Sound Bath with Ahana Yoga; a private His & Hers tennis clinic at Swish & Swing with W South Beach’s in-house tennis pro; a His & Hers personal training session with infamous NYC celeb-gym Dog pound; an intimate dinner for two at the opulent MR CHOW; and indulge in the ultimate bespoke couples experience at Away Spa with complimentary champagne for every couple’s treatment booked in their couple’s room. Sweethearts can spend a romantic staycation in a newly renovated penthouse suite at W South Beach and enjoy unparalleled privacy with nightly turndown services.
Marriott Marquis Houston – Houston, Texas
Houston is an amazing spot for a memorable Valentine’s escape. Couples can stay at the Marriott Marquis Houston, a modern, downtown oasis with resort-style amenities. The hotel’s Altitude Rooftop & Pool is home to the one-of-a-kind Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river, and plays host to a number of special events, including movie nights every Saturday and Sunday during the winter months. Guests can experience a romantic rooftop evening and enjoy a movie under the stars – 50 First Dates on Valentine’s Day – while sipping a warming cocktail poolside, then discover the unparalleled wine selection at the Spanish-inspired Cueva Wine Bar.
Deer Path Inn – Lake Forest, Illinois
Just 40 minutes outside of Chicago, Lake Forest is nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan. It is a perfect destination for a small-town Valentine’s Day escape. Popular highlights for couples include an afternoon at the Chicago Botanic Garden, a gin tasting at Koval Distillery, a peaceful walk along the shores of Lake Michigan and exploring the locally owned shops in Historic Market Square. Couples can extend their romantic weekend by staying at the intimate 57-room Deer Path Inn which offers a piece of the English countryside in one of the nation’s wealthiest zip codes. Couples who book a stay at the English-inspired hotel can enjoy a selection of expertly curated and romantic experiences, including in-suite afternoon tea, private wine and whiskey tastings in a hidden wine cellar or a personal craft cocktail class with the inn’s Chief Spirits Officer. Indulge in an intimate evening of elevated European fare at The English Room and finish the evening by returning to one of the hotel’s stunning suites (some of which offer bathtubs that fill from the ceiling!).
The Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton is a historic hotel dating back to 1913 that offers a classic Valentine’s Day vacation. The hotel features both elegant and traditional hotel rooms in the Pantlind Wing and modern guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows in the glass tower. Couples can enjoy a romantic dinner at the MDRD, its rooftop restaurant which features panoramic views of the city and contemporary Spanish cuisine that is redefining West Michigan’s dining scene, with desserts like a chocolate willow tree with cotton candy leaves and dark chocolate soufflé. Couples can also pamper themselves at the new Seraphina Spa at the neighboring sister hotel JW Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids, which boasts designated treatment rooms for couples relax side-by-side.
InterContinental New York Barclay – New York, New York
Situated perfectly in midtown Manhattan, InterContinental New York Barclay is offering a special Valentine’s Day package in one of the most luxurious penthouse suites on Park Avenue. The Celebrate Love package, includes a two-night stay in Harold S. Vanderbilt Penthouse Suite; helicopter ride into the city to/from airport with car service to get to and from hotel; romantic champagne breakfast in bed for two; private candle making class with Thompson Ferrier; and a private penthouse terrace dinner for two with a Jazz Trio.
Inns of Aurora – Aurora, New York
The village of Aurora includes charming shops, restaurants, and five impeccably restored historic homes that make up the Inns of Aurora – a luxury lakeside boutique resort and the town’s main accommodations. Couples can kick off their day with a cup of tea on their private balcony while taking in views of the lake before embarking on a private restorative yoga and meditation session with the Director of Serenity or Ayurveda-inspired treatments at the new Spa at the Inns of Aurora, an expansive 15,00-sq-ft healing and wellness center. They can also enjoy private guided hikes, archery sessions, or fishing lessons with resident Outdoorsmen before indulging in a farm-to-table candlelight dinner at 1833 Kitchen & Bar, the property’s main restaurant led by Chef Eric Lamphere, or via culinary classes at the demonstration kitchen. Inthe evening lovebirds enjoy a glass of complimentary local wine, a personal cheese plate, and gourmet s’mores by the lakefront firepit and admire the sparkling night sky.
Crowne Plaza HY36 – New York, New York
Crowne Plaza HY36 is the best pet-friendly hotel for celebrating puppy love. This Valentine’s Day, Crowne Plaza HY36 will launch Woof You Be Mine, a special booking package that will include dog walking and grooming services with Throw Me A Bone, a gift card for a signature manicure at Sundays at Hudson Yards and gourmet dog treats from nearby pet bakery Nomy Nomy. Located just mere minutes from NYC’s most iconic attractions including Times Square, The Edge and The Vessel, the 251-room hotel offers some of the largest guest rooms in all of Manhattan.
ADERO Scottsdale Resort – Scottsdale, Arizona
ADERO Scottsdale Resort is perched 2,500 feet above the rugged Sonoran Desert and located in a certified Dark Sky Community. Couples can cozy up in intimate dining globes at The Village at Skytop over Valentine’s Day weekend. Outfitted in plush interiors, the seasonal globes overlook Arizona’s famed Four Peaks and include a bottle of Campo Viejo Prosecco, an appetizer and use of a Bluetooth speaker. The Signature Dark Sky Corner Suite or Celestial Suite boast wrap-around balconies for admiring the stars from the privacy of your guest room. Guests receive access to Star Walk 2, an app that helps to identify stars in the night sky through interactive maps, or guided stargazing with the Star Dudes on Friday evenings. Adventurous couples will enjoy the 400-miles of well-maintained trails for hiking and mountain biking that extend from the property, meanwhile, those in search of R&R can opt for a couples massage at The Spa at ADERO.
Paséa Hotel & Spa – Huntington Beach, California
Paséa Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of Huntington Beach’s coastal community. Boasting 250 rooms and suites – the majority of which are ocean-facing – the property also features the iconic Ninth Island pool with newly refreshed cabanas perched over the Pacific Ocean and the Balinese-inspired Aarna Spa. Couples can try California coastal cuisine at Tanner’s or head upstairs to the Treehouse Lounge to sip seasonal cocktails on the rooftop while enjoying panoramic ocean views. Couples that stay during Valentine’s Day weekend can book the Veuve + Valentine’s In-Room Dining Package which includes a bottle of Veuve Champagne and coastal-inspired bites that pair perfectly with bubbly. At Aarna Spa guests can enjoy a personalized ‘Couples Duet Massage’, which includes two glasses of rosé to compliment the experience.
Wailea Beach Resort – Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Wailea Beach Resort spans 22 acres and features three spectacular pool experiences. Couples can enjoy distinctive dining options, immersive cultural activities and fitness offerings with a unique Maui twist, a private candlelit oceanfront experiences, floating cabana dinners and bespoke Valentine’s picnics via the hotel’s partnership with Maui Luxe Picnics. Picnics are complete with romantic lighting, rugs/blankets, pillow cushions, fresh flowers and gourmet grazing platters. The Awaken in Wailea experience includes curated wellness activities like a 60-minute lomi lomi massage with meditative soundwave therapy produced by Tibetan singing bowls and a flavor-forward Chef’s menu celebrating locally sourced ingredients. Afterward, couples can lounge by the property’s adults-only infinity edge Maluhia Pool.
Zemi Beach House, Anguilla – Anguilla
Zemi Beach House is the ultimate romantic escape. In partnership with Anguilla Tourism Board, the property has launched a “Love, Anguilla” contest which includes: a five-day, four-night stay in a King Garden Suite at Zemi Beach House, including a full breakfast buffet for two daily; 50-minute custom massage treatment for two at Zemi’s award-winning 300-year-old Thai House Spa; a moke airport pick-up and transportation to the hotel on arrival and more. Travelers can enter to win here through January 22, 2023 and winners will be announced on 2/14.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Riviera Maya’s most exclusive five-star eco-resort, Banyan Tree Mayakoba has just undergone a $50 million expansion and debuted seven over-the-top villas, 34 private Beachfront Pool Suites, a brand-new Sands Beach Club, a beachfront lounge, and ocean view massage rooms. Couples are invited to enjoy some unforgettable experiences including
- Ixchel Destination Dining – couples explore the canals and mangroves of Mayakoba while indulging in a magnificent fusion of local and international cuisines from a cooked-to-order menu.
- Lagoon & Sunset Rooftop Pool Villas – placed over the Mayakoba’s famed lagoon and just steps away from the beach, these one-bedroom villas each feature a two-story layout, outdoor bathtub, and an organically infused open-air rooftop with a private, heated infinity pool overlooking the water. Each comes complete with a dedicated host for the utmost in exquisite service and two bicycles perfect for couples to explore the resort’s natural surroundings together.
- Intimate moments – the Banyan Tree Mayakoba staff can create special, intimate moments throughout the couple’s stay. They can decorate a villa with candles, delicate flower petals, soft bed linens and aromatic oils and incense.
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