Whether Valentine’s Day or any day, romance is in focus. That can be a romance of the heart or a romance of the road. Packages:
Sexy Sleepovers in Vancouver
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, BC have some luxurious romance packages available through 2015 that make it Valentine’s day any day of the year.
The Champagne & Chantilly Lace Package includes a couturier silk mask crafted from French Chantilly lace, bottle of bubbly, chocolate dipped strawberries, and a feather. Guests also receive a 20% discount at Christine Lingerie.
Rates: From $349, depending on the room, wine selection, and time of year.
The Mr. Grey Package offers a top suite accommodation, custom Chantilly lace eye mask by Christine Lingerie, a bottle of Dom Perignon, chocolate dipped strawberries, private shopping experience at Christine Lingerie (available Monday to Friday), and BMW car transfers to and from the boutique. Rates: from $1,199 (to be considered: the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s swanky wood paneled Lieutenant Governor’s suite was featured in the movie 50 Shades of Grey).
Over the Top Romance at InterContinental LA
Looking for last-minute over-the-top Valentine’s Day packages? InterContinental Los Angeles, just adjacent to Beverly Hills, has the perfect weekend getaway for anyone who has an appreciation for fine dining, finer wines and the finest ride. Couples will settle into the hotel’s Royal Suite and pop open a bottle of 1998 Veuve, before heading to the Grand Balloon for a private dinner and piano performance and then outside under the stars in the lush, Garden Courtyard for a movie screening of their choice. The next day, there is a pampering spa experience before being chauffeured in a Rolls Royce up the beautiful PCH to spend the afternoon at Malibu Wines.
- Two night accommodations in the Royal Suite, featuring an oversized soaking tub overlooking the nearby Hollywood Hills, a fully stocked wet bar, full kitchen, library, two LED fireplaces and expansive living and dining rooms
- Romantic welcome amenity, including a bed of rose petals, a chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot la Grade Dame 1998 and chocolate-dipped strawberries
- Private five-course dinner for two in the Grand Salon Ballroom, adorned with candles, flowers and dim red lighting from the overhead LEDs to really set the mood
- Private piano performance during dessert
- Private movie screening in the outdoor Garden – couples can select a movie of their choice and snuggle up on a plush couch with blankets and popcorn
- Spa treatment for two in a couples’ villa at Spa InterContinental
- Round trip chauffer service in a Rolls Royce, provided by Black & White car rental, up the PCH to Malibu Wines, where couples will enjoy a day of sipping and relaxing and leave with a bottle from their selection of award-winning labels.
Rate: $14,000, valid Valentine’s Day weekend.
Andalusia in Style on Al Andalus Private Train
Railbookers creates the European vacation of a lifetime in the south of Spain offering the rich cultural heritage of Andalusia aboard the luxurious Al Andalus private train. Traverse the region from Seville to Jerez, Ronda, Granada, Úbeda, Baeza and Cordoba and enjoy gourmet meals, city tours and excursions all included. This vacation includes five nights aboard the Al Andalus in a junior suite, with all meals and excursions, and then three nights hotel accommodations with breakfast,
Rates: From $4,959 per person.
A Touch of Romance by the Southern California Ocean
Oceanside, CA on the coast just north of San Diego is an easy California getaway and one of the few cool places you can head to by train. As an Amtrak stop on the Pacific Surfliner, Oceanside offers a comfortable and laid back walking town and all the ocean you can handle. Two romance packages help toast the occasion.
That Loving Feeling at the Pier
Oceanside’s historic wooden pier and surrounding beach is the perfect backdrop for a romantic interlude this winter. Just a block from the beach and offering breathtaking views of the coastline, the new SpringHill Suites Oceanside has the “That Loving Feeling Package” (a nod to the fact that the hotel is located next to Oceanside’s famous “Top Gun” house) that includes overnight accommodations in large suite-like rooms with a surfer-chic décor, a bottle of wine and two glasses for sharing while watching the sunset from the guest room balcony, chocolates and massage oil. There is a rooftop pool for sunning and a beach scene to explore on a surrey bike built for two. Visitors can rent fishing equipment from the pier bait shop, then spend quality time gazing at the beautiful coastline while waiting for a bite on the line.
Rates: $179 per night
The Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina is also a delightful home base for a romantic escape. The hotel’s Touch of Romance Package starts at $159 per night and includes breakfast for two, a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries and a late 2 p.m. checkout so couples can linger longer. www.hioceanside.com.
Bhutan with the Former UN Ambassador
Whether the last Shangri-La or a sleeping kingdom of gold, this tour of Bhutan presents a panoply of monastery visits, hikes, tastings of traditional Bhutanese cuisine, a visit to the Thangbi Mani festival, a trek to the world famous Tiger’s Nest and more. Geringer Global Travel has an exclusive 13-day guided group tour led by Bhutan’s former UN Ambassador, Lhatu Wangchuk to provide the inside in-depth view of this inscrutable destination.
Rates: $3,690 per person, double and includes transfers, tours, Bhutan visa, 12-night accommodations and all meals. (Single supplements available. International flights not included). Maximum guests: 16. Guests who book by March 15, 2015 will save $250 per person for travel from October 21 – November 2, 2015.
Ambassador Lhatu Wangchuk, was the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations and Ambassador to Canada from January 2009-2014. Prior to arriving at the Bhutan Mission in New York, Ambassador Wangchuk was the Director General for the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Bhutan.
Trip to Bhutan