If you need a little help aligning your planets, enjoy a celestial feast as part of the “My Roman Valentine” package at the iconic Hotel Hassler Roma, a century-old grande dame set atop the Spanish Steps. On Feb. 14, the hotel’s Michelin-starred Imàgo restaurant will offer a seven-course astrology-themed dinner, with dishes representing various orbs from our solar system. “Mars,” for instance, will be red and spicy cockerel, while “Moon” is a shimmery orb of “sparkling fruit” and salt crystals. The deal also includes three nights accommodations, chocolates, a bottle of prosecco, a bouquet of roses and a gift for him and her from the Hassler “Amorvero” scent collection. Valid for arrivals from Feb. 12 to 14; from $1,903 (€1,410); hotelhassler.com.
COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND
Treat her like a queen with a stay at Ashford Castle on Lough Corrib. Dating to the 13th century, the former Guinness family estate is the kind of fortress you might have imagined as a child, complete with crenellated towers, imposing stone archways and glinting suits of armour. The “Honeymoon Package” includes two nights accommodation, a bottle of champagne and personal sabering demonstration, archery for two, a five-course dinner at the George V restaurant, rose-petal turndown service one evening, a romantic movie with chocolates and a nightcap. From around $1,215, including both nights; ashford.ie. Or, if you’re feeling particularly flush with cash, why not just buy the whole castle? It’s reportedly for sale for $33.7 million.
Valentine’s Day and Switzerland are synonymous with chocolate, so what better place to enjoy a night of “sweet” romance than on Lake Geneva at the Beau-Rivage Palace. With its stunning neo-baroque architecture, frescoed lounges, elaborate mouldings and crystal chandeliers, the hotel certainly lives up to its name. The Valentine’s package includes one night in a room overlooking the lake and Alps, where fruit, flowers and Swiss chocolates await you, a glass of champagne upon arrival, a private candlelit dinner, one “Rouge Passion” cocktail a person in the bar and free access to the Cinq Mondes spa. From $757 (690 Swiss francs); available every weekend in February, and the night of Feb. 14; brp.ch.
Given its location in the heart of London’s Mayfair, Dukes St. James – named “World’s Leading Classic Boutique Hotel” at the World Travel Awards 2012 – is a surprisingly discreet hideaway, nestled in an ivy-draped courtyard near Green Park. Take advantage of the intimate atmosphere by booking one of three Valentine’s packages, beginning at $695 (£443) a night. The “Forever in Love” offer includes 18 red roses, a private butler, dinner in your room, a bottle of champagne, rose petals scattered on the bed, Ren Rose bath oil and breakfast in bed; from $1,722 (£1,097) a night. Just be sure to tear yourself away from your room long enough to try one of Dukes Bar’s famous martinis. It is here that Ian Fleming is said to have coined the term “shaken, not stirred.” Valid Feb. 14 to17; dukeshotel.com.
With its gleaming white dome and graceful arches framing views of the Caribbean Sea, Cap Juluca shimmers like a Moorish mirage on the palm-fringed shores of Anguilla’s southwest coast. It has racked up heaps of accolades, including “Most Romantic Hideaway” from Condé Nast Johansens in 2012. Its “Tangled Up In You” deal includes five nights in the new 3,290-square-foot beachfront Jonquil Suite (with private freshwater infinity pool), a private beach dinner, use of a golf cart to navigate the resort’s 72 hectares, a one-day journey on a private crewed boat and an in-room massage for two. From $13,765 (U.S); valid until Dec. 18; capjuluca.com.
TURKS & CAICOS
Say “ahhhhh” when you sink into a wicker lounge for two on a creamy stretch of Grace Bay Beach after checking into Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. All 91 rooms and suites, including a quartet of penthouses, offer views of the sea, and the property also features a 7,000-square-foot infinity edge pool and award-winning spa. The “Naughty but Nice” deal comprises island airport transfers, a welcome cocktail, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and strawberries, chocolate truffles, two complimentary cocktails in the VIP poolside area, a couples massage at Exhale spa, and daily breakfast buffet. Three-night minimum, from $500 (U.S.) a night; gansevoortturksandcaicos.com.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
A convent might seem like an unusual destination for an amorous assignation, but the sisters have long since departed the beautifully restored, 350-year-old El Convento in Old San Juan. The 58-room property is in the heart of the historic city, within walking distance of the buzzing nightlife scene, as well as fortresses and museums. The “Romantic Memories” package includes a room with a prospect of either San Juan Bay or the San Juan Cathedral and town square, a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, rose-petal turndown service and daily wine and hors d’oeuvres. From $360 (U.S.); elconvento.com.
Diamonds are forever – and you can reckon her gratitude will last just as long when you book a “To ‘Di’ For” package at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. The offer includes accommodations in a newly renovated ocean-view suite, a multifaceted Precious Ceremony Diamond Facial (which incorporates a scalp massage, exfoliation, mask and foot ritual) – and a white gold love-knot ring with a total of 1.02 carats of round pavé diamonds of Duchamp Jewelers. That’s your Valentine’s shopping done! From $4,954 (U.S.) through Dec. 31; ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/SouthBeach.
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