Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cupid-approved Valentine's Day getaways

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there is no better way to celebrate than with the perfect getaway. Show how much you care by booking the trip of a lifetime. From a food-focused escape to wonderful spa treatments and great room deals, here are some of the best ways to spend Valentine’s Day with that special someone.

Auberge Saint-Antoine, one of the most historic and beautiful hotels, was recently awarded by Travel + Leisure as one of the top rated hotels in Canada. Auberge Saint-Antoine is located in Quebec City and offers guests the perfect escape for this romantic holiday. The package includes a one night stay, two massages, a romantic five course dinner for two in the renowned Panache restaurant, a la carte breakfast for two and an in-room chocolate treat. Starting at $680 CAN per night for two people, based on double occupancy. Available from February 16 – 18, 2013.

This Valentine’s Day leave the candy hearts and love letters at home and surprise your other half with a sexy Manhattan retreat. Gansevoort Hotel Group NYC’s sumptuous Valentine’s Day package Get Loved includes early check in at 12PM, a complimentary bottle of ebullient Beau Joie champagne accompanied by luscious strawberries, rose petal turn down service for your star- struck lover, a playful romance kit and a naughty (yet highly informative) Kama Sutra Book. If all works out, you'll be up all night. They’ve even got you covered with late check-out at 2PM and continental breakfast in bed. Available at Gansevoort Park Avenue and Hotel Gansevoort from February 1 – March 3, 2013.  Valentine’s Day package rates begin at USD$491 for a Superior Room. For reservations please contact 877.830.9889

For a Valentine’s Day in the sun, The Crane, Barbados is offering guests the chance to see singer Rosemary Phillips and the Stefan Walcott Jazz Quartet perform during a dinner show at their L’Azure restaurant. Paired with wonderful cuisine, wine and a romantic Valentine’s Day theme, this is one that can’t be missed. Prices for dinner seating starting at $150 BDS per person. Book now and take advantage of The Crane’s latest deal on now – giving guests 30% off accommodation on a stay booked between January 1 – February 28, 2013.

Feel the love (and the heat!) this Valentine’s Day with an intimate escape to the one-and-only Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. The resort’s Naughty but Nice package offers guests everything they need for a romantic sun-soaked holiday that celebrates their love. Starting at USD$500 per night guests can enjoy a bottle of chilled Veuve Cliquot and fresh strawberries upon arrival and chocolate truffles at turndown. A Couples Fusion Massage at the Exhale Spa along with VIP seating at the resort’s picturesque pool makes for an unforgettable experience. For more information please contact 888.844.5986 or 

Celebrate love side by side with the ultimate couples’ massage at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Guests will be pampered in the private couples’ spa suite, where they will receive massages, followed by a relaxing 30 minute dip in a private hydrotherapy tub containing fresh rose petals. The special offer includes champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, priced at USD$440 per couple.

Throughout the month of February, Casa de Campo guests can indulge in a sweet treat delivered right to their suite! Available through in-room dining, gourmet strawberries dipped in chocolate and candy will truly complete a romantic Dominican Republic getaway. Priced at USD $50 for a dozen or USD $35 for a half-dozen.

Situated in the heart of the Victoria & Albert waterfront and blessed with breathtaking Table Mountain views, One&Only Cape Town is one of the city’s most sought after destinations - and come February it’s one of its most romantic too. The recent recipient of a number of international awards, recognizing the Spa as the best in Africa, One&Only Spa has a series of impressive signature treatments and specialized facilities not seen anywhere else in South Africa. From the Bastien Gonzalez Mani:Pedi:Cure studios to a fascinating menu of African-influenced treatments, visitors to the Spa are in for a top-to-toe spoil. One&Only Cape Town celebrates that when it comes to romance, it’s the details that make the difference and the resort has developed a number of ‘romantic details’ for over-nighting guests during the months of February and March. Priced at R1999, guests will each receive a the All You Need is Love Spa Package, a romance-flavoured, gourmet in-room dining menu including a bottle of Methôde Cap Classique or a voucher for dining at Reuben’s or Nobu and lastly, a fragrant Bed of Roses bath experience.

Re-connect with a loved-one in exotic Mauritius with One&Only Le Saint Géran’s WOW Valentine’s Day package. This adventurous-getaway package lets couples stay for seven nights for the price of four, and includes a 6-hands synchronized massage for two (30 minutes), skydiving for two, a heli-lunch at 500 metres above sea level at Varangue Sur Mome, helicopter transfers to and from the resort, lunch, one bottle of champagne and a nature walk. The package is priced from USD$8884.

What could be more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day aboard a luxurious catamaran in the Caribbean with your loved one? TradeWinds’ all-inclusive charters sail to 11 exotic destinations, including locales like Gaudeloupe and St. Barth’s. Guests will be treated to meals prepared by chefs onboard, and can even dine on fish they caught themselves that day!

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