Sweet Getaways for Valentine’s Day

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Whether you’ve only got a night, or a few weeks, here’s a few tempting getaways for couples, as well as a couple of ideas for those who are on their own for Valentine’s Day (or week).


“Make Out on Miracle Mile Package” (Wilshire, Los Angeles)

The Hotel Wilshire has launched a package for all those lovebirds out there– whether looking to get away for the night with a longtime love, or trying to impress a new one. Start the night out with 2 specialty Valentine’s Day cocktails and a 3 course dinner under the stars at The Roof on Wilshire. End the evening in your cozy hotel room and enjoy a surprise turndown service amenity. The icing on the heart-shaped cake: the guest who books the package gets a voucher for a 50% discount on next year’s Valentine’s Day promotion.

*Rates are $395 for guest room and $445 for a junior suite. Package runs Feb 10- 19. Parking Included. Tax and gratuity not included.

“Break-up and Move On Package”

The Hotel Wilshire created this package for those who became single right before Valentine’s Day and need a little R&R in order to “get back out there.” The hotel rooftop boasts an amazing bar and restaurant where the guest will enjoy 2 complimentary specialty cocktails and an appetizer. Also included in the package is a copy of the book “Its Not Me, Its You: The Ultimate Break-up Book”, and a gluttonous brownie sundae or a pint of Haagen Daaz for in-room enjoyment.  Rates are $285 for guest room and $335 for a junior suite. Package is available on Feb. 14.

6317 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90048; Toll Free: 855-419-9777 | Phone: 323-852-6000 | Fax: 323-852-6001; Email: reservations@hotelwilshire.com; http://www.hotelwilshire.com/

Galapagos Island Tour

The founder of Classic Journeys just visited the Galapagos over the holidays and took this photo of the Blue-Footed Boobies, whose mating dance you can watch on the trip as a special Valentine’s Day treat!

Classic Journeys will take you and your loved one on an island-based adventure, where you’ll get a real feel for how it is to have giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies outside your back door. (It’s easier and more interesting than making forays from a cruise ship.) Naturalist guides will lead you to extraordinary wildlife experiences, minus the flocks of tourists. You’ll have abundant chances to walk, kayak and snorkel up-close to marine iguanas, Galápagos penguins and other creatures found nowhere else on earth. Then we’ll take you a few steps farther—to the rim of the world’s second largest volcanic caldera, a family-owned coffee plantation, and much more. Throughout, you stay in waterfront boutique hotels and abide by “Leave No Trace” environmental standards. Special V-Day discount! Use Code DV12 for $500-off regular price.

Travel dates: Feb. 19-25. Price per person, double occupancy, $3,995.00. Includes hotels, all meals and additional accommodations. Flight an additional $475.  www.classicjourneys.com


Enjoy a blissful couple's massage in the romantic Couple’s Suite complete with indoor fireplace and Swiss shower.

Sweetheart Treatments (Carlsbad, Calif.)

The Aviara Spa at the Park Hyatt is offering several Valentine’s Day treats, good through the month of February, such as the Love Ritual (2 hrs. $400). Sweethearts can relax side-by-side with a Couple’s Massage in the romantic Couple’s Suite complete with indoor fireplace and Swiss shower. For an additional hour after the soothing massage, nibble on chocolate covered strawberries while enjoying the suite’s private relaxation lounge and oversized whirlpool for two on the outdoor terrace.

If you’re not too relaxed, head over to Park Hyatt Aviara’s Four-Diamond signature restaurant, Vivace, for a Valentine’s Day Dinner ($85 pp; $125 pp w/ wine pairings). Dine by the romantic fireplace while enjoying exquisite regional Italian cuisine by Chef de Cuisine Jesse Paul, who has created a 5-course menu with optional wine pairings to complement the holiday; menu highlights include Porchetta su Pane Grigliato (Roasted Pork Belly, Rapini, Provolone Fonduta, Organic Egg), Risotto all’Astice (Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Basil), Piccione Cotto sotto il Mattone (Squab cooked under a brick, Poached Egg, Polenta, Wild Mushrooms Huckleberry Mostarda) and Chocolate Panna Cotta and Italian Calabrian Chili.

7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, California, 92011;Tel: +1 760 448 1234 Fax: +1 760 603 6801; parkaviara.hyatt.com

Tropical Heart to Heart (Cabo San Lucas)

Capella Pedregal resort in Cabo San Lucas is offering a unique “Heart to Heart” two-night stay package during the month of February.

The luxurious Capella Pedregal resort in Cabo San Lucas is offering a unique “Heart to Heart” two-night stay package during the month of February, so that couples can treat themselves to a lavish and relaxing vacation during this passionate time of year. The experience begins immediately upon arrival at the San Jose airport, where a Personal Airport Greeter will meet guests and drive them through a stunning, 1,000 ft. privately-owned tunnel to get to the resort. Once at Capella Pedregal, things will only heat up with a beautiful ocean view room, complete with private plunge pool, rain shower, bath tub, and fireplace. Package includes: Ocean View Room for two nights; breakfast each morning; dinner for two at signature restaurant Don Manuel’s; two Massages in the Auriga Spa; romantic Rose Petal Turndown one evening; round trip airport transfers; a  glass blown Heart as a memento. Rates start at $845 for an ocean view king. www.capellahotels.com/cabosanlucas


The Grand Del Mar Suite Balcony.

Unplug and Reconnect (San Diego)

The Grand Del Mar is offering the  Disconnect Package through February 29, where guests are urged to completely unplug their electronic devices. No smart phones, iPads, laptops or other computers, and the guestroom TV will even be disconnected – all to help couples stay connected only with each other. Rate from $795 per night and includes: One-night accommodations; “Pour your own” berry-infused champagne cocktail upon arrival; Upgrade at time of booking within room or suite category; Choice of a 60-minute couple’s massage or a 2-hour horseback ride for two; Breakfast-in-bed for two (value of up to $50); Guaranteed late check-out at 2:00 p.m.; Complimentary overnight valet parking.

www.thegranddelmar.com; 858-314-2000

Romance on the Californian Coast

A view from a two-room suite at the Embassy Suites, Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort.

What could be more perfect than a romantic stay in a seaside setting? Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort, nestled along the Central Coast in California, invites visitors to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special offering. The 2012 Valentine’s Day Package includes: One or two night accommodations in a deluxe suite; A chilled bottle of champagne with signature glasses; Teddy Bear with chocolates; Chocolate lollypop upon check in; One night from $199 per night; two-nights from $328. For more information, call Embassy Suites at 805-984-2500 or visit the website at www.mandalaybeach.embassysuites.com.

All the Single Ladies Cabana

For all the Single Ladies

The fun modern looking Pacific Edge hotel in Laguna Beach is offering a special package called,  “All My Single Ladies.” It includes a Cabana Day from 11am-9pm, and accommodates 4 guests, Bottle of Champagne,thirty-minute massages in Spa Cabana, Catered lunch in private cabana, One free cocktail for each girl at The Deck after Cabana Day, $155 per girl, for 4 girls.  647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 p. 949.281.5709; www.pacificedgehotel.com