The 15 Best Valentine’s Day Retreats for 2021

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Sultry Speakeasy Vibes

Hyatt Centric Los Olas, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Downtown Lauderdale’s newest hotel, Hyatt Centric Las Olas, debuts the chicest spot to sip and savor, sans the crowds. Couples can reserve Room 901, a speakeasy opening in January will evoke classic Prohibition vibes with bites and cocktails to match. Executive Chef Greg McGowan showcases a menu of innovative flavors with dishes like Roasted Bone Marrow with a Mirliton and Caper Salad and House Fried Potato Chips tossed in Duck Fat and served with Truffle Crème Fraiche. Available by reservation only, guests check in with the front desk to receive a room key and daily password that unlocks access. A selection of whiskeys and craft cocktails and decor that pays homage to the era round out the speakeasy’s offerings for an experience that will throw you back to the roaring 20’s. Make a night out of it and book a 2-bedroom penthouse suite with sweeping skyline views, pop a bottle of Laurent Perrier from the hotel’s Champagne vending machine and toast to the perfect weekend. The next day, hang by the sleek Elev8 rooftop pool where a DJ spins the hottest beats, and keep the fun going into the evening hours with touches like fire pits and private cabanas. Email 901@hyatt.com to reserve the speakeasy (beginning February 11, 2021).

“Boho Love”

Casa Palopo, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Casa Palopó is perched above spectacular Lake Atitlán — famous for its natural beauty, three mesmerizing volcanoes and 12 colorful Mayan villages that dot its shores, each with its own personality.  The private home turned boutique hotel offers just 15 uniquely decorated guest rooms, adorned with colorful walls, Latin American artwork and handwoven textiles made in Guatemala — all perfectly complemented by breathtaking views and serene surroundings. It is the first and only Relais & Chateaux property in Guatemala, guaranteeing an escape as exclusive as it is unique. Cultural experiences include Mayan shaman blessings for a blissful relationship, massages in your own guest room terrace or in the boutique spa, boat tours around Lake Atitlan’s colorful villages, and visits to local artisans. This Valentine’s Day weekend, Casa Palopo is offering a $100 “Boho Love” add-on to all packages, which includes a private dinner in the hotel’s outdoor luxury glamping tent — outfitted with beautiful handwoven textiles and hand carved furniture. The three-course menu includes dishes like cheese fondue, tuna tartare, smoked trout and a locally inspired Chilacayote creme brulee – served alongside the best views of Lake Atitlan. More to love: To help the indigenous locals recover from last year’s pause in tourism, Casa Palopo’s “Palopo Activo” program gives back to guests 10% of the nightly rate in vouchers to shop from local artisans throughout the community.

The Suitest Thing

Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Make up those 2020 missed milestones with your sweetheart with a ‘Suite Celebration’ warm weather getaway to Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. Nestled on a sandy strip between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay, the recently renovated Marriott Puerto Vallarta caters to guests looking to indulge in a tequila tasting led by the resort’s own tequiler paired with local flavors, a couples treatment at the Ohtli Spa – inspired by Huichol traditions, and and of course, plenty of R&R by the newly upgraded (and PV’s largest) infinity pool. To sweeten the trip, make it a truly romantic celebration and opt for the resort’s new Suite Celebration offer which includes deluxe suite accommodations, a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, late check out, and daily access to paddle boards and kayaks on Marriott Puerto Vallarta’s private stretch of beach. With rates starting at $233, the Suite Celebration offer is available through June 6, 2021, and can be booked using code HDK. Additionally the resort will be offering special Valentine’s Day programming and services over the holiday weekend.

Escape to The Bahamas’ Least Inhabited Island

Caerula Mar, Bahamas

Spread across 10 acres of powder-white sands edged with crystalline turquoise waters, Caerula Mar is a brand-new boutique luxury resort that offers a secluded escape where nature’s beauty is always the star of the show. Book a private villa steps from the shoreline and indulge in activities that range from snorkeling and diving to exploring sleepy South Andros — one of The Bahamas’ most remote out islands, with 90+ miles of beaches where you’re likely not to spot a single footprint. Private beachfront dinners, sunset bicycle rides, and poolside night caps around the fire pit are among the offerings that make this laidback getaway a can’t-miss for couples. Suite rates from $485/night; villa rates from $1,075/night.  Guests who book a stay during Valentine’s Day weekend will receive a complimentary romance amenity upon arrival. Three night minimum stay. www.caerulamar.com.

A Southern Love Story for the Ages

Barnsley Resort, Adairsville

With a history rooted in love, Barnsley Resort is a cozy and secluded retreat for couples seeking a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend. The Manor House Ruins at Barnsley were built by Godfrey Barnsley for his wife and love of his life, Julia. As Godfrey began construction, Julia sadly fell ill and passed away – it was her spirit that lived on and pushed Barnsley to continue construction. Today, the 3,000-acre resort, including the ruins of the Manor House, is an award-winning getaway that serves as the ultimate place to unplug and enjoy a secluded, yet romantic retreat. This Valentine’s Day couples are invited to create their own love story by enjoying a multitude of romantic activities and experiences. Exclusively for the holiday weekend, the resort’s Executive Chef will prepare specialty three- and four-course dinners at Rice House featuring dishes such as Lobster Bisque, Shrimp Beignets, Duck Breast and Filet Rossini. In addition to the romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, the resort offers a myriad of romantic activities for couples to enjoy and create everlasting memories with, including a horseback ride through the mountains, a couples massage at the spa, or a leisurely stroll through the historic garden. Lovebirds can take advantage of the resort’s private cottages for premium privacy and cap off each evening with a bottle of wine enjoyed at one of the outdoor fire pits or cozied up in front of the cottage fireplace. For more information please visit www.barnsleyresort.com or call (770) 773-7480. Nightly rates start from $299++ over Valentine’s Day weekend; two-night minimum stay required.

Romance on the Cape

Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, Brewster

Nestled along the captivating coast of Cape Cod, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club invites lovebirds to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend with its limited-time Frost Bar, specialty Valentine’s Day dinner, and Just the Two of Us package. The -coolest- news on the Cape is Frost Bar, a pop-up dining experience where the Ocean Terrace restaurant has been transformed into a picturesque winter wonderland. Kick off the romantic weekend by pulling up a chair at the indoor, arctic-inspired pop-up bar, and toast to love while sipping on a specialty Jack Frost cocktail or Hot Cocoa Martini. Then indulge in an enticing three-course menu – available exclusively for that Saturday and Sunday – featuring tempting items such as flaming brie cheese saganaki, seared scallops, herb-crusted beef tenderloin, sweet potato rollatini with grilled eggplant, pink velvet coconut cake and more. For Valentine’s Day weekend, couples are encouraged to book the Just the Two of Us package, which includes a welcome bottle of wine, daily breakfast for two and worry-free late check-out. When not cozied up in the room or at Frost Bar, couples can enjoy the rest of the resort’s amorous activities, including the Beach House Spa, indoor heated pools, and romantic wintry walks along the resort’s private beach. Nightly rates for the Just the Two of us package start from $210. For more information or to book, visit oceanedge.com or call 508-896-9000.

Cuddle Up in Cancun

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico

This Valentine’s Day, grab your beau and head the cool-to-the-touch coral sand beaches of Cancun. Just a quick one- to three-hour flight from several major US cities, Cancun is the ideal destination for couples in need of a quick vacay to be back at work on Monday. Situated in the heart of the destination’s picture-perfect coastline, and just 15-minutes from the airport, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa features a Mayan-inspired vibe that sets the stage for a romantic weekend. Couples can sneak a kiss or two from their private beachfront Bali day bed, grab a prosecco margarita from the swim-up bar, and munch on tasty bites packed into an adorable brunch basket. For some after-sun detox, book a customizable couples’ massage or lounge by the Olympic-sized pool that looks out onto the lagoon and features some of the best sunsets in Mexico. Before dinner, couples can heat things up with a steamy rainfall shower or a relaxing bath in the new freestanding tubs, which come with scented bath salts, of course! Finally, lovebirds can let loose and enjoy a sampling of eight mini cocktails from the new 150 Margaritas Menu. To make things easy, book the “Ultimate Romance Getaway” package, which includes luxury, ocean-facing accommodations, a bottle of sparkling wine, a daily $100 resort credit, one couples massage and a late checkout (based on availability). To book, visit www.jwmarriottcancun.com and enter code Z82.

The Right Kind of Blues

Avila Beach Hotel, Curaçao

Treat your SO like royalty this Valentine’s Day by gifting them a European-inspired vacation to the sunny island of Curaçao. Not only is Avila Beach Hotel where the Dutch royals regularly call home when they’re vacationing in the Caribbean, but this charming property sits on the fringes of Pietermaai, Curaçao’s trendiest and most romantic district. When the sun’s up, wander the cobblestone streets of downtown Willemstad, explore the larger-than-life wall murals, shop at the boutiques nestled in Punda, or marvel at the island’s iconic sights like the Queen Emma Floating Bridge. As the backdrop for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Avila Beach Hotel is known for its two stunning white sandy beaches and authentic soul. For an authentic taste of Curaçao, couples can nosh on the island’s signature dishes like Keshi Yena (which literally translates to “stuffed cheese”) in the al-fresco restaurant, The Pen, or book a romantic dinner at sunset at the property’s Blues Bar. With the “Forever Lovers” package, couples can enjoy chilled Champagne and fresh flowers upon arrival, rose petals on the bed, chocolate-covered strawberries, a romantic chef-driven, three-course menu on the beach, a couples massage and more. Over-the-top extras include a Rolls Royce to cruise downtown Willemstad, a photoshoot during dinner, or a musical performance by a romantic musical trio. For more information, visit www.avilabeachhotel.com/weddings/forever-lovers-package.

Sunset Picnics Overlooking Banderas Bay

The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta

A direct flight from many US cities, Puerto Vallarta draws in couples with its mountains-meets-the-ocean landscapes, colorful culture, culinary delights, and of course, its refreshing beaches and many water activities. Just a five minute drive from Puerto Vallarta’s international airport, The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta — a former palm tree plantation turned luxury wellness resort — offers a lush setting for a romantic escape. Outdoor, beachfront restaurants serve up fresh, daily-caught seafood and locally inspired cuisine paired with some of the best views of Banderas Bay. Take the romance factor up a notch with a brand new oceanfront picnic catered by Arrecifes restaurant, featuring a gourmet selection of charcuterie, sandwiches and of course, bubbly, to accompany the majestic sunsets Puerto Vallarta’s bay is known for. Of course the view from culturally inspired accommodations isn’t bad either, with a select number of rooms and suites featuring private whirlpools on the terrace from where you can toast to your love and, if you’re really lucky, witness humpback whales breaching around the bay. Get the perfect night’s rest on Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds — and do it all over again the next day. Rates start at $122 per night over Valentine’s Day weekend. Visit www.westinpuertovallarta.com to book.

Give the Gift of a Future Shopping Spree

Hilton Aventura Miami

For those who can’t get away this Valentine’s Day weekend but still want to surprise their loved one with an over-the-top gift, the soon-to-open Hilton Aventura Miami’s Shopping in Style experience will be sure to impress. The new-build, 208-room hotel boasts a coveted address near the Aventura Mall, one of the premier shopping centers in the U.S. featuring over 200 designer stores. The Shopping in Style package includes a Bloomingdales personal shopper to assist with any shopping needs, plus a 15% savings on the entire Bloomingdales purchase. The package also includes 10% off the best available rate, complimentary self-parking, wifi, and late check-out at 2PM. Post-shopping, guests can enjoy some R&R at the hotel’s pool, eighth-floor yoga studio, and imbibe with thoughtfully crafted cocktails and delectable bites at Gala and MuseBar. The Shopping in Style package makes for the perfect way to gift a future travel experience, and is guaranteed to wow even the biggest shopaholics. For more information or to book please visit www.HiltonAventura.com and use code “P2”.

A Private In-Suite Concert

W Fort Lauderdale

Turn up the romance this Valentine’s Day with a private in-suite concert for two at the dazzling beachfront W Fort Lauderdale. The hotel has partnered with EntertainmentResource.net to launch its latest add-on private amenity, a new lineup of in-suite live music experiences, aptly titled “Suite Sounds.” Love birds can choose between five different musical experiences: a DJ, saxophonist, keyboardist, acoustic guitar duo or violinist, and live it up with a private concert on the suite’s balcony overlooking the Atlantic. Relive your wedding’s first dance or any other special moment, as song requests are welcomed. A private serenade would not be complete without a toast, and W Fort Lauderdale is here to amplify your romantic night in with bottle service add-on options at an additional fee. Prices start from $350 for a 30-minute performance (DJ from $450), with options to add a second performer for an additional fee. This experience is available to those who book one of the hotel’s bold and beautiful Oceanfront Suites. Booking must be made seven days in advance. Maximum number of people who can be in the suite during the performance is dependent on suite capacity. To book, visit wsuitesounds.com. Other terms and restrictions apply.

Mexico es Amor

W Punta de Mita

Couples in search of a Valentine’s Day getaway in an off-the-beaten-path locale should consider a stay at W Punta de Mita, a chic beach resort located in Mexico’s coveted and tranquil Riviera Nayarit. Upon arrival, guests are escorted to the resort’s open-air lobby by private Tuk Tuk, where an expansive runway made of more than 700,000 individual mosaic tiles stretches all the way out to the ocean, offering a picture perfect venue for sunset cocktails. Each of the resort’s 119 guest rooms feature funky decor touches like beds with headboards made of surfboards, plus outdoor entrances and private balconies or patios. For the ultimate splurge, book an oceanfront suite, which comes equipped with a private deck, plunge pool, and a bonus beachfront cabana to be used throughout their stay. Indulge in restaurants ranging from a vintage 1950’s Chevy truck turned beachside ceviche bar to Mesa1 – an exclusive outdoor chef’s table located on its own private island that offers just one nightly seating under the stars. From surfing lessons and  Mezcal tastings to a spa edged with lush jungle where guests can unwind after hitting the waves or exploring nearby Bohemian beach towns, W Punta de Mita is the perfect place to reconnect and celebrate love… in style.

Igloo for Two

VASO 

Lovebirds seeking a romantic night out or staycation in the Midwest can find it in the under-the-radar and charming small town of Dublin, Ohio – located just outside Columbus. This picturesque Hallmark town is also home to VASO, a chic and modern rooftop bar and restaurant atop the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin Hotel – the perfect place to whisk your loved one off their feet with sexy craft cocktails and gourmet tapas (try VASO’s paella for two) inside a private igloo; a life-sized, snow globe-like experience under the stars, complete with cozy fur-covered chairs, blankets and whimsical lighting. Cross your fingers for snow, cuddle up with a couple of flutes of bubbly (G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon will be available by the glass over the holiday weekend) and enjoy the twinkling lights of the city below.

Sky’s the Limit

AC Hotel Orlando Downtown

For a sultry Valentine’s Day date that doesn’t involve joining the mile high club, make your way to SkyBar at the brand new AC Hotel Orlando Downtown. Standing stylishly over “The City Beautiful” is the property’s rooftop terrace with panoramic bird’s eye views of downtown Orlando that come alive at sunset. Thanks to its 18th floor perch, stylish lighting, live entertainment and cosmopolitan cocktail menu, SkyBar feels like it belongs in Miami or New York City. This Valentine’s Day, when you book a trip to Orlando’s newest lifestyle hotel, receive a $25 beverage & food credit to use at SkyBar. Grab your beau and snuggle up by the outdoor fire pits while enjoying their signature cocktails and European-inspired tapas. For something extra special, order “The Clouds.” Inspired by the magic of Orlando and SkyBar’s unparalleled views seemingly amongst the clouds, this unique libation includes Hendricks Gin and a white orb that when popped gently releases plumes of elderflower herbals. For more information, visit www.acorlandodowntown.com.

Send a Little Love from Iceland

Hotel Ranga (Site Goes Live 2/7/21)

Melt hearts from afar with a little love from the land of fire + ice. In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, Hotel Ranga, known as one of the best places to stay to see the Northern Lights, is inviting people all over the world to receive a personally handwritten postcard signed with love from Iceland. With borders still closed to many and plenty of bucket list trips postponed this past year, a kind note from a local Icelander might be just the thing your best friend, grandmother, or significant other needs to brighten their day. To gift someone a new pen pal from across the pond (for those feeling lonely), send a message of love, or provide a personal recommendation from the staff at Hotel Ranga to help keep the dream of visiting one day alive, visit www.hotel-ranga.com/500-postcards. The hotel will postmark a total of 500 postcards beginning February 14, 2021 and will send out on a first come first serve basis. Postcards are subject to availability and delivery / arrival times will vary.


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