Valentine's Day travel packages

Hotels from Australia to Florida are offering travel deals to celebrate Valentine's Day Photo: Orient Express

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2013 — Hard to imagine a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than away on a trip with your sweetheart.  Here are a few of the most unique romantic packages, near and far:

Lounge poolside on Australia’s Gold Coast

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast is taking romantic lounging to a whole new level. The “Sparkling Cabana” and “Champagne Cabana” packages provide guests cabanas next to the hotel’s own “lagoon beach,” with amenities like a chilled face mist, seasonal fruit selection, a poolside cabana picnic, and sparkling wine. The “Twilight Cabana” package is for balmy evenings poolside, with the cabana lit up by an impressive array of tea candles. The package also includes a three-course meal and glass of sparkling wine.

Pop The Question in Miami

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day, The Conrad Miami Hotel has created the “Will You Marry Me?” package. Couples will be whisked from the airport in the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Audi A8.  A sunset dinner-for-two will set the mood.  The couple will receive a monogrammed souvenir pillow, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne paired with engraved Tiffany champagne flutes and chocolate-covered strawberries.  A professional photographer will be present.  The next morning, the couple will be treated to breakfast in bed, followed by a 50-minute couples’ massage. This package begins at $595.

Hole up in luxury on the Chesapeake Bay

The Inn at Perry Cabin, an Orient-Express property, is tucked in historic St. Michaels, Maryland, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. This winter, the hotel is offering a package called Retreat to Romance.”  Couples will get $100 spa credit for use at the Linden Spa, a dinner for two at the award-winning Sherwood’s Landing which overlooks the Miles River, as well as daily breakfast.

Cuddle by the fireplace in Idaho

The lakefront Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho is celebrating Valentine’s Day with an over-the-top “Ultimate Valentine’s Day” package which includes a penthouse room festooned with a dozen red roses, along with a one-hour romantic horse drawn carriage ride with champagne and rose petal turndown service in the evening. Also included are a four-course in-room dinner served including chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and keepsake crystal champagne flutes, and 110 minutes of services in The Spa’s private fireside couple’s suite. A second package, Valentine Retreat on the Lake includes in-room chocolate covered strawberries and champagne, evening rose petal turndown and 50-minute couples massage. Also included are dinner and breakfast for two ($100 total dining credit for use at any of the award winning restaurants).  Packages start at $379.

Love Under the Florida Sunshine

The Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples, Florida introduced a new limited time “Suite for Your Sweet” package, which feature’s the Inn’s brand new Club Level Suites.  The package starts at $842 and includes a one-night stay, a one-hour couple’s massage at onsite Spa on Fifth, a bottle of sparkling wine, and late check out.  This package is designed for two adults and available February 10 through 17 only. 






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