Valentine's Day experiences and destinations

Chad Chisholm

Searching for luxury gifts for Valentine’s Day can seem daunting; from figuring out a unique experience or something different for the love of your life who “has it all” to exploring new destinations and romantic specials or offerings around the globe. We’ve delved into some particularly sweet Valentine’s Day ideas, from domestic to international that will leave your other half speechless.

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London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

Whether taking your sweetheart or enjoying a night out on the town with your girlfriends in the Galentine’s Day package, London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills is a unique treat for this year’s Valentine’s Day. Accommodations in the Penthouse for up to 10 people, a private floral arrangement workshop on the rooftop, welcome champagne and cocktails as well as hair and makeup at Alex Roland Salon and a photography session with a professional influencer start out the night, followed by a private dining experience at Boxwood complete with Valentine’s Day décor. The package starts at $10,000.

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Baur au Lac, Switzerland

Home to their own signature 1844 chocolate, this chocolate-lover’s dream comes true in Zurich, Switzerland. With a package starting at $2,929 per night, the five-course menu at Michelin-starred restaurant Pavillon is topped off with a special 1844 chocolate dessert. Hot chocolate and shortbread biscuits magically appear at turndown service and an exclusive wine tasting paired with the 1844 chocolate.

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The Crawford Hotel, Denver

Couples can enjoy the Mile High City while luxuriating in the Crawford LoDo Suite at the Crawford Hotel, located in Union Station, Denver. The package also includes a $3,000 shopping spree at Denver jeweler John Atencio’s in Larimer Square, complete with Tesla service to and from the personalized experience. After a 50-minute Couple’s Massage at The Oxford Club, Spa an Salon (enjoy the truffles, prosecco and single rose as well), an exclusive, private chef’s dinner awaits by candlelight in Great Hall of Denver’s Union Station. A large floral arrangement from Bloom by Anuschka is yours to keep and the turndown service includes a bottle of Dom Perignon and an assortment of chocolate truffles. The package is priced at $10,000.

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Ocean House, Rhode Island

Thinking of getting hitched? Check out this package from the Ocean House, Rhode Island. Complete with a 2.5-carat diamond engagement ring, the setting for this beautiful experience is in your own Fondue Express Gondola, where a luxe three-course dinner or lunch for two is to be had. A professional photographer will capture the moment of “yes!” alongside two-dozen roses. A three-hour “Couple Experience” at the Forbes Five-Star OH! Spa, a two-night stay in the Tower Suite and daily in-suite breakfast service (complete with bottomless Veuve Clicquot mimosas) will make for a dream engagement. The package starts at $36,500.

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Allison Inn & Spa, Oregon

Wine lovers will enjoy the “Blissful Romance Package” at the breathtaking Allison Inn in Oregon. 45 minutes from Portland, the lush 35 acres is located in the Willamette Valley. A $100 dining credit, $200 spa credit, and deluxe suite 2-night stay are included in the Valentine’s Day offering.

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Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, St Lucia

For couples looking for some peace and quiet, the Calabash Cove Resort & Spa is an adults-only, all-inclusive boutique hotel overlooking the tranquil waters of St Lucia is just the ticket. Their “Chocolate for Lovers” package has relaxing spa treatments, a make-your-own natural scrub at the Ti Spa and a stunning stay in one of the 26 villas. Enjoy a couple’s massage in the gazebo as warm Caribbean breezes carry the scent of tropical chocolate on the air for a relaxing Valentine’s Day this year.

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The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

A historic heavy-hitter for all things romance and culinary, The Broadmoor has recently opened a new gastronomic marvel: Café Julies. Enticing all the senses, the sight of beautiful chocolate and pastry offerings in the gleaming cases is accented by the scent of freshly-made waffle cones on the air—creamy house-made gelatos scooped high into the cones and passed to grinning customers. At the back of the café, a window peers into the workroom for the artisans. Chocolate sculptures materialize before awed faces of onlookers, the team cleverly crafting petit gems of confection to large-scale cakes, sculptures and showpieces. Whether staying for Valentine’s Day and enjoying a scrumptious dinner at the Five-Star, Five-Diamond Penrose Room or chatting with the amiable Pastry Chefs, The Broadmoor is perfect for Valentine’s Day for foodies and romantics alike.

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Ashford Castle, Ireland

Whether enjoying a romantic stroll on the scenic grounds, the candlelit dinner for two in the George V dining room, or the dozen red roses at arrival, the “Valentine’s One-Night Package” at the Ashford Castle in Ireland is a beautiful stay. Couples will also enjoy a full Irish breakfast and can partake in the sailing opportunities along Lough Corrib, horseback riding or a couple’s massage at the spa. The package starts at€660 per night.

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Don de Fleurs

Roses are a staple of Valentine’s Day for beloveds across the globe. Usually only lasting a couple weeks at most, the beautiful moment and sentiment doesn’t have to fade as quickly: the preserved rose collection at Don de Fleurs last for an entire year. Popular amongst several celebrity clientele, the customizable boxes include four photo slots and are an eye-catching centerpiece for the home.

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Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

This high-end package starting at $25,000 includes a keepsake that will commemorate this Valentine’s Day for years to come: an 18-karat yellow gold caviar, threepavédiamond station statement bracelet by Lagos. The experience on-property includes a stay in the Presidential Suite in the highest luxury accommodations in Chicago, an in-room welcome amenity of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004, and an 80-minute couple’s massage performed in the suite as well as a 80-minute Gold Coast Ultimate Secret Facial for two. A five-course dinner for two from Allium Executive Chef Michael Zachman with wine pairings is also served in the Presidential Suite, as you look out to the sparkling lights below or the reflection of the moon on Lake Michigan.

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Hotel Mediterraneo, Rome

Rome is unquestionably a romantic city, and what better vantage point to take it in than at the Roof Garden at Hotel Mediterraneo. The “Eternal City” package includes a candlelit dinner for two, wine selection from the Bettoja Wine Cellar, overnight accommodations in a Superior double room, breakfast buffet with a view and a bottle of Italian Spumante and strawberries in the room. From stunning views to delicious cuisine, the city of Rome beckons romantic couples for Valentine’s Day.

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Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, Florida

Offering a “Just the Two of Us” package, the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach in Florida is located on America’s #1 rated beach (per TripAdvisor) and primed for Valentine’s Day romance. The package starts at $349 per night and includes Gulf View or Gulf Front accommodations, and a 50-minute couple’s massage and bottle of bubbly. A 6-course Omakase Dinner experience with wine pairings for two at Ocean Hai is a culinary experience that won’t soon be forgotten. The Asian-fusion restaurant integrates everything from savory sushi rolls to lobster fried rice.

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Soneva Fushi, Maldives

British Chef Tom Aikens is heading to the Maldives for a special Valentine’s Day treat for guests. Hosting the “Once Upon a Table” exclusive series of dinners, the Valentine’s Day dinner at Out of the Blue restaurant will be one of the most intimate. Serving only eight guests a six-course menu inspired by the Maldivian surroundings, the youngest British chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars at the age of 26 will work his magic in the pristine setting. The Chef’s Table will be a hot ticket and an experience couples will be talking about for years to come.

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Paséa Hotel & Spa, California

Orange County is a playground for beachside activities, stunning sunsets and romantic spots. Offering the “Love, Paséa” package, Paséa Hotel and Spa Huntington Beach is a perfect spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Included in the package is a 50-minute duet rosémassage in the couple’s suite, discounted Oceanside accommodations accompanied by champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, plus a spa amenity. Starting at $710 a night, hotel guests will love the infinity pool overlooking the Pacific and the chic Tanner’s Treehouse bar, a popular and unique nightspot.

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Tuscany getaway with Classic Journeys

Surprise your better half with a 7-day walking tour in the heart of Tuscany, Italy this Valentine’s Day. From private wine tastings to visiting picturesque seaside villages, the beautiful scenery and rich history beg for romantics’ attention to the beautiful setting. Whether marveling at Michelangelo’s David, Brunelleschi’s Dome or shopping the Florentine’s main market, the Italian countryside is your oyster for this passionate passage through Italy. Tour packages start at $4,695 per person.

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Marigot Bay Resort & Marina, St Lucia

Enjoy carefree relaxation at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina in St Lucia this Valentine’s Day with the “Love Is in the Air” package. With 2 nights, a chilled bottle of prosecco, all-inclusive meal plan and couple’s massage at the Marigot Bay Spa, guests may never want to leave.

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Casa Sensei, Florida

Drifting through part of the over 300 miles of canals in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, guests can enjoy a relaxing 90-minute gondola ride this Valentine’s Day with Casa Sensei. Whether taking your dinner on the gondola, or enjoying at the restaurant, the romantic evening for two is accompanied by the epic backdrop of Ft Lauderdale, the “Venice of America.” Partnering with Riverfront Gondola Tours, guests get to enjoy the Himmarshee Canal for this special dinner cruise.

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The Milestone Hotel & Residences, London

With dinner reservations starting at£650 per couple, guests of The Milestone Hotel & Residences’ Oratory restaurant know they are in for a special dining experience. Peppered with various aphrodisiacs, the menu is bursting with flavor and finesse. Adding a Bouchard Finlayson Wine pairing per course (starting from £55 per person) only furthers the delectable experience, and for those who wish to stay, a romantic turndown service can be found in the Suites.

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King Charles Inn, South Carolina

For those looking to pop the question in luxury style, the “Royal Engagement Package” will have your bride-to-be feeling like a Princess. A $6,000 Charleston Tea Plantation table-for-two sets the scene for an epic proposal location. A gold helicopter from Holy City Helicopters whisks happy couples for a one-hour tour over the city. On-site, a professional photographer captures the entire experience and a two-night stay on property is included in the package. To finish off the fairy tale, a horse drawn carriage ride through Charleston.

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Les Ilets de la Plage, St Barths

The newly finished Le Studio is a private villa for couples to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Whether enjoying a sunset cruise, dinner for two, in-villa couple’s massage or watching the sun set into the ocean from the private terrace, Le Studio at Les Ilets de la Plage is a perfect place to celebrate love this year.

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Chad Chisholm

Chad Chisholm is a professional photographer and travel writer. Marrying the two together, his travels have taken him across the world, staying in everything from Parisian Penthouses to huts in Ecuador in the rainforest. His work has been published in ISLANDS, Afar, WildJunket, AAA publications, and more. To see Chad's photographic work, visit ...(Read More)

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