Eight romantic getaway specials that go beyond the expected
Resorts all across the sunshine state roll out the bubbly and the rose pedals in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Couples seeking a romantic getaway have many options, as numerous properties offer special perks and incentives on romantic getaway packages. From this rendezvous roster, we’ve selected a sampling of unique, memorable and even decadent choices that go beyond the expected, and elevate the getaway experience to new heights.
No time for a trip to Tahiti? Book a Love, Island Style package at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys. This private palm-shrouded island once doubled as a South Pacific movie location, and still looks the part. Receive a dozen long-stemmed roses upon arrival, sip champagne in a soaking tub on the deck of a thatch-roofed bungalow, enjoy a private sailing trip in tropical waters, and cap the day off with a private beachfront dinner. The program is available through the month of February.
The Amelia Amore package at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation packs in enough togetherness elements to create a rom-com movie montage. Start with a horseback ride on the beach, a couple’s paddleboard session, and a sunset cruise on a luxury yacht. Linger over a private dinner, and then toast your memories at a custom champagne station. This special pairing is offered through Feb. 25.
In addition to romantic getaway staples— strawberries, champagne, rose petals and robes— the Plantation at Crystal River can offer an additional enticement to a romance package: sparkling water. This liquid isn’t served over ice however, and instead bubbles up from underground reservoirs to fill spring basins that become wintertime havens for manatees. Guests of the Plantation can come face to face with these gentle aquatic giants on a personalized in-water encounter cruise. Romance and encounter packages are ongoing, but manatee encounters are more likely in winter months.
Rock Star Love
Get rock star treatment in Miami’s fabulous South Beach district with the Lovers Rock package at the Nautilus. You will be picked up by private limo, and find personalized his and hers spa robes and a refresher of Perrier-Jouët champagne waiting in your ocean-view room. Enjoy a couple’s massage on the balcony, take in the sights on a helicopter tour of Miami, and linger at a personal poolside cabana with spa service. End the evening with an in-room dinner with wine pairings, rose petals and candles. This ultimate splurge is offered only during Valentine’s week.
A Day in Bed
Check in to a water-view suite at the Edgewater Beach Hotel during the Be Mine at the Beach promotion and you and your significant other can toast on Veuve Clicquot while dressing for an intimate dinner at the resort’s signature Coast restaurant. Next morning, a luxury beach bed and umbrella are reserved for your exclusive enjoyment. After two nights and days of romance and indulgence, you can sleep in to enjoy a late checkout. This package is available for stays between February 10-19, 2017.
Stokes and Rubs
There’s no need to compromise with the Valentines Weekend package at Palm Harbor’s Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort. After the champagne and sweets that await in your executive suite, you can decide whether to start with 18 holes at one of the resort’s four golf courses, or indulge in the complimentary couple’s massage. Whatever comes first, the day will end with a special dinner at the property’s acclaimed Packard Steak House. The package can be booked for one or more nights during the week of Valentine’s Day.
A Ride Through History
Spend a special weekend in the nation’s oldest city at one of Florida’s most iconic hotels. Casa Monica Resort & Spa offers Love, St. Augustine Style, which begins with the requisite romantic essentials such as in-room flowers, chilled champagne and chocolate-dipped fruits, adds in gourmet breakfasts and makes the evenings memorable with a romantic carriage ride through the heart of the town’s historic district. The package is offered well beyond Valentine’s Day, just in case.
Around the World
Fulfill that promise to give your special someone the world at Orlando’s Mystic Dunes. The resort’s Valentine’s Day Deal includes two complimentary tickets to the Disney theme parks, including the Epcot World Showcase, which features the culture and cuisines of 11 different countries. Back at the Dunes, a luxurious one-bedroom condo provides a haven for relaxation in a private hot tub, or becomes a base for recreation on the 600-acre property, which includes a championship golf course and a water park. Enjoy this special during the month of February.