Find Romance at Florida Resorts on Valentine’s Day

Amp up the romance at these five getaways where it’s all about the spa


Florida is full of romantic locations to escape for a warm and sunny Valentine’s getaway. Couples can take long walks on the beaches, spend time on the water kayaking or paddleboarding, and dine outdoors without a chill in the air.

Ocean Key Resort & Spa: Key West

You’ll find a view from every room at this gem, a private balcony, and plenty of sunsets at the pier. This elegant and eclectic resort brings in tones from the past in furnishings with a seaside color palette of blues and turquoise. Enjoy cuisine that draws in flavors from the Caribbean and Florida at Hot Tin Roof. For that particular romantic day, head to the on-site spa. You’ll be pampered at the SpaTerre while celebrating Valentine’s Day with the package that includes an 80-minute massage, a stem rose, a glass of prosecco, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Top it off with a rose-filled bath ritual culminating in total bliss. Or select the 80- minute facial with a coconut foot scrub, prosecco, and strawberries. For details:

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Private pool cabanas overlook the Gulf at Ocean Key Resort. Photo: Ocean Key

Bungalows Key Largo: Key Largo

There’s plenty of space for a romantic getaway at Bungalows Key Largo. The adult’s only luxury resort sits on 11.5 acres overlooking Buttonwood Sound in the Gulf of Mexico. Disconnect and reconnect with each other at the Zen Garden Spa, which offers massages, facials, and body treatments. Get on the water for a day in the sun, take the daily boat excursion, or a sunset sail. Or settle in and book the Romance Package that includes your stay topped off with a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and rose petals plus a $200 spa credit and $200 credit for water sports. Reservations:

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Cozy patio seating for two at Bungalows Key Largo. Photo: BKL

Casa Monica Resort & Spa: St. Augustine

Casa Monica is certainly the right place to spend a romantic weekend in St. Augustine. The resort dates to 1888, making it one of the oldest hotels in the United States. The unique architecture showcases 100-foot towers and is embellished with turrets, balconies, parapets, and arches– all spots to capture a romantic moment. Enjoy signature cocktails at the Cobalt Lounge or perhaps a Bourbon flight to take the edge off. Wander through the art gallery, where a curated collection of paintings, sculptures, and jewelry comes with its own story. Enjoy live sounds of flamenco melodies, and dine like you were in Spain at Cordova, where Spanish influences and flavors infuse the menu. Order breakfast in bed the next day and head to the spa for royal pampering, beginning with water-inspired treatments at the Poseidon Spa. Make your package and plans:

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Casa Monica exterior with pond and fountain. Photo: Casa Monica

Acqualina Resort: Miami Beach

Accolades keep coming in about this beachfront resort in Sunny Isles Beach, located along the quiet side of Miami Beach. Here, you’ll have a private stretch of sand with a few onlookers, ideal for that romantic getaway. The sand and sea lie barely a few steps from your suite, and out on the beach, the staff will set you up with an umbrella and chaise. Spend the day seaside, and order lunch from the bistro-style restaurant on the first day of your romantic interlude. That evening, request a table outside overlooking the sea and indulge in the chef’s Mediterranean-inspired tasting menu. The next day, check in to the spa and drift away in the crystal steam room with a Himalayan salt wall and experiential shower flowing with warm and cool mists. Treatments include Ayurvedic and meditative therapies and volcanic stones. Make it even more special and book in the Royal Spa Suite, where you’ll find your own mother-of-pearl lined steam room and rainforest shower for two. Why not enjoy lunch and a bottle of bubbly to round out the occasion. For reservations:


Private spa suite at Acqualina Resort. Photo: Corey Weiner/redsquarephoto

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa: Little Torch Key

Most begin this journey via seaplane or private yacht and arrive on shore to a reception cocktail before venturing off to their intimate abode. This is the only private island resort in the United States of this caliber. Secluded and isolated, the resort paradise caters solely to adults, with only 60 guests staying in the 30 thatched-roof bungalows on the 5.5-acre island of natural habitat. Here, you’ll have all the privacy you might desire. Intimate dinners, beachside picnics, and mangrove kayaking are ready for the two of you. Take in a floating water massage at sunrise or set up private candlelit dining. SpaTerre tempts a visit for a full day of well-being and connecting. Choose from Balinese spa treatments and Thai body rituals at the 3,800- square-foot spa with an open-air atrium. Add a heart-opening meditation and the couple’s grounding Shirodhara to complete the heart chakra ritual. Make your plans at:

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Romance suite deck with an outdoor tub overlooking the sea at Little Palm Island. Photo: LPI