WITH VALENTINE’S Day fast approaching, lovers young and old are on the hunt for ways to rekindle a romance or make it sizzle. Flowers, chocolates, champagne and jewelry are worthy considerations, but a Cupid-inspired getaway, which could include any or all of those — and more — may be the best bet for those looking to make sweet memories.
Cheryl Grantham, owner of Casa Grandview in West Palm Beach, says her B&B celebrates Valentine’s Day the entire month of February and offers a romance package all year long.
“You’d be surprised at how many of our guests order this,” said Mrs. Grantham, who opened the B&B 11 years ago.
For inspiration, reservations and Valentine getaway options, look no further than Florida’s elegant hotels, resorts and B&Bs, many of which offer special packages in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Reserve romance at an enchanting B&B
Casa Grandview in West Palm’s charming Grandview Heights historic district has 17 eclectic units that exemplify Florida architecture through the decades circa 1919-49. Rooms have their own name, personality, furnishings and history. Visitors have complimentary use of bicycles and beach gear, two heated pools and a courtyard. Close to the restaurants, museums, shops and the Kravis Center, couples who stay here will find plenty of ways to occupy their time. It’s also easy biking distance to beaches.
The inn’s romance package includes fresh seasonal flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, silk rose petals and sparkling cider. www.casagrandview.com
Salty kisses & suite serenades
For a romantic retreat on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, head to W Fort Lauderdale. Couples who book an oceanfront suite can be serenaded with Suite Sounds, a private, curated concert on the balcony with the choice of a violinist, DJ, saxophonist, keyboardist or acoustic guitarist, and an add-on of bottle service and custom playlists.
Couples can work on their tans at WET, the sexy rooftop pool with panoramic ocean views, private day beds, a bar and bottle service; or have soothing spa treatments at AWAY spa. Romantic evenings can begin with dinner at Steak 954 or El Vez. Sparks will continue to fly in Living Room, where couples can toast to their love with tasty cocktails and dance the night away. www.wfortlauderdale.com
Private burlesque dancer show
For a private and romantic evening in downtown Fort Lauderdale, consider booking Hyatt Centric Las Olas’s “Just the Two of Us” package at 901, a guest room-turned-speakeasy that take guests back to a bygone era. Besides having the speakeasy all to themselves, couples will be treated to a specialty Diamond Martini and a curated, gourmet dinner by Executive Chef Greg McGowan. Also on the agenda is a private show by a burlesque dancer, a complimentary bottle of champagne, and a room decked out in rose petals and candles for guests looking to spend the night.
The promotion is available (for $5,000) from Feb. 10 through Feb. 14 with two-hour seatings. To book email FLLctfirstname.lastname@example.org www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/florida/ hyatt-centric-las-olas-fort-lauderdale/
Lovers in paradise
The Southernmost Beach Resort in Key West encourages couples to snuggle up to watch the sunset on the resort’s private beach, explore historic Old Town and spend time on property reveling in the activities such as salsa dancing. For Valentine’s Day, couples can enjoy an exclusive six-course gourmet meal hosted at the resort’s Dewey and La Mer guesthouses. Couples who book this experience will get a decadent prix-fixe meal with each entree paired with a specific Veuve Clicquot champagne. Limited seating will be available from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations, email email@example.com. Adding to this experience, lovers with a taste for adventure can book the “Love is the Air” package for overnight accommodations plus a sunset helicopter tour over Key West for two. www.southernmostbeachresort.com
New water table sunset dinner experience
At Playa Largo Resort & Spa in Key Largo, guests have access to relaxation inducing leisure amenities from cabanas with TVs. Rentals of kayaks and paddle boards are available and perfect for dreamy sunrise or sunset moments. Lovers can cuddle beneath a blanket beside a bonfire and enjoy wine or s’mores beneath. Couples can even arrive by seaplane to the resort’s private 15-slip marina. By day, guests can recharge in the lounge chairs set along the zero-entry pool, kick back in a hammock on the beach, or melt away the stress together with a seaside couples massage or fullbody spa day. Those looking for an ultra-romantic experience may want to book the new Water Table dining at the Sol by the Sea, the resort’s signature restaurant. This includes a multicourse dinner beneath the soft glow of string lights at a table set in the calm bay waters. Guests can dip their toes into the water while enjoying a front-row view to some of Florida’s most iconic cotton-candy-colored sunsets. On Valentine’s Day, Water Table diners will get a special chef-curated three-course menu, available for $75 per guest and $125 for the Water Table set-up fee. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 305-853-1001. www.playalargoresort.com
Dream shopping, dinner under the stars
If your Valentine loves fashion, consider a getaway to Hilton Aventura Miami between Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Aventura. The city is home to one of the nation’s most award-winning luxury shopping destinations, Aventura Mall, as well as some of the area’s most pristine and laidback beaches. Access to kayaking and natural immersions at Oleta River State Park, and numerous fine-art galleries are ready to explore.
Couples will enjoy roomy guest rooms and suites with claw bathtubs — perfect for a bubble bath for two. Indulge in a bottle of wine while watching sparkling city lights. A world-class South American-inspired signature restaurant with al fresco dining can be found on the grounds, as well as a craft cocktail lounge, a coffeeshop offering boozy libations and 24/7 snacks, as well as the seventh floor elevated pool deck lined with private cabanas and lounge chairs. The “Shopping in Style” package includes a discounted room rate, 15% off your total purchase at Bloomingdale’s, a complimentary personal shopper, a signature gift, free parking and late check-out. www.hiltonaventuramiami.com
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Private dinner and dance
When couples check into The Gabriel South Beach on Ocean Drive for a Valentine’s retreat near the beach, they will find a welcome gift on the bed — a Tiffany and Co. piece such as a diamond heart pendant. Words of affirmation on sticky notes will be hanging on their bathroom mirror and they will receive The Adventure Challenge book and camera to encourage growth through surprise experiences that can be shared on their trip. The hotel will provide a private dinner for the couple at its rooftop pool area, as well as Black Car Service to a destination of their choice in downtown Miami or Miami Beach. Additional quality time and physical touch is encouraged with a romantic night-in kit that includes lingerie, candles, and essential oils for a massage. Also provided: a bottle of Dom Perignon and movies to view privately. www.thegabrielsouthbeach.com
Gals just wanna have fun
Valentine’s, er, Galentine’s, Day offers is the perfect excuse for a girls’ getaway, particularly for those who are single and don’t want to spend the romantic day alone. Crane’s Beachhouse in Delray Beach invites girlfriends to spend a getaway together to enjoy in-room massages, group yoga in a tropical courtyard, the beach (a short walk from the inn), and shopping at nearby boutiques along Atlantic Avenue. Top off the day with drinks at the tiki bar. www.cranesbeachhouse.com
Celebrate at a historic 5-star resort
The Breakers in Palm Beach invites couples to enjoy an unforgettable experience with a Breakers Gift Card. Indulge an overnight stay, a relaxing spa treatment, dining, golf/tennis instruction or explore The Breakers’ collection of retail boutiques. Besides the 12 stores on the main hotel grounds, retail has expanded to the newly developed Via Flagler on Royal Poinciana Way. Visitors may shop for high-end resort wear and swimwear at SHAN or look for gifts and home accessories at Main Street by The Breakers, a classic café and boutique. Dining specials are offered at the hotel’s restaurants. Toast the evening with a featured cocktail called the Polynesian Kiss at Flagler Steakhouse! Available online through Feb. 14: Guests who purchase a $500 e-gift card will receive a complementary $50 added to the card; terms & conditions apply. www.thebreakers.com
The sea’s love song
If an intimate seaside inn suits your fancy, book a room at the Song of the Sea on Sanibel Island. Specifically designed for romantic weekend getaways, the inn has 30 guest rooms with a French country motif. Guests at Song of the Sea get guest privileges at the Sundial Beach and Golf Resort (same ownership). The inn has a heated outdoor pool and jetted whirlpool tub and provides a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival. Free continental breakfast is included, and bicycles are provided so guests can explore the island. Other activities include paddle boarding, a turtle show in the lawn and making seashell necklaces. www.sanibelcollection.com
This Valentine’s Week, love birds can cozy up in a private cabana at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys. Cabanas at the adults-only Tranquility Pool are made for couples to enjoy amid the sounds of the sea and the tropical island air. Couples may opt to add a lovethemed package to their cabana rental, inclusive of milk chocolate fondue, champagne, ladyfingers, marshmallows and pretzel sticks for $60. Standard cabana amenities include bottled water, fresh seasonal fruit tray, cocktail shaker and a personal concierge server. www.hawkscay.com/amenities/ cabana-connection
History and horse-drawn carriage rides
For lovers of art, history and romance, The Collector Inn in St. Augustine, an adults-only 30-room hotel on the site of the former Dow Museum of Historic Houses, is a perfect choice. The oneacre plot has nine homes dating from 1790 to 1910. The inn and its exquisite gardens are within walking distance of popular attractions. Horse-drawn carriage rides offer a romantic way to tour the city, but you can ride bikes, take a trolley or simple walk, too. Continental breakfast is served daily, and a lounge called “The Well Bar” serves drinks for happy hour and beyond. A romantic getaway package includes chilled Prosecco and chocolate truffles, a $75 dining certificate at a local restaurant, and late check-out. www.thecollectorinn.com
Private scuba lessons, seaplane tours
The Marker Key West is an ideal place to celebrate love. Couples can relax in a luxury suite with a private balcony, some overlooking the marina. They will be welcomed with a platter of tropical fruits and may want to hop on bikes to tour the historic seaport area. They can take a day trip to Dry Tortugas Park via a private seaplane tour and rejuvenate in a detox bath with rose petals and a bottle of champagne. Poolside breakfast is available and complimentary mimosas are served at the hotel’s restaurant, Starboard. Private scuba diving lessons and Hemingway Rum Tours are offered, too. www.themarkerkeywest.com
Picnic on the beach
With its luxurious suites, magical sunsets and complimentary champagne at check-in, the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Naples, an all-suite hotel on seven miles of powdery beach, is a wonderful choice for couples. The chef can prepare a special picnic basket to take to the beach. Couples can take a sightseeing cruise on a luxury yacht, board the complimentary 16-seat electric trolley to go shopping on Fifth Avenue, explore the area on bikes and sip tropical drinks at the poolside bar. Spa treatments are also availabvle. www.edgewaternaples.com
Ultimate luxury Valentine’s Day weekend
Hotel Effie, a luxury boutique hotel at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, offers an over-the-top experience for the ultimate romantic weekend on the Emerald Coast. On day one (Feb. 11), the couple will fly into Destin’s private airport and check-in to Hotel Effie’s presidential suite. A bottle of Ace champagne and a luxury Venus et Fleur arrangement will be awaiting them, as will a personal butler. They can enjoy a spa experience and romantic private dinner for two in their suite. On day two (Feb. 12), the couple can have breakfast at Ovide, followed by a helicopter ride and private diamond experience at McCaskill and Co. Their second day concludes with an exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner and live music. On Feb. 13, couples will be treated to jazz brunch and a VIP shopping experience. This will be followed by a private yacht ride and dinner for two. A photographer will capture the special moments. Late check-out is available Feb. 14. Package price: $35,000. www.hoteleffie.com
Elope in a tropical courtyard
Complementing this year’s Valentine’s Day rom-com “Marry Me,” The Balfour Hotel in Miami Beach has its own over-the-top romantic getaway package inspired by the film, which features Latin artists Maluma and Jennifer Lopez. JLo plays a superstar who was going to get married to her fiancé (played by Maluma) in front of an audience but married a stranger on a whim when she finds out her fiancé cheated on her. To celebrate the “wedding on a whim,” The Balfour Hotel will have an officiant and celebration for couples who decide to elope at its tropical courtyard escape. JLo Beauty skincare products will be included in-room, and couples can test their dance skills with a private salsa and bachata class. Lovers will have a private rooftop dining experience with Latin American cuisine. Their dinner will be accompanied by a Brazilian guitarist to set the tone for a magical evening under the stars. Available upon request, based on availability. www.thebalfourmiamibeach.com
A Magic City love affair
The Gabriel Miami offers a city escape for two tapping into the romcom hit, “Emily in Paris.” When they arrive, couples will find rose petals across the bed and a fresh bouquet from European-inspired florist, Zoom Bloomz. For a romantic day-in, couples will be provided Etam Paris lingerie and silk red pajamas. An ode to Emily and Gabriel’s secret bubbling romance, couples can play Love Lingual card game to see how much they really know each other. A city romance would not be complete without a chocolate fountain and strawberries, a Date Night candle, and a privately catered French menu from Constellation Culinary Group — inspired by chef Gabriel from the Netflix hit show. For a steamy end to the evening, couples will be given a massage kit with bath salts and massage tools as well as floral bath soap shaped like rose pedals. Available upon request, based on availability www.thegabrielmiami.com
Romancing the sea
Hillsboro Beach Resort, in northern Broward County, welcomes couples who want to slow down and cherish a kiss of luxury. For a weekend retreat by the beach, couples can select a guest room, studio or suite. They will find rose petals decorating the room and a pair of cozy robes to slip into and keep. The couples’ game, “Affection,” will be provided for a fun bonding experience (and to keep). Breakfast-in-bed is provided as are bicycle and kayak rentals to explore Millionaire’s Mile. A beach picnic luncheon will be prepared for an afternoon of sunbathing, and photo session will be provided. An outdoor beachside candlelit dinner will be served, along with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne Brut. Package is valid from Feb. 11 to 14. A two-night minimum stay is required. Subject to availability at the time of booking. Available upon request, based on availability. www.hillsborobeachresort.com
Rekindle the senses
Couples who want to escape to a rooftop oasis or indulge in a meal prepared by James Beard nominee Chef Niven Patel, will find it at THesis Hotel. This Valentine’s Day package offers the perfect pairings for the perfect pair. Guests will find an apron gift and special recipe when they arrive at the King THesis Waterway View room. These will be accompanied by a basket of chocolates and wine. The restaurant-forward hotel will host the couple for happy-hour drinks at Mamey on 3rd and a prix fixe dinner at Orno. Couples can enjoy a wine tasting for a tropical retreat, then slip into comfy silk pajamas for the night. To wrap up their stay, they can enjoy breakfast in bed, followed by a day by the pool and a private yoga session. Available upon request, based on availability. info@THesishotelmiami.com
Self-Love is the best love
The Shelborne South Beach is offering a Valentine’s Day package to promote loving oneself. For those looking for a singles’ retreat, or simply trying to hit reset, they are in for a treat at GUY and GIRL spa with facial, body scrub and massage. Back at their room, guests can soak in a warm bath with rose petals and Lush bath bombs and enjoy their own breakfast in bed with a fresh bouquet of flowers. Guests have access to all Shelborne Beach Club amenities and water sports rentals, in addition to beach yoga on Saturdays. Visitors can enjoy specialty cocktails and charcuterie among other bites from Sweet Beach at the Shelborne. Available upon request, based on availability. www.shelborne.com
Vespas and pasta making
Couples are transported to an Italian villa of the 1940s at the Gale South Beach. They will find roses decorating the room and Tuscany-based Santa Maria Novella skincare products and candles. They can soak up in the sun at the beach, enjoy a bike ride on the boardwalk and stroll hand-in-hand on the shoreline. For a truly Italian experience, couples can drive a vespa from Scooters South Beach and tour the Art Deco area. In the evening, couples can indulge in an Italian dinner for two from a private garden oasis at Dolce Italian. Also included: a pasta-making session and gelato dessert alongside executive chef Paolo Dorigato. The night will be topped off with live music and drinks from The Regent Cocktail Club at the hotel rooftop. Available upon request, based on availability. www.hilton.com/en/hotels/miagsqqgale south-beach/ ¦