Valentine’s Day Roundup: For Couples Who Love Luxury
It is often said that money can’t buy love. However, money can buy some pretty fabulous Valentine’s Day treats, from shopping sprees at Tiffany & Co. and Cartier to private, gourmet meals served in faraway locales. We’ve gathered some of the most over-the-top and dream-worthy packages here, the first in a five-part roundup of Valentine’s Day celebrations around the world.
BeautifulPlaces and Lugano Diamonds have teamed up to create a modern-day treasure hunt in St. John, US Virgin Islands. Treasure-seeking couples will receive a map and be regaled with tales of a sunken millionaire’s yacht before following a dive master to a half-buried treasure box full of $50,000 worth of customized Lugano Diamonds. As if that wasn’t fabulous enough, the “Diving for Diamonds” package includes a five-day four-night stay in the presidential suite at Villa Harmonie (known locally as Eco Serendib), a VIP escort and private yacht to and from St. Thomas, a personal butler, and a jewel-themed dinner under the stars.
Relax and rejuvenate with your significant other at Remède Spa at The St. Regis Mexico City. Choose the Chocolate Deluxe package and unwind in a hot butter brûlée whole milk soak; inhale a rich, dark chocolate softening mask; and release all tension with a 60-minute, warmed sweet cream body milk massage. Or go with the Executive Anniversary package, which begins with a buttery in-room milk bath before moving on to a 60-minute couple’s massage with a white velvet buttercream-scented, shea butter rubdown. The Red Grand Deluxe package’s 90-minute gourmet pedicure includes a foot soak in Red Hot Sparkling Bath Oil (a blend of hydrating oils such as olive fruit and grape seed with a hint of fresh cinnamon), a sea salt exfoliation with rice bran oil, and a chilled strawberries and cream foot massage. The Champagne Suite package creates a private sanctuary for luxurious, 60-minute, side-by-side massages using Chardonnay massage oil followed by a private Chardonnay bubble bath. Pricing for these special packages ranges from $140 to $395, including taxes and service charges. These offers are also available at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.
This jam-packed Valentine’s Day celebration at Ashville, North Carolina’s Grove Park Inn begins with a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce pickup at the airport and doesn’t stop there. For a mere $25,000, couples receive five nights in the hotel’s presidential suite, use of a Land Rover, French Champagne and crystal flutes in-room, and an entire day spent at the spa. Meals during the stay include a private cooking class followed by dinner and an in-room dinner with a personal chef and sommelier. Plus, guests can participate in a Navitat starry night zip line adventure; a private hot air balloon ride; a choice of private golf, tennis, or rafting lessons; and a $3,000 shopping spree in the hotel’s gift shops. Each über-fabulous day ends with a nightly VIP turndown.
This Valentine’s Day, why not stay in a private villa overlooking the Sea of Cortez with Villas Del Mar in Los Cabos, Mexico? The $9,300 offer includes a three-night stay at the resort, in-villa chef and butler services, dinner served by candlelight on a private ocean-view terrace, and a couples massage poolside. Guests can also enjoy a half-day romantic cruise on the Villas Del Mar 50-foot sailing catamaran, complete with a choice of wine or tequila tasting.
Two of Colorado’s leading hotels have teamed up to provide the ultimate ski experience. Begin with private, chartered jet service from Denver to the Sonnenalp in Vail or Hotel Madeline Telluride for three nights lodging, daily breakfast, a welcome amenity, and four 50-minute spa treatments per person. Add a little skiing, dog sledding, and heliskiing, plus private jet service between the two hotels, and you have a dream ski vacation. The heliskiing trip is $23,500, including tax and gratuity, for two people. For couples who want to share the fun, invite up to four friends for $11,500 per couple.
Love might not cost a thing, but the Valentine’s Day special at the Renaissance San Francisco Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, California, is a whopping $65,000 for a one-night stay in the hotel’s presidential suite. Of course, this night also includes a 24-hour, on-call, classic Silver Cloud Rolls Royce; a Dom Perignon toast upon arrival at the hotel; and a rose-petal turndown with gold leaf chocolate cake and two Godiva chocolate martinis. In addition, guests will be treated to an eight-course, prix-fixe, truffle menu prepared by chef Michael Koenig aboard a private yacht, a private shopping experience and $1,000 shopping credit at Agent Provocateur, and a private, after-hours shopping experience and $10,000 credit at Tiffany & Co. Oh, and did I mention access to a private jet to anywhere in the United States? This is one night your special someone will surely never forget.
According to legend, William Randolph Hearst built the Warwick New York Hotel for actress Marion Davies, his one true love. This year, couples can celebrate Valentine’s Day in the place that love built with a two-night stay in the Warwick’s newly renovated On the Avenue suite decorated with a choice of flowers. Additional features of the lavish, $21,400 package include a personal photographer to record the visit, chauffeured limousine transportation, an in-room couples’ massage, a romantic dinner in-suite, and breakfast daily. Lovebirds will also receive a welcome bottle of Cristal Champagne with keepsake, monogrammed flutes and a $10,000 gift card to Cartier. This over-the-top offer can be enjoyed throughout the month of February.
Celebrate romance in style with a Valentine’s Day experience in Hong Kong. The indulgent package features a one-night stay in the InterContinental’s terrace suite, which includes an outdoor terrace with a private hot tub and views of Victoria Harbor. A Rolls Royce limousine will take couples from the airport to the hotel, where they will be greeted with 99 long-stem roses, a symbol of eternal love. Then comes a private sunset cruise through the harbor before a gourmet, six-course meal at the chef’s table at Spoon by Alain Ducasse. The evening of luxury ends with an exclusive treatment in the couple’s spa suite at feng shui-inspired I-Spa. Rates begin at $8,400; reservations must be made by February 1.
On Saturday, February 16, guests at Château Élan Inn, Winery & Spa in Braselton, Georgia, can capture the “Scent of Love” by designing their own fragrance. BLEND Custom Parfum Studio, a representative of Galimard, the oldest parfumerie in France, hosts the special event, which includes fragrance-blending instructions to create a 20-milliliter bottle of a customized fragrance. Couples who book this package will also receive deluxe overnight accommodations at the inn, a single red rose on the pillow at turndown, and a bottle of Châteu Élan wine to enjoy throughout the evening. Pricing ranges from $359 to $449, plus tax.
From private planes to personalized gourmet meals, Qualia’s $100,000 Valentine’s Day package combines romance, luxury, and privacy on Hamilton Island’s northernmost tip. The trip, which can be enjoyed year-round, features a round-trip jet from Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane to Hamilton Island; a seven-night stay at Qualia’s Beach House; a la carte breakfast daily; and dinner in either the Long Pavilion or Pebble Beach restaurants. In addition, couples can enjoy a private dinner prepared by executive chef Alastair Waddell one night and dinner in Hamilton Island Yacht Club’s Bommie restaurant another. A gourmet lunch during a Whitehaven Beach Luxury Reef Comber Tour also includes a seaplane flight to Hardy Lagoon and a glass-bottom boat and snorkeling experience. Golf and spa treatments round out the stay, along with a gift of Robert Oatley Vineyards Finisterre wine with a personalized label signed by Oatley himself and a shipment of a case of the wine to any address in the United States for six months after the visit.
For most, arrival at and departure from a hotel does not often include a Rolls Royce. With the Valentine’s Day package at Capella Singapore, it does, along with in-room breakfast with caviar and champagne, a bouquet of 99 roses, and a surprise designer jewelry gift. A four-hour, in-room massage for two is followed by a five-course, gourmet wine dinner served on a floating platform surrounded by tea lights and floral décor. The S$17,999++ (together for eternity) package also includes a one-hour, professional photo shoot by Lightedpixels Photography and music by a private live band. This offer is limited to stays between February 1 and 28.
Spend the day of love in Thailand at the Sarojin, Khao Lak. The locale provides the setting for many love-themed offers such as the Shipwrecked In Style package, which includes a 60-minute private cruise aboard the Lady Sarojin luxury boat, a rescue by a traditional Thai longtail boat, and a private car transfer to the hotel. The Romance package features a Siam Steamboat private dining experience served in a private sala, while the Escape package treats couples to a 30-minute back and shoulder massage and three-course Thai or western dinner for two. For the ultimate Valentine’s Day celebration, however, lovers can choose the Luxury Honeymoon package, which delights with a romantic, candlelit waterfall dinner in the jungle. An ideal setting to spend time with the person you adore most.
Doze off with your loved one at your side under the spectacular African night sky in Botswana’s Okavango Delta as you reflect on a day of game viewing and a private bush bath for two. This and more can be yours this Valentine’s Day with Sanctuary Retreats’ holiday special at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp. Each of the five suites at the camp have private viewing decks, on which a free-standing bath tub appears like magic while guests are out on an evening game drive. Each suite also comes with a mobile, four-poster “sky bed,” which can be rolled onto a candlelit deck for a night spent under the stars. The package is available through Rainbow Tours for £2795 per person, including international flights from the United Kingdom to Maun, light aircraft flights from Maun to the camp’s private airstrip, an elephant interaction excursion, all meals, and scheduled game activities.
There may be no more intimate experience than riding a gondola up the Alps with your loved one while sipping a glass (or two) of Champagne. VIP Gondola offers just that, beginning in Zermatt and taking couples on a romantic journey toward the iconic Matterhorn. And with VIP SKI, sweethearts can have the perfect accommodations to continue the Valentine’s adventure. The Gmatchi, a barn conversion in the heart of Zermatt, provides a romantic retreat complete with Matterhorn views from the balcony. Arrive on February 10 and stay for seven nights for £1,519 per person, including chalet board catering, return flights from Gatwick, and resort transfers. Prices for the VIP Gondola begin at £70 for a one-way journey and Champagne.
Visit Jetset Extra again tomorrow to see what else the world has in store for Valentine’s Day!