Taking the Guesswork out of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is one of those celebratory days, that often marred with guesswork — what to get, do, eat, drink, promise and deliver– adding stress rather than pleasure. Chocolates and flowers may lack imagination on one hand, but if you are under a coating of chocolate at a spa encircled by flowers, that could make a difference. Wrapping those elements could raise your currency as a romantic partner favoring a renewal of heart, soul and body. So we looked for spa-centric deals, some valid beyond Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate and flowers make for a unique spa treatment.
New York: The Waldorf Astoria Spa
at the classic hotel, and Guerlain have created an Art Deco style 14,0o00 square foot spa with sweeping views of Park Avenue. Its 16 treatment roms are the setting for several packages including the Red Carpet Routine for $899.
The Out NYC
is one of NYC’s first gay urban resorts that is offering a Spa Rejuvenation special for two – yes it is straight-friendly so don’t be shy. $566 for two for Hamam, Body treatments, Prosecco and a party.
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
– The Couple’s Sweetheart Massage
provides a full body massage, foot scrub, and paraffin foot mask for both. Enjoy a glass of sparkling cider and a post-treatment treat in the relaxation area, 50 minutes, $300.
Located on 900 acres near Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
features a “Friend 2 Friend” spa package so each of you enjoy a 50-minute spa service along with a “spa-tini” of your choice. Other offers: Winter Recovery and Wine and Unwind, Call 231-534-6750
Guerlain Spa, The Waldorf Astoria
The Carneros Inn,
known as a luxurious Napa Valley retreat, has created a gentle exfoliation using jojoba beads to stimulate and exfoliate the skin in conjunction with the lovely essential oils of bergamot, rose geranium and ylang ylang; the skin is then hydrated with a rose body serum enriched with shea butter, apricot kernel oil, seabuckthorn and scented with precious oils of rose, bergamot, frangipani, and linden blossom. A 90-minute treatment for two costs $350; available Feb. 7-20.
Following its own complete $3 million renovation, day-spa, The Spa at Chateau Elan
at Braselton, Georgia is selling the His & Hers
package combining a couples massage, facials and pedicures, enjoyed in the candlelit couple’s suite. Complete the day with lunch, drinks and chocolate dipped strawberries for two, 240 minutes, $645-$685.
Arrive in arguably one of Canada’s most romantic cities, Montreal this winter might be by choosing VIA Rail’s
two-night City and Spa arrangement with Scandinave Les Bains Spa that begins at $201 per person, two Spa options – the Swedish package or the Scandinavian.
Carneros Spa Bed
The Winter Warm-up Sale at select Hiltons
– valid through March 17 – offers a limited time 20 percent savings for stays of four or more nights booked before March 10, 2013 at the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa.
Adventure seekers need to look no further than the all-inclusive Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa with day trips to active volcanoes and canopy tours by zip-line await.
At Harbour Village in Bonaire
, a special Spa Add-on has been created for non-diving guests (divers can partake as well of course). For $345 per person, indulge in two Swedish massages, an aromatherapy massage, a classic European facial, and a spa manicure and pedicure.
At the Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos the SOMMA Wine Spa
specializes in wine-therapy spa treatments that capitalize on its proximity to Baja California’s wine country. Plucked from Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley, wine and grape byproducts are infused into virtually every spa treatment: from massages, facials and mud wraps to exfoliating scrubs, bubble baths and hydrotherapy.
For a five-star romance experience, couples can escape to The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
, Puerto Rico for the “Five Diamond Caribbean Spa Retreat:” For unlimited time at the property’s RemèdeSM Spa, or can take their treatment anywhere they prefer in the resort. Guests booking the package and traveling before December 18, 2013 will receive a $200 daily spa credit based on a three-night minimum length of stay. Visit the website
or call 877-782-0106
; request rate plan SPABAHIA.
Admittedly the stunning location of Bali is a bit of a stretch for a Valentine’s Day weekend but the Ayana Resort and Spa Bali
could be worth planning for beyond Valentine’s Day. Voted among the World’s Best Hotels on the 2013 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, the resort is no stranger to accolades since its rebranding in 2009. The thatched-roof spa villas literally hover over the sea; treatments take place at the Spa on the Rocks. www.ayanaresort.com
Three Westin-branded Heavenly Spas
on the islands of Maui and Oahu have introduced Hualani (heavenly fruit, locally grown pineapple and passion fruits), indigenous products that are featured in signature treatments such as the Heavenly Massage. Treatment menus at the various spas include the traditional Lomi Lomi and Laulima massages, body wraps, facials, nail services served up within 16 treatment rooms with heated massage beds including two couple’s spa suites complete with a whirlpool and candlelit ambience.
Waikiki’s The Hotel Halekulani’s Spa Halekulani lists a Romantic Rendezvous couples’ spa experience available February 14-18, that includes a 90-minute Bubbles & Bubbles for a sip of Champagne by candlelight while unwinding in the Jacuzzi followed by a couples massage side-by-side.