ADVENTURE GIRL’S VALENTINE’S PICKS FOR 2008
Valentineâ€™s Day is the day of romance, a celebration of love, a time to whisk your sweetheart away on a worldly romantic adventure for two. Need a little help where to go? Adventuregirl.comâ€™s, Stefanie Michaels, chooses these Top 10, passion filled packages guaranteed to bring out the Cupid in you!
By: Stefanie Michaels
The Kahala Resort is Honolulu’s social address for glamorous events. This exclusive retreat, sits on its own private beach, just minutes from Waikiki. Let romance blossom with the Kahala Love Song package, which includes: room or suite accommodations, one 3-course romantic dinner for two at Hoku’s, the resort’s award-winning signature restaurant, a CD of Hawaiian love songs, Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Package rates start at $410 per night/minimum four-night stay. (800) 367-2525www.kahalaresort.com
â™¥ADVENTURE GIRL’S GREEN AWARD! Valen-time to go green!Hyatt Key West Resort & Marina, has gone â€˜Eco-Glamâ€™. The Relaxation Package for Valentineâ€™s Day, includes accommodations; full breakfast for each guest daily, either in-room or in the restaurant; a guaranteed late check-out of 2:00 pm; and a $150 credit for a treatment at the gorgeous Jala Spa. A $5 donation will be made with each Signature â€œJalajaâ€ treatment purchased to Reef Relief Organization (www.reefrelief.org). Add Jala â€œboostersâ€ â€“ supplemental perks for full treatments, and the spa donates another dollar. Package rates start at $530 per night with a 2 night minimum stay. www.keywest.hyatt.comRomance with a â€œtouchâ€ of adventure!Falaza, a luxury tented safari lodge in South Africa , located 3 hours north of Durban and neighboring the St Lucia World Heritage Site, boasts a Total Relaxation & Renewal Spa Experience for Valentineâ€™s Day. The three-day package includes: three nights accommodations in one of the lodgeâ€™s signature luxury safari tents, three meals daily; three game drives at Falaza Game Park; and several spa treatments at Falazaâ€™s indulgent bush spa, with an outdoor therapy area in a secluded bush setting. The spa makes use of the African-inspired TheraNaka products, made from natural and indigenous ingredients. Packages start at $800 USD.www.falaza.co.za
For the chocolate connoisseur,Â Cotton Tree Lodge, Belizeâ€™s newest eco-lodge, dedicates a week to chocolate. Learn from descendents of the indigenous Maya who still produce chocolate using traditional techniques. February 9th â€“ 16th, this 7-night vacation package features both conventional and modern day chocolate processing. This chocolate intensified getaway includes guided activities throughout the region with trips to Blue Creek Cave, Rio Blanco Falls and to the nearby Mayan site of Nim Li Punit. $1,400 p/p, includes accommodations in riverfront cabanas, meals, tours and workshops. (866) 480-4534 www.cottontreelodge.com.
Cotswold House, in Chipping Camden, England, presents a two-night stay for Valentineâ€™s Day, available February 13/14, and includes accommodations in its Montrose Suite, featuring huge limestone baths (big enough for two!); a dinner at Hicks’ Brasserie, Valentineâ€™s dinner in the elegant Juliana’s Restaurant; a bottle of Champagne and box of chocolates upon arrival. Make sure you visit nearby town, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the most romantic poetÂ Shakespeare. Package price is approx. $2330 US including taxes and transfers from central London. This package extends through the end of February.www.cotswoldhouse.com
Hit the slopes, and warm your heart with the Powder Love Couple Package in Aspen, Colorado. This hipster package at Aspenâ€™s brand new Sky Hotel, includes American breakfast for two daily, an in-room movie, two â€œhigh altitudeâ€ massages at the Aspen Club and Spa, a Kama Sutra weekend couples kit, including the original oils of loveâ€”sweet almond oil, spearmint pleasure balm, and sweet honeysuckle honey dust. $529.00 per night, with a 10-day advanced purchase. To book additional nights, contact the Sky Hotel directly at (970) 429-7808www.theskyhotel.com
Pink Sand, Red Hearts atÂ Cambridge Beach in Bermuda.Â Devoting all of February to romance and relationships, this all-inclusive, upscale resort boasts the Exclusive, Sensory Stimulating, Romance Package. Three-night stay packages include deluxe room accommodations, meals with daily afternoon tea, in-room breakfast, Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries complete with flowers upon arrival, and a sunset sail on a 45â€™ Sloop from Bermuda Charters (bermudacharters.com). Put the Rrrr in romance with the Dr. Pepper Schwartzâ€™s â€œCome to Your Sensesâ€ Seminars & Workshops. Relationship savvy topics include, Integrating your relationship into your lifestyle, Enriching Intimacy and Refreshing Love, Wake Up Your Senses, How to Make Sexuality More Playful, How to Keep Romance Alive. $1,999.00 per couple- includes room taxes and associated room gratuities. 4th Night available at 50% discount.www.cambridgebeaches.com
Nothing says Amore more than the heart of Florence, Italyâ€™s most romantic of hotels,Â Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy. Their Romantic Renaissance 2-night package includes Champagne breakfast in bed, Italian chocolates, and to stir up more heat, â€œPassionâ€ cocktails por due, at their Lâ€™Incontro Bar. Also inquire with the Concierge (Cupid), who will arrange a romantic carriage ride in the city. February 13-18. 2-night package approximently $1100.00 US, excludes airfare and taxes. Tel: +39-055-27-35-1www.roccofortecollection.comCanoodle at theÂ The Villagio Inn and Spa in Napa Valley, with the Couples Comfort Zone Escape. Package includes deluxe accommodations for two for one romantic evening, (guestrooms boast wood burning fireplaces and oversized sunken bathtubs), chilled champagne upon arrival, and champagne breakfast buffet. Warm your hearts with the 100-Minute Couples Hot Stone Massage with heated basalt stones and essential oils. Also available through their sister hotel- The Vintage Inn. $945.00 excluding taxes. (800) 351-1133 www.villagio.com
Sanctuary Villas and Apartments, helps you declare Je T’adore in one of the most romantic cities on the planet, Paris. The St. Valentineâ€™s Champagne package offers four nights at Boissy dâ€™Anglasâ€”an ultra-exclusive apartment situated in the 8th arrondissement, just minutes off the Place de la Concorde, your own private chauffeur for a dayâ€™s tour to Champagne de Telmont at Epernay in the Champagne region, a private guided tour and tasting of the Champagne cellars by the owner of the Champagne house, with lunch held privately in the candle lit champagne cellar accompanied by what else, Champagne. Following lunch, you will proceed to the bottling process to choose your champagne of choice. Your special â€˜cuveeâ€™ will then stay in the de Telmont cellars for aging, turning (by hand), disgorging (eliminating of the frozen deposits) and finally shipped (after 1 Â½ years) to your abode, as a unique memento of your French â€œvacanceâ€. Package offered throughout February. $7,955 p/p, excludes airfare and taxes. www.sanctuary-villas.com