Waited ’til the last minute to plan for the most romantic day of the year? No problem. You have options. Valentine’s Day being on a Wednesday is a good thing—it means there are two weekends you can opt to celebrate. And there are nearly endless ways to get out of town on a quick Valentine's Day getaway with just a short drive or flight from wherever you are in the 50 states. With just a couple nights in mind, here are some alluring options that capture all the magic of, say, Paris, without the long flight.
For East Coast Couples
If you’re an East Coaster, your best bets are to stay on the continent or jet off to the Gulf of Mexico and load up on the mosquito spray to help stave off Zika.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
The super-private eco-luxury Mukan Resort's 2 By the Sea package includes a romantic dinner on the beach and 80-minute couples massage just south of Tulum, while the secluded NIZUC Resort & Spa in Cancun is offering couples who want to keep the Valentine’s spirit going as long as possible a free fourth night (more time for couples’ spa rituals). Also in the seductively gorgeous Caribbean there’s Banyan Tree Mayakoba—where a proposal package includes an intimate dinner aboard a boat as it weaves through canals, plus spa experiences and a pro photo shoot—and the Thompson Playa del Carmen, where dining under the stars is the norm.
Seafood lovers can immerse themselves in fruits from the sea at the paradisiacal Palms Turks and Caicos, where not only will the chef cook dinner for two in your suite and you can attend a fish fry, but couples can go conch diving and even moonbathing. At Port Ferdinand on Barbados, book a villa with butler service and a private yacht trip for sunset, plus the Love Retreat package at the Sandbox Tree Spa for literal head to toe pampering. The new Park Hyatt on St. Kitts, with its dreamy Miraval Life in Balance Spa, is just calling out to shivering lovers who crave sun and seclusion in rooms and suites that boast deep soaking tubs and views of the azure sea.
If you’re aiming to stay stateside, try the Ritz-Carlton in Miami’s Bal Harbour for its Signature Bath Experience and all-suites accommodations. Or go way over the top with the $90,000 package at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, which includes among many other things round-trip transportation via private jet or helicopter, diamond and emerald jewelry, exclusive use of the spa for a half day and customized meals. Slow down and savor the moment at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, in a South Carolina nature preserve, where fantastic food, a top-rated spa and Jack Nicklaus golf course beckon. The remote car-less Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, is another option where Haig Point luxury accommodation options include an antique-filled mansion or a charming 1873 Lighthouse—incredibly private and historic—overlooking the Calibogue Sound. Nearby you can bike to a rum distillery, winery, art gallery, museum and quaint restaurants.
Get active at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa with indoor paddleboard yoga classes, or just indulge in pampering at the oceanfront property’s spa. Opt for fondue by a fire pit, hot tub sessions and windy walks along the dunes at The Nantucket Hotel + Resort, on the empty island (it’s shoulder season). The Relais & Chateaux Camden Harbour Inn by the sea in Maine has a romance-packed package that includes Champagne and chocolates, lift tickets for Camden Snowbowl, and a seductive seven-course dinner. Or book an overnight in the Big Apple at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park (their Romance by the Park package includes Cristal champagne and a chauffeured day around the city), and pay homage to the ultimate date-night film Sleepless in Seattle’s 25th anniversary by being one of 14 lucky couples who survive the Empire State Building’s Valentine’s Day contest and get to have a wedding ceremony or vow renewal at the top on that special day. For more daring couples, Arlo Hotels have NSFW packages that include roses on the bed, a curated selection of sex accessories and games, tickets to the Museum of Sex and a class at Body & Pole.
For West Coast Couples
For those on the West Coast, there’s the Baja Peninsula, which is gloriously Zika-free, and Hawaii, as well as a few places to feel the chill—and let your man warm you up.
Step into the wild west at The Ranch at Rock Creek in snowy Montana, where it’s a given that you’ll snuggle up in front of a fire. There’s even a barn dance if you’re feeling frisky. More cold-weather adventure can be had in Idaho—think snowmobiling and heli-skiing—at Shore Lodge in McCall, surrounded by mountains and a frozen lake. Of course, skiing or snowboarding are ideal ways to spend this season, making the gorgeous new Hotel Talisa in Vail and The Hotel Telluride perfect powder-packed Colorado options.
In Laguna Beach, a room at the Surf & Sand Resort ensures you’ll hear the waves crashing on the beach and see stars twinkling above—they also offer romantic decorating with rose petals, candles, roses and chocolate-covered strawberries and bubbly. L’Auberge Del Mar is even more appealing in February when special spa treatments feature chocolate and an array of packages allow for pure relaxation or excitement in the air from a biplane. An LA honeymoon could include a night at the super luxe Peninsula or Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, while you can drop a hint to your guy that Tiffany & Co. has a pop-up at The Grove where he can have personal sketches engraved onto iconic pieces like Tiffany T and tags for a highly customized gift.
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Down south, CostaBaja La Paz puts you in perfect proximity to the stunning Sea of Cortez, while the five-star Chileno Bay Resort & Residences—think outdoor showers and soaking tubs in villas and mucho tequila—is situated on Cabo’s very best and largest swimmable beach. The Resort at Pedegral, too, is a sexy spot to spend the holiday in a bikini, especially considering they have a trio of packages designed for the day of love. For less swimming and more adventure—with some wine tasting and amazing cuisine—head to Valle de Guadalupe’s Campera Hotel Burbuja, an eco resort with clear bubble-shaped tents that give you the ultimate opportunity to stargaze in a magical location.
Sedona is a gorgeous place to celebrate your affection for one another, and L’Auberge de Sedona has several TLC-packed spa treatments designed to do just that—one includes local sipping chocolate infused with aphrodisiac herbs and a cosmic sound journey of crystal bowls which, with the new moon in February, will reignite your love. At the Inn at Dos Brisas in Texas, there are horse carriage rides and horse riding, private plunge pools and private fireplaces, plus the Forever Together Romance Package, which includes a gorgeous four-course dinner, massage, clay shoot and rose petal turndown service.
And Hawaii is a no-brainer from California. The new Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina feels far from civilization and perfectly intimate, especially with offerings like private dinners punctuated with your very own fireworks show for two. On Maui, the Andaz’s spa uses chocolate and cherries in luscious lovers’ treatments, accompanied by Champagne, and at Four Seasons Resort Lanai you can indulge in a three-hour his-and-her treatment using ingredients from the ocean and ending with a lomi lomi massage before a private dining experience. Use the visit as an excuse to get lost on one of the island’s secluded beaches during a fun 4x4 drive.