Flowers, chocolate, and jewelry may get top billing when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, but they’re nothing compared to these over-the-top experiences being offered by hotels around the world. From stays in penthouse suites to the gift of glass slippers, here’s where lovebirds with deep pockets can check in to have a romantic holiday.
La Reserve Paris (Paris, France)
There’s nothing dreamier than spending the night in one of the most romantic cities in the world. La Reserve Paris is offering a three-night Priceless Romance package for stays in the presidential suite, with rates starting from €9,000 ($9,810) per night. In the suite, find a Steinway piano, wine cellar, dressing room, a bathroom with Carrara marble, and personalized items for the couple -- think: linens and bathrooms, plus flowers, chocolates, and champagne. And that’s not all. Guests can choose from a variety of add-ons to further enhance the stay, including: airport transfers in a Rolls Royce ($1,243 round-trip); an executive chef-curated three-course dinner with wine served in-suite ($872 per couple); private spa access; or champagne on the roof of the Grand Palais, which is usually closed to the public.
Royal Mansour (Marrakech, Morocco)
Have you ever stayed in a hotel that’s owned by royalty? Splurging for Valentine's Day is your chance. Owned by the King of Morocco, Royal Mansour is offering an Enchanted Evening package, from $917, for overnight stays on February 13 or 14. Sweethearts will be treated to guided fast-track service through customs at Marrakech Airport, private transfer to the property, and, if available, a complimentary upgrade from a superior one-bedroom riad to a premier one-bedroom riad that has its own plunge pool and solarium. Topping off a truly royal experience, there’s the chance to dine at La Table Restaurant for a five-course dinner created by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno.
Mandarin Oriental (Nationwide)
A number of Mandarin Oriental properties across the country are getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with special packages. Many of the experiences include a bottle of bubbly, breakfast, or a late check-out, but our favorite is Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s Decadent Romance. Available for stays February 5-13, the package includes daily in-room breakfast, rose petal turndown service, champagne, box of chocolate, and a pair of tickets to the city’s production of “Moulin Rouge.” Rates start from $595 per night.
Nautilus, A SIXTY Hotel (Miami, FL)
If $5,000 is burning a hole in your pocket, this may be for you. The recently opened South Beach outpost has an overnight Lovers Rock package that comes with an oceanfront room with a balcony, limo transfer and half-bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries with more champagne, personalized spa robes, couples massage, private dinner with wine on the Nautilus Cabana Club Lawn Poolside, an acoustic band to provide the soundtrack to your evening, rose petals and candles, breakfast in bed, poolside cabana with spa service, access to Dan Colen's "M&Ms" art installation on the hotel's lawn, and a Miami helicopter tour.
Sheraton New York Times Square (New York, NY)
Ready for some of the most Insta-worthy views ever? Sheraton New York Times Square's Penthouse NYC package means three nights in the two-level, 3,500-square-foot penthouse suite that overlooks Times Square and Central Park. The swanky suite has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, sitting area with a bar, and about five times the space of a one-bedroom apartment in NYC. Also included is a bottomless premium wine tasting with an in-house expert, two-hour in-suite cooking session, snacks and beverages in the Sheraton Club Lounge, WiFi, and access to the Sheraton Fitness Center -- all at the cost of $15,000.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas (Dallas, TX)
This Valentine’s Day, make your lady feel like a princess with the Prince Charming Experience at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. Starting from $469 per night, the package pairs deluxe accommodations with romantic touches like rose petal turndown service, chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, a personalized love note, and -- to make this a fairytale come true -- a keepsake glass slipper. Other perks include breakfast, overnight valet parking, and 2 p.m. late checkout.
Westin New York Grand Central Hotel (New York, NY)
Need a little less space but just as much opulence? Head to the Westin New York Grand Central for the Indulge in the Presidential Suite package. Here, a stay in the 1,035-square-foot presidential suite means a luxurious time with your own dining area, one-and-a-half bathrooms with rainforest shower, sleeper sofa, Jacuzzi tub, and views of 42nd Street and the Chrysler Building. You'll also enjoy Prosecco, a white tea candle that's yours to keep, New Balance gear for borrowing, a personal guided tour with the property’s running concierge, and late check-out. The package starts at $2,205 per night.
Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris (Paris, France)
For another celebration in posh Paris, look no further than Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris. The property, one of the most revered in the City of Light, has a Valentine’s Day package for stays February 12-15. The highlight feature is a 5:30 p.m. private screening in Cinema Katara with a glass of champagne, canapes, and popcorn on February. Any night during the promotion period, you'll enjoy breakfast, a half-bottle of Rosé with pastries, WiFi, gym, and pool access (starting from $645 per night for a studio room to $973 for a junior suite). Of course, you can splash out further on the Valentine’s Day dinner hosted at the hotel’s restaurant, Il Carpaccio. For $215, it includes beef carpaccio, gnocchi, roasted veal loin, and heart-shaped dessert. Topping it off, each table will be given a blue box from Tiffany & Co. with a number to bring to the jeweler on Champ Elysees -- and a lucky winner will find out if he or she is the recipient of a beautiful rose gold infinity bracelet.
Belle Mont Farm (St. Kitts)
Check into your own guesthouse at this island escape and be surrounded by 400 acres of farmland. Between February 11 and 17, couples can book a Romantic Retreat package that covers all daily meals and beverages, a bottle of champagne with fresh farm treats, private beach dinner, couples massage, unlimited golf with caddy, tennis, and airport transfers. Nightly rates start from $1,650 in a king guesthouse -- which has an open veranda, daybed, and private pool for the ultimate in relaxation. To make the stay even sweeter, guests can enjoy an additional two nights free when you stay for at least four.
Four Seasons Hotel Denver (Denver, CO)
Here's a chance for James Bond fans to go all out. For $7,007, the Decadent Spectre package is available for a two-night stay February 13-15 in a one-bedroom suite. It showers guests with treats like a four-course dinner at EDGE restaurant, couple's spa treatment, Tom Ford sunglasses and Italian Cypress fragrance, Bollinger James Bond 007 Spectre Limited Edition 2009 Champagne, "Spectre" DVD, and a floral display. The one-bedroom suites have a sitting area, full bathroom with heated floors, a powder room, and dining space.
Curtain Bluff (Antigua)
The name of this island resort's Valentine's Day add-on package says it all. The Over-the-Top, Under the Stars package provides significant others private after-hours of the entire spa to enjoy a sunset dinner, along with a couples massage. As if that isn't enough, it also comes with the services of a photographer, personalized spa robes, champagne, a dozen red roses, and the opportunity to sleep in a canopy bed on the spa's terrace. The $5,000 package is an add-on to the resort's all-inclusive accommodations, which start from $1,330 per night for two in a Bluff room. Accommodations, meals, and drinks (including from room service and the mini bar), water sports activities, land-based activities, and more are folded into the rate.
The Mark Hotel (New York, NY)
In the mood for some champagne and caviar? This Manhattan property has its own add-on experience on offer. For $775, enjoy a champagne and caviar breakfast in bed, exclusive Frédéric Malle bath amenities, roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, a gift by Agent Provocateur, and late check-out. You can also book a special Valentine's Day dinner at The Mark Restaurant for $148 per person, or arrange car service from the airport (or anywhere in Manhattan) to the hotel. Room rates for the weekend start from $525-$545 for a superior courtyard queen room.
Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol (Dominican Republic)
Maybe spending Valentine's Day on a private island is in the cards. The two-level castle island suite at Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol, an adults-only resort, boasts two bedrooms, living room, dining room, daily refreshed mini bar, two bathrooms and a powder room, and three plunge pools. For $1,250 per night, you'll even get the services of a butler. All guests staying at the resort are treated to complimentary transportation to Punta Espada Golf Course, and can take part in the resort's Spanish and cooking lessons, wine tastings, entertainment, beach party bonfires, and kayaking, among other activities.
Casa Naga at The Westin Playa Bonita (Panama)
The lap of luxury can even be found in the rainforest, perfect for couples hoping to truly get away from it all. This Panamanian Westin outpost has a 25,000-square-foot villa called Casa Naga that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The expansive home away from home has six suites, private plunge pools, indoor koi pond, kitchen, and outdoor patio -- for nightly rates from $3,500. Want to book that with the master suite? Pony up $5,000 per night. For those prices, stays include an on-site staff, access to the resort's Pearl Club and Sensory Spa by Clarins, and concierge services.