Decadent Valentine’s Hotel Splurges

It’s that time of year, when roses quadruple in price, when husbands forget and when hotels start hyping their “romance” packages, which generally translate into a jacked up room rate and a bottle of champagne or box of chocolates. If you’re looking for something a bit more special this year, here are a few more elaborate indulgences.

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PARIS: V-Day afternoon delight may mean your time is limited, but your surroundings need not be. Luxury hotels are exploring a new trend – renting their rooms for a few hours. A new site,, promises 30-70% off regular rates at properties as illustrious as the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, a designer boutique hotel near the Champs Élysées.

MIAMI: Wealthy fashionistas will undoubtedly flock to the Setai South Beach where $50,000 pulls in two-nights in a one-bedroom oceanview suite and a couples’ V-Day makeover. Domenico Vacca will provide the suit and cocktail dress, and Asprey will provide diamond cufflinks and earrings. Hair stylists and makeup artists will get the couple ready for a photo shoot and an evening of Champagne, caviar and Michelin-star dining.

PASADENA, CA: If you really want to drop some cash on your sweetheart, head to Pasadena, California for the Langham Hotel’s Ultimate Romance Package. For $30,000 you’ll get a night in the two-story Tournament of Roses Suite, a bottle of champagne, a couple’s massage, a five-course tasting menu, and to justify the price – a piece of custom-made diamond jewelry.

GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA: Couples with a little more staying power (and $10 grand) can book the Ultimate Proposal Package at the Hayman, a private island resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The package includes three nights in a beachfront villa, a Valentine’s Day degustation menu, a set of pearl and gold earrings, and a scenic helicopter ride, but – here’s where it gets interesting – those who announce their engagement at the Hayman will get to return for a free resort wedding.

SANTA FE, NM: Though it’s the most affordable deal featured, you can be her (literal) Sugar Daddy with the Check In To Chocolate package at the Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a town that is becoming famous for its Chocolate Trail. Starting at $340 for two nights, you’ll get gift certificates to five local gourmet chocolatiers and welcome chocolates from another.

LONDON: Although their romance packages start at £199, the London Athaneaum’s One in a Million package is so over-the-top they will only provide the price upon request to interested parties. Seeing as they’re calling it the most expensive Valentine’s Day option in London, you can assume it’ll cost a wee bit more than the basic deal. But, for this undisclosed amount of sterling, you’ll get a helicopter tour of London, a rooftop suite decked out in custom floral arrangements, a five course meal, a session with stylists and makeup artists, a couture dress and men’s suit from a Savile Row tailor, and a night at the Royal Opera House to watch Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Should you call and find out the price is lower than expected, not to worry – a diamond specialist will be on hand to help you spend the difference.






  1. Those are all very pretty hotels. Someday, I want to go to one of them.