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, dayuse-hotels.com, 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.
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.