A romantic getaway should not be limited to Valentine’s Days. Whether hitting the 10-year-anniversary mark, newlyweds, newly single, or at the point of creating a fake significant other for family holidays, in order to avoid another year of “that look,” everyone can have a an enjoyable escape for the holiday or beyond. Below are some unique and out of the box ideas,


Heart Health at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA

Leave it to the world’s recognized leader in healthy living and luxury spa vacations to provide a weekend educating on the many factors affect heart health, including lifestyle, genetics, emotional well-being and medical history. Learn how you can prevent – or even reverse – heart disease using an integrative medicine approach. Discussions are led by Canyon Ranch physicians as well as expert Ranch practitioners in life management, exercise physiology, nutrition, spirituality, mind-body techniques and more.


Women’s Sensuality at Canyon Ranch in Tuscon, AZ

Nicola Finley, MD, of Canyon Ranch in Tucson, and special guest Tierney Lorenz, PhD, of the Kinsey Institute, will lead an exploration of female sexuality, from medical, emotional, psychological and other perspectives. They’ll share diverse expertise on how women can foster personal pleasure, relationships and overall health.

In the comfortable Ranch environment, women can discuss aspects of sexuality that are often neglected in the arena of women’s health. This is a chance to delve into topics such as:

• The holistic view of sexuality, encompassing mind, body, spirit, relationships, self-care, body image and overall wellness.

• Fluctuations in sensuality throughout life.

• The effects of medications on sexual interest and function.

• Putting the focus on the personal need for pleasure – especially for women who normally put others’ needs first.

• Integrative medical viewpoints on female sexuality, including the roles of Western medicine, psychology, traditional Chinese medicine, energy work, massage, nutrition, exercise and spirituality.

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The Body Holiday – St. Lucia

St. Lucia’s premiere health & wellness resort enables guests to unwind, get in shape, and connect with their sweetheart and fitness goals. With daily inclusive spa treatments and couples activities such as pool volleyball, meditation, water sports, Spoga (spinning + yoga) in the property’s glass Tree House spin studio, tai chi, and more, the resort is the ideal destination to get healthy and fall in love all over again. Enjoy couples spa treatments such as Love Me Tender with a dark chocolate and peppermint mask and full-body massage or Love Birds Delight with a massage wrap, aromatic body scrub, and full-body massage. For more information visit: www.thebodyholiday.com


Smart is Sexy at Sea Island, GA

Sea Island invites guests to stimulate their minds by engaging with 10 extraordinary thinkers and innovators from the arts, sciences, and media during the resort’s third annual Creativity Conference.  The two-day program, February 12-13, includes Q&A sessions, activities and socializing with visionaries across many different fields, including Italian actress, filmmaker and model Isabella Rossellini, behavior economist Dan Ariely, and a professor of animal science in Colorado, Dr. Temple Grandin.  If you want to mix in some r&r, pop over to the renowned 60,000 square-foot Spa at Sea Island in between sessions.  Room rates at The Inn at Sea Island start at $225/night, while rates at The Cloister and The Lodge start at $500/night. www.seaisland.com or 1-855-714-9201.

For Those Looking for the Classic Valentine’s Day….


Cooperstown, NY

For those who still want a little romance, shake off the winter blues with a getaway to Cooperstown, NY. Located in the Northern foothills of the Catskills and just a 3 ½ hour drive from NYC and Boston, this quintessential American town is the perfect destination for a cozy getaway to fully unplug and reconnect with your loved one. Sports fans can hit up The Baseball Hall of Fame. Later, couples can enjoy an intimate candlelight dinner at The Otesaga Resort Hotel’s Hawkeye Bar and Grill ,which offers locally sourced, organic food and sweeping views of the famed Glimmerglass Lake, charming for any date. Complete the night by snuggling by the crackling fire at The Cooper Inn with a glass of wine and romantic strolls through the historic town.



El Convento – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Rekindle the flame at the oldest property in the Historic Hotels of America collection, Hotel El Convento. The current occupant of a nearly 370-year-old former Carmelite Convent in the historic Old San Juan section of Puerto Rico, its Spanish Colonial architecture and design,  features elegant accommodations, a rooftop terrace with a plunge pool and Jacuzzi, and three intimate on-site restaurants. Book the Romantic Memories of Old San Juan package starting at $175.00 per room per night and also indulge in the signature Valentine’s Day Dinner at Patio del Níspero Restaurant for $85 per person. From 6-10pm enjoy live music and menu items to include Grilled Filet Mignon served with Eggplant Confit, and  Lobster, Clams, Mussels and Shrimp Bouillabaisse served with Toasted Garlic Baguette & White Beans and Winter Black Truffle Purée.

Romantic Memories of Old San Juan includes:

  • Vista accommodations
  • Complimentary Manager’s Reception, serving daily wine and hors d’oeuvres, at La Veranda Terrace
  • Signature tote bag
  • Bottle of champagne on ice, in your room
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Rose Petal Turndown


The Roxy Hotel – New York, New York

Celebrate with a little edge at The Roxy Hotel (formerly the Tribeca Grand). Snuggle up with a loved one at The Django, a new boozy, underground jazz club by cocktail gurus Vito Dieterle and Joseph Schwartz (Little Branch). In addition to the cocktail lounge, the hotel is offering the Rendez-vous at The Roxy package over Valentine’s Day weekend and guests are welcome to take advantage of champagne, chocolates and other romantic amenities at TriBeCa’s pioneer boutique hotel.

Rendez-vous at The Roxy package includes:

  • Early check-in at 12 noon
  • Champagne toast upon arrival
  • Romantic room setup with 4 piece lavender box of chocolates covered in caramel bites, a rose and a votive candle
  • Full American breakfast for two (from in-room dining or in the Lounge)
  • 2pm late check-out
  • Cocktails for two in the Lounge
  • Exclusive shopping discounts


Copamarina Resort and Spa: Guánica, Puerto

Retreat to the sublime shores of the Caribbean to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Copamarina Resort and Spa invites guests to book the exclusive Paradise is for Couples package including all the essentials for a romantic getaway in a luxurious tropical setting. Located in Guanica, just two hours from the bustling city of San Juan, Copamarina is a tranquil  and secluded oceanfront resort that stretches across 20 acres of lush tropical gardens. Boasting a pristine half-mile long beach fronting the Caribbean Sea, the hotel offers a wide range of accommodations, from deluxe garden and ocean view rooms to private luxury villas, at extremely affordable prices. Package starting from: $288.00, per room, per night.

The Paradise is for Couples Package includes:

  • Accommodations for two adults
  • Breakfast daily @ Las Palmas Restaurant
  • Welcome gift – Chocolate covered strawberries with sparkling wine
  • One Hour double Kayak ride
  • One dinner @ Alexandra’s Restaurant
  • One Relaxing Couples Massage – 50 minutes



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