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5 Ultimate Valentine Getaways: What's Not to Love?

by Matthew Wexler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Feb 4, 2015

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." Oscar Wilde

Are you looking to whisk your loved one away for a romantic weekend? Or do you have an engagement ring tucked away and you're looking for the ultimate spot to pop the big question? EDGE has scoured our favorite destinations for five unique properties that embody love in all its glory.

So redeem those frequent flier miles, use up those vacation days, and don't forget to pack Cupid's arrow.

The Kemble Inn, Lenox, MA
A stunning Gilded Age mansion provides the backdrop for a romantic weekend at The Kemble Inn. The stunning 12,000-square-foot property offers a charming juxtaposition of historical architecture and modern touches, including a heavy dose of Ralph Lauren accents.

This Valentine's Day, slip away for the weekend with your loved one to Kemble Inn. Indulge in a complimentary chilled bottle of Champagne, complimentary dining for two with a bottle of wine, red roses, locally hand-made chocolate truffles and enjoy daily breakfast in-suite by your wood-burning fireplace.


The St. Regis Mexico City
For cosmopolitan travelers, The St. Regis Mexico City is offering couples and friends a mix of romantic and festive experiences to celebrate the day of love:

For couples seeking a truly over-the-top experience, the indulgent Love is in the Air package includes accommodations in the romantic St. Regis Suite - the hotel's exquisite presidential suite, a journey above the clouds aboard the hotel's house helicopter, a delectable amenity of strawberries and champagne, romantic dinner for two at J&G Grill, couples massage at Remède Spa, and choice of breakfast in bed or at the hotel's signature Diana Restaurant.

Chef Maycoll Calderón of J&G Grill has prepared two special menus for friends and couples celebrating Valentine's Day. Couples on a romantic retreat can indulge in the "Love" menu featuring exquisite dishes such as Salmón Curado con Soya, Samosas de Pollo Especiadas, and Filete Mignon a las Brasas. For those traveling with friends, the "Friendship" menu is the perfect choice offering a selection of dishes like Atún Rasurado, Pizza de Aguacate, and Pastel de Chocolate Caliente.


Hotel Palomar Chicago
Couples that yoga together, stay together! Surprise your loved one with something truly unique this Valentine's Day. Book Hotel Palomar's "Yoga For Lovers" package and enjoy not one, but two yoga sessions at the hotel led by local yoga studio, Zen Yoga Garage.

On Valentine's Day get in-tune with your significant other with Zen's Partner Yoga +Thai Yoga Massage class followed by wine hour before you enjoy your plans for the rest of the evening. Wake up the next day with Zen's Morning Recovery Yoga and mimosas before you check out.

The package includes deluxe accommodations, champagne welcome amenity, partner yoga + Thai yoga massage, morning recovery yoga + silent partner meditation (followed by mimosas!), $50 in-room dining credit and late check out.


InterContinental Hong Kong
This coming Valentine's Day, InterContinental Hong Kong provides an electrifying venue to ignite romance. On Saturday, February 14, the hotel's award-winning restaurants, three of which are Michelin-starred, are all featuring special Valentine's Day menus, highlighted by superb cuisine, attentive yet discreet service and dramatic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island's impressive skyline.

The hotel's three Michelin-starred restaurants, SPOON by Alain Ducasse, THE STEAKHOUSE winebar + grill and Yan Toh Heen, as well as NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong will all be offering romantic set dinners for two, with pre-fixed menus featuring such delicacies as Blue Lobster, assortments of fine Sushi, Jumbo King Prawns, Australian Wagyu Striploin and Tuna Toro, with an array of sweets to finish off the night. Guests looking for an alternative to the traditional Valentine's Dinner are invited to try the property's acclaimed Harbourside restaurant, which will be featuring an elaborate Seafood and Sushi buffet.

Guests looking to relax with their loved one can do so with I-Spa Pearl of Love Indulgence for Two, a rejuvenating and romantic experience in the privacy of the spa's Couple's Suite. The treatment includes a 30-minute relaxing Jacuzzi Aroma Bath, followed by a 30-minute Organic Sugar Body Scrub and 60-minute Signature Organic Aroma Massage.

No Valentine's Day would be complete without the gift of flowers and guests are invited to the hotel's NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong, where Naomi Suzuki, a Japanese floral designer will be teaching the art of creating preserved floral arrangements allowing everyone to make something especially for their beloved. The class includes a light breakfast with coffee and pastries as well as a 6-course NOBU lunch following the class.


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Providing welcome relief from winter's wrath, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the award-winning resort in warm, sunny Scottsdale, is offering couples a chance to turn up the heat this Valentine's Day Weekend with its Sweethearts Sanctuary escape. Paired with dinner by Executive Chef Beau MacMillan at elements restaurant, the lover's holiday will be filled with sun-kissed romance.

One of the country's most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa.

Available Feb. 13-16, 2015, the Sweethearts Sanctuary package provides 10% off two night's room and tax, a 60-minute Couples Massage or choice of two 60-minute treatments at the intimate Sanctuary Spa, Valentine's Day dinner at the award-winning elements and a romantic rose petal turndown. A food lover's delight is in store for Valentine's Dinner, served both February 13 and 14.



Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Style and Travel Editor. More of his writing can be found at www.wexlerwrites.com. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.


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