If you’re tired of the winter weather and want to escape to a warmer climate for Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of island destinations for a romantic getaway. Here are a few suggestions for places where couples can go to turn up the heat on the most romantic day of the year.
The Honua Kai Resort and Spa in West Maui bills its location as “the most romantic place on Earth”, and while that marketing hype is debatable, there’s no doubt that Maui has a lot to offer couples seeking a relaxing vacation. While the resort doesn’t offer a specific package for the holiday, it does feature a number of activities such as snorkeling expeditions, zipline rides, and whale watching charter boat trips.
The Waikiki Plantation Spa’s Valentine’s Day package focuses less on outdoor activities and more on indulgent spa treatments. It includes a choice of two such treatments (options include massages, facials, manicures, and body polishes) along with a box of chocolates and an Aveda gift set.
The island of St. Lucia has a number of offerings for couples. The most elaborate is the Total Romance package at Anse Chastenet, which includes a Swedish massage for two and French champagne along with a wide variety of outdoor activities. Snorkeling is again one of the offerings, as are a tour of the nearby French colonial plantation of Anse Mamin, scuba diving, and a jungle biking trip.
Meanwhile, the Jade Mountain resort focuses on food, with special menus for the entire Valentine’s Day weekend. If a champagne and seafood breakfast buffet is your idea of the perfect start to a romantic day, then this is the package for you. The resort also offers cooking and massage classes on the day after Valentine’s Day.
Bermuda is also promoting itself as a destination for lovers, designating all of February as “Feel the Love Month”. The island has special walking tours and concerts throughout the month, along with chocolate tastings, a champagne and strawberries reception at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, and a “Love Train” tour of the city of Hamilton, all free of charge. There’s also a Couples Golf Tournament, though whether golf is a romantic activity is a matter of personal opinion.
The Naladhu resort in the Maldives goes beyond Valentine’s Day by offering its Island Romance package through March 31. It includes one night’s stay in either of the resort’s two styles of rooms: the Ocean House and the Beach House. (Both offer identical amenities, differing mainly in décor and proximity to the beach.) Complimentary breakfast, spa treatments, and a guided reef snorkeling trip round out the package.
If you don’t want to venture quite so far away as the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean, Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast, has several Valentine’s Day offerings as well. The Pavilion Lodge’s package includes a two-night stay, a candlelight dinner at the Catalina Country Club, a ferry ride, and a Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance at the Casino Ballroom. The resort also suggests that married couples take the opportunity to renew their vows while on their romantic vacation.
For couples who aren’t yet married and want to make Valentine’s Day even more special, the Catalina Beach House Hotel offers a wedding ceremony with live music and champagne. It even includes the option to obtain a marriage license at the hotel prior to the ceremony. Their package also includes the same ferry boat ride as the Pavilion’s, and a two-night stay.
Whether you decide to travel to an exotic destination or remain closer to home, an island vacation is the perfect opportunity for an intimate, romantic experience, and a sure-fire way to make Valentine’s Day a lot more exciting.