Give a gift of a voyage on Ecoventura’s new M/V Origin
The Resort at Longboat Key Club features an award-winning Tennis Gardens complex
Lush gardens and hidden waterfalls say romance
While Valentine’s Day most often brings to mind candlelit dinners, red roses and boxes of chocolates, couples looking for a little more adventure should look to these hotels and resorts for inspiration. Couples can get their adrenaline pumping at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa - a luxury thermal springs and spa property steps away from Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano or gift their loved one a trip of a lifetime exploring the Galapagos Islands with Ecoventura. Check out some of these adventurous getaways, perfect for spicing up your relationship any time of the year!
Luxe & Local Valentine’s Day in Panama
Adventurous couples can have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day in one of Latin America’s most thriving destinations while making the stunning beachfront Westin Playa Bonita their home-base for the weekend. Minutes from the hustle and bustle of Panama City, Casco Viejo, and the Panama Canal, the resort offers excursions that put guests in close contact with the tropical rainforest, local wildlife and Panama’s rich history and local culture. After taking a behind-the-scenes tour of Casco Viejo led by ex-gang members from the once crime-filled neighborhood, couples can relax and reconnect with spa treatments, complimentary beach kayaks, and incredible suites that offer views of ships waiting to enter the Canal. Rates start at $245/night. For more info, visit www.westinplayabonita.com.
Romance in the Rainforest
This Valentine’s Day weekend, couples can get their adrenaline pumping at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa - a luxury thermal springs and spa property spread across 900 acres of natural reserve steps away from Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. After a day of daring activities such as zip-lining, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting, couples can soak in 100% natural thermal springs and cascading waterfalls, relax with spa treatments performed in open-air bungalows tucked away among the trees, and enjoy dinner in the middle of the tropical rainforest. Guests can book the resort’s Intimate Rainforest Experience package and receive 2 nights of accommodations, 1 in-room breakfast, 1 buffet breakfast, one 90-minute aromatherapy or hot stone couples massage, and one a la carte dinner at Los Tucanes restaurant. To book, call 1-855-TABACON.
Get “Hooked” on Love This Winter on Valentine’s Day
Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis invites couples to get "Hooked On Winter” this Valentine’s Day weekend with a VIP package that begins with a full-day guided ice fishing excursion that includes locally brewed beer and lunch, followed by dinner at MARIN Restaurant & Bar, where Executive Chef Mike Rakun prepares the day’s catch (ice-house to table!) with a romantic wine-pairing dinner in the restaurant’s private cellar. To rev up the romance even further, warm up with a nightcap in your penthouse suite, which features original contemporary artwork and a 600 square foot wraparound balcony offering unobstructed views of the city’s glittering urban skyline. To book, visit lemeridienchambers.com and select the Hooked on Winter package with promo code STEPKG1.
Gift The Trip of a Lifetime on Valentine’s Day
After a romantic day with your sweetheart, top it off by unveiling the ultimate gift - a breathtaking getaway to the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Ecoventura’s fleet of 20-passenger yachts delivers an up-close-and-personal journey for a couples' adventure. From diving with sharks and swimming alongside sea lions to watching the Blue Footed Boobies shake their feet in a mating dance and hiking through volcanic rocks, lovers can experience all the islands have to offer with Ecoventura’s seven-night itineraries. These include daily, personalized excursions led by two onboard, certified naturalists, and optional snorkel and kayak tours. For an added dose of luxury, gift a voyage on Ecoventura’s new M/V Origin, complete with Jacuzzi and open bar, debuting in February 2016. For more information, visit www.ecoventura.com.
Exotic Adventures in San Juan, Puerto Rico
What better way to rekindle the romance during Valentine’s Day than to get the heart racing and climb new heights together? In the heart of Condado, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino serves as a perfect home base for couples seeking a fun escape full of adventure. Getting the best of both worlds, guests can enjoy mouthwatering cuisine, picturesque views, prime beach access, and a lively atmosphere on-property and can venture off-property for adventures. Encouraging travelers to explore the area, the resort can arrange bike tours through historical, colorful Old San Juan, an exciting excursion to Toro Negro Rainforest for rappelling, hiking, and ziplining, as well as a one-of-a-kind kayaking trip to one of the island’s bioluminescent bays. After a day or night of adventuring through Puerto Rico, couples can retreat to the resort’s Red Coral Lounge for live music and salsa dancing. Rates begin at $169 per night.
Located in the Southern Caribbean, the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curaçao is home to over 35 cove-like beaches, stunning European architecture and year-round sunshine, making it the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day. While the island offers more than its share of romantic offerings that range from picturesque beaches and brightly colored buildings for photo-ops to cocktails along stunning waterfronts and private catamaran cruises, Curaçao is also a haven for off-the beaten track romance. For instance, adventurous couples can enjoy non-traditional romantic actives like riding ATVs across the island's rugged East Side, enjoying trademark cove beaches like Shete Boka, hiking Mt. Christoffel (Curaçao's highest point), or even venturing to the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao for a day. For more information, visit www.curacao.com.
Helicopters and Horseback Riding on Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlàn is a hidden gem in Guatemala, surrounded by three magnificent volcanoes and 12 charming indigenous Mayan villages. The adventure starts with a helicopter transfer to Casa Palopò, a private home turned luxury boutique hotel equipped with a private helipad. Couples looking for a thrilling getaway can choose to explore by boat and sail from the hotel’s private dock for a boat tour of the villages, or trek the Guatemalan Highlands with a hike up the 10,000-foot San Pedro Volcano, or a horseback ride through a coffee farm in Santo Tomas Perdido. After a day of adventure, unwind back at the property with a candlelit dinner al-fresco at the hotel’s 6.8 Palopò restaurant with sweeping views of the lake. Dubbed “the land of eternal spring” Guatemala is known for even temperatures with average highs in the 70s, making it the perfect destination for a romantic adventure.
Local Treats and a Magical Trek Through the Inca Valley
Set in what was once a 16th century convent, the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is the gateway to one of the world’s most magical places. Once there, daring couples can begin their romantic escape with a trek through the magical Machu Picchu. Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas with hikes, zip lines, and whitewater rafting. After a day of breathtaking sights, unwind in the city with a stroll through the tree-lined Plaza De Armas with the sparkling evening lights of the Andes Mountains as a backdrop. Back at the hotel, adventurous eaters can enjoy authentic local menus — Cuy (guinea pig!) and alpaca included — created by renowned Chef Rely Alencastre.
Ride the Waves of Love in Aruba
Looking for an adventurous getaway but don’t want to give up the romance and relaxation of the beach? This Valentine’s Day, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino invites you to ride the waves of love with your significant other on the One Happy Island. Through Vela Aruba, the resort can arrange for couples to try a new thrilling water sport, like kitesurfing and windsurfing, in a beautiful destination below the hurricane belt with incredible trade winds. Couples can also find adventure through another resort partner company, De Palm Tours, on off-roading jeep safaris on the rugged side of the island. For the ultimate romantic experience, book a stay in the resort’s luxurious, adults-only Tradewinds Club (complete with a private floor, lounge, and adults-only pool and bar) and treat yourself to a romantic toes-in-the-sand dinner at Atardi after a day of adventure. Rates start at $390/night and can be booked at www.ArubaMarriott.com. Rates begin at $269 per night.
A Couple Who Plays Together Stays Together / Sarasota, FL
Turn up the heat with your beloved this Valentine’s weekend on the stunning beaches of Florida’s west coast at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. The 410-acre playground boasts 45 holes of PGA-approved, championship golf and an award-winning Tennis Gardens complex, the resort is the perfect low-key getaway. Couples can engage in a little lover’s competition with the “Up Your Game” package offered on property that includes luxurious accommodations, unlimited afternoon golf at either Links on Longboat or Harbourside Courses, daily one-hour use of stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, or boogie boards per registered guest, and unlimited tennis play at Longboat Key Club’s renowned Tennis Gardens. Package starts at $359/night. Guests can book online or call 855.434.0484 with rate code: UPGAME.
Experience St. Kitts Like a VIP
Couples looking for a little island romance with a touch of adventure, can experience the island of St. KItts like a VIP. St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino is located in the Frigate Bay area of the island, just a 10-minute drive from the airport and capital city Basseterre. The golden sands of North Frigate Bay Beach, a championship golf course and the largest Vegas-style casino in the Caribbean help provide an unparalleled vacation experience. The VIP Experience package includes accommodations in a Royal Oceanview Suite or the Presidential Suite, arrival and departure service at the YU Lounge at the St. Kitts airport (service includes transportation from tarmac to YU Lounge in a luxury vehicle, access to full bar, snacks and expedited immigrations and customs processing), round-trip airport transfers, daily breakfast, express check-in and a welcome bottle of sparkling wine. St. Kitts Marriott is a perfect jumping off point for exploring all that St. Kitts has to offer - from the lush rainforests and historic sites to snorkeling, zip lining and catamaran sails. The resort also features a revitalizing spa, eight restaurants and two lounges, ideal for relaxing when guests aren’t out exploring the island. Rates start at $418/night and the package can be booked online using promo code P54 at www.StKittsMarriott.com or by calling reservations at 1-888-236-2427.
Get Intimate This Valentine’s Day
Adventurous Getaways for Daring Couples - Paradise by Marriott
Valentine’s Day is not that far away, which means it’s time to plan your next romantic getaway, but this time make it an adventurous one! Paradise by Marriott - the Collection of nine luxurious beachfront resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico - is revealing off-the-beaten path spots in each of its eight international destinations to check out while vacationing with your loved one.
JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa - boost your adrenaline levels on the off-road & ATV trails in the Cabo Pulmo National Park
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa - kayak along the Hidden Beach at Marietas Island
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort - swim with whale sharks at Quintana Roo
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa in Mexico - explore hidden caves & cenotes of Rio Secreto
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort - swim with hundreds of stingrays near the beach at Stingray City
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - discover the Arikok National Park and take a dip to cool down in its natural pool, Conchi
Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort - get to know indigenous wildlife at Turtle Cove
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino - hike to the top of Mt. Liamuiga (amazing views make the perfect selfie spot!)
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino - flyboard at Jan Thiel Beach
Learn to play polo in Barbados - VIP Style
This Valentine’s Day couples can escape to sunny Barbados, the Caribbean’s hidden gem known for its stunning beaches and luxurious feel. As a part of the new LX by The House package, couples staying at the chic 34-room beach pad will get the royal treatment. They’ll emulate William and Kate with a private polo lesson at the Apes Hills Golf & Polo Club, tucked away in the island’s lush, mountainous terrain. Under the careful guidance of former polo pros, they’ll gear up and learn basic trotting techniques before playing a mini “chukka” (aka one period of a polo game). Afterwards, they’ll be taken back to The House to relax by the beach where the attentive Service Ambassadors cater to their every need, whether that’s cool cucumbers for the eyes or a refreshing Bajan rum punch.
Whether you’d prefer to gear up and learn the basics during a polo lesson or trying a new thrilling water sport, like kitesurfing or windsurfing, you’re sure to find a special way to have an unforgettable romantic getaway with your special someone!