Long Weekend Getaways for Valentine's Day
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (TheStreet) -- With Valentine's Day falling on a Monday this year, it's an ideal time to indulge in a long weekend that can put a bit of sexy back into your nuptials. But with New Year's just behind you and summer vacation planning on the horizon, you may be hesitant to indulge in a pricey getaway. Luckily, a few hotels have rolled out red carpet specials or waived minimum night requirements just in time for the weekend, putting a perfect price on sweeping your loved one away on a Valentine's Day getaway.
Go to the other St. Barts
You've been lovers of St Barts forever, but every now and then you desire a Caribbean experience that's a bit more removed and quiet. It's called Anguilla, and for now it's the closest you can get to untouched luxury and deserted beaches in the West Indies. Viceroy Anguilla is perhaps the best known of any new Caribbean hotel, jutting from a rocky perch above Barnes and Meads Bay within a stunning white architectural complex of pools and open pavilions. A natural preserve of 35 acres surrounds a lobby of exotic stone floors and lounge arrangements of petrified wood. The stylish staff looks like Kelly Wearstler herself just tilted the brim of each fedora to a stylish perfection.
|The Viceroy Anguilla offers a removed and quiet version of romantic St. Barts.|
Viceroy Anguilla has far more of a tropical flair than Viceroy properties in Miami and Southern California. Airy architecture and alcoves arranged in '50s Italian modern furnishings lead to visually fun spaces like the Sunset Lounge, or an indoor-outdoor bar where DJs spin to the clink of mojitos and margaritas at an adults-only pool. Spa lovers can slip away to a two-story hideaway with oceanfront couple's treatment rooms, signature massages and yet another pool. The hotel's 166 rooms are impeccably decorated with four-poster canopy beds and whimsical living areas, and there's a selection of private villas that define one of the best-priced luxury values you'll find on Anguilla -- or in the entire Caribbean.Put a ring on it in London
The combination of low-season airfares and seasonal specials make flying to London cheaper during winter months. Once on the ground, hightail it to the Sanderson, where all the details of a romantic getaway have been sorted in the center of London. Visitors arrive to a landmark '50s building reinterpreted by Phillip Starck's version of a Jean Cocteau dream world. Surrounding the hotel is a candlelit courtyard garden that oozes of romance even when it's not Valentine's Day; Suka eatery specializing in Malaysian cuisine with a modern edge; and hotspot lounge ideal for party-minded couples that has entertained everyone from Victoria Beckham to Kate Moss. To fight off the jet lag, book a couple's massage. The massive Aqua Spa features a couple's treatment suite cocooned in white drapery and uses a signature body and facial treatment using Natura Bisse products -- with actual, ground-up diamonds. Rooms are a vision of white with silver-leaf beds floating in the middle of loft-style spaces and wallless bathrooms with soaking tubs drawn with rose petals on demand. Afterward, head to the Purple Bar, bypassing the line through the VIP velvet rope, where your private table awaits with a "Proposal" cocktail that can be served with a chilled bottle of Dom Perignon, Baccarat sipping flutes and even a Stephen Webster-designed engagement ring of choice.
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