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.|
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.
It's not the most obvious hotel in Sonoma, home to ritzy California resorts such as Calistoga Ranch, but Les Mars is undoubtedly one of the most romantic. This little-known jewel of glamour was opened in 2005 by David and Sarah Mars and recently bought by Bill Foley, chairman and former CEO of Fidelity National Title. (Foley is also owner of the nearby 1,300-acre Chalk Hill Winery and several other California-based wineries, including Firestone Vineyards near Santa Barbara). The hotel is is in downtown Healdsburg, at the very north edge of Napa Valley just 60 minutes north of San Francisco. The hotel is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection, meaning visitors will be treated to a grand lobby with spiral staircase and arrangement of 17th and 18th Century antiques on imported marble floors. In a region that prefers edgy architecture and rustic eclecticism, Les Mars is a postcard of old Europe, with guest rooms arranged along two floors and even entry-level categories offering gas fireplaces, marble bathrooms and four-poster, king-size beds topped with hand-pressed Italian linens. Mornings are spent walking the village and holding hands over espressos at Costeaux French Bakery, while evenings are spent at the in-house Cyrus Restaurant, the area's only two-star Michelin eatery, and enjoying its dazzling prix fixe dinner feast by Chef Douglas Keane. It rivals even French Laundry. America's sexiest desert resort
Junkies of the Aman luxury resort line will be happy to learn of its newest, Amangiri, which debuted near Lake Powell in southern Utah in late 2009. The ancestral home of the Navajo and Hopi tribes has given way to the latest it-spot destination of luxury seekers and fashion moguls such as Michael Kors, who was so inspired he used Amangiri as a muse for his 2011 Resort collection. Since being profiled by Vogue and other fashion mags, Aman has been a boon for local businesses, such as Great Lakes Aviation, which has been inundated with interest as the only commercial aviation company to offer service to nearby Page Airport from Denver or Phoenix by turbo prop. This architectural wonder of flat-roof, post-and-beam architecture sits among geological wonders, the Grand Staircase and Escalante National Monument. First glimpses of the resort come along a dusty road in a private Amangiri SUV, which takes visitors to the central pavilion and its L-shaped pool, built around a 100-foot jagged rock formation, where much of the communal activities of the hotel take place. The resort is divided zig-zag style into two wings, allowing maximum privacy for its series of sexy guest pavilions and suites. All have sprawling, spalike designs built around gas fireplaces, private plunge pools and postcard-worthy views -- one of America's most exquisite resort settings, made even better on Valentine's Day. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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