Romance is Calling in the Distance...Long-Distance Valentine's Day Ideas

There are many wonderful offerings to delight the one who tugs at your heart this Valentine's Day. Romantic dinners, big heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, flowers...

        But maybe you want to do something extraordinary, something that will set her heart aflame and really make a case to show your heartthrob just how much you care. If so, some of these may just be the perfect alternative. And do check back, we will be adding even more choices...

Forget the drugstore chocolates and overpriced roses and make this Valentine's Day truly unforgettable with Eldorado Hotel & Spa's Chocolate & Roses with a Twist package, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The package offers lovebirds an indulgent, calorie-free Chocolate Mole Mud Wrap replacing the standard issue sampler and a steamy rose-petal bath offering memories that will last longer than the fragrance of the average 1-800-bouquet.  The one-night stay is priced at $619 per couple and is valid February 11 and February 12, 2006.  To keep the romance blossoming throughout the evening, the Chocolate & Roses with a Twist package also boasts two glasses of champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at the famed Old House restaurant topped off with a delicious dessert sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.  Guests will also have a choice of breakfast at the hotel's Eldorado Court or passionate duos can opt to feast on their morning meal in bed for a little extra alone time.  For reservations or information please visit www.eldoradohotel.com or call (800) 955-4455.

Cupid is coming to town and he is staying at Wynn Las Vegas.  For their first Valentine's Day, Wynn Las Vegas is taking the traditional flowers and chocolates to the next level with several romantic options for lovers.  From a day at the salon to a three course meal, the ultimate romantic gifts are available at Wynn Las Vegas.

Entertainment Packages:  L'amour Le Re've: This Valentine's Day weekend, enjoy one of the top shows in the Entertainment Capital of the World.  Price: $231 plus tax. Package includes two tickets to Le Re've, a split of champagne and a box of four chocolate covered strawberries from Frederic Robert.  Available for all performances from February 10-14, 2006.
 Q Loves You:  If laughter is the way to a lover's heart, then a night at the Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q is the perfect choice.  Price:  $212 plus tax. Package includes two tickets to Avenue Q, a split of champagne and a box of four chocolate covered strawberries from Frederic Robert. Available for all performances from February 10-14, 2006.

 Valentine's Day Entertainment and Dinner Packages:
 Le Re've Show and Dinner: This ever-popular package pairs a Valentine's Day dinner at one of seven acclaimed restaurants with tickets to the critically-lauded spectacular created by Franco Dragone, the man behind 'O', 'Mystere' and Celine Dion's 'A New Day.' The evening includes an exceptionally romantic three-course pre-theater menu at one of the following fine dining restaurants: Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare; Corsa Cucina and Bar;  Country Club A New American Steakhouse; Daniel Boulud Brasserie;  Okada;  Tableau or Wing Lei and two excellent seats to the aquatic spectacular Le Re've. Price: $395 per couple including tax and gratuity. Dinner at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. only.  Showtime is 7:30 pm

  'Q'-linary bliss:   Wynn's newest show and dinner package pairs a Valentine's Day dinner-for-two at one of seven stellar restaurants with two tickets to the Tony Award-winning smash hit Broadway musical, Avenue Q. The evening includes a memorable three-course pre-theater menu at one of the following fine dining restaurants: Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare; Corsa Cucina and Bar; Country Club A New American Steakhouse; Daniel Boulud Brasserie;  Okada;  Tableau or Wing Lei and two excellent seats to the groundbreaking production hailed as 'a breakthrough musical sexy, savvy and delicious!' by the New York Times, and 'jaw droppingly hilarious!' by Entertainment Weekly.  Price:  $350 per couple including tax and gratuity. Dinner at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. only.  Showtime is 8:00 p.m.  For available show times, please call 702-770-WYNN.  To book these Valentine's Day Show and Dinner packages please contact the Restaurant and Show Reservations Call Center at 702-770-DINE.

Treat your favorite someone to a Valentine's celebration in style. Millionaire's Concierge is a unique five-star concierge service devoted exclusively to luxury recreation.

    Try the 'Pretty Woman Package'. You can have a limo pick you up from South Florida (or anywhere!) and whisk you off to you awaiting private jet. Champagne and delictables are served as you fly to New York City, where a limo again picks you up and takes you to a sheik Manhattan restaurant. After that, you will go see a Broadway show, with the best orchestra seating. The limo picks you up and your awaiting jet brings whisks you back home. Millionaire's Concierge has become the preferred choice when traveling to and around the United States for business or pleasure. Los Angeles to Key West, custom itineraries span the spectrum of interest levels - from private yacht and Lear jet charters to hot air ballooning and private island getaways.(888) 749-7827 (888) SIX-STAR www.millionairesconcierge.com

During the month of February you can escape with your 'special valentine' to the tranquil shores of West End, Grand Bahama Island where the white-sand beaches are lined with hammocks, the sunsets are ultra-romantic and the popular local dish is known as 'the love potion of the ocean.' Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour is celebrating '28 Days of Valentines' during the month of February.  The resort has combined island romance and Bahamian charm in a value-added package to extend the celebration of Valentine's Day throughout the entire month.
 
From February 1 28, 2006 couples reserving any room or suite for a minimum of two nights at the resort will receive the following romantic amenities:
         A private and candlelight dinner for two on the beach - The gourmet dinner will be prepared by the resort's master chefs and will include the resort's signature West End Conch Salad.  West End is known as the 'Conch Capital of the World' and the sweet shellfish has a reputation as natural aphrodisiac or 'the love potion of the ocean.'
 
         A complimentary bottle of champagne
 
         Flower petal turn-down service The resort will prepare an elegant turn down amenity to enjoy with the one you love.

February rates at Old Bahama Bay begin at $279 for a junior suite and $659 for a two bedroom suite.  Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour features 49 elegantly decorated suites set within cottages along a private beach.  The resort includes a state-of-the-art marina, two restaurants and a beach bar and grill, some of the areas best snorkeling including seven custom-designed snorkel trails, festive guest 'celebrations' and much more. For more information or reservations call 1-800-572-5711 or visit www.oldbahamabay.com.

This Valentines Day do Love Las Vegas Style with JetAway.com. JetAway.com is offering the ultimate Valentines Day weekend travel experience 'Love Las Vegas Style'. For just $2,100, amorous adventurers can treat their Valentine to a weekend in Paris-Las Vegas that is. 

'This Valentines Day getaway is in response to our travel consumers' increased interest in the overall travel experience to complement their flight and lodging arrangements,' said Lisa Lutz of JetAway.com, 'Our Las Vegas-based travel specialists service requests to suit all budgets-from $40 per night rooms to over-the-top sojourns replete with rose petals and wedding arrangements.'

JetAway's 'Love Las Vegas Style' travel package includes a 3-day, 2-night stay in a luxurious suite at Las Vegas' Paris Hotel and Casino, chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of Maet & Chandon champagne, dinner-for-two overlooking the Strip at the top-rated Eiffel Tower Restaurant, an in-room couples' massage, breakfast in bed and a gift certificate for the lingerie store Agent Provocateur, as well as an optional Las Vegas wedding.

'The Love Las Vegas Style package is one of the many unique travel experiences we are able to offer our customers.  It's the perfect package for couples to enjoy the romance of Las Vegas,' said Lisa Lutz.  For more details on this package, just log on to JetAway.com or call 1-888-700-VEGAS and ask for the Love Las Vegas Style Package.

Does the apple of your eye have an eye for art? How about two tickets to the Santa Fe, New Mexico 9th annual 2006 ARTfeast?  Santa Fe, New Mexico's 9th annual ARTfeast, is once again the premier vacation destination for collectors and connoisseurs interested in a winter weekend of art, wine and food.  Santa Fe is the nation's 2nd largest art market. The Santa Fe Gallery Association is hosting this not-to-be-missed, lavish winter weekend of fine art, fine wine, fine dining and fine homes from February the 23rd through the 26th, 2006.  The art festival activities include the enormously popular Edible Art Tour, where approximately thirty of Santa Fe's top galleries partner with well-known local restaurants to offer a night of art and gourmet food.  Participants can view and purchase fine works of art from the galleries' special exhibits and enjoy samplings of the great foods from Santa Fe's finest restaurants.

Santa Fe Hotels and Inns Offering Special Discounts for the long weekend of ARTfeast, including the El Dorado Hotel, above.  The pristine beauty and warm ambience of Santa Fe's magnificent winter landscape are the backdrop for special exhibitions and events celebrating the range and depth of the region's fine and culinary arts. 

Tickets can be purchased for these events at www.artfeast.com or by calling (505) 603-4643 code 110. Detailed information on individual events, the weekend ARTfeast package and hotel specials can also be found at the website.

With Valentine's Day falling mid-week this year, business meetings and dinners may keep loved ones away from each other on this special night.  So road warriors won't have to go home empty handed during the season of love,  at The Westin New York Times Square is offering a special 'Love on the Road' Valentine's Day package complete with $50 gift card to Victoria's Secret and a box of chocolates.  The one-night package, which is priced at $379, also includes a complimentary phone call home for guests to tell their sweetheart they are missed. *  The 'Love on the Road' Valentine's Day package is available throughout the month of February, since the 14th shouldn't be the only day to show you are thinking of a loved one while on the road.  When booking ask for the ROMANCE rate plan. For reservations, call 1-888-627-7149.  For information on The Westin New York at Times Square, visit the award-winning web site, www.westinny.com.

If you're in the mood for a rustic Valentines, the very hip boutique Galisteo Inn is in a picturesque village in Santa Fe County, NM. Galisteo is full of classic New Mexican architecture of adobe structures, set against low rock walls and beautiful, huge cottonwood trees. Galisteo's golden sky and prairie have become home and inspiration for many world-famous artists. In addition, many movies are filmed in and around the area.

Galisteo means "village of many names" and is now inhabited by some two hundred people of many nationalities. The Galisteo Inn has recently been re-furbished in a vibrant mix of old tones and new colors and is a welcoming and beautiful place for a weekend retreat. The Galisteo Inn is offering a Valentine's special which includes 1 night b&b for 2 people, 1 glass champagne each, 1 bottle of wine at dinner at the hotel's fabulous La Mancha restaurant, with chef Enrique Guerrero, who was the personal chef for the President of Mexico for four years. Especially for Valentines the Galisteo Inn will honor the offer the week-end before and after Valentines. $250 Galisteo Inn 866-404-8200  www.galisteoinn.com

If you think a drive up the coast is cozy and romantic, then rose petals on the pillow,

 mating game competitions and heart-shaped popsicles are among amorous indulgences awaiting couples on a Valentine's getaway to Monterey.  Several area hotels will offer romantic packages, including everything from fireplace rooms to long-stemmed roses to homemade chocolates. The "Sweetheart Package" at Bernardus Lodge, for example, offers chocolate truffles and rose petal turndown along with a bath butler service where couples experience a specially drawn romantic bubble bath complete with body oil, candles, champagne and heart-shaped popsicles.  A number of Monterey County restaurants also put together special Valentine's Day menus each year.  www.bernardus.com

Lovebirds can raise their glasses in celebration the weekend after Valentine'sDay during the annual Wine Passport Weekend (Feb. 17-19, 2006). Guests pick up a wine "passport" and explore Monterey County's top wineries and tasting rooms, complete with live entertainment, food and wine sampling and prizes.  For information and tickets, call 831-375-9400. Couples might also take a walk on the wild side and play The Mating Game at Wild Things (February 4, 10, 11 and 14).  It's a fun-filled evening exploring the coupling behaviors of the animal kingdom, including elephants, black bears, lions and tigers on site at Wild Things' animal facility.  The event includes hors d'oeuvres, chocolates and the chance to take a photo with asurprise animal - one that has a more obscure mating behavior than any of the others.  In addition, each night one couple wins a stay at the adjacent Vision Quest safari-style B&B.  Each Mating Game takes place from 7-9:30 p.m. and admission is $45 per couple/$25 per person.  Reservations are required at 831-455-1901.  www.wildthingsinc.com

Valentine's Packages 2006 at The Day Spa at Serenity Gardens.

The Day Spa at Serenity Gardens in the charming village of Corrales, New Mexico, is just minutes northwest of Albuquerque, but a world apart. Our natural spa offers massage, facials, body wraps, natural nails, and other treatments to help clients feel and look their best.

Enjoy the serenity of the bosque in this beautiful day spa. Generous
treatment rooms in our adobe building, beautiful light, aromatherapy, cool gardens, and mystical labyrinth are only the beginning when you step inside. The Day Spa at Serenity Gardens is built on the principle of providing a nurturing, natural environment for our clients. A place away from the demands of a hectic lifestyle.

 

Serenity Love (Couples Package), 3 Hours       $400.00

Spend the day together!  Soothing, detoxifying Herbal Body Wraps, followed by Serenity Facials, and 90-Minute Classic Massages.  Enjoy Serenity Gardens' unique couples rooms where the services come to you!
               

Serenity Valentine, 4 Hours $185.00

Special for her- a head-to-toe spa experience!  Start with a relaxing Serenity Facial, followed by a 60-Minute Classic Massage, and a Classic Manicure and Pedicure. 

Serenity Sweetheart, 2.5 Hours $165.00

The perfect way to say 'I love you!'  A relaxing Serenity Facial, a detoxifying, soothing 30-Minute Herbal Wrap, and a 60-Minute Classic Massage.

Serenity Heart, 2 Hours  $138.00

Look your best for Valentines Day with a Mini Facial, Herbal Body Wrap,
60-Minute Classic Massage.

Spoil your man with Valentine's Spa Treatments for Men:

More men are choosing to go to a spa to help take care of their skin.
Better care of the face can mean fewer ingrown hairs, blemishes and other skin irritations.   Our products are specifically formulated for the male complexion with a masculine fragrance.

Serenity Man Package, 2.5 Hours          $210.00

Steamy Hot Towel Treatment is the ultimate pampering experience.  This treatment combines the relaxation of reflexology and a soothing facial designed specifically to meet your facial needs.  Purify, hydrate and revitalize your skin while you bring your body back in to balance.  Our 90-minute massage will help increase circulation and warm muscles, while relieving minor aches and pains.

Call:      (505) 899-5707   www.serenitygardensnm.com

How about an impromptu trip oversees to London, U.K.? For those who want to spirit their Valentine away for Cupid's infamous weekend, Dukes Hotel has the perfect package for a romantic getaway just for two. Occupying its own courtyard in a quiet corner on St. James's Place between Mayfair and Green Park, Dukes Hotel is an award-winning, privately-owned luxury property that is just the right setting for couples.  This classic stylish hotel is ideally situated for London's finest restaurants, most fashionable shops, galleries, theatres and museums. Priced at £385* per night and offered from February 10 through February 14 2006, the 'London Romance' package includes:

    Accommodation in a Classic room, double occupancy
*     Full English breakfast for two
*     A bottle of Champagne in room upon arrival
*     Chocolates and flowers in  room upon arrival
*     Two Chocolate Martinis  at the renowned Dukes Bar
*     A 50-minute spa treatment per person (appointments to be made at time of booking; spa is closed on Sunday)

Approximately U.S. $683.87.  Price is inclusive of VAT and service charges and subject to availability.  Dukes Hotel is located at 35 St. James's Place, London, SW1A 1NY, United Kingdom.  The hotel can be contacted by telephone at: 011 44 207 491 4840; fax at: 011 44 207 493 1264; toll free from the US at: 1 800 381-4702; e-mail at: [email protected]; www.dukeshotel.com.

Situated on an ancient lava flow on Keauhou Bay, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa is located on 22 lush oceanfront acres on Hawaii's Big Island. The hotel boasts 521 spacious guestrooms and suites featuring the ultra-comfortable Sheraton "Sweet Sleeper" beds, and resort-wide wireless internet access. The resort's Romance Package is designed for couples seeking a balance of fun and relaxation on Hawaii's largest island. In addition to accommodations, the package includes daily buffet or room service breakfast for two, 30-minute Ho'ola Spa couple's massage and 25 minute Jacuzzi, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries welcome amenity and daily mai tai reception at Crystal Blue. Requiring a four-night minimum stay, the package price of $345 for Deluxe Ocean Front view is per night, per room, and is based on double occupancy.

Guests can enjoy snorkeling, surfing, hiking and bicycling tours conducted by local experts. The multi-level Manta Ray Super Slide & Pool and 200-foot-long lava tube waterslide are designed for all day fun in the sun. The resort's one-of-a-kind Manta Ray Experience adds an indelible and cherished memory to the visits of many guests who enjoy watching these mesmerizing animals. Ho'ola Spa offers indoors or ocean side patio Hawaiian-inspired treatments focusing on health and wellbeing. A convention center, daily children's program, shopping and irresistible dining options make Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa an obvious choice for any traveler.

For individual traveler reservations, contact Starwood's toll free reservations line at 1-888-488-3535, email [email protected], or visit www.starwoodhotels.com/hawaii. For Ho'ola Spa information and reservations, contact the Spa at 808-930-4848 or visit www.sheratonkeauhou.com.

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