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Valentine Indulgence : This alluring Wine Country Valentine spa collection is loaded with Cru de Provence white tea and ginger bath salts, body butter, shower gel, foot soak, bath tea, soap, bath soak, back scrubber, bath mitt and more. A great gift to help them take time to enjoy this Valentine's day. Just think of the possibilities! $29.95
Indulge in Passion and Desire at JIN Patisserie
Jin's intoxicating cake creations are just as mesmerizing to look at, as they are to eat. Petite pastries abound with subtle, smooth, flavors and textures, like Desire made with Manjari chocolate mousse, vanilla creme brulee, crunchy feuilletine, and chocolate sponge. Passion is a combination of mascarpone passion fruit and fresh mango. Poire, French for pear, combines Pear William, dark chocolate mousse, and poached pear flambe.
And if you're really feeling generous, for her, top car choice is the eyepopping Pontiac Solstice. Curvacious and vivacious, it's also a must-buy for men who hug the straight and narrow. He'll love its stiff chassis and low-slung driving position, and you'll love its $23,190 pricetag. Share a sunset, then day-break, with the two-seater Solstice.
Get his spark on with a fire-engine red Hummer. Beefy, buff and seriously tough, your boy might get a bit boistrous if you surprise him with a 2006-model H3. You'll love its high-riding nine inches of ground clearance; he'll love its rear-slip differential. Price tag of $36,120 with satellite radio add-on makes this a great all-round package.
Created for her, and ultimately for you, X Rated Fusion Liqueur is a sensuous fusion of ultra premium vodka blood oranges, mango, and passion fruit. Serve this delicious liqueur chilled, on the rocks, or combine it with your favorite martini. With it's sexy pink color and beautiful bottle, it's sure to fit in perfectly with your Valentine's agenda. At all fine liquor stores. www.xratedfusionliqueur.com
I can't think of anything much more sensuous than chocolate covered strawberries on Valentine's Day. Shari's Berries are the world's greatest gourmet dipped strawberries. Created from only the finest ingredients and most succulent berries available, these luscious treats have earned the title of "The Unforgettable GiftTM" with the reputation of a gift that expresses incredible thoughtfulness as well as exceptional taste. They ship their products nationwide, year-round, and guaranteed. They are shipped overnight the day they are dipped and decorated.
Louis Roederer Champagne 750ml and one dozen berries:
Red Velvet Heart & TY Caressa Bear with One Dozen Fancy Berries:
1-877-BERRIES (877-237-7437) www.berries.com
Want to indulge in chocolate but not the calories? Why not do it with a calorie free treat that compliments a favorite bottle of champagne, decadent indulgence or special keepsake?
Chocolate Therapy Body Rejuvenating Collection: Includes: Tempest Truffle Exfoliating Body Scrub A multi-layered blend of chocolate and marshmallow that offers you a guilt fee mixture of your favorite dessert. Dulce De Leche Exfoliating Body Scrub - From the alluring opening to the captivating finish, this scrumptious blend offers a hint of sugar and caramel with the instant gratification that can be found in the exquisite dessert. Cocoa Cream Mint Exfoliating Body Scrub - This infusion of chocolate and invigorating peppermint essences will leave your skin vibrant and cool. $72.00
An Evening To Remember Collection. Includes: Cream De Lux Pure Moisture Body Wash - This invigorating body wash is a perfect blend of butter cream swirled with a hint of vanilla that pleasantly compliments Selona's chocolate inspired sugar body scrubs. Tempest Truffle Exfoliating Body Scrub and Cocoa Cream Mint Exfoliating Body Scrub. $46.00
Experience Selona and ultra-rich body care at www.selonabeauty.com.
On Valentine's Day, don't 'just show up' Shimmer like Magic. Shimmer Magic Skin Care Center uses the latest and most effective state-of-the-art non-surgical skin treatments including Laser technology designed to make your skin sparkle.
Let the Magic make you over. Special low Valentine's Day prices: Botox 10 units @ $70, Restylane dermal filler per syringe $375, Microdermabrasion (face) $70' through Feb. 28th. Shimmer Magic Beverly Hills (310) 289-9422
Overlooking the blue Pacific waters of Southern California the St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach beckons guests to indulge in luxury accommodations and personalized service at its breathtaking retreat. With their 'Valentine's Day Romantic Retreat' Package, couples can celebrate their love with a special romantic getaway. Fresh flowers and a bottle of chilled champagne await guests checking into one of the luxurious guest rooms.
A unique gift from Spa Gaucin is also provided for an added touch of sheer elegance. Couples can enjoy the beauty and extravagance of their guestroom while enjoying a private in-room breakfast or choose to dine out on the scenic veranda of Motif restaurant. The Valentine's Day Romantic Retreat package starts at $585 per night and is available February 5-19.
The Sweet Splendor couple's spa package is a delicious way to celebrate this romantic time of year. While relaxing near the crackling fireplace in an exclusive couple's spa suite, lovers will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience. The package will consist of a soothing aroma bath for two with homemade chocolates and fine wine; an energy balancing aroma sensory journey that will delight the senses and calm the soul; a 90-minute Swedish massage and finally a soothing scalp massage. Sweet Splendor is priced at $650 per couple and includes a special spa gift; available February 5-19, 2006.
To book packages or for more information, please call (949) 234-3200 or (800) 722-1543, or visit www.stregismb.com.
A Variety of Spa Packages Lure Lovers to Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. In Huntington Beach, Calif., from private therapeutic rose petal baths for two, to passion oil massages and sensual chocolate experiences, Pacific Waters Spa at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa is offering a variety of special packages at special rates from February 1 through March 30, 2006 in celebration of Valentine's Day.
Sea of Love Package: For lovers wanting to give their Valentine a unique head-to-toe experience that helps balance and rejuvenate the central nervous system, Pacific Waters Spa offers the Sea of Love Package. The package begins with a 50 minute Passion Oil full body massage that works to heighten senses when applied to the back, hands and feet. The treatment continues with a Sea of Life 50-minute facial. As the body inhales and exhales in a tide-like rhythm, a sense of floating and deep relaxation makes this an unforgettable experience. For Valentine's Day, this package, normally $265, is offered at $225.
Chocolate Body Bar: The aromatic and exotic scent of chocolate gives spa enthusiasts an overwhelming sensation of indulgence and sense of well-being. The Chocolate Body Bar Package features a luxurious 25-minute Chocolate Mint Scrub, followed by a 25-minute application of decadent Chocolate Massage lotion, leaving skin refreshed, vital and nourished. For Valentine's Day, this package, normally $130, is offered at $115.
Decadent Chocolate Pedicure: This decadent pedicure delights feet like an ice cream sundae soothes the soul. Feet are first cleansed with a rich cocoa cleanser, then exfoliated with a chocolate scrub and wrapped in a warm caramel hydrator. For Valentine's Day, this pedicure, normally $85, is offered at $75.
In addition to Valentine's specials, Pacific Waters Spa offers a broad menu of unique treatments inspired by the Southern California Coast to delight the most savvy spa vacationer. Nestled in a secluded courtyard, the 20,000 square-foot building evokes a seaside Mediterranean experience with architecture reminiscent of an elegant Spanish estate and an entrance highlighted by Koi ponds and flaming torches. The Pacific Waters Spa is open daily. www.huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com
From Pure Romance, the relationship enhancement specialists, there is the The H2'O' Valentine's Package that includes: Romance Bubbles - Gentle bubble bath and shower gel, infused with pheromones and champagne. The Pulsa Bath Ball - Vibrating loofah sponge for shower or bath massages and water adventures! Bed of Roses - Contains four tea lights, scented rose petals and invitation for your lover! $39.50. What's the perfect accessory for a lingerie look? Marabou slippers - of course! With a 2' heel, she won't need any help climbing on her pedestal but if she does, you can surely lend a hand. Imported. $39.50
And if you're feeling the pressure, Patty Brisbin, the CEO/founder of Pure Romance, shares some more insight into making this Valentine's Day the best ever:
Don't use Valentines Day as a Band-Aid to cover up your relationship wounds View it as a reminder for encouraging one other to work on your relationship.
Be happy with what you have. Too often society teaches us to hold out for the next best thing. Be careful not to take your relationship for granted.
Communicate - The gift of communication is more important than chocolate
Let your imagination run wild! Explore all of your erogenous zones discover new ones that you never knew existed.
Don't Stress There is enough stress in your everyday life. The celebration of love should be patient and joyful, not stressful.
Less is more. Keep your Valentine's Day focused on each other, rather than gifts.
Try exploring the depths of your sensuality.
Money can't buy happiness or love. Enjoy the intangibles.
Treat your beloved to a feast of aphrodisiacs. Anyone care for Oysters?
Put the icing on the cake with any Pure Romance product. For those sassy types,send your Valentine an email from our Wish List at www.pureromance.com.
And if you're single, all hope is not lost! Instead of relying on Cupid for Valentine's Day luck, you can check out a HurryDate party in the LA-area! Go on up to 20 real, live dates in one fun night out each just 4 minutes. Mark who you'd like to be your Valentine on your SCOREcard, and HurryDate will match you up. The rest is up to you to decide if you want to hang out for longer than 240 seconds.
Wednesday, February 1st (men ages 24-32, women 21-29)
El Guapo Cantina - 7250 Melrose Avenue
Wednesday, February 8th, (women 30-40, men 35-45)
The Bungalow Club - 7174 Melrose Place
***Tuesday, February 14th (men and women 25-35)***
El Guapo Cantina - 7250 Melrose Avenue
SANTA MONICA EVENTS
Wednesday, February 8th (men and women 25-35)
Wednesday, February 15th (women 30-40, men 35-45)
Busby's - 3110 Santa Monica Blvd.
Tuesday, February 21st (Gay men 21-39)
Wednesday, January 25th
310 Lounge - 3321 Pico Boulevard
SHERMAN OAKS/STUDIO CITY EVENTS
Tuesday, February 15th (women 30-40, men 35-45)
Tuesday, February 21st (men and women 25-35)
Clear Lounge - 11916 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
Doors open at 7:00 p.m., HurryDating starts at 7:30 p.m.
$37.00 - Includes drink specials!