Miami resorts set gaze on romantics

MIAMI BEACH -- The National Hotel and Fontainebleau Hilton here, along with the Sonesta Beach Resort on Key Biscayne, have their eyes on couples seeking a romantic getaway. The 152-room National created a three-night Moon Over Miami Ultimate Romance package available through May 31.

The plan, priced at $1,850 per couple, includes deluxe poolside accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers via limousine and champagne and flowers. Also included in the program are a massage for two, a moonlight cruise aboard a private yacht with hors d'oeuvres, daily breakfast and a three-course dinner.

A version of the package without the cruise is available for $1,450. Through Dec. 26, the hotel is touting rack rates of $199 for standard accommodations, $239 for oceanfront and $299 for deluxe poolside. All rates are per night, single or double, and exclude taxes and service charges. The National is a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts. For more information, call (800) 327-8370 or visit

The Fontainebleau Hilton's Romance package costs $279 per couple, per night, covering an oceanview room, in-room champagne, use of the health club and spa and a full breakfast from room service or the hotel's restaurant. For standard accommodations, the price drops to $249. Rates are in effect through Dec. 25. From Dec. 26 through April 30, the rates increase to $339 and $319, respectively.

With extra nights, clients buying lunch or dinner at the property get one entree free. Also, early check-in and late checkout can be requested. A hotel spokeswoman said that package rates are subject to change. Agents should call to verify the prices. For more information, call the property at (800) 548-8886.

At the Sonesta Beach, the Romantic Rendevous package is offered through Dec. 21 from $305 to $345 per couple, per night, depending on room category. Also included are champagne and strawberries on arrival, a full breakfast in the property's Purple Dolphin Restaurant, use of a cabana and a private dinner on the beach.

From Dec. 22 through April 30, the package increases to $395 to $445. As reported, the property also pays 20% commission on all sales booked by Dec. 15, regardless of travel date. For information, call (800) SONESTA.

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