Resorts court couples with Valentine plans


ST. PETERSBURG BEACH, Fla. -- With much of the country in a deep freeze, officials at Florida resorts realize there's no better time to tempt travelers with warm getaways.

And, with Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's not too late to book weather-weary clients on a romantic sojourn:

• TradeWinds Island Resorts, which has three properties on St. Petersburg Beach, is marketing two Valentine's packages.

The Seaside Romance package -- available Feb. 13 to 18 -- includes accommodations for one night at either the Island Grand, the Sirata Beach Resort or the Sandpiper Hotel & Suites, and dinner for two at Bermuda's restaurant at the Island Grand or the Sirata's tropical Island Cafe.

The Island Grand is one of three TradeWinds Island Resorts offering Valentine packages. Prices per room, double, are $139 at the Sirata, $179 at the Sandpiper and $219 at the Island Grand.

TradeWinds also is offering the Bubbly Bed & Breakfast package, which includes one-night's accommodations at one of the three properties, a moonlight gondola cruise, full breakfast for two and champagne upon arrival.

The plan is priced at $235 for the Sandpiper, $269 at the Sirata and $319 at the Island Grand.

Both packages include the Explorer Value Pass, which entitles guests to parking; aerobics classes; paddleboats and beach cabanas; and unlimited local and credit card access phone calls. Commission for both plans is 10%.

For more information, call (866) 587-8538 or visit the Web at

• Noble House Hotels and Resorts' Ocean Key Resort in Key West is offering a Suite Dreams package.

The program includes two nights' accommodations; daily breakfast and cocktails for two; one room-service dinner; aromatherapy beads; and champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival.

The plan is priced starting at $663 per room, plus tax. Commission is 10%. For more information, call (800) 328-9815 or visit

Meanwhile, Noble House's LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples is promoting a Valentine's package called Sunset, Strawberries and Champagne.

It includes two nights in a room with private balcony, a half-hour massage and champagne and strawberries delivered to the room.

The package starts at $459 per room. For details, call (800) 237-6883 or visit

And Noble House's Grove Isle Hotel & Club in Miami is featuring a Romantic Retreat package, which includes two nights' accommodations, turndown service, an in-room massage for two, breakfast in bed, and Valentine's dinner in the room.

The package starts from $1,309 per room.

For more information, call (800) 88-GROVE or visit

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