Hotels bring out the bling and bubbly for Valentine's

A table for two overlooking the lobby bar at Indigo in the One Aldwych hotel in London. Photo Credit: Rebecca Tobin
Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

About the only thing more predictable than the annual predictions about travel trends and hot spots is the yearly competition among hotels to offer the most romantic, unusual and over-the-top Valentine's Day packages.

This year's offerings don't disappoint, with everything from private screenings of romantic movies to a million-dollar I Dos package complete with a $500,000 engagement ring.

Romantic films seem to be the theme in London, where two hotels are offering private viewings for lovers. At The Berkeley, guests can rent out the rooftop terrace that overlooks Hyde Park for an intimate screening of classic, romantic films, while cuddled up in feather duvets. The One Aldwych offers a Film & Fizz experience that includes a private screening of  the Audrey Hepburn classic "Breakfast at Tiffany's," accompanied by champagne and popcorn and followed by a British-style, three-course dinner in at the hotel's Indigo restaurant and an overnight in a suite.

In Jamaica, guests at The Caves in Negril can dine in a private cave strewn with fresh flower petals and more than 100 candles, while those at Ian Fleming's GoldenEye in Oracabessa Bay have the chance to book private sunset cocktails at Firefly.

A statue of Noel Coward in front of his old home, Firefly, overlooking Oracabessa Bay.
A statue of Noel Coward in front of his old home, Firefly, overlooking Oracabessa Bay. Photo Credit: Arnie Weissmann

Still, nothing says Valentine's like a diamond or two, and hotels around the world are offering a host of creative proposal and jewelry shopping packages.

In Denver, the Crawford and the Oxford each are offering packages ranging in value, including two that include Dom Perignon, spa treatments and gift certificates from $3,000 to $7,5000 at to John Atencio jewelers.

In Charleston, S.C., Belmond Charleston Place's My Sparkly Valentine package, beginning at $6,100,  includes a $5,000 shopping experience at Croghan's Jewel Box, the oldest family-owned jewelry store in town, which could yield antique finds such as a one-carat Art Deco diamond ring or an 1850s freshwater pearl bangle.

In Palm Beach, Fla., the Brazilian Court Hotel has a $24,000 four-night stay in its Hepburn Suite that includes welcome bottles of Ace of Spades Gold Brut Champagne with 24 karat-gold monogrammed champagne glasses, a gold-plated picture frame and photo session, dinner at Cafe Boulud's Specialty Chefs Table, featuring gold in every course and a $10,000 shopping spree at Cartier.

The Crawford opened in July 2014 as part of Union Station’s $54 million renovation and redevelopment.
The Crawford opened in July 2014 as part of Union Station’s $54 million renovation and redevelopment. Photo Credit: Danny King

For those who want to guarantee their significant other can't say no, Rosewood Sand Hill in Silicon Valley has put togher the Million I Dos package, valued at $1 million, which includes a custom $500,000 engagement ring from Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, roundtrip jet transportation, a two-night stay in the property's Presidential Villa, a proposal photoshoot on-site, dinner for two at the hotel's Michelin-starred signature restaurant, Madera, and an engagement party planned by the experts at Colin Cowie Celebrations.

The Montage Kapalua Bay will work with couples on their private proposal setting, which includes an empty jewelry box, then whisks them away by private helicopter to Harry Winston jewelers on Oahu to pick out the perfect ring. The three-night package (called Love is in the Air) in an oceanview penthouse starts at $20,000 -- not including the price of the ring.

And the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas has a $620,000, four-day weekend engagement package, which  includes private luxury jet transportation from anywhere in the U.S., a $500,000 custom diamond engagement ring from Bellusso Jewelers, a personalized dinner by executive chef Sydney Jones, a $7,000 bottle of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Champagne and an onsite photographer to capture the main event inside a 3,000-square-foot penthouse full of rose petals, chocolate and champagne

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