Saying 'I do' to over-the-top romance packages

Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

Few things say romance like a luxurious weekend getaway. And hotels are pulling out all the stops to lure travelers with one-of-a-kind and over-the-top options for Valentine's Day, which this year conveniently falls on a Saturday.

If the National Retail Federation is right, there will be plenty of takers. The group estimates Americans will spend $17.6 billion on Valentine’s Day, making it second only to Christmas in holiday spending.

For just over $20,000, the Ritz-Carlton Westchester in White Plains, N.Y., is offering The Perfect Proposal package that includes private ring shopping at Tiffany & Co. The overnight stay in the Ritz-Carlton Suite includes a private dinner, couples massage and champagne. The room package is $2,500, along with a $20,000 minimum spend at Tiffany’s.

Denver’s downtown Oxford and Crawford hotels are offering the Ultimate Valentine’s Weekend for $8,000, which includes two nights in a suite, a bottle of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Ace of Spades Champagne, a $5,000 shopping spree at John Atencio Jewelers with courtesy car service, two dozen roses, a couple’s massage and breakfast in bed each morning.

Chocolate more important than diamonds? The W Retreat & Spa on Puerto Rico’s Vieques Island offers hot-chocolate bath treatments in their suites’ oversized tubs. The resort is also selling Sneak Away for a Romantic Rendezvous, which includes a three-course dinner, daily breakfast for two, 50% off at the signature Away Spa, sunset champagne toasts and a 4 p.m. checkout. Starting rates are $630 per night.

In Cape Coral, Fla., the Westin has a $5,000 Presidential Package that includes accommodations in the resort’s top-floor, bi-level suite with panoramic water views. The package also includes rose petals sprinkled all over the master bedroom and Jacuzzi bath, a sunset dinner with premium champagne on the suite’s private balcony, breakfast in bed the next morning and an in-room couples massage. 

The W resort in Puerto Rico is the W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island; an earlier version of this article had an incorrect name for the property.

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