We’ve all been through lots, and probably haven’t traveled as much as we would like in the past couple of years. That means when we do, we might want to splurge. And what better time than Valentines Day, when you can not only enjoy your getaway, but also get big points for doing so?
So here are a few terrific — frankly pricey — absolutely romantic getaways. Enjoy reading even if you don’t get to go, this year.
San Ysidro Ranch | Santa Barbara, CA
A romantic boutique hotel for over a century thanks to its intimate cottages, world-class service and setting in the Montecito foothills, this is where Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh exchanged midnight wedding vows on the grounds, and John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned in the cottage that now bears their name. And currently this is the area Megan and Andrew — and Oprah — choose to live.
The secluded Forbes Five-Star resort has meticulously landscaped grounds, 38 luxury cottages and offers award-winning dining, a year-round heated swimming pool, salon and spa, and access to 17 miles of hiking trails.
Customized romantic itineraries include sunset sailing, private yoga and sound meditation sessions, horseback riding and curated wine tastings from the best wineries in California. You can go big and book the new 50k splurge-cation package for the trip of a lifetime, for really big points.
Oil Nut Bay | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Virgin Gorda is known for “The Baths,” huge granite rocks strewn around tropical sands — to get the same feel, you’d have to travel to the Seychelles, so think of all the money you’re saving!
For privacy, and romance, Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda is only accessible by boat or helicopter, spread across 400 acres and entirely surrounded by the ocean. Guests stay in private villas custom-built into the island’s topography. Private chef dinners are available in-villa and on the beach along with romantic picnic spreads in secluded locales around the property.
Amenities include a beach club with three pools and a swim-up bar; Nova overwater restaurant and bar; wellness center; two heli-pads; equipment for kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling; and world-class dining options.
One special Romantic Getaway package includes a candlelit private beach dinner, turndown service with locally sourced flower petals, and a guided snorkel tour to see sea turtles.
Salmon Falls Resort | Ketchikan, Alaska
At the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s iconic Inside Passage, Salmon Falls Resort is 90 minutes from Seattle. The 51-room resort is known for its majestic setting and world-class salmon fishing. The natural splendor in the midst of the Tongass National Forest on Revillagigedo Island lends itself to reconnecting over private adventures.
The resort reopens for the 2022 season on June 1, but couples can book now. Luxury rooms are in a secluded area with terrific views of wildlife and water. Adventurous couples will love the scenic Floatplane Fishing Adventure or Salmon Roe & Wine Pairing.
Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
At the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula, just 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, this tranquil resort boasts ocean views from every suite, and a high-style vibe. Amenities include multiple restaurants, a luxury seaside spa with private beachfront cabanas, infinity pools, saltwater lagoon and a new Greg Norman Signature golf course.
Couples can book its Luxury Balinese Dinner, and includes waterfront views in a Balinese cabana and a gourmet candle-lit four-course meal accompanied by wine selected by the resident sommelier.
Low-key love birds can opt for the Glam Picnic by the Sea experience complete with a lantern-lit walkway, decorated arch, throw pillows and blankets, hors d’oeuvres and wine or champagne. And live music, if you wish.
Smyth Tribeca | New York, New York
Recently opening its doors in the heart of TriBeCa, Smyth Tribeca is understated and chic. A hundred well-appointed guest rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of downtown Manhattan, and spacious marble bathrooms.
In true downtown Manhattan style, The “Comeback Closet” personal shopping experience pairs guests with an Editorialist YX stylist for a consultation prior to arrival. The stylist will shop and curate looks based on your desired aesthetic. On the Editorialist app, you’ll access their personalized outfits in advance of your stay and pick and choose, and be greeted in your suite by rolling racks of hand-selected clothing and accessories — and a bottle of Champagne, of course.