While pagan fertility festivals and martyred saints are long gone, spending time with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day is here to stay. Whether your idea of romance is a cozy candlelit dinner a-deux, a twosome at a tropical paradise, or shredding powder with your honey, here are some ideas for your inner cupid:
Is your love adventurous? In Golden, BC, you can walk with the wolves at Wildlife Wolf Center or take a snowmobiling tour to a candlelit dinner location. Active couples can ski or snowboard in premium powder or try something new, like ice-climbing on falls with names like Pretty Nuts and The Asylum. Stay in The Eagle’s Eye Suites at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, one of the highest-altitude accommodations in North America. Start with a ride up the mountain in a deluxe, leather-lined gondola, top up with a personal concierge, ski instructor and chef. Starting from $2,283 (US $2,058) per suite per night.www.tourismgolden.com
Is your love exotic? Tropical flora and fauna and luxurious surroundings complement a lush setting in Costa Rica’s Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens. The surrounding rainforest and caves await with ziplining or spelunking options. Private verandas with volcano views are a perfect setting for some alone time, and the Nayara Springs Villas even have private thermal-fed spring plunge pools. The Romance in Paradise package starts at $1,834 (US $1,653) for 3 nights’ accommodation, full breakfast buffet daily, romantic dinners, hot stone massages and more. www.arenalnayara.com
Is your love glamorous? Badrutt’s Palace Hotel hosts royalty and the Hollywood elite on a regular basis so they know how to provide star treatment. Badrutt’s Palace offers an iconic location, exceptional service and fine restaurants such as Le Restaurant, Nobu and Chesa Veglia. Add a chauffeured Rolls Royce ride to the hotel, activities and events such as the St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow and Crazy Horse’s Parisian revue Forever Crazy, and you have the makings for a sophisticated holiday for glamorous couples.
The Love Your Love package at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel starts at $4,344 (US $3,916) for three nights’ accommodation and includes three romantic dinners, a spa treatment for two, and an exclusive candlelight pool visit. www.badruttspalace.com/en
Is your love cozy? Bask in the warm hot springs at Harrison Hot Springs and re-discover why you love spending time together. Venture out to the local shops and restaurants and discover this charming small-town with your favorite person in tow. If you are nature-inclined, take a jetboat tour to view wildlife, including stragglers left from the thousands of bald eagles that visit Harrison each winter. The Be my Valentine package at Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa starts at $379 (US $342) per night and includes one night’s accommodation, an elegant dinner, breakfast and sparkling wine upon arrival.
Author: Brought to you by Spectacular Ink.