If you're thinking of booking a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day, you'd better get crackin'. Lots of resorts, hotels and even flights fill up fast in mid-February, and if you don't move quickly, your only option might be dinner and a movie.
I've done a bit of scouting for you, and came up with a few sweet deals (rates don't include taxes or service charges, and some blackout dates may apply).
Los Cabos, Mexico - The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar’s Romance Package ($199/ night): Upon arrival, couples find strawberries, chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine in their deluxe rooms, which include a Jacuzzi and private terrace. Every morning, you'll be served a full, in-room American breakfast for two, and the tip is included. The package also includes a late, 4 p.m. checkout. Details: sheratonloscabos.com
Los Cabos, Mexico - The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos' Indulge Package ($259/night, 2-night minimum): Your ocean-view room comes stocked with sparkling wine, strawberries, and rose petals on the bed. Breakfast for two -- your choice of room service or a breakfast buffet -- is included each day, and a late, 4 p.m. checkout is allowed. Details: westinloscabos.com.
Various locations - Perfectly Paired, a new collection of 120 upscale hotels and resorts, has teamed up with American Express Travel to offer romantic getaway packages that offer these extras: daily breakfast in bed, private excursions (horseback riding, wine tasting, etc.) private poolside cabanas, private beachfront dinner, complimentary spa access, welcome amenities, resort credits and guaranteed early check in and late check out. Resorts include Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii; Westin St. John, US Virgin Islands;
Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico; Hotel de Crillon, Paris; The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma, Calif. Plus, if you book online with your American Express card, you'll get double Membership Rewards points. (Prices vary with location) Details: http://www.americanexpressvacations.com/perfectly_paired/
Turks & Caicos - The Sands at Grace Bay "Sweetheart Savings" Sale for couples and families (30 percent rack rate discount applicable for all room categories with no minimum stay requirements, for travel now through Feb. 18, 2011). In addition, there are two Romance Packages available: Fall in Love Again ($545 per couple) includes a chilled bottle of Champagne in your room upon arrival, 70 minute Swedish massage for two at the resort's spa and a couples sunset beach cruise. The Lasting Love package ($925 per couple) includes a chilled bottle of Champagne, fresh flowers and strawberries upon arrival, his and her's 70-minute Swedish massages, full scalp massages and mini reflexology treatments. Also included is a couples sunset cruise, a snorkeling beach cruise and round-trip airport transfers. Packages must be book by January 21. Details: thesandstc.com
Around the U.S.: Gaylord Hotels' Remember Romance 1-night package is valid at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Gaylord National near Washington, D.C., Gaylord Palms near Orlando, and Gaylord Texan near Dallas. Rates start at $269-272, depending on property, for a basic view room. The package includes a romantic welcome amenity upon arrival, breakfast for two, 20 percent off select spa services, self-parking and resort fee, which provides access to the fitness center and daily bottled water in your room. Details: gaylordhotels.com/romance.