the language of love

January 26th, 2009

Fortunately for lovers looking to get away for the long Valentine’s Day weekend, love is a language spoken all over the world. For those who’ve had a hard time deciding which hemisphere to celebrate in, there are plenty of last-minute options that will suit any taste.

Spa Cottage at Parrot Cay

Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

Why: Beautiful villas, miles of white sand beaches, and clear blue seas

What: Relax, regroup, and reinstate the romance on Parrot Cay’s private island. For an even more intimate retreat, rent the COMO Shambhala Cottage and share spa treatments and a Valentine’s Day dinner of seafood and caviar

How Much: Rates start at $775 per night; the Cottage is available for $200 for four hours and $350 for eight hours

Insider’s Tip: Experience a Caribbean sunset from the water and toast the end of the day with a glass or two of wine – the perfect sundowner

Crystal Cruises, Caldera to Miami, February 5-16

Why: Cocktails on the verandah as the blue seas of the Caribbean slip by

What: Spend Valentine’s Day being spoiled by Crystal: dinner at Silk Road or white-glove in-room service; dancing in the Starlight Lounge or snuggled up in the corner of the Avenue Saloon as a pianist plays a romantic set

How Much: Fares start at $5990 per couple plus port charges (about $550 per couple)

Insider’s Tip: Stay on in Caldera to experience nature trails and ocean eco-systems. During jungle walks and snorkeling excursions, keep an eye out for spy monkeys, macaws, stingrays, and reef sharks

Royal Oak Foundation

Why: Pints at the village pub, wide-open fields, and rolling hills

What: Choose from over 360 cottages from the Cornish coast to the Yorkshire dales

How Much: Cottages start at $415 for the week

Insider’s Tip: Our pick – The Birdcage in Port Isaac, Cornwall. Nestled among the old cottages of Port Isaac, this 200-year-old house offers the ideal love nest with cozy rooms and a staircase only a little over a foot wide

Anantara Koh SamuiThailand

Why: White sandy beaches, private yacht sunset cruises, champagne toasts, rose petal baths in a private pool, and couples Thai cooking classes…

What: Choose from two romantic Valentine’s packages to get the love juices flowing

How Much: Room rates start at $189; private yacht excursion, $800; couples cooking class, $214

Insider’s Tip: After being adorned in rose petal oil following your private yacht sailing, head over to the bar to get schooled in the art of mixology

Metropolitan London, London, England

Why: Because everyone needs to be seduced once in a while…

What: Met London assists in the art of seduction with champagne breakfast for two, late checkout, and a Seduction Bedside Box – COMO Shambhala “Harmony” massage oils, passion and peace kit, a 24-carat gold personal massager, a suede and silk blindfold, and “The Kama Sutra Deck – 50 ways to Love your Lover”

How Much: Rates start at $490 per night

Insider’s Tip: Little Ember massage candles from Jimmy Jane come with the room (and a surprise). Aside from the aphrodisiac fragrance, the wax becomes hand slip massage balm when heated


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