v-day vacays for couples and singles

October 21st, 2009

Naladhu, Maldives; Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow: Rosewood Maykoba, Riviera Maya

LOVE to get away? In 2010, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day coincide, so take your partner or your posse on a trip without using all of your vacation days!  It’s never to early to start planning a “True Love Tryst” or a “Singles Escape!”

True Love Trysts

Run away to: The Maldives

Stay at: Naladhu

What:  The romance begins when you step out of the airport and onto the speedboat that will take you directly to this Maldivian island resort. A House Master will lead you to your private house, where Champagne cocktails and fruit are waiting. Spend the day by the pool or snorkeling in the reef then relax with a complimentary coconut milk bath for two.

As if that wasn’t enough: Chocolate cake to share is included!

How much: The “Island Romance” package starts at start at $1474 for an Ocean House. Visit http://naladhu.anantara.com/Island-Romance/default.aspx for more information.


Run away to: The Mayan Riviera

Stay at: Rosewood Mayakobá

What:  The five-night “Mayan Romance” package is all about relaxation. Take a Tantric Yoga class and enjoy a Moonlight Massage for two on your suite terrace. Then soothe your muscles in an Aroma Bath with champagne and chocolate and you’ll be on your way to rekindling that fire all day, and night, long.

As if that wasn’t enough: You’ll also get a Couple’s Massage instruction session with 30 minutes of “alone time.”

How much: Package rates start at $810 per day, minimum 5-nights. Visit http://www.rosewoodmayakoba.com/en/specialoffers.cfm for details.


Run away to: Moscow

Stay at: Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

What:  For the lovebirds who are itching to get out of the nest, this city was made for you to explore together.  Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum in Red Square and the Kremlin in the old city center. For a classically romantic evening go ice skating on Gorky Park ponds, transformed into rinks for the winter.

As if that wasn’t enough: The “Romance at the Park” package allows a 4PM checkout, so spend the afternoon in bed!

How much: Check http://moscow.park.hyatt.com for best available rates.


Run away to: Turks and Caicos

Stay at: Parrot Cay

What: Leave your boots behind and grab your swimsuits! After an afternoon of white sand beaches and turquoise waters, rent out the COMO Shambhala Cottage for your Valentine’s Day dinner. This screened-in cottage overlooks the nearby wetlands and is decorated with candles and tropical flowers.

As if that wasn’t enough: The resort lets you set the mood with your own music!

How much: Rental cost including service is $400 (excluding food and beverage) and rates start at $775 per night for a Garden View Room. See http://www.parrotcay.como.bz/rates for booking details.

Run away to: Geneva

Stay at: La Réserve Genève Hotel and Spa

What:  Fashioned along the lines of an African Lodge by renowned designer Jacques Garcia, La Réserve Genève is sophisticated yet playful. With ten acres of private gardens and beaches on the shores of Lake Geneva, you’ll find everything you need including two excellent restaurants, a stylish bar with live DJ, a full-service spa, and even its own vineyard.  For added romance, arrive to the hotel by Venetian motorboat – a complimentary service that whisks guests to and from Geneva.

As if that wasn’t enough: Reluctant to leave the little ones behind? Bring the kids to La Petite Réserve, where they can play in an open-air playground, a magical tree house, or the indoor childcare center.

How much: Rates start at $450.  Visit http://www.lareserve.ch/english/ for more details.


Singles Escapes

Run away to: London

Stay At: The Metropolitan

What: Call your best friend and go visit Union Jack. For the girls, the Met London’s “Tote-to-Toe” package includes overnight accommodation for two, £50 ($80!) worth of Selfridge’s vouchers, a bottle of champagne, and a priority reservation at the uber-trendy Japanese restaurant NOBU. For the guys, the Met recommends some ‘arty boozing’ in Camden Town at Proud, a gallery and bar in a former Victorian Horse Hospital.

As if that wasn’t enough: As a guest of the hotel, you have access to the chic members-only Met Bar.

How much: Tote-to-Toe starts at $472 per night in a King Park room and a City Room starts at $595. Visit http://www.metropolitan.london.como.bz/ for more information.


Run away to: Miami

Stay At: Acqualina Resort and Spa

What: Recover from a recent heartbreak with a little pampering. Guests at Acqualina receive complimentary access to the ESPA spa’s steam rooms and Finnish saunas. Then hit the town along with the scantily clad residents and reward your suffering with a fun weekend fling.

As if that wasn’t enough: Each day of your stay you’ll receive a $40 spa treatment credit. Massage the pain away!

How much: See http://www.acqualinaresort.com/rooms-suites/special-packages/ for more information.


Run away to: Buenos Aires

Stay At: Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

What: Return to the pre-breakup pleasures of a bottle of great (Argentine) wine with friends at the Palacio Duhau’s Restaurant and Vinoteca. Book the “Culture at the Park” package and get two Tango lessons, then take your skills out on the town and dance the night away.

As if that wasn’t enough: The stunning property combines a restored Palace and new building, has its own art gallery, and an 8,000 square foot spa.

How much:  Visit the Special Offers page at http://www.buenosaires.park.hyatt.com for best available rates.

Run away to: Bali

Stay At: Uma Ubud

What: Go far, far away to get over that ex and regroup mind, body and soul. With the “Ubud Escape” you’ll visit local villages, temples and artisans’ workshops.  Get a 60-minute COMO Shambala or Indonesian massage, a daily Yoga class, and a daily group guided walk.

As if that wasn’t enough: Included is a three-course dinner at Kemiri, the open air restaurant next to a waterfall-fed pond.

How much: The Ubud Escape starts at $665 per room, double occupancy. Visit http://www.uma.ubud.como.bz for more information

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