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California is full of romantic resorts, restaurants, beaches and places to explore with your sweetheart. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to steal your significant other away on a weekend getaway. Here are some ideas for celebrating February 14.
The Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach
If you are planning to pop the question this Valentine’s Day, The Portofino Hotel and Marina’s event planners can help to create the perfect sunset proposal aboard the resort’s new El Rey Catamaran with a “Sail into Forever” package. The special package includes champagne upon arrival, a complimentary appetizer, ocean view suite for one night, photographer to capture the special moment and personalized monogram robes with the bride and grooms’ initials. Book and prices at 310.798.5856.
Alisal Ranch in Solvang
This luxury dude ranch in the hills of Santa Ynez Valley is offering a special Romance at the Ranch package. Included is a two-night stay; special activities including a Valentines Equus Workshop and dance class; breakfast and dinner; in-room flowers, sparkling wine and chocolates; wine tasting and cheese pairing class and two activities per night including horseback riding, golf, archery and sir rifle. Prices start at $1,235, book at https://www.alisalranch.com.
SLS Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills
Head to the 90210 for SLS’s Couples Challenge package. This blend of luxury, romance and friendly competition includes a welcome bottle of Veuve Clicquot and rose mousse; an in-room questionnaire with massage oil; a romantic dinner for two at Nook restaurant; a couple’s massage at Ciel Spa; breakfast in bed and a Selfie Challenge to earn free drinks. Offered February 9 to 18, for prices and to book call 310. 247.0400.
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
Head to Newport Beach for a delicious 5-course Moet Hennessy Wine Dinner on Valentine’s Day from 7 to 9pm or sail into the sunset on their Cupid’s Harbor Cruise. Check into the resort and enjoy their Romance Package which includes chocolate covered strawberries, sparkling wine and a dozen roses delivered to your guestroom, prices and booking at https://www.balboabayresort.com.
VEA Newport Beach
Also in Newport beach is the ultra chic VEA resort offering the ultimate romantic travel escape with their Sea to Ski Package available for booking through March 20. 2024. Through this uniquely package, guests can enjoy both a romantic Southern California beach getaway and a ski-filled holiday, including an overnight stay in VEA’s signature four-room Cosmopolitan Suite, followed by a stay at luxury ski-in, ski-out property The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with private jet transfers between the two resorts. Coupled with an exclusive, personalized private shopping experience at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, guests will be well-equipped to enjoy both destinations in style, book at https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/laxnb-vea-newport-beach-a-marriott-resort-and-spa/overview/.
Viceroy Santa Monica, Santa Monica
Head to Santa Monica for the Viceroy’s Life Extraordinary package including a two-might stay in the newly renovated Royal Suite featuring full ocean views and a luxury master bath; Lamborghini to cruise the beach; a personal Malibu wine tour for two, private poolside cabana, seaside picnic and photography session and a Tantra Journey couples treatment, book at [email protected].
Allegretto Vineland Resort
Nestled among 20 acres of vineyards, olives and fruit trees, the Allegretto Vineland Resort in Paso Robles houses a 12,000 square foot courtyard, pool, spa, French chapel, ballroom, Mediterranean gardens, restaurant and chef’s garden, wine bar and tasting room and includes unique art and artifacts throughout the property.Rooms include balconies and patios overlooking lush gardens, sloping vineyards and an elegant courtyard. The grand staircase and huge fireplace in the lobby reminded us of an Italian villa and we enjoyed strolling the grounds to discover two antique bells, marble sculptures, a Romeo and Juliet tunnel and the Hall of Wisdom corridor featuring unique artifacts. Book at https://www.allegrettovineyardresort.com.
Casa Del Mar
Perched on the Santa Monica shoreline, the stately brick and sandstone Renaissance revival-style seven-story Casa Del Mar seaside resort is a perfect local beach getaway. The 129rooms feature ocean views, breezy butter-yellow walls, hand-painted armoires, wooden Venetian blinds and opulent Italian marble bathrooms. Enjoy unobstructed ocean views and delicious Mediterranean inspired dishes at the resort’s Terrazza restaurant, offering a special three course prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner for $125, book at https://www.hotelcasadelmar.com.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Located 20 miles north of San Diego in the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, this Mediterranean style hotel offers a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, hiking and walking trails, four heated swimming pools and a Center for Well Being. The beautiful 21,000 square foot spa features lounges with fireplaces, serene patios and indoor Jacuzzis. There is also a quiet relaxation pool and salon. Inspired by the villas of Spain and France, the resort’s 249 rooms are lavishly decorated with golf brocaded chairs and loveseats, separate soaking tubs and showers, crystal lamps, antique furniture and Pratesi linens. Some rooms also feature patios and fireplaces. For a truly luxurious stay, guests can reserve the Prado, Toscana or Palazzo suites for 1,000 to 1,500 square feet of comfort. The Prado suite includes huge separate living and sleeping spaces, both beautifully furnished; two flat screen televisions plus tv’s in the two bathrooms, dual master bathrooms with expansive spaces and deep soaking tubs with marble finishings and cotton Italian woven towels, bathrobes and slippers. There’s also a Nespresso coffee machine with plenty of capsules for afternoon cappuccinos by the fire, a private wet bar area and a huge pillow-top bed with goose-down pillows and comfy linens. The resort also offers yoga, fitness and Floatfit classes at their Center for Wellbeing. The Fitness Center has state-of-the-art workout equipment and weights, complimentary to all resort guests. Book at https://www.granddelmar.com.
Hotel Del Coronado
The single most recognizable image of San Diego is the monumental Hotel Del Coronado. Crowned with red-shingled turrets, cupolas, gables and domes, Hotel Del Coronado is the largest beach resort on the North American Pacific Coast. The chandelier-lit richly decorated hallways, massive spaces filled with pictures of celebrities and days gone by, intricate woodwork, expansive and manicured grounds and old-fashioned birdcage elevator add to its charm. Each room in the main building is uniquely decorated with Victorian period decor. Open the balcony doors and enjoy the mesmerizing view across the lawn to the powered-sugar beach before letting the surf serenade you to sleep. Book at https://hoteldel.com.