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Travel Lust: Valentine’s romance edition


With Valentine’s Day just a week away, the time is ripe to plan your romantic weekend getaway — and we have some great spots to keep in mind!

Live Aqua Cancun


Live Aqua Cancun

This resort is sleek, sexy and boasts killer mango margaritas — all we need for a romantic getaway. That it’s adults-only and all-inclusive means you can get your buzz on and not have any buzz kills. It was also voted Best Resort in Mexico in a recent Travel + Leisure readers’ survey. Not too shabby for the one you love!


Mandarin Oriental, Paris

We don’t know about you, but a weekend in Paris beginning with a chilled bottle of Champagne and a bed adorned with rose petals upon arrival? Sounds about right to us. The ‘Love in Paris’ package includes: Overnight accommodations, breakfast for two in-room or at Camélia, 80-minute Oriental Essence Treatment for two in a couples’ suite, romantic welcome amenity in-room including a bottle of Champagne and rose petal arrangement, candle gift by “Belle de Nuit” and more. We’re ready to go right now! (Available from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 2013 and is priced from $1,711, based on double occupancy.)

Royal Palms Resort & Spa (Phoenix)


Royal Palms Resort & Spa (Phoenix)

There’s nothing more romantic than relaxation — at least that’s how we like to live it — and Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix is all about finding that quiet harmony. Guests choose from a variety of signature spa treatments and allow the senses to take a vacation during a relaxing desert escape. Sounds like an ideal holiday to us!


Mirbeau Inn & Spa (Skaneateles, New York)

This property has been voted “Best for Couples” and “Best for Romance” by SpaFinder Readers year after year. With its picturesque atmosphere including its expansive spa, cozy French Steakhouse, extensive wine list, romantic fireplaces and French décor, Mirbeau is the perfect setting for Valentine’s Day and year-round retreats, whether just for a few hours or overnight.

Riveria Maya


Foodie fun in Riveria Maya

Sometimes a great meal is all it takes to reignite that spark. Discover Riviera Maya’s Cuisine in Playa del Carmen and Tulum — these are major gastronomic and nightlife hot spots. The famous Quinta Avenida, for example, in the heart of downtown Playa is lined with chic nightclubs, open-air beach clubs with live music, rooftop patios with picturesque vistas and lively mezcalerias — perfect for finding that date night during your magical Mexican getaway!


Put a lock on your love in Nevada

Lovelock (off Interstate 80 between Reno and Winnemucca) is a fun place for couples. The town has embraced a Chinese custom in which couples fasten a lock to a chain, and then throw away the key, uniting their love for eternity. Locks can be bought at businesses throughout Lovelock, and the locks are fastened to a chain at Lovers Lock Plaza behind the Pershing County Courthouse at 400 Main St. The city even had a video made about it!

Marriot in Norfolk


Norfolk, Virginia

This is a beautiful seaside city ripe with history and romance year-round, making it perfect for a Valentine’s weekend away! Take a romantic sunset dinner cruise along the Elizabeth River on Norfolk’s cherished ship, The Spirit of Norfolk, sample over 30 artisan wines at the Mermaid Winery (Virginia’s first-ever urban winery and tasting room, offering an expertly designed food menu to accompany select wines) or make it extra special on date night and visit the Naro Theatre, a beloved 1930s movie theater that regularly hosts the romantic classics!


Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

If you’re ready for an unforgettable getaway splurge, this hotel just reopened under its new name, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. For hundreds of years, the property was a renowned scenic site with abundant wild camellias in its iconic 17-acre botanical garden. The hotel’s signature spa facility, Yu, The Spa, is the largest hotel spa facility in Tokyo. It boasts traditional Japanese hot spring baths with mineral water imported from the Izu Peninsula.

Vail resorts


The Lodge at Vail

Can we get any more romantic than apres ski by the fireplace after a morning on the slopes? It’s adventure, excitement, romance — and exercise. We love most of those things, but all fit together very well here. Plus, after coming out of that February chill? You can’t help but canoodle!

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