This Valentine's Day, skip the elbow-to-elbow dining in a crowded restaurant, the sentimental hoopla, even the flowers—and treat yourself and your honey to a vacation. We've rounded up some incredible offers that are easy on the wallet and sweet on romance. Pick from luxury properties in the Bahamas, Napa Valley, New York, and the Florida Keys—all are sure to heat up your February.
Heavenly Island Hideaway in the Florida Keys
This is a no-holds-barred romance fest. Little Palm Island (pictured above) is a dreamy hideaway off Little Torch Key, and one of our all-time favorites in the romance category. Luscious cottages overlooking the ocean are the standard here. Most come with private porches and hot tubs, outdoor showers, four-poster beds, vaulted ceilings, and thatched roofs. The five-night "Romance Package" includes a ton of perks: a swish bungalow, all meals, VIP car service from Key West airport and boat transfers to and from the island, a $200 per person spa credit, romantic nightly turndown service, a bottle of champagne, and a snorkeling trip.
Good to Know: If you don't want to splurge on the five-night, all-inclusive whopper, Little Palm is offering promotional rates on specific nights in February, starting from $890 per night (not including meals); February 5-7, 2012 and February 26-29, 2012 are among them.
The Details: Rooms are still available for February 13-18, 2012 at $1,616 per night, per couple. The package is only available for five-night bookings.
Book It: Call 800/343-8567 or visit Little Palm Island.
Save 25% on a Romantic Stay at Bimini Bay in the Bahamas
Located on tropical Bimini, just 48 miles off the coast of Southern Florida, Bimini Bay Resort fronts a gorgeous stretch of oceanfront with a bayside marina behind it. Luxury accommodations include suites, condos, town homes, and multi-bedroom beach houses. There are several pools, including a saltwater beachfront pool; bone-fishing excursions; and a casino in the works for later this year. As if the dreamy setting isn't enough to put you in the mood, the resort's "Romance on Us" package saves you 25% off rates.
The Details: Discount rates start from $307 per night, and the package includes a private, three-course chef's dinner prepared near a personal beachside bonfire, a complimentary bottle of wine, and breakfast for two. A three-night minimum is required.
Book It: Call 888/891-2263 and reference the "Romance on Us" package, or visit Bimini Bay Resort.
Valentine's Day Quickie at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley
The notoriously expensive, sublimely sumptuous Auberge du Soleil is worth the splurge on Valentine's Day. Primed for romance, the Mediterranean-style manse has the best valley views in the Wine Country: lovely rooms with jetted tubs and private terraces, superstar suites, and an restaurant with an impressive menu. Woo your sweetheart on Valentine's Day night with a romance-packed package, including accommodations in a garden-view room with a king-sized bed, a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, dinner for two with a glass of champagne, a romantic turndown (think crackling fire, votive candles, and mood music), breakfast for two, and a book highlighting the best of romantic Napa.
Good to Know: All taxes and gratuities are included in package rates.
The Details: The package is valid for February 14, 2012 at $1,465 per couple, or February 13 and 14, 2012 for $2,290.
Book It: Call 800/348-5406, or visit Auberge du Soleil.
Novel Romance at New York's Library Hotel
As its name suggests, The Library Hotel, a landmark brownstone across from the New York Public Library, is bookworm bliss. Handsome rooms are stocked with rare tomes and floors are categorized by subject (erotica is floor 8). The "Cupid's Passion" package, available Valentine's Day week, includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a dozen red roses, strawberries and whipped cream, Kama Sutra essentials (edible honey dust, massage oil, and a Kama Sutra pocket guide), erotic dice, and plush bath robes.
Good to Know: We recommend splurging on a junior suite, as some of the queen rooms can feel a bit cramped.
The Details: Package rates start from $422 per night for a deluxe queen, and $505 for a junior suite. Rates are based on a two-night minimum.
Book It: Call 212/983-4500, or visit The Library Hotel.
Four-Day Suite Stay at Boutique Island Hotel off Cancún Coast
Located on low-key Isla Holbox to the north of Cancún, CasaSandra (or Sandra's Place, as in Sandra Perez, Cuban artist and writer) is a well-kept secret with only 12 rooms and one villa. Beachy-chic accommodations are spread between three buildings facing the Caribbean. Hammocks and sunbeds are speckled along the white-sand beachfront. Come here to totally unplug; bars and clubs are three hours away in Cancun. CasaSandra's Valentine's package includes three nights in an oceanview suite, a welcome cocktail, nightly romantic turndown service, in-room breakfast daily, a romantic dinner for two on the beach or your balcony, a bottle of Moet Rose Champagne, and a special couples session with a Reiki master (a $240 value).
Good to Know: Bird-watching and shark-spotting tours (for non-threatening whale sharks) are the main activities on the island, which is predominately an ecological reserve.
The Details: Package rates go for $1,560.
Book It: Call 011-52-984-875-2171, or email email@example.com.
Photo credit: courtesy Little Palm Island Resort & Spa