Love is in the air this time of year, but the search for the perfect plans can be daunting. As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, here’s an insider’s hot list of our favorite romantic getaways in Southern California too irresistible not to share.
Perched high on a hill overlooking the Pacific, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa houses Mediterranean-style suites with panoramic views. Couples should not miss the pampering Ocean Pearl Spa for special Valentine treatments like a Strawberries & Cream pedicure. Relish an organic strawberry foot soak and vanilla bean sugar scrub, vanilla bean moisture mask and strawberry cream hydration application designed to give spa-goers the perfect peds. Or how about a side-by-side herbal body wrap and scalp massage for a tempting tandem treatment. After decompressing and soothing the soul, guests can head to Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar, the resort’s sustainable French/California restaurant, for more temptation. The four-course feast featuring entrees including filet of beef with truffle potatoes, cioppino with Dungeness crab, mussels, rock cod and sauce rouille, or roasted rack of lamb with yam puree, are available at a sweetheart price of $65 per person. The romantic package for two includes breakfast at Twenty/20, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, discounted spa treatments and scattered rose petals en suite. Rooms $199. For more information, call 866-716-8137 or visit www.sheratoncarlsbad.com.
If a Venetian gondola ride with chocolate covered strawberries and champagne sounds divine, but Italy seems a tad far this month…. head to Coronado Island. Perhaps even outdoing the Venetian version, this sexy boatride includes a floating couples massage on the gondola. We kid you not. Loews Coronado Bay presents Voga Voyage, a truly unique spa experience while cruising in an authentic Venetian gondola. Perfect for couples in need of a little TLC, the 33-foot gondola, equipped with two professional massage beds, departs from the resort’s private marina and takes the pair on a tranquil ride through the canals and waterways of the Coronado Cays. Couples receive a soothing sunscreen application and relaxing 40-minute massage as they take in the stunning scenery, cool sea breezes and gentle rocking of the gondola. Sounds like heaven to us. The experience starts at $400 per couple. For reservations or more information, contact Sea Spa at Loews Coronado Bay Resort at 619-628-8700 or visit www.seaspaatloews.com.
Couples looking for a romantic evening out on the town should try The Rooftop Lounge at La Casa Del Camino. This historic seaside gem, built in 1929, is home to Laguna Beach’s only rooftop bar. Sip a hand-muddled fresh fruit mojito while the sun dips into the Pacific with the waves crashing below. Then watch the coastal hillsides light up under a blanket of stars. Afterwards, head downstairs to K’ya Bistro for their Valentine’s Day dinner–a four-course California Mediterranean meal with four starters, two entrees and a dessert trio prepared by award-winning chef Craig Connole. $99 per couple. For more information call: 949.497.2446 or visit www.lacasadelcamino.com
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