This Valentine’s Day, select hotels are going well beyond the standard offerings of rose petals and chocolate offerings to provide out-of-the-ordinary romantic memories for guests. If a unique engagement locale is what your heart longs for, consider popping the question during one of these seven unforgettable experiences.
The Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, North Carolina
This Valentine’s Day weekend, treat your special someone to a romantic night of jazz at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Pinehurst property, where Golden Globe-nominated actress and singer Molly Ringwald will woo with a sultry vocal performance.
After an impeccable dinner at The 1895 Grille, Ringwald’s sexy session in the lounge — though the event recently sold out, the venue is still accepting names for its waiting list — and a meet-and-greet dessert reception, slip away to a suite in The Carolina Hotel, where a bottle of bubbly will be delivered to your room.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona
The Five-Star Ritz-Carlton’s Ultimate Couples Adventure package is the ideal option for active duos who love their nature just as much as good food and wine. The three-night weekend kicks off with a sunset vista tour after check-in.
Things move on to yoga or meditation to start the next day, followed by a round of golf, a couples cooking class and stargazing.
Day three brings mountain biking or hiking, an aromatherapy class and leisure time to enjoy the property’s sweeping grounds, which include three pools and a 235-foot water slide. Even with all of the outdoor excitement, somehow the weekend is also still filled with delicious meals, wine tastings, an indulgent “chocolate experience” and rose petal turndown service.
Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Trump International Hotel Las Vegas’ four-day proposal experience begins with a private jet flight from anywhere in the United States to Sin City. Once you land, head to Bellusso Jewelers, where the selection of Kwiat diamond rings awaits your picking. A chauffeured Rolls-Royce will then whisk you away to the hotel.
Inside your penthouse (a 3,000-square-foot suite), flower arrangements and chocolate-covered strawberries further set the amorous mood. Dinner at DJT includes wild mushroom risotto with white truffles and 24-carat gold leaf foam and Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Champagne.
And when you’re ready to complete the fairytale by asking for your love’s hand in marriage, an onsite photographer will be ready to capture the moment.
Acqualina Resort & Spa, Miami
Miami’s Five-Star Mediterranean-inspired property offers a variety of romantic experiences, ranging from candle-lit beachfront private dining and cocktails in a private cabana to an after-hours spa experience in a couples suite with an oceanfront balcony and plenty of champagne, rose petals and chocolate-covered strawberries.
The resort even has an onsite expert available to customize proposals down to the last detail — whether that includes constructing a wedding-cake-shaped sandcastle or hiding the diamond ring inside a delicate chocolate seashell.
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Experience true romance with The Lovers Toast promotion at this Five-Star Las Vegas winner, where the night begins with a private tour and shopping consultation with a lingerie guru at Kiki de Montparnasse, complete with champagne and aphrodisiac bites.
Though a four-course dinner at Five-Star Twist by Pierre Gagnaire isn’t a part of the package, once your lips have tasted the Lover’s Cake, you won’t mind one bit. After dinner, settle into one of the hotel’s plush suites for an intimate night in.
The next morning, the package again allows you to give in to a day of bliss, this time at the Five-Star spa with two Tian Quan thermal experiences, a hydrotherapeutic program consisting of vitality pools, steam rooms, saunas, laconium rooms and tepidarium chairs.
Viceroy New York
Viceroy’s Paint the Sky Red package starts with a private in-suite dinner prepared by chef Marc Murphy to the tune of a string quartet.
After dinner, show off your artistic side by painting your partner using the provided easel and body-safe watercolor paints, then clean up using Diptyque’s Art of Body Care line and slip into the complimentary lingerie set by Negative Underwear for a night of pillow talks or pillow fights.
The next day, the unforgettable fun continues with a champagne breakfast for two followed by a helicopter ride over Manhattan.
The Godfrey Hotel, Chicago
For a unique proposal, opt to pop the question from the warmth of a life-sized snow globe set on this Chicago property’s outdoor terrace. The clear dome igloos provide a perfect view of the glittering night sky while providing respite from the harsh elements of the Midwest, allowing you to nosh on delicious food, champagne and cocktails in your own private love bubble. Plus, you’ll become two in a very select group who can one day reminisce about a Windy City rooftop proposal in the middle of February.