Summer’s warm embrace and endless sunsets have finally arrived. Could there be a better way to celebrate this part of the calendar than with a romantic getaway with a special someone? Whether your speed is snuggling up over s’mores next to a beach bonfire, or having the ultimate spa experience in Midtown Manhattan, here are five ways to spice up your season.
Summer is the perfect time to visit the picturesque Southern California town of Ojai and its luxurious retreat. With the inn’s Summer Midweek Escape package (available through Sept. 1), couples can unwind in the tranquil setting of the Spanish-colonial-style, Four-Star resort where they can enjoy a complimentary room upgrade, a $50 nightly resort credit and two day passes to the 31,000-square-foot, Four-Star spa. The inn’s location makes watching sunsets mandatory; snuggle up with your special someone and keep an eye out for the “pink moment,” when the fading sunlight casts an electric shade of coral at the east end of the Ojai Valley.
If vacationing with your sweetie on a secluded island in the tropical Hawaiian archipelago is not romantic enough, you can make your summer sizzle in a number of other ways at the Four-Star resort. Begin with booking at least three nights at the property — the season’s Stay Longer package gives you the fourth night free. During your visit, you’ll want to spend some one-on-one time looking out to Hulopoe Beach from your private lanai. When you need a little action outside your room, summon the hotel’s concierge to book you the Nobu Lanai Lava Rock experience, an outing where couples can make sparks fly by playing chef for a night.
With world-class restaurants, luxurious shopping and Broadway performances at every turn, it’s easy to see why Manhattan is such a tempting destination this time of the year. But when you need to reconnect with your companion, look no further than this Park Avenue winner. The newly renovated Midtown oasis invites you to Restore, Sip & Spa, an opportunity where you can savor two cocktails in The Regency Bar & Grill, and receive $100 to use toward a treatment at the 10,000-square-foot Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa (book a suite and your spa credit increases to $200) that specializes in anti-aging treatments.
Take a romantic jaunt through history at this Forbes-Recommended Nashville hotel that was a highly trafficked train station for more than a century. When you book the Nights of Love deal this summer, you’ll be treated to daily breakfast for two in your room or at Four-Star Prime 108, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne. The hotel can also arrange for you to attend Music in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards, an every-weekend event where you and your honey can partake in a wine country experience complete with tastings, live music, round-trip transfers and picnic baskets on offer.
Beach Village at The Del
Summer travel would not be complete without the quintessential beach vacation. This San Diego seaside sanctuary boasts 78 private villas and cottages that fuse modern luxuries with historical charm. This season, couples are invited to escape the daily grind with a Beach Romance promotion that includes overnight accommodations in a room sporting classic indulgences such as a fireplace and private terrace or balcony; lovers also get a $150 dining credit, a beach bonfire with champagne and s’mores just for you, complimentary continental breakfast at beachfront Windsor Cottage, and personal concierge service.