This month may be dedicated to the heart-warming holiday featuring Cupid, chocolates and candlelit dinners, but that’s not exactly the type of heart fluttering these getaways offer. On the contrary, the adrenaline rushing caused at these properties is the result of something else. From sailing in San Francisco to helicopter rides over Manhattan, we have the lowdown on some high-octane adventures worth taking this winter.
Deep-sea adventure in Key West
Where: The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
In the Florida Keys, ocean adventures are king. And the Recommended Reach Resort offers almost anything you can imagine when it comes to water sports, from jet ski tours and deep-sea fishing to kayaking in a eco-reserve and scuba diving. Can’t decide? Opt for the Water Sports Package that includes a half-hour WaveRunner rental, two-hour reef snorkeling trip — don’t worry, you’ll have better luck spotting brightly colored grunts and butterflyfish than sharks and marlins — and a parasail flight for a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the turquoise seascape below.
Race car driving in Las Vegas
Where: Vdara Hotel & Spa
When: Package is ongoing; racing available only on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
If you have a need for speed, there’s nothing that compares to the feeling of taking a Ferrari F430 GT out on the racetrack. And thanks to Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Vdara Hotel’s Dream Racing offer, you no longer have to be Formula 1 racer Sebastian Vettel to see if that’s true. With this deal, you get to stay in stylish digs by night and, by day, zip around Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 200 miles per hour, outfitted in proper racing attire and supported by professional race instructors.
Helicopter fun in New York
Where: Castle Hotel & Spa
With the help of a generous dose of pampering and privacy at the Four-Star hotel, the Ultimate Feast of the Senses package is dedicated to rising above it all and leaving your cares in the wind. You’ll start with a thrilling 45-minute helicopter tour from Midtown Manhattan up to White Plains. From there, a car escorts you to the hotel, followed by a private wine cellar tour and four-course dinner at the hotel’s award-winning Equus restaurant. And what better way to end the overnight rendezvous than with a massage — traditional Thai or signature Thann massage for two — at Four-Star Thann Sanctuary Spa?
Sailing in San Francisco
Where: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
When: Through March 31, 2016
Ever dreamed of manning one of those ridiculously cool catamarans, just like the vessels used in the America’s Cup? Now you can. Request the Suite California Getaway that consists of a two-night stay at the Five-Star property and a two-and-a-half hour sailing excursion for two aboard the USA 76 — the 84-foot yacht was used by the Oracle Racing team during the 2003 America’s Cup — around San Francisco’s breathtaking bay. And in addition to the once-in-a-lifetime boating experience, you also get unlimited in-room movies, valet parking and a $50 daily laundry credit that will most certainly come in handy after your ride on the temperamental waters.