It’s the Friday before V-Day — time to scramble on a gift that might possibly show how little forethought went into it. Some may call it a Hallmark holiday, but we welcome any excuse to eat and drink more indulgently than on an ordinary night out. So don't fight it, make it an opportunity to declare your love. Treat your significant other to something special, but don't cop out with a box of chocolates or a cliched bouquet.
A box of chocolates, however, with a note in it saying, “Go pack, we’re leaving for the Caribbean,” is definitely one of grandest romantic gestures you could make, barring a proposal, of course.
Plus, right now is a good time to plan an early spring getaway — there are loads of travel deals and special packages appearing. Here are six ideas for a culinary travel-inspired gift that allows you to get away with your sweetheart. Plus, they are all cheaper than an engagement ring.
Hotel El Convento, San Juan, Puerto Rico: Flavors of the Old City Package
A centuries-old convent turned boutique hotel, El Convento is surely San Juan’s most romantic places to stay. The special food lover’s package includes a food tour, ensuring guests get their fill of the best mofongo the city can offer.
Rates start at $220 per night.
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Tucson: Gift Certificate
Do your own version of Biggest Losers: Couples with a spa package that helps both parties slim down and relax at the same time. The resulting mutual hunger will be a bonding experience – actually, the food is quite delicious.
Luxe Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles: Kosher Bed & Breakfast Package
In the heart of Beverly Hills, the Luxe is an elegant boutique hotel surrounded by the Pradas and Chanels of Rodeo Drive. Its small size means that it can tailor a hotel stay to the individual traveler, but it’s also unique in that is especially sensitive to Jewish travelers who keep kosher, and the specially designed package shows your honey that you know what’s important to them.
Rates start at $249 per night.
Four Seasons: Gift Card
Two of our readers were lucky enough to win these, but ever since we’ve thought they were the perfect gift for a frequent traveler because they can be used at any Four Seasons resort in the world for any service, like dinner at The Four Seasons in New York, one of the city’s most classic dining experiences, or a couple nights at the new London at Park Lane or a spa treatment at soon-to-open Marrakech hotel.
Gift card can be $100-$5,000
Doral Golf Resort, Miami: Escape your Way Package
As much as we hate the word, this is the perfect mancation. Your man will have access to five championship golf courses while you get the choice to hit the spa, but if you do want to share his special interest you both can take the included golf clinic and practice on the driving range, to which there is unlimited access.
$279 per person, per night ($209 after April 17)
Snake River Lodge & Spa, Jackson Hole: 123 Love Package
Couples that play together stay together, so make tracks for a ski trip in the Rockies. With this package, a quick getaway to Jackson Hole before the end of February means a dozen roses, a romantic three-course dinner and spa treatments to relax from all that playing in the snow.
Rates start at $670 per night for a penthouse junior suite