Published on February 14th, 2013 | by Charu Suri1
Hotels Up the Ante for Valentine’s Day
Luxury, it seems, is always upping the ante, especially when it comes to Hallmark holidays. I remember the time when sending a simple card was considered a nice gesture, and in today’s gilded day and age, that doesn’t seem to cut the mustard anymore. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, more is more. Here are a few outrageously luxurious offerings from hotels around the country.
Renaissance Hotels’ “Live Life to Discover Love” Suite
Imagine a suite decked with 27,000 floral blossoms tucked just about everywhere, from the walls to the bed. If you can’t imagine it, Renaissance Hotels has done all the upkeep and interior decoration for you, and the result is the Valentine’s Day special suite priced at $15,000 a night. The ‘Love Blossoms’ suite is actually available nationwide, and a picture of the blossoms made my jaw drop. There’s no room anywhere to even set your champagne glass down without encountering a flower. You’ll discover several varieties in your own Botanical Garden room, including hydrangeas, tulips, peonies and roses. Expect the usual (up a notch) pampering, including an extravagant breakfast in bed, daily Valentine’s Day love potion cocktails, a magnificent aromatic bubble bath experience with deluxe bath salts and bubbles, and a wide range of decadent chocolates, fruits and cheeses. www.renhotels.com
The Conrad New York “Love is in the Air” Package
If you’re into flying, consider spending a night at the Conrad New York with a pretty lavish “up in the air” package for two with Superior Riverview Suite accommodations, a Valentine’s Day Dinner for two at ATRIO Wine Bar | Restaurant, a private Helicopter tour around Manhattan, in-room floral arrangements from BLOOM, wine or champagne from Vintry Fine Wines and French Macarons from Francois Payard Bakery. The package starts at $1,799 per person and is valid on February 14, 2013 only. The bar features signature “Flirtini” cocktails.
The Athenaeum ” One in a Million” Stay
As the saying goes, “if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford to stay here.” In the UK’s Athenaeum suite located in London’s trendy Mayfair neighborhood, you can customize your suite stay in the Rooftop Penthouse, and when we say “customize,” we’re talking private helicopter ride over London, a limo to your rooftop suite, a pre-ordered couture dress and suit from Saville Row, and jewels available for purchase from a leading diamond specialist. The evening culiminates in dinner and a performance at the Covent Garden Opera House. Needless to say, this evening is all about raising the bar.