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Deals & Packages

Valentine’s Dream in English Country Garden

Dorset, UK

WHERE: Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa are
WHEN: Current through 23 February
FEATURES: Two-night stay in a Classic room, half-bottle of champagne, turndown service (including rose petals and candle-lit bathroom), one dinner for two, daily full English breakfast
HOW MUCH: $495/night
NOTES:  The Summer Lodge, a member of Relais & Châteaux, is owned by the Red Carnation collection. It sits on four acres of classic English gardens.  Produce and herbs served at the restaurant come from those very gardens. Tatler magazine praised its spa. And you can play croquet, while pretending to gossip about the Downton Abbey krew. You can modify the package to include additional nights or different room categories
More Info: Click here

"Miami Vices" at The Mayfair Hotel

Miami Talk about synchronicity. It seems TV show Miami Vice was launched 30 years ago. So was the Mayfair Hotel and Spa!!! Hence  the hotel’s Miami Vice package

WHERE: Mayfair Hotel & Spa
WHEN: Current through 1 June
FEATURES: The hotel is offering three .separate two-night “Miami Vice” packages. Each is named for an ‘80s song. “Jump! For My Love”  (â la  The Pointer Sisters) includes private plane ride for  two that soars above the Miami skyline and the Everglades, tandem skydive together, a Parlor Suite stay and a  couples massage. For Billy Idol idolators, there’s the “Flesh for Fantasy” deal. This includes champagne on arrival, a  tangerine mimosa couples massage, sacred tantric touch connectedness session, private in-room yoga class for couples, camping out in the Mayfair (where you’ll find a Japanese soaking tub for two. The third package invokes Shannon’s “Do You Wanna Get Away?” and puts you up in the Nocturne Fantasy Suite. Also you’ve got your Pleasure Paradigm sensual retreat for Couples, teaching Tantric  harmonizing techniques to heighten passion, Private “Boudoir bedroom photo-session (you’ll probably say more  than cheese), and Couples massage
More Info: Call 305.441.0000

New York City Rhyme is the Reason

WHERE: The Library Hotel and other members of the “Library Collection.” (see notes)
WHEN: Current through April
FEATURES: Who needs Cyrano? The Library Hotel’s “Love Poems For Two” offer helps you find new ways to say, “I love you” to your sweetie-pie. Karen Clark, the hotel’s poet-in-residence, leads a private 90-minute poetry workshop. They call it “Love Poems For Two:  A Couples Massage For The Mind and Soul.”
HOW MUCH: $125/Couple (room extra)
NOTES: The other members of the Library Collection are Casablanca Hotel, Hotel Elysée and Hotel Giraffe
More Info: Click here. .

Santa Monica: Seaside Love Potion Package

WHERE: Georgian Hotel
WHEN: Current through 2 March
FEATURES: one night in a suite, candle-lit dinner for two on the Veranda, a DVD of classic 1932 Clark Gable-Carole Lombard flick, “No Man of Her Own,” a special vodka-based “Love Potion Cocktail Kit,”
HOW MUCH: Starts at $399
NOTES: Reportedly a stay at the this ocean-front, art deco hotel helped Gale and Lombard to seal their deal. More Info: Call 800.538.8147 or click here.