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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: Romance Hotel Packages in New York City

January 28, 2014

With just days until Valentine’s Day, here are three New York City romance packages ideal for any budget, from an over-the-top $15,000 package with luxury food & wine experiences; to a Real Romance package at $349 per night which includes a gift certificate to an on-site jeweler, and a romantic getaway package starting at $299 per night with special amenities for couples.

Over the Top Love: Penthouse Escape Package at Sheraton NY Times Square, $15,000 for Three Nights

For couples who want to experience New York luxury and a truly memorable experience, the Penthouse Escape Package offers a stylish retreat with food and wine experiences. Amenities include: A three-night stay in the posh Penthouse Suite with views of Central Park and NYC; bottomless fine wine tasting experience; two-hour cooking session with Executive Chef; Club Lounge access. More info at or call 212-841-6400 to book.


Real Romance Package: Sheraton New York Times Square, Starting at $349 per night throughout February

Snuggle up in the hotel’s cozy Fireplace Nook and enjoy this special package throughout the month of February 2014, starting at $349 per night. Amenities include: accommodations in newly renovated rooms with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds; $50 gift certificate to Landau Jeweler located on-site (valid toward a purchase of $60 or more); one bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates; complimentary full American breakfast for two per day; 4pm late checkout. Go to and enter rate code SIROMPKG or call 212-841-6400 for details.

Romantic Getaway: Westin New York Grand Central Romance Package, from $299 per night

Nestled in the Grand Central area of Manhattan is the Westin New York Grand Central, just steps from top attractions including Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. Romance Package amenities include: sparkling wine and strawberries to enjoy upon arrival; full American breakfast for two people daily and 3pm late checkout on Sundays so couples can sleep in late. To reserve online, go to and enter rate plan RPKGWEB or call 212-581-1000.

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Bonaire’s Restaurants, Hotels, Attractions Offer Romantic Specials for Valentine’s Day Travel

January 31, 2013

Bonaire’s hotels, restaurants and spas are offering Valentine’s and Romance specials

Appetite is offering a five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu on February 14, 2013, which includes a free glass of Prosecco, all for $47.50 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call +599-717-3595, email, or visit

The Black Durgon Inn is offering Valentine Packages for sweethearts that are arriving on February 23, March 2, or March 16, 2013, to keep their romance flowing. Package includes seven night’s accommodations (including air-conditioning, fans, and hot water showers), six breakfasts, use of kayaks, swimming or snorkeling instruction, a Bonaire gift and chilled champagne, and a box lunch and directions to small, intimate locations. Book either the Find a Sweetheart Package (for singles) which is $600 per room based on single occupancy, or Sweetheart Package (for couples) which is $700 per room based on double occupancy. Diving can be added for an additional $120 per diver per week. Scuba instruction is available at $350 per person. For more information, or to make reservations, email, or visit

At Buddy Dive Resort, love struck visitors can celebrate the day with a romantic, sunset dinner. They will enjoy the breathtaking views of Klein Bonaire and feel the gentle ocean breeze as their palettes delight in the chef’s special Valentine’s Day menu. The three-course menu includes a choice of starters and entrées, and ends with a rich chocolate soufflé served with strawberry compote and vanilla ice cream. After dessert, taking a romantic stroll through the garden to the gazebo or enjoying a walk hand-n-hand on the dock where they can sit back and view the stars, will make this a Valentine’s Day to remember. For more information or to make reservations, call +599-717-5080, email, or visit

The secluded, peaceful setting at Caribbean Club Bonaire sets the stage for an ideal romantic escape. Combined with the convenience of an on-site restaurant and bar, swimming pool with sweeping ocean views, a full service dive shop, and personalized service in a friendly atmosphere, couples can’t help but fall in love for the first time or all over again. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Caribbean Club Bonaire will serve a special cocktail called “Kiss in Paradise” or “Un Sunchi den Paraíso” in Papiamentu. It will only be served on February 14, 2013. The resort is an ideal destination for divers, nature lovers, and peace seekers. With studio apartments to full, two-bedroom villas with kitchen and living areas. For more information or to make reservations, call 1-800-906-7780 or +599-717-5080 ext. 572, email, or visit

Caribbean Wind & Sun has teamed up with Windsock Apartments to offer a Romance Package at the small, intimate apartment complex featuring a private beach and pool. Nestled amongst a mature tropical garden, guests can enjoy casual comfort in an ocean view setting. The Romance Package includes discounted accommodations for seven nights (stay for seven, pay for six), plus a $50 room credit and a $25 dinner credit for use at Kontiki Resort. The Romance Package for Two, including tax and service, is USD$888 based on double occupancy. For more information call 1-508-737-5245, email or visit

Flamingo Wedding & Spa Services Bonaire is offering a VIP Massage, regularly $70, for only $55. This special massage includes a one-hour combo massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and/or Tui Na) for one person, and is valid from Monday, February 11 through Friday, February 15, 2013. For more information or to make an appointment, call +599-785-0006 or +599-717-2972, email, or visit

H2O Visions Bonaire offers private, personalized snorkel and photo tours above and below the water and PADI continuing education. To make the day special, a pre-dawn or night snorkel trip can be arranged to see up close how the reef environment changes in early mornings and evenings. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, all night snorkel trips booked during the week of February 10, 2013 will include a bottle of wine to enjoy after the excursion. If folks are traveling with children, and still want to have that romantic interlude, H20 Visions will take the kids for the day for a snorkeling and reef eco-education. Photo tours can be in or out of the water, camera rentals are available, and those with special needs can be accommodated. Transportation, quality snorkel gear, snacks and refreshments are included with all excursions. For more information, call +599-700-4361, email, or visit

Oasis Guesthouse is offering a special Valentine’s Day package, including seven night’s accommodations in a standard room, double occupancy, for only $699 per room. This package also features breakfast and includes the tourist tax for two persons. It can be booked throughout the month of February, 2013, subject to availability. Oasis Guesthouse is a family-operated Bed & Breakfast, located close to the sea in Belnem. For more information, call +599-796-0408, email, or visit

Piet Boon Bonaire is offering their Garden Villas at a special price from January 15 through March 31, 2013 in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The price of $3,500 per villa per week includes a candlelight dinner for two prepared by a private chef in the villa, as well as round-trip airport transfers, breakfast supplies for day of arrival, gas, water, and electricity, cleaning and change of bed linen twice each week, cleaning of swimming pool weekly, wireless Internet, local telephone calls, and the services of the property manager. The local team is available to assist with reservations for flights, restaurants, car rental, diving, or other activities. Certain restrictions, conditions, and cancellation penalties do apply, including a damage deposit, and rates do not include a 10% service charge or tourist tax of $5.50 per person per night for those 13 years of age or older. For more information, call +599-717-6424, email or, or visit

Plaza Resort Bonaire is offering an all-inclusive package from $1,449 per person, including seven nights in a Standard Suite Laguna, seven breakfasts, seven lunches, seven dinners, 11 boat dive package, round-trip transfers, tax and service charge, and yes, drinks, plus a very special Valentine’s Day cocktail to be served only on February 14, 2013. Room upgrades available along with single, triple, quad rates, and an upgrade to the romantic Honeymoon Suite is available for only $2,236 per person. (Note: tourist tax of $6.50 per person per night and $25 Marine Park tag are not included in the rates quoted.) For more information, call 1-781-821-6016, email, or visit

Rancho Washikemba offers unique trail rides on horseback through the pristine natural habitat of the areas of Washikemba and Lagun. And, just for Valentine’s Day, private tours are available for just two persons on either of their two tours. The Lagun Tour allows riders to walk from the ranch to Bonaire’s eastern coastline to Lagun for an opportunity to swim and play with the horses in the water, (bathing suits recommended). The Kunuku Tour offers scenic views of Bonaire’s outback, with walks, trots, and canters. Transfers from hotels can be arranged, and rides last about two hours. The price is $95 per person, including tax and round-trip hotel transfers. Advance reservations are necessary. For more information or to make reservations, call +599-788-8668 or +599-786-7321, email, or visit

Travelers can indulge in the romance and seclusion of shore diving on Bonaire with Sand Dollar Condominiums and Dive Friends Bonaire. Partners can enhance their shore diving experience together by enrolling in a Shore Diving Specialty course that is being offered. Upon completion of the course, they will earn a PADI specialty card. During Valentine’s Week, February 9-15, 2013, Dive Friends Bonaire is offering this course to certified divers staying at Sand Dollar on their Ride to the Reef Package on a “buy one get one free” price of $100 for two persons. Sand Dollar will sweeten that deal by delivering a free bottle of Cava Rosado Brut to all who complete the certification. Ride to the Reef Packages during the Valentine’s week are $913 per person based on double occupancy Studio accommodations including room tax, six days of unlimited air or Nitrox tanks for shore diving and seven day rental truck. For more information please call 1-800-288-4773 or the Florida Office at 1-954-453-5025, email or visit

Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most abundant fish population in the Caribbean. World renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is also ideal for adventurers and explorers as it offers a myriad of eco-adventure activities from sea and mangrove kayaking to windsurfing or kite boarding and more. For those who want to kick back and relax, not having traffic lights on the island makes it easy to stroll into town or hop on a scooter or bike to peruse the island at their own pace. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to intimate guesthouses, small inns and private villas.

For 20 consecutive years in Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, Bonaire has been selected as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic. This year, it received 17 awards, more than any other Caribbean destination. It was voted number one for Beginner Diving, Advanced Diving, Macro Diving and Underwater Photography also in the Reader’s Choice Awards.

For more information on Bonaire, contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official web site at Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.

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Morro Bay, California Rocks with Romance in February

January 31, 2012

Morro Rock is a classic landmark in the quaint California fishing village and is the final link in the “Seven Sisters” chain of volcanic eruptions that stretch from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay on California’s Central Coast © 2012 Karen Rubin/

Romance is in the air in Morro Bay, California, especially if your special someone is expecting a “big rock” this Valentine’s Day. Morro Bay offers the perfect romantic vacation, complete with an up-close-and-personal view of the biggest rock on the West Coast: Morro Rock. The iconic Morro Rock is a classic landmark and is the final link in the “Seven Sisters” chain of volcanic eruptions that stretch from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay on California’s Central Coast.

Morro Bay offers more than a spectacular view during the month of February: hotels, restaurants and attractions have teamed up to offer visitor specials all month long. Guests can stay busy with dinner and whale watching cruises; enjoy sailing, surfing and kayaking and miles of hiking trails and unspoiled beaches. There are opportunities to dine on the waterfront and explore local wineries. The town is dotted with art galleries and boutique shops, and Hearst Castle is just minutes away on Coast Highway 1. Some visitors to Morro Bay want to just sit back and relax, soaking up the special ambiance that has enchanted generations of visitors.

Whatever your vacation style, Morro Bay has a plan to fit the bill. Special February Romance offerings include those noted below (with more posted online at

  • 15% off room rates
  • Wine tasting packages –  Edna Valley Wine Basket with one-night stay
  • Lost Isle Adventure packages
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Windows on the Water Restaurant
  • Dessert samplings plus Champagne

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