Skip the overcrowded restaurant and give the gift of travel to loved ones for Valentine’s Day.
According to Allianz Global Assistance’s latest survey, Valentine’s Day travel is up 22% percent this year, with Americans packing their bags to spend quality time in picturesque domestic and international destinations like New York City and Mexico.
Here are some romantic getaways to suggest to clients, from beachfront retreats to special city escapes.
London, England is one of the top trending destinations for Valentine's Day 2020. Photo: Shutterstock.com.
1. London, England
Whisk a loved one away to this bustling city and indulge in a stay at the five-star Athenaeum Hotel & Residences nestled in the heart of London’s upscale Mayfair neighborhood. Try the “Suite Romance” getaway, which includes accommodations in one of the Athenaeum’s luxurious Green Park or Mayfair suites, champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, rose-petal turndown and breakfast in bed. Guests also enjoy access to The View, the exclusive 10th-floor lounge that offers panoramic vistas of London’s skyline. Or, create their own beautiful arrangement of English-grown, seasonal flowers at a special workshop with afternoon tea at Knightsbridge’s Egerton House Hotel.
Riviera Maya's Haven resort is the region's newest adults-only all-inclusive.
2. Riviera Maya, Mexico
For a romantic getaway in a sunny destination, head to Riviera Maya’s newest luxury, adults-only, all-inclusive resort. Available for booking through Feb. 28, 2020, and travel through Apr. 30, 2020, the $499 “Haven is for Lovers” package includes accommodations in a suite with a private terrace or a balcony and hot tub, a spa experience for two, Bali bed experience with waiter service and bottle of Moet Ice champagne, and private VIP airport transportation.
Amelia Island, one of the more popular destinations for romantic getaways in 2020. Photo: Shutterstock.com.
3. Amelia Island, Florida
With 13 miles of beautiful beaches and pristine waters, this barrier island is a popular destination for romantic getaways. “The Romance Package” at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island includes a welcome bottle of house champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, and a rose-petal turndown the night of arrival. Complimentary breakfast for two at Coast, a late check-out of 2 p.m., and complimentary valet parking are also included. At the equally luxurious Omni Amelia Island Plantation, guests enjoy overnight oceanfront accommodations and a special wine-paired dinner for two on Valentine's Day at Sunrise Café.
Candidasa Beach in Bali, a top bucket-list destination for couples. Photo: Shutterstock.com.
4. Bali, Indonesia
It’s no wonder why Bali is a top bucket-list destination for couples, with its natural beauty often referred to as a tropical paradise. With FIT operator Avanti’s new “Bali Romantic Retreat” itinerary, guests spend nine blissful days in South Bali and Ubud. Activities range from a romantic all-day tour, to a visit to a hidden beach with cocktails and a gourmet candlelit dinner in a cave at Nusa Dua, to a journey to a cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu with a performance of traditional dance followed by a seafood barbeque dinner on the beach.
New York City is again a top destination for Valentine's Day. Photo: Shutterstock.com.
5. New York City, New York
According to Allianz, the Big Apple once again topped the domestic top 10 list for romantic holiday weekend getaways. After taking in a show at the theater, visitors can splurge on the Hästens Ultimate Sleep Suite at Lotte New York Palace and enjoy dinner for two prepared in-suite by Executive Chef Cedric Tovar. Another options, AKA Central Park offers a cozy evening by a wood-burning fire as part of its “Robes & Throws” package, where guests slip into warm robes and cashmere slippers, and snuggle under cashmere throws, while listening to curated love songs in the AKA's private, 17th-floor Sky Suite.