Friday, January 23, 2009

Valentine's Day


It's never too early to start planning a Valentine's Day getaway. Budget Travel has suggested some of the most romantic hotels around the world for a perfect secluded experience.

Today I will list a few and follow up with the rest tomorrow.


Wander around Sonoma Valley Beltane Ranch's 105 acres of fruit trees, vegetable and flower gardens, olive orchard, and of course a vineyard. This gingerbread trimmed lodge and surroundings have been featured in L.L. Bean and Victoria's Secret catalogs. Book your stay today at www.beltaneranch.com

Also in Northern California, check out Hideaway Cottages in Calistoga. Natural hot springs and mineral rich waters soothe almost any care right out of your body. Need exercise after soaking? Go for a swim, get a mineral mud bath, a lavender mineral whirlpool bath, a 30 minute almond oil massage or take a walk to view the oldest cork oak tree in the Napa Valley. Check out the cottages at www.hideawaycottages.com

Heading to Mexico? Tulum's Amansala'a Casa Magna was actually two 14,000 square foot concrete houses once owned by a Columbian drug kingpin. Now transformed into 22 enormous guest rooms many people come here to relax by the Caribbean turquoise waters. Others prefer to participate in Bikini Boot Camp, a combination of exercise, yoga, and massage. Either way you won't want to leave. www.amansala.com to check this one out.

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