In my opinion, the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give to a loved one is an experience the two of you can enjoy together! Whether you live in South Florida, like me, or are planning a romantic getaway here, there are so many luxurious options to splurge on for that special day. From five-star stays, to fine dining and unique spa experiences, there is something for every couple to enjoy!
#1 Palm Beach Staycation at Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa
Jump start the romance at Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa’s ocean front restaurant Brandon’s this Valentine’s Day. The delicious four course menu is a steal at only $65 per person with fabulous dishes to choose from. The Main lobster bisque made with bourbon vanilla crème fraiche is a great starter, or the spinach and strawberry salad made with local baby greens, goat cheese, candied pecans, pickled onions, and rosemary balsamic dressing if you’re interested in something lighter. For an entree, I’d recommend either the crusted red snapper with wild mushroom farro, wilted organic greens, vanilla bean beurre blanc or the delicious Surf ‘n turf of petite filet, shrimp scampi, whipped chive potatoes, blistered french beans, and bordelaise sauce
The meal won’t be complete without dessert, and you can choose between their Chocolate Bomb with caramelized bananas, raspberry sauce, vanilla ice cream, warm salted caramel sauce or Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with macerated berries.
I’d also recommend splurging on a staycation or full indulgence weekend, and booking the Couples Retreat package. This includes a 50-minute couples massage in their luxurious spa while taking in picturesque ocean views, and complimentary room upgrade.
#2 Book a Spontaneous and Romantic Trip to The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL
The Diplomat Beach Resort features bright, beach-y guest rooms, two sun-drenched pools, a glittering, ultramodern spa, plus 8 all-new culinary concepts led by celebrity chefs including Geoffrey Zakarian and Michael Schulson. Enjoy room rates starting at $429 and unwind at The Diplomat Spa + Wellness with their festive universal love treatments, which feature Rose Quartz crystals during Valentine’s Day. The Diplomat chose Rose Quartz because they are the stones of universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. All services at the spa will include a glass of champagne, such a nice touch!
Don’t leave without enjoying a romantic dinner at Diplomat Prime, a 1950s, re-imagined boutique steakhouse led by Executive Chef Rashaad Abdool, with their Valentine’s Day Lovers’ Menu. Some of the standout dishes include which Oysters & Caviar, Pan Seared Duck Breast and Strawberry Shortcake. I’d also highly recommend their speciality cocktails, such as the Mint Chocolate Martini or the Spicy Passionfruit Maracuyá.
#3 Visit the Raleigh Gardens for FREE in Miami Beach
Capture some Instagram worthy luscious snapshots with your sweetheart and take a day trip to Miami Beach to visit the largest-ever outdoor public exhibition of the work of the late Claude Lalanne (1924-2019) and François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008), the artistic duo known together as Les Lalanne. The exhibition, which has been envisioned and created by Shvo, is on public display in a new, immersive, lush, beach-side tropical garden designed by architect Peter Marino, a longtime SHVO collaborator, and Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public through February 29, 2020, between the hours of 12pm to 8pm.
#4 Adults ONLY Getaway at Greystone Miami Beach
Leave the kiddies at home as you won’t hear a peep from anyone under 21 years old here! Greystone Miami Beach is the perfect setting for the ultimate romantic escape as it’s Miami Beach’s newest and 2nd adult-only hotel. They officially opened its doors on January 30, 2020, with a complete revitalization to become a truly unique experience on the beach. This art-deco and boho-chic 91-room hotel is eco-conscious as well as pet friendly. Greystone features a wide range of distinct culinary outlets which include: Sérêvène, the property’s signature restaurant, showcasing the best of French and Japanese cuisine styles and UISCE, a sexy venue that will position itself as more than just a lounge, curating craft cocktails in light of a growing appreciation for the trade and a swanky rooftop pool. Guests can also book a suite right now with a private deck and hot tub and receive 25% off.
#5 Dinner and a Movie at Novotel Miami Brickell’s Rooftop
For Valentine’s Day, watch a movie while enjoying the stunning views of Brickell’s striking skyline and Biscayne Bay. Downstairs at Lima, Novotel Miami Brickell’s signature restaurant, guests can experience a prix-fice menu for this romantic holiday, priced at $95 per couple. You can choose from a range of dishes, such as a charcuterie and cheese board, Vegetable Lasagna, Seared Yellowfin Tuna with chilled soba noodles, Braised Beef Short Rib with risotto and more. Ending on a sweet note, their Red Velvet Cake with cinnamon ice cream and chocolates for dessert will blow you away. The movie starts at 8:00 PM, and dinner can be served between 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.