Romantic Spa Valentine's Getaways

valentine's spa gift ideasThose thinking about buying flowers or chocolates for Valentine’s Day might want to opt for an activity instead. Research shows that spending money on experiences is always better than stuff when it comes to finding happiness. Happiness from material purchases decays over time, while satisfaction with experiences only improves. Relaxing spa treatments are the perfect gifts for that special someone, and luxury spas have a myriad romantic treatments from which to choose:

  • Madeline Hotel and Residences (CO) offers a Couples Massage to relax together in an inviting couples suite, or add a custom bath salts-infused bath ($75, 30 minutes) with an aromatic steam chamber for an extra luxurious experience.
  • Spa of the Pines at Lake Arrowhead Resort (CA) offers Spa Ritual for Two ($550, 2 hours 30 minutes), which begins in a VIP Journey Suite with an exfoliating body scrub followed by a Signature massage. Guests complete their experience with either tea or a bottle of chilled bubbly while enjoying their own private lounge for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Spa Montage Kapalua Bay (HI) features a Maui Romance Couples Package ($510, 90 minutes; $640, 1 hour 60 minutes) that includes a coconut milk couples’ bath in a stone-carved outdoor tub, massages in a private outdoor treatment room, a fruit platter, and beverages 15 percent off (included.)
  • Couples can strengthen their communication and trust in one another with a different kind of couples therapy at Miraval Resort & Spa (AZ) couples therapy. The nnovative programming includes Face to Face, in which couples cross cables suspended 30 feet in the air to focus on how they communicate with each other under stressful circumstances; or Mindful Relationships, a workshop that encourages mindfulness in order to deepen a couple’s connection by developing more satisfactory communication.
  • At Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs (NM), guests can experience an exclusive Month of Love experience (starting at $334) consisting of a one-night stay in their choice of a suite or cottage complete with custom massages, mineral water soaks, fireside s’mores and irresistibly rich house made chocolate truffles.
  • Hiatus Spa + Retreat (multiple locations) are offering the Endless Love Couple’s Retreat ($368) which begins with a glass of champagne and a sparkling jasmine and ylang ylang foot polish, followed by an 80-minute Shea butter and hot stone massage. Next, a 20-minute renewing body wrap and foot massage using heart chakra essential oils. Best Ever Valentine ($340) is an exciting pamper-filled day with ambrosia and aromas of rose and geranium, followed by a custom Hiatus Facial and Mani-Pedis.
  • This February, muscles and hearts are sure to melt with the Chocolate on the Rocks Couples Massage ($320, 50 minutes) at Heidel House Resort & Spa (WI). This side-by-side massage involves hydrating coconut oils infused with the aroma of chocolate, followed by warmed stones placed along the back with rhythmic massage techniques. It's topped off with time in the relaxation room with a glass of champagne and a fruit plate.
  • In honor of the very special Valentine’s Day, Carillon Miami Beach is offering a special spa package this February for lovebirds. The R&R: Romance and Relaxation (starting at $2,718)  includes a two-night stay filled with unique spa services such as Couples Sound Therapy, which uses the Vibro-Acoustic sound massage table to connect couples through massage, rhythm, and sound, or a Rasal Mud Chamber in which couples immerse themselves in healing muds. It also includes a beautiful candlelit dinner prepared by world-renowned chef Fritz Zwahlen at the new oceanfront restaurant Thyme.
  • Island Hotel Newport Beach (CA) is offering many special couples' treatments this holiday: Togetherness Massage ($300, 60 minutes; $420, 90 minutes) offers custom massages that meet couples’ personal therapeutic needs; Hydrating Cocoa Facial ($150, 60 minutes) employs a blend of natural enzymes and anti-oxidants that remove dead skin cells, alleviate congested pores, and soften skin while penetrating with hydrating nutrients; Winter Roses Scrub & Massage ($220, 90 minutes) includes a full-body exfoliation with the world’s most luxurious natural elixirs and an aromatherapy massage, accompanied by a glass of champagne and decadent truffles.
  • Located amid the lush Atlantic beachfront, The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (FL) boasts a Lucky in Love Treatment ($565, 3 hours) for couples this February. This signature massage and facial is followed by an aromatherapy steam and soak incorporating custom-selected scents. Each couples’ suite is furnished with a Jacuzzi, a steam room, and private outdoor patio.
  • Set on the historic St. Andrews Bay, Sheraton Bay Point Resort (FL) presents the enticing Couples Massage at Serenity Spa ($310, 80 minutes) which employs European techniques to soothe aching muscles. The resort also features golf villas, a private bay beach, tennis courts, and Club 19 Restaurant.