Pimp My Valentine

It’s here again. And while it’s supposed to be the most romantic time of year, you feel pressure. Even though last year, your mate smiled politely at your boudoir bonanza, you get the feeling you didn’t hit the spot. No worries. This year, you have a Valentine hotel guide that will definitely put a genuine smile on your boo’s face.

Where: Area 31
What: The Valentine of Rome–This four-course prix fixe menu includes dishes like fresh tuna with wildflower honey, chilies and tarragon vinegar ($115 per person).
What Else: The Valentine of Terni–This four-course prix fixe menu includes dishes like Gianduja Budino with mocha sorbet and hazelnut crumble ($115 per person).
Bonus: Each dish will be paired with a glass of wine. Menu will be available from 5 p.m. -11p.m. 

Area 31 on EPIC Hotel’s 16th FL, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way., Downtown Miami, 305-424-234.                                    

Where: Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach

What: The Love Diet–Looking for a natural KY high? This venue’s holistic living experts suggest that you add pine nuts and fennel to your Valentine’s Day dish.
What Else: Canyon Ranch Grill is offering a three-course menu for $75 on Valentine’s Day.  This includes 2 Champagne glasses per couple, complimentary valet parking and music from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. 
What Else: Couples can enjoy Design-It-Yourself spa packages.
Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach, 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-514-7000.  

Where: W Fort Lauderdale

What: W Fort Lauderdale and Martini & Rossi partner to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the launch of Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé. Guests will receive first row seating at the Betsey Johnson fashion show and enjoy We Take The Cake’s cupcake bar and Bliss Spa hand and arm massages.

When: Thursday, February 11, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

W Hotel Fort Lauderdale, 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-8200.

Where: Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

What: During Valentine’s Day week, ESPA at Acqualina becomes a couples haven with co-ed relaxation areas, Champagne refreshments, dark chocolate truffles, couples’ yoga, and heart chakra-themed treatments (Prices vary). For reservations, call 305-918-6844.

What Else: Il Mulino offers five-course prixe fixe menu (5 p.m. -10 p.m.). Menu boasts European farm-fresh ingredients ($125 per person). For reservations, call 305-466-9191. Menu available upon request.

What Else: Costa Grill (Dinner Seating at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.). Enjoy a view of the Atlantic Ocean and Valentine’s Day offerings that include a glass of Champagne, four-course dinner, candles, rose petals and live music by Eccho Jazz band. ($110.00 per person). For reservations, call 305.918.6860. Menu available upon request.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-918-6777.


Where: The Setai South Beach

What: Six-course menu at the restaurant includes Champagne on arrival, candlelit tables with rose petals, personalized menus and violinists. Your significant other will receive a red rose on a silver platter and a personal gift from The Setai. ($170 per person/Additional $55 wine pairing per person).

What Else: For out-of-towners, The Setai Experience is available for booking with a minimum 3-night stay. Package includes a welcome Champagne bottle, daily breakfast and a choice of round-trip Range Rover airport transfers or two 60-minute spa treatments per stay (Rates begin at $775 per night).

The Setai South Beach, 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-520-6400.


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