Leave it to South Florida’s high-end resorts to raise the bar on romance. Two of the area’s elite properties are offering Valentine’s Day specials for couples interested in everything from spa treatments to five-star dining.
Among the available options Feb. 14:
• Mandarin Oriental, Miami: The award-winning spa (500 Brickell Key Drive) is playing host to couples with a variety of pampering options. The Valentine’s Day Express package, priced at $200 per person, includes a Thai foot massage, scalp massage and shellac manicure (the first two offerings are available in tandem). The Couples Delight, priced at $720 for two, features two hours of treatment time in a VIP Couples Suite, Champagne and chocolate pralines—and even a book of love poems. On the dining front, the Mandarin’s Café Sambal, overlooking Biscayne Bay (pictured), has a four-course special ($80 per person) that includes lobster bisque with seafood mousse and avocado oil; braised Kobe short ribs with shitake mushroom risotto; and a decadent bento box dessert with dulce de leche cheesecake lollipops, frozen passion fruit truffle, raspberry-rose macaroon and chocolate-pearl mousse cake. Call 305/913-8358 for dining reservations; 305/913-8332 for spa reservations. Visit the resort's website for more info.
• The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach: Love isn’t the only thing in the air at the Ritz (100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan), where the scent of culinary treasures is certain draw guests to restaurants Temple Orange and Angle for Valentine’s meals. At Temple Orange, the four-course experience ($85 per person) includes entrée options of sesame-crusted halibut or Creek Stone Farms grass-fed filet of beef. Meanwhile, Angle has its own four-course feast ($150 per person) that features everything from a Maine lobster/whiskey bisque appetizer to entrée selections of seared red snapper, seared diver scallops or slow-braised beef short ribs—and desserts ranging from flaming chocolate and strawberry crème brûlée to hazelnut chocolate fondue. Call 561/533-6000 for dinner reservations. Visit the resort's website for more info.