It makes sense that Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of winter—after all, what’s more romantic than cozying up with a loved one? Whether you’re snuggling around a roaring fireplace at a ski chalet or soaking in a rooftop pool at a secluded resort matters not. What does is that you’re basking in each other’s company, surrounded by super-romantic elements—found in abundance at these three unforgettable spots.
Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Entering the US$150 million Capella resort by way of a 250- metre torchlit tunnel feels like crossing a divide between two worlds. This stunning property, just a five-minute walk from the burly party scene of Cabo, is built atop gorgeous cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The rooms are a toast to traditional Mexican design, showcasing mammoth planks of mesquite wood and hammered silver, plus local artisan-made tiles and desert-inspired hues. A dinner at the casual, cliffside El Farallon is not to be missed as the spray actually licks the lip of the intimate restaurant and the fish have been plucked from the surrounding waters, making the term alfresco ridiculously apt. The Auriga spa is another mind-blower with its special sound therapy treatment room.
What couples love
The private terraces and plunge pools that come with each spacious room, and the complimentary refreshments, such as beer, chips and guacamole, that are delivered to your room each day.
Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alta.
Although you can spot this red-roofed wonder from most of the runs on the front face of Lake Louise Ski Resort, many Albertans never tread beyond the cozy Outpost Pub. But the Post Hotel is a slice of European charm—from its sunken fireside lounge and its book-filled library to its balcony-rimmed suites and fairytale-like log cabins. In the main building you’ll often find owners Andre and George Schwarz pouring coffee for their guests, or telling tales of the lodge’s storied past over a private meal in its extensive (25,000-bottle) wine cellar.
What couples love
A night in an intimate slate and wood-lined suite (replete with a ready-to-light fire), a couples treatment in Temple Mountain Spa and downhill skiing just five minutes away.
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Garden, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
It’s hard not to covet your neighbour when you check into the Nayara Hotel in Costa Rica. When said next-door neighbour is the hulking Arenal Volcano, be prepared to leave your jaw somewhere on the deck of your suite—and more than once. However, if Arenal is cocooned in clouds one day, keep your eyes in your 1,200-sq.-ft. room and take note of the exquisite Indonesian-inspired surroundings—the hand-carved canopy bed posts, the private outdoor showers, the deck-top spa tubs and the private hammocks on your furnished lanai. Although many visitors to Costa Rica head directly to the beaches, the country’s inland area around Arenal is thrilling.
What couples love
Open-air spa with coffee scrubs and volcanic mud wraps, intimate sushi bar, 500-sq.-ft. his/her bathrooms, free long distance calls to Canada and nearby canyoneering and ziplining adventures.
Ski-Friendly Hotels in Whistler, Banff and Revelstoke
After a busy day of skiing or riding, kick back at one of these stylish, slopeside hotels. Sip cocktails at Fairmont Chateau Whistler's Mallard Lounge, warm up by the fireplace at Sunshine Mountain Lodge in Banff, or soothe your muscles in the outdoor pool at The Sutton Place Hotel in Revelstoke.
Five Warm-Weather Resorts With Exceptional Restaurants
Typically, resort food isn’t the highlight of a trip to the tropics, but an increasing number of resorts are upping their game with chef-driven concepts that should be experienced. Get classic French fare at Café Martinique at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas or sip aged rum at The Sugar Mill at Half Moon Resort in Jamaica.