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Feeling welcome and comfortable has been a work-in-progress over the past decade for LGBT travelers, and while some places certainly still have some work to do (cough Jamaica cough), we are finally living in a world where, for the most part, traveling as a same-sex couple no longer has to be an undercover operation.
And things are getting better on the homefront as well. The Federal Government has some catching up to do, but twelve states have now legalized same-sex marriage, and several others have at least allowed civil unions. With more gay couples deciding to get married and an increased comfort level in terms of "out" travel, this means big things for where the wedding and hotel industries meetit means big things for same-sex destination weddings.
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Haven't made plans with your sweetie for Valentine's Day yet? Have no fear. We've put together a short n' sweet list of seriously sexy Valentine's Day packages that are still available to book. But the clock is ticking!
CANYON RANCH MIAMI BEACH: The oceanfront wellness hotel is offering several new classes to "liberate one's libido" for Valentine's Day, including "Position Yourself", taught by Dr. Yoav Suprun. The renowned physical therapist will demonstrate important strengthening exercises to help you achieve the most desired sexual positions. Rates for the hotel for tonight and tomorrow start at $630 for a one-bedroom suite with a city view. That includes a kitchen area, 920-sq.ft. to try out your sexual positions and free wireless in case you need to look something up. Go here to book.
THE REVERE HOTEL, BOSTON: This new spunky spot on Stuart Street is offering a Screaming Orgasm package which includes overnight accommodations and a private mixology lesson where guests will learn to make X-Rated cocktails with Boston's own Kirsten “Kitty” Amann, author of The Screaming Orgasm: 69 X-rated Cocktails. As if the orgasm weren't enough, a copy of her book, in-room chocolate covered strawberries and whipped cream and a late checkout top off package, which is priced at $499. Go here to book.
If you got in trouble last year for falling short on the romance-o-meter, or, worse still, forgetting it was Valentine's Day altogether (for shame!), then here's your chance to make it up. From limousine shuttles to four-course meals to Ferris Wheel rides, below are 10 V-Day packages from around the world guaranteed to make you (and your special someone) feel like royalty.
A snowy Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Le Pavillon de la Reine, Le Marais, Paris
The Deal: The trés chere “Be My Valentine" package includes a room for the night, buffet breakfast for two, two glasses of champagne and a padlock to inscribe with your names and lock to the romantic Le Pont des Arts bridge.
Book It: Valid Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, 2013. Room package starts at 420 Euros ($564) including tax & services in superior room, and up per night depending on room type.
Lockwood Restaurant and Bar at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
The Deal: Meet your Valentine-to-be at a single-mingle soiree February 13 from 6-8 PM. “The Professional Way to Play Cupid” co-hosted by Southern Wine and Spirits includes wine, charcuterie, fine cheeses and appetizers. After the party, invite your new love connection to join you for dinner at Lockwood Restaurant and take 25% off your tab (excluding alcoholic beverages, valid Feb.13th only).
Book It: Party is $35 per person. Singles only.
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Even though its winter, you can still take advantage of the relatively drama-free weather on the Left Coast where the rooftop shenanigans live-on. Remember, these haunts are available year-round and come with a side of schwanky--hold the frostbite. So grab your date and enjoy these rooftop destinations for your next romantic romp west of the Mississippi.
Suite 700, Hotel Shangri La, Santa Monica, CA
Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica's Suite 700 open-air bar & lounge is the epitome of swank with its Art Deco Hollywood glamour combined with epic views of the Pacific sunset. It's no wonder the hotel was named after the earthly paradise James Hilton spoke of in Lost Horizon. Treat your date to a fire pit and some popcorn chicken avec cocktail, and get lost watching the flames. Or watch the killer sunsets. The nice thing about Shangri-La is you can stay indoors in the lounge if it's breezy, or venture onto the rooftop, so its the best of both. Weekends can be crowded, so try a weeknight or just come early if you want some elbow room.
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Romance seekers and au naturel enthusiasts will be delighted to know that L'Auberge de Sedona wants you to stand outside your room, completely naked. Well that is only true in part- but it is true.
After a multiphase $25 million renovation completed last year that included a new lobby, the redesign of the resort’s Lodge rooms and Creekside and Garden Cottages, and the addition of several brand new Spa Cottages and Vista Cottages and Suites, we've learned that L'Auberge has also added private outdoor showers. Yup, to up the romance factor in our favorite cottages to an "11", L'Auberge has added luxurious enclosed outdoor cedar showers open to the sky for viewing the sunrise or the stars.
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For a woman who's known for singing about butterflies and rainbows and daydreams, it's no surprise that for her fourth annual wedding vow renewal ceremony, Mariah Carey towed husband Nick Cannon all the way to Paris for a cutesy—and very public—display of affection at The Plaza Athenee.
Dressed in matching white outfits, the super-famous couple got down with some major PDA at the PAP.
The Daily Mail points out that while the actual ceremony took place on top of the Eiffel Tower, the couple invited photographers to the hotel afterwards so they could get a slice of the action. Yes, the tip of the tower peeking through in the distance is like something out of a fairytale, though we'd honestly be just as happy enjoying the same view from one of the hotel's award-winning bathtubs. We're easy to please.
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Hotels in Miami are never cheap--and Valentine's Day is no exception. But isn't it worth dropping a little more than you're used to at this time of year? Down in South Beach, there's a breeze in the balmy air and pools to wander about in. Clothes barely required.
Here are three hotels getting their romance on for guests checking in on or near February 14...
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If you thought that Valentine's Day was the only romantic day of the year, think again. It turns out that September 26 is National Love Note Day, giving all of you would-be
Justin Bieber stalkers hopeless romantic poets a legitimate reason to pen sappy love notes to the object(s) of your affections.
Not quite the romance writer you hoped you'd be? Allow Four Seasons Boston to help. The hotel's Room for Romance package will place a love note featuring different quotes on the bed at turndown. These notes feature either quotes from a famous author, song lyrics and even movie quotes. (But please, use something more original than "You complete me.")
Of course, if you do think your flowery musings are good enough, the hotel will deliver a personal love note as well.
Did you forget to buy your sweetheart candy and flowers on Valentine’s Day, and have been paying for it ever since? Or maybe you only just met someone special and wish you could enlist Cupid’s help to show your love, but have over six months until you can celebrate Anti-Singles Day again.
Lucky for you we look for any chance to get all sentimental and mushy, and found out during a recent trip to Shanghai that Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, and this year it’s on August 6. We also just learned about two Chinese Valentine’s Day packages being offered by the Peninsula Shanghai.
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After dealing with two dudes who wanted separate beds in NYC, we've got another hotel question about New York in our inboxes. This time, it's from a lady who doesn't want two beds as she's looking for a one-night romantic stay in the Big Apple. She writes:
Jason and I are looking for a NYC hotel for just one night in Nov. I believe most of them require two and we'll do that if it's the case, but we want to go to a really nice one that's not $1,100 a night like the Pennisula, but something boutique-y and quaint. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks.
If you reality TV addicts who are glued to NBC's new dating show Love in the Wild are wondering which romantic-looking abode the winning couples shack up in after an action-packed episode, it's the Nayara Hotel and Gardens.
The adventure-based dating series was filmed last spring at the Costa Rica hotel. In each episode, couples go head-to-head in various adventures; the winning twosome gets to spend the night together in the let's-get-it-on "Oasis." However, the "Oasis" is actually a Nayara Suite at the hotel.
If you don't have deep pockets like Kris Humphries to propose to your own Kim Kardashian with a $2 million rock, you gotta get creative. Luckily, you can get some help: Take your smitten self to the InterContinental Mark Hopkins's Proposal Desk.
The San Francisco hotel's new service will brainstorm with you and execute the perfect way to ask your lovey-dovey to marry you. Whether it be filling a hotel room with her favorite flowers, hopping on a hot-air balloon or having an airplane ask the question in sky-writing, the Proposal Desk will make it happen.