Valentine’s Day

This year, thanks to an aptly-timed Presidents’ Day, Valentine lovers get a long weekend to celebrate romance — and the two holidays aren’t as unrelated as one might expect. Some of our fearless leaders have been decidedly romantic, and quite often their romantic rendezvous have taken place at some of the country’s most romantic hotels. Whether they are treating the First Lady (or their other lady loves) to a relaxing vacation, or pining for their loved one from a hotel suite for one, these presidents sure know a thing or two about l’amour. This Valentine’s weekend, you might consider booking a hotel with the presidential seal of approval.

San Ysdiro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, Santa Barbara 

San Ysidro

The Presidential Couple: John and Jackie Kennedy 

Back in 1953, the former president and his new bride paid just $27 to spend a night at this luxurious resort as they traveled from Acapulco up the Californian coast. Nowadays, that same suite — renamed the Kennedy Cottage after the couple — goes for thousands of dollars per night. Read More »

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Love is in the air. After all, February is the month of love and Valentine’s Day is the day of love, so we can’t help but daydream about romantic getaways: Over-the-top luxury in Paris, quaint beachfront boutiques in Jamaica, sexy spots in New York City – they all mean romance to us. It may be a little late to be booking a romantic stay for this Valentine’s Day, but it’s never the wrong time to start planning your next romantic vacation  à deux (especially if you’re in the doghouse for forgetting about today — this should help you out). Get inspired by our picks for the 10 most romantic hotels in the world, below or at USA Today.

 Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

This Eiffel Tower view is the perfect backdrop to a romantic night in.

You can’t think of romantic getaways and not consider Paris. The City of Love is full of romantic hotels, big and small, but Hotel Plaza Athenee outshines the others in setting the mood for couples. Nothing says romance like a view of the Eiffel Tower from your luxurious suite, and that’s just what you get at this iconic hotel. The 146 rooms and 45 suites are decorated in classic Art Deco style — picture draped curtains, gilded wall panels, and crystal chandeliers — with modern touches like flat-screen TVs and marble baths. And the top-notch Dior Institute spa features tons of couples’ treatments. Finish the day with a romantic meal at one of the six distinct restaurants.

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Not tied down right now? Lucky you! Thankfully, you don’t need to sit home tomorrow night and be sad — hotels across the country are pulling out the stops for those who are currently sans significant other. We found three of our favorite hotels that are actually offering anti-romance packages. But, all of them have a catch — should you find a cutie tomorrow night, you can get down and dirty with them in one of the hotel’s rooms. Don’t you feel independent already?

THE HOTEL: Four Seasons Miami; Miami, FL
THE PACKAGE: The Lonely Hearts Club Group Dinner

The Grounds at the Four Seasons Miami; Miami, FL

If you’re looking to meet ready-to-be-met singles, head to the Four Seasons tomorrow (and if you work in Miami’s financial district, you pretty much have no excuse, considering how close you are) to mug down on delicious fare at the hotel’s brand-new restaurant, Edge Steak and Bar. While the dinner costs $65 per head, you do get a leg up on a hotel room: Should you meet your match while finishing up with your Broken Hearted Napoleon (with passion-less fruit sauce, natch), the Four Seasons outpost is offering rooms at $469/night.

CHECK OUT MORE HOTEL HOT SPOTS FOR SINGLES AFTER THE JUMP!

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5 Super-Sexy Suites in Miami

by Rachel on February 8, 2012

Hey — have you heard? Valentine’s Day is next week. And if you haven’t made plans for your significant other — or just a newer two-some — it’s time to get on it! Our ideal date would simply be a night in a top-of-the-line suite in one of our favorite cities (especially this time of year..brrrr), Miami. We found our five fave rooms to make some sweet, suite love in.

THE HOTEL: DREAM SOUTH BEACH
THE SUITE: JUNIOR SUITE

The Junior Suite at the Dream South Beach; Miami, FL

THE SEX APPEAL: Tricked-out lighting and offbeat decor set the tone at this funky addition to the South Beach hotel scene. Although the sitting and sleeping spaces are actually combined, the oversize, plush king bed makes for a fantastic sleep — and should things get hot and heavy on the couch, it’s not far to the bed. If it gets really hot, there’s even more good news: The Dream has windows that actually open for a delicious breeze. Head upstairs to Highbar for a nightcap on one of their retro wicker lounges before holing up in your suite for the night.

THE PRICE: $995/night

See more photos of the Junior Suite >>

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Sun and sand is great and all, but some (us included) would argue that a beachy setting gets better when the clothes come off. Think of a nude beach as your new and improved wingman — its mere presence allows you to skip the whole how-do-I-get-him-or-her-out-of-their-clothes predicament. So come and get the skinny on our favorite nude beaches.

The Nude Beach: Haulover Beach; Miami, FL
The Best Hotel for the Beach: ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa

The Beach at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa; Miami, FL

The beach at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa; Miami, FL

WHY WE LOVE THE BEACH: Though Miami is topless-friendly just about everywhere, Haulover Beach is the only true nude beach in this spring break hotspot. The waters are crystal clear, the soft sand is debris-free, plus there are tons of on-beach amenities. Haulover has lifeguards (in swimsuits, unfortunately), food and drink vendors, and plenty of organized activities like birthday-suit volleyball, although we recommend not going for the save.

WHY WE WANT TO STAY HERE: Less than a 5-minute drive from Haulover Beach, ONE Bal Harbour has a prime location for seeing some skin. Plus, this luxury resort has massive suites, a 10,000-square-foot spa, and over $4 million dollars worth of modern art.

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On Valentine’s Day, just about anything can get a person in the mood — but there are some things are a sure bet. That’s why we perused our most romantic hotels to find come-hither amenities that could have even total strangers getting hot and heavy in no time. Grab your spouse, significant other, or the eye candy that lives next door and check in to one of these sexy spots.

THE HOTEL: Ventana Inn & Spa; Big Sur, CA

THE LUSTY AMENITY: The Clothing-Optional Pool

Clothing-Optional Lower Pool at the Ventana Inn & Spa; Big Sur, CA

The Clothing-Optional Lower Pool at the Ventana Inn & Spa; Big Sur, CA

The Ventana Inn & Spa is all about creating a zen, holistic retreat with such offerings as yoga classes, discovery walks, afternoon wine and cheese, Japanese baths, and two pools. Forgot to pack your bathing suit? No problem! One of the pools is clothing-optional (read: everyone’s in their birthday suit), so it’s easy to dive in and feel sexy. Check out more super-sexy hotel features after the jump!

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TK hard rock

The pool won't be open on Valentine's Day, but the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino knows how to throw a good party in any season.

Valentine’s Day is a day for candlelight dinners, heart-shaped chocolates, and bubble baths for two …for some people.

This year, we want to inspire single folks everywhere to forget about roses and reclaim February 14th as their own. After all, if couples get a weekend to celebrate love, then singles should get a weekend to celebrate the fun and freedom that is being single.

We propose — no pun intended — that you gather up your favorite single friends and get out of town for the weekend — no lovers allowed.

Whether you’re looking for a beach or a party, we’ve got a perfect singles getaway hotel for you. Below you’ll find our favorite picks for Miami, L.A., Las Vegas, and New York City, all of which still have availability for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means love is in the air and romance is on our minds — hotel romance, that is. Below we’re showing you some of the most lovey-dovey hotel features we’ve come across during our travels. Get inspired — or just sit back and enjoy the view!

Pool of the One Bedroom Cottage at the Jamaica Inn

Pool of the One Bedroom Cottage at Jamaica Inn

Although all guest rooms at Jamaica Inn face the azure sea, a splurge on a private cottage can mean special perks like the plunge pool seen here. (The same cottage gets you this deck over the water.) Read full hotel review.

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Book Room at The Jefferson hotel in Washington, D.C.

Book Room at The Jefferson hotel in Washington, D.C.

We know, we know – Valentine’s Day is still more than a month away, and you haven’t even started thinking about how you’re going to surprise that special someone. But why not get ahead of the game for once? Instead of buying a last-minute scarf or struggling to get a table at a trendy restaurant, consider booking a getaway weekend at one of Oyster’s favorite romantic hotels. And if you think your significant other might need a little prodding, try dropping a subtle hint, like printing out this list and placing it on his or her pillow.

Below, we’ve selected our favorite places for some tender alone time in each of our destinations.

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