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My Monied Valentine: High-Ticket V-Day Packages

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Are you a wealthy philanderer or disgraced politician looking to woo back your spouse?  When compared to the alimony and lawyers’ fees you could be served with, the over-the-top Valentines packages below may seem like a cautious investment.  For the rest of us, don your Holly Golightly sunglasses and look through the windows at Tiffany & Co. to see how the rich can opt to show their affection. (Honestly, when you factor in the fancy dinners and multiple night stays of some of these packages, they don’t seem quite so out of reach even for those of us without guilty consciences or fat wallets.)

Out in Southern California, Montage Laguna Beach, a favorite beach getaway for Hollywood movers and shakers, has a Plein Air Art of Romance package for $5,000.  That covers two whole nights, so stop your belly-aching.
- 2 nights’ accommodations in an ocean front suite
- 2 nights’ dinner for two, one night in your room and the other at The Loft, the resort’s restaurant
- A couple's massage at Spa Montage
- A rose petal bath drawn by the resort's "Romance Artist"
- A welcome amenity
- Daily breakfast in bed for two
- Valet parking
For more information or to book, please visit our Deals page.

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The Hotel Hassler in Rome was romantic enough for Grace Kelly and Prince Ranier’s honeymoon, but are you up to the love challenge?  For €1,070  (around $1,513), you can book the San Valentino package at the hotel which will get you
- 2 nights’ accommodations in a Grand Deluxe room
- A special Valentine’s dinner for two
- Daily breakfast
- A bottle of Italian sparkling wine, a single red rose, and a “surprise” gift
For more information or to book, please visit our Deals page.

For prices that begin at a comparatively modest $945, you can wow your sweetheart at New York's  Plaza Hotel with the "Unforgettable Valentine's Day" package:
- Overnight accommodations in a guest room or suite
-  A bottle of NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne and fresh berries
- An assortment of chocolates from Austrian confectioner Demel
- Breakfast in bed
- A couples' massage at the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa
For more information or to book, please visit our Deals page.

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A pristine tropical beach provides a nice backdrop for canoodling.  Antigua’s Hermitage Bay, a subdued and swanky all-adults, all-inclusive hotel with just 25 design-y cottages on the beach, has a Valentine’s Day Escape for $1,450 a night.  You get:
- An upgrade to the next available suite category
- All meals and drinks
- Daily in-room breakfast served with champagne on private verandah
- One 60-minute couples massage
- Airport transfers to and from the resort with VIP Meet & Greet to ease your way through customs and immigration
For more information or to book, please visit our Deals page.

In swinging London, 51 Buckingham Gate (pictured, top) has a treat for lovers, with or without little cupids of their own.  You can sign on for the romance package below and pay £705 (around $1,145) for the two-night stay or you can bring the kids, get 4 hours' worth of babysitting and gifts for them from Hamleys, and pay £1,045 (around $1,699).  While having the kids along on your romantic getaway may not appeal to all, some nervous parents may find this the only way to get their groove on without fretting. The package, sans enfants, includes:
- 2 nights' accommodations in a suite
- Tattinger Champagne and chocolates for 2
- Butler-drawn yuan zhi bath
- Dinner for 2 at Quilon, the South Indian, Michelin-starred restaurant downstairs
- Daily breakfast
For more information or to book, please visit our Deals page.

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The Carlyle
on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is the architectural equivalent of a Cole Porter tune.  Stay two nights and convince your sweetie you’re the tops. Here’s the $1,395 Valentines weekend package:
- 2 nights’ accommodations (Sunday and Monday)
- Dinner for two both nights at Cafe Carlyle
- A couples massage at Sense, the hotel spa
- 2 nights’ musical entertainment at Cafe Carlyle (Christine Ebersol is performing.)
For more information or to book, please visit our Deals page.

Paris is where love songs tell you to take your amour.  This high-ticket (€970, or around $1,364), eco-friendly romance package from the 5-star Hotel Fouquet's Barrière on the Champs Elysees, may elevate your romance to something song-worthy.
- Overnight accommodations in a room or suite
- Daily breakfast with locally sourced produce
- Dinner at Fouquet's with the hotel’s exclusive organic Pop Earth Champagne
For more information or to book, please visit our Deals page.

What have we learned here?  That the wealthy enjoy having someone else draw their baths and that a couples massage has become as much an indicator of romantic intent as chocolate, roses, and Champagne.  Maybe you should rethink that Whitman’s sampler this Valentine's Day.

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Online Senior Editor Ann Shields edits TravelandLeisure.com's Deals page and Hot Deals newsletter.

Photos courtesy of  51 Buckingham Gate, Hotel Hassler, Hermitage Bay, The Carlyle.

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