Unique romantic features -- and the hotels where you can find them
With Valentine's Day approaching, we could go ahead and list our picks for the most romantic hotels, but we thought we'd take a more playful approach to helping you find the perfect hotel. So we've picked out the most unique, special, fun romantic touches that we've seen hotels do, and below we'll tell you where to find said features. And stay tuned, we have another edition coming your way soon!
The special feature: A designated "kissing point" The hotel: The Kahala Hotel and Resort, Hawaii This Hawaiian hotel has beautiful grounds, which includes a "kissing point" that juts out into the ocean, complete with a bench for couples who need to steal more than just one kiss. For a similar experience, couples can also visit Half Moon in Jamaica and smooch in the resort's gazebo just off the shore.
The special feature: Bath butler The hotel: Taj Boston Warm up in a hot bath, drawn by the hotel's very own bath butler. Choose from several options (Boston Tea Party bath, anyone?), the most romantic being the "Simply Romantic" bath ($85) with bubbles, rose petals, two glasses of champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and your choice of romantic CD.
The special feature: Outdoor Jacuzzi The hotel: Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Some rooms at this hotel, like the Colonial Junior Suite Ocean Front Room seen here, have private, outdoor Jacuzzis. Combine that with two lounge chairs on a private terrace and a canopy bed, and you've got a recipe for romance. Other options for an outdoor Jacuzzi include the Ska Suite at Geejam in Jamaica, and the Honeymoon Suite at the Sivory Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The special feature: Couples spa treatments The hotel: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Hawaii This hotel has hands-down the biggest and best spa on its island: the 46,000-square-foot Anara Spa. It boasts 11 treatment rooms, five of which are couples massage huts in the garden. The spa’s award-winning treatments are inspired by la’au, the Hawaiian tradition of herbal medicine. For after the couples treatment, there is a sauna, stream room, whirlpools, lava rock outdoor showers, and a 25-yard lap pool.
The special feature: Cave dining The hotel: The Caves, Jamaica It doesn’t get much more romantic then a candlelit private dinner for two inside a cave in Negril, Jamaica. What’s more, this unique dinner is included in the all-inclusive package (at the aptly-named hotel The Caves). As if the cave itself isn't enough, check out the gorgeous surrounding scenery.