Romantic Touches: Special hotel features you'll love for Valentine's Day, Part II
Last week we told you about 5 unique, romantic hotel amenities, and the hotels that play host to them. With Valentine's Day coming up, it's time to find the perfect romantic hotel, and perhaps even one with a special feature (hammocks on the beach, anyone? Personal fireplace, perhaps?). So in the spirit of love (and the spirit of helping you impress your significant other), we're bringing you 6 more whimsical, romantic hotel features.
Here's what they are, and where to find them:
The Hotel: Jamaica Inn, Jamaica Book a one-bedroom or two-bedroom cottage at Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and you'll find yourself with a gorgeous private plunge pool overlooking the azure sea. It will likely look the one shown above, or this one. You probably won't mind that your private cottage is beautiful and elegant, or that you're staying at one of the nicest hotels in Jamaica.
The Hotel: Fifteen Beacon, Boston Every cozy guest room at this boutique hotel has its own gas fireplace. During evening turndown (part of the highly personalized service here), staff get the fire going, dim the lights, and turn on soft classical music. A romantic treat to return to after wandering through the hotel's charming neighborhood, Beacon Hill.
The Hotel: Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco It's rare that a hotel offers in-room fireplaces like Fifteen Beacon in Boston does, but a few top hotels provide cozy, outdoor firepits, around which couples can cuddle with a blanket and some marshmallows as the sun goes down. The Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghiradelli Square, in San Francisco has two such firepits, one on the Mustard Terrace and one on the Nursery Terrace. The outdoor fires a great addition to the charm of the modern, all-suite hotel in quaint, historic Ghiradelli Square. If you're more of a Southern California person, Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes also has an outdoor fire.
The Hotel: The St. Regis San Francisco Sure, Taj Boston has a bath butler, but why settle for just baths when you can have a butler who will do just about anything for you? At The St. Regis San Francisco, guests can call upon their butler 24-hours a day to make a dinner reservation, bring French-pressed coffee each morning, or -- yes -- draw them a bubble bath. Need some extra chocolates? Need help setting up your iPod? Your wish is your butler's command. Plus, lovers need not leave their lovenest: Each butler can be summoned from a bedside touchscreen. For the same treatment on the East Coast, consider The St. Regis New York.
Dead sexy hotel pool
The Hotel: The Greenwich Hotel, New York City Not all hotel pools are created equal, and we're big fans of the Shibui Spa pool at The Greenwich hotel, which sits under a 250-year-old wood and bamboo Japanese farmhouse roof, complete with lantern-lit mood lighting. It doesn't hurt that the hotel is overall one of the best in New York, with unique rooms and expertly-selected shabby-chic decor that makes you feel like you're in a fancy Italian home.
The Hotel: Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, Hawaii We love the romantic, beachfront hammocks hanging over the sand at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, in part because they match the hotel's laid-back, bohemian vibe. They add to the low-key romance of this bungalow hotel, perfect for couples who don't need much beyond a beach, a sunset, and a little privacy. If you want your own hammock and can forgo the beach view, consider a suite like this one at Excellence Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.