Wine, dinner, roses, chocolate and jewelry for Valentine’s Day—everyone does it. Make this year different. In 2016, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, giving you the perfect excuse to book a weekend getaway on a private jet. To get the most out of the romantic holiday, make it a long weekend and have your flight attendant stock the private plane with your loved one’s favorite beverages, treats, and flowers.
The self-proclaimed “most beautiful place on Earth,” Sedona is the perfect getaway spot when you can’t fit an overnight private flight on your calendar. Escape the frigid weather and enjoy the signature blue skies and painted mesas while hiking or horseback riding. Book a wine tour of Verde Valley before gazing at the brilliant night sky without the interruption of light pollution—there’s no better way to see the Milky Way.
Sedona is ripe with beautiful hotels and resorts. Book the Romance Package at the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa and upgrade your room to the Alhambra Junior Suite or a Spa Suite.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Make your way to the Ligurian Sea’s eastern shores to see one of Italy’s most romantic and enchanting destinations, Via dell’Amore (Lovers’ Way). The pedestrian street overlooking the sea links the villages of Liguria, Cinque Terre, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The path received its name as it served as an easy connection for lovers between the towns to meet. Enjoy the salt-stained cliffs and views of the turquoise sea as you venture on a romantic Valentine’s Day stroll.
Stay in La Torretta hotel in nearby Manarola and book the Panoramic Suite or Design Suite. Each has an amazing view of the sea and a private balcony.
Treat your significant other with a trip aboard the Belmond British Pullman train, sister to the Orient Express, to celebrate your love. Departing from the London Victoria station, the magical ride takes you round-trip through the British countryside in luxury vintage carriages. The special Valentine’s Day trip includes an elegant dinner with a seasonal tasting menu by Chef Robbie Gleeson paired with fine wines and champagne.
Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam
Situated in Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonki, about 165 kilometers from the capital Hạ Noi, Hạ Long Bay is a series of over 1,600 islands and islets that form amazing seascapes, limestone pillars, caves and arches. Most of the bay remains uninhabited and untouched by humans, giving it exceptional biological interest. Scholar and poet Nguyễn Trãi praised Hạ Long Bay for its beauty over 500 years ago, calling it the “rock wonder in the sky.”
The best way to appreciate the beauty of this area is with a Valentine’s Day Emeraude cruise. The un-missable corner of Vietnam becomes steeped in rich oranges and purples at sunset and veiled in a delicate mist at sunrise. Be on the lookout for the “kissing” islands. There is no better exotic February destination.