Published on February 5th, 2015 | by Mark Chesnut
TRAVEL DEALS: Valentine’s Day Vacation Ideas from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica
Are you sick of hearing about Valentine’s Day yet? I’m getting there, but I’d be a bad travel writer if I didn’t keep you up to date on some of the latest romantic Latin America vacation packages, travel deals and experiences, which sound ideal for Valentine’s Day and beyond. You may have already read about some of the other interesting packages on LatinFlyer.com, including a $1,000 resort credit in Cancun, a romantic polo vacation in Argentina and an erotic dinner menu at a Mexico hotel. Now here’s a fresh round of even more romantic travel ideas.
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The Deal: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dinner
What Makes It Cool: An array of sensual options for lovers will make Valentine’s Day weekend a sexy getaway at this chic Mexico beach hotel. Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dinner at the hotel’s open-air restaurant, La Marea, includes a four-course dinner, served on the sand, with chocolate in each course, plus a welcome cocktail and live saxophone music. The dinner is $85 per person, served 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Valid for Travel: Valentine’s Day weekend
Info & Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Costa Rica Marriott San Jose
San Jose, Costa Rica
The Deal: The Candlelight Experience
What Makes It Cool: This Costa Rica hotel has launched its first open-air, nighttime treatment, the Candlelight Experience, which places guests outdoors on a coffee plantation (dare I say “on the grounds of a coffee plantation”?). The experience situates guests before 30 acres of Arabica trees at nightfall, where they can choose from treatments with nature-inspired ingredients such as local coffee and volcanic ash. Surrounded by candlelight, the experience finishes with a glass of wine, chocolate covered strawberries and a hydrotherapy treatment in the spa’s outdoor Jacuzzi.
Info & Reservations: www.marriott.com
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Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol
The Deal: Caribbean Romance Package
What Makes It Cool: At this recently renovated Dominican Republic beach hotel, couples can lie back and relax at the resort’s Sanctuary Spa, which covers nearly 20,000 square feet. The Caribbean Romance Package pampers couples with a a 50-minute Couple’s Massage, followed by an evening with a romantic dinner setting at the resort’s Blue Marlin Restaurant, by the sea and under the stars. The package is priced at $450.
Info & Reservations: sanctuarycapcana.com
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CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
The Deal: Ultimate Romance Package
What Makes It Cool: Love birds can escape to this Mexico beach hotel with the Ultimate Romance Package, with prices starting at $179/night. The resort’s Ohtli Spa features sensual couples treatments such as the Aztec Chocolate Body Wrap, as well as offerings utilizing the fresh agave grown onsite. The agave is also key to CasaMagna Tequila, shared by the resort’s Tequila Sommelier during weekly tasting classes.
Info & Reservations: www.marriott.com
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Hilton São Paulo Morumbi
São Paulo, Brazil
The Deal: Pacote Fantasia (Fantasy Package) for Carnaval
What Makes It Cool: This São Paulo hotel is offering a very different way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Brazil’s marquis event of the Lenten season, the vibrant Carnival, stops the country for five days of explosive parades, glittering samba dancers and celebration. Hilton São Paulo Morumbi offers full, authentic costumes and makeup to guests who stay for the festivities as part of their latest package. Pacote Fantasia (Fantasy Package) lets guests hit the traditional Carnival Samba Parade at Anhembi in style as they join in the Mocidade Alegre School of Sambe celebration on February 14. The package includes accommodations for two, an authentic carnival costume, full makeup application by Mocidade Alegre makeup artists, shuttle to the parade with Mocidade Alegre and parking and access to the LivingWell Health Club.
Valid for Travel: Dates surrounding February 14, 2015.
Info & Reservations: email@example.com
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Cancun, Mexico & Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Deal: Flights from Cleveland, Newark and Pittsburgh to Cancun
What Makes It Cool: On Saturday, February 14, 2015, Vacation Express will celebrate the start of nonstop flights to Cancun from Cleveland, Newark and Pittsburgh. In addition to Cancun, Vacation Express will also kick off nonstop flights from Buffalo to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Packages from Cleveland to Cancun depart weekly every Saturday morning, for six-night, all-inclusive vacations starting at $900. Next month, Vacation Express starts nonstop flights from Cleveland to Punta Cana, with all-inclusive Dominican Republic vacations starting at $1,000. From Newark, Vacation Express will offer all-inclusive, six-night vacations (available until September 5, 2015) with a starting price of $900. The new, nonstop flights from Pittsburgh to Cancun will begin Sunday, February 15, 2015 followed by nonstop flights to Punta Cana beginning March 14, 2015. These all-inclusive vacations start at $900 for Cancun and $1000* for Punta Cana.
Info & Reservations: www.vacationexpress.com
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Alvear Palace & Alvear Art
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Deal: Valentine’s Day dinner
What Makes It Cool: These two upscale Argentina hotels are offering unique ways to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. Alvear Palace is serving a seven-course meal at its La Bourgogne restaurant (priced at 1,900 Argentine pesos per couple) and a buffet lunch at its L’Orangerie restaurant (priced at 550 to 620 Argentine pesos per couple). The Champagne Bar at the Alvear Palace is serving a special cocktail accompanied by canapés (priced at 220 Argentine pesos per person). At Alvear Art hotel, Restaurant Contraluz will serve a five-course dinner, and will be entered into a raffle for a free night at the hotel, for the price of 960 Argentine pesos per couple.
Valid for Travel: February 14, 2015.
Info & Reservations: www.alvear.com.ar