10 Over-the-Top Valentine's Day Packages

Tides Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group Courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group
Note: This feature was first published in 2011. Not all packages are still available.

Travel writers see a lot of funny things come into our inboxes, from babymoons to staycations and, the latest, perhaps most egregious: "engagementcation." We all know that Valentine's Day is a commercial holiday, but it's one many of us indulge in nonetheless. We've rounded up some of the most outlandish, elaborate over-the-top and in some cases, ridiculous Valentine's Day deals. The bonus? Not all of them come with extreme price tags. Perhaps the spirit will move you?

Photo Caption: Tides Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group
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Inside the Hotel Union Square, one of three Personality Hotels, San Francisco. Rien van Rijthoven
Where: Personality Hotels in San Francisco (Hotel Union Square, Hotel Diva or Kensington Park)
The details: Overnight accommodations, a monkey Snuggie, the Snuggie Sutra book (with suggestions that involve the Snuggie), late checkout, four-pack of flavored SKYY vodka mini-bottles.
Rates and dates: From $159 for deluxe room (rates start around $139 otherwise); valid through April 30
Information: tel. 800/553-1900; www.personalityhotels.com

Photo Caption: Inside the Hotel Union Square, one of three Personality Hotels, San Francisco.
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Inside the Hotel Union Square, one of three Personality Hotels, San Francisco. Rien van Rijthoven
Where: Personality Hotels in San Francisco (Hotel Union Square, Hotel Diva or Kensington Park)
The details: Overnight accommodations, a monkey Snuggie, the Snuggie Sutra book (with suggestions that involve the Snuggie), late checkout, four-pack of flavored SKYY vodka mini-bottles.
Rates and dates: From $159 for deluxe room (rates start around $139 otherwise); valid through April 30
Information: tel. 800/553-1900; www.personalityhotels.com

Photo Caption: Inside the Hotel Union Square, one of three Personality Hotels, San Francisco.
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Whoopie pies are on offer at the Loews Hotel in Miami. Photo: Courtesy Loews Hotels Courtesy Loews Hotels
Where: Loews Hotels and Resorts (except Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort or Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando)
The details: Accommodations for two, welcome gift of make your own whoopee pies with marshmallow cream, chocolate mousse, and dulce de leche fillings; continental breakfast for two in bed; and late checkout
Rates and dates: Rates vary by property: from $109 for Loews Denver to $299 Loews Miami Beach, valid for Thursday-Saturday stays through Valentine's Day weekend.
Information: tel. 800/23-LOEWS; www.loewshotels.com

Photo Caption: Whoopie pies are on offer at the Loews Hotel in Miami. Photo courtesy Loews Hotels
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Whoopie pies are on offer at the Loews Hotel in Miami. Photo: Courtesy Loews Hotels Courtesy Loews Hotels
Where: Loews Hotels and Resorts (except Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort or Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando)
The details: Accommodations for two, welcome gift of make your own whoopee pies with marshmallow cream, chocolate mousse, and dulce de leche fillings; continental breakfast for two in bed; and late checkout
Rates and dates: Rates vary by property: from $109 for Loews Denver to $299 Loews Miami Beach, valid for Thursday-Saturday stays through Valentine's Day weekend.
Information: tel. 800/23-LOEWS; www.loewshotels.com

Photo Caption: Whoopie pies are on offer at the Loews Hotel in Miami. Photo courtesy Loews Hotels
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Sandestin Beach Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Florida. Photo: Courtesy Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort Courtesy Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin Florida
The details: This resort on Florida's Emerald Coast really goes over the top -- a diamond and emerald ring, strawberries and champagne, golf and tennis, accommodations up to three nights and four days, golf lessons, massages and then some. However, you can opt for the less expensive free night promotion: stay two and get the third one free by booking with FREE3 code.
Rates and dates: Priced at $10,011, is valid through February 15 for a two, three or four-bedroom suite; (add $1 for one additional night); Free3 is valid through February 28, from $89 for studio accommodations.
Information: tel. 866/91-BEACH; www.sandestin.com

Photo Caption: Sandestin Beach Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Florida. Photo courtesy Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort
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Sandestin Beach Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Florida. Photo: Courtesy Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort Courtesy Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin Florida
The details: This resort on Florida's Emerald Coast really goes over the top -- a diamond and emerald ring, strawberries and champagne, golf and tennis, accommodations up to three nights and four days, golf lessons, massages and then some. However, you can opt for the less expensive free night promotion: stay two and get the third one free by booking with FREE3 code.
Rates and dates: Priced at $10,011, is valid through February 15 for a two, three or four-bedroom suite; (add $1 for one additional night); Free3 is valid through February 28, from $89 for studio accommodations.
Information: tel. 866/91-BEACH; www.sandestin.com

Photo Caption: Sandestin Beach Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Florida. Photo courtesy Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort
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Inside the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Vail, Colorado. Photo courtesy: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail
Where: Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail, Colorado
The details: Want to pop the question? Do you love to ski? Do you want to fly first class and be pampered? This package includes two first-class, roundtrip airfare tickets, dinner for two, a rose petal bath, couples massage, personal training session for two, and a $20,000 engagement ring. You can have the ring selected for you, or arrange with a local jeweler to pick the ring out together.
Rates and dates: $29,000 for two nights; $1,000 for an additional night; valid through the end of February
Information: tel. 877/525-9631; www.theresidencesvail.com

Photo Caption: Inside the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Vail, Colorado. Photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail
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Inside the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Vail, Colorado. Photo courtesy: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail
Where: Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail, Colorado
The details: Want to pop the question? Do you love to ski? Do you want to fly first class and be pampered? This package includes two first-class, roundtrip airfare tickets, dinner for two, a rose petal bath, couples massage, personal training session for two, and a $20,000 engagement ring. You can have the ring selected for you, or arrange with a local jeweler to pick the ring out together.
Rates and dates: $29,000 for two nights; $1,000 for an additional night; valid through the end of February
Information: tel. 877/525-9631; www.theresidencesvail.com

Photo Caption: Inside the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Vail, Colorado. Photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail
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Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort and Marina in Stuart, Florida. Photo: Peter Gorman Photography Peter Gorman Photography
Where: Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort & Marina, Stuart, Florida
The details: Have you dreamed of jetting off to a private island? The resort will equip you with jet skis (or a boat or kayak) to spend time on a private beach for several hours, along with picnic fare and champagne. Chocolate-covered strawberries greet you in your room upon arrival, you'll have a sunrise breakfast in bed when you wake up, and the beauty of a late checkout.
Rates and dates: From $215, a 30% savings; through February 28; additional nights also from $215.
Information: tel. 800/627-7468; www.marriotthutchinsonisland.com; use code LUV

Photo Caption: Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort and Marina in Stuart, Florida. Photo by Peter Gorman Photography
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Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort and Marina in Stuart, Florida. Photo: Peter Gorman Photography Peter Gorman Photography
Where: Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort & Marina, Stuart, Florida
The details: Have you dreamed of jetting off to a private island? The resort will equip you with jet skis (or a boat or kayak) to spend time on a private beach for several hours, along with picnic fare and champagne. Chocolate-covered strawberries greet you in your room upon arrival, you'll have a sunrise breakfast in bed when you wake up, and the beauty of a late checkout.
Rates and dates: From $215, a 30% savings; through February 28; additional nights also from $215.
Information: tel. 800/627-7468; www.marriotthutchinsonisland.com; use code LUV

Photo Caption: Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort and Marina in Stuart, Florida. Photo by Peter Gorman Photography
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Luxurious room at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Photo: Courtesy Millennium Biltmore Courtesy Millennium Biltmore
Where: Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles, California
The details: Get engaged, Carrie Bradshaw-style, at this Presidential suite: the hotel will help recreate the proposal scene from Sex and the City, complete with her dream-come-true walk-in closet and a single pair of shoes from Charles David. Wake up to breakfast in your room.
Rates and dates: $6,500 for the package for one night, full breakfast for two in-room, Charles David shoes (choose style and size upon booking), champagne toast, overnight valet parking; through February 28. Additional night is $5,000.
Information: tel. 213/624-1011; www.millenniumhotels.com

Photo Caption: Luxurious room at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Millennium Biltmore
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Luxurious room at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Photo: Courtesy Millennium Biltmore Courtesy Millennium Biltmore
Where: Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles, California
The details: Get engaged, Carrie Bradshaw-style, at this Presidential suite: the hotel will help recreate the proposal scene from Sex and the City, complete with her dream-come-true walk-in closet and a single pair of shoes from Charles David. Wake up to breakfast in your room.
Rates and dates: $6,500 for the package for one night, full breakfast for two in-room, Charles David shoes (choose style and size upon booking), champagne toast, overnight valet parking; through February 28. Additional night is $5,000.
Information: tel. 213/624-1011; www.millenniumhotels.com

Photo Caption: Luxurious room at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Millennium Biltmore
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Cotton Tree Hotel in Grand Cayman Island. Photo: courtesy Cotton Tree Courtesy Cotton Tree
Where: Boutique Cotton Tree, Grand Cayman Island
The details: Stay in seclusion in a beachfront cottage, where a basket of artisan chocolates and gourmet treats await guests along with wine or champagne, coffee, tea, beverages, and fresh flowers. The three-night package also includes a two-hour sunset sail with champagne, a seven course-tasting meal, and an open-air, hour-long massage (one per person). If that's not enough, you also get a one-hour beach and tropical garden professional photo shoot.
Rates and dates: Price $2,665 for three nights/two people; from $600 for an additional night; valid February 10-20.
Information: (tel. 345/943-0700; www.caymancottontree.com)

Photo Caption: Cotton Tree Hotel in Grand Cayman Island. Photo courtesy Cotton Tree
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Cotton Tree Hotel in Grand Cayman Island. Photo: courtesy Cotton Tree Courtesy Cotton Tree
Where: Boutique Cotton Tree, Grand Cayman Island
The details: Stay in seclusion in a beachfront cottage, where a basket of artisan chocolates and gourmet treats await guests along with wine or champagne, coffee, tea, beverages, and fresh flowers. The three-night package also includes a two-hour sunset sail with champagne, a seven course-tasting meal, and an open-air, hour-long massage (one per person). If that's not enough, you also get a one-hour beach and tropical garden professional photo shoot.
Rates and dates: Price $2,665 for three nights/two people; from $600 for an additional night; valid February 10-20.
Information: (tel. 345/943-0700; www.caymancottontree.com)

Photo Caption: Cotton Tree Hotel in Grand Cayman Island. Photo courtesy Cotton Tree
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Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington. Photo: Courtesy Salish Lodge and Spa Courtesy Salish Lodge and Spa

Where: Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington
The details: Rooms at this lodge, situated in the Cascade Mountains overlook the Snoqualmie Falls. Be treated to chocolate massage treatments, dine on five-course meal of Northwest cuisine in your room, relax with a bottle of Cristal and chocolate truffles, and wake up to breakfast, bedside, the next morning. Oh, and don't forget the limo ride to and from the lodge, the advice the hotel can give you on popping the question which you'll do with a 1.25 carat round cut diamond solitaire on a platinum band from Alvin Goldfarb jeweler -- or you supply your own.
Rates and dates: Valid February 11-14, for $2,500 (Ring is additional $10,000)
Information: tel. 800/2-SALISH; www.salishlodge.com

Photo Caption: Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington. Photo courtesy Salish Lodge and Spa
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Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington. Photo: Courtesy Salish Lodge and Spa Courtesy Salish Lodge and Spa

Where: Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington
The details: Rooms at this lodge, situated in the Cascade Mountains overlook the Snoqualmie Falls. Be treated to chocolate massage treatments, dine on five-course meal of Northwest cuisine in your room, relax with a bottle of Cristal and chocolate truffles, and wake up to breakfast, bedside, the next morning. Oh, and don't forget the limo ride to and from the lodge, the advice the hotel can give you on popping the question which you'll do with a 1.25 carat round cut diamond solitaire on a platinum band from Alvin Goldfarb jeweler -- or you supply your own.
Rates and dates: Valid February 11-14, for $2,500 (Ring is additional $10,000)
Information: tel. 800/2-SALISH; www.salishlodge.com

Photo Caption: Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie, Washington. Photo courtesy Salish Lodge and Spa
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Tides Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group Courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group

Where: Tides Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The details: Stay for four nights in a presidential villa, and receive flowers upon arrival and relax with a couples massage. Renew your vows -- or commit to your loved one in a traditional Mayan ceremony, performed in Mayan dialect with an English guide. A bottle of Moet & Chandon helps you kick off the party.
Rates and dates: From $3,268 per couple for luxury villa for four nights (extra night starts from $490); valid through June 1.
Information: tel. 888/622-4567; www.viceroyhotelgroup.com

Photo Caption: Tides Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group
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Tides Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group Courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group

Where: Tides Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The details: Stay for four nights in a presidential villa, and receive flowers upon arrival and relax with a couples massage. Renew your vows -- or commit to your loved one in a traditional Mayan ceremony, performed in Mayan dialect with an English guide. A bottle of Moet & Chandon helps you kick off the party.
Rates and dates: From $3,268 per couple for luxury villa for four nights (extra night starts from $490); valid through June 1.
Information: tel. 888/622-4567; www.viceroyhotelgroup.com

Photo Caption: Tides Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo courtesy Viceroy Hotel Group
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Beautiful views at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: courtesy Nine Zero Courtesy Nine Zero

Where: Nine Zero Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
The details: This modern hotel will appeal to tech geeks and those who love privacy. A stay at the presidential suite, on the 19th floor, means an iris scan grants you access to your room, the window treatments are motorized. A luxurious yet eco-friendly car will take you to your 1,200 square-foot room. Ice skating, Cristal champagne, a Saks personal shopper and hair and make-up deal are all on the weekend agenda.
Rates and dates: $8,500 for package, $2,900 for each additional night. Package is valid for two-night stays between February 10-14.

Photo Caption: Beautiful views at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo courtesy Nine Zero
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Beautiful views at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: courtesy Nine Zero Courtesy Nine Zero

Where: Nine Zero Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
The details: This modern hotel will appeal to tech geeks and those who love privacy. A stay at the presidential suite, on the 19th floor, means an iris scan grants you access to your room, the window treatments are motorized. A luxurious yet eco-friendly car will take you to your 1,200 square-foot room. Ice skating, Cristal champagne, a Saks personal shopper and hair and make-up deal are all on the weekend agenda.
Rates and dates: $8,500 for package, $2,900 for each additional night. Package is valid for two-night stays between February 10-14.

Photo Caption: Beautiful views at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo courtesy Nine Zero
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