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There are Valentine’s Day gifts, and then there are Valentine’s Day Gifts. If you’re looking to woo the (wo)man of your dreams this year in a way that says, “I love you and I’m willing to spend three month’s salary to prove it!”, check out the world’s sexiest places to vacation this V-Day.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort (Fiji)
Few places in the world are more stunning than Fiji. Overwater bungalows, impossibly blue water, and stunning mountainside beaches, all in one of the most remote tropical outposts on earth. This year, the country’s ultra-luxurious Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort debuted an even more luxurious Elopement Package. The package is an ideal alternative for couples looking to quietly get hitched this Valentine’s Day. The ceremony includes a lavish crown for the bride, a traditional Fijian choir, a honeymoon picnic on a private desert island, and a couple’s massage in your own private villa. Cost: approximately $6,000 USD
Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel (Miami)
It’s no surprise that South Beach is home to the most exclusive and chic hotels in the United States. In time for Valentine’s Day this year, the city’s Nautilus hotel has debuted their Lovers Rock package and it’s every bit as over-the-top as you’d expect of a luxury Miami hotel. The one-night stay includes a helicopter and limo ride, a private candlelit dinner with an acoustic band to play music from your own personal playlist, an exclusive art show for you and your significant other, and a poolside cabana with spa and bottle service. Cost: $5,000 USD
Finch Hattons (Tsavo National Park, Kenya)
Even by luxury safari vacation standards, Finch Hattons takes the typically once-in-a-lifetime experience to a whole new level. The Kenya-based property’s latest Chocoholic Valentine’s Day package guarantees all the fun of a typical African safari, with a diabetes-inducing amount of cocoa treats peppered throughout your stay. The package includes professional chocolate dessert cooking classes, a selection of gourmet in-suite chocolates, and a Chocoholic’s Afternoon Tea service with a mountain of cake, candy, pastries, cookies, and chocolate fondue to choose from. Cost: from $700 USD pp per night
Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina (British Virgin Islands)
Finally, Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands arguably offers the world’s most extravagant Valentine’s-inspired getaway. Imagine how Charlie Sheen spends every vacation and you’re getting close to everything this package entails. You’ll spend four nights in a luxury beachfront villa with multi-course Champagne and caviar dinners, couple’s spa treatments, helicopter rides, exclusive island-hopping tours, and a private butler for the duration of your stay. If you’re looking to propose and disposable income isn’t an issue, your ideal Valentine’s getaway starts here. Cost: $20,000 USD and up (but, really, if you have to ask …)