14 Romantic Hotel Packages to Book for Valentine’s Day
With February 14 right around the corner, there’s no better time to book a trip and take advantage of rose petal baths, glasses of Champagne, plush beds, and couples massages galore. When you’re looking for an intimate getaway for you and bae, the destination options are endless, but these international and domestic hotels and resorts get our vote for their V-Day deals and romantic details (even if you never feel like leaving your room). Scroll down to see them all.
Narbona Wine Lodge in Carmelo, Uruguay
Tucked away in the remote countryside of Carmelo, Uruguay, this five room lodge is so special, you won’t want to leave. Built in 1909, the Relais & Chateaux property has an on-site vineyard and cellar where they craft their award-winning Narbona wines (and produce all of their own to-die-for cheeses, olive oils, dried pastas, conservas, and dulce de leche). In close proximity, there’s also a nearby private beach in Puerto Camacho right by a fun local lunch spot called Basta Pedro. The accommodations offer so many unlimited activities where canoodling is definitely encouraged. Think bike, kart, and horse-drawn carriage rides through the vines, gaucho-led horseback riding, and sunset cruises over the Rio de la Plata or wine and cheese tastings with their sommelier. This is all customizable as part of your stay, so if you choose to ever abandon your quarters (adorned in treasured antiques, curated knickknacks, and one-of-a-kind artwork, of course) at least you have these to fall back on. (Photo via Narbona Wine Lodge; rates start at $330)
The Setai in Miami Beach, Florida
If you’re planning on spending the most romantic day of the year in Magic City, why not do it at The Setai. Here, you can enjoy gorgeous views and an over-the-top four-course dinner for two at an acclaimed Asian Fusion restaurant Jaya (available to book for $115 per person). Or, you can take advantage of their Romance Package, which means you get to unwind with a “Love Bath Ceremony” at The Spa by Thémaé while sipping Louis Roederer Champagne and nibbling chocolate-covered strawberries. You can also sleep in and indulge in en suite daily breakfast for two before departing with a late 2pm checkout. Ah, the life. (Photo via The Setai; visit site for rates)
Regent Porto Montenegro in Tivat, Montenegro
Considered to be one of Europe’s most buzzed-about new destinations (and an affordable one at that) Montenegro is the ultimate place to jet set to when you want a little private time for two. Their Valentine’s Week Package (available February 12-18) comes with accommodations in a deluxe room, a 30 percent discount in all bars and restaurants in the hotel, a couple’s spa treatment, daily buffet breakfast, free access to the award-winning Regent Spa, a romantic welcome gift, and, the best part: a maj three-course date night dinner with Champs and a live violinist that can be booked for *only* $36 more per person . Just try topping that. (Photo via Regent Hotels; rates start at $145)
Loews Regency New York in New York, New York
When in the Big Apple, get pampered on Park Ave at Loews Regency New York Hotel. Here, you can escape the madness of Manhattan in a spacious suite with sound-proof windows and TVs in the bathroom. No, really though. You’ll also get to say “ohmmm” during a 60-minute hot stone massage and a 60-minute revitalizing facial from Julien Farel Restore Salon and Spa. (Photo via Loews; rates start at $419)
ITC HOTELS LUXURY COLLECTION IN INDIA
If taking in the sites of one of the New7Wonders of the World — the Taj Mahal — really gets your mojo going, then book a stay with your partner at one of the following ITC Luxury Collection properties: ITC Mughal, ITC Rajputana, ITC Windsor, ITC Maratha, ITC Grand Central, ITC Maurya, and ITC Sonar. You can wander the pink streets of Jaipur by dusk, Instagram the temples of Kolkata, and spice things up in the boudoir during a three-night trip, which also includes: a private candlelit dinner, chauffeured cars for two days (seriously), two 60-minute Kaya Kalp signature massages, personalized butler service, in-room amenities, fruit and cheese platters, and more. For anyone who has ever wanted to tour India, this is the way to do it. (Photo via ITC Hotels; rates start at $895)
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in Wailea, Hawaii
If you’re into heights and one-of-a-kind experiences, zip on over to Maui for their “Soar + Savor” special, an exclusive culinary experience in partnership with Andaz Maui’s partner, Maverick Helicopters. You’ll literally take flight while enjoying views of sea cliffs and waterfalls high above Paia, Ho’okipa, and Haiku, before landing in the Hana rainforest to learn about the culture, history, and native land. Then, you’ll climb back into your chopper to return to the hotel for a small group cooking class in the resort’s signature restaurant, Ka’ana Kitchen. Basically, this is the next step up from making dinner at home. (Photo via Andaz Maui; rates start at $1,200)
THE OYSTER BOX IN UMHLANGA ROCKS, SOUTH AFRICA
Looking to vacation in South Africa this February? Then head to the KwaZulu-Natal Province, a beachfront oasis where The Oyster Box awaits you with 86 rooms, suites, and villas, and a full-service spa set in a secluded tropical garden where the only sounds you’ll ever hear are those of exotic monkeys and birds. Their “A Touch of Romance” package includes: a five-course dining experience, couples spa treatment, kikoi gifts, and two nights in a luxury, sea-facing room. All of these come with prime views of Umhlanga’s iconic lighthouse and the Indian Ocean. Not too shabby. (Photo via The Oyster Box; rates start at $640)
Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island
If you’re a big spender, then Taylor Swift’s favorite nautical destination — Watch Hill, Rhode Island — has the perfect package for you: a two-night stay in OceanHouse‘s Penthouse Suite, a 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sedan to drive along the the coast, daily in-room breakfast with bottomless mimosas, a romantic dinner with wine pairings at COAST, and a departure gift of a monogrammed canvas bag with a vintage starfish diamond necklace (#NBD). This package starts at $94,500 and is valid through the month of February. If you don’t have that type of baller cash lying around, you can also book their sister property Weekapaug Inn‘s “Natural Romance Package” that focuses on ditching your iPhones and connecting with nature instead. Take part in outdoor activities and private experiences like stargazing, cozy nights by the fire pit, and a romantic picnic on the beach with wine. All, of course, when you’re not in your Fenway Suite soaking in a private tub with Champagne and rose petals. (Photo via Ocean House; visit site for rates)
Faena in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Just imagine checking into this room clad in rouge for a few nights. At Faena, arguably one of the best and most luxuriously decorated hotels in Buenos Aires, you can expect to people watch while lounging next to their epic pool, attend the Rojo Tango at El Cabaret, sample traditional Argentine eats at Bistro Sur and El Mercado, and relax at their spa with private baths scented with essential oils. How soon can we book? (Photo via Faena; rates start at $469)
Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Georgia
Southern charm is a given in sunny Sea Island, where you can spend Valentine’s Day at this Forbes five star resort with your boo. Private picnics and wine tastings, horseback riding along the beach, kayaking at sunrise, and well-deserved R&R at the spa are highlights here, along with special V-Day menus at their deluxe restaurants. You can also book the Romance Package and receive two-night accommodations at The Lodge or The Cloister (with a complimentary suite upgrade upon availability), a bottle of sparkling wine, daily room service breakfast, one $200 dinner credit toward the Sea Island venue of choice, and one 90-minute couple’s massage for two at The Spa at Sea Island. (Photo via Sea Island Resort; visit site for rates)
Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Croatia is still one of the most desired places to visit right now, so V-Day is a good time to finally go. Clearly, you’ll want to go big when you do go, and the lavish HotelExcelsior on the Adriatic (which is housed in a former 1913 royal villa) is where to do that. With cinematic views that resemble something straight out of a movie, you can expect nothing but a lovely time with their Valentine’s Day Dream package: a two-night stay for two in a Villa Odak deluxe room with a balcony and sea views, romantic in-room welcome with sparkling wine and chocolate-coated fruit, exclusive 120-minute spa treatment for two including massages and body scrubs, daily buffet breakfast, transfer to and from Dubrovnik’s airport, and a late check-out. (Photo via Adriatic Luxury Hotels; rates start at $697)
L’Auberge Del Mar in Del Mar, California
Choose from not one, but two romance packages at L’Auberge Del Mar in the picturesque coastal village of Del Mar in Southern California. “The Sweetest Stay” includes accommodations in one of the property’s Pacific Suites, a couple’s Massage at Spa L’Auberge, dinner for two in a private cabana at KITCHEN 1540, hand-crafted truffles from Chuao, and a bottle of Old Vine Zinfandel at turndown. Or, you can opt for the “Snuggle In” package which includes accommodations in a coastal room, a bottle of Perrier-Jouët upon welcome, charcuterie and florals, dinner for two via in-room dining, an evening nightcap of hand-rolled truffles, and an in-room movie. Either way, it’s a win-win. (Photo via L’Auberge Del Mar; rates start at $829-$1,599)
Me Cabo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
At ME Cabo, ME Miami’s sister property in Cabo San Lucas, the “Ocean’s Love” package awaits and includes: a loft suite with oceanfront view and outdoor jacuzzi, breakfast for two, one couples massage (50 minutes), dinner under the stars with Champagne, a romantic turndown amenity, a tour of Lover´s Beach, and fine lingerie (yep, you heard that right). And if you like glitz, glamour, and a celeb spotting in lieu of privacy tucked away in the woods, Cabo was made for your lovebird rendezvous. (Photo via ME Cabo; rates start at $1,400)
Gansevoort Turks and Caicos in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Say peace to frigid Feb temps and hightail it to tropical Turks and Caicos for a little fun in the sun (and beach bed lounging literally above the water) with Gansevoort’s “TLC in TCI” package, which includes: a welcome bottle of rosé upon arrival, a deluxe oceanfront terrace studio or upgrade, daily breakfast for two, beach bed set up one day during the stay, and one three-course dinner for two with bottle of house wine at Stelle. The best V-Day is a beach V-Day. (Photo via Gansevoort Turks + Caicos; rates start at $1,200)
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com