In our busy lives, we sometimes forget how important it is to slow down and take a break. According to a study by U.S. Travel Association, 54% of employees end their year with unused time off, totaling 662 million unused vacation days.

Make this Valentine’s day a time for you and your significant other to relax and just spend time with each other. Get some inspiration for ways for the two of you to connect by looking at our top five picks for a romantic retreat and the best way to spend your Valentine’s Day.


El Dorado Seaside Suites | Riviera Maya

If you’re hoping relax and be pampered, El Dorado Seaside Suites, a Gourmet Inclusive® Resort, by Karisma is the perfect place for you and your special someone! This adults-only retreat is hidden in a jungle of palm trees on the gorgeous Playa del Carmen. Surround yourself with beautiful white beaches and authentic Mexican architecture in one of the largest spas in the Riviera Maya. With 24-hour room service, you may never actually need to leave your suite, but when you do, you’ll find shaded, King-size Bali beds waiting for you on the beach, tended to by attentive beach butlers.


Hotel Grande Bretagne | Athens

If you and your loved one want a getaway that involves a bit more adventure, the Hotel Grande Bretagne is for you! Mirroring the culture of the historic yet bustling city, this resort offers guests an old-world elegance mingled with state-of-the-art facilities. With breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, the 5 star Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivalled perspective of Athens’ mythical history. After exploring the city, relax in the spa for a signature massage and beauty treatment. Then indulge yourself at the Roof Garden Restaurant, ideal for a romantic rooftop meal.


Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun | Riviera Maya

Hidden away on one of the most pristine and famous beaches in all of Mexico, this AAA Five Diamond Resort is the quintessential setting for adult adventure, relaxation, and romance. This is the ideal vacation spot for the couple who desires to enjoy pure white sands, crystal-clear waters and warm tropical breezes on the Yucatan Peninsula. The twelve swimming pools and infinity pool offer the best place to cool off while you admire the spectacular ocean views.


Post Ranch Inn | Big Sur

If you and your significant other are looking for something away from the beach, the cliff-top Post Ranch Inn is for you. Only accessible by helicopter, this resort and spa is a sanctuary for the soul. It’s natural architecture embraces the coast’s dramatic beauty, and each room offers a king-size bed, indoor spa tub, wood-burning fireplace, mini-bar with complimentary snacks and beverages, and private deck – many with an outdoor hot tub.
The Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant offers exquisite dining with a menu that changes daily, complimentary gourmet breakfast buffet and a spectacular setting with endless ocean views. Complementing the food is one of the largest wine lists in California. The award-winning spa offers an inviting array of services, including massages, facials, body treatments, rituals, shamanic sessions and more. Nearby, Big Sur offers state parks, beaches, art galleries and more. Picturesque Monterey and Carmel are within an hour’s drive.


InterContinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort | Da Nang, Vietnam

Right on the coast of the Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve in Da Nang, Vietnam, the luxury InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is a work of art as much as a resort. Here, you can delve into the soul of Vietnamese culture and heritage with our nearby cultural and natural sites including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Hoi An Ancient Town and Hue Imperial City. Meet your neighbors, the rare red-shanked douc langurs who inhabit the lush forests of “Monkey Mountain,” or simply kick back and enjoy our resort’s 700-meter private beach. From the moment you arrive, you and your special someone will be pampered by the InterContinental’s personalized service and unparalleled luxurious amenities.


If you’re interested in any of these luxurious hotels or are planning your own romantic getaway, Adventures by Lori is here to make your dream vacation come true! Contact us to see how we can help!