February is a great time for romantic getaways, spring break trips, golf travel and healing spa escapes. Choose from tropical destinations, warm-weather getaways such as Arizona and Florida, or visit New Zealand and Australia in the Southern Hemisphere. A weekend ski trip is a great way to stay in shape and have fun in a scenic setting. Visit the Alps in Europe, the Rocky Mountains or one of the family friendly ski resorts on the East Coast. Be sure to check out our ideas for Valentine's Day.
»Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa
Check into the beautiful Moorea Pearl Resort on the secluded island of Moorea. Located in French Polynesia, the resort can be reached via Tahiti. Pack your snorkel gear because you are in for a treat. Explore amazing underwater life and relax on sandy beaches to forget the winter chill you left behind. Tahitian-inspired spa offers many relaxing treatments. The resort has 93 guest rooms and bungalows. The 28 overwater bungalows have a sundeck and sitting area with direct access to the lagoon. The overwater suites are ideal for a honeymoon getaway in February. The Restaurant Mahana'i serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Polynesian Evenings every Wednesday showcase fire dances. The romantic island of Moorea is only 11 miles from Tahiti. Fly into Tahiti and then take a short flight or a boat ride to Moorea. The resort is just 5 minutes from the airport and ten minutes from the boat landing on Moorea. Rates start at $270 for a Garden Bungalow and reach $620 for a Deluxe Overwater Bungalow (+689 55 17 50, +689 50 84 52, website).
A secluded white-sand beach fronts the Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Baie Lazare, which attracts couples and families alike. Relax in one of the lounge chairs and try a variety of complimentary activities. Take romantic sunset walks and shoot photos under palm trees growing on the sandy beach. If you prefer to swim in the pool, there is an Olympic-size swimming pool. Unwind at Spa by Resense which has six treatment rooms and a twin treatment suite for couples. The Kids' Club offers activities for younger guests, supervised by a dedicated staff.
Ask for a room with a view of the ocean on the first floor of the resort and wake up to soothing ocean breezes in the morning. Dine in lush tropical surroundings by the pool, at the beachside bar or at the signature restaurant serving dishes inspired by the cuisine of the Indian Ocean rim. Rooms start from EUR 275 per night (+248 438 66 66, website).
»Vahine Island in French Polynesia
Distant tropical vacation destinations such as French Polynesia are looking more inviting than ever during the cold month of February. We especially like small secluded islands where you can have white sandy beaches all to yourself. Scuba diving and snorkeling in the South Pacific is not to be missed. Watch colored tropical fish, rays, sharks an moray eels swim in the ocean. Snorkel right in the turquoise lagoon, or sign up for an excursion with a picnic. The property offers complimentary outrigger canoes, kayaks and snorkeling equipment. Stay on Vahine Island and experience your own private tropical paradise.
»Lapa Rios in Costa Rica
Whether you are planning a honeymoon, a family getaway or simply want to get close to nature, Lapa Rios Rainforest Reserve in Costa Rica offers incredible views, eco-friendly bungalows and an array of activities. Onsite guided tours take visitors through the beautiful rainforest. Accompanied by a local guide, you get to immerse yourself in pristine waterfalls, colorful birds and lush plants. There are 16 thatched-roof bungalows that overlook the Pacific Ocean. The bungalows have wooden floors, private decks and secluded garden showers. Bathrooms have solar-heated water and a bay window with a seat with ocean views. The restaurant serves seasonally-inspired dishes and organic coffee. If you've dreamed of exploring Central America, this is a great place to stay (+506 2735 5130, laparios.com).
»Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in the Sonoran Desert
Get away to Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in the Sonoran Desert to relax at the spa, play golf and go horseback riding. The resort has four pools, waterfalls, a 111-foot water slide, tennis courts and jogging trails. "Troon Spring Fling Getaway" includes: Rates from $183 per night for first and second night, 3rd night free, $100 resort credit to be used for all resort dining outlets (excluding Kai), Complimentary 4-hour access for junior guests at the Adventure Club Camp, and Kids under 12 eat free with every paid adult meal.
Celebrate Earth Hour features rates from $199 and includes: stargazing party, four hours for kids at the Adventure Club Camp, and One kid's eat free meal. "Enjoy a Round of Golf" special starts from $239 per night and includes: Complimentary upgrade to a deluxe view room (based upon availability), One round of golf per person (max. 2 adults) and a welcome amenity. The property offers a variety of specials on its website.
»Cervo Mountain Resort in the Swiss Alps
If you want to feel like you are one with the mountain, book one of the Spa Suites at Cervo Mountain Resort with huge floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. These suites are so luxurious that you may be tempted to order hot chocolate and never leave. Each suites has a handmade Hastens bed, outdoor whirlpool on a private terrace, fireplace to keep you toasty and a steam bath with rain shower. The sofa corner is perfect for curling up with your tablet right on the slopes of the surrounding mountains.
Experienced spa therapists at Cervo stand by to relax you with massages, facials, wraps and other relaxing treatments. Have a massage after a day out on the slopes, or treat yourself to a full day of pampering in the privacy of your own spa suite. Luxurious amenities include Amici Francis Expresso machine and electric kettle, Complimentary coffee and tea and Molton Brown personal care products. Spa Suites at Cervo start at 880 Euro per night.
»The Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne
Designed by Denton Corker Marshall architects, the Adelphi is a unique city getaway in Melbourne, Australia. If you like modern art, you will love the hotel's calm design, clean lines and sparely furnished guest rooms. You will also enjoy being surrounded by contemporary Art Galleries on Flinders Lane. Contemporary Australian works of art and photography are exhibited throughout the property. Features artists include Bill Henson, Leah King-Smith, Tracey Moffat, John Gollings, Robyn Stacey and Rozalind Drummond. There is a year-round 25 meter, salt-water lap-pool, sauna and fitness room.
From the pool, guests can enjoy views of the Melbourne streets below. After exploring the city, indulge in a relaxing massage in the privacy of your room. The Café/Lounge Bar serves casual meals in a modern setting. Guests dine surrounded by pieces of art by Gail Hastings and John Nixon - White Cross. Restaurant tables, chairs, bar stools and other furniture was designed by the hotel's architects Denton Corker Marshall. The exclusive rooftop club with scenic views of the city is only open to members and guests, offering the ultimate privacy. Doubles start from approximately $240 USD, depending on the currency exchange rates and season (+61-3-9650-7555, website).
»The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is a luxury hotel with a 21,500-square-foot spa and nine dining venues. Guest accommodations range from 447 luxury guest rooms and suites to 85 private villas which will provide travelers with the ultimate in luxury and personal service. The hotel is inspired by the architecture of Venice, Italy and offers open water views from common areas and most rooms. The Spa has its own private beach, a 17,000-square-foot outdoor swimming pool, a steam room, a hammam, a hair & beauty salon and 15 private treatment rooms. The fitness center will have state-of-the-art equipment, a studio for group or private fitness classes, and personal trainers on request.
The villas will range from 968 to 1,400 square feet in size and will feature spacious outdoor terraces overlooking the Grand Mosque, garden or the replica of the Grand Canal. Villa guests receive private check in and luxury butler service throughout their stay. The Club Level is a great idea for families because meals and snacks are served all day long. Ritz Kids Club is available to children children ages 4 to 12, offering indoor and outdoor supervised activities daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. Rooms at the hotel start from $233 per night.
»The Cayman Turtle Farm
The Cayman Turtle Farm is a must-see for kids if you are visiting the Cayman Islands. This is the home of thousands of Green Sea Turtles, from babies to grown-ups which weigh hundreds of pounds. Once you reach the property, you can walk around the tanks and observe green sea turtles swimming in the breeding pond. There is also a small group of turtles that you can hold and photograph. Tours are self-guided and take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Jump in for a swim at Breaker’s fresh water tidal lagoon and visit the Snack Shack for a quick lunch. In addition to thousands of turtles, the property is home to other animals such as birds and crocodiles. There is a bird aviary as well as a touch pool with starfish, urchins and crabs. The predator tank houses sharks and eels. The attraction is located on Northwest Point Road in West Bay, 8 miles from George Town (+345-949-3894, website).
»Mountain Lodge at Telluride
Plan a Colorado ski trip to the Mountain Lodge at Telluride and ski at the Telluride Ski Resort in the winter. Enjoy the beauty of the surrounding San Juan Mountains in the summer. The lodge has a huge lobby with a river-rock fireplace and rustic Western furnishings. The property frequently offers specials. The hotel offers a complimentary gondola shuttle service, outdoor heated pool & jacuzzi, exercise room & steam room, grocery shopping service and a concierge. There are 90 lodge rooms, studios and one- to three-bedroom condominiums, giving visitors plenty of choice. Guest accommodations include a kitchen/kitchenette, gas fireplace and a private balcony/patio.
For guests who require more space and privacy, the hotel offers 10 luxury log and stone cabins ranging from three to six bedrooms. If you don't feel like preparing your own meals, there are a number of restaurants in the area, including Italian, German, French, Mexican, Asian and American. There is a free gondola that transports visitors between Telluride and Mountain Village (a 13-minute ride). The Tavern Bar in the main lodge serves light meals from 3 to 7 pm. Rates start at $143 per night (866-368-6867, website).
»Royal Pacific Resort
Take the family to Orlando and stay at the Royal Pacific Resort. The resort is located within walking distance of Universal Studios® and Universal's Islands of Adventure® theme parks and the Universal CityWalk® entertainment complex. Kids will love the rides and parents will love the fact that guests of the Royal Pacific Resort can use UNIVERSAL EXPRESS (SM) ride access and bypass the regular attraction lines at both theme parks. The Royal Pacific Resort has a huge lagoon style-pool with a sand beach and a Royal Bali interactive children's water play area. The resort offers complimentary water taxi rides (the easiest way to get there) to the Universal Orlando theme parks and CityWalk entertainment complex where the kids can play all day. Since parents need vacation time as well, the resort offers The Mariner's Club supervised children's activity center. Other activities include: beach volleyball, a putting green, game room, and weekly luaus in the Wantilan Luau Pavilion
There are 1,000 rooms, including 54 suites. Consider getting a Club Level Room, which gives you private access to the Royal Club Lounge serving continental breakfast, afternoon beer, wine and snacks, concierge service, as well as unlimited use of the fitness center. The resort offers a wide range of dining options, including Emeril Lagasse's Tchoup Chop restaurant. Family vacation perks for guests include: priority seating at select Universal Orlando® restaurants and shows. You can charge purchases with your resort ID card, and because no one wants to carry bags on rides, complimentary delivery of in-park purchases to guest rooms.
»Entre Cielos in Argentina
There is no better way to immerse yourself in the wine country of Argentina than the Limited Edition suite at Entre Cielos. Set on stilts above the working vineyard, the suite offers incredible views of the countryside and the Andes in the distance. Futuristic in its design, this unique abode has a window that points up at the incredible starry sky, letting you watch stars as you fall asleep at night. As an added luxury, there is a bathtub on the terrace where you can soak and enjoy the view. The suite has a queen size bed, mini bar, shower, flat screen TV, satellite channels, telephone, iPod docking station, Nespresso coffee machine, and air conditioning.
Entre Cielos is an amazing getaway for wine and spa lovers, offering a diverse selection of relaxing treatments, ranging from Aromatherapy and massages to facials and after sun treatments. The spa offers a series of wine-inspired treatments which include grape seed exfoliation, a wine bath, or a body wrap. Before you begin your massage, visit the hamam, the first traditional hamam and spa in Latin America. It consists of 6 stages of treatments that utilize heat and water to purify the body and mind. On your hamam journey, you will enjoy two steam baths, exfoliation rooms to detox your skin, a heated swimming pool and relaxation a hot stone.
Katharina Restaurant serves a mouthwatering selection of local haute cuisine, including meats, fish and vegetables, paired with award-winning wines. The hotel is located about 30 minutes from Mendoza City. Designer Suite rates start at $450 USD per night. The property offers a selection of other accommodations with rates starting at $295 (+54 261 498 33 77, website).
»Tortilis Camp: Stunning Views of Kilimanjaro in Africa
Tortilis Camp is a luxury eco-friendly African safari camp, offering incredible views of elephants and Kilimanjaro. Guests have a chance to experience game drives, walks, incredible sunsets and bush meals inside the park, and within a private 30,000 acre game concession. The property offers 17 en-suite tents with a main bedroom and en-suite bathroom (hot running water, stone floors, shower and flush toilet). No matter which tent you book, you get to enjoy stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from nearly every spot in the wilderness preserve. The property has its own lush vegetable garden and a dining room with scenic views. Guests can request vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and other menus (website).
»Playa Grande Resort
Overlooking eight sun-drenched acres of beachfront paradise, the Playa Grande Resort is a luxurious Mexican hacienda-style all-suite retreat that offers the best of everything that Baja California Sur has on offer. Beautifully appointed rooms have modern, stylishly decorated interiors, along with first-class facilities and state-of-the art amenities, including LCD TVs, air-conditioning, and personal concierge service. Spacious suites have king-sized beds dressed in crisp linens, convenient working spaces with desks and chairs, and spacious en-suite bathrooms with lavish soaking tubs and walk-in showers. Hitting all the right notes with an array of five-star services and facilities, you can work up a sweat in the fully equipped gym or rejuvenate with an exclusive Grand Spa session, followed by a dip in the swimming pool. A sun deck with elegant loungers is ideal for relaxing with a drink from the bar and soaking up the magnificent ocean views. Have a sumptuous American-style buffet breakfast, or delicious meals from the á la carte room service menu throughout the day. In the evening, head out to one of the many fine restaurants around the resort that serve a variety of local and international cuisine. End the evening with a drink under the stars at one of the elegant pool bars. Rooms start at $135 per night (website).