Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 11:06 p.m.
Valentine's Day is about a month away, and even romantics can be practical and plan.
TWO NIGHTS, FOUR STARS:
A couple of four-star hotels in London, the 104-room Montague on the Gardens in Bloomsbury and the 174-room Rubens at the Palace opposite the Royal Mews, have two-night plans Feb. 14 and 15. The price, $448.50 a couple, includes a suite, champagne, a dozen roses, dinner for two either in the room or in the restaurant, two breakfasts in bed and taxes. Also, a book listing the 12 best places to kiss in London and a disposable camera are included. Guests who provide photographic proof of smooching in all 12 get a free dinner. Ask for the Kiss and Tell package. For information: (877) 955-1515 or www.redcarnationhotels.com.
Throughout February, the 462-room Paradise Point Resort and Spa, on 44 acres in San Diego, combines a four-course dinner in its Baleen restaurant with one night in a standard room for $275 a couple. It also includes taxes and tips; (800) 344-2626 or www.paradisepoint.com.
Virgin Atlantic has Valentine's weekend packages Feb. 13 to 17 to London starting at $469 a person (double occupancy, of course). That includes round-trip air fare from Kennedy, Newark or Boston, airport transfers in London, three nights' accommodations, hotel taxes and service charges and daily breakfast. Hotels include the 301-room Victoria Park Plaza and the 312-room Shaw Park Plaza. And if you act like a true romantic (impulsively) and book by tomorrow at www.virginvacations.com, you will save $25. Otherwise, call (888) 937-8474. Airport fees extra.
White Plains, N.Y., doesn't head many listings of romantic destinations, but it rates as a quick, affordable weekend getaway. Several hotels throughout Westchester County have rates of $89, $99 or $129 a night (minimum two nights) Jan. 23 to March 25. They include the Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook ($129), the Esplanade in White Plains ($89), the Hiltons in Rye Brook ($129) and Tarrytown ($89) and the Peekskill Inn in Peekskill ($89). Also, day spas and several tourist attractions and shopping areas are offering discounts. For a listing of hotels and attractions: (800) 833-9282 or westchestertourism.com.
ADAM, EVE, MIAMI BEACH:
The 349-room Eden Roc Miami Beach has a one-night Escape to Eden package with full breakfast, one 50-minute massage and one 25-minute treatment, like an aromatic salt glow or honey almond masque, in the hotel spa. Amenities include two pools. The package costs $674.27 per couple in February. Information: (305) 531-0000 or www.edenrocresort.com.
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