What do you and your special someone really want when you celebrate romance on birthdays, anniversaries or the ultimate day of love, Valentine's Day? Flowers die, too much chocolate adds to the waistline and do you really want to be picking out intimates when you're not sure what's going to put your partner in the mood? Chances are, just making some memories while relaxing and enjoying romantic time together will fit the bill. The perfect way to do that is to book a spa retreat for two. Whether you want to stick close to home or cross over into Utah's neighboring states, here are some choices:
Spa Montage at Montage Deer Valley (9100 Marsac Ave., Park City, 435-604-1300, SpaMontage.com/DeerValley): This spa is worth a drive up to Deer Valley just to sit and admire the mountainside views from the balcony overlooking the Empire Pass. Face it: The views are just better when you enjoy them while sipping a drink in your spa robe. Another highlight is listening to underwater music in the mosaic-tiled indoor pool. Couples can book the 1,340-square-foot Serenity Suite to soak in side-by-side copper tubs, before getting a couples massage next to a fireplace in a room connected to their own outdoor balcony.
Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace(Caesars Palace Drive, Las Vegas, 866-782-0655, Caesars.com): Nights on the Las Vegas Strip may be all about the party, but the days are all about the spas. The minute you enter Qua Baths & Spa, you'll immediately feel your blood pressure drop as the resident tea sommelier helps you decide which brew will help you enhance your experience. You can try everything from hot (the dry-heated Laconium Room) to cold (indoor snowfall in the Arctic Ice Room), experiencing the natural healing powers of water. Connect with your partner during the Twin Souls treatment—which includes body scrubs and side-by-side massage—before rinsing off together in your own private shower suite.
Well & Being at Willow Stream at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, Ariz., 866-540-4495, ScottsdalePrincess.com): Hitting the spa is just one of the reasons to visit the AAA Five-Diamond Scottsdale Princess, where you can also enjoy the TPC Scottsdale golf course or choose from five on-site restaurants. Willow Stream is its own little world within the resort, where you can find an outdoor co-ed waterfall, eucalyptus relaxation room and private rooftop pool. Take a unique fitness class with your partner such as Aerial Hammock Yoga, where you can literally fall head over heels for each other when you hang from the rafters. Miss the beach in the Arizona desert? Work your core and improve your balance in the SurfSet class. You'll learn to pop up and take an indoor ride on a specially designed surfboard while watching and hearing crashing waves in the special background video.
The Sagestone Spa & Salon at Red Mountain Resort (1275 E. Red Mountain Circle, Ivins, 435-652-5782, RedMountainResort.com): Get pampered amid the red rocks of Southern Utah at this spot where you can combine outdoor recreation with indoor relaxing. Packages include daily fitness classes such as Burlesque and Booty Beats to get you in the romantic groove. Daily hikes also take you out to Red Mountain, Snow Canyon or one of the nearby national parks before hitting the spa. Can't decided what treatment you want? Try the Sagestone Spa Sampler that lets you experience five treatments over four hours using custom-blended products made from local ingredients.
Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (100 E. Thomas Place, Avon, Colo., 970-748-7500, AllegriaSpa.com): With Vail Resorts now owning Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort, local skiers who pick up Vail's Epic Pass can use their pass to ski in Utah and also hit Vail's other properties—including Beaver Creek, Colo., home of the highly acclaimed Allegria Spa. Allegria features include a co-ed mineral pool, mountain waterfall and the Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary, a five-step process that features a thermal jetted pool, mineral pools, rain shower, steam room and a tepidarium. The Sanctuary works as a pre-treatment relaxer or a treatment in its own right.
Sun Valley Spa (1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, Idaho, 800-786-8259, SunValley.com): Want to visit the newest spa around? While the Sun Valley Spa won't open until June, it looks like it's going to be worth the wait. The iconic Sun Valley Lodge, first opened in 1936, is undergoing a major renovation, which will include the addition of a new 20,000-square-foot spa and salon with treatment rooms, steam and sauna facilities, a yoga studio and fitness facility. There will even be a few guest suites on the top floor of the new facility so you can just go downstairs to start enjoying your spa experience.
When it comes to special romantic holidays and occasions, you can buy something forgettable and fleeting, or you can have a getaway where you create memories you'll treasure forever.
Kathleen Curry and Geoff Griffin trek around the globe near and far and host the< Travel Brigade Radio Show and podcast. You can find them at TravelBrigade.com.