Romantic Retreats from Safari to Sea

Chinzombo
Chinzombo in Zambia.

Valentine’s Day goes beyond a romantic dinner these days. We’ve found a few packages for your clients, whether they’d prefer a romantic safari or beachside escape.

Safari Escape: At Norman Carr Safaris’ new luxury camp, Chinzombo, in Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley, travelers can escape and experience a Valentine’s-themed “Heart-y Bush Breakfast” on its 7-night Rivers and Rainbows safari.

Couples will be treated to a breakfast with linen tablecloth and napkins with a spread of custom-prepared pink items like scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, salmon eggs Benedict, scones and toast with strawberry and raspberry jams, cranberry juice and red berries.

In addition to the special breakfast and a 4-night stay at Chinzombo, travelers will also spend three nights at Kakuli Bush Camp, which offers panoramic views of the South Luangwa River, game walks and boating safaris. Chinzombo, meanwhile, is a new eco-lodge featuring only six villas with private plunge pools and views of the Luangwa—so couples will have plenty of privacy on their romantic retreat.

Rates start at $3,285 and include accommodations, meals, bar drinks, select domestic flights, transfers to and from the Mfuwe airport, inter-camp transfers, gameviewing activities and laundry. For more information, visit normancarrsafaris.com.

City Escape: The InterContinental Los Angeles is offering a romantic retreat for Valentine’s Day, complete with a dinner for two on the hotel’s helipad and a helicopter city tour.

The package offers guests accommodations in the presidential suite with welcome drinks; a private, 30-minute helicopter tour of Los Angeles; a 6-course private dinner for two with wine pairings on the hotel’s helipad; breakfast in bed for two; valet parking; a welcome amenity and suite decorations; and a Romance Ritual for two at Spa InterContinental, which includes a body polish, Swedish massage, and bathing ritual with champagne and strawberries in a couple’s villa.

Rates start at $11,000 with the helicopter tour or $8,000 without the tour. For more information, visit intercontinentallosangeles.com.

Luxury Escape: At Six Senses Yao Noi, located in Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay in Thailand, travelers will be in for a luxurious and pampered Valentine’s Day. The experience starts with a chauffeured ride from the airport to the Phuket helipad, where they’ll hop on a helicopter and head to the resort. Once couples make it to the resort, they’ll board a 50-ft. yacht for a private, 4-course meal prepared by the resort’s executive chef.

In addition, guests will tour Phuket’s limestone karsts, enjoy a private breakfast in the resort’s gardens, receive a Ritual Spa Journey and in-room massages, and stay in accommodations at the honeymoon villa and the yacht’s master bedroom.

Rates start at $6,018 pp. For more information, visit sixsenses.com/resorts/yao-noi.

Island Escape: If it’s a beach your clients are after, recommend Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos on Grace Bay Beach. This Valentine’s Day, your clients can book the romance package that includes a 50-minute couple’s massage; 3-course candlelit dinner for two at the oceanfront Anacaona; a welcome bottle of champagne; a romantic turndown; full daily breakfast; personal concierge; and afternoon tea.

Rates start at $425 per couple. For more information, visit gracebayresorts.com.

European Escape: Couples can escape to Prague and celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Corinthia Hotel Prague with the Romance Blooms in Prague package. Available from Feb. 12 through 17, the package includes a free upgrade to a Deluxe Queen Room with a city view; a dinner on Valentine’s Day in the Rickshaw or Grill Restaurant; and a boat trip on the Vltava River. The package includes all the romantic fixings for the room, like rose petals and homemade pastries, as well as a welcome drink, buffet breakfast and late check-out at 4 p.m. Guests can also take advantage of unlimited access to the Apollo Day Spa and a 10 percent discount on massages.

Rates start at $215 per night for a Superior room and $285 for an Executive room. For more information, visit corinthia.com.