That’s amore! Romance abounds at local hotels

By Danielle Warren


Maybe the realization came as you got ready for another date night of delivery pizza and Netflix. Or, perhaps it struck as you struggled for bed space among the pets, electronics, children’s toys — or children themselves.

Either way, it hits you: You and your valentine need to escape this Feb. 14. And what better way than with champagne, chocolates and couples massages at one of San Diego’s premier destination hotels? From ocean views and plush linens to fine dining and mud wraps, the romantic packages at these hotels will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and re-in love. Who needs cupid, anyway?

Some packages may be subject to blackout dates or other restrictions; please call ahead to confirm availability and price.

Hotel Parisi

Channel some positive energy into your relationship with this feng shui and eco-friendly boutique hotel. Hotel Parisi melds romance and Zen in the one-night “Parisi Romance Package,” which begins with champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, rose petals and an abundance of candles in your ocean-view suite. Later, savor a four-course dinner for two at the renowned local bistro, Whisknladle, or spoil yourselves with one of Parisi’s 40 diverse spa treatments in the privacy of your room. Offered throughout the year, from $595. 1111 Prospect St., La Jolla; (858) 454-1511;

L'Auberge Del Mar

If breathtaking views and intimate dining isn’t enough to rekindle the passion, L'Auberge Del Mar has a secret weapon: Romantic Director Alison Sansom. Formerly with Martha Stuart Weddings, Sansom now lends her talent to hotel couples looking for an unforgettable romantic experience. The hotel’s one-night “Bed & Breakfast” package, including breakfast for two at KITCHEN 1540, is a perfect foundation for Sansom to work her magic. Offered throughout the year, from $303. 1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar; (858) 259-1515;

Estancia La Jolla

For the hurried couple who spends more time texting each other between meetings than talking over dinner, this rancho-style hotel offers the one-night “Romance and Rendezvous” package. Clear your schedule and leave the Blackberry at home; then unwind with your valentine over champagne and berries, a couples massage in a private garden and a romantic in-room breakfast, before heading back to reality. Offered throughout the year, from $479. 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla; (858) 550-1000;

La Valencia Hotel

Once a seaside playground for Hollywood stars in the 1920s and ‘30s, this stately, pink hotel now caters to visitors and locals looking for a little star treatment themselves. Leave the paparazzi — or the kids — behind with the one-night “Sweethearts Package,” which includes a Mediterranean-inspired room overlooking the Pacific, two keepsake bathrobes and a leisurely breakfast. Offered through February, $379. 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla; (858) 454-0771; lavalencia.


Grande Colonial Hotel

Take a step back in time at the Grande Colonial Hotel, La Jolla’s oldest original hotel. Luxurious ocean views and old-world elegance will welcome you and your valentine as part of the hotel’s one-night “It’s a Suite Deal” package. Later, head to the award-winning NINE-TEN restaurant for an intimate dinner, or savor the meal — and your time together — in the suite. Offered throughout the year, from $325. 910 Prospect St., La Jolla; (858) 454-2181; the

The Bed & Breakfast Inn

If a B&B getaway to an exotic locale is out of the question this Valentine’s Day, pack an overnight bag and head to The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla instead.

Designed in 1913 as a private residence, this 15-room hotel is an intimate setting for you and your sweetie to play hooky for a weekend.

The two-night “Sweet Suite Package” begins with a dozen long-stemmed roses, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and includes breakfast each morning in bed. If you can pull yourself away from the cozy wood-burning fireplace

and garden views of your suite, head down the street to frolic with the tourists on La Jolla’s beaches. Offered through February, $965. 7753 Draper St., La Jolla; (858) 456-2066; innlajolla.


The Grand Del Mar

Sometimes the best way to tell someone you love them is by spoiling them rotten. The one-night “A Grand Romance Package” begins with champagne, savory treats and a dozen long-stemmed roses, followed by a private couples yoga class, three couples spa treatments, an after-dinner rose petal bath with candles and cognac, and breakfast in bed the next morning. Offered through February, from $1,299. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, Carmel Valley; (858) 314-2000; the