Back in 18th-century England, during a time of courtly love, admirers and couples expressed their affections with such gifts as flowers, confections, and greeting cards known as valentines. These traditions, which continue today, are often accompanied by more luxurious offerings — romantic dinners, couple’s spa retreats, and extravagant presents, to name a few. Look to Newport Beach’s hotels and resorts for the former, which host special menus and spa treatments for two this holiday, or even throughout the entire month.
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Food lovers can choose from a delicious array of dining options throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. On Feb. 13–15, Andrea offers Il Menu dell’ Amore, a four-course Italian meal with a “his and hers” menu. ($130 per person; $190 with wine pairings) At Pelican Grill, Chef Luke will prepare a three-course holiday menu for two ($120 per person; $160 with wine pairings) Dine pool- and Pacific Ocean-side at Coliseum Pool & Grill, where Chef Micah will romance your palate with a three-course Mediterranean meal. ($105 per person; $130 with wine pairings) Guests of the hotel on this weekend can enjoy the exclusive Piccolo Valentine’s Menu; Chef Jack’s globally inspired small plates will feature lobster, caviar, and lamb. Plus, indulge in a romantic dessert decorated with rose petals while also imbibing in a variety of wine pairings, beer, and specialty cocktails.
On Feb. 14, Pelican Hill’s popular Dinner of the Senses will stimulate each of the five senses — sight, touch, taste, scent, and sound. Created by Chef Micah, the seven-course menu for two will be served in a private poolside cabana. Each course is designed to be eaten by hand, further enhancing romance and desire. Customized music, flowers, and décor are available upon request. ($180 per person, $230 with wine pairings)
After you’ve slept off the prior evening’s Champagne and cocktail effects, relax and rejuvenate with a couple’s spa day. Throughout the entire month, the resort will offer the Ready for Romance Spa Suite Experience: Embrace romance with an aromatherapy oil blending experience for two followed by a couple’s Duet Massage featuring Aroma Intentions Massages with your freshly blended Ready for Romance oil. Celebrate your love together in the private Spa Suite with sparkling Prosecco, chocolate truffles, and spa cuisine lunch entrees for two. ($510 Monday – Thursday; $590 Friday – Sunday)
22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast; (844) 727-8771
Balboa Bay Resort
Whether single or paired this Valentine’s Day, Balboa Bay Resort will offer something to please your palate and warm your heart. The Chef’s Special Five-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner at Waterline Newport Beach will be offered Feb. 13–14, featuring a special prix-fixe meal for two (5:30–10 p.m.; 949-630-4145 for reservations). On Valentine’s Day, A&O Kitchen+Bar will host the Love Stinks! Lonely Heart’s Valentine’s Day event from 7 to 11 p.m. Eat, drink, and dance yourself merry with cocktail specials, comfort food (including a gourmet grilled cheese bar), and tunes provided by a live DJ.
Couples of the resort who book the Bed and Breakfast package between Feb. 6–22 will receive complimentary champagne and chocolate- covered strawberries in their room.
1221 W. Coast Highway; 888-445-7153
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
The Hyatt will offer a special Romance Package for Valentines: Enjoy complimentary sparking wine and strawberries, a full breakfast for two at SHOR Restaurant, and an extended checkout time of 2 p.m., allowing for a full night and leisurely morning. Lovers can also add some extra sweetness to the holiday with the Chef Dessert Presentation, featured as part of the hotel’s Valentine’s Day Dinner.
1107 Jamboree Rd.; 949-729-6069
Escape to the Island for a romantic Valentine’s weekend. Toast the occasion with a complimentary bottle of champagne in your room before heading to the spa for some sweet treats. The customized Togetherness Massage is designed to meet his and her needs. The spa will also offer a Chocolate & Cherries Facial and Rose Petal Scrub & Massage (Couples who cannot make it on Valentine’s Day can enjoy this amenity at any time throughout February.) After an afternoon of relaxation, continue the romance at Oak Grill, where Chef Marc Johnson will prepare a shared prix fixe lovers menu. Dine al fresco beneath glowing lanterns and heaters — the perfect ambiance for a perfect pair.
690 Newport Center Dr.; 949-759-0808