Valentine’s Day is here, and whether you love it or hate it, we have an idea to celebrate your love or soothe your singledom: with a vacation, of course! Reignite the spark, see how you and your honey travel together, or treat yourself—no matter your romantic situation, we think you deserve it.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
A newly empty home calls for a celebration—it’s time to focus on yourselves again. We’ll drink to that! And Riviera Maya is an ideal respite to rejuvenate after 18+ years of putting the kids first. NIZUC, a stunning oceanfront resort just 10 minutes from the Cancun Airport, is the perfect place to reconnect. Indulge in a Mayan-inspired treatment at the incredible spa before dinner for two at one of the resort’s six on-site restaurants like Ramona, serving contemporary Mexican fare.
San Antonio, Texas
Coordinating an adults-only escape away from little ones can feel nearly impossible. But just getting away for a long weekend can be enough of a respite: Enter La Cantera. Make a three-day getaway to this dreamy resort tucked among the rolling hills just 17 miles outside San Antonio. There, you can take time to focus on each other with couple’s rituals at the award-winning Loma de Vida Spa, perched atop the highest point in San Antonio. Afterward, enjoy a sumptuous meal at Signature, one of La Cantera’s fine dining spots.
Palm Springs, California
If you and your sweetie are seeking a spot with a thriving LGBTQ scene, Palm Springs hits the mark. A welcoming queer community awaits in the Arenas District, where you’ll find a plethora of gay-owned shops, bars, and restaurants. Head to Toucans for a tiki-themed drag show, running five nights a week, or the Tool Shed for a more off-the-beaten-path locals’ hangout with a divey feel. A stay at Carmelita, a cute, midcentury modern home tucked within the prestigious Mesa neighborhood, will put you just 2 miles from the action.
Romantic getaways aren’t just for couples. If you’re single, it’s time to treat yourself to a solo soiree in the City of Lights. (And Paris is a particularly safe city for those traveling alone, a totally valid concern, especially among women.) Staying in the heart of Paris ensures you needn’t deal with the headache of a rental or navigating the city behind the wheel. With a stay at the chic, Art Nouveau-style Hotel Regina, you’ll be perfectly poised to explore all that Paris has to offer. It’s just a quick walk to the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden, and so much more.
That first trip together when you’re newly dating can be as exciting as it is nerve wracking; is traveling together harmonious bliss or a stress fest? But it’s so exciting, too—and we think one of the best places to explore vacationing together for the first time is Miami. It’s a quick domestic flight with a lively night scene and plenty to do, and the perfect home base is Faena Resort. With a stay at Opal or Topaz, swanky, apartment-style suites within the resort, you can catch a cabaret show at the on-site theater, sip handcrafted cocktails together at Saxony Bar & Lounge, or stroll the beach during sunset.