Couples packages at Miami Beach’s Canyon Ranch, romance in Cabo, Radisson Blu in Minnesota, and making merry at the Marriott in Chicago

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By Paula Conway
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Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach puts all couples in the mood for love. And now the hotel has two special offers.

Deal 1: Book the “Couples Mini-Intimacy Experience,” starting at $1,200 per person. This package includes: two nights in a luxury oceanfront suite for two; a 125-minute full body scrub, followed by a massage and a ceremony where couples self-apply purifying muds to each other and relax in herbal steam; a 50-minute couple’s session with Canyon Ranch’s sex, passion and intimacy therapist; 50-minute energy work session; and a 50-minute consultation with the resort’s medical expert to assess hormone levels. This package is valid through 2014.

Deal 2: From Feb. 12 to 14, couples can also partake in “Sensuality Week” sessions. Topics covered include: how to refocus brains, bodies and stomachs to enhance their libidos, increase their energy and improve their health. Sessions range from “Swap the Blue Pills for the Dumbbells — Sexual Prowess and Exercise” to “Sex and the Male Brain,” a session strictly for men. Other groups include a “Sensual Moves” class for women, combining belly dance, tantric and energy-healing-based exercises.

Experience: This is all all-suite hotel on 750 feet of oceanfront property. Don’t miss the thermal treatments, featuring healing waters, thermal cabins and soaking tubs. Choose from more than 40 fitness classes daily, including yoga, cycling, Pilates, boxing, strength work and beach boot camp.

Book it! Visit or call (800) 742-9000.


Pamper your lover at one of the most romantic destinations on earth — Cabo, Mexico — with a stay at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort.

Deal: Book the “Passion in Paradise” package and get: aphrodisiac cocktails upon arrival; a couples massage on the suite terrace; Valentine’s Day dinner at either The Restaurant or on the guests’ terrace; romantic turndown with rose petals and candles; bath for two with honey sugar scrub; breakfast in bed daily delivered by the personal butler; Moet rose champagne and strawberries; and airport transfers to and from the hotel. This offer starts at $1,183 for a four-night minimum stay — with 50% off a fifth night. The deal is good Feb. 12-Feb. 18.

Experience: Go diving in the Sea of Cortez with living coral reefs, sand falls, ocean canyons and old shipwrecks. Surf and sail the undeveloped coastline, small island and open waters, and experience world-class sea kayaking to water caves and beaches only explored by kayak.

Book it! Online at or by calling 888-ROSEWOOD.


The Radisson Blu in Bloomington, Minn., has a “Hello Blu” deal; the hotel has direct access to the Mall of America.WWW.GERRYOLEARY.COMThe Radisson Blu in Bloomington, Minn., has a “Hello Blu” deal; the hotel has direct access to the Mall of America.

Hit the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., for big deals and a great winter escape at the Radisson Blu.

Steal: Book the “Hello Blu” for 15% off with rates from $149 per night, including two drinks per stay at Fire Lake’s cocktail bar. Additionally, the rate includes full access to the fitness center, swimming pool and the shopping program offered at the hotel. This offer is good through December.

Experience: This new hotel has sleek and edgy rooms with ultra-modern touches, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and direct access to the more than 500 stores at the Mall of America. Enjoy the Sea Life Aquarium and ride the roller coast at Nickelodeon Universe. You’re also just 10 minutes from downtown.

Book it! At or call (952) 881-5258.


There’s new value in taking the family to the Windy City — and staying at the JW Marriott Chicago.

Deal: Book the “Stay for Breakfast” package and enjoy luxury overnight accommodations and breakfast for two adults and children’s breakfast for travelers aged 12 or under (in the room or at The Florentine). Plus get complimentary access to the fitness center. Rates begin at $239 per night, and this offer is valid through April 11.

Experience: You have quick access to Wrigley Field, Millennium Park and the theater district. Don’t miss the treasures at the Art Institute of Chicago. They include, through April 7, “The Czech Avant-Garde Book,” a look at how the Czech avant-garde sought to reimagine book design.

Book it! On the Web at or by phoning (312) 660-8200 and use code “S4B.”