Plan a romantic getaway this summer, choosing from resorts with beautiful spas, golf, beaches and other activities.
Romantic Big Island
Hawaii is a sunny, beautiful playground year-round. Snorkeling on the Big Island is fantastic and you need very little experience to get started. In fact, most resorts rent masks and snorkels, so all you have to do is show up. If you want sunny warm days, stay on the West Side of the Big Island of Hawaii. This is where large resorts and many vacation rentals are situated. Great snorkeling beaches are located north of Kona, around the Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea resorts.
Get in the water before 10 a.m. on a sunny morning. The water is usually the calmest then which makes for the best visibility. During the summer months, the water is much calmer than in the winter. Wear a UV rash guard to protect your exposed back from the tropical sun, especially in the first few days of the vacation.
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii has a man-made reef with some interesting underwater life, but if you take the resort shuttle to the Mauna Lani Beach Club you can snorkel in the beautiful Makaiwa Bay. There are a number of rainbow fish of different sizes, yellow and black-colored fish, pretty yellow coral and some larger fish at the outer rim of the bay.
Summer Romance on the East Coast
On the East Coast, Cranwell Resort offers a 35,000 square foot spa and 58 guest rooms which are linked to the spa complex by glass corridors. Golfers can play scenic championship golf during the summer season. Wequassett Inn Resort in Cape Cod offers scenic ocean views and golf at the members-only Cape Cod National Golf Club.
Romantic Getaways on the West Coast
If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway in California, take a look at the luxury Resort at Pelican Hill which is set on 500 scenic acres. Choose from spacious bungalows, suites and villas views of the Pacific Ocean. Terranea Resort is an oceanview retreat in Southern California with an impressive 50,000 square foot spa.
Beach Village at the Del is a luxury vacation getaway located at the famous Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. Beach Village at The Del offers a selection of luxurious oceanfront cottages and seaside villas. Visit the relaxing Spa at the Del, have a romantic sunset dinner at the hotel restaurant, and explore the attractions of San Diego on your luxury vacation. Rates start at $950 per night.
Island Getaway in Europe
If you are looking for some European-style pampering in a beautiful setting, plan a summer vacation to Choupana Hills Resort on the island of Madeira, Portugal. The spa offers a wide range of tratments that will allow you to try something new every day on your spa vacation. Choupana Hills Spa features a selection of relaxing baths, including a genuine Turkish hammam, massage therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, facials and body treatments. You can also sign up for a diet plan if you want to loose a few pounds on your spa vacation. The heated indoor pool at the spa has floor-to-ceiling windows. The outdoor lagoon swimming pool is also heated and offers scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean below.
Romantic Getaway in a City
From outdoor concerts to special events and festivals, cities offer many outdoor activities in the summer. Romantic city getaway ideas include the Lowell and the Pierre in New York City, Le Meridien San Francisco, and Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.