If you’re looking to rekindle the love and passion from your wedding day, perhaps decades later (or even refresh the magic of a Covid-era wedding), these hotels have some innovative options ready and waiting. As Valentine’s Day approaches, travelers are looking for creative gift ideas to give their special someone. From chocolate-themed spa treatments to the most romantic getaways, the pent-up travel demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has people ready to get out and safely explore with loved ones. Or maybe you just want to travel the world on your own with an all-expenses paid, year-long trip?
Whether you’re looking for some self-care or to re-express your love to someone, these are the some of the best hotels for renewing your vows this winter season.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Ever considered an underwater wedding or vow renewal ceremony? Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas can make it happen in (well actually, below) paradise. A private dive instructor guides the happy couple to a tranquil lagoon or other dive spot of their choosing for the ceremony, which can include an exchange of rings and signing of a wedding certificate. Also included is Anantara’s signature “Dining by Design” dinner prepared by the chef anywhere around the resort the couple chooses. Professional hair styling, a Champagne toast, an intimate wedding evening prepared by the resort’s “slumber guru,” and a Champagne breakfast in bed the next morning are all part of the package.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
Go fully tropical at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui in Tahiti. Polynesian musicians and dancers can serenade you before, during or after any ceremony. In addition to all the “expecteds,” like Champagne toasts, couples’ spa treatments and private dinners on the beach, the happy couple can arrive to their ceremony in style. The resort can organize a traditional outrigger canoe, beautifully adorned with flowers, to take couples to and from the special event. If you go, don’t forget to take advantage of the bonus points promotion from Hilton Honors this winter.
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
If you don’t have the time to venture as far as the Indian or Pacific Oceans, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo has its own underwater wedding and vow renewal packages. The below-the-waves, staged setting has an altar decorated with amphorae. Once complete, the happy couple enjoys cocktails and lunch on the beach. Thrill seekers or those that enjoy diving will find this a unique way to express their forever love, which they can watch later since the subaquatic ceremony is filmed as a commemorative keepsake. The property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and guests are eligible to earn and redeem I Prefer Hotel Rewards points.
Sandals Resorts Free Vow Renewals
Couples that book at least five rooms at a Sandals resort for their group are eligible for a free vow renewal ceremony managed by onsite planners. The package includes music, flowers, cake, decorations, cocktails, table settings, seating and the ideal setup in the gardens or on the beach. Following a professional photo, the happy couple can celebrate with loved ones or head to the Red Lane Spa for a discount on couples’ treatments.
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, Mexico
This resort offers a traditional temazcal ceremony for vow renewals that lets couples experience an ancient, regional ritual. Led by an “intercessor,” or healer, the hour-long offering starts with a blessing before guests enter the space filled with hot stones, aromas and herbal steams. While temazcal is not specifically related to weddings, it is a special way to renew your love with someone and in front of others in a distinctive way. The resort is part of the growing World of Hyatt portfolio of all-inclusive properties, which means you can take advantage of the latest loyalty promotion during the visit.
Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, Boston
A wedding cake and ceremony with an officiant are part of this nuptials package at the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel in Boston. It also includes a flower package, night in the Penthouse Suite, private dinner and breakfast for two, and a Prosecco toast. Guests can also book their own tailor-made elopement package.
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
Climb to the rooftop for that special moment at The Post Oak Hotel in Houston. The 35th floor of the hotel holds the helipad where guests can coordinate a special vow renewal ceremony for all the city to see before taking flight in a private helicopter to celebrate the moment in true style. Rose petals and a bottle of champagne are part of the top-floor romance. Those with a fear of heights, however, should probably stick to a ceremony on terra firma.
Wave Resort, Long Branch, New Jersey
Wave Resort & Spa in Long Branch, New Jersey has a vow renewal package designed to give people a bit of an extra spark. The package includes ceremonies officiated by an ordained minister, flowers, a wedding cake and onsite photographer on site. The vow renewal would last a half hour with a 2.5 hour party and overnight stay to follow. I Prefer Hotel Rewards members will appreciate that this hotel is part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
$5 Million Dollar Buyout at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
The most lux vow renewal of all is perhaps at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas where well-heeled guests can splurge on a $5 million hotel buyout. The deal includes the entire event being coordinated by celebrity wedding planner, Andrea Eppolito. The couple and their guests will be whisked to and fro via private plane with onsite dining handled by a well-known chef. Designed as a wedding package, but available for vow renewals, the jaw-dropping price tag also comes with a seven-night honeymoon at any Waldorf Astoria property in the world with first class flights to get there plus a return visit to Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas on the couple’s anniversary. Don’t forget to earn Hilton Honors points in the process; this one will rack up a lot!