Five Valentine’s Day-Inspired Getaways

February 14, 2023
View of Park Geull at sunset

Each Valentine’s Day, as bouquets are chosen, cards written, and chocolates given, we are reminded of the myriad of ways to commemorate our love for ourselves, our friends, and our families.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we promise that these five destinations will sweep you right off your feet. The bits of romance to be found and shared in each of these localities are waiting for you and yours to explore. Keep reading for a guide to each of these spots (and if you fall for the location, we’re also highlighting amazing properties in each). 

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona, with its downtown lit by the last rays of sun at the dusk.

Don’t be surprised by Phoenix’s inclusion on this list. Surrounded by mountains and possessing the essence of the desert climate, the city’s natural beauty, luxury resorts, premier properties, and an endless list of activities make it a perfect romantic getaway.

With museums speaking to every discipline (The Heard Museum exhibits thoughtfully curated Indigenous art, while The Phoenix Art Museum carries a varied collection featuring internationally known artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Claude Monet). Phoenix could be just the place for your dream museum meet cute. 

This home is nothing short of a work of art itself. Over 17,000 square feet of the finest craftsmanship enjoys exclusive positioning on the golf course of the famous Arizona Biltmore Resort. Between unparalleled views of Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak, the warm elegance of chandelier-lit interiors, and its three story Moroccan-inspired wine cellar, the old-world opulence of Biltmore Estate has us head-over-heels. 

Listed for $14,995,000 USD by Kris Schatzberg of Engel & Völkers Scottsdale Waterfront.

Berry Islands, Bahamas

A white house on a small island in the Bahamas.

As the saying goes, there are millions of fish in the sea. And that is exactly what the Berry Islands are famous for. The intimate cluster of islands is surrounded by the Tongue of the Ocean (TOTO, to locals), a deep underwater trench with some of the most diverse sea life in the Bahamas—a fisherman and diver’s paradise. 

But fear not, loving life on the Berry Islands doesn’t require a passion for fishing—only a love of white sand beaches and the soothing shade of bristling palm trees. These hideaways are the perfect “if you know, you know” paradise and are easily accessible from Nassau and Miami. 

The only thing better than visiting the Berry Islands? Owning a few of its cays. Whether you are looking to build an estate for hosting-galore or design a bungalow-for-one, this rare opportunity is a match made in heaven for island lovers and developers alike.

A developer’s package of amenities on Great Harbor Cay, the neighboring island, will be included in its sale. Here, some of the most reputable golf, marina, beach club, hotel, and water plant services in the Bahamas are ready to build the foundation of your next entrepreneurial endeavor.

Listed for $37,900,000 USD by Colin Lightbourn of Engel & Völkers Bahamas.

Barcelona, Spain

A beach in Barcelona beach at morning sunrise.

Europe is known for its romantic cities—and Barcelona is no exception. Phoenix has the museums, and Berry Islands the luxury of complete privacy, but in Barcelona, the culture of tapas highlights the importance of sitting around tables and connecting over fabulous food. 

The magic of Barcelona and its tapas goes beyond the food’s (incredible) taste and encompasses how the food is eaten and experienced. Tapas bars in Barcelona are lively and rambunctious, brought alive by the many groups of friends and loved ones who converge there to connect and bond over the act of sharing delectable small plates—before finishing up, packing up, and heading to the next location (as you’llcome to find out, locals never stay in one place for more than one drink). 

We wouldn’t blame anyone for falling in love with Barcelona—it could be the story of a lifetime. Should that be the case, we have the perfect property for you: this palatial townhouse located outside of Barcelona in the exclusive neighborhood of Pedralbes. Built at the beginning of the twentieth century, its gorgeous period characteristics are simply eye-catching. 

Listed for $15,046,449 USD by Engel & Völkers Barcelona.

Haleiwa, Hawaii

An aerial view of Waimea Bay and the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, near Haleiwa.

Haleiwa is known as the surfing capital of the world. Its internationally renowned Seven Mile Miracle provides some of the best conditions globally, and as such, is certainly not for the faint of heart.

With that being said, this surfing town’s charm will really win you over. Among the many surf shops are just as many restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries—each with its own unique treasures just waiting to be gifted to a special someone. Collectively, the vibrance of Halewia is kept alive by the spirit of its residents and visitors, all in awe of the beauty of each and every sunset, the warmth of the sand of all its beaches, and the joy that can be found under the sun and one the beach with the ones you love. 

Don’t just fancy a stay in Haleiwa, love the life that you could build there. This oceanfront home seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living and is crafted from the finest materials. Perhaps most notably, its observatory gives occupants the luxury of stargazing each and every night—only after the gorgeous sunsets have been enjoyed, of course.

It’s a match written in the stars. 

Listed for $8,800,000 USD by Kathi White of Engel & Völkers Honolulu.

Beverly, Massachusetts

Bass River in Beverly, Massachusetts, with a row of homes on the opposite shore.

Among the many luxuries of the New England lifestyle, none is so enjoyed as its historical and coastal charisma. Beverly, Massachusetts, has no shortage of it. Here, miles of pristine coastline, beaches, and beloved public gardens are tied together by a storied town center. Walking hand-in-hand along any of its cobblestone streets is next to none. 

Once a part of Salem, Beverly is bewitching entirely on its own, and an ever-evolving repertoire of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks check all the boxes for the growing community of young professionals flocking to this shoreside sanctuary. Sounds like a Hallmark movie in the making.  

The hallmark of any good relationship is whether or not it can stand to test of time—and for the first time since its construction in 1851, this waterfront home is coming to the market. 

Passing through its stone pillars and winding wooded drive, you will immediately begin to feel the opulence of its Old New England design. On over eight acres, the three-story home houses eleven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and twelve fireplaces. Complemented by spacious entertaining areas, a spectacular lawn, and two direct beach access points, there is no better backdrop to a picture-perfect love story to unfold. 

Listed for $5,490,000 USD by Victor Paulino of Engel & Völkers By The Sea

From everyone at Engel & Völkers, we wish you the happiest Valentine’s Day. 

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