Looking for the ultimate date night spot? If you’re hoping to impress your sweetheart with a romantic afternoon or evening to remember, check out these five fabulous locations for inspiration.
Afternoon Tea in New York
When it comes to destinations for afternoon tea, The Palm Court at The Plaza is one of the most iconic. A favorite among New York’s glamorous set for more than 100 years, this elegant landmark exudes Old World charm with its grand columns and ornate stained-glass ceiling dome. Redesigned in the 21st century by renowned French architect Thierry Despont, the airy dining space features soaring palm trees, lush potted plants and custom furnishings.
Served on Bernardaud china, the delicious sandwiches and fine pastries are sure to please your date. You might nibble on a classic English cucumber sandwich with mint-infused yogurt and lemon zest or share a potato tart with beets, mushrooms and goat cheese. Pile dollops of Devonshire cream and house-made preserves atop fluffy scones and taste melt-in-your-mouth seasonal sweets. A choice of 25 teas from Palais des Thés, and a glass of champagne tops off the special afternoon date.
If you’re a member of ALL – Accor Live Limitless, you can earn Reward points when you dine at The Palm Court. Each bite of a sweet treat or sip of Champagne is helping you earn points toward a future getaway.
A Cabana in Austin
Make a day of it and treat your sweetie to an unforgettable experience by the pool. Perched on the deck of the sprawling 7th-floor rooftop pool, the private cabanas at Fairmont Austin are the perfect place to relax in luxury. With the downtown skyline as the backdrop, you can take a refreshing dip then lounge over cocktails and Latin-inspired bites in your personal poolside hangout.
You’ll enjoy exclusive cocktail service, so make the most of it by sipping a Piña Colada out of a freshly cracked coconut and sharing an order of Mahi Mahi al pastor tacos. Pair a glass of bubbly (or two) with fresh watermelon, mango and jicama seasoned with tajín Mexican spice. Finish off by lazing on plush towels to take in your favorite show or sporting event on your private 50-inch TV. Just remember that cabanas are available exclusively on weekends to registered hotel guests.
Live Music in Vancouver
Fairmont Pacific Rim’s sophisticated and seductive Lobby Lounge & RawBar is Vancouver’s premier destination for live music. Whether sitting fireside, front row, or mingling at the Bob Dylan-inspired communal tables, enjoy tunes from emerging musicians in Vancouver’s most popular living room. The perfect place to start, or end your night, live music is available Monday through Saturday.
Shaken or stirred, The Lobby Lounge takes center stage in the Vancouver cocktail scene. While taking in the vibe and the tunes, head to the bar and watch the expert mixologists in action. You can sip your way through a menu of hand-crafted creative cocktails like long-time favorite The Geisha. It’s a fruity, vodka-based delight made with strawberry, elderflower, raspberry liqueur and lime. Then join Michelin-awarded chef Masayoshi Baba for an omakase (chef’s choice) – a surprising and delightful sushi experience that includes daily features, new items or guest favorites. It’s a must-dine for the sushi-savvy.
A Tiki Bar in San Francisco
Picture yourselves in Polynesia at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar in Fairmont San Francisco. Originally created by leading MGM set designer Mel Melvin in 1945, this fun venue has everything a tiki lounge should have, but with a luxurious touch. Thatched huts, bamboo furnishings and tribal carvings fill the room along with sleek leather banquettes and a granite bar. The centerpiece is the huge lagoon, once the hotel’s indoor pool.
Order a 1944 Mai Tai or Bootlegger’s Barrel as you savor fried vegetable spring rolls and ahi tuna poke tostada. A band plays top tunes from a thatch-covered boat. Periodic rainstorms with thunder and lightning transport you to the Tropics. Cap your evening by inviting your date to hit the unique dance floor. It was built from part of the S.S. Forester schooner, which traveled between San Francisco and the South Pacific.
Once you’ve decided on your destination, remember to add on a romantic overnight stay to make it a truly memorable occasion.