If you're dreaming of a perfect getaway for two, there's nothing like seaside romance. "Pristine sands, amazing food … it just doesn't get any better than that," said Laurie Davies, a top O.C. wedding planner whose job it is to know what romance is all about.
Many luxury resorts offer romance packages that welcome you with champagne and chocolate strawberries. Or choose an intimate bed and breakfast like the Newport Beach Hotel. It's just steps from the sand, with only 15 rooms, each beautifully appointed — some with spa tub, fireplace and panoramic ocean views.
You can't spend all your time in your cozy hideaway — well maybe you can. But on a sunny SoCal day, you might want to ride a bicycle-built-for-two along the picturesque Balboa Peninsula or enjoy the sun and surf at Little Corona, a sheltered cove that's a lovers' dream come true.
As the sun sets over the harbor, the Gondola Company of Newport can provide you with a personal gondolier — dressed Venetian-style in a striped shirt and straw boater —who'll take you on a private cruise. Add your own Italian accent with a chilled bottle of Prosecco or an earthy Valpolicello.
What's more romantic than a candlelit dinner at an intimate little bistro? Basilic Restaurant on Balboa Island exudes charm and will delight your senses with Swiss French cuisine — which changes with the chef's inspiration.
The ultimate in sheer bliss is a Duet Massage at the Pelican Hill Spa in Newport Beach. In a private couples suite, relax in a spa tub for two filled with rose petal water, then share the experience of an expert massage with aromatic oils. It could very well be heaven on earth.
—Maxine Nunes for Newport Beach