Bed, Bath and Way Beyond

Special to the Times

You're in desperate need of a romantic weekend getaway, and two gritty days at the KOA Kampground just won't do. This time it must be opulent, extravagant and inspiring. You're in luck: These posh hotel packages have enough perks to rev up any relationship. All prices are per couple.

Romantic Interlude Package: Promise your partner an affair to remember at Carmel's Highlands Inn Park Hyatt, nestled among the Monterey pines overlooking the Big Sur coast. Amenities: ocean-view suite with a double spa bath, wood-burning fireplace and private deck; champagne; sunset dinner for two at the Pacific's Edge restaurant; picnic for two from the California Market restaurant; use of bicycles for exploring the nearby Point Lobos State Reserve; massages; and two keepsake terry cloth robes. Price: $1,550 for two weekend nights.

The Highlands Inn Park Hyatt, 120 Highland Drive, Carmel, Calif. 93923; (831) 620-1234, fax (831) 626-1574,


The Ultimate Proposal Package: Even if you don't plan on popping the question, the turn-of-the-century grandeur of the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena may inspire all sorts of immodest proposals. Amenities: champagne; chocolate-covered strawberries; two dozen long-stemmed red roses; private candlelight dinner in the Japanese Garden accompanied by a violinist; two keepsake terry cloth robes; and breakfast in bed. Price: $1,400 to $1,525, depending on the room, for one night.

The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, Calif. 91106; (626) 568-3900, fax (626) 568-3700,


Love Machine Package: Put your love life into overdrive with a fling at the W Seattle Hotel, in the heart of the Emerald City. Amenities: room with a king-size bed; two one-hour massages; in-room martini service; Barry White CD; aromatherapy candle; and edible fruit-leather G-strings. Price: $299 to $359 per night. Air fare and transportation not included.

W Seattle Hotel, 1112 4th Ave., Seattle, Wash. 98101; (206) 264-6000 or (877) 946-8357, fax (206) 264-6100,


Diamond Anniversary Package: Live your own version of "Two for the Road" with this 75th anniversary offering from the Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley National Park. You pick up an exotic rental car in Las Vegas for your drive through surreal desert scenery to this resort. Amenities: use of a Corvette convertible, Porsche Boxster or Mercedes CLK 320 from Rent-A-Vette in Las Vegas; luxury room with spa tub; bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, fruit and cheese upon arrival; afternoon tea for two; a dinner for two in the inn's dining room; two one-hour massages; and breakfast for two each morning. Price: $1,927 for two nights. Air fare to Las Vegas not included. Available through March 7.

Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort, Highway 190, Death Valley, Calif. 92328; (760) 786-2345, fax (760) 786-2423,


Private Jetaway Package: It's not hard to find your heart in San Francisco when you're whisked there by private plane. Rendezvous at the Mandarin Oriental, a Mobil five-star hotel with panoramic views, for an escape Robin Leach would lust after. Amenities: private round-trip charter flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco with in-flight champagne; limousine to and from the airports; deluxe suite with a full-time butler; five-course dinner with wine at Silks restaurant; seasonal flowers; bottle of your favorite champagne; one-hour massages; breakfast in bed each morning; private three-hour city tour via limo; and nearly any other personalized service you desire. Price: $23,000 and up, depending on the type of jet, for two weekend nights.

Private Jetaway Inc., (323) 930-2244 or (888) 253-8292,

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