BY JANET STEINBERG
I claim there ain’t
As great as Valentine.
Ahhhh, the color pink! The color pink is symbolic of caring, compassion and unconditional love. This magical melding of the colors red and white exudes a passion that puts stars in lovers’ eyes and links hearts together. So, as we pay tribute to Saint Valentine, why not sweep your love off to a romantic pink palace, bathe in a sybaritic pink marble bathtub, or toast your love with the ultimate classic pink drink.
Cupid points his arrow at …
The Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa is the crowning glory of Florida's Gulf Coast. You'll be tickled pink as you cross the causeway and catch your first glimpse of "The Pink Palace" majestically poised like a pink-iced wedding cake on the sandy shores of St. Pete Beach. Affectionately dubbed “The Don”, this historic resort on the Gulf of Mexico opened in the late 1920s as the playground for America's coddled rich and famous. In the early 1920s, this castle-by-the-sea was but a castle-in-the-air for Irishman Thomas Rowe who made his fortune in Florida real estate. The hotel's pink exterior is reminiscent of the rosy lime and mortar mixture Rowe observed as a child in Ireland. The hot pink color, known as "Don CeSar Rouge" is maintained partly to retain the Don's stature as an historic landmark in the National Register of Historic Places.
|THE DON CESAR IN ST. PETE BEACH FLORIDA|
The Hamilton Princess Bermuda, the island’s first waterfront hotel and the island’s only luxury urban resort, dates back to 1885. Bermuda's oldest hotel was named in honor of Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, who is credited with putting Bermuda on the map as a tourist destination. This palatial “Pink Palace”, the reigning Grande Dame of Bermuda hotels, has been the hotel of choice for discriminating guests including Mark Twain, Ian Fleming, Winston Churchill and Prince Charles.
THE HAMILTON PRINCESS IN BERMUDA
La Valencia Hotel, in La Jolla California, is the jewel in adjacent San Diego’s crown. Known as “The Pink Lady,” this Mediterranean style, oceanfront resort is the epitome of vintage coastal luxury…a romantic, playful, and eternally enchanting rose colored gem. No trip to San Diego would be complete without a day spent in La Jolla. La Jolla (pronounced la HOY-uh), meaning “the jewel” in Spanish, is a many-faceted, picture-postcard jewel hugging seven miles of California coastline some 25 minutes north of San Diego. Legendary sunsets are said to be a daily occurrence.
|LA VALENCIA HOTEL IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA|
Bubble bathing in Venice, Italy: There are bubble baths, and there are bubble baths, and then there is your one memorable bubble bath that can never be forgotten. For me that one memorable bubble bath was in a huge, round pink marble bathtub at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy. The tranquil Hotel Cipriani, a romantic oasis set in the heart of the bustling city of Venice, is more than a hotel. It is a paradise of romantic fountains encircled by enchanted gardens…the mysterious light of a lagoon…cerulean waters…green lawns…white awnings and sea gulls. Not trendy or hip, the Cipriani prefers to remain haute, not hot.
|CAN A BATHTUB GET MORE ROMANTIC THAN THIS?|
Toast your love with a sparkling pink Bellini: You can order a Bellini at almost any classic bar in the world. But for the quintessential, original ethereal concoction, do your sipping at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. Harry's Bar...the one and only original Harry's Bar...is not your ordinary watering hole. It has been said that, in the legendary city of Venice, more tourists ask directions to Harry's Bar than to the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square).
TOAST YOUR LOVE WITH THE ORIGINAL BELLINI AT HARRY’S BAR
JANET STEINBERG is an award-winning Travel Writer/Editor and International Travel Consultant with THE TRAVEL AUTHORITY in Mariemont, Ohio.