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Valentine's vacations
If you're short on ideas, but not cash book one of these luxury Valentine packages. Or just dream.
January 31, 2005: 10:59 AM EST
By Sarah Max, CNN/Money senior writer
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SALEM, Ore. (CNN/Money) - Nothing says "I love you" like a $125,000 five-day getaway that starts in the Alaskan wilderness, stops on Rodeo Drive and comes to a finale on an historic Broadway stage.

Did that last year? How about giving $50,000 worth of diamonds served with caviar and handmade chocolates?

There's always a five-course dinner on the Orient-Express in London, a day of harvest wraps and Cabernet scrubs at a Napa spa or snoozing in an over-water bungalow in Bora Bora.

Last year, Americans spent $130 billion on luxury travel, according to Boston Consulting Group, more than any other luxury segment, and more than food, fashion and facelifts combined.

But travel aficionados want more than first-class service and high-thread-count sheets.

"The focus is really on the experience," said Diane McDavitt, president of Luxury Link, a Web site that specializes in luxury accommodations and vacation packages. "People are looking for things off the beaten path and a bit unusual."

This Valentine's Day luxury hotels have spared no creativity on romance packages designed for those who will spare no expense for a memorable getaway. Click here for a tour of five Valentine's Day dream vacations »»  Top of page

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