Weekend Trip: Six Romantic Getaways To Book Right Now

Even in the best cities in the world, there are times that escape feels so desperate a necessity that any borrowed friend-of-a-friend’s dilapidated cottage upstate seems like it would do the trick. From dreamy and not-too-far-away to dreamy and across-the-pond, these six romantic getaways are sure to get your imagination, and your heart (and libido) stirring. Book one now. You won’t regret it.

1. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Montauk

Just a quick Jitney trip away lies Montauk–which sheds the pretension of the neighboring Hamptons, but keeps the pristine oceanfront real estate. Thanks to a spa, salt water pool (with ocean views (!)), and yoga classes offered, you can get the perks of a tropically detoxifying retreat in just a 2.5-hour trip. End the night watching the sunset or sipping champagne by the fireplace.

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Photo: Courtesy of Gurney’s Montauk Resort

Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, New King Room
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2. Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs

For a west coast romantic getaway, look no further than Palm Springs: this desert mecca of mid-century modern architecture doubles as a hip destination for anyone who wants California weather, sans the glitz of L.A…and should you want for just a hint of glitz, The Ace Hotel might just be the perfect resolution. If it’s pure, unadulterated relaxation you seek, “The Feel Good Spa” offers couples packages–in fact, anything from facials and seaweed body wraps, to earth clay wraps and body brushing can be done in twosome form. And, since no vacation has ever felt long enough, couples can indulge in a personal massage lesson to learn inspired, professional techniques to use at home. Outdoorsy types can soak up the SoCal sunshine via bike rentals–even better–the hotel can arrange a private dinner on the stargazing deck, which overlooks the pool and mountains.

Photo: D.L. Thompson and Jon Johnson

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3. The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, Round Top, TX
Looking for a romantic American getaway that’s truly off the beaten path? Try Texas. Just 75 miles from ultra-hip Austin lies mecca, as told by the queen of shabby chic. Each cottage offers privacy and comfort. Couples spend time reconnecting with long walks and quality time spent together.  Trying to win some extra boyfriend/girlfriend points? Flowers can be added to the room for an extra special touch.

Photo: Courtesy of “Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie and Flea Market Treasures,” Cico books

Photo: Courtesy of “Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie and Flea Market Treasures,” Cico books

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Photo: Courtesy of “Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie and Flea Market Treasures,” Cico books

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Photo: Courtesy of “Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie and Flea Market Treasures,” Cico books

4. The Berkeley Hotel, London 

Here’s one for the sartorially inclined couple. If you missed the jaw-dropping Alexander McQueen retrospective when it debuted at the Met’s Costume Instutute in NYC in 2011, fear not–the corsetry, the chance to be thisclose to pieces from the groundbreaking Highland Rape collection is just one reason to head to the UK. It’s now at the V&A–a British institution, if you’ve never been. (Plus, even if you’re going for just an extended weekend, a flight to England is a solid hour less than almost any other country in Europe and the same goes for the time difference). If the exhibit isn’t enough, revel in the quirky spirit of English fashion at The Berkeley Hotel (that’s Rachel Zoe’s favorite to you) where you can enjoy Pret-a-Portea–proper high tea that pays homage to McQueen favorites. Of course, The Berkeley is more than just cookies and tea sandwiches…there are the balcony suites overlooking Hyde Park, duos can enjoy treatments at the Bamford Haybarn Spa, and unwind from the buzz of London by the rooftop pool.

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5. St. Regis Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico

Though leaving the premises of the St. Regis Bahia Beach would be, by no means, necessary, the couple who likes their vacation with a healthy mix of the highest-end luxury (think: a Jean-Georges restaurant on the premises) and a bit of authentic culture, look no further than this gorgeous Puerto Rican retreat, where the ocean is warm, the pool is massive and the cabanas are made for making out–but the charm and pastel colors of Old San Juan are just a short drive away. Kayak in the on-property lake, hike holding hands through the nearby El Yunque rainforest, or simply read by the pool, you’ll leave having enjoyed a restorative serving of both piña coladas and Vitamin D. Though adventure on and around the premises abounds, rooms come equipped with sun-drenched patios and walk-in showers. Even better, giant baths that are an insanely simple dial-zero to the butler away from filled with bubbly–in the bath and your glasses. Prepare for 24/7 romance.

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The St. Regis Bahia Beach private beach
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6. KiCHIC Resort, Peru

Located on the edge of a traditional Peruvian fishing village, Mancora is fast emerging as one of the world’s best beach destinations (you heard it here first)! KiCHIC offers a unique hideaway where guests find call rooms, located between gardens of coconut palms and maye pepper trees facing the northern ocean breeze, home. For an especially romantic indulgence, spring for the Piedra room which has its own open-air bathtub on a private terrace made out of local flagstone, or the Himalaya. Should you decide (and no judgement, if not) to ever get out of bed, you can take your pick of surf lessons, kayaking, and outdoor movies every weekend.

Photo: Courtesy of KiCHIC

Photo: Courtesy of KiCHIC

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Photo: Courtesy of KiCHIC

Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty Returns

Photo by Sølve Sundsbø/ Art + Commerce

Alexander McQueen touches down in London once more as the Savage Beauty exhibit makes its way to the Victoria and Albert Museum for spring 2015. KCD announced Thursday evening that the show which opened at the Met’s Costume Institute (soon to be Anna Wintour Costume Center) in 2011 will move next to late designer Lee McQueen’s home turf.

Alexander McQueen Exhibit ‘Savage Beauty’ May Head to London in 2013

Just one look at the numbers for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition that recent closed at the Met, and you’ll immediately understand exactly how big an artistic and monetary success it was. Now that the retrospective has closed up shop in the states, many Londoners are hoping the Costume Institute show will head to the city where McQueen was born. Thanks to social media and some swift petitioning by Grazia fashion editor-at-large Melanie Rickey, the request could be granted just in time for the fashion house’s 20th anniversary.

As explained on Rickey’s blog, she started a Twitter campaign with the #BringMcQueenExhibitionHome hashtag, and the response was so overwhelming that a petition was created for the cause. In just two weeks, it’s acquired over 2,000 digital signatures – and the initiative has reached the McQueen camp. Although the fashion house remains tight-lipped, Rickey did manage to get a quote from them:

“Alexander McQueen appreciates the huge amount of interest the public has shown towards the Savage Beauty exhibition. We have been in discussion with a number of major venues in London for some time now however nothing has been finalized. Please be assured that an official announcement will be made the moment we confirm our plans for London.”

The fact that they’ve even responded is enough for Rickey to deem her efforts a success. “The details are still sketchy, but it now seems certain that Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will take place at a venue to be confirmed in London during 2013, the 20th anniversary of Lee’s business,” she notes. As far as potential venues go, Rickey reveals that “Somerset House, The Truman Brewery, The Tower of London, The London Dungeons, Battersea Power Station and some traditional art venues” are in the running.

For anyone who missed the exhibit when it was at the Met, you now have a good 12 months to plan your second chance.

McQueen Met Exhibit ‘Among the Most Popular Shows Ever’

Have you seen the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met? If not, go. It’s worth the hour-long wait you will probably endure. So far, 354,684 have been to see “Savage Beauty,” which opened May 4. That’s more than went to see the very popular 2005 Van Gogh drawing exhibit or Jan Vermeer’s masterpiece “The Milkmaid.”

An executive of the museum, Harold Holzer, told Bloomberg that “It’s certainly going to be among the most popular shows ever. In terms of running at maximum capacity, it’s right up there with all the biggest hits at the Met.”

Every half hour, 400 people go through the exhibit to look at the 100 ensembles and 70 accessories on display. The show attracts 6,500 people on weekdays and 8,000 on weekend days. The Met has extended its run by a week, to August 7, and even offers a deal in which people can pay $50 to see the exhibit on Mondays when the museum is closed — 1000 people have taken that offer so far. During the last week of its run, the Met is considering keeping their doors open outside regular business hours in order to accommodate the stampeding hordes.

In other words, this thing is a blockbuster. When I went, the very crowded exhibition rooms were full of half Lady Gaga fans and half FIT students, with a smattering of older tourists who seemed confused (sample quote, an older lady to her husband: “I just don’t think this is very nice for women!”). Still, if you can stand the crush of humanity, it’s worth a trek. Where else will you see the armadillo boots up close?