Gifts of Love: A Day at the Spa

by Mac Smith
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Feb 6, 2014

As the United States inches closer and closer to legalized gay marriage across the country, we can't help but think of Valentine's Day as a celebration of unions for everyone.

In honor of the first Valentine's Day in a post-DOMA world, EDGE offers suggestions for gifts and experiences meant for couples in love. But these aren't the teddy bears and mystery-filled chocolates of Valentine's Days past. Put some spark in your romance with thoughtful presents that allow you and your loved one to celebrate your unique relationship.

Nothing says amour like a little TLC. Do-it-yourself massages are great on an average night, but Valentine's Day is the big leagues. Now is the time to splurge on a visit to one of these amazing LGBT-friendly spas for a special retreat together.

Aire Ancient Baths

Aire Ancient Baths in New York City delivers romance, literally. Aire features a four-step thermal bathing system perfected from the ancient Roman baths that is guaranteed to get you fired up. If that doesn’t set the mood the dark brick, sheer curtains and flickering candlelight should do the trick.

On Valentine’s night, as is custom every Friday evening, enjoy acoustic Spanish guitar and flute while luxuriating for a truly sensual evening.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino

If you’ve got the cash and the cause (anniversary celebrators or newlyweds we’re speaking to you), make a real splash with a trip to Aruba for the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino. Let the love wash over you as you take in any of the Caribbean Sea views at the brand new Zoia Spa. Too much fun in the sun? Soothe burnt skin with an aloe recovery wrap featuring locally-sourced aloe vera.

Couples can really indulge together in the Zoai Life Pure treatment featuring salts from the Caribbean Sea to eliminate dead cells and deliver the most beautiful skin. You’ll both emerge with that radiant glow you had when you first fell in love.

The Grand Resort and Spa

The Grand Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale has been catering to gay snowbirds since 1999. Gay owned and operated, this men-only guesthouse and spa offers a range of packages, including the The Couples Escape, which includes a side by side Swedish massage and choice of Hydrating or Deep Cleansing facial.

Afterwards, enjoy the property’s amenities, including a clothing-optional area if you’d like to show off your freshly scrubbed goods.

Mac Smith Mac Smith is a New York City based fashion writer who has never met a cat, coat or cake he didn't love. Follow him on Instagram at @macsmith1218 and Twitter at @itcantallbedior.


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