ECO-RESORT IN THE ALPS
Nestled in Italy’s Dolomites, Seiser Alm Urthaler is a 54-room resort built entirely from sustainable, untreated timber. After skiing or snowboarding, guests pamper themselves in the spa or relax in rooms featuring organic cotton sheets and handmade rugs. From $250 per night. seiseralm.com
Located on a blue lagoon, Vahine Island in French Polynesia invites guests to kayak, windsurf and snorkel—and to enjoy views of Bora Bora from their own private deck. Accommodations include beach bungalows, over-water bungalows and deluxe beach suites. From $535. vahine-island.com.
Six miles south of Marrakech, the Fellah Hotel is a tranquil, 14-acre oasis with stylish rooms situated in 10 villas. Suites feature Deco-style furniture and views of the Atlas Mountains. A spa offers yoga and Tai Chi. From $196 per night. fellah-hotel.com
Fresh from a renovation by DC-based Grizform Design Architects, Dupont Circle’s Firefly evokes the woods at twilight with a tree and hanging lanterns. Chef Daniel Bortnick and chef de cuisine Todd Wiss prepare comfort food with a modern twist. 1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW; 202-861-1310. firefly-dc.com
Treat your Valentine to Praline’s Raspberry Mousse Cake—a fetching combination of berries, cream and chocolate cake enrobed in squares of white chocolate. $35. 4600 Sangamore Road, Bethesda; 301-229-8180. praline-bakery.com
Even more romantic than a meal in the main dining room of Plume at the Jefferson Hotel, DC (right) is a tête-à-tête at its Bird’s Nest table, under the light of a century-old chandelier. Following a tasting menu, each guest receives a white chocolate egg filled with Chantilly cream, tiny meringues, sorbets and berries—all nestled on a bed of spun sugar. 1200 16th Street, NW; 202-448-2300; plumedc.com