Lobby — Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Boston via Andy Ross
When romance is your top priority, check into the Mandarin Oriental Boston. A luxurious oasis in Boston's Back Bay, the Mandarin Oriental will whisk away all the stresses of everyday living the moment you open the door to your room. Enhance the romance by enjoying all that this Back Bay spot has to offer in terms of ooo la la.
You'll be guided to check in by the ever accommodating door men, who provide local and national newspapers (like USA TODAY) for your enjoyment as well as the option of complimentary tea service delivered not long after you get settled. You'll then be escorted to your retreat by a bellhop who will not only guide you through the corridors, but also give you a tour of your room and explain how everything works inside. Unwind in the lavish bathroom's giant tubs or spa-like shower (large enough for two), lounge on the sofa or simply make your way straight to the plush bed. Within these walls romance is unavoidable.
Room at the Mandarin — Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Boston via Andy Ross
Splurge on his and her treatments at the five-star Mandarin Spa. An aphrodisiac on this romantic escape, the spa is a delight for your senses. Don your clothes or a robe an hour before your appointment, and take the elevator directly to the spa's doors. Once you set your "outdoor shoes" on the tray and step into your new slippers, it's impossible not to sigh with relief. Enjoy hot herbal tea and cleansing cloths before you move beyond the desk and into the even more tranquil spa itself.
Spa — Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Boston via Andy Ross
At this point you'll either leave your significant other of the opposite sex and enjoy a little you time in the state-of-the-art "water" area or stick together for your first treatment. Alone, you have the option to warm yourself on the heated bench, take a dip in the vitality tub, enjoy the steam room or unwind in one of the specialty showers before lounging in the relaxation area and reconnecting with your partner in a treatment room. But for those who'd rather stay side by side the entire time, book the Mandarin Suite. Complete with a private tub for two, stone sauna, day-bed and tandem treatment tables, this suite keeps you together from start to finish and certain to leave in the mood.
Asana — Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Boston via Andy Ross
After a day spent enjoying the one you love in private, treat that special someone to a meal that won't soon be forgotten at Asana. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental it is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Decorated in Asian-inspired pieces, the dining room is open and airy, yet the low lighting makes you feel like you're the only couple there. With top-notch service, you'll find yourself guided through every selection of the menu, which matches the quality you'd expect at a Forbes four-star spot. Servers are experts on the menu and more than happy to help with food and beverage pairings. You'll never feel rushed, and you'll leave comfortably full and fueled for whatever you've planned for later in your room.
M Bar — Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Boston via Andy Ross
If retiring right away isn't for you, grab a drink in a quiet corner of M bar, dive into the mini bar or order sumptuous treat from room service and close the door to distractions.