When you and your significant other are looking for the perfect couples getaway, Phoenix offers all the amenities you need to unwind, relax and re-connect. Book a stay at one of the city's historic resorts, such as the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, which offers couples red-carpet romance amenities with its "Passport to Romance" program. The resort even has an appointed Director of Romance who will help you create the ultimate "Romantication" for you and your significant other.
Book the "Romantication" package at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa — Photo courtesy of Royal Palms Resort & Spa
For a late brunch or lunch, head downtown to Carly's Bistro, a charming restaurant that has good food and wine down to a fine art. Live jazz, a huge wine list, and delectable paninis, salads and flatbreads are made with local, seasonal ingredients. Start with the fruit and cheese platter, or the brie wedge, both of which are excellent.
After lunch, take a ride on the city's Metro Light Rail system, which is efficient, inexpensive and an easy way to navigate and tour the small but vibrant downtown Phoenix scene.
Take an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride — Photo courtesy of Rainbow Ryders
But if you really want to get a bird's eye view of the city, take an evening sunset hot-air balloon ride over north Phoenix. The view of the desert from high above is nothing short of majestic and will surely leave you and your partner breathless. There are a handful of companies that operate hot air balloon rides, including Rainbow Ryders, one of the longest-running outfits in town. Note that sunset hot air balloon rides are generally only available during the winter time, although morning sunrise flights are available year-round.
Finally, finish off your first day in Phoenix with a private dinner at A Different Pointe of View, arguably one of the most romantic dining rooms in the city. Views from inside the dining room afford excellent cityscape views through the over-sized picture windows. If you reserve a patio table for sunset, chances are you'll be rewarded with the dazzling medley of pinks, purples and deep blue hues that fill the horizon every evening.
You can expect the dishes at A Different Pointe of View to be as satisfying as the views. Fruits and vegetables are grown on site and integrated into the restaurant's menu of Continental and American fine dining favorites.
Fueled by the delicious cuisine and inspired by the remarkable views, head back to the Royal Palms Resort and Spa to create an unforgettable conclusion to your romantic Phoenix getaway.