If you've got the money, a $10 million bowl of strawberries is a mere pittance for the cost of wooing your Valentine.
A Caribbean vacation, a five-figure dessert and an edible marriage proposal are just a few of the many ways some romantic (and wealthy) souls are using Valentine's Day to court loved ones.
"Putting together an extravagant, romantic and exciting celebration should be easy," Chet Dudzik Jr., founder and president of Jetway Private Air of Miami told CNBC. On Valentine's Day, his company creates a "once-in-a-lifetime getaway to make romance soar."
CNBC has compiled a list of some of the most extravagant Valentine's gifts around. These over-the-top gifts won't be cheap, but they're all but sure to guarantee a day to remember.
— By Nicole O'Hara, special to CNBC.com
Posted 13 Feb. 2016
Say "I love you" 52 times with the help of JetWay Private Air and One & Only Ocean Club Bahamas. Their "52 Love Salute" Valentine's Day Package begins with a private chartered flight to the Bahamas on a luxurious jet from any U.S. state, serenading the happy couple with 52 love songs and poems.
At the One & Only Ocean Club Bahamas, the lucky couple will spend two nights in a three-bedroom, luxurious beachfront villa complete with a private infinity pool and garden, a staff of 10 that includes 24-hour butler service and many more lavish amenities. The weekend of romance also includes caviar and Champagne, breakfast cooked by a private chef in the villa each morning, and unlimited use of the hotel's Bentley with a personal chauffeur. Last but certainly not least, the package also includes a stunning 52-carat heart shaped diamond necklace.
This package is priced at $490,000 (depending upon the location of the buyer and their departure airport).
Planning to propose on Valentine's Day? Millions of people frequently do. If you're one of them — and you have $9.85 million to spare — you can do it in style.
That's the amount a couple would pay for eating at Arnaud's in New Orleans' French Quarter, which has been considered by some as the grande dame of Creole dining since 1918. The restaurant's signature dish is Strawberries Arnaud, a luxury dessert that includes fresh Louisiana strawberries, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, a rare port wine sauce, Ceylon cinnamon, lightly sweetened whipped cream, and sprigs of fresh mint for garnish. What makes this dessert worth its nearly eight figures is the rare 10.06-karat natural fancy royal blue diamond ring from M.S. Rau Antiques that comes with it.
If you're interested in cozying up to some hot cocoa this Valentine's Day, Serendipity 3 in New York City is your spot. In 2007, the eatery's $25,000 Frrrozen Haute Chocolate earned the Guinness World Record for the most expensive dessert, and is infused with 28 different flavors of cocoas, 14 of which are some of the most rare and expensive in the world, says Joe Calderone, a spokesman for the restaurant.
The drink is infused with 5 grams of edible 24-karat gold, gold-flaked whipped cream, and a side of La Madeline au Truffle (the world's priciest), which sells for $2,600 a pound. The sweet creation is served in a gold crowned goblet along with an 18-karat gold spoon, and decorated with 3 karats of white, black and chocolate diamonds.
Serendipity 3's Frrrozen Haute Chocolate needs to be ordered two weeks in advance and is available all year round. For a more bargain price, the restaurant also offers a Golden Opulence Sundae, which includes Tahitian vanilla ice cream with just an 18-karat spoon, for $1,000. "Well over a thousand have been sold," Calderone told CNBC.
Paris, the City of Light is without a doubt a place for romance. If you're thinking of going away for the holiday, La Reserve Paris, a five-star luxury hotel is offering a romantic three-night package starting at €9,000 (just over $10,000) per night. The Priceless Romance package includes a stay in the hotel's Presidential Suite, where a pianist will play you a private concert on the room's Steinway piano upon arrival.
Optional perks include a Rolls Royce car service to and from the airport for an additional $1,243; a three-course dinner served in-suite and prepared by the hotel's executive chef at $872 per couple; and a custom scent with a local perfumer for $13,102.
Is your Valentine a sushi lover? If so, how about taking him or her on a date at what is proclaimed to be the most expensive restaurant in America — Masa. The New York City restaurant in Columbus Circle serves up exquisite Japanese cuisine cooked by acclaimed chef Masayoshi Takayama.
There is no menu available at the restaurant; instead diners will enjoy 26 courses of Takayama's choosing which consists of five appetizers, followed by a sushi entree that includes 15-20 types of exotic seafood, and finishes with a dessert course. Expect to spend at least $1,000 on this date; the prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day starts at $450 a person, not including beverage, tax or gratuity.
The Langham Huntington gives those who want to go above and beyond the perfect way to say "I do." Its $100,000 "Proposal of the Century" package includes a two-night stay in the hotel's 3,200-square-foot Tournament of Roses Presidential Suite and includes in-suite VIP amenities such as a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé Brut Millesime Champagne, 100 long-stemmed roses from Passion, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a romantic four-course dining experience with wine pairings provided by The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse.
With the package comes a hand-crafted, custom-designed engagement ring featuring a 2.5-carat, cushion-cut diamond with a total retail value of $35,000 by Single Stone. A further, customized stone upgrade is an option.
Take your love to new heights on a private romantic tour with Sundance Helicopters, which was featured on a recent episode of "The Bachelor." A stretch limousine will chauffeur the couple to an exclusive VIP preflight lounge, and the helicopter ride features stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam, Mojave Desert and Lake Mead.
Once the chopper lands at the secluded Valley of Fire, the lucky couple will enjoy red roses, sip Champagne and savor chocolates while admiring the fiery red rocks and other natural beauty. The price tag for this romantic evening is $3,200.