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Valentines Day in Orlando Waldorf Astoria Chocolate Wine and Romance Weekends

All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then never hurts!

Spoil your soul with the most indulgent things in life — chocolate, wine and romance – during the inaugural ”Waldorf Astoria Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends,” held exclusively for overnight guests at the Orlando resort, held every weekend throughout February 2012.

Guests who visit during the ‘Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends’ can enjoy several surprises and decadent diversions:

  •  Bar du Chocolat: A Chocolate Extravaganzaenjoy a nightly opportunity to experience nearly 30 intense chocolate treats from Waldorf Astoria’s dynamic display of decadence.  Peacock Alley is transformed into a chocolate boudoir, offering a cocoa-infused evening of self indulgence. Guests can choose from a signature selection of sinful chocolate treats from the hotel’s talented pastry chef Kurtis Baguley, using recipes collected from the most romantic points of the globe.  Highlights include mouth-watering handmade chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes, pillows of creamy chocolate mousse, and bowls of beautiful bon-bons.  Friday and Saturday Nights in February.  [Priced per piece]
  • Live Music Featuring Harvestown enjoy nightly entertainment in Peacock Alley, where our lounge trio will add spice to the night. Friday and Saturday Nights in February [Complimentary]
  • Chocolate Sensation – sit back and enjoy the music in Peacock Alley while savoring a special wine glass rimmed in drizzled chocolate, filled with a specially-paired Port.  [Priced per glass.]
  • Friday Night Flights: Chocolate Martinis – At Peacock Alley, enjoy a special flight of chocolate martinis. Friday Nights in February.  [Priced at $25 per flight]
  • ‘Sweet Endings’ Romance Dinner – Enjoy a special four-course candle-lit dinner served in your suite by your own private butler.  Your dining experience includes a decadent chocolate dessert.  Friday and Saturday Nights in February [Served in suites only — additional charge.]
  • Sinful chocolate choices at our restaurants – Sinful. Decadent. Delicious.  That’s how you will describe dessert at Bull and Bear Steakhouse.  The travel writer for the Irish Times newspaper called the chocolate bar dessert at Bull & Bear “legendary”… after one bite.  For breakfast, we’ve upped the chocolate factor with special chocolate inclusions at the popular Oscar’s breakfast buffet, including heavenly chocolate croissants.  Fridays and Saturdays in February.
  • Chocolate perks at Spa by Guerlain – Pair your spa treatments with chocolate treats (and complimentary champagne!), every Friday and Saturday in February at Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain.
  • Chocolate-Lovers Cabana Rental – Spend some time at the pool in a private cabana, enjoying a parade of chocolate treats delivered throughout the day, including a chocolate fondue finale. Fridays and Saturdays in February.  [Rental fee additional.  Limited quantity.]
  • A Chocolate Royal Tea – Our signature Waldorf Astoria Royal Tea is re-imagined in February, with a decadent display of chocolate croissants and other tasty treats.  [February 10 at 3pm; Additional charge – advance reservations suggested]

Waldorf Astoria Orlando has put the destination on the map for luxury travelers.  Nestled within a nature preserve and conveniently accessed from within Walt Disney World property, the resort is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of neighboring theme parks.  Cara Goldsbury, author of Luxury Guide to Disney World, calls it “stunningly impressive.”  “Swank and sophisticated,” she continued, “Waldorf Astoria has redefined local luxury in Orlando.”

The hotel infuses timeless Jazz Age-elegance from The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, with the vibrant and modern ambiance of Florida.  It features 498 guest rooms and suites with sweeping vistas of Disney and the Bonnet Creek nature preserve.

Re-imagined versions of famed New York City restaurants include Bull & Bear restaurant and Oscar’s.  The spa offers treatments from Guerlain, the legendary Parisian fragrance house.  Golf Channel travel writer Brandon Tucker called it “an exclusive playground for the adult-minded traveler.”

For more information on Waldorf Astoria Orlando or the Chocolate, Wine and Romance Weekends, call 1-800-353-2009 or visit us online at www.WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com

See photos of last year’s Bar du Chocolat after the jump.

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Just because you’re unfamiliar with the “ins and outs” of the wine list, doesn’t mean you can’t impress your date when ordering wine.

Wine display at La Luce by Donna Scala

The wine display at La Luce

The following tips, from food and beverage director Francis Metais, provide some good advice:

1) Higher priced wines aren’t always the best choice. There are many great wines available at lower price points.

2) Most of the time, trust the advice of your server or sommelier. It’s OK to ask questions… you’re only human, so you’re not expected to know everything about the wines served at a restaurant.

3) If the restaurant sells your choice by the glass, ask for a taste of it.  This is acceptable to ask, if you are not sure.

4) Do some research.  If you really want to seem knowledgeable, Google a few wine selections in advance.  You can find the wine list for La Luce here.

5) Don’t sweat the rules – wine is a matter of your mood at the moment. Engage your date (or tablemates) and experiment.  Dining should be an experience, and let your choice of wines be part of the fun.

 

La Luce — Orlando’s best hotel restaurant, according to Orlando Sentinel — is ready all weekend long for your Valentine’s dining. Menu here.

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Valentines Day in Orlando Waldorf Astoria Chocolate Wine and Romance WeekendsAll you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then never hurts!

Spoil your soul with the most indulgent things in life – chocolate, wine and romance – during the inaugural ”Waldorf Astoria Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends,” held exclusively for overnight guests at Waldorf Astoria Orlando resort, Feb. 11-13 and 18-20, 2011.

Guests who visit during the ‘Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends’ can enjoy several surprises and decadent diversions:

Art and Chocolate: A Walking Tour – An opportunity to learn more about the commissioned artwork collection of Waldorf Astoria Orlando, and sample chocolates that have been paired to add inspiration to each painting. [Complimentary to guests]

Bar du Chocolat: A Chocolate Extravaganza

Bar du Chocolat, a Chocolate Extravaganza!

Bar du Chocolat, a Chocolate Extravaganza!

Enjoy a nightly opportunity to experience nearly 30 à la carte chocolate treats from Waldorf Astoria’s display of decadence.  Peacock Alley is transformed into a chocolate boudoir, offering an evening of self indulgence.  Guests can choose from a selection of chocolate treats from the hotel’s talented pastry team, including handmade chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes, pillows of chocolate mousse, and bowls of beautiful bon-bons.  [Priced per piece]

Smooth Jazz: Featuring Joseph Billups Duo – Enjoy nightly entertainment in Peacock Alley, where our Smooth Jazz Trio will add spice to the night. [Complimentary to guests]

The Marriage of Chocolate and Wine: A Seminar – Take a sip of wine first.  Then take a bite of chocolate and let it melt in your mouth.  Then take another sip of wine.  You’ll notice a totally different taste in the wine, especially with the heavier reds like Cabernet Sauvignon.  The chocolate will bring out the best qualities of the wine and diminish any imperfections.  They complement one another.  They’re just made for each other.  Learn what wines pair the best with chocolate.  [Priced at $25 per person]

For the Love of Wine: A Tasting Experience – A casual wine tasting experience that features the best new wines available this year – our 10 favorite new wines we love!  Note: not chocolate related.  [Priced at $25 per person]

Sinful chocolate choices at our restaurants – Including a special chocolate feature at Bull and Bear Steakhouse, and chocolate inclusions at the popular Oscar’s breakfast buffet, including chocolate drizzle crepes and chocolate fondue.

Chocolate perks at Spa by Guerlain – Pair your spa treatments with chocolate treats (and complimentary champagne!), all weekend at Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain.

During these weekends, where luscious chocolate and spicy wines take center stage, accommodations are available at rates starting at $309.

For more information on Waldorf Astoria Orlando or the Chocolate, Wine and Romance Weekends, call 1-800-WALDORF or visit us online at www.WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com.

See photos of Bar du Chocolat after the jump.

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