If you as a couple need to get away as a couple, there are many fabulous romantic retreats all over the U.S.A. and the world, from California to the Caribbean, from Hawaii to Mexico to Bali and beyond. When you’re planning a romantic getaway made for two you have numerous options and companies that offer a broad-range of package deals that simplify your choices and usually make them more affordable.
Sandals Vacations, for example, offers a selection of luxury, all-inclusive resorts for two people in love, whether you met ten months ago or ten years ago, whether you’re arranging your Honeymoon or just taking a much needed break from work and all the stresses of your life and the world today.
First, let’s talk about a few things you may not know about taking an adult vacation that you should know, especially if you are new to the world of romantic retreats.
Understand this is one of the few times that, if you have young children, it is okay to leave them behind. Not in the driveway chasing the car as you drive to the airport. But with a family member or friend who can watch over and care for them the same way you and your partner would. Finding time to share time alone together alone is always important, and especially when you can take a full week or two of vacation. Alone. Together.
“We know it can be hard for devoted moms and dads to take a vacation without your children, especially if they’re young or early teens,” writes Fox Travel in an article entitled “Adult Only Vacations – 7 Things You Didn’t Know” on its webpage “But waiting years for real ‘us’ time is not exactly a formula for a healthy relationship and staying connected.”
The article goes on to emphasize how it’s equally easy to get caught up in the hustle of balancing the two vital components of your life – work and family – and neglecting to nurture the most important, the relationship you have with your spouse or significant other.
“Parents tend to put everyone else’s needs ahead of their own and pack too much into each day,” the article continues. “Think of travel as an opportunity to recharge. Remember, one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a happy, energized parent.”
That’s also the greatest strength you can bring to your job. So leave your boss behind with the kids. Just not in the same place. Taking a refreshing, restorative vacation with your beloved partner will allow you to reconnect and evolve your relationship with all of the daily distractions. And, as a bonus, Fox Travel points out, you children will realize that they miss you!
So, you’ve made the decision, you’ve cleared the decks at work, you’ve arranged for trusted care and housing for your children, you’ve selected that stunningly sunny, pristine beachfront resort on Playa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico or Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia or Komandoo Maldives Island Resort in the Maldives or at some other exotic, picturesque locale on the globe. Then it’s time to reflect on and savor all of the reasons you’re taking that special vacation so you can focus on you-time in a most amorous and intimate way.
You have three main goals:
Enjoy Some R&R:
Yes, your main goal is to enjoy an abundance of unencumbered rest and relaxation wearing only casual clothes, tennis shorts, swimsuits, plush robes, or no clothes at all.
“At an adults-only resort, you will definitely get a good feel in a positive way on your vacation,” says a writer for LifeBeyondNumbers.com in an article about reasons you should try such a vacation. “Adults-only resorts offer you privacy, tranquility, and exclusivity for you and your loved one. So you can take the much-needed rest and relaxation that you want to do to rejuvenate and refresh yourself before going back to your hectic lifestyle.”
Maximize The Other R & R:
Rekindling your romance. This is definitely not second but should be simultaneous with the first R&R. It is, in fact, the most important goal you can share when you carve out time for an adults-only holiday. You’re literally there to reconnect with each other and grow your bond.
“If you’re on your honeymoon, celebrating your wedding anniversary or just a much-needed vacation away from the children to regain yourselves, [adults-only getaways] offer activities that only cater to couples,” the LifeBeyondNumbers.com article states. “They normally have a couples massage, a romantic fire pit, a gazebo, etc. They even have different kinds of room categories with their own distinct amenities. The most exclusive and luxurious options [will be things like] the butler service.”
Make New Friends:
One experience that couples often have while vacationing at an adults-only resort is that they meet other couples there for the same reason they are: To escape the stresses and strains of their home and work life. These couples often remain friends after they get home, and some even plan future trips together to a different adults-only spots.
Be Aware of the Cons:
There are some disadvantages that may accompany vacationing at an adults-only location. For example, at times it can feel like there’s no escape because of the often isolated location. That can also result in mindlessness, too, if there’s limited exposure to arts, cultural and political activities.
Things can get a little expensive, too, when there are activities and events that weren’t part of your original travel package. Sometimes, the remote locations also don’t offer many opportunities to meet local people other than the resort employees.
Also, there’s what’s known as the Noah’s Ark Effect: “It’s like the biblical fable; everyone comes aboard two by two, as pairs of opposite sexes,” TripSavvy says.
The final goal, though, is to focus on enjoying every minute of a wonderful, restorative experience as lovers, best friends and soul mates in the sun, sand, sea and luxury hotel room, when the only one you have to worry about putting to bed is each other!