Not a natural-born romantic? Don’t fret, we’re here to give you a few ideas about the best romantic holidays. Whisk your other half away to a country escape or destination abroad and fondle, frolic and feast!
UK Weekend Breaks
Staycations were coined a few years back to describe a holiday taken right here, in the UK. Whether you’re looking to save some money or splash the cash, there is so much on offer in our home nation.
London has some of the most beautiful scenery and fascinating history around. However, as you break it down borough by borough, the real character starts to shine through. Experience luxury and fetishism in the BXG Suite at the Sanctum Soho Hotel. They offer a plush modern room complete with a ‘Box of Grey’ for you to toy around with.
These establishments allow you to purchase toys on arrival. However, we say BYOT (bring your own toys) to the party and really experiment. If you’re looking for something to use together, take a look at our couples sex toy guide too for some inspiration.
Want to take your S.O somewhere extraordinary before your passionate hotel escapade? How about the world’s most romantic restaurant? Clos Maggiore is an oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden. Beautifully decorated with cherry blossom trees and fantastic greenery throughout. Overall, this simply is the most romantic setting for sharing a meal with your partner.
If you’re looking somewhere outside of the capital, Brighton offers something rather special. Hotel Pelirocco is situated just off of Brighton beach and has 19 individually themed rooms. This Rock n Roll themed hotel offers a Lovers Lair room including a private entrance, plunge bath for two and many more incredible features.
Fancy somewhere a little more rural? Then take a trip to The Scarlett Hotel in Cornwall. This Eco-friendly accommodation houses some of the most incredible architecture. Complete with luxurious rooms and all natural spa, this beautiful coastal hotel is strictly for adults. The monsoon showers and free-standing bathtubs are the height of sensual romance, thus giving you and your partner the perfect alone time.
Whilst these less erotic hotels may not provide a box full of naughty tricks, who says you can’t bring them along? Nothing says erotic like having daring naked sex in front of your own floor-to-ceiling view of the coastline. Pull out your favourite vibrator and let your partner take control – in addition, you could even bring some handcuffs if you’re feeling extra saucy.
Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the best way possible? Discover the most romantic spots across Europe and treat your partner to an extremely romantic trip away. Explore the sandy beaches, walk amongst the oldest architecture and try the local delicacies. You’ll want to hold on to these moments forever.
Find romantic refuge in the cosmopolitan capital, with art, culture and architecture that dates back 3,000 years. Pay visit to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, both of which evoke power from the former Roman Empire. Enjoy the traditional cuisine in the low-lit restaurants and take in the atmosphere of the bustling city before returning to your hotel room for some hard-earned ‘us-time’.
Rome has much to offer in the way of culture, but it’s the hidden gems you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Keeping the magic alive after a long day of sightseeing can be daunting. But the playful romantic ambience of the Boutique Hotel Campo de’ Fiori is perfect for couples looking to be in the heart of old Rome. The extrovert design using marble, chandeliers and creates an intimate retreat for those who wish to take a step away from the bustle.
If you’re looking for something with a lighter budget, then try out the iRooms (they have various locations in Rome).
This major European city speaks for itself when it comes to romance; don’t feel you have to stick to the status quo when you visit. Try venturing out on a rowing boat to the Temple of Love situated in the middle of a lake in the Bois de Vincennes (the largest public park in the city). Or treat yourself to the soulful sound of Jazz at the oldest Jazz Club in Paris – Le Caveau des Oubliettes. Remembered as a hotspot for post-war Jazz, this is the perfect place to bring your loved one for something rustic.
To finish off a romantic day, make sure you and your partner are cosied up in the perfect setting. Hôtel Mathis is situated footsteps from the Champs-Élysées and offers spectacular views from their balconies. Each of the 23 rooms are different, inspired by art deco lighting and gorgeous 1930’s wallpaper. However, if you’re trying to avoid breaking the bank, we’d recommend the Hotel de l’Empereur!
Once you see the city of Venice for the first time, it is only then you understand why the renowned romanticist, Casanova made his home here. The city that is built on water was made for romance. Experiencing Venice by Gondola is possibly the most quintessential thing to do, and perfect for those who wish to pop the question (wink, wink). You could opt to do this day or night – the locals recommend the evening as you’ll get a glimpse of the stars as you float around the canals.
Equally as exciting are the cafe’s placed around the squares in the centres. Note that these may be expensive due to location. Try the beautiful mirrored rooms at Caffe Florian at piazza San Marco. You’ll have the cafe all to yourself as it’s a little walk out of the centre. Consequently, you’ll save money on your coffee tab as well.
Your perfect love nest in Venice can be somewhat of a masterpiece if you’re willing to splurge. However, we’ve come up with some beautifully price savvy hotels for you to feast your eyes on. The Cima Rosa Boutique Bed & Breakfast is surrounded by fantastic eateries, and it’s not too far from the station. The only noise disturbance is the water lapping in the canals outside – and that’s only until you and your partner enter the room!
Our other option is the Al Ponte Mocenigo. Anyone who is lucky enough to find a room here will enjoy their time spent amongst the beautiful Venetian interior. Seems as though travellers of all ages and backgrounds feel at home here, and it’s clear as to why.
Tips for flying
Taking your partner abroad is the perfect start to an already romantic weekend. A lot of people want to go away early on in the New Year to celebrate engagements or simply another year milestone!
One thing you’ll need to remember when packing for your sexy vacation is what’s suitable for your hand luggage. We’re talking about your naughty box of tricks, that’s right, your sex toys. Don’t think that packing a 10-inch dildo is going to be smooth sailing once you’re being ushered through security.
These are the items that are less likely to be flagged up:
Vibrators are a commonplace nowadays, there’s no need to be embarrassed when you’re passing through security. If asked about your little secret, simply deliver a straightforward sentiment letting them know it’s your vibrator/love toy/sex aid. As a result, they won’t be asking any more questions.