Romance and Honeymoons
Six Sexy Slipaways
Rekindle the Romance on a Getaway With Your SweetieBy Emma Fox
Slip away to Maui with your sweetheart.
One way to rekindle the fire between the sheets is to take off on an intimate adults-only getaway. What makes a getaway sexy? More than lingerie, massage oil, or anything else for that matter, it's up to the two of you -- your attitude, your sense of fun, and your love for each other. Even if it's only for a long weekend, taking a time-out can add a little extra electricity to your relationship and give you a chance to recharge and reconnect.
These six sexy slipaways offer couples a chance to indulge themselves and feast all of their senses.
Maui, Hawaii -- The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
The gorgeous landscape of Maui is custom-made for love. Boasting year-round bikini-friendly temperatures and a diverse lineup of activities -- from posh spas and postcard-worthy beaches to world-class golf courses and waterfall hiking -- Maui offers a tropical respite from the real world. Once you set foot in five-star The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, you'll be hard-pressed to break free from the poolside foot massages, Japanese Kobe beef at DUO, complimentary activities and endless thoughtful amenities. (Poolside popsicles? Oh yeah!)
Tofino, Vancouver Island, B.C. -- Wickaninnish Inn
Few places in the world are more romantic than the relatively unspoiled Tofino. Tucked away on the western end of Vancouver Island, you'll spend days meandering through Pacific Rim National Park or lazing at Long Beach -- widely considered one of the best oceanfronts in all of Canada -- kayaking, surfing or whale-watching. After sunset, cuddle up in front of a fireplace listening to the mesmerizing foghorn and crashing waves with a glass of British Columbia wine. Island accommodations include cozy cabins and eco-friendly lodges, but romantics should check in to the posh environs of the Wickaninnish Inn where every room boasts ocean or beach views. Try side-by-side couple's treatments at the resort's elegant Ancient Cedars Spa.
Santa Monica, California -- Viceroy Santa Monica
Think SoCal sophistication sans the snobbery of other nearby beachfront locales. A mere sixteen miles west of the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica is the quintessential laid-back California beach town. A thrill at any age, steal smooches with your honey on the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Beach & Pier, admire the always-stunning sunsets or shop till you drop at retail mecca, the Third Street Promenade. For a romantic rendezvous, indulge yourselves at the Viceroy Santa Monica. From private poolside cabanas to cool retro-style bikes guests can borrow to cruise along the beach and top-notch dining at the property's restaurant, Whist, where Chef Warren Schwartz will even customize menus for über-romantic cabana dinners, a stay here feels personalized, intimate and oh-so-exclusive.
South Beach, Miami, Florida -- The Setai
Packed with runway-ready locals, glamorous nightclubs, spectacular warm weather and picture-perfect beaches, there's something inherently sexy about Miami's South Beach. The ultimate getaway for nightlife lovers, the Ocean Drive strip of restaurants and clubs is always a scenester's haven, and there are plenty of swank places to sleep in late after a night on the town. Among the most luxurious is Asian-inspired The Setai. A Zen-like counterbalance to trendier hotels, suites are spacious and serene, the pool areas feature three pools with three different temperatures and the hotel spa offers in-room treatments. When the sun goes down, the hotel's courtyard transforms into a sexy lounge with mood-making ambient music.
Cancun, Mexico -- AQUA Cancun
Cancun gets a bad rap for resorts filled with raucous spring breakers and screaming kids, but this Mexican-owned Grupo Posadas property defies such silly notions. Despite its Zona Turística address, calm, privacy and panoramic blue skies prevail at this tony resort. Expect soothing hues, large airy rooms, and resident DJ Gottardo Dorado's tunes perfecting the vibe. The clientele is marked by mostly luxury-minded 30-something sun-worshippers, and service is personable --"In Lakech" (or "your wish -- my wish") is AQUA's mantra. Splurge for a suite; they come equipped with freestanding circular Jacuzzi tubs and Aqua Lounge access.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California -- L'Auberge Carmel
With its mix of chichi boutiques, art galleries and bistros, the coastal village of Carmel, where Clint Eastwood was once mayor, caters to a well-heeled clientele. This former artists' colony is now a romantic refuge for those who appreciate a refined and slow-paced getaway. Built in 1929 and later renovated, L'Auberge is the intentionally intimate 20-room boutique hotel owned by the husband-and-wife team of David and Kathleen Fink. Rooms with French windows and ocean views are kitted out with comfy king-sized beds, decadent Hungarian down bedding, an oversized sunken tub and heated bathroom floors. The hotel's 12-table restaurant, Aubergine, is equally beguiling and features a 4,500-bottle wine cellar.