There are a lot of great reasons to travel, but a study from Expedia certainly has us ready to pack our bags: Traveling with your girl can increase your confidence and sex drive. Over fifty percent of Americans say they're more likely to get frisky while away from home—and not just in the hotel bed. While traveling, 45 percent have gotten hot and heavy in the shower, 25 percent on a beach, 23 percent in a hot tub, 17 percent in an outdoor tent, 16 percent in a pool, and 10 percent on a balcony.
Why does getting away make people want to get down? “Traveling can help reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. As stress and anxiety decreases, mood increases—bringing many, often unexpected, positive benefits in how we perceive ourselves, motivation and productivity, and our general outlook on life,” Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist who worked with Expedia on the study, said in a statement.
Whether your sex life is struggling to stay lit or you want to take the fire from ablaze to roaring, sweeping her off for a romantic getaway may be just the ticket. And it doesn’t have to be just about the sex—we’ve rounded up 8 vacations that will help you reignite the flame, add a little spice to your sex life, or simply explore the lost connection with your special someone. Check out these 8 vacations that will help you put the lust back in wanderlust.
With crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, and freshly-caught food, there isn’t a spot in the BVI that won’t skyrocket you to relaxation and put you in the mood. Peter Island Resort & Spa in particular offers mood-setting couples massages, water sports lessons, and a five-mile running loop to work up a sweat with your girl. But we like this spot for one particularly tantalizing feature: As a guest, you can book the resort’s secluded Honeymoon Beach for the afternoon and literally have a private beach to yourself where you’ll be undisturbed by other guests or hotel employees. Do with it what you may.
If what you and your honey need is some R&R to reset your desires, this is your getaway. Situated at the edge of the Baja Peninsula, the One&Only Palmilla is practically oozing romance out of every beautiful corner. The private villas are floor-to-ceiling glass, ensuring you soak in the dramatic ocean views every second of your stay. If you’re tired of eating in traditional restaurants, dine in a bungalow at the beach or in one of the hotel’s romantic pods on the cliff's edge, overlooking the ocean. Guests can also rent one of three private coves, complete with a "floating bed" and a beach butler. See—what’s there to stress about?
Add a little arousal to your adventure by heading to aphrodisiac central: wine country. Skip Sonoma and head north to the less-crowded-but-still-delicious region of Osoyoos in Canada. Just over the Washington border, this area boasts 40 wineries and is uniquely situated among the desert and mountains, so you can sip with your girl in front of breathtaking views. Lay on the love by staying at the Watermark Beach Resort on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, which has biking packages so you can cycle from vineyard to vineyard, but also beachfront villas so you can soak your sore legs after a long day of drinking and cycling. The resort also recently upped their wellness offerings to include experiences for couples, including a joint meditation and couples stand up paddleboard lessons. Cheers to that.
For the outdoorsy duo, Singletree is the essence of simplistic, rustic romance: The inn tops summer’s best outdoor activities with a romantic touch, like a scenic picnic after a 10-mile hike, wine and dinner by the river after a fly fishing lesson, or a champagne lunch on a canoe trip. Stay in one of the lodge’s seven rooms and enjoy a candlelight dinner on the deck, or hideaway in a quiet cabin in the woods. The B&B is right next to the 8,000 acre Hanging Rock State Park with everything from mountain biking to rock climbing, and down the road from a 5-star vineyard. But make sure you don’t tire yourself out too much—stargazing so far from any light pollution out here is a surefire way to lock in the mood.
If you want a cultural escape, Santa Fe’s booming art and food scene, blend of Native American and Spanish Colonial history, and unique adobe architecture won't disappoint. Plus, the town is surrounded by three mountain ranges and endless starry nights. But don't think all the fun is outside the bedroom. Heritage Hotels has four properties in Santa Fe. St. Francis is a stand out simply because of its elegant decor and killer bar, but all offer a Sensuous Romance package that includes wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and an exclusive kit featuring sex toys, trinkets, and games from a local pleasure shop.
Looking for a little liberation? Hedonism II is one of the most famous clothing-optional resorts in the world and, while it has a strong (and warranted) swingers reputation, it is also a great place for sexual exploration just between you and your partner. The resort offers intimacy-focused events throughout the year like sex seminars, tantric classes, erotic massage, dance tease, and even Kama Sutra classes to help you connect with your girl in new—and erotic—ways. If you're interested but hesitant, know that the resort is divided into two sides, "nude" and "prude"—the latter of which is simply “clothing optional” (although everyone is welcome on both sides), and all guests are required to cover up in the main public areas.
Everything about this hotel is dramatic, luxe, and just slightly quirky—from the truly unique exterior evocative of an ultra-sleek ocean liner (or a steel watermelon slice, depending on your taste), to the modern rooms void of any right angle, to the rooftop bar and restaurant with a 360 degree view of São Paulo. Score a sexy upgrade by booking one of their three suite experiences: Dream Red, which lands you in a sleek honeymoon suite, complete with champagne and cushy robes; Blue Dream, which also includes a couples massage; or, the Purple Dream, which also boasts a box of erotic goodies like DVDs, toys, and even handcuffs. What’s Portuguese for “do not disturb”?
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Palm Island, Florida
Favored by CEOs and Hollywood celebrities, this private island offers the gorgeous waters and beaches of a Caribbean escape without the hassle of customs and a passport. It's off the coast of the Florida Keys, but completely remote—you can only reach it by sea-plane or boat. With only 30 suites, remote access, and no kids under 16 allowed on the island, the atmosphere is already romantic—only amplified by the breathtaking sunsets and seaside Swiss Family Robinson aesthetic. Plus, all the rooms are void of telephones, T.V., and wifi, which means you have no choice but to enjoy the immaculate beaches and each other. Rough life, we know.