Image: Le Barthelemy, St. Barts

Psychologists say that one of the most effective ways of reigniting passion is to take a romantic holiday together.  Being away for just a weekend does wonder for the spirit. It relaxes the mind and takes it off about the kids, the job, and the never-ending chores.

So for the couples out there, I’ve compiled a list of luxurious resorts to spend a romantic getaway. These choices are ideal for couples, honeymooners, or simply people who wish to enjoy the finer things in life.

  1. Perivolas Lifestyle Houses, Santorini, Greece. 

Perched on the cliff of Santorini, overlooking the Aegean Sea, Perivolas is the ultimate hideaway. This resort’s location allows a sweeping view of the turquoise waters in a peaceful setting.

Their suites are handcrafted caves, with interiors painted in porcelain-white. Each suite has a built-in bed and has a private jacuzzi or pool 

Couples may take a boat tour around the Caldera – so-called because in 1620 BC, one of the most significant volcanic eruptions happened in Santorini.  A trekking tour can bring couples to the side streets between the towns of Oia and Fira.  

www.perivolas.gr 

  1. Origins Lodge, Costa Rica

Have you ever communed with nature in a place that is both raw and luxurious? In Origins, take a journey into the jungles of Costa Rica and have a champagne meal served outdoors by a Michelin-starred chef.  

Activities for couples include birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, or taking a cooking class together. Yoga classes, lagoon fishing, and wildlife night tours are also available. 

Origins is a perfect place for couples to destress from the bustling city life. The resort aims to rejuvenate, restore, and reawaken weary souls. 

www.originslodge.com 

  1. Etu Moana, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Located in the Cook Islands, Polynesia, in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, couples may expect a lot of sunshine, nature, and frolicking on the beach.

Exciting things to discover are paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, as well as mountain biking. Let their Polynesian spa therapists knead your stresses away and indulge in the many treatments available. Go stargazing on the Etu Moana Beach or simply learn the art of doing nothing. 

www.etumoana.com 

  1. Le Barthelemy, St. Barts

Located in the tiny island country of St. Barts, Le Barthelemy has been voted as one of  “25 Best Resorts in the World” by the Conde Nast Travellers  2019 Readers Choice  Awards. 

The hotel staff treats each guest as a family member. They have a philosophy called Couture-Hospitality, wherein a guest experience is uniquely his own. 

Spend the day trying out their glass-bottomed kayaks, swim with the turtles, or set the adrenaline high on a jet ski. Then, indulge in a healthy Caribbean meal prepared by their chef using colorful and fresh local ingredients. Finally, relax those tense muscles with a treatment from Le Spa, a holistic oasis of serenity.

www.lebarthelemyhotel.com  

  1. Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji

Fiji’s best-kept secret resort is For Adults Only

Couples may take their pick from the spacious bungalows or villas, each equipped with a plunge pool. These vales (Fijian word for home) are superbly appointed with the modern amenities, yet kept the thatched-roof and wooden design characteristic of Fijian architecture. 

A must-do activity is the Sand Cay Beach Picnic. Take a kayak, a paddleboard, or a Hobie cat to glide over the azure waters.  Or head on to the resort’s PADI-certified dive shop for coral or shipwreck diving. 

www.royaldavuifiji.com 

Conclusion:

Whether the couple wants to have a romantic honeymoon or to rekindle their relationship, the key is to do something unexpected or go somewhere new. Think about the elements of pleasant surprise and the exciting activities they can do as a couple to create beautiful memories or keep the spark in the relationship.

Willy Hobal / www.willyhobal.com