6 Sexy Slipaways
Rekindle the Romance
One way to rekindle the fire between the sheets is to take off on an intimate adults-only getaway. 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 6 sexy slipaways offer couples a chance to indulge themselves and feast all of their senses.
The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
The gorgeous landscape of Maui is custom-made for romance. 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 is a tropical respite from the real world. Once you set foot in the 5-star 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.
Few places in the world are more romantic than the relatively unspoiled Tofino. Tucked away on the western end of British Columbia's Vancouver Island, you'll spend days meandering through Pacific Rim National Park or kayaking, surfing and whale-watching at Long Beach -- widely considered 1 of the best oceanfronts in all of Canada. After sunset, cuddle up in front of a fireplace listening to the crashing waves with a glass of British Columbia wine. Romantics will love 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.
Viceroy Santa Monica
Santa Monica, California
Think SoCal sophistication sans the snobbery of other nearby beachfront locales. A mere 16 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 retro-style bikes guests can borrow to cruise along the beach to top-notch dining at the property's restaurant, Whist. Here Chef Warren Schwartz will customize menus for über-romantic cabana dinners.
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 3 pools with 3 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 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. Splurge for a suite; they come equipped with freestanding circular Jacuzzi tubs and Aqua Lounge access.
With its mix of chi-chi 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.