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Nine ways to up the romance on holidays

Are holiday breaks with your partner enhancing your relationship? Well they should be.

A Relationship expert has revealed the 9 holiday tips that will bring back the ‘honeymoon’ phase in any relationship.

Teaming up with HotelsCombined, Marina J (Marina Jacoby-Leonard) listed a bunch of ways that any couple – new or old – can get back to that giddy early stage of the relationship, just through strategic holiday planning.

Keep these handy next time you’re prepping travel with your significant other.

    • 1. Choose a destination that’s vastly different to your home life
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The more the destination differs from the travellers’ home life, the bigger the pause on daily responsibilities and routine. Specifically, Marina recommends travellers look for differences in the culture, environment, pace of life and climate.

HotelsCombined recommends destinations such as the Pacific Islands or South-East Asia. The Hard Rock Hotel in Thailand (Pattaya) and the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island in the French Polynesia.

    • 2. Take off two weeks minimum

The first part of any holiday is ‘the fallout’, where busy holidayers often feel unwell as they adjust to the sudden change of pace and wind down.

This is why Marina says two-week holidays are the sweet spot, and recommends holidayers help the wind-down process by relaxing at the accommodation’s pool or by visiting the hotel spa.

HotelsCombined data shows that Bali still tops the destination list, and its top pick for a hotel that can help make the first day of a couple’s holiday extremely relaxing is Hansar Samui Resort & Spa on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand.

    • 3. Travel for no more than 9 hours

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International travel offers excitement, and is far enough from home so that holidayers are less likely to think about their responsibilities and routines.

However, Marina suggests travellers book getaways that are two weeks long with stress recovery as a priority to avoid battling jet lag. HotelsCombined’s recommendation for an international destination is The Laguna A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Bali, with its seven swimming pools to choose from.

  • Book the holiday together

Marina says the holiday feeling begins at the moment of booking. “Booking your trip with your partner, maybe over a glass of wine with nibbles to make it fun, will help you outline your expectations with each other. Together, have a clear idea of your destination, budget and hotel type.

Finding the best price across multiple sites can be daunting, so be smart about your search,” she says. HotelsCombined compares prices from all the top booking sites and lets you refine your search across multiple filters such as hotel stars, prices, features and theme.

    • Ditch the to-do list

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When couples are escaping stress, sightseeing will feel like another chore, so Marina advises they forget to-do lists and start a ‘pleasure list’ – such as a beachfront dinner, or a book they’ve been wanting to read.

“Start the sightseeing when you’re feeling well rested,” she says. Noosa might be the best place to balance romance with things to do, with HotelsCombined recommending the RACV Resort Noosa.

    • Limit technology to two hours a day

“It will feel counterintuitive to put your phone away, but it will help you recover and reconnect with your partner,” Marina says.

Why two hours a day? This is the maximum time holidayers need daily to explore their destination, make necessary calls, and make further bookings.

“Technology kills intimacy, especially at the dinner table, so give your partner eye contact and really listen to them. If you’re serious about reigniting your relationship, book a remote destination that forces you to switch off,” she says.

Heron Island at the Great Barrier Reef has no mobile phone coverage and HotelsCombined recommends the Heron Island Resort as a beautiful place to stay.

    • Try a new experience every day

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New experiences will give couples childlike fun, bringing them closer together. It could be something as simple as staying at a new place, or trying a new food.

Both might love Bali but in the spirit of trying new things, why not choose to stay at the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake in Vietnam?

HotelsCombined data reveals that romantic accommodation bookings in Vietnam have grown by 71 per cent year on year.

    • Fun is a must

Why? Fun is the ingredient that has brought most couples together in the first place. But fun doesn’t need to be tiring. Private wildlife tours, outdoor movies, live music, cooking classes, golf, sailing, acro-yoga, diving, winery visits, and salsa dancing could be fun depending on the holidayers’ preferences and personalities.

HotelsCombined recommends a destination that is perched on the doorstep of a fun adventure spot, such as Fiji with its reef (choose the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort on Denarau Island) or Hawaii, which combines cosmopolitan Honolulu with natural surrounds (choose the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii’s Waikoloa Village).

  • Cater for the kids

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A couple might have no choice but to bring the kids on holiday with them. In this case, it’s still important they escape from routine.

For small kids, it’s best to choose child-friendly accommodation with a two-room apartment, crèche services and kids’ playgrounds. New parents should look for especially comfortable beds, pillow options and bassinets to help kids sleep.

Those with teen kids can consider letting them invite a friend for company. HotelsCombined recommends Daydream Island on the Whitsundays for those who have little kids, and Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast for those who have teen kids.

Best choose the Reef View Hotel at Hamilton Island and Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences.

 



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