There’s nothing quite like a romantic holiday and the holiday sex that accompanies it. Whether it’s the pristine white sheets of a hotel, which feel so good on naked skin; the giant bed that is normally the focal point of the room; or the thickly-lined curtains that keep the world out, the unfamiliar place makes everyone’s heart beat a little faster.
It’s the adventurous travel spirit that can lead to highly memorable sex. Brakpan or Brazil, wherever this long weekend or upcoming holidays take you, capture that sizzling uncertainty and anticipation, and reap the rewards.
12 Steps To Having The Best Romantic Holiday
1. Harness The Element Of Surprise
Give your partner some notice and tell them to pack a bag. But be specific about the dress code and weather—there’s nothing that will spoil the mood like packing a snow suit for a trip to Camps Bay.
And if you’re wanting to leave SA soil (in favour of somewhere with less load shedding, perhaps, don’t forget to leave yourself time to ask for their passport and info you may require for visas. You could consult a company like Visa Box, to streamline the complicated visa process.
If you’re handling all the details, your partner will love surrendering to the romance, especially if you’ve been together for a while and are in a routine.
2. Add Some Special Touches
If you’re heading to a hotel (or even an AirBnB), give them a call beforehand to arrange with them for flowers, champagne or your partner’s favourite dessert to be waiting in your room. Alternatively, you could them beforehand, pack them in your bag and sneak them out while your partner enjoys the view (more on that below).
3. Research Your Destination
Make online reservations at an intimate restaurant. You don’t want to be ravenous after a long journey (and that hotel-quickie) and have nowhere to go. For restaurant recommendations check out Eat Out or Trip Advisor.
5. Book A Room With A Bath (And A View)
And be sure to pack some sensuous bath foam or oil. Sure, your hotel may stock the bathroom with free shampoo, but seldom will you get luxurious bath products. There’s nothing sexier than having a long, steamy soak… and then putting nothing on except a soft gown. Check whether gowns are complimentary and, if not, pack some as a surprise.
Here are 3 bath time upgrades that will make a real impact:
Made from top quality materials from Zimbabwe and manufactured in South Africa, this luxe local gown is perfect for a romantic holiday and beyond.
Created to soothe and relax sore muscles (wink wink), this bath oil with pure lavender essential oil will be the perfect addition to foreplay or aftercare.
Made with real honey, herbs, bee propolis and plant oils, you’ll get a rich bubbly honey-scented foam that doesn’t dry out or irritate your skin.
6. Adjust The Lighting
Hotel rooms often lack mood lighting, so pack a candle that doubles as massage oil (who doesn’t love a multitasker?)
Try any of these candle/massage oil duos to up the ante on forplay:
Made from 100% natural oils, it will leave your skin feeling soft and silky (and it will last several romantic getaways).
Want something you can travel easily with? The mini massage candle is the perfect travel sized companion.
This 100% vegan non-wax candle ingredients like coconut oil and sweet almond to make it a massage they’ll never forget.
READ MORE: How to Have The Best Sex Ever This Holiday
7. Pack Some Protection
If you’re heading into the bundu, don’t forget to pack mosquito repellent. You can get an insect repellant mosquito band from Cape Union Mart. It contains citronella and is less overpowering than spray. It’s waterproof and convenient, and you won’t get a mouthful of chemicals when you kiss each other all over.
8. Don’t Let Sunburn Ruin The Mood
Chances are you’re going to get some sun on your holiday even if it isn’t summer.
Stock up on these 3 sun essentials:
This fine, cool mist feels amazing on naked, sun-kissed skin.
Relaxing, soothing, cooling. You’ll be back in the sun in no time.
Soothe your skin with Fynbos honey, shea and coconut butter.
9. Ignite Your Partner’s Senses
So far you’ve surprised and soothed, now awaken their sense of smell. Spritz a little perfume on a light bulb, so it subtly wafts through the room. A light spritz on the pillow never goes amiss either. Either way, make sure to choose something light.
10. Make A Holiday Playlist
Especially important if you’re going on a road trip. Not only will your mutual favourite holiday song bring back happy memories post-vacation, but losing radio reception an hour into a nine-hour drive will test even the hardiest match.
11. Be A Better Co-Pilot
Do some Google Maps research in advance, and if you’re hiring a car, arrange for GPS. Then, should all else fail, suck it up and ask for directions!
12. Be Present
It may seem obvious, but there’s nothing that’ll scupper your hard work more than appearing distracted. Turn off your cellphone and enjoy your romantic holiday.