Planning the perfect romantic getaway isn’t as straight forward as you may think. Firstly, there are two people involved, and not everyone has the same idea on the definition of romance. Secondly, things don’t always go as planned for example Mother Nature may not cooperate when you book that romantic beach holiday, so a contingency plan is a good idea and thirdly, budgets and logistics can be restrictive so your first choice may not be practical.
Deciding on a Destination
The first thing you need to do is decide on a destination. Budget could play a large part in this decision as not everyone can afford to jump on a plane and head to Paris! If money is tight you may want to stay within driving distance of home; if money is no object then the sky’s the limit, although travel time will also have to be factored into your decision, with a long trip eating into your time for romance. You will also need to consider yours and your partner’s interests. If you are both happy to just kick back for the weekend and enjoy each other’s company then where you are isn’t going to play a big role in the success of your weekend. However, if one or both of you have a tendency to get itchy feet, then you might want to make sure that your hotel or the surrounding town has enough going on to keep you occupied.
Some suggestions on great destinations for your next romantic getaway are:
If your partner is a sailing enthusiast then a weekend in some Geelong accommodation will be a huge hit. Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong is a contemporary four star hotel overlooking the magnificent bay area and the in house restaurant, swimming pool, sauna and spa are great ways to unwind.
Comfort Inn Trawool is the ideal choice if you and your partner like to indulge in an assortment of sporting activities. Only 75 minutes drive from the Melbourne CBD the Trawool Valley Resort boasts 20 luxury suites, 2 tennis courts, squash court, table tennis, sauna an outdoor pool and expansive grounds for walks.
Lovers of fine wine will love the boutique Clarion Hotel on Canterbury located at the doorway to the Yarra Valley, one of Victoria’s premier wine making regions, and only 20 minutes from the centre of Melbourne. The 4.5 star Canterbury accommodation features a range of rooms including executive spa suites, ideal for romantic getaways.
Quality Resort Sorrento Beach is positioned across the road from the pristine white sands of Sorrento Beach and only 20 minutes from the Perth CBD, making it the ideal location for a romantic getaway for lovers of all things beach. The 4 star Sorrento accommodation features a heated pool, spa and sauna and alfresco dining restaurant will mean you’re never without something to do.
Ideal for skiers in winter and nature lovers year round, the Comfort Resort Alzburg is a 3.5 to 4.5 star hotel offering Mansfield accommodation with resort facilities including tennis courts, heated pool and spa, sauna and even a ski hire and accessory shop.
What to Pack
Arriving unprepared will mean that the beginning of your romantic liaison may need to be postponed until you’ve stocked up on the necessities. Having a good supply of champagne, chocolates, strawberries, scented candles, and your favourite romantic music and movies on hand will help to create a romantic mood. The better prepared you are the less chance you’ll have to leave the room and the more time there is for romance. A selection of antipasto or a cheese platter can be great dinner substitute if you’re hesitant to leave the privacy of your hotel room. Don’t forget the contingency plan! If you were thinking you would spend part of your weekend soaking up the sun by the pool or on the beach, make sure you have something with you to replace that activity with, in case the weather goes south. A game of scrabble can be a great way to bond over a glass of champagne. An unexpected gift is another way to make the weekend special.
Build it Up
Talk up your weekend away and build up some excitement. Send your partner a message saying how much you’re looking forward to spending some time alone with them or leave a post it note on their computer screen letting them know what you’re most looking forward to. A good dose of anticipation can be half the fun.
A little forethought and some careful planning will go a long way towards ensuring your romantic weekend away is a success. Choice Hotels has a great range of over 200 hotels throughout Australia ideal for your romantic getaway.