3 days and counting. This weekend marks the last official week of summer. On Tuesday, autumn will be here and it’ll be time to start thinking about all the things that come during the colder months – the leaves change, the days get shorter, and of course, the holidays will be here before you know it. We don’t bring up the holidays to intimidate you—we just want to make sure you’re prepared. So what’s our suggestion for the holidays this year? The beach, of course!
But this isn’t a typical “OMG…you HAVE to go to the beach” blog. We’re proposing turning the holiday season into a special occasion for you and your honey. So often it’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of it all (yes, even in mid-September). So why not surprise your sweetheart with a beach vacation that’s meant for just the two of you?
For the spontaneous couple:
If there happens to be something called an anniversary that falls during the months of September to December, or you just like to pack a bag and go; the surprise travel trend everyone is talking about might just be perfect for you. CheapCaribbean.com’s Seas the Deal package lets you pick your destination, we’ll pick a resort for you (a top quality one that we keep a secret until just a few days before you travel), and you’ll save tons of dinero. It really is a great option for someone looking to save some dough but also keep the lady happy (and hopefully surprised).
Best part: there’s even an adult-only resort option so you won’t have to worry about any children prancing around while you’re trying to enjoy your romantic (and spontaneous) rendezvous.
For the couple who works too hard:
Okay, what couple doesn’t work hard? Life gets crazy and juggling work and family can be very overwhelming. If you and your one-and-only are pretty much stretched to max, some quality time at Zoetry Villa Rolani Isla Mujeres is calling your name.
Let us set the scene: You arrive in Cancun. You jump in a car that takes you to a dock where a private, deluxe yacht awaits. A staff member who assists you as you board your yacht to the private island that Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres calls home greets you. You arrive and officially toast to the start of your vacation with a welcome bottle of tequila or rum. Once you’ve settled in, you grab a bite at Casa Rolandi (an organic-, vegetarian-, and gluten-free-friendly restaurant) and then head to one of two pools & Jacuzzi combos. Oh, and we can’t forget to include: you’ll have access to a complimentary wellness consultation and the Kimberly Art & Gem Gallery.
This 35-suite, boutique hotel experience is exactly what someone who’s craving complete mental and physical euphoria needs. What are you waiting for?
For the honeymooners:
Specializing in the honeymoon experience, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana is just what you and your new bride envision when planning this special vacation. Located right on the white shores of Bavaro Beach, your days will be spent with ample beach/pool time with bottomless (should you chose that they don’t stop) cocktails being delivered right to you. And since you’re on an once-in-a-lifetime type of vacation, a customized couples spa treatment at the 17,000-sq-ft Secrets Spa by Pevonia would be a GREAT way to truly unwind after all the crazy wedding planning you both had to do.
Evenings at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana can include dinner at any of the six on-site restaurants or try a taste at the sister resort, Now Larimar Punta Cana with the Sip, Savor, & See option. The perfect end to a perfect day might include a nightcap on the beach and retiring to your swim-up suite. Sounds pretty perfect, huh?
For the overall “couple” experience:
Don’t sound shocked when we tell you that if you’re looking for a romantic getaway that really offers it all, we’ll suggest Couples Sans Souci in Jamaica. The name literally spells it out for you. This 4.5-sun rated resort is centered on maximizing the vacation experience solely for couples. In fact, those are the only other guests you’ll find at the hotel.
You can choose to include in your trip itinerary deep tissue massages in one of the secluded cliff-side Hide Away Spa huts with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Or stroll hand-in-hand as you follow a new path each day, and you just might happen upon one of the hidden hammocks or a mineral hot tub. Don’t forget to check out Sunset Beach, not only for the 'au naturel' sunbathing, but also for the spectacular nightly sunsets. There’s a reason why Travel + Leisure just named Couples Sans Souci as the number one spa hotel in the Caribbean, and you’ve got to get there to experience it for yourself, don’t you think?
If we haven't convinced you that you're in desperate need of a romantic getaway, here are a few more recommendations to draw inspiration from. Tell us where you're headed this holiday season in the comments below!
Brittany Innes is a travel junkie with a passion for food, trying new things and being spontaneous.