More than just champagne and roses: Setting the scene for a romantic getaway
Few things are more tantalizing than flying off to an exotic destination for a romantic getaway. Make it even more special by creating an ambiance of amour in your hotel room from the moment you walk through the door.
Check out hotel offers
Some places are just built for romance, and they know it. Such passion-oriented hotels offer optional services such as rose-petal, turn-down before bed or truffles on arrival. Some will even arrange a Via Capello dinner service on your hotel balcony with waitstaff to attend to your every need.
Enlist help from staff
Let staff know when booking your hotel room that you're there for a romantic getaway. Rather than booking you in the room across from the elevator, they can help you set the stage for love and relaxation with an end room or a nice view. Book a room with a fireplace or in-room spa tub to give you more ways to relax in each other's arms.
Ask the hotel about any optional amenities they can provide, such as a stereo to play romantic music, candles or fresh flowers. Some even have a butler to draw a dreamy bubble bath or serve up morning coffee in bed. Be sure to ask for late checkout so you can enjoy a lazy morning without having to rush out the door.
Do it yourself
Order fresh flowers ahead of time and have them waiting for you in your suite when you walk through the door. Book a hotel with room service or call on the services of Uber Eats or another food delivery service to bring in a romantic dinner or lazy breakfast.
Pack for romance
Bring romantic touches along with you in your suitcase. Silk rose petals create a romantic visual when sprinkled over the bed. If you want a little scent, spray them lightly with a travel-sized bottle of your favorite perfume. Shop for your favorite massage oil and bring it in a 3-ounce bottle if you're taking it in your carry-on bag to meet TSA requirements. Pack along a little romantic lighting with LED candles. If you want that real candle scent, pack a travel candle in a tin in your checked luggage.
There's an app for that
Download apps on your smartphone to create a sensual ambiance. Romantic mood lighting apps cast a lava lamp-like glow of changing colors into the room, along with sexy background music. If you prefer the look of natural candlelight, you'll find apps that simulate it without the danger of fire. Simply put a frosted globe or other glass over the screen to create a realistic-looking glow.