10 Sensual Couples Holidays

Holiday Special: Mirrored ceilings, candles and tantric foreplay—make time for these couples retreats.  
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Take the weekend off and ride into the sunset. Photo: Ciao Paris/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa) This photograph is used for illustrative purposes only.

Send the kids away, pack your bags and get ready to rediscover your erogenous zones. From Japanese love hotels to naturist retreats and swingers’ paradise, here are a bouquet of atmospheric settings that will get your hormones pumping.

Helga’s Folly, Sri Lanka

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An open mind is recommended at Helga’s Folly in Sri Lanka. Photo: Snowflakegirl/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

With rich silks whispering against the windowsill, ochre walls festooned with murals and mirrors, candelabra glowing over canopied beds and plush, antique Dutch and Sinhalese furniture,  Helga’s Folly sets the mood for sensuous pleasure. The red building has hosted celebrities such as Vivien Leigh and Peter Finch, whose lover’s spat during their stay here has rubbed itself into the history of Helga’s Folly. Don’t expect the service of a regular hotel but that of a private home, the website warns, adding, “an open mind is a must here”. Cocktails overlooking the jungle, hot jazz off a gramophone, and a roll-around in those decadent interiors should set the stage for some unforgettable adventures.

See helgasfolly.com; doubles from $200/13,000 a night.

Cap D’Agde, France

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Revel in the bare necessities of life in the naturist quarter of Cap d’Agde. Photo: Jean-Louis Zimmermann/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

There’s nothing like the naturist quarter of the French town of Cap D’Agde, for revelling in the bare necessities of life. Skinny-dipping isn’t the only license this strictly nudist village offers; you can shop naked, party in your birthday suit at couples-only bars and lounges, and even drop in at the bank in the buff. There is an entrance fee of about €10 and you can only take photos of your family, of course. Stay at the no-frills Hotel Eve, open only during season, or rent an apartment. Adult recreation while traipsing as nature intended – let your imagination run wild.

See www.capdagdefrance.co.uk; entrance fee approx €10/750. For Hotel Eve, seewww.hoteleve.com; doubles from €172/13,000 a night.

Desire Resorts, Mexico

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Rent a boat for two in Cancun. Photo: Purple Slog/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa) This photograph is used for illustrative purposes only.

This couples-only adult resort is known for being perfect for an intimate vacation for two, or a swingers’ haven if that floats your boat. Slip away to the au-natural beach area or join the fun with sensually-themed activities like body painting, a communal hot tub, Lingerie and Champagne Night, a clothing-optional Jacuzzi foam party, and a private, guided happy ending during the Desire couple’s massage.

See www.desireresorts.com. Standard room from $432/28,000 a night.

Hotel Pelirocco, UK

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You can’t miss the signs in Hotel Pelirocco’s Nookii Room. Photo courtesy of Hotel Pelirocco

Get down and dirty at this gem touted as “Brighton’s sauciest boutique hotel”. The sea-facing townhouse has 19 rooms for kitschy delight, including the Nookii Room, complete with a neon peep-show sign and a kinky iron bed; Kraken’s Lair with an 8-ft round bed with a mirrored canopy, and a plunge bath with double monsoon showerheads; and a boudoir tribute to 1950s American pin-up Betty Page, with lots of leopard print and a spa bath for two. Spice up your weekend with a Koibito Sexy MF Love hamper (includes a handmade leather paddle, a silver waterproof vibrator, a tickling feather, PVC bondage tape, and organic lubricant) for £50; a boudoir photography shoot from £95 an hour; and the Lovebird package with champagne, chocolates, flowers, breakfast in bed, plus late check-out for an extra £99.

See hotelpelirocco.co.uk for details. Doubles from £135/13,000 a night.

The Sanctuary of the Tantra, Australia

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Yoga positions are part of the practice of tantra. Photo: Trollderella/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa) This photograph is used for illustrative purposes only.

This Perth retreat is your best shot for a crescendo of multiple orgasms, sexual orientation no bar. You’re in safe hands with founder Catherine Wood, who has 25 years of hands-on experience in leading men and women in the art of lovemaking. Wood’s note on the website affirms “your birthright to experience a beautiful, healthy and loving sexual union,” offering techniques in extended pleasure, the art of communication, surrendering to the moment – and, for women, healing the Goddess within. Bring it on, we say.

See sanctuaryoftantra.com.au for details. Couple’s Workshop, $350/23,000 a couple. Couple’s Sacred Love four-week Module 1 for $400/26,700 a couple. 

Hotel Loire, Japan

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Japan’s maze of surreal love hotels. Photo: Martin Abegglen/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa) This photograph is used for illustrative purposes only.

Turned on by pirates? Aroused by S&M? Cavemen? Alien abduction? 1970s Japanese period aesthetics? What better place to lose your inhibitions and propel your fantasies than a love hotel in Japan, home to fetishes and reportedly, the least sexually satisfied humans. Hit the jackpot with Room 306 at Hotel Loire in Osaka. Whether paying by the hour or overnight, the three-in-one theme room has enough space for your wild side to come out and play in a doctor’s office with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, a subway car, and a black-lit aquarium backdrop when you turn out the lights.

See www.big-group-kj.net/loire for details.

Propeller Island City Lodge, Germany

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The cages in the Two Lions room at the Propeller Island City Lodge. Photo: Erin Williamson/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Voyeurs get an eyeful at this Berlin hotel. One room has a spy-mirror into the neighbouring abode. There’s a room with bunk beds that have a view of the WC in a red, mostly transparent bathroom. In another room, you can spy on the rotating circular bed from a blue glass bathroom. Kinkiest of all is the biggest suite, dubbed “Two Lions”. The towering WC affords peeks into the bathtub, and two metal cages on stilts beside a double bed have an optional curtain to allow neighbouring guests to look on. The website eerily suggests, “in the cages, kids love to sleep, otherwise the room is for two”. If you’d like to be your own audience, there’s a diamond-shaped room covered in mirrors to simulate living inside a kaleidoscope.

See www.propeller-island.de. Doubles from €79 a night.

Library Hotel, USA

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The Love room at Library Hotel has a private terrace overlooking Madison Avenue and the city skyline. Photo courtesy of Library Hotel Collection

Sexy-librarian fantasists, look no further. It’s little surprise that the most requested room at the Library Hotel is 800.001, Erotic Literature. This Manhattan hotel has 10 floors, each dedicated to a category of Dewey’s Decimal System. So, the Fairytales Room shares the eighth floor, and the Love room beckons on the Philosophy floor, beside the Paranormal room. Like its 50-odd counterparts, Room 800.001 has books and art that intimately explore a subtopic within the library classification system. Choose the Erotica two-night package for maximum pleasure – there’s a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a dozen red roses, Belgian chocolates, two signature bathrobes, a take-home copy of the Kama Sutra, and the Kama Sutra Romance Kit with massage oil, body dust, bubble bath, a feather tickler and wild cards if you fancy a game after all that heavy reading.

See www.libraryhotel.com. Rates depend on the room type and the time of year; room plus Erotica Package would cost between $240-$600 plus tax per night. Inclusive of complimentary services such as breakfast buffet, evening wine and cheese reception, and over 6,000 books.

3.14, France

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Soak up some of the glamour of the French Riviera. Photo: Mathieu Lebreton/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa) This photograph is used for illustrative purposes only.

Of the five floors, each dedicated to recreating a continent at this Cannes luxury hotel, it is Europe that speaks most volubly of sex. A room in Europe is ripe “for an incognito escapade into the feverish animation” of Paris during the Belle Epoque, the website suggests, with the sensuality and excitement of “the cabarets in Montmartre with their sparking chandeliers”. Rose and cedar-wood scents waft in this lushly red room with a glass-walled bathroom. When you finally roll out of bed, pop by for massage, hammam, or a dip in the sea-facing pool and Jacuzzi. After all that hedonism, take comfort in the good vibrations exuding from the hotel’s Feng Shui design and its organic, gluten-free restaurant bar.

See www.314cannes.com for details. From €125 a night.

The Palms, USA

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The Erotic Suite in the Palms Fantasy Tower comes with a rotating bed and a show shower. Photo courtesy of the Palms Casino Resort.

The Las Vegas casino resort claims that the saying “What happens in Vegas…” began in the Erotic Suite in its Palms Fantasy Tower. The 1,450-square-foot suite oozes oomph with its leather couches, rotating 8-foot round bed under a mirrored ceiling, a “show shower” with a pole and nightclub-inspired lighting, full-stocked bar. Plus there’s a VIP pass to the hotel’s nightclub, Ghostbar.

See www.palms.com/luxe-collection/erotic-suite for details. From $3,000 for a night.

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The Hempel, UK

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This sensual room was created by UK designer Anouska Hempel. Photo: Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

The classy, minimalist London hotel perhaps most famous for featuring in 1999 film Notting Hill was celebrated for its Lioness Den. The room boasted a platform bed suspended by cage-like metal rods from the ceiling, off-set by the glow of candles.

Hello Kitty S&M Room at Hotel Adonis, Japan

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The Hello Kitty room that once existed in Hotel Adonis. Photo: The Toe Stubber/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

This Japanese love hotel in Osaka mysteriously closed its Hello Kitty S&M room a few years ago, although the themed room remains alive in cyberspace nostalgia. The room was bedecked in prints of the pink-bowed feline, whose bondage avatar took centrestage wearing a blindfold, ball gag and barbed-wire garters.

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    Saumya Ancheri is Assistant Web Editor at National Geographic Traveller India. She loves places by the sea, and travels to shift her own boundaries. She tweets as @Saumya_Ancheri.

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