Besides sunscreen – and okay, moisturiser – leaving your beauty regime behind while on holiday is one of the most liberating things you can do. Not only does going barefaced simplify your morning routine and allow your skin to breathe, but knowing that your partner loves your natural beauty is a great confidence booster. Plus, the most stressful thing about going make-up free should be where to spend all your new-found extra time – at the beach or in bed?
If the only romantic lighting in your bedroom is the blue glow emanating from your Netflix binge-watching session, your upcoming holiday might be the perfect excuse to log off and shut down. Before you start to panic, a digital detox can be as easy as leaving your mobile in your hotel room’s safe, or taking the perfect holiday photograph together but only uploading it when you get home. Without the pressure to go online, you can create special memories for the two of you instead. We’re talking hand-in-hand massages in a sea-view cabana – just one of the treats on offer at the TUI SENSIMAR Lagoon Mauritius. And, if you do need a digital dose, you can retreat to the stylish, new-look rooms.
On holiday, the only people that can judge you and your partner are complete strangers you’ll never see again, so other than becoming a viral meme there’s nothing stopping you from pretending you’re a shark in the swimming pool. Or risking a serious case of brain freeze by trying to eat your entire ice cream cone in one bite. Or making a joint decision that matching sombreros make fantastic ‘mandatory’ sun hats. Because YOLO…
You may have seen a billion Instagram photos of couples enjoying holiday bliss – and those moments do exist – but they go hand-in-hand with squabbles over which sights are worth seeing or whose fault it was that you almost missed your flight. To boost positive energy, Dr Annie Kaszina suggests taking time out each day to show your appreciation. “Settle yourselves somewhere you both enjoy and set aside an hour, to say only positive, supportive things to each other. If this seems hard or odd at first, that’s even more reason to continue. When you do this, you’ll be building a reservoir of good feelings and benefits that will last long after your tan has faded.”
This is, after all, what hotel rooms were made for. Put on your fluffy robes and slippers, order in room service and hang the ‘do not disturb’ sign outside your door. Stay somewhere like the all-new Sensimar Blue Lagoon Palace in Halkidiki and you can upgrade to a suite with your own private pool. Or, at the Sensimar El Dorado Seaside Suite in Mexico, you’ll get a Jacuzzi® in your room as standard. #nobiggie. The rest is, erm, up to you…
Getting active is an amazing way to relieve stress, and trying a new sport like snorkelling or scuba diving together is a real bonding experience. “Doing something daring is a great way to see your partner in a different light,” says Dr Kaszina. “It really makes you appreciate the qualities you might have started to take for granted.” Even if you’re not the sporty type, you can push your boundaries by learning the local language, exploring a city without a map or tasting new foods. And your hotel is a great place to start. Take the Sensimar Cabo Verde, for example. You can try Japanese in the Teppanyaki restaurant or get to grips with wind and kite surfing on the beach opposite.
A fortnight might not seem like a long time, but if you’re taking your first holiday as a couple, it translates into 336 hours. Together. Alone. Which leaves plenty of room to find out he likes to brush his teeth while singing to the radio, or that she’s not quite as neat and tidy as you might have thought. But a holiday is the best time for all of this. After all, at the Sensimar Punta Prima in Menorca, you can cool down by heading to the spa for some me-time or vent frustrations at an al fresco yoga class. What’s more, it can also force you to adapt to each other’s quirks, talk through your feelings and learn to compromise – three things that will make all the difference if you decide to take your relationship to the next level. Goals, indeed.
For the ultimate couples’ holiday, check out the Sensimar collection, a range of adults-only hotels designed to help you relax, reconnect, and switch off from your everyday routine.
With its lagoon-side setting and small, sandy beach, TUI BLUE Lagoon Mauritius is a real tropical hideaway.
This luxury hotel overlooks the sea with great views of the harbour. A promenade leads into Los Cristianos – roughly 15 minutes’ walk away – and stretches onwards to Playa de las Americas.
The TUI BLUE Cabo Verde teams an oceanfront setting with designer decor and a first-rate dining selection.
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