Has your relationship been flagging in the romantic gesture department lately? Saying “I love you” before lights out each night and a fleeting kiss before you head off to the office each morning is all well and good but a grand gesture or three with a little high romance thrown in is what every partner yearns for once in a while.
If you’re guilty of being a little inattentive to your lover’s needs, perhaps you both work insane hours and have little energy to devote to anything other than meeting work deadlines, then perhaps it’s time really make an effort and step it up a notch to reintroduce a little romance in your lives.
In honor of Valentine’s Day and to help keep the spark alive in your relationship 24/7, here are some tips to rekindle the passion and bring back the fireworks.
Naughty but nice
Don’t wait for your annual holiday to rev up the romance, take a relationship enhancing weekend getaway. Nothing quite says “I love you/I want you” like whisking your boo off for a naughty weekend. Spend some quality time with her doing what the two of you love best can give you plenty of options. If you don’t want the hassle of air travel, exchange rates and car hire, try a romantic staycation up near Kaibo, take her on a moonlit bioluminescence kayak adventure and top the evening off with a playful walk along the beach and a very grown-up meal on the über-romantic verandah at Upstairs. With the Michelin-trained chef and the breathtaking views framed by palm trees and crisp white linen, it’s one of the most stunning views in the eastern districts.
Another stunning staycation would be to take a trip to one of the many hotels and bed & breakfasts on the Sister Islands. To find out all you need to plan the perfect getaway on Cayman Brac or Little Cayman, visit the Sister Islands Tourism Association website, www.sita.ky. From hiking to beach combing, from spa experiences to bone fishing – there’s plenty to do, see and experience close to home.
If you’re taking her overseas though, share the surprise early enough for her to clear her schedule and to properly pack.
If you’ve not quite got the cash to splurge and have kids who are not quite old enough to be home alone, then how about a naughty night? Plan well in advance for your kids to have sleepovers with their friends for the night. Order in your favorite takeaway for two, dim the lights and settle down for some uninterrupted Netflix and chill.
If you’re still wide awake, then share a shower and a give each other a tender massage to get you both relaxed and up for serious alone time. A lovely breakfast in bed with fresh strawberries on waffles with a dollop of fresh cream and some chilled orange juice would be perfect way to cap off a romantic night in.
Wouldn’t you love to whisk your girl away on a weekend trip for just the two of you? It doesn’t matter if it’s an action packed trip full of hiking and sightseeing or a calming getaway at the spa, she’ll love having you all to herself. Surprise her with the news a few days in advance so she can be sure her schedule is clear and pack accordingly.
Surprise her with tickets to a live theater show. Check show schedules for local theater productions by both the Cayman Drama Society and by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation. Both are well established and have staged some truly entertaining productions over the years including dramas, musicals, Caribbean plays and the classics.
If the pair of you are more into rock, jazz or a pop concert, visit www.ticketmaster.com for a gig guide and ticket prices. Shop by music genre or by name and bond over a great concert. Music is the sound track of our lives and sharing a concert – even with hundreds of other fans – can be a very intimate and life-affirming experience in any one of the U.S. major cities.
Take your gal and move it to Maroon 5 or cut the rug to Coldplay. Be sure though to first check that you both have valid passports before booking the tickets!
Food to get into the mood
If you’re both avid foodies and delight in a bit of gratuitous pampering, hire your very own personal chef for the night. Going out for a fancy meal is a wonderful treat, but staying in for one is even better. Hire a personal chef to cook a romantic gourmet meal à deux for serving in the comfort of your own home. Get out the best crockery and cutlery and make sure the lighting is just perfect. She’ll love how much thought you put into making it such a special night
There are plenty of individuals and a couple of local agencies worth checking out on the Internet.
Plan an adventurous date. A thrill-seeking date is the perfect way to have fun with your partner. Whether you’re parasailing across Seven Mile Beach, exploring the island on horseback or cycling around the West Bay Loop, these types of dates release adrenaline and flood the brain with endorphins, our feel-good hormones, the same ones that your brain releases when you fall in love. You’ll create unforgettable moments and strengthen your bond.
To check that you’re in sync with the adventurous date, drop subtle hints without totally blowing the surprise.
Live with passion and keep the spark alive by creating moments of beauty in your relationship. Don’t leave the good times entirely to chance.