Voltaire once wrote, Love is a canvas embroidered by imagination. Luckily for those whose strong suit has never been sentiment, who don’t know their destination well, or who are already too bogged down with big-day decisions to brainstorm ways to pump up the passion, couples can now turn to a growing number of on-property professionals for help.
Guests can relax and bask in their time together while I handle the small details that make their stay truly special, explains Claudia Palma, romance director at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. We try to gain an in-depth understanding of what guests want and spark their imagination with inventive ideas and possibilities. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Bigger isn’t always better Palma promises: We’ve found that ideas some might consider clich©, such as in-suite massages or horseback rides on the beach, can be the most romantic. Subtle, intimate gestures create an enchanting ambience that strengthens the couple’s connection and ignites passion.
Money talksMost often, their services are free to guests or included with packages, so the couple is responsible only for paying for the actual amorous extras in which they partake like a cooking lesson with the chef or a vintage-car rental. Tipping is at your discretion and not expected in most instances.
Brian Postle, director of romance at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico, advises that being upfront about the budget makes the process smoother and expectations clear. I like couples to prepare a wish list fi rst, and then we scale back from there if necessary.
Knowledge is powerKelly adds: The more information provided, the better. That way we can plan to their likes. This means telling us all of your allergies, the type of wine you hate, your aversion to heights, etc. It’s also important to remember that these folks, as locals, are an excellent resource on the destination’s must-see spots, romantic customs and trustworthy tour operators, especially when there’s a language barrier. Says Intercontinental Bora Bora’s head concierge, Sophie Jourdan, Our main goal is to share the romantic local experiences and traditions, like exchanging fl ower crowns, and to make dreams come true.