Most couples find that daily life can get in the way of romance, but making time to spend alone with your other half is important to keep the flame alive in your relationship.
Waiting to find time that you can both agree on can often mean that nothing is ever arranged, so why not make the effort to surprise your partner with a romantic break using our step-by-step guide:
Make sure you choose dates that won’t cause too much disruption for your partner. If they work during the week, make friends with their colleagues or boss to arrange time off on their behalf. That way, you can also be sure to book time off when they can afford to take it, so they won’t be worrying about what’s going on in their absence.
Choose Somewhere Special
Try to book somewhere to stay that means something to your partner and ensure that once you get there, there will be amenities that suit you as a couple. If you both need to get away from the stress of work, choose somewhere with good spa facilities, but if you enjoy active pursuits, choose somewhere with a swimming pool and gym or good places to head out for a walk.
Although it’s nice to be spontaneous, it’s a good idea to plan your weekend and maybe book some activities before you arrive. This will take the pressure off trying to plan your day when you get there. If there’s a spa, think about surprising your partner by booking some treatments for them.
Leave Time to Pack
Particularly if you’re surprising a female companion, allowing time for them to sort out their own packing will be appreciated! Although the idea of whisking your partner away for a romantic getaway on the spot might seem idealistic, the mood may soon change if you’ve forgotten half of their make-up bag.
Keep an Element of Surprise
For a touch of mystique, however, you can still keep the destination secret until you get there by only providing clues about what to pack, such as warm clothes, sunblock or evening clothes, etc.
A nice idea is to collect a few special things together that you know your partner will enjoy; their favourite bottle of wine, some luxury toiletries, a good book, etc. to present to them once you have arrived.
Take Care of the Logistics
Keep everything as seamless and stress-free as possible by making a check list to ensure you both have the essentials with you: valid passports if required, phone chargers, toothbrush, etc.
If you need to make arrangements for childcare, get this sorted early and make sure it’s with someone you and your partner are happy to trust over a long weekend. Also, make sure any arrangements for house and pet-sitting are in place.
Essentially, if you make sure that you’re organised, your romantic break should go without a hitch.
This article was written by Aurora Johnson on behalf of Barton Grange, a luxury Preston hotel.