Whether you are one of the lucky couples who is having more sex during the pandemic or those less fortunate whose flames of passion have dwindled, a change of scenery will spice up your relationship, especially if the boudoir is in a hotel that features something sexy on the menu.
When it’s safe to travel, sweep your partner away to somewhere new. We curated a list of hot hotels with sexy drinks, dishes and desserts to get the party started.
Forbidden Fruits, Santa Barbara Wine Country, California
Couples can bring retro road trip romance to life at Skyview Los Alamos, a new hotel created from a 1950s motel in Santa Barbara wine country. At the hotel restaurant Norman (as in Bates!), bartender Carlos Lara whips up sexy seasonal cocktails like an aphrodisiac cocktail called Forbidden Fruits. Inspired by chocolate-covered strawberries, the cocktail includes vodka, Chocolate Liqueur, espresso, and house strawberry cream topped with strawberry dust, served with a side of fresh strawberries. Couples can dip the strawberries into the house-made whip together for a romantic nightcap before heading back to their rooms, which feature push-button indoor fireplaces, outdoor showers, and private decks overlooking wine country.
Chocolate Heaven, Conrad Fort Lauderdale
Melanie Pabon, executive pastry chef at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale, and her culinary team created an interactive twist on the classic chocolate-dipped strawberry as a fun, luxurious and romantic way for couples to end their meal with something to share. “The chocolate sphere – playing the role of the chocolate traditionally used to dip the strawberry – is uniquely filled with Strawberry Bubbly confit, Manjari 64% Chocolate Cremeux, Valrhona Chocolate Cake, and strawberry air. For the final ‘wow moment,’ the couple pours the warm strawberry honey sauce over the sphere to reveal the fresh strawberries inside,” says Pabon. Couples can enjoy panoramic views of white sandy beaches, the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterways of Florida where they can create their own “wow moments.”
Skyrockets in Flight, Granada Hotel & Bistro
The Granada Hotel & Bistro in San Luis Obispo, California is a new hotel housed in a 1920s exposed brick building once rumored to be a brothel, creating a cheeky modern escape for a romantic getaway. The hotel’s restaurant, The Granada Bistro, serves up a cocktail called “Skyrockets in Flight” featuring Beefeater gin, strawberry-infused Campari, rose syrup, Cocchi rosa and sparkling wine. Prepared by bartender Chuck Wheaton, the cocktail energizes the palette with succulent strawberries, lemon hearts, and bubbles. It’s light and refreshing for an afternoon delight. Couples can retire to their rooms and keep the romance going with Baceae chocolates, local rose, and Diptyque candles, all included in the room’s curated mini-bar.
Raise the (Caviar) Bar, Britannia Hotel
Britannia’s Michelin-starred restaurant Speilsalen recently reopened with a caviar bar; the only one of its kind in the Nordic region. The caviar bar is laden with several different types of the aphrodisiacal delicacy, all with a distinctive character, based on different types of sturgeon and with a variety of salt and ripening time. “The tasting is accompanied by champagne or vodka. “ We are delighted to announce that Speilsalen is the new Krug Ambassador, meaning we will be able to offer an even larger selection of this fantastic champagne, both by the glass and by the bottle. The caviar bar is an extraordinary restaurant experience in itself, and the combination of bubbles and caviar is guaranteed to ‘get the party started’, so to speak!” says beverage director Henrik Dahl Jansen.
Burn for You, Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle, the legendary 13th-century five-star castle hotel in Western Island, offers a dreamy romantic royal Irish getaway. Bar Manager Noli Alngohuro whipped up a new signature cocktail called “Burn for You” that he serves in a chilled champagne flute topped up with Lanson Rosé Champagne and garnished with rose sugar crystals and homemade white chocolate shards. Served with three Lanson Rosè Champagne chocolate truffles on the side, the cocktail is the perfect prelude to a bath drawn with rose petals in the royal setting.
Vuelve a la Vida , Tierra Magnifica
Tierra Magnifica’s Chef Paulo Valerios makes a romantic dish that incorporates local flavors and aphrodisiacs — and recommends a cocktail for the “after party.” Valerios named this dish Vuelve a la Vida because it translates to ‘Come Back to Life.’ Piangua mollusk brings the aphrodisiac qualities and the chili brings the heat. And we use local ingredients to bring our guests into the moment.” The Chef recommends bringing the Nosara Princess cocktail to your room after dinner and sipping it on your balcony. The cocktail is named after the Princess of Nosara, a historic woman whose enduring love affair lives on in local legends.
Elevated Oysters, The Reach Key West, A Curio Collection by Hilton
Oysters are a great vessel for fun flavor combinations and a well-known aphrodisiac. You can take something that by itself doesn’t look attractive and dress it up and create a very sexy dish on your menu. “This dish I have played around with a couple of times, the flavor combination of gin, tonic, and cucumber with the oyster is a wonderful mix of flavors,” says Kevin Spencer, the executive chef who lovingly places the oysters on top of a salt made from crushed sea salt and rose petal.
Guacamole Jimador, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
While avocados maintain their innocence as spreads on toast and as toppings on poke bowls, they’re also an aphrodisiac, used throughout ancient times to get couples in the mood. Some attribute avocados’ magical mood-boosters to their creamy texture, suggestive shape, high price tag and exotic origins. At JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, avocados are held in high regard and used in a variety of ways. The sexiest avocado-based culinary dish is awarded to the Guacamole Jimador. Made with two ripe avocados, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, and coriander, this guac also includes a special ingredient: 4 oz. of Jimador Tequila or a reposado tequila dating back 100 years. If the avocados don’t ignite the passion, the infused tequila certainly will. To keep the magic going, couples can create their own in-room spa experiences with a steamy bath or turn up the heat with restorative spa treatments, cocktails by the infinity pool, and brunch baskets in a private Bali-style day bed overlooking the ocean.
Black Magic, W Punta de Mita
Certain cultures believe the aromatic spice cardamom, is not only a potent aphrodisiac but also helps men in need of a little “pick me up.” W Punta de Mita’s ‘Black Magic’ cocktail is the perfect refresher when lounging in one of their surf-inspired oceanfront suites featuring a private outdoor terrace, plunge pool and beach cabana. The craft cocktail includes ingredients such as dry hibiscus, activated charcoal, Ancho Reyes liqueur, pineapple puree, and cardamom, which increases blood flow and releases muscular tension. Love potions might not work, but this aromatic cocktail will. Couples looking to further spice up their getaway, head to the 4,000 square foot spa nestled in the jungle for locally inspired spa treatments or reserve an incredibly romantic dining experience at Mesa1, an ultra-exclusive al fresco setting that offers just one nightly seating for a private chef’s dinner under the stars.
Saffron Paella, AC Hotel Columbus Dublin
Share the love (and paella) at VASO, AC Hotel Columbus Dublin’s rooftop restaurant and bar. Whether you opt for an intimate dinner in a cozy igloo or prefer the lounge for its sex appeal, don’t sleep on the seafood paella which is made for two. “Our Paella is an aphrodisiac on a skillet!” says Chef David Belknap. “We start traditionally with saffron-infused Calaspara rice but then we cook it with lobster stock and vanilla and finish with mussels, clams, shrimp, and calamari. The saffron and vanilla are well- known aphrodisiacs but mussels, clams, and lobster also contain compounds that help release hormones such as estrogen and testosterone.” Pair the dish with one of VASO’s notable craft cocktails inspired by music, complete with a playlist to match.
Chocolate Tasting, Jade Mountain
St. Lucia’s stunning Jade Mountain is a one-of-a-kind resort known for its open-air sanctuaries that feature romantic touches like en-suite infinity pools and private butler service. It’s also home to the Emerald Estate organic farm where more than 1,000 cacao trees are harvested as part of the resort’s onsite programming.”Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a stimulant in the central nervous system that mimics the brain chemistry of a person in love. Jade Mountain is widely popular among couples and big on honeymoons, anniversaries, and other celebrations of love. It’s only fitting that our chocolate programming brings couples together in a unique way while offering them a local taste of St. Lucia and one of the products the island is best known for,” says chef Allen Susser.
Spaghetti, Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
Grab a fork and get ready to twirl. It’s time to recreate one of the most romantic movie scenes ever filmed. Of course, we’re talking about the legendary spaghetti and meatball scene from the Disney movie, Lady and the Tramp. We all know and love it. Lady and Tramp sharing spaghetti under the Italian moon. Somehow, Disney made two dogs slurping up a piece of pasta ultra-romantic, and do we dare say it, sexy?! And who better to supply the pasta dish than Capalbo’s, the Italian winter pop-up at Bambara Kitchen & Bar in Cambridge, MA. So bring on Capalbo’s Bucatini and meatballs, and savor your own Lady and Tramp romance at Bambara inside the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel or even at home.
Scallop Tiradito, Caerula Mar Club
Located on the sleepy Bahamian island of South Andros, Caerula Mar Club is a new boutique luxury resort . Its fine-dining restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Sebastian Perez features menus with locally sourced organic ingredients. Made with fresh scallops, grapefruit, orange, pomegranate seeds, cilantro, spicy pepper and a marinade made from lemon and lime juice, garlic, and ginger, the resort’s Scallop Tiradito is perfect for igniting passion. According to folkloric legends, the goddess Aphrodite was carried to Earth on the shell of a scallop, so it’s no secret why this shellfish is automatically associated with romance. “Our Scallop Tiradito combines several aphrodisiac ingredients, including spicy pepper and succulent pomegranate. The bright, bold colors of the ruby red grapefruit and bright green jalapeño pepper offer a pop of excitement that’s perfect for igniting passion,” says chef Sebastian Perez.
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