20 Places to Revive the Romance -- Without the Kids

Zlata Faerman | Oct 30, 2018 Home & Garden
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Only after kids are in the picture (even if it's just the one), do parents take for granted how calm their lives once were. It's really difficult to fathom just how much everyone's lives and family dynamics change as soon as a baby comes into the picture. Being a parent is being immeasurably consumed with the needs of your offspring. Parents now have to understand the concepts of "me time" and "we time," which -- just years before -- was a foreign idea. Couples were able to do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. Traveling was only planned around work schedules and vacation time, whereas now -- with kids -- so many more factors come into play.

There is such a thing as parent guilt. For sure. It's that feeling that taking time for yourself -- or for each other -- is taking away time that could be spent with your children. And although yes, spending time with kids and making sure they have enough to do and get enough attention is important, getting in quality time with your partner is just as -- if not more -- important.

The relationship that is built between a couple serves as the foundation for their family. If a couple are happy together, respect one another, and are true partners in life, it positively impacts the home environment. With the stress of life's demands, it's easy to take things out on your partner and get off track. Spending quality time together and nurturing that bond is of utmost importance. When all is said and done, and kids are grown and out of the home, it's the husband and wife that remain together and continue life. 

Keep the romance alive by escaping the everyday scene, the everyday chaos, and the everyday routine. Travel somewhere you've never thought about before. Here are 20 fantastic options to choose from!

  • WALDORF ASTORIA LAS VEGAS

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    There's a Vegas trip, and there's a Las Vegas trip. For the latter, which sounds more subdued and reserved, consider the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Hotel & Residences. Just a four-hour drive from Los Angeles, the luxurious oasis offers parents the perfect escape for a weekend. Enjoy romantic couples spa treatments and intense pampering -- all without the sound of your children nearby.
  • HALF MOON JAMAICA

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    Half Moon in Jamaica sits on 400 acres of beachfront property in Montego Bay. The romantic destination offers an array of experiences for couples, including a night under the stars, an afternoon at the Fern Tree Spa, and as long as you'd like right on the beach.
  • LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA

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    Lake Tahoe is an iconic backdrop for romantic winter social media posts. Couples can ski or snowboard on the slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort, or tour Emerald Bay by water on the MS Dixie paddlewheeler. From the mountains to the lake, there are many opportunities to cuddle up with your lover (and no kids!) at this winter wonderland getaway.
  • CLUB MED TURKOISE, TURKS & CAICOS

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    Turks & Caicos is known for its beautiful beaches and friendly people. In Grace Bay, visitors can hop from one resort to another, trying out hotel restaurants and nightlife scenes. There are many adults-only resorts to stay at, including the newly redesigned Club Med Turkoise. Enjoy peace and serenity in one of the most most relaxing destinations in the world.
  • THE CLIFF HOUSE, MAINE

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    Giving a nod to its name, the Cliff House is nestled atop Bald Head Cliff 70 feet in the air. The property, which offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, is just minutes from Ogunquit, a charming New England town. If exploring new places is your thing, consider this tranquil destination for a romantic getaway.
  • THE KIMBERLY HOTEL, NEW YORK

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    The perfect staycation for some and weekend getaway for others, New York City is sure to help any couple relive their carefree youth. Located in the heart of midtown east, The Kimberly Hotel, a boutique hotel rich in history, boasts a beautiful view of the city's iconic Chrysler Building and is in close to many attractions. Head up to the rooftop to enjoy panoramic city views while sipping on cocktails by the fireplace. It's one of the top boutique hotels in Manhattan.
  • PANGKOR LAUT RESORT

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    How does the notion of going to a private island sound? The five-star Pangkor Laut Resort, set off the West coast of Malaysia, is a romantic haven amid an ancient rainforest, white-sand beaches, and turquoise water -- all on a private island exclusive to its guests. Enjoy star-gazing, jungle trekking, spa treatments and the most incredible views. Ah, paradise!
  • THE FINGER LAKES, NEW YORK

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    The Finger Lakes region of central New York offers romantic experiences for couples. There are thousands of square miles and 11 pristine lakes to explore amidst this intimate nature setting. Enjoy wine tasting in more than 130 wineries during the day, and relax at one of the many romantic boutique properties at night.
  • BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

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    Brussels is known as a family friendly destination, but there are a ton of romantic activities for couples. Cozy up on a romantic boat tour for two on the canals, ride around the city on a tandem bike, take a stroll and go shopping, explore art and history museums, and spend time relaxing at one of the Brussels' many spas.
  • CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE WINERY

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    Located just 30 minutes outside of Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery is Washington state's oldest and founding winery. More than 105 wooded acres make this gorgeous oasis a great escape from the city -- and children. If you're in the area and have just a day or two to get away, this is the place.
  • ASHFORD CASTLE, IRELAND

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    Ashford Castle, a 13th century castle hotel in Ireland, is an ideal destination for couples, thanks to gorgeous interiors and incredible cuisine. Set on 350 acres of land on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, the property is a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains.
  • BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

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    Big Sur is certainly one of the unique jewels of California. It offers endless ocean views, beautiful state parks and beaches, and a level of seclusion that's perfect for a romantic getaway. Couples can see the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge, take the “17-Mile Drive” for scenic views, or hike to McWay Falls to see an 80-foot waterfall. For accommodations, check out Glen Oaks and Post Ranch Inn, two of the region's most sought-after properties.
  • THE MADEIRA ISLANDS

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    The Madeira Islands, an archipelago 750 miles southwest of Lisbon in the Atlantic Ocean, has a nearly perfect climate: warm in winter and never too hot in summer. This makes for the ideal romantic getaway during any time of the year you're able to make the trip. Known as the island of flowers, Madeira has unforgettable sunsets, fantastic scenery, and romantic restaurants.
  • MOHEGAN SUN, CONNECTICUT

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    Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is home to three different casinos, a luxury hotel, a world-class spa and golf course, tons of restaurants and shopping, and a lot of entertainment options. Plan a getaway weekend around a comedy show or concert. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of major cities, so if you're in New York, Boston, or Philadelphia, make your way!
  • CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

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    Thought to be one of the most romantic cities in the world, Charleston’s historic charm, cobblestone streets, iconic blooming plantations, and pristine sunsets on the harbor all offer an idyllic backdrop for a romantic retreat with your partner. Revive your romance at HarbourView Inn, the only waterfront property in the Historic District.
  • NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

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    New Orleans is a great city to visit to revive your romance without the kids. New Orleans’ old world charm with its stunning antique architecture, horse-drawn carriages, and laid-back vibe makes it a very romantic getaway destination for any couple. Grab a drink, travel on a streetcar, see some sights, and fall (back) in love in the Big Easy.
  • CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, CALIFORNIA

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    Carmel-by-the-Sea has been consistently ranked as one of the most romantic destinations in the world thanks to its natural charm, fairy tale-inspired architecture, and relaxed atmosphere. The unique village lacks street addresses, street lights, chain hotels, and chain restaurants -- providing couples with a unique environment to strengthen their bonds with one another.
  • TURNEFFE ISLAND RESORT

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    Turneffe Island Resort is the perfect place to escape the full-time job of parenting and rekindle that old flame. Located 30 miles off the coast of Belize, the property offers the intimacy of a private island getaway where couples can relax by the outdoor pool and laze away the day in their private villa or palapa overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Couples can listen to the waves and tinkering of steel drums while enjoying a peaceful couples massage in their serenity spa.
  • CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA

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    For modern, artistic vibe-type couples, escape to Clearwater Beach's Opal Sand Resort. Directly overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the property offers a sophisticated beachfront getaway with beauty at every turn. Steps away from the resort, you and your partner can take a stroll along the beautiful, white-sand beach and check out water and boating activities, restaurants, and entertainment at the iconic Pier 60 and the Clearwater Beach Marina.
  • BERMUDA

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    Bermuda is famous for its many moon gates, a longstanding island legend that says couples who kiss under the Bermudian moon gates are guaranteed a long and happy life together. Sounds like a no-brainer when figuring out a destination to go to! Bermuda has secluded beaches, unique adventures, and is just a two-hour flight from most major East Coast airports. It's close to home but feels like a million miles away. Yes, please.

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