Is it just us, or is time actually speeding up? Each year seems to go by a little quicker than the last and we’ll be hearing Jingle Bells in every store again before we know it! Some time away from the day-to-day with your man is the best way to put the spark back into your relationship (and your sex life!). So before everything gets booked up, we’re aiming for a little more forward- thinking this year. We’ve scoured the globe to find the hottest getaways for you and your man. Plan early and get drooling over our hand-picked vacation spots.
Maldives : One and Only Reethi Rah
Sexiest View – Start your glorious day by diving into the dazzling Indian Ocean with your love… cue “ahhhh”. Set on one of the largest and prettiest Maldivian islands in North Male’ Atoll, with endless white sand coves and turquoise bays, all villas at this sleek, private luxe resort enjoy incredibly, stunningly , amazingly gorgeous ocean views and direct access to the lagoon. www.oneandonlyresorts.com
How to get there – Fly direct to the Maldives with Tiger Airways in 4 hours and 35 mins.
Hanoi – The Metropole
Sexiest Old World Charm – Wandering into the iconic Metropole in Hanoi feels like stepping back in time. Since its opening in 1901, it’s served as the headquarters of several embassies during wartime, hosted royalty and a liberal sprinkling of celebs. Nestled in the bustling French Quarter of the quaint Vietnamese capital, this grand dame gives you and your man the perfect spot for a magical romance. www.accorhotels.com
How to get there – Fly direct to Vietnam with Vietnam Air in just over three hours.
Istanbul – Vault Karakoy, The House Hotel
Sexiest Bathtub – An ancient bank given a slick modern facelift, this is bang on the money. Discover the boho hotspots of so-cool-right-now Istanbul and then return to your elegant room (and one of the world’s hottest tubs, with show stopping views!) to explore each other. www.thehousehotel.com/vaultkarakoy
How to get there – Fly direct to Istanbul with Turkish airlines in 11 hours and 40 mins.
Dubai – Armani Hotel
Sexiest designer view – Where else would Giorgio Armani choose to create a hotel showcasing his signature style but nestled in the world’s tallest tower? Every detail in the elegant property bears the Armani signature, from bespoke furnishings to the warm, Italian-style hospitality. And, of course, the incredible views of the lovely city of Dubai from the Burj Khalifa tower. www.dubai.armanihotels.com
How to get there – Fly direct to Dubai with Emirates in 7 hours and 40 mins.
Sri Lanka – The Last House
Sexiest space – A barefoot paradise designed by legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa, this luxe seaside escape is a true representation of his work, where airy, antique-filled interiors spill into al fresco spaces as if no boundaries exist at all. Every bedroom looks out onto a body of water, be it the Indian Ocean or a tropical lagoon. Soak yourself in the pure bliss! www.thelasthouse.com
How to get there – Fly direct to Colombo with Emirates in 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Kangaroo Island – Southern Ocean Lodge
Sexiest Surrounds – Build up a huge appetite (for your man) by wandering the dramatic, rugged ocean landscapes of Kangaroo Island hand in hand. Search for wildlife like fur seals, koalas and (surprise, surprise!) kangaroos. Then retreat back to your hotel, “floating” atop a secluded cliff, and into your lavish king-sized bed to explore your own untamed wilderness. www.southernoceanlodge.com.au
How to get there – Fly to Adelaide with Singapore Airlines in 7 hours and take a ferry to the island.
Mumbai – Abode
Sexiest vintage styling – Celebrating historic Bombay with chic nods to the vibrant city’s heritage and bohemian past, this beautiful boutique hotel is an oasis in the heart of a bustling city. We love the soft furnishings made from vintage saris and the bedside tables made from ‘chaat’ stands. If not for the romantic, recycled love feel—we’d linger for the Insta-opps! www.abodeboutiquehotels.com
How to get there – Fly direct to Mumbai with Jet Airways in 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Lombok – Villa Crusoe
Sexiest Island Getaway – Live the tropical dream (coconut bra optional) on Gili Meno, off the northwest coast of Lombok in Indonesia. Transport on the island consists of picturesque long tail boats and tinkering horse-and-carts (no noisy cars or bikes, thank you very much). Enjoy crystal clear water up to your front gate, and the simple, sexy pleasures of life like lazing in hammocks, the sound of the sea, and of course, each other. www.balisoulvillas.com
How to get there – Fly to Lombok with SilkAir in 2 hours 45 minutes and take a boat to the island.
Melbourne – Middle Park Hotel
Sexiest Adult Treats – The Middle Park is known for its sophisticated guestrooms and top-notch gastronomy, but (because we’re Cosmo) we’re all about the “adult” minibar in each room. It contains condoms, a saucy book, a Polaroid camera with film, and strawberry-flavoured angel dust. www.middleparkhotel.com.au
How to get there – Fly direct to Melbourne with Jetstar in 7 hours.
Bangkok – Sofitel SO
Sexiest Spa – Housed within its uber-cool urban interiors courtesy of French fashion legend Christian Lacroix is So Spa, a relaxing retreat that exudes a little French, a little Asian, and a whole lot of bliss. Post-spa session, stay in and dine under the stars at Solarium, a stunning garden oasis perched on the 10th floor, against the sparkling city nightscape. You can even book out the venue for just both of you—and your own private butler, naturally. www.sofitel-so-bangkok.com
How to get there – Fly direct to Bangkok with Scoot in 2 hours and 30 mins.
Looking to go for a Bali holiday? Read our tips at http://thefinder.life/lifestyle/travel/live-local-bali
By Lucy Cleeve, Cosmopolitan, January 2015