Australia's best couples retreats
Fancy a holiday where 'sexy time' with a loved one is the main focus?
Then tickle each other's fancies and get some ideas with our list of Australia's best adult getaways.
These days many Australian hotels offer dirty weekend packages, but The Como Melbourne
injects good old educational values into the traditional dirty weekend experience.
Their 'Wine Me, Dine Me Seduction' package includes an overnight stay and gourmet breakfast for two in the heart of Melbourne, valet parking, and a three hour massage course to get the ball rolling.
Once class is over, couples are provided with scented candles, massage oil and a blindfold before being sent to their room to do their homework.
Just a quick drive from Tweed Heads
lies Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
, a luxury property in northern New South Wales
Their '100 Candle Surprise' package is perfect for proposals, or to reaffirm your undying love for that special someone in your life.
While you take your partner out for a bush walk at dusk, the retreat staff busy themselves in your cabin. Upon return you will find 100 burning candles, one dozen long-stemmed roses, a bottle of champagne, a table set for dinner, Belgian chocolates, and a feast for two.
After dinner retire to the candle-lit spa bath to finish the night with a bang.
Nestled within central Victoria's Macedon
region and just 100km north-west of Melbourne
, Samadhi Retreat and Spa
offers a handful of pampering and wellness options for couples.
Guests are met with handmade chocolates and flowers on arrival, and are encouraged to make the most of the retreat's rejuvenation packages, the private oriental bath house and adjoining Quan Yin courtyard garden.
Breakfast is delivered to your door each morning and for proactive couples who enjoy getting out and exploring the region, the country town of Daylesford is a mere eight minutes away.
If you've ever wanted to give tantra a go, a tantra retreat for couples is a great place to start.
The practice teaches couples how to expand their sexual energy through various practices which, in turn, takes the act of lovemaking to a new dimension.
Male readers may be interested to learn that multiple orgasms are both real and attainable through the practice of tantric sex.
The Sanctuary of the Tantra is running their next weekend retreat in July, 2011. Click here for more info.
Gwinganna Wellness Retreat
has been operating for five years, and offers a healthy spin on the traditional couple's getaway.
Whether you're attending for a week, or just a weekend, you'll be served organic meals throughout the day and rest up in eco-lodge accommodation at night.
Qi Gong is practiced next to the ocean during sunrise, and yoga, dance, pilates and hiking are just some of the activities on offer.
Gwinganna's signature 'Spa Ritual' is a four-hour experience tailored specifically for couples.
Enhance your relationship by soothing your body, mind, and soul as a pair.
is a retreat for lovers of nature and luxury. The four-star safari resort is located on the Ningaloo Reef
within the Cape Range National Park
It's a place where technology is put aside in favour of hours spent in a hammock, if only because the resort's power is purely solar and there's no mobile phone coverage to speak of.
Kayaking and snorkelling are on offer to motivated souls. Couples will be forgiven if they prefer to spend their entire stay with their tent flaps firmly closed.
Just make sure you leave your room for meals; while water and food are ferried into the camp each day, the menu remains nothing short of extraordinary.
Ahh, the spa
Throwing an infinity pool or spa into a couple's retreat definitely ups the romance and indulgence factor.
After all, what could be better than bathing with your loved one in an infinity spa, with fine champagne on hand and a never ending view of Australia's breathtaking landscape unfolding before your very eyes?
Bedarra Island, Spa Views, and Mali Mali Luxury Escape all offer luxury retreat experiences with private infinity pools included.
Fill it with rose petals, light up the candles and ... well, you decide what else you'd like to get up to under the bubbles.
For couples wanting to really shake things up, Australia has more than a few nudist resorts on offer.
Taylorwood is located in Queensland's Whitsundays, and offers a clothing-optional respite from the world.
The resort recommends first-timers arrive during the quieter mid-week period; on weekends the resort is frequented by friendly nudist locals and weekenders who come to enjoy a barbie and a dip in the pool.
Check out our list of Australia's top nudist resorts here.
The Blue Mountains
is a region where couple's retreats thrive. Think log cabins and cosy cottages nestled into dense Australian bushland with mountain views, four-poster beds, and fur rugs in front of open fires.
There are simply too many couple's retreats in this region to list, but if you're in search of a quick getaway that's easily accessed by train or car from Sydney, this is the place to look.
Blue Mountains Tourism's website includes listing of all of the accommodation types on offer, from log cabins to self contained cottages to five star hotels.