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The Year of We: Romantic Experiences Remain a Top Priority for Couples Despite Rising Prices
Mar 27

Casandra Karpiak | Wealth of Geeks

Even in the midst of economic hardship and inflation, love reigns triumphant. A recent survey indicates that romance is one of the most important factors for travel plans this year, and 4 out of 5 Americans (80%) plan to make more time for affairs of the heart.

Regardless of rising costs, couples are committed to taking that special trip together.

As our ideas of romance continue to evolve, 81% claim that it has changed drastically in the last ten years. What is deemed romantic today? Two-thirds (67%) say a couple's getaway would be just the ticket. That sentiment is likely to stay, with partners seeing this as their top choice for an intimate gift in 2023.

''The definition of romance varies from couple to couple, but there's a common thread to a thriving relationship, and that is to be intentional about making the time for connection,'' said Marsha-Ann Donaldson-Brown, Sandals Resorts ' Director of Weddings & Romance.

''The findings from our latest love study are invigorating and compelling, as Americans confirm their commitment to nurturing their relationships in the coming year - which is why we're celebrating 2023 as the 'Year of We.'

''Getting away from daily life, free from distractions and stresses, inspires people to focus on what matters most, with the majority of couples agreeing they feel closest to each other while on vacation - and moreover, how this time away energizes the relationship beyond the trip.''

Sharing Experiences is the Ultimate Love Language The survey reveals a getaway for two was the top choice among both men (67%) and women (66%). Enjoying relaxing spots together, such as watching the sunset (55%), trying new restaurants and shops (52%), and taking adventurous outings (51%) are all considered romantic gifts by most Americans.

That said, a truly memorable vacation will feature all three. Guests who book a stay at a Sandals Resort can experience them all at the leading all-inclusive Caribbean resort brand.

For the most romantic sunsets, Sandals Resorts are positioned on some of the best beaches in the world, from the 7-mile beach of Negril to the private offshore islands at Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Royal Caribbean.

For those couples who feel more amorous over dinner, at Sandals Royal Curaçao, guests can experience Island Inclusive, a cutting-edge dining program off-resort and into the island to support and eat at eight local restaurants across Curaçao.

Why not get your heart pumping with some seriously adventurous outings? In Grenada, couples can scuba dive and experience the island's underwater sculpture park, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. In Curaçao, guests in top-level suites will have access to their own personal Mini Cooper to experience the island on their own time, in their own style.

Timeless Luxury Escape in the US
For those couples seeking a timeless romantic experience, The Broadmoor in
Colorado Springs, CO, is the perfect spot for couples wanting a luxurious escape.
Celebrated by Forbes as the longest-running five-star hotel in the US, ''The
Broadmoor offers the ideal romantic getaway package for couples who want to
escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend time in nature,'' offers Scott
Flexman, VP of Sales at The Broadmoor.

By The Associated Press, Copyright 2023

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