It’s hard to say what, exactly, makes a vacation HOT. It’s more than the just weather, as Heidi Klum and hubby Seal could tell you – he infamously popped the question in a snow cave atop a glacier – but you can bet their engagement night was anything but frosty. And while canopy beds, private hot tubs and candles can’t hurt, they can’t do all the work either.
We’ve gathered the top 5 most romantic beach destinations in the world as a starting point for your next X-rated escape. There’s everything from a private island to a sizzling Latin locale – so pack your suit and anything else you may need…that is, if you even plan on emerging from your hotel room – yeah, we know your type…
Hayman Island, Australia – There must be a heap of too-hot-for-TV Gilligan’s Island clips on someone’s cutting room floor. I mean, after being stranded on that island for so long, wouldn’t the Professor ever get the urge to play doctor with Mary Ann? Surely Ginger got into character and role played with Gilligan at least once? If you’ve ever had the urge to reenact your very own “stranded on a deserted island” fantasy, look no further than Hayman Island (and not to worry – even though it’s far less populated than most places, it still isn’t completely deserted). Part of the world wonder that is Aussie’s Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island is paradise found – an Eden that unabashedly flaunts its beauty that will have you asking your Lovey, “Who’s your Skipper?” This sultry tropical setting has sprawling pure silica-white-crystal beaches and is where wildlife flourishes – it’s common to see everything from cockatoos and swans to bats and butterflies. At night, the stars seem to light the ink-black sky like perpetually frozen fireworks, so go ahead…get your Gilligan on. Where to stay? Hayman Island Resort
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica – Do you like your romance on the wild side? Go au-natural at this raw eco-tourism haven…it’s hot and sticky most of the year, and Corcovado has a masterful balance of dense rain forests that open up onto stunningly beautiful beaches. You and your sweetheart can experience the park’s virgin beauty with its green-sand beaches, wild mix of animals, and lantern-lit tent camps – the perfect location for you to reenact that unadulterated “In the jungle…” moment a la Ace Ventura…except at Corcovado there’s not a noisy headboard to give you away! Afterward, you’ll want to cool down with some tropical cocktails, frolic in the warm surf, or strip down and rinse off in a fresh-water stream as it spills out from the jungle. It may be taxing to get there, but just think of it as foreplay. A-weema-weh A-weema-weh A-weema-weh… Where to stay? Corcovado Tent Camp
Shell Beach, California – Why should places like Paris, Ipanema and Santorini have all the fun? You don’t have to travel out of the country to fall in love again – rekindle the passion amidst a wine-soaked love-fest on California’s picturesque Central Coast. Shell Beach (and its neighbor Silver Shoals) feature the region’s famous dramatic rocky coastline. If you can take your eyes off each other, enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific, Point Conception and Avila Bay from the bluffs or walk down the cliff trail to access the secluded beach, where you can swim, surf, or sunbathe. Afterwards, take your sun-kissed bods to one of the areas infamous vineyards. There are plenty of romantic tasting rooms scattered throughout the rolling hills of San Luis Obispo county, so pick up a bottle of wine and perhaps some edible chocolate body paint and head back to your hotel to see where the night takes you! Where to stay? Dolphin Bay Resort
Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico – Just like Dancing with the Stars’ Gilles Marini could make your heart skip a beat without missing a beat, this steamy setting will leave you and your partner feeling hot and bothered. You two are sure to feel the energy of the Latin culture at this secluded sandy beach that was named after the hot and sensual dance. Framed by lush, green hills, the 1.5 mile wide horse-shoe shaped bay offers a wide, pink-tinted sandy beach and aqua blue, translucent and calm waters that almost resembles a swimming pool – perfect for snorkeling. As daylight fades and temperatures cools a bit, the regions magical ocean bioluminescence are revealed. This natural wonder, paired with the brightness of the starry night sky make Flamenco Beach about as romantic as you can get and will have you feeling HOT HOT HOT! Where to stay? Bahia Marina Condo Hotel
Happy Bay, St. Martin – Two words – clothing optional. After passing the last bar at Friar’s Bay, a short walk down a dirt path leads you to the sweeping views of Happy Bay beach. Fairly undiscovered, there isn’t much at this beach to interrupt your afternoon or to distract you from each other – no crowds, noisy restaurants, or traffic sounds. Don’t forget to pack your suntan oil – exchange sensual massages and you and your love can melt away on Happy Bay’s powdery white beach. And if things get too steamy, there are plenty of palm trees lining the beach for shade or, uh-hem, added privacy. Afterwards, stroll the wide beach and take in the vibrant, breathtaking vista. If you’re up for more exercise, dip into the calm waters to enjoy some of the best snorkeling St. Martin has to offer. Go ahead – leave your inhibitions and your tan lines behind. Where to stay? Happy Bay Villa