7 Sexy Places for a Spring Fling
Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff, Johannesburg
Yes, we said sexy. We’re not talking red light district, over the top boudoir drama or a bathtub in the middle of the room, here. But come to think of it, non of those aren’t really bad ideas either! We’ve picked the sexiest places and the hotel hotspots that get the inspirational juices flowing and instil a sense of wanderlust in us.
And why not? According to last-minute mobile booking platform HotelTonight.com’s global survey “exploring how a night spent at a hotel affects lovemaking in countries around the world,” Canadians like to heat things up between the sheets when booking a night out.
53.5 per cent feel more sexually adventurous in a hotel room and 49 per cent believe they make love more frequently between hotel bed sheets.
3 city hotspots for urbanites
- Kyoto, Japan
Why: For the sheer beauty of this city.
- Johannesburg, South Africa
Why: Because this city is on the rise – and it’s great value for your Canadian buck
Where: Check in to the Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff, one, for the view. Did you know that Johannesburg is also the largest man-made urban forest in Africa? Look closely – while enjoying your breakfast on the terrace at the hotel’s contemporary restaurant View, of course – and you may see elephants in the tree-lined distance. That’s the Johannesburg Zoo! We didn’t realize just how green this city is, but take a look at the photo above, and that’s just a small part of it. When The Four Seasons opened its outpost in Joburg last year, we knew that this city was definitely on the up, and it took a Canadian brand to be the trend-starter, naturally.
The spa here is a beauty, with treatments that infuse South African tradition and product ingredients with classic techniques and spa-style, full-on relaxation mode. There are two pools, one outdoor by the terrace; the other, a lap pool just inside the spa’s doors. And, a two-hour signature experience will run you about $135 Canadian. At a Four Seasons Spa. Just say ahhhh.
- London, England (Warning: Splurge Alert!)
Why: Why not? With four direct flights a day to Heathrow from Toronto on Air Canada, along with non-stop service from seven other cities in Canada and an additional non-stop flight on Air Canada Rouge to London Gatwick from Toronto available for booking now and beginning flights July 2, it’s never been easier to get there. www.aircanada.com
Where: Check in to the Langham London. This is one of those historic hotels that just keep getting better with age. In fact, for its 150th birthday, the property underwent a strategic facelift recently and, man, does this grand dame have good bones. So good, that age is just a number here.
Start with cocktails at Artesian, the award-winning bar at the hotel. Named best bar in the world in 2015 by The World’s Best Bars Academy (www.worlds50bestbars.com) and its 412 worldwide bar experts, and The World’s Best Bar by Drinks International Magazine four years running, it’s a bit of a heady place, in that you never know how your cocktail is going to show up. In the thorax of a giant metallic insect? Glowing like a ghost inside a wooden box? Or how about a cross between an elephant and an Imperial Walker from The Empire Strikes Back – made from Lego, mind you. Freaky, but still cool, the menu is divided into three parts, and the above presentation ideas come from the Surrealism section. Experimental, yes.
3 playgrounds for outdoorsy adventurers
- County Mayo, Ireland
Why: History, castles, falcons, green forests, loughs (that’s lakes to you and me)
Where: Check in to Ashford Castle, the 13th century marvel that still stands after all these years on the banks of Lough Corrib. Once the home of nobility as well as the Guinness clan – yes, the Guinness beer clan – this hotel was lovingly restored recently by the Red Carnation hotel group. The group, whose roster includes the award-winning Hotel 41 and the Milestone, both in London, as well as Cape Town’s 12 Apostles and The Chesterfield in Palm Beach, Fla., has hotelier chic and hospitality flowing through its veins. It’s a family run operation and the respect to history, legacy and detail is fully apparent in the reverent renovation of Ashford.
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Why: Because everyone needs their day – or week – in the sun, even if you are suddenly solo; for a divorcée getaway, May 4 to May 8!
Where: Check into Casa Velas, in Jalisco on Mexico’s Pacific Riviera. Singletons and couples have long been given the opportunity to meet and greet or reconnect when it comes to destinations and hotels. Second honeymoons, matchmaking sessions, the list goes on. But, what if you’re divorced? Sure, that may count you as single, but maybe your needs might be just a little more nuanced?
- Ubud, Bali
Why: Because sometimes getting away really means getting away.
Where: Check in to Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton reserve. Sure, Bali is not exactly a secret, but it is sexy. And Ubud, which is away from the beaches and the bars and the not-so-sexy partiers (you get the drift), is an inland utopia of wildlife-rich jungles, the raftable Ayung river and a retreat where you can disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature, or yourself.
Just off the main road in Ubud, you’ll find this sanctuary, a paradise sprawled along the river and built around lush tropical forest life. Spacious villas have private infinity pools, as well as living spaces separate from the main bedroom for added privacy – and a place for the kids or grandkids to hang out and sleep. But as sprawling as it seems, it is home to only 35 suites and 25 private villas. There are more staff members than you can count, ready at your service, yet discretion and wonderful manners keep it on the down-low.
…and one for those ships that pass in the night
Why: As the main hub of Asia, with daily flights from Canada via both Air Canada and Cathay Pacific, the long-haul layover, or even a weekend between flights, makes sense and eases jet lag.
Where: Check in to the Regal Airport Hotel. Yes, we said airport. If you’ve got an overnighter, you don’t need to go into the city to get a taste of Hong Kong cuisine and hospitality. This outpost of the Regal hotel group has an award-winning record as long as an airport runway, with global flyers like Skytrax, magazines like Business Traveller UK and high-end aficionados such as World Luxury Hotel Awards have all crowned the Regal as the best of the best in Asia and in the world for more than 5 years running.