Sexiest summer excursions
Summer's here and SheKnows located 15 of the hottest getaways on the globe perfect for a spicy rendezvous with your honey. Browse through our top picks for this year's sexiest summer trysts.
Flamenco in Sevilla
The Spanish city of Sevilla (Seville) is thought to be the birthplace of Flamenco -- a powerful, passionate and sexy dance derived from Arab, Jewish, Gypsy and Andalusian music and dance traditions. So, it's only natural that the city has the ingredients for a spicy, sexy summer getaway. Be sure to seek out one of Sevilla's hidden Flamenco bars. There's nothing like joining a group of locals in a dimly lit, smoke-filled bar as the crowded room jams to the powerful, dramatic, rhythmic Gypsy guitar and cansado (song). Be part of the intimate group and clap along to the strong pulsating dance that is the wonder of Flamenco.
Cool, cool summer
Pack your sweaters and your mittens for this year's summer vacation! Surrounded by natural Alaskan landscape and beauty, and only accessible by plane, lies the Fisherman's Inn. This private retreat getaway begins with a chartered flight from Port Alexander to the doorstep of a secluded top-notch Bed and Breakfast amenity in the heart of untouched southeast Alaska. Thus begins your introduction to one of the last remaining wild frontiers. Fishermen's Inn offers an unprecedented Alaskan experience with a personal area-expert to guide you as you take on the thrill of experiencing what only a few people see. This is the makings of an unbeatable summer getaway.
Poor man's Saint-Tropez
Think Hollywood A-lister playground, jet-setter rendezvous, outdoor cafés lining small ports, the yachting elite in haute couture rubbing shoulders with royalty and other sophisticated society insiders -- think Saint-Tropez. Now, think of the afore mentioned hoopla, but without heed to wellborn etiquette and pomp and circumstance. Cassis, the quaint French island less than 20 miles from Marseille, is, at first glance, a charming 18th Century small fishing port. But a quick jaunt through the unassuming port town reveals a perfect summer adventure with intimate beaches and deep blue water open to 13 miles of sandy coastline. It's not hard to understand why this is one of the French Reviera's best kept secrets.
Luxury in the wilderness
Surrounded by the largest mass of Ponderosa pine trees in the world lies a secluded getaway quite suitable for romance. In fact, Arizona's Greer Lodge owners say their resort is host to dozens of wedding proposals each year. The secluded romantic getaway is a no-hassle temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Romantic couples also choose Greer Lodge Resort to live the life of luxury in the wilderness. Couples can enjoy a range activities including free mountain biking and fly fishing. Activities here also include horseback riding, golfing, elk and bird watching, and hiking.
One of the most popular tourist areas in Thailand, Pucket's Patong Beach is said to be Thailand's best shopping and nightlife atmosphere. Patong's offering of restaurant lounges, beer bars, Go-Go bars, pubs, discos, live music clubs, and transvestite cabarets are complimented by the island's beautiful people, spectacular scenery, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue beaches. But it's this perfect summer getaway's cuisine that makes this corner of the globe a top sexy getaway. Many say Thai food has the ability to increase sexual desire.
Many say the energy generated from the neon signs, Times Square and the 24-hour rush is a natural aphrodisiac, or high. Known as The Great White Way because of neon and bright lights, Broadway, between 40th and 47th streets, isn't just a must see for visitors -- it's an experience like no other. In this short stretch of road, one can start the day with a fresh-baked pastry from a French café, take in an early matinee, pop into a historic landmark, snag worldwide cuisine from a street vendor, shop at highly-regarded vintage and high-end stores, hobnob with A-list celebs in the peanut gallery at a late morning Broadway show, check out an afternoon performance at the Philharmonic, check out a live taping of the David Letterman show at the Ed Sullivan Theater, then dine in one the heart of the theatre district's many world-famous restaurants, like Sardi's, 21 Club, The Four Seasons, or travel to the top floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and dine at the elite The Rainbow Room Grill. Then, take a quick jaunt to Central Park for a horse and carriage ride before finally capping off the night with a cocktail at the romantic Tavern on the Green -- all in one day!
Charming Lake Como
Once well-known for its attractive villas, the Italian island of Lake Como, also known as Lario, has a new claim to fame: George Clooney. Joining the ranks of distinguished 19-centruy artists, writers, politicians, crowned heads and intellectuals, Clooney chose Lake Como as a place to call home. Maintaining the feel of an old-world Mediterranean fishing village, Lake Como continues to inspire artists and visitors with its breathtaking backdrop of the pre-Alps and surrounding olive and orange trees.
Thought to be the best kept secret in the United States, Netarts, a secluded rugged coastline beauty with miles of sandy beaches complimented by dramatic rocky bays, is a small bit of paradise right here in our own backyard. With a plethora of outdoor activities, local attractions, beach life, and a handful of RV Parks and camping grounds with a view overlooking the beach, sporty couples can mix a bit of roughing it, with romance.
Living the high life
Hong Kong's glitzy Central Business District (CBD) is booming. New hotels are springing up in rapid pace along Hong Kong's Jingrong Jie (Financial Street). Hong Kong takes pride in its architecture and reserves many of its elite bars and restaurants to top floors of its celebrated high-rises. What could be a more exciting dining experience than sitting atop of one of Hong Kong's host of skyscrapers overlooking views of the most spectacular cityscape worldwide? And visitors to the CBD never lack choices for after-dinner entertainment. Catch one of Hong Kong's favorite Canto-pop stars in concert, hang out in swanky hotel lounges for live music of all genres, and be sure to not leave for home without finding a local-favorite karaoke lounge to serenade your sweetheart.
Highway One, Route One, Pacific Coast Highway -- whatever you call this breathtaking scenic 90-mile drive along California's Big Sur coast, is definitely worth the time and energy. But the way to really enjoy the scenic stretch that hugs the shoulder of the mountains is to take it slow. Stop and smell the roses -- or the corks -- wine tasting at the many wineries aligning the route is a popular activity on this trip. There are several choices for accommodations, including a number of bed-and-breakfasts, but there are also great camping digs along the way if you're traveling on budget.
Where else is tradition held in higher regard than in the Mediterranean? Mediterranean food and architecture is of the most identifiable worldwide. But a small Grecian gem, the small village community of Santorini, takes great measures to preserve its traditional festivals, ancient customs, and local music. And be sure to catch locals crush grapes and produce wine -- a romantic tradition still alive and well in sensual Santorini.
Getaway at sea
Discover the luxury of a private cruise. You and your sweetheart will enjoy candlelit dinners for two at sunset and days full of adventuring in the Caribbean aboard your personal fully-staffed yacht. You'll feel like royalty as you bask in the beauty of the sea and experience the exhilaration of sailing on your private luxury yacht getaway at sea.
Play it again Sam
Morocco, one of the emerging travel destinations in Africa and the Mediterranean Sea, offers beauty, history, culture and luxury. The ancient cities, towering sand dunes, famous Sahara desert, and spicy sensual foods lure visitors into a sense that they've landed in another time. See for yourself how the spectacular sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean and sultry Marrakeshian nightlife was enough to entice Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca.
Ultra-exclusive island getaway
Grenada, an ultra-exclusive island getaway nestled into in a low-key and often-overlooked corner of the Caribbean just 100 miles north of Venezuela, is like no other typical Caribbean attraction. Unlike typical Caribbean tourist-traps, Grenada is an unspoiled island with high-rise buildings nowhere to be found. The island's white sandy beaches, palm trees, coral reefs and turquoise waters are studded with a dazzling display of plantations, rainforests and sparkling waterfalls.
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Inspired by natural surrounding textures, colors and shapes of its landscape, this private game reserve is almost invisible as it sits deep into the South African desert at the southwestern region of the Kruger National Park. The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is sculpted deep into the earth giving visitors the taste of life in the great wild open. The peaceful, secluded getaway leaves lucky visitors reeling in a world of luxury, inspiration and awe.