So, today marks 5 years since a certain someone decided to pursue a relationship with me ūüôā As my primary travelling¬†partner,¬†mostly within the last year, we’ve had our fair share of outings together. One of the ways in which I chose to mark this occasion is by sharing the¬†top 5 places we’ve been that in one way or another helped to feel closer to¬†each other.

  1. Night View of the City, Kingston

This may not be in everyone’s taste, but one of the notable bonding times we’ve had was¬†parked on¬†a hill overlooking the city.¬†Find a¬†safe and quiet spot¬†one¬†evening,¬†throw your arms around each other¬†as¬†the cool night air¬†caresses¬†your skin. Sitting on/in the car while looking out at the lights and the seemingly calm city below somehow provokes talking along with hugging. It¬†allows you two¬†to¬†feel alone in¬†a¬†big place, with¬†nothing but time and each other.

  1. Rafting on Martha Brae, Trelawny

The 30-minute gentle ride down the river lined by multiple species of¬†plants¬†was nothing short of relaxing. You’re awarded a 360 degree picture-perfect¬†scenery¬†as you sit atop¬†a¬†bamboo raft decorated with tropical flowers.¬†Even though the raft¬†captain is present, for the most part he’s¬†busy¬†navigating, and¬†allows¬†you¬†and¬†your partner to quietly enjoy the sights unless you choose to engage him in conversation. Spot some unfamiliar fruits and plants¬†as you listen to the river’s soft roar and the twittering¬†birds above and around.

  1. Couples Resort Tower Isle, St. Ann

This was our very first weekend getaway together, a surprise¬†for one of us actually!¬†Beyond¬†the glass door of the room we inhabited¬†revealed¬†nothing but the blue Caribbean Sea¬†and the Tower Isle (a clothes-optional remote island).¬†The romantic highlight for us was the sunset catamaran cruise, which included¬†an hour-long session of drinking booze¬†as¬†you rode the waves of the sea at dusk. Upon return to¬†the¬†room, greetings in the form of¬†crackers with cheese and fruits + a bottle of wine were happily received. The multiple restaurant choices, ranging from casual to elegant, and the variety of food around the clock had us trying multiple new¬†meals together.¬†You definitely can’t fit all the inclusive activities into 1 day (we tried!), but we most certainly¬†enjoyed the short time and made sure to eat¬†and drink¬†to our hearts’ content.

  1. Strawberry Fields Together, St. Mary

There’s something about staying in a room¬†next to the sea¬†that makes time seem slow and all responsibilities forgotten (for me at least).¬†The property is generally quiet, it felt to us like we were the only ones there most of the time. There was no tv¬†and¬†no¬†available WiFi, just the hills, rolling waves on the sand, beautiful sunshine, and each other. As simple as it was,¬†the¬†favourite part of our stay at Strawberry Fields Together was getting up early to watch the sunrise on the beach.¬†Smile with the rising sun as it peeks¬†from behind the hills and its rays¬†dance¬†on the water, highly recommended. Read full review‚Üí

  1. Rockhouse Hotel, Negril

For my birthday last year my¬†agenda was too big to fulfill within the allocated time; we still haven’t seen or experienced the entire boutique resort of Rockhouse Hotel, but the little that we¬†did was enough to rank it at the top of both of our lists. We stayed in a studio room, including a veranda facing the sea. The moon/sun peeping through our room’s windows provided all the natural light needed while¬†listening to the gentle waves outside the door.

We dined¬†at the Rockhouse restaurant, 1 of 4 on the property, for dinner and breakfast complemented¬†by a fabulous view of the sea just beside the¬†table.¬†The only thing that could distract us long enough from eating dinner was the perfect view of a mesmerizing Negril sunset. In the morning, I didn’t think it was possible to ever enjoy breakfast more than dinner, but alas!¬†The way¬†the food¬†was¬†prepared¬†made the meal almost orgasmic, even though¬†our palettes¬†were familiar with all items on the table. The snorkeling excursion was ¬†fun¬†and¬†interactive, followed by an¬†unexpected trip to a remote island where¬†you get to choose¬†your fish or lobster lunch, excellently cooked on a¬†beach¬†open fire. It was a perfect almost-24 hour stay, and I’m sure we’ll definitely go back to fully experience the hotel.

Feel free to add suggestions of your favourite outings with your significant other in the comments section.
If you’ve visited any of the above, please¬†share¬†your thoughts ‚̧ԳŹ