Send the kids away, pack your bags and get ready to rediscover your erogenous zones. From Japanese love hotels to naturist retreats and swingers’ paradise, here are a bouquet of atmospheric settings that will get your hormones pumping.
With rich silks whispering against the windowsill, ochre walls festooned with murals and mirrors, candelabra glowing over canopied beds and plush, antique Dutch and Sinhalese furniture, Helga’s Folly sets the mood for sensuous pleasure. The red building has hosted celebrities such as Vivien Leigh and Peter Finch, whose lover’s spat during their stay here has rubbed itself into the history of Helga’s Folly. Don’t expect the service of a regular hotel but that of a private home, the website warns, adding, “an open mind is a must here”. Cocktails overlooking the jungle, hot jazz off a gramophone, and a roll-around in those decadent interiors should set the stage for some unforgettable adventures.
See helgasfolly.com; doubles from $100/₹6,400 a night.
There’s nothing like the naturist quarter of the French town of Cap D’Agde, for revelling in the bare necessities of life. Skinny-dipping isn’t the only license this strictly nudist village offers; you can shop naked, party in your birthday suit at couples-only bars and lounges, and even drop in at the bank in the buff. There is an entrance fee of about €10 and you can only take photos of your family, of course. Stay at the no-frills Hotel Eve, open only during season, or rent an apartment. Adult recreation while traipsing as nature intended—let your imagination run wild.