10 Sensual Couples Holidays

Holiday Special: Mirrored ceilings, candles and tantric foreplay—make time for these couples retreats.

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Take the weekend off and ride into the sunset. Photo: Ciao Paris/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa) This photograph is used for illustrative purposes only.

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Propeller Island City Lodge, Germany

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The cages in the Two Lions room at the Propeller Island City Lodge. Photo: Erin Williamson/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Voyeurs get an eyeful at this Berlin hotel. One room has a spy-mirror into the neighbouring abode. There’s a room with bunk beds that have a view of the WC in a red, mostly transparent bathroom. In another room, you can spy on the rotating circular bed from a blue glass bathroom. Kinkiest of all is the biggest suite, dubbed “Two Lions”. The towering WC affords peeks into the bathtub, and two metal cages on stilts beside a double bed have an optional curtain to allow neighbouring guests to look on. The website eerily suggests, “in the cages, kids love to sleep, otherwise the room is for two”. If you’d like to be your own audience, there’s a diamond-shaped room covered in mirrors to simulate living inside a kaleidoscope.

See www.propeller-island.de. Doubles from €115/₹9,130 a night.

Library Hotel, U.S.A.

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The Love room at the Library Hotel has a private terrace overlooking Madison Avenue and the city skyline. Photo courtesy Library Hotel Collection

Sexy-librarian fantasists, look no further. It’s little surprise that the most requested room at the Library Hotel is 800.001, Erotic Literature. This Manhattan hotel has 10 floors, each dedicated to a category of Dewey’s Decimal System. So, the Fairytales Room shares the eighth floor, and the Love room beckons on the Philosophy floor, beside the Paranormal room. Like its 50-odd counterparts, Room 800.001 has books and art that intimately explore a subtopic within the library classification system. Choose the Erotica two-night package for maximum pleasure—there’s a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a dozen red roses, Belgian chocolatesa take-home copy of the Kama Sutra, and a pleasure kit with handcuffs and a soft whip if you fancy a game after all that heavy reading.

See www.libraryhotel.com. Rates depend on the room type and the time of year; room plus Erotica Package would cost from $240/₹16,400 plus tax per night. Inclusive of complimentary services such as breakfast buffet, evening wine and cheese reception, and over 6,000 books.

3.14, France

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Soak up some of the glamour of the French Riviera. Photo: Mathieu Lebreton/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa) This photograph is used for illustrative purposes only.

Of the five floors, each dedicated to recreating a continent at this Cannes luxury hotel, it is Europe that speaks most volubly of sex. A room in Europe is ripe “for an incognito escapade into the feverish animation” of Paris during the Belle Epoque, the website suggests, with the sensuality and excitement of “the cabarets in Montmartre with their sparking chandeliers”. Rose and cedar-wood scents waft in this lushly red room with a glass-walled bathroom. When you finally roll out of bed, pop by for massage, hammam, or a dip in the sea-facing pool and Jacuzzi. After all that hedonism, take comfort in the good vibrations exuding from the hotel’s Feng Shui design and its organic, gluten-free restaurant bar.

See www.314cannes.com for details. From €125/₹9,000 a night.

The Palms, USA

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The Erotic Suite in the Palms Fantasy Tower comes with a rotating bed and a show shower. Photo courtesy the Palms Casino Resort.

The Las Vegas casino resort claims that the saying “What happens in Vegas…” began in the Erotic Suite in its Palms Fantasy Tower. The 1,450-square-foot suite oozes oomph with its leather couches, rotating 8-foot round bed under a mirrored ceiling, a “show shower” with a pole and nightclub-inspired lighting, full-stocked bar. Plus there’s a VIP pass to the hotel’s nightclub, Ghostbar.

See www.palms.com/luxe-collection/erotic-suite for details. From $3,000 for a night.

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The Hempel, UK

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This sensual room was created by UK designer Anouska Hempel. Photo: Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

The classy, minimalist London hotel perhaps most famous for featuring in 1999 film Notting Hill was celebrated for its Lioness Den. The room boasted a platform bed suspended by cage-like metal rods from the ceiling, off-set by the glow of candles.

Hello Kitty S&M Room at Hotel Adonis, Japan

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The Hello Kitty room that once existed in Hotel Adonis. Photo: The Toe Stubber/ Flickr/ Creative Commons (bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

This Japanese love hotel in Osaka mysteriously closed its Hello Kitty S&M room a few years ago, although the themed room remains alive in cyberspace nostalgia. The room was bedecked in prints of the pink-bowed feline, whose bondage avatar took centrestage wearing a blindfold, ball gag and barbed-wire garters.

This article has been updated in February 2018. 

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  • Saumya Ancheri is the former Assistant Editor of NGT India's web team. She loves places by the sea, and travels to shift her own boundaries. She tweets as @Saumya_Ancheri.

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