Plan A Romantic Getaway


Make your couple time count with tips on how to enjoy a short break for two

In the hustle and bustle of married life and work, a husband and wife may forget to keep the romance sizzling. A weekend getaway is sometimes enough to get the spark bsck-it’s easy to organize and it won’t take much off your budget. Here’s how to plan the perfect getaway.
Decide on the destination and do some research on where to stay. Would you like a cosy bed and breakfast inn, a private cabin in the woods, a service apartment in the city or a hotel room? Also ask about the room’s special feature: Does it have a large tub, king-sized bed or a window or patio with a beautiful view?
Arrange for a special treats to greet you when you arrive. Champagne, chocolate and flowers are quintessential romantic treats. You can also bring along scented candles to set the mood.

Check on the kind of activities you can do once you’re there. A romantic yet relaxing holiday should have idyllic walk on the beach or a picnic by the lake. If you prefer an urban setting, perhaps a romantic dinner in a cosy restaurant and a theatre show will do the trick.
Keep the holiday well-paced and don’t cove
r too much-the idea is to spend time with your partner. It’s not Amazing Race.
Take lots of photos so you can later reminisce about the trip. If you’re using a digital camera, remember to pack your charger and extra memory card.
Make the journey there as relaxing as possible. Allow plenty of time to get your destination-If you’re going away on a weekend trip and have a long drive ahead, head out early on Friday.

Pulau Tiga, Sabah

A weekend at Pulau Tiga proved to be most enjoyable for my friends and I.” enthuses Chan Ai Ling of Ipoh, Perak. “This island, located off the coast of Sabah, is also known as ‘Survivor Island’, thanks to the fact that it was one of the locations in the hugely-popular reality-based television show, Survivor.
It was formed in 1897 following a large earthquake in Mindanao and a subsequent volcanic eruption of mud and rock. The highlight of our stay was when we indulged in a “mud spa session” at the famed mud volcanoes in the middle of the dense jungle. Initially, I was squeamish about entering the mud volcano but the men jumped into it like duck to woter!
We girls soon followed suit and found it pure bliss. Some had therapeutic mud facial while others had a mud massage.
In the evening, we headed for the pristine South China Sea for some snorkeling and were awestruck by the beautiful corals. Early next morning, we jogged on the beach and lazed around on the hammocks. There was an abundance of wildlife: we spotted macaque monkeys and monitor lizards whilst venturing to the “Site of the Tribal Council”. We also visited the Sand Spits, a quarter – mile long stretch of sand in the middle of the sea, made famous by Survivor games.”
(From : The Malaysian Woman’s Weekly - 2005)