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A great escape: the ultimate relationship doctor

Modern day rat race culture has us facing the burdens of deadlines, decisions and managing household demands with little respite — it’s not long before we fall into a state of complacency where we simply “do” life with our partner, forgetting to actually enjoy it.

We know it’s important to decompress for health reasons, but here’s why it’s even better for couples to intentionally break from the mundane and stress of everyday life with a great escape. Whether a quick weekend breakaway close to home, or a weeklong island escape, you’ll return refreshed, relaxed and ready to rekindle romance in the day-to-day at home. Here’s how travel can be the ultimate relationship doctor:

A break from the usual helps you discover the new or forgotten

No routines, no obligations, no set times. A new environment with no rules allows your mind to slow down and open up to new thoughts, adventures and possibilities. You might happen upon a new hobby the two of you can both enjoy together, or rediscover a long-forgotten passion.

Part of the reason society defines romantic relationships as being in the “honeymoon phase” is because the honeymoon is traditionally a time of travelling together, learning new things and focusing on the qualities that made you first fall in love with your significant other — without the distractions and pressures of normal life. The lesson here is to bring your luggage (not your baggage) on a trip away; make a list of all the things you first loved about your partner and remind each other of who you once were and how you’ve grown.

Escape to: Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa is a five-star getaway, where three beautiful beaches connect you to a wealth of marine life and action-packed holiday activities (snorkelling, sailing) to help you discover some of your hidden talents together.  The resort is just 10 minutes from the airport and surrounded by Blue Bay Marine Park — it's an adventure-lovers dream. With two pools, four restaurants and two bars, you'll be spoilt for choice! 

Scroll down for specials (for travel between December 2019 and March 2020), including the chance to save up to 35% with Sure Travel and Beachcomber!

Escape to: the five-star Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is located at the foot of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Le Morne Brabant Mountain; its proximity to nature leaves more than enough room to get out of your comfort zones and trying new things.

Relaxing together allows you to be vulnerable 

Don’t head for the hills just yet — being vulnerable isn’t as scary as it sounds. Swap daily admin reports of ‘how work went’ or ‘how the kids are doing at school’ with spontaneity, goal setting and conversations about how you’d like to grow as a couple.

Being vulnerable involves letting yourself feel a wide spectrum of emotions — the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly — and it’s the key to an authentic, intimate relationship (according to University of Houston research professor and TED-talk legend, Brené Brown).

After all, your partner isn’t just a companion but (hopefully) the love of your life. Relaxing together reminds couples that there’s so much more to the “homemaker”, “breadwinner”, “workaholic” or “parent” roles. It creates more time and opportunities to simply enjoy each other’s company without an agenda or plan. And you’ll learn to ask for what you need, rather than simmer with bitterness when your partner doesn’t meet your unspoken needs.

Escape to: Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is pure romance on the northwest coast with an iconic stretch of beach. The ultra-modern spa is expertly equipped to connect guest with The Art of Wellness — the epitome of relaxation and will require little pre-planning on your part, and six restaurants to indulge your taste buds.

Scroll down for specials (for travel between December 2019 and March 2020), including the chance to save up to 35% with Sure Travel and Beachcomber!


Escape to: Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury is included in the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio with pristine beaches, a Michelin-accredited executive chef and personalised service that’s provided by a team of dedicated artisans – it takes relaxation to whole new level.


You'll learn together 

Psychological and brain sciences professor, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, argues the human mind maximises learning in resting hours, which is why all education is structured with adequate breaks. Breaking away together gives you more time to learn, stock up on inside jokes and make meaningful connections. You’ll be able to absorb information better in the down time, which means your conversations will be richer and have greater impact.

Escape to: the four-star Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is a fantastic all-‘rounder resort, with beautiful beach views and historical ruins (complete with old cannons and a lighthouse to help kick-start the learning). Just 5 km from Grand Bay on secluded peninsula, this resort is private yet close to all the action. Unique spa treatments (in a banyan tree!) will also help you soak up the day’s discoveries (and ease the muscles you pulled hiking). Bonus: enjoy all Beachcomber's four-star resorts for the price of one!

Escape to: the four-star Mauricia Beachcomber Resort & Spa is perfect for the couple who likes to keep moving, with land- and water-based activities, shopping centres and lively nightlife. Its location is ideal on the northwest coast, within walking distance of trendy Grand Bay. The Beachcomber four-star resorts are fully interchangeable, enjoy the amenities of all three for the price of one.

It’s the healthy thing to do

Travel improves women’s mental health and reduces men’s risk of heart disease. A study conducted by the State University of New York, Oswego found that frequent vacationing by middle-aged men had a reduced risk of death overall. Wisconsin Medical Journal’s study stated that women who travel are less tense and depressed.

If happy individuals make for happy, healthy relationships, then why not cultivate a life that includes rich and life-giving times away?

Escape to: the five-star Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is the ultimate resort for all ages, with a golf course that’s any pro or amateur’s dream (18-hole championship golf course). The beaches stretch for kilometres around the famous Le Morne peninsula and the in-house spa will spoil your senses, while you'll be in foodie heaven with the resorts four restaurants (and another four next door at Dinarobin!). 

Scroll down for specials (for travel between December 2019 and March 2020), including the chance to save up to 35% with Sure Travel and Beachcomber!

Escape to: the four-star superior Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa treats guests to sensational sunsets, beach walks and spectacular snorkelling, to help its guests rejuvenate in no time. With an impressive list of sport and leisure activities, a 800m² pool and the coolest setting to enjoy meals and drinks, health is just a holiday away. Bonus, there's an adults-only wing and you can visit Beachcomber's other four-star properties free of charge.


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