Let me set the scene… You and your beloved are sitting at a table in your own personal paradise. You’re laughing, flirting, and sipping on some delicious frozen, fruity cocktail. After a long day spent cavorting in the surf, you’re waiting for dinner to be served. The sun is making its descent and waves are crashing a few dozen yards from your feet. The scent of bougainvillea perfumes the air. You spy a waiter a few feet in the distance and shoot your loved one a knowing glance. This is perfect. This is paradise. As your server approaches, you notice he’s not smiling.
He slaps your plates down and storms off in a huff. You look down expectantly and instead of the fresh shrimp and mango you ordered, you’re faced with a gelatinous, foul-smelling blob. The other plate is even uglier and the odor emanating from it causes you to gag.
As you take in the situation, those rose-colored glasses you’d been wearing vaporize. Your date looks less enticing. There’s sand in your suit. Is that a bug? Did you call back that client before you got on the plane? It doesn’t matter what other enticements your holiday might hold — if the food sucks, everything else suffers alongside it (and you).
Which is why traveling with the one you love is infinitely more delicious when you choose a destination that gives you the best of both worlds — someplace that’s both savory and sexy. So we rounded up the the top spots for lovers of both love and food: 10 places that will nurture body, soul, and relationships.