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Dinner Date vs Date Night – why it’s important to stay over!

Parenthood is an incredible time in any couple’s life.  Two becomes three and so on. But having children doesn’t mean your adventures and experiences as a couple have to end. In fact, there is a lot of research indicating that continuing a romantic life outside parental duties is extremely beneficial for your relationship.

That’s where the concept of date night, or as we prefer, date-overnight, comes in.

A recent survey found that 45% of couples “rarely” have date nights. A mere 18% said they manage to go out once a month. The reason why? They say it’s a luxury. But we beg to differ. We believe allowing yourself to enjoy a night away in relaxed luxury is a necessity and here’s why:

  1. It’s an opportunity for romance:

As parents, the word romance becomes almost taboo. Romance, intimacy, even the simple act of cuddling should be things you do with your partner on a regular basis. That’s why having a date-overnight is so important – it reminds you that you are a COUPLE. Not just parents. And it gives you the chance to be intimate again.

  1. You can reconnect:

Most of our time as parents is spent doing ‘things’ – shopping, lunches, working, kid’s sports, the list goes on. Date-overnight is a chance to just be. You don’t need to do anything if you don’t want to. You can set aside your to-do list and simply sit, talk, drink a glass of wine and reconnect with each other as people. The cedar hot tubs at Spicers Tamarind Retreat or the infinity pool at Spicers Peak Lodge are perfect places to just be.

  1. Recapture your sense of adventure together:

Investing in together time that promotes a sense of adventure reinforces your common values and helps rebuild intimacy. It gives you a chance to laugh together, try new things and depending on the activity, it can get the adrenaline pumping too! It doesn’t even matter what you do – helicopter flights, spa treatments, bush walking, mountain biking – as long as it’s followed up by wine and delicious food of course! Spicers Hidden Vale provides all of this and more.

  1. Your kids will benefit from other adult influences:

If you are worried about your children, don’t be! So long as they are being looked after by a responsible adult, they are actually benefitting from a little break from you too. When young people have the opportunity to develop strong bonds with people other than their parents, they become more accomplished and they’re exposed to new ways of thinking and new ways of doing things.

  1. You can sleep in:

As a parent, especially as a parent with young children and babies, those night time feeds can be overwhelming. A date-overnight is the perfect opportunity to stay tucked up in fluffy blankets all night long and well past sunrise. Luckily Spicers Retreats offer breakfast until late. So close your eyes and rest a little longer…

*Every Spicers Retreat is unique, an escape from the everyday into a world of luxury, personalised service and attention to detail. From world-class cuisine to rejuvenating day spas, romantic getaways to spectacular wedding venues, unforgettable events to breathtaking surroundings, Spicers Retreats invite you to experience the true meaning of relaxed luxury. Visit www.spicersretreats.com