Romance On Location

Romance On Location

If you’re seeking to make lifelong memories with your partner while on vacation, travel industry executive Kevin Froemming has some valuable advice.

Kevin Froemming

Kevin Froemming

A travel industry professional for nearly 30 years, Kevin Froemming is the chief marketing officer and executive vice president of Playa Hotels & Resorts, with luxury all-inclusive oceanfront resorts in Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Puerta Vallarta, Los Cabos and Jamaica’s Montego Bay.

CUSTOMIZE your experience.
“We want to make it easy for the guys, so everything we do is built around romance. When you plan a private candlelit dinner, talk to the concierge about tailoring the menu and ordering your favorite wine or Champagne. And if you’re not sure what to do, just ask. The concierge will give you plenty of options.”

DRESS UP your romance package.
“While every resort has romance packages, each one is slightly different—and you’ll have opportunities to personalize it. Just imagine: You go down to dinner at 7 p.m., and when you come back at 9 p.m., you enter a candlelit room with a hot bath waiting, filled with rose petals and a scent of your choice. It’s unexpected moments like these that will make all the difference.”

COMBINE PLEASURES for one-of-a-kind R&R.
“At the Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica, you can have what we call a ‘table to table’ experience. Start with a special couples’ massage or treatment at our spa—the only spa in the Caribbean that’s on the beach— then put on your robes and enjoy a candlelit meal at our outdoor restaurant. People really love doing this, because it’s so different.”

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Oceanfront Spa

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Oceanfront Spa, courtesy of Playa Hotels & Resorts

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with those around you.
“I remember having dinner once at Hyatt Ziva Cancún, and a couple nearby was having this great conversation with their server. It was clear they had established a friendship. He brought a flower to their table, and they got up and hugged him. ‡That really stuck with me, because people remember moments like that forever. ‡They might forget events, but they remember these moments.”

EMBRACE the local culture.
“I think the best way to experience a destination as a couple is to really be part of it. Tour local markets. Attend culturally authentic shows. Visit traditional establishments for a drink or a meal, and talk to the people who live and work in these places. You’ll find that their friendliness and warmth will overwhelm you.”

Martha Brae River, Jamaica

Martha Brae River, Jamaica

ENGAGE with the natural world.
“Every destination has something unique and special about it. In Cabo San Lucas, we can arrange for you to take a romantic walk at Lovers Beach and photograph the famous arch; you also can go on a dune buggy adventure in the Baja desert. In Riviera Maya, you can swim with dolphins and even ride camels on the beach. In Puerto Vallarta, we can give you access to the city’s only truly private cove. In Jamaica, you can raft the Martha Brae River, climb Dunns River Falls, go zip lining and, believe it or not, try bobsledding. You’ll take home priceless memories that you’ll cherish forever.”

Heather Steinberger

Heather Steinberger is an Associate Editor for Here & Beyond, where she writes feature stories, interviews experts for in-depth Q&As and insider articles, and covers a variety of news items and vacation trends. Heather holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she has been a professional magazine editor/writer for nearly 20 years, with articles appearing in nationally circulated titles such as Backpacker, Boating, Cabo Living, Islands, Sailing and Sport Diver. Her work has taken her from the United Kingdom and Germany, to the Mexican Caribbean and the Sea of Cortez, to Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga.