Angela Philipps, Contributor
Are you having problems keeping the romance alive in your relationship? Has it become monotonous and boring? Are you sitting there wondering what happened to all the excitement you shared when you first started to date? You know you love this woman, but you have fallen into a repetitive routine, which has been getting you down recently.
The eyes are wondering, and it's not because your girlfriend is not beautiful, but you have just become bored. You both work hard all week, and when Friday night arrives, you end up sitting in front of the TV, going to the supermarket or hanging out with the same couples you have known for years.
It's time to get off your butt and take your lovely lady away so you can remember and rekindle why you got together in the first place. It's so easy to get caught up in the drudgery of everyday life, and it takes a lot less effort to stay at home in your comfort zonethan to get out into the world and see what else is happening. In fact, when you have someone to keep you company on the sofa, there is even less incentive to do so.
This is a huge mistake. If you stop experiencing life then there won't be much to talk about apart from your jobs. Your once exciting love-life will go stale and before you know it, it will be over. You'll move on to the next girl, and the cycle will start all over again. Years down the line, after a ridiculous string of women, you will come to realise that it takes a lot of effort to keep things fresh and happy in the midst of the struggles and ennui of a partnership.
And so I am suggesting that no matter how long, or short, you have been with your girlfriend, do not stop taking her on 'dates'. It doesn't have to be expensive and it doesn't have to be every night. However, wouldn't it be nice to go away for the occasional weekend to somewhere neither of you has been? A venue where you can forget about your troubles.
There's a beautiful little place I'd like to tell you about. It rests on Jamaica's eastern coast behind the famous Boston Jerk Centre in Portland. You'd never know it was there, but turn into the 'driveway' between the food shacks, head towards the ocean and you'll buck up a wooden fence adorned with a small sign announcing 'Great Huts'.
There you'll find this dreamy eco-tourism spot, where the décor and ambience alone speak volumes. When you were growing up, did you believe Fred and Wilma Flinstone were happy? I certainly did, and the hotel's stone floors, basins, baths, etc., will transcend you back to Bedrock itself. Sounds a little cold? Not at all - the warm touches of wood and bamboo walls and furniture will keep you and your loved one cozy for your entire stay.
There's little to do apart from lie in a huge bath tub overlooking the Caribbean Sea, or go swimming in Boston cove itself. So there'll be plenty of time to reflect on your love for one another, and all the traits you liked about each other when you first met. You'll have ample opportunity to be honest and discuss anything that has been bothering you.
You'd be surprised at how quickly things can pour out from your mouth once you get started. The more you let yourself go, the more relaxed and happy you will be in the presence of the person you love. And by the end of it, you'll be thankful for having this romantic getaway.