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Samoa for couples

With its powder-soft beaches and crystalline waters, Samoa is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Whether you're married with children or are in a relatively new relationship, Samoa's sunny ambience will have sparks flying between you two, as you enjoy your time away from the world.

Stay in a beach fale

What could be more romantic than falling asleep to the sound of the ocean in warm, tropical weather? Beach fales are small, raised huts with thatched roofs and flaps instead of walls. Closer to tents than actual houses, staying in a fale is almost like camping.

A beach fale is very different from staying in a luxury resort, but this is precisely what makes it so special. There's something incredibly intimate about accommodation that is so close to nature.

However, if you are someone who would prefer more opulent surroundings, find a resort with hammocks. There's nothing like a cuddle and a nap near the sea, in the shade of a palm tree, nestled comfortably in one of these.

Learn a new activity together

Doing something new together is a great way to grow closer as a couple. Relationships are, after all, about experiencing fun things together. The activities available to you on islands like Samoa are perfect for this. If you have children, drop them off at a kids club so you and your partner can enjoy a new experience together.

You could rent a double kayak, go snorkelling, learn to surf or take advantage of the diving lessons that many resorts and dive shops dotted across Samoa offer. Not only will you get to explore Samoa's reefs together, you will also get a diver's licence. This allows you to dive in places all over the world, including back home in Australia. Who knows - you and your partner may have just discovered a new, lifelong hobby!

Spend some time apart

Dr Terri Orbuch, a researcher and psychologist who works at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, explains that couples who spend time apart are often happier in their relationships. This is because couples who spend significant time without each other are likely to commit more to their individual friends and hobbies, making themselves happier and giving them something to talk about with their partners.

This also applies when you're on holiday. Book a massage or spend an hour reading on the beach by yourself. Giving yourself this time to reset and reflect means you better appreciate everything going on around you. When you meet up with your partner again, you'll enjoy each other's company even more.