Wedding planning can be stressful. Between selecting a venue and contracting vendors, organizing a honeymoon, and trying to keep both sides of the family happy, it’s easy to get so caught up in the tiny details of the day that you forget to focus on one of the most important things: your love for your partner. When the stress starts to build up, there’s nothing like taking a day off from the planning and indulging in some pampering with your fiancé. Here are some Bay Area options for de-stressing together before the big day.
Book a Night in a Luxury Hotel Suite
If you’ve got a little wiggle room in the budget, spring for a night away in a swanky, sexy hotel room. Even if you don’t go far, just getting away from the routines of home can help bring your blood pressure down and help you reconnect with your fiancé. Head to the urban oasis of the St. Regis downtown, or cross the Golden Gate Bridge to the historic luxury of Cavallo Point. With more time, make for the coastal views at Nick’s Cove in Tomalas or Timber Cove near Jenner, or spend a night in Napa or Sonoma.
Plan a Dinner Date on the Town (or Not)
It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t even have to require leaving the house. But a dinner date night can be a great way to reconnect. Make a reservation, order delivery, or get cooking in the kitchen together, and be sure to make it a “no distractions” night; keep cellphone off, turn off the TV and keep wedding talk to a minimum. For bonus points, pick a place or meal that has special meaning for you, such as the first place you went on a date or the meal you know if your partner’s fave.
Take a Bay Cruise
There’s just something soothing about being out on the water, when your cares feel as far away as the shore. There are multiple ways to get on the Bay in San Francisco, whether you prefer sailing on a catamaran, or relaxing on a brunch, lunch or dinner cruise. For maximum romance, book at sunset.
Plan a Pool Day
While most San Francisco hotels are only open to guests or spa customers, that’s not the case at Hotel Nikko. All you need to do is pay a small fee and you can spend the afternoon soaking up the sun on the outdoor patio (on warm days), working off any anxious energy doing laps in the atrium pool, or simply soaking your cares away in the whirlpool.
Soak Away the Stress
De-stress and get steamy at the communal Japanese baths at Kabuki Springs and Spa. The baths are clothing optional when it’s women or men only, but on Tuesdays the pools are co-ed and bathing suits are required, making it a low-key way to relax for a few hours with your partner. There are two pools — hot and cold — traditional and modern showers, steam room, and a sauna so you can spend several hours soaking, steaming, and unwinding in the sauna—all for less than $30 per person.