If the idea of having sex on a beach
, imbibing nothing but wine, appetizers and dessert and avoiding children like the plague is your idea of a great vacation, you'll be ready to pack a bathing suit (or not) and take a leave of absence from your job for an erotic romp on the wild side at a hedonism resort
. It's possible to find a destination that caters to middle-aged folks and fits you like a glove if you follow the tips in this article. Just don't forget to leave your inhibitions and laptop at home, because hedonism resorts
are designed to make your fantasies come true, one erotic experience at a time.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Shop around for the best deals. There are chains of hedonism-style resorts that are marketed under one brand name (e.g., Sandals, Hedonism) and independents that are owned and operated as franchises or by individuals seeking a single venue on which to lavish their time and attention. Consider more than just price and age demographics when you choose from these types of accommodations.
Get recommendations. Have your middle-aged friends holidayed at a hedonism resort? Did they come away with very few photos but plenty of racy memories? That's where you want to go for your getaway. Ask your friends about everything from cleanliness to food and weather to atmosphere. The goal here is to get away---really away---yet know that a management team is nearby to solve dilemmas that have been known to arise even during the most idyllic vacation.
Connect with travel agents, even if you don't intend to book your hedonism-focused trip with them (though many are in a position to get you better deals than you might find on the Internet). These folks know where middle-aged clients have had terrific experiences and the places to avoid.
Check with the State Department to make certain locations you're considering aren't dangerous to visit. Traveling outside the United States isn't the carefree experience it was in the past. The government monitors trouble spots so tourists can travel with full knowledge of what to expect in different parts of the world. If you have concerns about this, focus your search for the perfect hedonism resort catering to middle-aged adults within the 50 states.
Narrow down your top picks to get an accurate assessment of the demographic picture each resort paints. Finding yourself on-site with a predominant mix of young couples, each of whom looks suspiciously around the ages of your children, can be a downer for middle-age travelers. Since the objective of a trip to a hedonism resort is to abandon one's inhibitions, learning the age range of a resort's populace is nearly as important as getting the privacy you seek.
Eschew the most extreme resorts on your list if you want to go wild but have been known to put checks and balances on your behaviors when push comes to shove. If the thought of nude bathing makes your pulse rate jump but you know that even a couple of glasses of wine couldn't get you to strip down and step into the hot tub with your pals, you can still go crazy by finding a middle-aged destination that offers you the chance to don a thong or a skimpy Speedo. Don't pay extra for nude beaches when the chances you'll skinny-dip are iffy.
Feel free to negotiate your package once you've made a final choice. Speak with sales and marketing staff. Ask about specials and amenities by playing the research card. If you've found a hedonism resort on Jamaica that has everything you want but the crowd is simply too young, contact others in the area. Tell them what you've been offered and see if you can build another day's stay or a massage into the package as an incentive for switching venues (which you intend to do anyway).
Find out if the hedonism resort you've chosen offers a frequent stay program. Once you walk on the wild side and realize that the term "middle-age" really is relative, you might never again be satisfied with touring museums and churches. After all, you've earned those birthdays and the right to call your own shots---dressed or not so much.
Based in Chicago, Gail Cohen has been a professional writer for more than 30 years. She has authored and co-authored 14 books and penned hundreds of articles in consumer and trade publications, including the Illinois-based "Daily Herald" newspaper. Her newest book, "The Christmas Quilt," was published in December 2011.