My husband and I take turns planning our anniversaries. We’re not really “gift people”, meaning we’re not into exchanging gifts and flowers and boxes of chocolate. It’s just not our thing. Instead, we like to plan trips and experiences for each other.
Last year, for our 15th wedding anniversary, my husband planned an insanely romantic trip to the deserts of Dubai. We stayed in a Bedouin tent, ate our fill of fresh figs, dates and honey, rode camels into the sunset, and explored the desert by jeep.
He planned this because I’ve always been OBSESSED with Aladdin. It’s been my favorite Disney movie since I was a kid.
This year was my turn to plan. And I wanted something unique and special, maybe even a little whimsical. After 16 years, I’ve learned our best experiences are the ones full of laughter. And then, I found it. Romantic Adventure Getaways.
The website read “Solve riddles and clues to unlock your oasis of pampered pleasure. Secret passages. Hidden tunnels, slides, gadgets and gizmos all come to life to lead you to room after room of elegant couple resort experiences.”
I didn’t quite know what that might mean, but I was all in. My husband LOVES escape rooms. He’s always the one that takes charge and solves, well, everything LOL. They are totally his jam.
And then, I saw it.
THEY HAD A GENIE-THEMED ROOM. Complete with a magic flying carpet bed!
This was definitely the universe telling me that I had found my 16th anniversary getaway. I knew my husband would LOVE all the riddles and clues. But the fact that it was designed for couples as a romantic getaway was total perfection. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend our anniversary!
Besides solving riddles and clues together, our stay included all of these things:
- A luxury overnight stay
- Private room with ensuite bathroom (you never see another person!)
- Luxury bath robes
- Body massages
- Foot massages
- “Fundue” – liquid chocolate and strawberry sauce + whipped cream
- A 2-person jacuzzi tub
- A FLYING CARPET BED (don’t worry, it doesn’t fly when you sleep on it)
- We even got to use body paint to create a magical piece of art!
Plus tons of bonding time while you make your way through all the riddles and clues.
We did not stop laughing the entire time.
I had a ton of questions going in, and I’m going to answer them just in case you do, too.
All the questions I had going in….
Where is this place?
It’s located in Mount Vernon, less than an hour from Columbus
WHAT is this place?
It’s a cross between a luxury boutique and a GIANT escape room. It’s a private experience – you won’t see anyone else. The 2-person jacuzzi tub was magical. The room included a Netflix-enabled TV, and even came with some yummy snacks like popcorn, crackers, granola bars, as well as coffee/tea, juice and water. Fancy robes, foot massage machines, and a super comfy bed. In between, you’re basically living through one big “escape room” experience. I don’t want to give too much away, but trust me, you won’t be bored!
What do you mean when you say “romance”?
I wasn’t totally sure what I was getting myself into, which, if I’m being honest, was a huge part of the fun. Without giving away too much, I’ll just say this – this was an insanely romantic way to spend time and connect with your partner. It was sexy and whimsical, but nothing over the top. We’re talking classic romance here, folks. Think massages, melty chocolate, and a bath for two. It’s definitely geared toward couples.
Who is it for?
I think it’s best for couples who love an adventure and to have a good time. If you love being whimsical and love surprises, if you love to solve riddles and follow clues, THIS IS FOR YOU! I do think you need to be in reasonable shape – you’ll find yourself crawling through tunnels, scrambling up stairs and ladders, and sliding down slides!
About our adventure
The house is located in Mount Vernon. Your adventure starts precisely at 5pm, and you’ll get a code to enter. The entire experience is private, and we didn’t see a single person during our stay.
We stayed in the Genie Suite.
The website describes it as:
You will be the Sultans of your own palace in this world of genie comfort. This treasure filled suite comes with these private rooms and experiences: The Karaoke Room, The Billion Bubbles Bubble Jet Tub, The Aladdin Cupping Room, The Bucking Bronco Flying Carpet Selfie Room, The Sultan Foot Massage Couch, The Salvador Body Experience, The Chocolate Fondue Room and The Legendary Flying Carpet Bed (It actually flies, except when you are sleeping!).
The quizzes and riddles start as soon as you enter the room. My husband and I are competitive and I think we were about 50/50 on who solved what, which was a lot of fun.
Here’s an example of the kind of riddles we had to solve:
I won’t give everything away, but some of our favorite adventures included the selfie we had to take (with costumes!), when he serenaded me, playing with body paint and creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to bring home, and carrying lanterns as we crawled through tunnels and slid down slides.
If you’re not into the Aladdin theme like me, they have two other themed rooms:
The luxurious “King Louis XIV” suite or the Indiana Jones-themed “Paradise Lost” suite.
We had so much fun and can’t wait to go back and check out the other rooms. For more information or to book a stay – check out their website: https://romanticadventuregetaways.com