Lockdown Love Stories: For Alexis and Jose, a college friendship turned into something more


How It’s Changed During COVID: Charting New Romantic Territory

Jose had asked Alexis out playfully for years. In fact, he always told her that he was going to marry her one day, but Alexis was never interested in marriage. Things changed at the start of COVID, with the lockdown forcing them to make tough decisions about who would be in their shrinking pandemic bubbles for the unpredictable future. It became clear that Alexis and Jose wanted to be in each other’s bubbles, and Alexis quickly decided to accept Jose on his playful offer. On their first official date, he told her he was going to buy her a ring. Eventually he did.

Although they have been friends for more than a decade, the couple have found that being close to COVID has allowed them to get to know each other on a much more intimate level than before. Alexis spent most of her time at Jose’s house, and they reveled in a range of shared activities at home, from playing Fortnite together to cooking daily meals. It was a different kind of togetherness – and one that suited them well, as they learned to communicate openly at all times. According to the Institute of Romance, Sandals’ new trend house that conducts research to analyze global trends in modern love and relationships, 55% of couples today say they want better communication. So it makes sense that living together during COVID required Jose and Alexis to be honest and upfront about their feelings from the start, which ultimately strengthened the foundations of their relationship.

What the Future Holds: The Wedding Bells and Their Very First Romantic Getaway

Although COVID was what initially brought Jose and Alexis together and allowed them to forge a new kind of relationship, it also kept them from exploring the world together – something they craved when confined to their homes for the lock. So far, they’ve only been to a few surrounding states together, but they’ve never left the country for a full vacation. Most of their little trips were based around Alexis’ modeling jobs, so they could only spend part of the trip together. When planning their next wedding, Jose and Alexis envision a no-frills beach getaway, no over-the-top frills, just the ocean and the people they love the most.

But before they walk down the aisle and say ‘yes’, the couple will finally take their first real vacation together at Sandals Royal Curacao, the brand’s newest luxury resort destination on the beautiful Dutch-inspired Caribbean island. . The resort has been specially designed for lovers, with romantic beachfront bungalows with private pools, a two-tier infinity pool, new dining concepts, food trucks and even MINI Coopers available for free use by guests staying in premier suites.

Aside from the undeniable luxury of this stunning new Sandals resort, what makes the trip even more special for Alexis and Jose is the fact that this will be the first time they experience these things together. They plan to take full advantage of the property’s amenities, from snorkeling to lazing on the beach and cuddling in the hot tub. Of all the people Alexis has traveled with, Jose is his favorite travel companion and he is undeniably thrilled to be spending his first real vacation with his future wife. There’s a lot to look forward to for the new lovebirds, but what’s most special is seeing the world together after being stuck in one place for so long.

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