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February 2018

a street in Barcelona with beautiful buildings and palm trees

Love Lounge: Valentines Surprise Getaway

By | Disability, Emily Yates, The Love Lounge | No Comments


I’m wanting to take my girlfriend away for a romantic weekend (it’s a surprise!) She can walk, but not very far, and gets tired easily so sometimes needs to use crutches or a wheelchair.  Is there anywhere you can recommend that’s accessible and fun?




Hi! Thanks so much for writing in to us.

She’s a lucky girl! What a great idea! There’s two places that immediately spring to mind:

  1. Barcelona is widely known as one of the most accessible cities in the world and is FULL of things to do and places to see. Depending on your girlfriend’s requirements, there’s even fully accessible apartments like MICs Sant Jordi, and the underground system is fully accessible too, meaning you won’t have to walk too far! There’s nowhere I’d recommend quite as highly for an accessible city break.
  2. If you’re hoping for rest, relaxation and romance, why not try Essaouira in Morocco? This seaside, surfy town is small, friendly and artsy (think the Brighton of Morocco!) and offers surfing lessons, art workshops and amazing tagines all at an affordable price. I’d recommend staying at the Le Medina hotel – 5-star luxury with a pool and spa for a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay in the UK.

Have a wonderful time, and hope this helps!
Em x

light grey, lime green and dark grey knitwear folded on top of one another

Love Lounge – Ideas of first date outfits

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Hi Love Lounge,

I’m a wheelchair user and looking for something sexy but sophisticated to wear on my first date next week – any suggestions?





Hi Ally!

Congrats on the date, you must be pretty excited?! As cliché as it sounds with dating, confidence and comfort is key.  If you feel good, you’ll come across well and put who you’re dating at ease.  Practicality also shouldn’t be overlooked; I’m a wheelchair user too and have put form over function far too many times at conferences, on holidays and on dates, often leaving beautiful floaty dresses trapped in my castor wheels and my feet bare because those sparkly, pointy shoes I bought have now slipped off my tootsies and onto the floor!

So, with all that in mind, I’d recommend: patterns to draw the eye to your assets, colours that make you feel bold, no loose clothing on the bottom half of your body (unless you are willing to police it all night!) and shoes or boots that definitely won’t slip off, but perhaps aren’t too difficult to get off if the evening goes well… 😉

Good luck, let us know how it goes!
Em x