Lovehoney Sends Three Lucky Couples on Romantic ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Getaways

By on May 4, 2015
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The UK’s biggest online sex toy retailer Lovehoney has sent three couples to their choice of European city for a Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired weekend.

The couples were picked at random after taking part in Lovehoney’s European Bondage Survey last year. It was the biggest survey of its kind, racking up over 9,000 responses from people all over Europe.

The winners were Gregers Ebert from Norway who took his wife to Celle, Germany, Sophie Payne from England who took her boyfriend to Paris (see picture), France and Mandy Richards from England who took her husband to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mandy and her husband Paul were in disbelief when they discovered they had won a trip to a European city of their choice. Winner Paul said: “I remember going back to the website just to check it was real. I think I am still a little shocked I won, even now.”

He continued: “Edinburgh is the most beautiful city to visit leading up to Christmas, with the German street market and ice skating rinks to explore. We’ve visited many times before, but this trip was special!”

Mandy also shared her experience with us: “The highlight of the trip was finally finding our five-star penthouse which was nestled away in the middle of the Royal Mile and opening the doors to our balcony – the view over Edinburgh was absolutely breathtaking. As the sun went down, Edinburgh changed to a glow of lights and music. It was fantastic.”

She added: “I want to thank Lovehoney for such a special Fifty Shades-inspired weekend that I will never forget.”

Lovehoney’s European Bondage Survey revealed that Britain was the most sexually liberated nation in Europe after a massive 60% of respondents claimed that they had tried some form of bondage. In comparison, only a third of couples in Germany and and a quarter of couples in Spain have tried it.

Other interesting stats to arise from the survey were that three quarters of women (75%) and just 21% of men across Europe have read at least one of the Fifty Shades books. Four out of ten couples said that their sex lives had improved as a result of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a quarter (26%) said it had made them more open to experimentation. One in eight people (12%) said reading the books had given them a higher sex drive.

Lovehoney’s co-owner said Neal Slateford said: “Fifty Shades has made the whole world lighten up about sex and particularly couples in the UK. We used to be known for our restraint and our stiff upper lip – now this survey shows we are the most sexually liberated of Europe’s major nations.”

Slateford added: “What is indisputable is that Fifty Shades of Grey has changed the whole sexual landscape right across Europe. What might have previously been considered ‘kinky’ or extreme has now become just a normal part of millions of couples’ sexual routines. Couples are being far more open about sex and are far keener to experiment.”

Lovehoney has three Official Fifty Shades of Grey ranges: The Pleasure Collection, The Sensual Collection and the recently launched Red Room Collection, which consists of 10 high-quality leather bondage items inspired by scenes from the film.

The company worked closely with E L James to create all three lines and Lovehoney is credited in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie as official supplier of products seen in the Red Room.

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