"It's exciting to have time away and then be together and make up for that lost time," she tells PEOPLE

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For Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, absence truly does make the heart grow fonder.

Celebrating one year of wedded bliss with a trip to Italy and France earlier this month, the supermodel and “All of Me” singer are “in such an ideal relationship,” says Teigen.

“I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there that wake up to the same person every single day and that’s beautiful to them,” she told PEOPLE Tuesday night at the launch of the brand new Piperlime.

“For us, it’s exciting to have time away and then be together and make up for that lost time,” she explains.

While spending quality time together on their anniversary trip, Teigen, 28, spiced things up for her husband, 35, by surprising him with a trip to strip club Crazy Horse in Paris.

“I probably liked it more than him,” she says, laughing.

And though it might look like the couple also keeps things hot by walking around in the buff at home – she’s often spotted sporting just a towel on the couple’s social media accounts – the Sports Illustrated cover girl insists she’s actually kind of shy about baring her bod.

“I don’t care if I wear swimsuits for a living,” she says. “If the lights are on in the house, I am still covering my little tush. My good friends call me Terry Terrycloth because I’m always in a towel. I’m a little modest.”

Legend, on the other hand, has no problem showing off his fit physique in front of his wife.

“He is more naked than I am,” she says. “That man will just walk.”

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