For couples looking to avoid cliché ideas of romance, Health and Fitness Trave, the leading experts in tailor-made healthy holidays worldwide, share 5 of the best cultural wellness adventures for Valentine’s escapes. Combining cultural tour discovery with wellness retreat recovery, these healthy escapes offer everything from city tours and cooking classes, to zip-lining and volcano hikes. Showing couples different ways of celebrating the day with their partner, discover sites from the cities of Italy to the rainforests of Costa Rica, and set hearts racing with the ultimate Valentine’s Day experiences.
Costa Rica: Discover Recover
Escape for a Valentine’s Day to remember by exploring the stunning tropical rainforests and unspoilt coastlines of Costa Rica. From guided tours of the city of San Jose and a visit to an authentic coffee plantation, to white water rafting and zip-lining through a volcanic national park, you will love the adventures you share together on this exciting cultural adventure. Before heading home and back to reality, recover at a beachside wellness retreat with refreshing surfing lessons and rejuvenating yoga classes in an open-air yoga pavilion.
Italy: Discover Recover
Delve into a cultural wellness Valentine’s escape in a country famous for cities steeped in history, awe-inspiring architecture and mouth-watering cuisine. Experience Rome as a local and discover authentic flavours with a culinary tour of charming local eateries. Explore with a bike tour through the streets of Rome or Florence and sample the finest in Italian gelato, before discovering the beauty of the Chianti region during a wine tasting tour. Recover in luxury at a choice of wellness retreats, from spa breaks in Lombardy, to golf escapes in Tuscany.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891) offers 10 nights in Italy from £1,960pp. Price includes a Discover Recover programme, return flights and transfers.
Bali: Discover Recover
One of the most popular islands in the Indonesian archipelago, escape on a Valentine’s adventure to the idyllic island of Bali. From jungle and rice paddy treks, to volcano hikes and guided village cycling tours, there is no end of exciting ways to keep active and explore the island together. Continue to explore local culture during visits to sacred temples and experience Bali’s famed monkey forest. Recover from your adventures in one of five luxury wellness retreats, with therapeutic spa treatments and revitalising wellness activities, including yoga, Pilates and meditation.
Turkey: Discover Recover
Crossing two continents, where East meets West, Turkey offers a unique fusion of cultural influences for a Valentine’s escape. Discover Istanbul’s stunning Ottoman Empire architecture and stroll through the vibrant bustling Grand Bazaar, or head further afield to explore the breath-taking waterfalls of Antalya and the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. Recover at a choice of luxury wellness retreats, with reviving spa treatments and wellness activities, from beach jogging to personalised yoga.
Morocco: Discover Recover
Discover the diverse culture of this exotic country before unwinding on a romantic healthy holiday beneath the Moroccan sun. Ideal for culture loving couples, marvel at snake charmers on a guided tour of Marrakech, explore the Atlas Mountains on a mountain bike tour, or learn traditional cooking methods on a cookery course. Once you’ve both sampled the country’s rich culture, recover from your adventures at a luxurious wellness retreat. Choose from a range of holistic spa treatments, learn to surf or practice yoga with sunrise and sunset sessions in the beach front pavilion, for a rejuvenating end to your adventurous Valentine’s escape.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 10 nights in Morocco from £1,620pp. Price includes a Discover Recover programme, return flights and transfers.