We can picture it now: luxurious, loved-up holidaymakers basking in the sun, private sanctuaries and that much-needed respite you and your significant other may have been lacking in your hectic daily lives. So whether you’re newlyweds who’ve just tied the knot, in the early stages of a new relationship, or long termers looking to try something new, these fitness retreats are the perfect way to shake things up for a healthy honeymoon or a wellness weekend for two.
And remember, a couple that sweats together, stays together.
The Chateau: Couples Retreat (Malaysia)
Just outside of Kuala Lumper, the Berjaya Hills offers some of Malaysia’s most stunning landscapes: lush, green jungles and the tropical weather to match. The Chateau’s sprawling estate hosts couples retreats with every romantic activity under the sun. Programmes run between three and seven nights, treating guests to horseback riding excursions and yoga, among other activities. In between busying yourselves outdoors, The Chateau also offers couple’s counselling sessions, nutritional consultations and a weight loss programme, ensuring body and mind are as harmonious as the two of you. Prices start around US$2,472.
Bagus Jati: Honeymoon Package (Bali)
For couples who want to get their zen on, Bagus Jati’s romantic Bali setting is the ideal island escape for yogi lovers. Private and group classes are one of the highlights of their Balinese yoga programme, while sunrise treks and spiritual Balinese purification rituals are some of the additional cultural activities you can opt to partake in. It’s not all sweat and no sweet—the Honeymoon Package includes a romantic dinner for two, as well as traditional Balinese spa treatments for you and your partner to enjoy together. Surrounded by the lush Bali mountains and jungle, it’s the ideal mix of fitness and leisure. Prices start around US$1,190.
38 Degrees North: Bespoke Package (Ibiza)
Entirely customisable, you’ll engage in doing what you want when you want at 38 Degrees North bespoke retreat in Santa Eulalia in Ibiza’s stunning northern region. Couples can find their Zen with a mixture yoga, reiki, meditation, Pilates and mindfulness sessions. If you’re looking for something a little more physical, the HIIT, boxing and kettlebells classes are guaranteed to be right up your alley. Winding down at the end of the day has never been easier, with a selection of spa treatments and healthy juices on offer. You’ll be based at the Aguas de Ibiza resort, catching some much-needed rest in the relaxing, feng shui designed rooms. Prices are available on request.
Florblanca: The Honeymoon House (Costa Rica)
Costa Rica’s Florblanca resort is synonymous with romance, and the Honeymoon House villa proves to be no exception. With access to a private beach and stunning views from your seafront rooms, we wouldn’t blame you for taking full advantage of breakfast in bed each morning and the private Jacuzzi.
If you ever decide to leave your room, enjoy the resort’s range of delicious ‘farm to table and hook to fork’ dining, and if you’re willing to venture further afield, the activities on offer couldn’t possibly leave you feeling disappointed. Pilates, yoga, and horseback riding will occupy your body and mind on land, while a healthy dose of fresh sea air will delight the senses with surfing and stand up paddleboards for rent; and att certain times of the year, guests can even head out on whale watching excursions. Prices start around US$775 per night.
Thatch Caye: Pure Passion (Belize)
The aptly named Pure Passion package embraces the ideals of true romance. Running between five and seven nights, couples can choose to stay in the resort’s overwater bungalows or island cabanas; a tough choice, we know. Engage in some of that much needed one-on-one time, taking the resort’s kayaks out around the island, going for a snorkel or stand-up paddle boarding around the bay. For those who want to explore further afield, island excursions and fishing tours are available on request.
But back on land is where the magic really happens–candle lit dinners with a glass of bubbly (everyone needs a little indulgence, sometimes) at one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful, romantic spots. Prices start around US$3,790.
Samadhi Retreat: Couples Spa Getaway (Australia)
For a weekend of rejuvenation and relaxation rather than hardcore workouts, look no further than Samadhi. Conveniently located in Daylesford, a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, their Couples Spa Getaway offers you and your partner a private sanctuary for two nights of private peace and quiet, and two hours of bliss treatments at the spa–a body massage, scalp massage, and body polish, to make sure you’re glowing inside and out.
Foodies will also enjoy the relaxed programme which allows time to explore the region, famous for its local, organic produce and wineries–all of which can be sampled during your stay, of course. Samadhi also runs relationship renewal retreats, to help couples reconnect or refresh their relationship through a series of intimate wellness-focussed, guided activities. Prices start from $1,880.
Mesa Stila: Honeymoon Escape (Indonesia)
Get lost in the charm of the Indonesian jungle with a romantic retreat in rural Java. The leisure stay Honeymoon Escape will truly give you and your partner an intimate experience. Stay in a traditional Javanese villa overlooking lush mountains and enjoy romantic dinners, couples spa treatments and daily activities from relaxing yoga to energetic jungle trekking.
Cultural activities are also on offer to give you a rounded experience, ranging from traditional Indonesian martial arts classes to excursions to the nearby UNESCO heritage site, Borobudur Temple. The resort’s location on a coffee plantation is an added point of interest for the coffee-loving couples, as you can explore the plantation as well as experience the restorative effects of coffee through their unique spa treatments. Prices start around US$750.