Cultural wellness Valentine’s Day escapes


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Health and Fitness Travel share five 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.

Costa Rica

Escape for a Valentine’s Day to remember by exploring tropical rainforests and  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. Before heading home, recover at a beach side wellness retreat with surfing lessons and yoga classes in an open-air yoga pavilion.


Delve into a cultural wellness Valentine’s escape in a country famous for cities steeped in history, architecture and cuisine. Experience Rome as a local and discover authentic flavours with a culinary tour of local eateries; explore with a bike tour 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 at a choice of wellness retreats, from spa breaks in Lombardy, to golf escapes in Tuscany.


One of the most popular destinations in the Indonesian archipelago, escape on a Valentine’s adventure to the island of Bali. From jungle and rice paddy treks, to volcano hikes and guided village cycling tours, there is no end to the exciting ways to keep active and explore the island as a couple. Visit sacred temples, experience Bali’s monkey forest and recover in one of five wellness retreats, with therapeutic spa treatments and revitalising wellness activities, including yoga, Pilates and meditation.


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 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.


Discover the diverse culture of this country before unwinding on a romantic healthy holiday beneath the Moroccan sun.  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.

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