Enjoying a special holiday with your other half doesn’t have to only be about candlelit dinners and cocktails on the beach. For adventurous couples who love to stay fit and healthy, trying out new activities together on holiday is a fantastic way to get hearts racing, blood pumping and making happy memories together. From surfing in Portugal and cycling in Tuscany, to skiing in Austria and canoeing in Scotland, here are six of best luxury adventure holidays for active couples to think about for a healthy and fun Valentine’s Day alternative.
6. Ardgartan, Scotland
Where to stay: Soak up Ardgartan’s Loch Long and the surrounding mountains in all their wild glory with a stay in a luxury cabin from Forest Holidays. Their Golden Oak cabins come complete with a private hot tub where you can watch the stars together at night.
What to do: Experience the dramatic landscapes of Scotland by water with a canoeing trip over Loch Long. Boat-lovers can voyage across “Torpedo Bay” to reach the distant pirate port of Arrochar, which is overlooked by the striking Arrochar Alps. As well as canoeing there’s plenty for couples to explore together with gorge walks, cycle paths and hidden glen safaris.
Cost per couple: Allow £500 per couple for a four night break in a Golden Oak cabin with activities.
5. Tuscany, Italy
Where to stay: Stay at a luxury villa in Chianti surrounded by vine clad fields and olive groves. Visit in September to join in the region’s grape harvest festival, the Rassegna del Chianti Classico in Greve.
What to do: Italy is world-renowned for its romance, so where better to enjoy an active holiday with your other half than by exploring the stunning countryside of Tuscany on two wheels? One particularly popular cycle route is from the historic city of Florence through the Chianti vineyards to the charming town of Siena. Enjoy soaking up the inspirational scenery whilst passing castles, farms, local markets and charming trattoria.
Cost per couple: Allow £3500 per couple for flights to Florence and seven nights in a luxury Chianti villa with cycle hire.
4. Lech, Austria
Where to stay: The village of Lech is chocolate-box picturesque, with charming chalets and delightful bars and restaurants. Stay at Hotel Alberg, widely regarded as one of the best hotels in the area. Run by the Schneider family, the hotel offers elegance with a traditional feel, with its own restaurant, Senses spa and luxury suites for couples.
What to do: The skiing is decent, with long blues and thrilling red runs. As well as skiing, Lech’s 1.2km floodlit toboggan run will test your wits and skills; starting in Oberlech and ending in Lech, the run takes you through some very pretty woodland. Fly via Zurich for a romantic city stopover, complete with a visit to the Dolder ice skating rink and then dinner at the luxurious two Michelin star Dolder Grand Restaurant.
Cost per couple: Allow £5000 per couple for Zurich flights, transfer ski pass, hire and seven nights half board at the Alberg.
3. Lisbon, Portugal
Where to stay: The five star Olissippo Lapa Palace is nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Tagus River. After a long day of activities, couples can unwind in the spa and wellness centre, complete with sauna, Turkish steam bath and massage service.
What to do: Lisbon comes out top for a holiday that combines romance with adventure; the city offers fine dining, cultural sites and romantic walks as well as a river delta that provides great conditions for both experienced and learning surfers. Praia Grande, Praia Pequena, Praia do Guincho and Costa da Caparica beaches are reliable all year around for good surfing waves, as are the waves at Costa do Estoril, just a short train ride from Lisbon.
Cost per couple: Allow £1100 per couple for flights and a three night stay at the Olissippo Lapa Palace with VIP welcome, daily breakfast, one special evening meal and entry to the spa and wellness centre.
2. Eden Estate, Corsica
Where to stay: The Eden Estate is one of Corsica’s most remarkable regions with riding pathways winding around lush woods and hidden beaches; it’s a must for horse lovers. Bergerie Lila is one of the most romantic properties in Corsica’s Eden Estate. Hidden away in woodland, the villa has a private pool and open fireplace perfect for a romantic holiday.
What to do: With 1,900 kilometres of bridleways, horse riding and pony trekking is one of the best ways to explore the wild beauty of Corsica. However, active couples will also enjoy the area’s golf courses, hunting and fishing opportunities and mountain bike trails.
Cost per couple: Allow £4000 per couple for flights and seven nights in Corsica’s Eden Estate with CV Villas.
1. Sivota, Greece
Where to stay: A visit to the Retreat Beachclub right on the Ionian Sea is perfect for your next active holiday together. The Retreat Beachclub from Neilson is ideal for active couples, not only providing all-inclusive activities, but also boasting the Bay View Spa with treatment rooms and relaxation deck for when you want to relax and unwind.
What to do: The light winds and calm seas in Sivota provide ideal conditions for water ski beginners. The resort has a wealth of other adventurous water sports to try including windsurfing, dinghy sailing and wake boarding.
Cost per couple: Allow £1500 per couple for flights, all-inclusive activities and seven nights at the Retreat Beachclub.