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He cyles, she spins: activity holidays for couples by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HEALTH + WELLBEING By Maggie O' Sullivan

He loves kayaking; she prefers yoga. He wants to work on his swing; she would rather learn to dance. Opposites might attract, but not sharing one another’s passions can cause problems on an activity holiday. Our friends at Health and Fitness Travel have come up with five perfect solutions.He dives, she salutes the sun

The Maldives is one of the best destinations in the world for diving and snorkelling. Both are excellent at Maalifushi by COMO, on the pristine Thaa Atoll, where divers have seasonal sightings of hammerheads and Manta Rays, not to mention the wide variety of tropical fish and exotic marine life. The COMO brand is also renowned for its holistic approach to wellbeing, so while he flits about under the water, she can take a daily complimentary yoga class or private tuition; learn to meditate and indulge in the many signature COMO Shambhala spa treatments. Seven nights’ full board from £4,840 per person, including flights and transfers.He cycles, she spins

Thanyapura, Thailand, is one of the world’s leading sports, fitness and wellness resorts with its own triathlon programme. The resort’s state-of-the-art facilities include a 50m pool, tennis courts and an athletics track plus a wide variety of classes and workouts, so while he cycles through the tropical rainforest surrounding the resort, she can take a spinning class and work on her backhand. Full detox programme and weight loss programmes also available. Seven nights from £1,480 per person, including flights and transfers.He tees off, she dances

This is a perennial problem but easily solved if you choose a resort that combines a top-class golf course with an extensive fitness and wellness programme. Facilities at Galo Resort in Madeira include a 27-hole course created by the celebrated course designer Robert Trent Jones and complimentary services such as t-time reservation, while the resort’s Fusion Fitness programme allows guests to choose up to 10 one-on-one activities, from dance lessons to personal fitness training. Re-balance mind, body and soul with holistic Ayurvedic treatments, combined with daily yoga and meditation sessions. Seven nights’ b&b from £815 per person, including flights and transfers.He skis, she power walks

Skiing is a time-consuming sport and it can leave non-skiers back at the hotel feeling rather abandoned. Not at The Alpina Gstaad. While he takes to the pistes, she has all day to wallow in the Six Senses Spa where treatments include deep-tissue massage, body wraps and facials. If all that sounds a bit too hedonistic, combine with a range of personalised activities from TRX training to power walking and yoga. Seven nights from £2,170 per person, including flights and transfers.He windsurfs, she hits the spa

The BodyHoliday St Lucia is one of the best places in the world for couples who enjoy different activities. For the spa lover, there is an award-winning wellness centre with Ayurvedic therapies and delicious treatments inspired by the scents of the island. For the more actively inclined there are more sports than you can shake a stick at, from kayaking, windsurfing, and extreme mountain biking to tennis, golf and fitness with classes from kettle bells to circuit training, many of which are included in the price. As the sun sets, couples can head off on a private cruise – something they can both enjoy. Seven nights from £2,140 per person, including flights and transfers.

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