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Hobby holidays for contrary couples: Brilliant breaks that will satisfy all parties

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However, when it comes to holidays, if you and your partner both have different interests, that much-looked-forward-to break can turn into a feeling a long way from romance.

Let’s face it, not all couples share the same tastes.

Saving you from the consequences of ‘opposites attract’ are the specialist tour operator that deals with hobby holidays – Health and Fitness Travel.

Planning a break no longer has to be an act of sacrificial compromise.

So, if he likes golf, but you like spas, read on!

From ski-ing to cycling to diving to yoga, our list of hobby holidays for couple has something for everyone.

The golfing solution: Galo Resort, Madeira

For the golfer: Set upon the south-east coast of Madeira and trial two golf courses, including a 27-hole course created by the celebrated designer Robert Trent Jones.

For the non-golfer: Tailor your stay on the Fusion Fitness programme, handpicking up to 10 one-on-one activities, including dance lessons, meditation, personal fitness training and Ayurvedic spa treatments.

The ski solution: The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland


For the skier: Set in the Swiss Alps, enjoy access to several ski areas across the Gstaad region, where skiers of all abilities can whizz down the slopes. Off the slopes, soothe sore muscles with a choice of 60 relaxing spa therapies.

For the non-skier: While your other half races up and down the mountains, boost your well-being with a cleansing detox or explore your stunning surroundings by taking part in Alpine nature training.

The tennis solution: Penha Longa, Portugal

For the tennis player: Gain the advantage with daily private tennis lessons and put your skills to the test with optional group tennis clinics, while avoiding the dreaded ‘tennis elbow’ with an energising massage.

For the non-tennis player: Explore the surrounding nature reserve while mountain hiking or horse riding. Keep active with golf or surfing lessons and a range of group classes, from yoga to Oi gong (an ancient healing practice).

The yoga solution: Kamalaya, Thailand

For the yogi: Deepen your yoga practice with private sessions offering personalised instruction before indulging in holistic Ayurvedic spa therapies.

For the non-yogi: From fitness training and weight loss programmes to detoxing and sleep enhancement therapies, learn how to embrace change from wellness experts at this healthy retreat, set upon the south coast of Koh Samui.

The cycling solution: Thanyapura, Thailand


For the cyclist: Explore tropical Thailand on this specialist triathlon holiday with group and private training, including a reviving sports massage.

For the non-cyclist: Embark on a cleansing detox or put Thanyapura’s state-of-the-art facilities to the test by acing your game with private tennis training, testing out the athletics track or cooling off in the Olympic pool.

The spa solution: The BodyHoliday, St Lucia

For the spa lover: Unwind with daily spa treatments at this all-inclusive retreat, from Ayurvedic therapies to treatments inspired by the scents of the island, such as the Lucian Lime and Ginger Scrub.

For the non-spa lover: For a more active holiday, explore St Lucia with kayaking and mountain biking before joining in with fitness classes including beach circuit training. As the sun sets, share your adventures with your partner on a private boat cruise.

The diving solution: Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives

Snorkeler diving along the brain coral. Maldives Indian Ocean coral reef.
Snorkeler diving along the brain coral. Maldives Indian Ocean coral reef.

For the diver: In the crystal clear lagoons of the Maldives, scuba dive with whale sharks, manta rays and schools of tropical fish. PADI pros can also explore the depths on an exciting night dive.

For the non-diver: Above the waves, discover the ocean through a range of non-motorised water sports from surfing to sailing. Back on dry land, enjoy yoga and pilates in the open air pavilion.

The detox solution: Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa, Portugal

For the detox cleanser: Following comprehensive medical and biophysical evaluations, detox with an anti-inflammatory diet alongside cleansing spa therapies. Enhance your cleanse with complimentary group classes, including healthy living workshops.

For the non-detox cleanser: Join your other half in the spa for an ocean-onspired Thalassa treatment or get moving during personal training sessions. Explore on a nature walk, take to the tennis courts, and dive into a choice of five fresh or sea water pools.

The surfing solution: Paradis Plage, Morocco

For the surfer: Open to beginners and pros alike, hone your surfing skills in Morocco with expert instructors. Choose from two surf packages tailored to your skill level or opt to mix surfing with yoga.

For the non-surfer: With a multitude of alternative water sports, try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or explore while kayaking. Find your balance in the beach-front yoga pavilion and unwind with a Moroccan inspired spa treatment.