With months of planning and prep, those last few months before your wedding can feel like a bit of a blur, instead of keeping all your time and energy focused on that one important day (and forgetting about spoiling each other now), why not take a little time out and get some QT together. Whether you’re looking to sweat it out or slow it down, add on something a little special to your week.
Have an ultimate spa experience
There’s nothing more relaxing (and romantic once you’ve thrown in a few dimly lit baths) than a couples massage. Even better if it’s followed with an exceptional meal! Why wait until your honeymoon to get spoilt together? Have a mini luxury escape and relieve all those pre-wedding tensions with a deeply relaxing massage. Start the treatment off right with a dip in your suite’s spa bath, then let it all float away as the expert masseuse team at the Crown get to work.
Take your time in the incredible facilities and head for a soak in the vitality pool before heading to the award-winning Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and enjoying a delectable menu inspired by food throughout the ages. Watch the pineapples slow roast on the spit while you soak up the city views thanks to floor to ceiling windows that look out over the Yarra. Don’t forget to add on the tipsy cake to your order (trust us, it’s incredible!). It’s the perfect treat as the weather cools, the ultimate Sunday together!
Spa and dining packages are run Friday to Sunday at Crown Towers, Melbourne until April 30th for $235 per person. The package includes a 60 minute massage at Crown Spa with access to the Aqua Retreat and four hours valet parking, followed by a two course lunch at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Head to crownhotels.com.au for details.
Take an Italian cooking class
What better way to prepare you for married life than to learn how to cook each other delicious Italian meals and desserts? We're pretty sure the secret to a happy marriage is handmade pasta. Learn classic recipes and the wines to pair them with (while enjoying a few sips of course) and indulge in some seriously delicious food.
You’ll not only be treated to the freshest ingredients the Barossa has on offer but also be given an understanding of the history and joy behind regional Italian cooking. Head to Casa Carboni on a Saturday and join chef Matteo for a tour of the Barossa Farmers Market to source your fresh ingredients. Let’s face it, the ability to make Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi is a life skill we all should have.
During April and May take A Taste of Italy: Emilia Romagna class and prepare a long lunch menu inspired by Matteo’s home region, Emilia Romagna for $185 per person. Head to casacarboni.com.au for details.
Go for a boutique wine tasting
Getting a little tipsy together before the big day sounds like a great way to relax to us! Go for a wine tour with a difference with Wine for Dudes, who provide the perfect mix of touring, eating and drinking (of course!). Get behind the scenes of working wineries across the Margaret River region from getting down and dirty stomping the grapes to mixing your own wine with the Dude’s Wine Blending Experiment.
You’ll experience tastings at four award-winning boutique wineries and two gourmet food producers in the region as well as swinging past a micro-brewery for a tasting paddle or three.
Head off on a Wine, Food and Beer Tour with Wine for Dudes from $105 per person. Head to winefordudes.com for details.
Get your zen on in the sky
Even if bae isn’t super into yoga, everyone will love the thrill of downward dog 250m in the sky. Soak up the panoramic views of the city as you slowly rotate around Sydney moving through a 45 minute Hatha Yoga Class. It’s the perfect mid-week treat starting the morning together with the sunrise, finishing at 7.55am with a healthy breakfast before you both head off into your day.
A 45 minute Hatha Yoga from the SKY class costs $25 per person and includes the breakfast snack, juice and yoga mat hire. Head to sydneytowereye.com.au for details.
Learn how to sail
Bring a little bit of yacht week to your next weekend up North and head out for a catamaran lesson. Not only will you be on the high seas together, soaking up the sun and relaxing on the water, you’ll also learn some sailing skillz. It’s a great way to test your teamwork and work together as a couple while cruising around the instagram-worthy waters of Catseye Bay.
Get a private lesson together from $60 per person then head out on your own for $50 an hour with Hamilton Island Catamaran Hire. Head to hamiltonisland.com.au for details.