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Romantic breaks

Seven ideas to make your romantic break more special.

The idyllic coastline and rolling hills of West Sussex make the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.

From relaxing retreats to delicious food and drink experiences and memorable activities in the great outdoors, West Sussex has something for everyone.

We’ve put together some of our favourite ideas for things that you can do to make your trip to West Sussex even more special.

Spa and wellbeing

Book yourselves in for a relaxing treatment at one of West Sussex’s many spa resorts. Fully unwind with a spa day at Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa in Climping, including Evening Sunset packages that include a choice of treatment, a glass of fizz and a delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant.

If you’re staying further north, choose from a variety of treatment packages at The Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst, such as a twilight relaxation experience or ‘Spa’fternoon Tea’, complete with a glass of Sussex sparkling wine.

Food and drink experiences

Visit the Tinwood Estate near Chichester and follow the wine journey from vine to glass. Surrounded by wild flower meadows, you’ll tour the vineyard and indulge in three glasses of English sparkling wine. Afterwards, why not stay for a bottle of your favourite and a cheese platter for two? You can even stay the night in one of three luxury lodges, with views over the vines, a jacuzzi bath, private decked terrace and fully stocked wine fridge.

Treat yourselves to an elegant dining experience in the picturesque village of Hurstpierpoint and visit The Fig Tree restaurant. Seasonal dishes using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients are at the heart of the restaurant’s values, with wines from nearby Ditchling available by the bottle.

Dive into the secrets of Mediterranean baking and learn to bake a variety of breads including authentic Italian pizza and Greek pittas at The Artisan Bakehouse in Ashurst. Feast on your creation over a glass of wine at lunch and take away the recipes to bring a touch of the Mediterranean back home with you.

Active and outdoors

Take to the skies on a romantic balloon flight over tiny villages nestled into the South Downs with captivating sights of ruins, manor houses and views as far as the Isle of Wight. A Hot Air flight will provide a breath-taking experience that will stay with you long after your trip.

For a more relaxing escapade, kayak along the River Arun with The Kayak Coach on a guided river trip and explore some of West Sussex’s more secluded countryside. A great activity for beginners, you’ll be pushed along the calm waters before enjoying lunch at the riverside café.

Looking for more inspiration for your upcoming trip? See our suggested itineraries to make the most of your West Sussex experience.