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The Holistic Local

Not interested in battling crowds and noisy tourists for the perfect yoga spot? Neither are we. That’s why we recommend The Holistic Local’s private yoga classes within your own home. In their two-hour crash courses, you’ll have the perfect chance to reconnect with your loved one through Pranayama and Asana breathing, movement and meditation techniques guided by an experienced and accredited instructor. Follow it up with a complimentary grazing board with a selection of fruit, cheese, nuts, crackers, handmade dips and more. All yoga equipment is provided for you and your loved one to make the most of your session.

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Bourke St Bakery

You’ll never want to touch supermarket white bread ever again after partaking in Bourke Street Bakery’s Sourdough Masterclass in Banksmeadow. You and your loved one will be guided through a two hour hands-on workshop dedicated to making your very own sourdough loaf from scratch, led by the head baker in small intimate groups. Using a 12 year old bread starter and artisan baking techniques, you’ll finish the class with a taste test of your freshly baked sourdough and a heap of experience for at-home baking like a pro. No previous experience in baking is required for this class; absolute beginners can show up and bake away! No specialist equipment is required either, but make sure to wear clothing that you’re comfortable to completely coat in flour and bring an insulated bag or esky so you can take home some unbaked loaves for the very freshest sourdough possible.

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Lotus The Galeries

If you and your loved ones are true dumpling fans, you have to try out the Dumpling Masterclass at Lotus The Galeries in the CBD. This two hour hands-on crash course on dumplings will provide you with exclusive industry secrets from veteran dumpling chefs on how to make the very best dumplings in Sydney. You’ll work through three different styles of dumplings including chicken sui mai and pork wonton in small classes, enjoying your creations along the way and bringing home a dumpling making kit and recipes so you can flex on your friends or just make them for yourselves. Did we mention there’s a complimentary Asian inspired cocktail on arrival? You can even enhance your dumpling making game with a bottomless rosé package for $30 extra each to really make the session count.

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Tio’s Cerveceria

The margaritas at Tio’s are cool and spicy, just like their boujee Mexican ambience. This year the 10-year-old Surry Hills cantina is offering $10 margaritas every night for you and your loved one to celebrate until they sell out of tequila. Choose from four distinctive flavours: the Classic with cointreau, lime and salt, the Spicy with jalapeño and pineapple, the Tommy’s with double Mezcal shots, raicilla, agave and lime, and Frozen Watermelon with watermelon juice, jasmine and coconut cream. Snack on authentic nachos with guac, chorizo, roast pork or frijoles for a true fiesta of a night with your loved one in vintage-styled booths. Just don’t go loco on the margaritas!

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Omnom Cheese Making

Squeaky cheese, anyone? The Halloumi Making with Bubbles class by Omnom Cheese at Rosebery will take you on a step-by-step adventure into making halloumi with your loved one. Starting from scratch, this two hour class will start you off with nothing more than just milk and provides hands-on lessons in small intimate group settings that will see you develop the curd all the way into authentic halloumi cheese that you will be able to take home and enjoy yourselves. As per the name, there are plenty of glasses of sparkling wine along the way as well, and a recipe to take home after the lesson is over. There’s no culinary experience required, and all the equipment is common kitchenware that you can easily use in your own space; just bring a small container so you aren’t left man-handling your freshly made halloumi.

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Phillipe Witana

For an intimate dance wellness session with your loved one, Phillipe Witana will come to you and lead a bespoke couples session in a location of your choosing. Awaken and align your mind and body with rejuvenating dance sessions with your partner. The sessions include acro yoga, freestyle and guided meditation catered to your interests; no matter your dance skill level or preferred musical taste, Phillipe will find something that works for you. The focus on mental strength, flow and rhythm will leave you both feeling inspired and physically motivated.

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Zen Day Spa

Zen Day Spa’s Lovers Recharge package is the perfect bonding session for couples who want to relax and unwind together. Nestled in Potts Point, this 75 minute session includes a romantic hot oil massage for you and your loved one along with a head and scalp massage to smooth out the tension in your bodies. You’ll be pampered together in your very own private suite with access to their luxury spa showers afterwards for some much-needed “us time”.

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Tiny Away

Relax in a minimalist utopia with your loved one at Tiny Away’s Malniri Park destination, tucked away in rolling hills in Freeman’s Reach, just north of the banks of the Hawkesbury river. No amenity is forgotten in this cosy cottage: a fully stocked kitchenette, gas heating and air conditioning, a bathroom with flush toilet and hot showers, and a queen size bed are all provided for maximum comfort. You’ll be perched on an equine working farm of more than 40 years, so expect to see galloping thoroughbred horses from the comfort of your space. A hand-crafted brazier and firewood are also provided for that glamping touch.

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The Day Spa by Chuan

Looking for an opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate? At The Langham in the Rocks, you and your loved one will be pampered with organic body and spa treatments to help you relax in style amidst delightfully intimate interiors. Their Urban Release package includes an organic hand-blended signature red mandarin, lime and cranberry body exfoliation followed by a 60 minute relaxing full body massage. Perfect for a mid-week detox or just some special “us time” with your partner.

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The Botanica Vaucluse

Combining modern day technology and science-based products with the healing Ayurvedic elements of nature, The Botanica Vaucluse provides spa treatments with a premium touch. The one hour Couples Package will see you and your loved one pampered and indulged together with a massage side by side in their private couples’ treatment room. After the massage, you’ll be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne together in the lounge area. It’s a truly delicate way to unwind after a long week and perfect for reconnecting with your better half.

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