Whether you’re enjoying companionship in Essex for a weekend or a celebratory day out, there are countless things to do and activities to try out together. 

You’ll find some great tips in our shortlist of the best restaurants for couples in Essex–but we know you might be interested in something more adventurous if you’re not a foodie! Let’s run through some of the most popular options for a luxury couples day out in Essex.

Unwind With a Couples Spa Day

The Glass House is the premier spa in Essex, located in Bulphan, and a beautiful venue where you can relax with a deep tissue massage, chill in the Himalayan salt sauna, reinvigorate your senses in the jacuzzi or indulge in any treatment you can imagine.

Spa day packages include lunch, full use of the state-of-the-art facilities and pool, sauna, gym and fitness classes, or you can select specific treatments with a private treatment room available.

Try Your Hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting

Outdoor sports are an elite weekend entertainment option, and if you’ve never tried clay pigeon shooting, it’s a lot of fun–while also being a chance to test your coordination, reflexes, and reactions.

Visit the Essex Shooting Ground near Chipping Ongar, and you can breathe in the fresh country air, make the most of the elegant surroundings, and book a session with all the equipment, clays, tuition, and shotguns provided.

If you want to make your couples day out more exciting, you could always put a small wager on the outcome and see who emerges as the winner. A couple of traditional country pubs are nearby if the shooting whets your appetite.

Charter a Yacht Around the Thames Estuary

Essex is surrounded by coastlines, beaches and the Thames Estuary. If your idea of a flawless day away with your companion is total privacy and utter peace, it doesn’t get much better than chartering a yacht.

There are marinas in West Mersea, Brightlingsea, Canvey Island, and Wallasea Island. You can opt for a high-powered yacht or speedboat, a private cruise around the shore, or a leisurely experience where you can lay back and take a break.

Most charters include a skipper, although if you’re a seasoned sailor, you can always pay a larger deposit and hire a vessel all to yourself for the day–set your alarm when it’s time to head back, as it’s all too easy to lose track of time on the water!

Spend a Summer Day at the Beach Club

During the summer months–especially after a high-pressured week–kicking back in a sun lounger, sipping cocktails on ice, and taking a soothing dip in the pool is perfect. The Kings Oak High Beach venue offers an exclusive beach club that feels more like the Mediterranean than Epping Forest.

This distinguished club is a hidden gem and absolutely worth a visit with a special someone, with poolside hospitality, a stunning pool area and inclusive waitress service.

Reserve a couple of VIP beds for the five-star treatment, and don’t forget to sample the signature Porn Star Martini; there’s also a gastro pub within the Victorian property with antique chandeliers and log fires that set the scene for a restful end to an exceptional day!