The arrival of September sees the return of children to school for the new academic year, eagerly (ahem!) awaiting the learning and discovery that lies ahead… But when did you last put some time aside for yourself to learn something new?
To help you out, we’ve compiled a selection of five learning experiences, held at a variety of our luxury hotels in breathtaking locations around the world. Whether a cookery class, sports course or even a soap-making workshop, we hope you’ll find something that takes your fancy…
Culinary Craft at Borgo Egnazia
Italy is a country renowned for its artfully simple yet incredibly flavoursome food, continuously ranking among the world’s favourite cuisine. Embracing this, the beautiful Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia houses an incredible cooking school that emphasises the resort’s ‘from the earth to your plate’ concept.
Mimina, the long-standing ‘masssai’ (or housewife) at Borgo Egnazia, will share her years of experience and recipes passed through generations, teaching you to make a number of classic regional dishes– including handmade pasta and delicious rustic focaccia – using the freshest produce sourced from local markets and the resort’s own gardens.
As well as enjoying your masterpieces in the charmingly traditional Trattoria Mia Cucina kitchen, you can take your life-long skills of Apulian cooking home – get ready to impress at your next dinner party!
Serious Surfing Skills at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Nestled on a small and seriously stunning private island in the Maldives, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is a top surfing destination; its shores having been graced by some of the sport’s true greats.
Home to the world-class Surf School from the Australian experts at Tropicsurf, the resort offers the perfect wave-riding experience for everyone – from seasoned professionals to complete beginners, and even children. The tranquil lagoon is the ideal place to find your feet on the board, while a number of incredible surf breaks lie just slightly further afield.
For a unique surfing experience, the “Surfari” involves boarding a private seaplane and searching for ultimate breaks and secret spots in the outer atolls. Alternatively, why not embark on the unforgettable Surf Cruise aboard the luxurious Four Seasons Explorer catamaran? Departing from Kuda Huraa, uncover the hidden surfing treasures of the Maldives on an unforgettable seven-day voyage. As well as unparalleled surfing, enjoy diving or snorkelling in untouched waters, alongside stunning sunsets and incredible cuisine.
Sail Away with BodyHoliday
Nestled on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, the newly-renovated BodyHoliday resort’s slogan reads: ‘give us your body for a week, and we’ll give you back your mind’. More than just nutritious menus and spa treatments (though these are pretty amazing!), the all-inclusive luxury resort has recently unveiled its Sailing Club & School, incorporating the popular sport into its jam-packed wellness programme.
Choose from a range of great courses - from complete beginner’s classes and private lessons, to American Sailing Association qualifications - each led by expert instructors and using high performance X-Treme 26 sailing yachts. Each Saturday at BodyHoliday, their renowned friendly regatta is held; with your new skills, why not try your hand at winning the trophy?
Perfect Your Serve at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
If you are looking for a tennis holiday to hone your skills, then a solution is just a short-haul flight away. A truly impressive resort on the Canary Island of Tenerife, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama - alongside its Michelin-star restaurants and 18-hole golf course - is home to the incredible Annabel Croft Tennis Academy. Holding the prestigious title of former female British No.1, Annabel’s signature technique focuses on ‘movement and repetition’, something embraced by the expert coaches at the academy. No matter what your age or tennis experience, choose from a range of bespoke lessons and courses, allowing you to improve your tennis ability while soaking up the Tenerife sunshine!
Comprising an impressive seven top-end tennis courts – each with mesmerising views over the Atlantic Ocean – the academy also plays host to several world-renowned professional tournaments.
Soap-Making the Malay Way at The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi
Offering a slightly more niche learning experience, The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi holds an authentic soap-making workshop led by ‘Mama’, the proud owner of a nearby organic farm and an expert in generation-old soap recipes. With Mama, you can create your own all-natural bar, using a base of coconut milk, rice and honey, scented with spices of your choice. Helping you decide, she will share her insights into the properties of a variety of fragrant herbs grown on the island – including kaffir lime, cinnamon and turmeric.
Once crafted, the bars will be beautifully packaged and delivered to your room – the perfect souvenir or gift from your Malaysian adventure.
Fancy trying your hand at one (or more!) of these incredible learning experiences, or want to know what else is on offer? Contact our Travel Specialists today on 01244 355 600 for expert insight and first-hand recommendations.