Learn Something New at Resorts Around the Country and Abroad
With summer coming to a close and children heading back to school, there’s no better chance to jump on the educational bandwagon than the present (especially because virtual learning was so 2020).
For those interested in taking home a bit of mental memorabilia while traveling, guests staying at the following resorts and hotels will be able to have the best of both worlds – the chance to unwind while learning something new.
Learn a new skill in the US:
· Learn to Golf at The Wigwam (Phoenix, AZ) –
The Wigwam, known for its impressive 54 holes of championship golf set within a peaceful Sonora desert, is expanding its golf horizon to offer lessons for all levels of golfers. For those looking specifically to fine tune their golf game, the Warren Schutte Players Academy, located on-site at The Wigwam, is now offering guests the chance to learn from the best by offering private group golf lessons. For those interested in getting a bird’s eye view of the course can elevate their golf game with a helicopter tour of the courses.
· Learn to Fly-fish at Montage Deer Valley (Park City, UT) –
Utah is a sportsman’s paradise known for its world-renowned blue-ribbon fly-fishing along the Provo, Green and Weber rivers. Through a recent partnership with Adventure IO, guests at Montage Deer Valley can arrange for an all-inclusive guided fly-fishing experience in Deer Valley’s year-round alpine adventure hub with the help of expert guide, Joe Mitchell. Guests will learn the art of fly-fishing, from fly-tying to casting techniques, spotting fish and more. End the day with a selection of wine and small bites while reflecting on the excursion.
· Learn how to E-Foil at Montage Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, CA) –
Montage Laguna Beach is nested on a clifftop in the iconic surfing town of Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach is the birthplace of surfing legends like Mike Parsons and home to surfing pro Hans Hagen. Through Montage’s Adventure IO Partnership, guests can learn how to ride e-Foils with professional surfer, Chuck Glynn, an experience best described as a mix between surfing, flying, and snowboarding through deep powder.
· Learn the art of bird-watching at Montage Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton, South Carolina) –
Located within Palmetto Bluff’s 20,000-acre nature preserve in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Montage Palmetto Bluff is an aviation paradise. Resident naturalist, Brian Byrnehelps guests find greater connection with the surrounding natural environment. In tandem with the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, Brian offers a series of group and private tours of the resort’s nature viewing areas such as Bird Island and River Road Trail.
· Learn just about every watersport in Destin Fort-Walton Beach (Walton Beach, FL) –
From learning how to snorkel and paddleboard to taking eFoil lessons and catching one’s first fish, there are a plethora of opportunities for travelers to “get their feet wet” while learning a new skill at Destin Fort-Walton Beach. Located in Northwest Florida, Destin-Fort Walton Beach features 24 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and offers various educational experiences both on land and in the area’s emerald, crystal clear waters. Standout adventures include dolphin excursions, scuba diving, eFoil lessons, charter fishing, snorkeling, surf fishing and surf lessons, camping in Henderson Beach State Park, and more. The full selection is available here.
Learn a new skill abroad:
· Learn how to horseback ride at Coworth Park (Ascot, England) –
Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection’s countryside hotel and spa, has its own polo grounds and equestrian center where guests have the opportunity to learn to ride horseback across the 240 acre private estate and enjoy beautiful the Berkshire countryside at the Equestrian Centre and play polo with the celebrated Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park. Coworth Park is the only hotel in the U.K. where guests can practice or learn to play polo and enjoy world-class polo events taking place within its grounds. Coworth Park aims to introduce this increasingly accessible and popular sport to non-players through Guards Polo Academy’s private and leisure experiences, allowing polo enthusiasts of all levels to get a true taste for the game.
· Learn zoology from scientists aboard Integrity (Galapagos Islands, Ecuador)
Operated exclusively by INCA (International Nature & Cultural Adventures) — Scientist, Educator and former Galápagos naturalist guide, Bill Roberson offers in-depth, content-rich Galapagos adventures and programming to visitors from around the world aboard Integrity, a luxury yacht. Every Integrity voyage is led by hand-selected, highly trained naturalist guides, all of whom have done scientific research in the Galápagos, hold advanced university degrees, and have dedicated 20-35 years to sharing their passion and knowledge of the islands with visitors. Integrity’s guides teach guests how to interact with nature with awareness and understanding of the complex relationship between nature and human – lucky passengers may even be able to participate in a citizen science penguin observation program!
· Learn how to track mountain gorillas, courtesy of Wilderness Safaris (Botswana, Africa) –
Wilderness Safaris, widely acclaimed as Africa’s pioneering ecotourism operator, offers life-changing journeys in some of the continent’s most remote and pristine wildlife areas.in more than 40 luxury camps and safaris across six African countries, from Botswanato Zimbabwe. At Wilderness Safaris’ Bisate and Magashi camps in Rwanda, guests can also help with the tracking of mountain gorillas for incredible one-hour group encounters, or learn about the constellations at their Little Kulala camp in Namibia as part of Wilderness Safaris’ stargazing program. Wilderness Safaris is focused on helping to conserve Africa’s spectacular biodiversity, while sharing ecotourism’s benefits with local communities and providing travelers with transformative experiences which offer a front-row seat to much of Africa’s wildlife.