25 August 2016
Whether you'd like to learn a new skill, practise your favourite hobby or start a life-changing project, make the most of your time off with one of these fantastic hobby holidays! From cooking and cocktail making, to creative writing and dancing, here are seven beautiful places to inspire your creativity and improve your skills!
Best for: Cooking
Villa Bordoni, Tuscany
Beautifully located amidst olive groves, cypress trees and Chianti vineyards, the 16th century Villa Bordoni is a perfect place for a culinary break. Offering both traditional and rustic cooking classes, you’ll experience hands-on cooking time and a unique insight into Italian and Tuscan cuisine with a highly-trained chef. All of Villa Bordoni’s lessons can be personalised on request, with classes appropriate for children and different levels of expertise.
Best for: Dancing
La Casona De Calderon, Andalucia
A delightful, traditional hotel in Osuna in the heart of rural Andalucia, La Casona De Calderon is a perfect choice for a rural retreat in an idyllic setting. Grab your castanets and live the Andalusian dream with Flamenco sessions run by an acclaimed dance teacher!
Best for: Cocktail Making
St James's Hotel and Club
Learn about the history of cocktails from contemporary to classic, and make and taste your own concoctions at the St James's Hotel and Club, a five-star boutique hotel in one of London’s most desirable addresses. With cocktail masterclasses led by an expert in the fields of mixology and spirits, every delectable cocktail will be accompanied by delicious canapés provided by Michelin-starred William Drabble and his team!
Best for: Yoga
Ananda In The Himalayas, India
Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa resort in the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. Located on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate and overlooking the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the River Ganges, this serene mountain retreat offers yoga sessions, holistic healing programme and wellness experiences, so it’s a perfect place to escape the stresses and strains of daily life.
Best for: Creative writing
The Grange, Isle of Wight
Unlock your inner creativity with a residential writing course at The Grange in the old village of Shanklin on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. With award-winning authors to sharpen your writing skills and beautiful scenery to inspire you, you’ll return home with new talents that you never knew you had! When you’re not busy immersing yourself in your course, you can enjoy a meandering walk down to the long sandy beach or indulge in a pampering massage. This charming destination is perfect for both writers and non-writers alike.
Best for: Learning a language
Hotel Leone, Le Marche, Italy
Learn to speak like a local in the beautiful Le Marche area of Italy. Situated in the medieval hilltop town of Montelparo, the boutique Hotel Leone offers guests a unique all-in-one holiday experience. You can learn Italian from native speakers and discover the country’s beautiful countryside, coastline, mountains and quaint hilltop towns. There’s also a great variety of organised activities on offer too, including pizza making classes and wine tasting.
Best for: Painting
The Nare, Cornwall
Beautifully located on the Roseland Peninsula with its secluded creeks, stunning gardens and hidden churches, The Nare is an elegant country house hotel offering everything that you could possible need for a relaxing escape. Enjoy the beautiful Carne Beach, take a stroll along the coastal path, and whilst you’re there, you can brush up on your painting skills with one of the hotel’s residential art classes.
Ready to learn a new skill on your next holiday? From cooking to dancing, we can create your perfect getaway! Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today to find out more.