From cooking to painting to developing a palate for fine wine, the extra time spent at home has encouraged many of us to take up a new hobby. With the world back open, here are vacation ideas for travelers eager to take their new skills for a test drive.

If you got into: Photography

Go to: The Galapagos

Intimate and exclusive for just 20 guests, the identical luxury expedition yachts, Origin & Theory by Ecoventura are named after Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and Origin of Species. They are managed like floating boutique hotels and are the only Galapagos vessels to have joined the ranks of the esteemed Relais & Chateaux collection. During back to back sailings in October and November 2021, naturalist and National Geographic certified photo instructor Antonio Adrian will host Ecoventura’s themed photography departure aboard luxury expedition yacht, Theory, teaching guests the basics of photography and how to best capture their seven-night trip. A naturalist and photographer, Antonio will help guests better understand their cameras as well as the technicalities of composition and framing to help take that perfect shot, whilst enlightening them about the flora and fauna that surround them in the Galapagos.

www.ecoventura.com

 

If you got into: Design

Go to: Guatemala

With room to accommodate just 12 reservations per night, guests of the intimate and exclusive Villa Bokéh can choose from rooms and suites boasting private balconies, enclosed gardens with fire pits, and volcano vistas, all spaciously distributed throughout the first and second stories of the estate. A private art collection provides the finishing touch to each room with exquisite, oversized black and white portrait photography, remarkable sculptures, and elegant paintings -- all sourced locally to support and shine a light on the country’s artisans who are the heart and foundation of Guatemala’s beautifully bewitching Mayan culture. What’s more, a soon-to-launch initiative will give guests 10% of their nightly rate in vouchers to shop from local artisans -- so they can bring some of the inspiration back home. 

www.villabokeh.com

If you got into: Art

Go to: Anguilla

Anguilla’s Quintessence, a spectacular nine-suite hotel affectionately nicknamed ’The Tropical Mansion,’ features one of the world’s largest Haitian art collections outside of Haiti, procured by the property’s owner Geoffrey Fieger. Every stunning creation comes from renowned painters, sculptors and artists throughout the Caribbean and includes the largest collection of Haitian art outside of Haiti. This Fall, the hotel is partnering with Haiti’s Le Centre d’Art, the very first and most prestigious art school in Port Au Prince, to donate a portion of proceeds from November bookings to the Centre’s mission to rebuild artists’ homes and workshops after the recent earthquake. Read more about Le Centre d’Art here

www.qhotelanguilla.com

 

If you got into: Wine

Go to: Lucca, Italy

The charming city of Lucca remains one of Tuscany’s best kept secrets, where the new Grand Universe Lucca, is bringing the region’s best wines front and center. Fit for Tuscan royalty, the former palazzo turned luxury hotel features three immersive Tuscan Wine tasting experiences - the Montalcino, Montecarlo, and Super Tuscan and Chianiti Classico -- each deeply exploring the grapes of these regions, their distinctive flavor profiles and best pairings. Located at the base of the property, the ancient Eterno Wine Cellar is the perfect setting for these experiences, featuring remnants of an ancient wall and an extensive collection of Tuscan wines. The motto of your trip: Cin-cin! Once you discover your favorite Tucan red, enjoy a change of scenery at the  awe-inspiring Sommitá rooftop bar which overlooks the fascinating walled city. Book the “Tuscan Wine & Olive Oil Experience” package for Fall 2021 travel at www.granduniverselucca.com

 

If you got into: Sailing

Go to: St. Maarten

With wind and water conditions conducive to some of the region's best sailing opportunities, the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten offers experiences for both amateur and professional sailors alike, such as the legendary Heineken Regatta, which is set to make its comeback March 3-6, 2022. Additionally,  the island’s ideal northeast trade winds invite travelers to stretch their sea legs and adopt sailing as a new hobby. This sailing season, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club is offering a variety of lessons led by skilled instructors for kids and adults at all experience levels. Visit www.smyc.com/sailing-school to learn more about all classes offered.

www.vacationstmaarten.com.

 

If you got into: Music

Go to: Memphis

Located in the heart of the ‘Home of the Blues’ sits the new-build Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis the very first and only hotel to acquire the famous Beale Street address. The hotel brings Memphis’ charm to life with a modern and music-inspired design that gives subtle nods to the city’s vibrant spirit and rich music culture, including wall art that resembles an old speaker, treble clef inspired light fixtures, hallway carpet designed to mimic sound-waves, peeps of music-note wallpaper in the rooms and at the property’s rooftop bar, Beck & Call, guests will spot wallpaper made to look like the acoustic foam of a recording studio. Visitors will even be able to enjoy live music from the pool deck and Beck & Call, where local artists bring the Memphis sound to life. Putting guests right at the center of the city's entertainment district, the hotel acts as a launchpad, pushing travelers out to enjoy their time ‘Walking in Memphis, where they’ll discover Elvis’ hometown and of course listen to the blues and rock n’ roll that have given Memphis its iconic sound.

 

If you got into: Cooking

Go to: Bonaire

Home to a burgeoning culinary scene, the Dutch Caribbean Island of Bonaire houses an impressive mix of high-end eateries, waterfront fare and gourmet food trucks just waiting for foodies to explore. From a locally-inspired oceanfront restaurant, Brass Boer, whose owner is a renowned chef with a Michelin star to an intimate live cooking fine dining experience at CHEFS, Bonaire is the ultimate culinary vacation. Those seeking an authentic taste of the island can head to Posada Para Mira to nosh on local dishes such as goat stew and iguana soup. 

 

If you got into: Golf

Go to: Barnsley Resort

Tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is every golfer’s Southern paradise, Barnsley Resort  The 3,000 acre resort is home to the 18-hole Jim Fazio golf course and state-of-the-art Golf School where golfers of all levels are able to sharpen their skills, improve their swings and fix faults in their game with drop-in clinics, private golf instructions and top-of-the-line TrackMan technology. When players are ready to hit the course, they’ll be greeted by 378 acres of championship greens that wind around the lake, forest and gardens of Barnsley Resort and feature striking views of mountain peaks, some of the fastest greens in the Southeast, elevation changes off the tee and one of the best collections of par 3s anywhere. For more information visit https://www.barnsleyresort.com

 

If you got into: Fashion

Go to: W Fort Lauderdale

As South Florida's signature playground, W Fort Lauderdale is stirring up the fashion scene this fall with the brand new launch of Sea Snip. Created by local fashion designer Melodie Blaize, this signature in-suite amenity makes sustainable fashion chic by transforming custom shirts or garments into one of a kind works of art. Get creative and skip the typical trends by spicing up the group's look to match Fort Lauderdale's vibrant charm. Pricing starts at $250 for four t-shirts. Only available for oceanfront suites. To book, visit wseasnip.com

 

If you got into: Mixology

Go to: AC Hotel Orlando Downtown

Taking Orlando’s culinary scene to new heights is SkyBar, AC Hotel Orlando Downtowns chic rooftop terrace with endless views of “The City Beautiful.” Soaring 18 stories high, this hotspot quickly made a name for itself thanks to its bold cocktail menu and European-style tapas. Here, AC Orlando's one-of-a-kind secret menu cocktail “The Cloud" is inspired by the magic of its location and sky-high perch seemingly amongst the clouds, this libation includes Hendricks Gin and a white orb that when popped gently releases plumes of elderflower herbals. 

 

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