According to The Travel Daily, adventure holidays have seen a 750% rise in the past five years and it is clear to see there is a rising trend of holidaymakers who are looking for more from their holidays. Instead of spending days lying by the pool or on the beach, why not use the time to pick up a new skill? Embarking on a learning holiday is not just an opportunity to expand horizons; it’s a chance to infuse adventure and excitement into the pursuit of knowledge. Whether mastering a culinary art, or honing a skill, these trips offer a unique blend of education and fun. Imagine exploring the vibrant streets of a foreign city, engaging oneself in its culture, and savouring the joy of newfound expertise.
Tropical Sky, and sister brands Africa Sky, Canadian Sky, American Sky, Australian Sky and New Zealand Sky, is an award winning travel company specialising in high-end holidays, tailor-made travel experiences, escorted tours, spa retreats, cruise breaks, and learning holidays worldwide, providing holidaymakers with a wide choice of vacation options. Creating unforgettable experiences, Tropical Sky helps holidaymakers plan their dream trips to the Caribbean, the Far East, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and beyond, with a vast range of world-class resorts and breath-taking experiences on offer. Tropical Sky offers an exciting array of learning holidays worldwide, from horse riding in Arizona to cooking in Sri Lanka and Grenada, dancing in St Lucia, scuba diving in the Maldives, surfing in Bali, paddle boarding in Barbados, crafting rum punch in the Caribbean, and more…
Learning holidays are not confined to the classroom; they unfold in immersive environments, fostering connections with locals and creating lasting memories. From workshops in exotic locales to hands-on experiences that ignite new passions, these journeys are a celebration of curiosity and the thrill of discovery. So, if one is seeking a vacation that combines personal growth with sheer enjoyment, they should consider the transformative magic of a learning holiday – where education and fun intertwine to create an unforgettable adventure.
Keep reading to discover a small selection of the learning holidays Tropical Sky offers…
Learn to play Tennis at Curtain Bluff hotel in Antigua, in the Caribbean
The fabulous five star Curtain Bluff Hotel, in the verdant hillside of Antigua, is the perfect place for a learning holiday. The hotels hosts many tennis events each year, notably Antigua Tennis Week held each Spring and Tennis Challenge Week held in November. They have evolved into international tennis festivals and attract many big names in the sport. The tennis centre features four championship floodlit courts with three full-time on-site tennis professionals making it the ideal place to learn to play like the champions. Lessons are available for all abilities and all ages, whether a complete novice or seasoned professional. A seven night stay at Curtain Bluff Hotel, arriving 20 May 2024 is priced from £3,679 pp, based on two sharing a Deluxe Ocean View Room on an all-inclusive basis, this includes return flights from London Gatwick and private transfers.
Tropical Sky (01342 310571, www.tropicalsky.co.uk)
Take a cooking class at Anantara Kalutara Resort, in Sri Lanka
The Spices Cooking School at Anantara Kalutara Resort in Sri Lanka is a culinary haven for enthusiasts seeking to embark on a flavourful journey through the island’s rich gastronomic heritage. Located amidst the lush tropical beauty of Kalutara, the cooking school offers an immersive experience that combines the beauty of its surroundings with the magic of Sri Lankan spices. Under the expert guidance of seasoned chefs, guests can learn the art of creating authentic Sri Lankan dishes, from fragrant curries to delectable seafood specialties. The interactive classes provided by the school offer guests a chance to explore the local spice markets with the chef, learn how to select the freshest ingredients, and then master the techniques that make Sri Lankan cuisine so captivating. Afterwards, revel in the delights of the newfound knowledge and tuck into a delicious self-made lunch with a glass of prosecco. Whether a novice or a seasoned cook, the Spices Cooking School at Anantara offers a delightful culinary adventure that leaves taste buds tingling with delight. A seven night stay at Anantara Kalutara Resort, arriving 12 June 2024, is priced from £1,629 pp, based on two sharing a double room on a half board basis, this includes return flights from London Heathrow and transfers. Cookery classes can be booked for an additional cost of $150 / £124 pp.
Tropical Sky (01342 310571, www.tropicalsky.co.uk)
Master horse riding at the Tanque Verde Ranch, in Arizona, the USA
Nestled amidst the picturesque desert and majestic mountains of Tucson, the Tanque Verde Ranch stands out as the epitome of upscale guest ranches, showcasing a rich history that extends far back in the annals of the nation. As an all-inclusive resort, this extraordinary destination finds itself near the breath-taking Saguaro National Park East. Guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region through activities like mountain biking and hiking. However, the true highlight here is the chance to embark on unforgettable horseback excursions, complete with riding lessons suitable for all levels of expertise, seamlessly included in the accommodation rates. Beyond its outdoor adventures, the Tanque Verde Ranch fosters a sense of communal living, with ranch-style meals that bring people together. Families can delight in the convenience of daylong kids’ activity programmes, ensuring the younger members of the group are entertained while parents cherish moments of solitude. A six night stay at Tanque Verde Ranch, arriving 12 June 2024, is priced from £2,649 pp, based on two sharing a Road Runner Sala on a full board basis, this includes return flights from London Heathrow and transfers.
American Sky (01342 331798, www.americansky.co.uk)
Take a painting master class at Anse Chastanet in St Lucia, the Caribbean
Anse Chastanet, one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque resort getaways, has a blend of tranquillity, romance, and adventure. Nestled within a sprawling 600-acre estate, this hidden gem has two soft sand beaches, pristine coral reefs, and spectacular views of the Pitons. What sets Anse Chastanet apart are the thoughtful details, including unique artwork in every accommodation crafted by professional artists who once resided in those very rooms. While relaxation can take centre stage here, whether sunbathing on the beach or indulging in spa treatments at Kai Belte, there’s a plethora of activities for those seeking adventure. Choose from sunrise and sunset yoga classes, guided walks, tennis sessions, snorkelling time, and non-motorised water sports – the options are abundant. And since January 2022, Anse Chastanet has introduced art classes, led by Naja Misaki Simeon, a rising star in St Lucia’s art scene. Guests can enjoy complimentary group classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays or opt for private sessions for a fee. These artistic experiences add an extra layer of enrichment to the resort’s already captivating offerings, allowing guests to express their creativity amid this Caribbean paradise. Why not paint the spectacular surrounding Pitons and bring home a memento as a reminder of the holiday? A seven night stay at Anse Chastanet, arriving 12 June 2024, is priced from £2,449 pp, based on two sharing a standard room on an all-inclusive basis, this includes return flights from London Gatwick and transfers.
Tropical Sky (01342 310596, www.tropicalsky.co.uk)
Learn to scuba dive at Fushifaru Maldives, South Asia
Serenity reigns at the sophisticated boutique hotel of Fushifaru Maldives. Found in the north-eastern border of the captivating Lhaviyani Atoll, the resort has breathtaking vistas in every direction and sits amidst three iconic diving sites and a marine protected area. Exuding a chic and laid-back vibe, Fushifaru Maldives embraces classic Maldivian island decor and beach-inspired aesthetics. Culinary delights range from tropical local flavours at Korakali to sumptuous seafood feasts at Raakani. Not to be missed are the fresh-fruit skewers and cold-pressed juices at Thundi or the inventive cocktails, including the Kurumba made with local coconuts, at Fanihandi Bar. Amidst this stunning setting, a wealth of water-based activities awaits, from kayaking to snorkelling with manta rays and dolphin watching cruises. Experience the greatest treasure that Fushifaru has to offer through Best Dives. Regardless of age and experience, the company offers a range of underwater adventures. Start with the Discover Scuba Programme to be surrounded by sea creatures, or let kids aged eight and above join the Bubblemaker Programme. Dive into the waters of the Indian Ocean and discover an underwater paradise with fish, turtles, coral reefs, manta rays, dolphins, whit-tip sharks and much more. A seven night stay at Fushifaru Maldives, arriving 20 May 2024, is priced from £3,299 pp based on two sharing a Beach Villa Sunrise on an all-inclusive basis, this includes return flights from London Heathrow and transfers.
Tropical Sky (01342 331795, www.tropicalsky.co.uk)
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