Let's face it: Hotel activities are usually pretty much all the same wherever you go. And while there's certainly nothing wrong with a game of golf or tennis, sometimes it's nice to mix things up and try something that's a little out of the ordinary. With that thought in mind, we take a look at some of the most unusual hotel pastimes on offer around the globe:
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Over at the scenic <a href="http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/" target="_hplink">Ayers Rock Resort</a> in Australia, guests can follow in the footprints of their Indigenous hosts with a variety of cultural programs. Activity options here include dot painting workshops, boomerang and spear-throwing lessons and outback survival tours with an Indigenous guide.
Just like a scene out of the movie “City Slickers,” this <a href="http://www.triplecreekranch.com/" target="_hplink">luxurious Montana getaway </a>offers guests the chance to get in touch with their wrangling side during a cattle drive excursion. Cattle drives run from June through to mid-Oct, but don’t despair if you can’t get there during those times – the hotel also boasts a wide range of outdoor activities such as ice fishing and dog sledding throughout the winter.
Guests at the <a href="http://www.sheraton-waikiki.com/" target="_hplink">Waikiki Sheraton </a>can really get a taste of the islands by partaking in the one of the hotel’s complimentary hula lessons, lei-making sessions, ukulele tutorials or Polynesian wood carving workshops.
The fitness options at this acclaimed <a href="http://www.lakeaustin.com/" target="_hplink">Texan health resort</a> are anything but ordinary. From hydro biking to ballet, you’re guaranteed to find a form of exercise that interests you. But if it’s your mind and spirit you’re more concerned about, you can also enjoy an aromatherapy workshop, attend the resort book club, partake in some garden meditation or head out on a nightly astronomy class.
Located just outside the seaside vacation town of Punta del Este in Uruguay, this <a href="http://www.vikretreats.com/" target="_hplink">stunning colonial-style escap</a>e is located on 4,000 acres of land and features a private, state-of the-art polo field. Private polo lessons are available with professional coaches and once you’ve built up enough confidence, you can partake in one of the regular games that take place on the field. Or if you prefer, just watch the pros from the sidelines.
If you’ve always secretly wanted to be an acrobat, <a href="http://www.clubmed.com/cm/jsp/clubmed_welcome.jsp" target="_hplink">Club Med</a> resorts are the best place to turn your dreams into reality. The accommodation franchise offers trapeze lessons for both adults and children as young as four years old – all with the comfort of a safety net waiting below. And for those really wanting to perfect their gymnast techniques, a selected handful of Club Med destinations even offer a more in-depth trapeze academy.
Located in the Pennsylvania town that’s home to Hershey’s world-famous chocolate, this<a href="http://www.thehotelhershey.com/recreation/index.php" target="_hplink"> hotel’s </a>activity offerings tend to run on the sweet side. Indulge in a fireside S’mores roast or a game of chocolate bingo. And afterwards, burn off all that sugar at the hotel’s outdoor skating rink – made of synthetic material so that it stays open year-round.
Got musical aspirations? From October 12 to 14 and November 16 to 18, Abbey Road Studios and <a href="http://www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/" target="_hplink">The Savoy </a>are joining forces to let guests partake in a one-of-a-kind song recording experience. After a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s most iconic recording studios – generally not accessible to the public, you’ll get to record a group song from the Abbey Road Studio catalogue! You’ll then hear your vocal work in a playback session and receive a professionally mixed and mastered copy by Abbey Road Studios engineers to take home. Talk about feeling like a rock star!
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