‘Tis the season for making (and breaking) resolutions, so if you’re looking for something more from your next holiday, why not make it an educational trip? Learn a new skill on holiday with these breaks at home and away.
Learn a Skill on Holiday
The Skill: Football
Where? Lake District
It’s not likely that they’ll offer you a contract on the spot, but if you’re looking to improve your skills for your Sunday league game, or have a son or daughter with a promising career ahead of them, a football lesson with a Man United player is pretty much the ultimate way to improve.
Stay at Waternook Lakeside Accommodation in one of two 17th Century residences on a private 26 acre lake-fronting estate in the heart of the Lake District’s National Park – a World Heritage Site. Waternook can arrange a VIP training experience with a Manchester United Player of the guests’ choice. The package includes a private helicopter flight to Old Trafford, a champagne reception with the players, a tour of the grounds and one on one tuition.
During your stay you can also enjoy private cooking and baking lessons, photography tuition or even flying or sailing courses.
BOOK IT: Waternook is the main house and sleeps 12 guests over six luxury suites. Highlights include a private cinema, Spa & Wellness Sanctuary, outdoor terraces and lake view dining. A three night weekend break in Waternook starts from £4,500 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07709 098507)
The Skill: Surfing
Head to the Lelewatu Resort Sumba in Sumba Island, Indonesia, South-East Asia when it opens this April and improve your skills in any number of tropical pursuits. The world-class surf makes it the perfect spot for a course of surfing lessons, or if you prefer you can hone your horseback riding or focus on trekking, yoga or wild swimming.
BOOK: Rates at Lelewatu Resort Sumba, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from £710 per villa per night. For more information or to book, visit www.preferredhotels.com.
The Skill: Singing
Situated on the west coast of Mauritius, La Pirogue is perfect for those looking for some winter sun. Think bare-foot Mauritian luxury with thatched villas and turquoise waters. If you’re looking to improve more than your sun worshipping abilities, make the most of the Sounds Mauritius professional recording studio. Guests can try their hand at sound engineering, producing, singing or DJ’ing.
BOOK: Destinology (destinology.co.uk / 01204 474400) is offering a 35% discount on a 7 night stay at La Pirogue Mauritius, from £1,559 per person – including a saving of over £925 per couple. The price is based on two adults sharing a Garden Bungalow Room on a half board basis, and flights with British Airways from London Gatwick, as well as private car return transfers to/from Mauritius airport. Book by 28th February 2019, travel between 1st February – 31st March 2019.
The Skill: Horse Riding
At Treworgey Cottages’ fully licenced stables, all level of riders are catered for. Whether you want to hone your dressage or jumping skills, you can enjoy lessons in idyllic surroundings at the head of Cornwall’s Looe River Valley. Accommodation can be found in one of 15 cottages with private gardens, open fireplaces and pool and tennis facilities.
BOOK: A three-night weekend break in a five-star one-bedroom cottage starts from £315 for two. A three-night break for four starts from £329. A half hour riding lesson is £25, and a 1 hour hack is £26 (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01503 262730)
The Skill: Hyperconsciousness
The Azura Benguerra and Azura Quilalea’s ‘Sounds of Africa’ wellness programme will teach you to live more presently this year. The practice of hyperconsciousness is at the heart of the programme, with walking mediations around the island, African Drumming sessions, silent white sand breakfasts and tribal traditions massages on offer. Leave the phone at home and get stuck into it.
BOOK: www.azura-retreats.com | from $675 per person sharing per night
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