Book a stay at this luxury, beachfront property, and you’ll come away with a bag-load of new skills. First on the list is Spanish lessons to help you get to grips with the basics, like ordering drinks and greeting people, for instance. If you enjoy getting a feel for the local culture, you can ramp it up a gear by signing up for Caribbean dance classes, as well. Or, if cooking is more of a hobby of yours, there are culinary workshops to get involved with, along with wine and tequila tasting sessions. Scuba diving lessons offer up the chance to come face-to-face with the resort’s underwater residents, who include turtles, rays and lobsters. And in-between all of this, you’ll have three infinity pools, seven à la carte restaurants and a range of spa treatments to make use of.
If you like the sound of scuba diving, here are some other diver-friendly places to add to your list.
This adults-only hotel shines a light on the local way of doing things, by rolling out Greek language lessons and cooking classes. Pick up the basic phrases and you’ll be all set for exploring the nearby village, which is stocked with traditional tavernas and shops selling handmade souvenirs. The culinary lessons, meanwhile, will have you trying out recipes for Greek favourites, like moussaka and dolmades. And you can take your new-found skills home to impress your family and friends.
Sports and activities are what our Robinson resorts do best. And, at many of them, you can make the most of complimentary introductory sessions to see if you want to take up the sport properly or not. Robinson Club Masmavi in Turkey, for example, offers 30-minute taster classes for golf, tennis and stand-up paddleboarding. If you want to take it further, you can go as far having a one-on-one lesson from a professional coach. Robinson Club Esquinzo Playa in Fuerteventura throws windsurfing and catamaran sailing into the mix – the area is well-known for being great for watersports. Robinson Club Cala Serena in Majorca, meanwhile, is a top choice if you want to learn how to scuba dive or get creative with an art class – it comes with a fully-fledged art studio. For something a bit different, Playa Granada on the Costa del Sol hits the spot. Here, you can try your hand at Disc Golf. A far cry from the traditional game, this version doesn’t take place on a course and swaps a ball for a frisbee.
Find out why Olympic athlete Darren Campbell chose the Robinson Club Esquinzo Playa for his family holiday.
Yoga is in the limelight at our Sensatori Resorts. There are classes for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, and they take place in scenic settings – like by the beach or in flower-filled gardens – so it’s an ideal place to try it for the first time. For a super-relaxing experience, sign up for one of the candlelit sessions. These are held after dark, and a musician comes along to play the guitar in harmony with each move. The fully-trained guides can take you through the steps one by one and give you pointers on your poses. If you’ve got little ones with you, they can get involved, as well.
If that doesn’t quite convince you, have a read of our six reasons why yoga is better on holiday.
Another one for keen divers, Hotel Riu Creole in Mauritius offers an introductory scuba session as part of the All Inclusive package, making it a top choice for trying out the sport for the first time. The waters around Mauritius are filled with all kinds of tropical sea-dwellers, from puffer and parrotfish to turtles. Back on dry land, you can put your creative skills to the test during one of the RiuArt workshops. Elsewhere, the hotel provides two pools, a white-sand beach, and a handful of restaurants.
When it comes to hotels that offer up new challenges, Holiday Villages – which belong to our sister company First Choice – need a mention. Each of these resorts comes with its own Aerial Adventure course, complete with a unique web of high ropes, wobbly bridges and climbing apparatus. It’s free to use, so you can spend your holiday trying to master it. Aside from that, there’s also a full catalogue of sports – featuring everything from archery and minigolf to types you’ve probably never heard of, like Aeroball – aka basketball on a trampoline. Then you’ve got the Holiday Villages' academies, which teach younger guests a new skill. They’ll be saying goodbye to their armbands after a few classes at the Swim Academy, which is led by ASA-qualified teachers. There’s also the Football Academy for budding Beckhams and the Stage Academy for wannabe Taylor Swifts.
The beachfront has the full works. Along with an A-Z of activities, there are three infinity pools and unlimited à la carte dining.
The TUI MAGIC LIFE Masmavi spreads out between a beach and 10 golf courses, making it ideal for activities in the deep blue sea or on the well-preened greens.
The Hotel Riu Creole has a scenic setting on the Le Morne peninsula, edged by a white-sand beach and overlooked by a dramatic rock mountain.
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