Learn new skills from wine tasting to tennis while enjoying sunshine holiday
Many people want more from a holiday than lying on a beach and soaking up the sun.
Lots of travellers want to soak up a destination’s culture and even learn a new skill or activity. Travel specialists at Sovereign and Citalia have compiled their own suggestions for guests to learn all they need to know about their favourite pastimes during a much-needed break
Options range from tennis in Tenerife to gardening in La Gomera, while Italy offers a range of culinary classes.
Here are some of the artistic, sporting and tasty activities available.
Learn to cook in Puglia
Set in spectacular farmyards in the Pugliano countryside, Masseria Montenapoleone is the ideal location to enjoy the charm of southern Italy.
The on-site organic kitchen offers cooking classes, introducing visitors to the art of Apulian cooking. The lessons cover how to prepare the region’s specialty, orecchiette , from scratch, whilst hearing anecdotes from the chef on the culinary tradition and local history. Massiera Montenapoleone prides itself on its organic farmhouse which produces delicious, fruits, vegetables, and extra virgin oil, all to be used within the cooking.
Citalia.com has a 7-night stay at Masseria Montenapoleone, Puglia including breakfast and private airport transfers from £995 per person.
Improve wine-tasting skills in Piedmont
For aspiring sommeliers, Villa Sparina offers guided tours and tastings in their 18th century wine cellar. Located in the heart of Piedmont, the winery-resort is the ideal place to finesse wine tasting abilities. Run by the Moccagatta family, they pride themselves on offering unique hospitality. The tasting programme includes wines vinified on site, with prices starting at £21 per person.
Citalia.com has a 5-night stay at Villa Sparina Resort, Piedmont including breakfast from £689 per person (Car Hire Recommended).
Sicily cooking delights
Dating back to 1873, the Grand Hotel Timeo recreates the splendour of a bygone era and is surrounded by luxurious parkland, and a terrace with views of Mount Etna. The restaurant offers classes in Sicilian cookery, giving a great introduction to the island’s cuisine. Participants will start the day with a traditional Sicilian breakfast before heading to the market to select the freshest local ingredients. The class includes cooking a starter, pasta course and seafood course, as well as how to pair dishes perfectly will wine.
Citalia.com has a 5-night stay at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily including breakfast and private airport transfers from £1,799 per person.
Art classes in Tuscany
Located just 15 minutes’ drive from Florence, Villa La Massa is a great example of 16th century Medicean architecture. Considered one of Italy’s finest luxury hotels, it provides an indulgent and relaxing base to explore the Tuscan area. For guests inspired by the heritage of the property, drawing and painting classes are on offer. Celebrating the poetic and creative motivations, the classes are set in Villa La Massa’s beautiful gardens which provide the ultimate scenic backdrop.
Citalia.com has a 5-night stay at Villa La Massa, Tuscany including breakfast from £1.399 per person (Car Hire Recommended).
Tennis coaching in Tenerife
A popular family hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Abama is set in botanical grounds that lead to the golden sands of Abama Beach. With 12 bars and restaurants, including two Michelin-starred options, it is the perfect place to relax. For families looking for a more active stay, the Abama Tennis Academy is located a short walk from the resort. Guests can practice on one of the seven courts, whilst receiving coaching from one of the on-site experts. Players of all ages and every level are encouraged to get involved.
Sovereign.com offers a 7-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton Abama, Tenerife including breakfast and private airport transfers from £939 per person.
Gardening tips in La Gomera
A small and quiet island off Tenerife, La Gomera is ideal for those looking for a more tranquil break. Hotel Jardin Tecina is a great base to explore the island, with a great range of activities to try and 11 bars and restaurants to enjoy. The hotel’s eco-garden can be visited by guests on a guided tour to learn more about their unique approach to farming, based on the principles of permaculture. A visit is best ended with a visit to the El Laurel restaurant, which provides an 100% organic set menu made from the produce harvested from the garden.
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Sovereign.com offers a 7-night stay at Jardin Tecina, La Gomera, Tenerife including breakfast and private airport transfers for £699 per person.
Capture the beauty of Majorca
Situated in the Tramuntana mountains, Belmond La Residencia boasts exceptional views of its surroundings. For visitors looking to capture the beauty of the area, painting classes are on offer. Take a morning walk from La Residencia to Cala Deià for a painting masterclass in front of the sea. In the artist-led session, participants will learn how to capture the magical light of the island. All ages are welcome, as the lessons feature as much guidance as needed.
Sovereign.com offers a 5-night stay at Belmond La Residencia, Majorca including breakfast and private airport transfers from £1,599 per person.
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