By Olivia Cuccaro
Choosing which luxury hotel to book on your next trip is as much about the sumptuous suites as it is about the activities offered on site. Whether you prefer Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, The Peninsula, Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis, one thing’s for sure — many of the most upscale properties in the world are synonymous with Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts. From just 20 hotels in 1992, the travel network now encompasses 1,246 in its portfolio. Adding 94 five-star locations to the mix in 2017 alone, the network currently spans 100 countries, from intimate boutique hotels to sprawling resorts. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Virtuoso is highlighting exceptional experiences available at 20 of the company’s properties. These are our picks of the most incredible activities Virtuoso hotels have to offer.
Whale Watch at Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea
From December to May, this experience ticks the box for both nature lovers and aspiring photographers. Renowned underwater fine art photographers the Cesere Brothers will take you on a custom whale-watching excursion, complete with photo evidence of your adventure. Snap your own pictures of Maui’s colorful marine life, or let the experts get your perfect shot to take home.
Drive in Style at Mandarin Oriental, Munich
For the motoring enthusiast, this trip to BMW Welt will have engines roaring. The package includes an exclusive individual experience at BMW, featuring exhibits and an automobile collection, as well as a special welcome drink from Bar31 and private transfer to and from the hotel in a BMW limo.
Become a Dim Sum Chef at The Peninsula, Hong Kong
No need to fly in your favorite dumplings after you’ve returned home. At Michelin-starred Spring Moon, you’ll learn the history of favorite Chinese dishes before creating them alongside the hotel chef. Once you know the tricks of the trade, sit down to enjoy the Cantonese delicacies for yourself.
Master Mixology at The Connaught, London
Hone your bartending skills with a masterclass at the famed Connaught Bar. Led by Agostino Perrone, director of mixology, you’ll study everything from making perfect martini to homemade bitters to ice carving.
As travelers continue to do more in the digital world, Virtuoso has introduced a new online booking tool this year to provide guests with a convenient way to reserve a stay. To view all the unique experiences offered by Virtuoso properties, please visit virtuoso.com.