Where to find unusual holiday experiences
It’s a fact - travellers’ tastes are changing rapidly.
As our world becomes increasingly ‘digital’, we’re listening to each other more than ever before when it comes to holiday recommendations. Less likely to listen to a straightforward TV advert or take a newspaper spread at face value, we look to our peers. We read comments and reviews, consume a number of popular travel blogs and watch videos of one another on our travels – liking and analysing what we see.
Presented with countless social media profiles and review websites, we’ve begun to curate lists of unusual travel experiences we’d like to embark on to make our trips just as awe-inspiring as our friends and families, no expense spared. Not content with cookie-cutter holidays, we’re looking for that something extra special that will make our trip truly memorable (and to an extent, shareable) – and why shouldn’t we!?
As a result, hotels have to think a little harder when it comes to what their guests want, and few have thought harder than Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts. Having created diverse and rather unusual experiences across a number of fascinating destinations, here’s a few that we think you should add to your travel wish-list:
Watch turtle hatching at Banyan Tree Seychelles
At magnificent Intendance Bay in the Seychelles, turtle season begins in October and ends in February. Visit this breath-taking homing zone and watch baby turtles as they leave their nests and make their journey to the Indian Ocean. Read more about Banyan Tree Seychelles
Try falconry and archery at Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Set within 500 hectares of soft, sand dunes in the majestic Arabian Desert; learn more about the ancient art forms of falconry and archery with the professionals in a series of interactive and exclusive sessions. Read more about Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Embark on a sunset sail at Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach
Sail a traditional Abra boat under the astounding Arabian sunset to a deserted beach, with a glass of champagne in hand and fresh strawberries with cream to dine on. As the gentle waters sway your boat, you can watch the sun dip below the horizon as stars begin to unfold in the night sky. Read more about Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach
Ride a bike around Luang Prabang at Maison Souvannaphoum
Explore the beauty of ancient Luang Prabang on a bike. Cycle past monks chanting sutras and discover up to 34 UNESCO-protected temples. Then when the sun is beginning to set, visit a traditional night market for a taste of this capital’s delicious street food. Read more about Maison Souvannaphoum
Play a round of golf at Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Designed by Greg Norman, play a round of golf on El Camaleon golf course, first to host the Mexican PGA Tour and named after the intrepid journey it takes through three distinct ecosystems - jungle, dense mangrove and stretches of ocean-front sand. Read more about Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Learn Thai cookery skills at Banyan Tree Phuket
Whip up dishes of gourmet cuisine from scratch in a creative and fun cooking session, learning all about traditional Thai cuisine and its cultural past-time. At the end of the class, receive a certificate to commend your new cookery skills. Read more about Banyan Tree Phuket
Take a tuk tuk tour at Banyan Tree Bangkok
Ride a Tuk Tuk through Bangkok, exploring its most recognisable sights, including the Grand Palace, popular among tourists and visitors. Before heading back to Vertigo, Asia's very first rooftop open-air grill and bar, and delight in an al fresco dining experience with unrivalled views of Bangkok's evening panorama. Read more about Banyan Tree Bangkok
Soak in serenity at Banyan Tree Samui
Overlooking the scenic Lamai Bay, soak in the surroundings in your own luxurious pool villa. Look out over cascading terraces and sparkling waters on a private hill cove in the southeastern coast of Koh Samui. Retreat from the dizzying pace of modernity into a unique, secluded haven. Read more about Banyan Tree Samui
Explore surrounding jungle at Banyan Tree Samui
Explore a treasure trove of mangrove forests, home to mangrove snakes, crabs and other creatures, and learn about this uniquely robust ecosystem's rich natural wonders. Alternatively, venture into the jungle on an ATV and emerge into the heart of a native village. Read more about Banyan Tree Bintan