New packages help tourists learn in luxury
Saturday 19 March 2011
Shangri-La has launched a set of themed package holidays, joining other top-end chains offering imaginative vacations to keep travelers educated and entertained as well as relaxed.
The chain's new Shangri-La Escapes packages are designed around the whims of shopaholics, nature lovers, foodies or culture vultures, taking in the best surroundings of Shangri-La properties in destinations such as China, Malaysia or the Maldives.
Guests can choose experiences such as a stay at the Rasa Ria resort in Kota Kinabalu in the Borneo jungle, or more traditional luxury such as a private tour of the Michelin-starred Restaurant Pétrus at the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong.
Once the preserve of dedicated adventure firms, exciting exploration packages are now widely available from mainstream hoteliers and have been particularly embraced by luxury brands.
Earlier this month, top-end chain Fairmont announced an extension of its Apprentice-Trips, designed to satisfy travelers' "yearn to learn."
A spokesperson told Relaxnews that the trips proved popular last year and were being expanded for this year's lineup, with new additions such as a Monaco modern art package at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, which promises to showcase the principality's art scene.
Other trips include a How to Pass a Bill in Washington Package from the Fairmont, Washington DC, offering an educational look at US politics, or the Walk on the Wide Side nature walk package from Fairmont's two Zimbali hotels in South Africa.
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