Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” (Ibn Majah)
What better way to embrace this hadith while on vacay. Interactive experiences on vacations not only provide a connection to the local community and culture, but they can make the getaway more memorable. From cooking classes to kickboxing, bring home a new skill as a souvenir.
Train with a Muay Thai pro in Bangkok
Muay Thai has gone from an ancient art of body combat to a revered national sport. At The Siam, an urban luxury hotel in the Old Bangkok quarters, guests can glove up for private lessons in their state-of-the-art Muay Thai ring with a professional trainer. And because the sport is not easy on the muscles, the hotel has designed a chef-exclusive fighter’s diet menu and spa treatment to get you re-energised.
Elevate your Japanese business etiquette in Tokyo
Learn how to exchange business cards correctly, eat sushi the right way or don the yukata like a local. The intricacies of Japanese culture are made easier with a private guide that helps you navigate the country like a pro. The two-hour insight into Japanese best business practices at Palace Hotel Tokyo will also enlighten the leisure traveller.
Revive a lost cuisine in Malacca
Be one of the few in the world to be able to cook Kristang cuisine that is rooted in a 500-year-old legacy at The Majestic Hotel Malacca. Kristang, a hybrid flavour of Malacca and Portuguese, is rich with spices and herbs that propelled 15th century Malacca into a spice hub. Paired with an exploration of the local market that introduces guests to indigenous herbs, spices and more, this culinary adventure will be one to check off the bucket list.
Brew tonics in Bali
“Jamu”, a traditional herbal concoction, is a staple in any Indonesian home. From easing indigestion to acting as a beauty aid, different jamu has different benefits. Even Indonesia President, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has a favourite: a ginger and turmeric brew mixed with Javanese ginger (temulawak). At Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali, hosts encourage guests to both imbibe this health elixir while learning to make one in its jamu making class.
Harmonise with a singing bowl in Koh Kood
Every week at Soneva Kiri offers the opportunity for guests to learn to strike the right harmonics with the Tibetan Singing Bowl. Long known for its effects that induces relaxation and frees up the flow of energy or “chi” through the body, the sounds produced by the bowls can also help stress reduction and holistic healing. With guidance from the resort’s Six Senses Spa therapist, guests discover the virtues of sound healing therapy that is also incorporated into one of the treatments.
Workout in the legendary waters of Bath
In the UNESCO World Heritage Site City of Bath, at the bi-level elegant Spa Village of Gainsborough Bath Spa, guests can experience a new perspective on the city’s thermal water heritage. Through the complimentary Aquasana programme, guests explore an aqua fitness session that combines stretching, Tai Chi balancing movements and core strength to increase strength and flexibility. This invigorating session will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.
Learn To (Digital) Detox at The Anambas
At a time where we are always connected, it may be hard to learn how to let go. At Bawah Reserve, disconnecting digitally is made easier with limited wifi, restful days that invite exploration of the 13 white-sand beaches, snorkeling off at any of the six lagoons and exploring any of the six stunning islands.
Main picture credit: The Siam