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Have Some Class!

Sandra Ramani | August 30, 2013 | Articles

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort
Dominican Republic

This beachside all-inclusive keeps guests entertained with a long list of life-enrichment classes on topics ranging from digital photography to sushi-making and flower-arranging. One of our favorites is the tango class: Offered year-round, the lessons cover the basics of the intricate dance—just enough for you to impress all your peeps back home. All-inclusive rates from $146 per person,, @paradisus

La Posada de Santa Fe
Santa Fe, N.M.

Santa Fe has long-attracted artists, writers and spirituality-seekers, and this historic resort—set on 6 acres in the heart of town—helps guests get in touch with their creative spirits. In addition to boasting an extensive on-site art collection and hosting painting classes, La Posada offers free weekly memoir-writing classes led by the resort’s on-site art curator, Sara Eyestone. Rooms from $250,, @laposadasf

The Tides Inn
Irvington, Va.

Since 1947, this Chesapeake Bay classic has been attracting guests with activities from golf and spa days and gourmet dining to s’mores roasting on the deck. The inn has partnered with local yachting company to offer sailing lessons along Carter’s Creek and the Rappahannock River, which depart from the on-site marina. Classes range from a four-hour intro ($400) to a four-day Basic Keelboat certification prep. Rooms from $175 per night,, @tidesinn

Enchantment Resort
Sedona, Ariz.

Fresh-pressed juices are making the green scene everywhere these days. To help guests make sense of the benefits of juices and learn what fruits and veggies pair best together, this iconic Sedona resort—and its on-site sister property, the Mii Amo destination spa—have launched a free one-hour juicing class, held in the cozy Mii Amo cafe. Enchantment rooms from $375,,

ME by MeliĆ”
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The style-forward ME hotels—including this beachside hot spot in Cabo—have partnered with New York DJ management company 4AM DJs to bring some of the world’s top spinners to their bars and lounges. Guests booking one of the ME+ premium-level rooms can enjoy a free DJ lab session (led by both 4AM and in-house DJs) to learn how to operate the decks, and mix and create mashup tracks. Advance reservations required. ME+ rooms from $359,, @mebymelia

St. Lucia

When not walking on the beach or taking a dip in the shimmering Caribbean, guests of this couples-only boutique retreat can reconnect over complimentary activities, like a group mixology class. Held once a week at the swim-up Pool Bar, it starts with tips on how to select and pair ingredients and liquors for cocktails, then turns into a competition, with each guest creating an original drink. The class samples and scores each concoction. All-inclusive rates from $370 per person,, @rendezvoushotel

Hyatt Union Square New York
New York City

Just opened this spring, this boutique-style Hyatt’s lobby bar, Singl, hosts a free weekly single-malt scotch series for guests. Hosted every Tuesday from 6 to 8pm, the sessions highlight a different scotch brand, and guests enjoy tastings, light snacks and an expert-led chat. Rooms from $379,, @hyattunionsqnyc

Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Farm to Treatment Table package at this resort’s lovely spa starts with a Saturday morning master gardener chat about the benefits of incorporating plants and herbs into therapies and using them for improved health and well-being. The package also includes your choice of a 60-minute organic facial or massage, followed by a spa-inspired organic cocktail. The package is available for $175 from October through April. Rooms from $359,, @camelbackinn

Hotel Vintage Park
Seattle, Wash.

Located in this wine-themed Kimpton hotel, chef Walter Pisano’s Tulio Ristorante is a longtime local fave and is often listed as one of the best Italian eateries in the country. (Try the famous sweet potato gnocchi, and you’ll see why.) Guests of Vintage Park can book a mozzarella-stretching class with Pisano to try their hand at creating traditional cheese from a curd base. The $125 session includes wine and cheese-pairings, and two-week advance booking is required. Rooms from $144,, @kimpton

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country
San Antonio, Texas

Situated at the gateway to the Lone Star State’s lush Hill Country, this sprawling resort offers plenty of distractions, from PGA golf courses and an excellent spa to multiple dining and drinking options. There’s also a full calendar of activities, including a weekly two-hour jewelry-making class, in which participants will learn how to craft their own baubles using provided beads and stones. The cost varies depending on what’s being made, but is typically $20 to $30 per person. Rooms from $269,, @jwsanantonio


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