Choosing the right hotel for your next trip is more than maximizing loyalty points or finding the best location. Hotels often have local cultural experiences that can enhance your enjoyment of a place. Many of these are associated with a small business or support local nonprofit organizations.
According to a survey for American Express Travel’s 2023 Global Travel Trends Report, 85% of respondents want to experience local culture while traveling, especially when it comes to food and support management. property of that place. Sharing those experiences is key with 75% of survey respondents saying they chose their next destination from social media posts.
Here’s some information and updates from hotels around the world this spring.
Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel creates the Coco Chanel journey
The newly opened Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, has created a Coco Chanel guest experience. During the full day “In the Footsteps of Coco Chanel”, guests will visit a nearby French winery that has created a bespoke cuvée blend for the hotel. Château de Cremat was the official residence of the French designer when he visited with many of his personal furnishings brought from his suite at the Ritz Paris.
It is one of the tours planned by the hotel with a food tour through the old town of Nice and a ride to a medieval village in a classic Citroën 2 CV car. The hotel has a full-service spa and a rooftop restaurant, known as Olivier, from Portuguese chef and businessman Olivier da Costa. Other Anantara properties offer different local experiences such as an exclusive tulip tour at Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam or Vespa tours around the main attractions at Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome.
Nat Geo shark science comes to Ritz-Carlton Maldives
As part of the Visiting Heroes program at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, National Geographic Explorer and award-winning Kenyan shark scientist Gibbs Kuguru will be at the resort between March 27 and April 12. a scientific project to register sharks for conservation research focused on protecting blacktip sharks in the Maldives. The hotel’s program, in collaboration with the explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, allows guests the opportunity to interact with international marine scientists to understand more about the environment during their visit.
Radisson Blu Cape Town employs injured penguins
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town has taken in two injured penguins from a local seabird rescue organization to entertain and support their rehabilitation. The hotel is surrounded by wildlife and birds. At one point, an otter climbed over the rocks to swim in the hotel’s pool. According to the hotel management, guests often ask about the number of penguins in the area, and nature communication has quickly become an important part of the property’s social support activities. The two penguins, Bluey and Tobi, were released back into the ocean when they returned to good health. Guests staying at the hotel during the launch received “thank you cards” and penguin key chains as a token of appreciation from the animals.
The Westin has partnered with the Abbott World Marathon Majors
The fitness-focused Westin brand, part of Marriott Bonvoy, offers many activities for runners (including guided jogs with members of the hotel staff and exercise loan boxes). But his next meeting is with the Abbott World Marathon Majors, six of the world’s top marathons. On marathon weekends, the brand will provide Westin Marathon units with dedicated concierges, goodie bags and training and coaching from Hyperice and Bala coaches, as well as a platform where you can allowing contestants to design letters to support their loved ones. Six Star Finishers (those who complete the six major marathons in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York) receive a Hyperice Hypersphere Mini and Ball resistance band to use during their stay at the Westin on weekends.
Small cocktails can go to the Hyatt
Some U.S.-based Hyatt properties are adding a list of “minimalist” cocktails designed for guests to taste multiple cocktails before settling on just one. These small sips offer all the exotic effects of a full-bodied cocktail, but on a smaller scale. It is a fun way for visitors to try different flavors and types of drinks. These mini cocktails are also perfect for those who just want a quick cocktail. The brand calls them “ause bouche cocktails,” which are part of a growing cocktail menu for the business as well as non-alcoholic beverages among others. Among the first hotels to offer them are Thompson Seattle, Thompson Central Park and Revival Baltimore with more to come.
Kimpton adds “plant pal” program.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is announcing a new vegetarian program just in time for Earth Day. Upon request, guests can have local plants delivered to their room to add a touch of Mother Nature to their surroundings. According to Kimpton, studies show that herbs elevate mood while helping to increase productivity. Each property will have its own plant directory based on local flora. They come with clever names like “Morgan Treeman, Snake Gyllenhaal or Nagini (The Snake Plant),” to add that playful signature Kimpton touch.
Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel has opened the INEO
The way it started again in Latin, the restaurant drew on the Italian influences and personal experiences of Chef Heros de Agostinis around the world. The public community around the hotel is also responsible. He grew up in the Esquilino restaurant in Rome’s Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, and is using different flavors in his new menu, which was released in March. Dishes include raw shrimp served with mandarin ceviche, tarragon oil and bell pepper crusco and a Soffritto-topped pasta taco.
St. John’s is involved. Regis Maldives with Reefscapers
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort with Reefscapers, the marine life consultant, offers guests the opportunity to participate in educational courses and activities with a resident marine biologist. The council manages an extensive coral reef promotion program that helps to restore degraded reefs and non-rich sandy beach beds and shelves. An on-site biologist helps monitor progress and also gives visitors the opportunity to help and learn from the project. To date, the company knows that the resort is producing more than 9,000 units of coral that have been converted (more than half a million corals).
Sunset Beer Yoga at Aruba’s Marriott
Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino in Aruba offers a yoga session that appeals to more than just fitness enthusiasts. Recommended for guests, the Friday evening sessions give guests the opportunity to sample beers from Balashi Brewery while they engage in yoga poses on the beach for a relaxing second nature. This is part of a list of other free daily activities for guests at the resort.
Wyndham Rewards has become the hotel loyalty partner of Minor League Baseball
The new sports and hotel combination will allow program members to redeem points for baseball game tickets and Wyndham hotel reservations online. There are 120 Minor League Baseball parks within 25 miles of a Wyndham Rewards partner hotel making it easy for fans to stay with the brand. Other perks are part of the deal, including the ability to throw out the first pitch at a game, access to batting practice classes and behind-the-scenes tours of ballparks. In addition, guests can stay at least three nights at a Wyndham Rewards location this year for a $100 value credit toward hotel amenities such as restaurants and spa areas. Must be booked by June 1st.