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Insanely Fun Activities at Luxury Hotels

Learn to fight like a gladiator, create sushi art, or try your hand at beekeeping

Gladiator training at the Rome Cavalieri
When in Rome, do as the Romans—or, better yet, do as the ancient Romans do. On your next trip to Italy, time travel at the Rome Cavalieri with their Gladiator Training program, exclusive to guests at this Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts location. Throw on an authentic tunic, grab an ancient weapon and learn to combat like a gladiator. Groups of up to eight participants can opt to train at an ancient arena, and finish their afternoon appreciating a collection of antique swords and shields at a small museum close by. 

Bioluminescent Bay kayaking at the W Retreat and Spa
Calling all adventure seekers! Guests staying at the W Resort & Spa at Viques Island in Puerto Rico have the opportunity to get closer to nature by joining a bioluminescent kayak tour. Through Biecque Eco Trips, guests at the hotel can experience an underwater light show while afloat on a kayak. After enjoying a sea of sparkling lights, look up and enjoy a beautiful view of the night sky, with an astronomy lesson courtesy of your local guide.

At the Peninsula Tokyo

At the Peninsula Tokyo

Japanese model food making at The Peninsula Tokyo
Travelers in Tokyo may notice that rather than display images of the food a restaurant offers, the Japanese often create realistic wax models of each dish. To get a better “taste” of the 80-year-old tradition, The Peninsula Tokyo offers a hands-on plastic and wax modeling class. Guests are transported to the Yamato Sample Factory to participate in the Peninsula Academy Fun of Faux Food workshop, where they create sample Japanese meals, like ramen, tempura and even desserts.

Taste the Stars at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
The fun really begins after sundown at this luxe resort. The hotel’s Taste the Stars program invites guests to use a powerful GPS-guided telescope to enjoy a never-before-seen version of the southern sky while tasting a variety of cocktails and treats infused with meteorite dust. To truly make the experience unforgettable, the telescope is able to take photographs that guests can bring home as a souvenir. 

Beekeeping at the Waldorf Astoria

Beekeeping at the Waldorf Astoria

Beekeeping at the Waldorf Astoria
Be one with the bees at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. In order to address environmental impact and the importance of sustainability, The Towers at the Waldorf Astoria offers guests a beekeeping experience at the hotel’s rooftop garden, home to a private bee sanctuary. After exploring the hives, guests can enjoy a three-course lunch that incorporates honey and other vegetation grown on the rooftop garden. After a long day, unwind at the Guerlain Spa with a signature honey-infused treatment. 

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