Luxury travelers are increasingly seeking rich cultural experiences in the destinations they visit, representing a movement away from excess toward community and connectivity.
- ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki (Honolulu, HI): The 9-floor, 9-suite boutique luxury hotel has partnered with Iolani Palace to offer guests behind-the-stanchions access to the home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs and the opportunity to view collections previously closed to the public.
- French Quarter Inn (Charleston, SC): Charleston’s award-winning luxury boutique property offers guests exclusive before-hours access to Charleston’s only art museum and oldest museum building in the south, Gibbes Museum of Art.
- Hotel Zena (Washington, D.C.): Guests can immerse themselves in more than 60 gallery-quality art installations depicting some of the world’s most notable figures in women’s history including Shirley Anita Chisholm and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- Banyan Tree Mayakoba (Riviera Maya, Mexico): This breathtaking sanctuary for the senses introduces guests to the Yucatán peninsula through the Haab’ Mayan destination dining experience, a 4-hour culinary immersion of the ancient Mayan civilization in the heart of the jungle.
- Grand Hyatt Baha Mar (Nassau, Bahamas): The Current, the resort’s art studio, allows guests to experience captivating exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
- Exclusive Resorts (Morocco): Elite vacation club Exclusive Resorts offers travelers access to immersive cultural experiences via its Once-In-A-Lifetime (OIAL) Journeys.
- Hacienda Xcanatun by Angsana (Mérida, Mexico): Located within the walls of an XVIII century hacienda, the property offers guests immersive Mayan-focused cultural experiences including cooking classes and culinary tours.
- Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda (Michès, Dominican Republic): At the first and only resort in the undiscovered region of Michès, guests gain exclusive access to local cacao plantations to learn about chocolate processing.
- Udon House (Kagawa Prefecture, Japan): Guests can tour a local udon farm, embark on early morning “udon hopping,” or attend udon-making classes led by local specialists during a stay at the Udon House (a themed hotel) in Kagawa Prefecture.
Image credit: Banyan Tree Mayakoba