Hotels for the head members of design hotels™ that educate and inspire

   
     

From organic soap making in Bali to a cheese and wine tasting in London, Design Hotels™ presents four member hotels offering interesting and exciting educational experiences.

For wine enthusiasts, Boundary in East London launched ‘Château Boundary’, a club offering a range of vinous events and activities including intimate winemaker dinners in their restaurant. In India, Alila Diwa Goa offers cooking classes and visits to local museums to learn more about the region’s history and culture. Those in search of a chic private urban retreat – with a range of five star services and experiences on hand – need not look further than La Réserve Paris where guests can take their pick from anything from piano lessons to cooking with a private chef. For anything from trekking to making facials using local fruits, Alila Manggis in Bali is the perfect retreat and an idyllic educational hideaway.

Boundary, London, United Kingdom

Don’t know a Rioja from a Riesling? Boundary, Sir Terence Conran’s hotel in Shoreditch, East London, launched ‘Château Boundary’ in May 2010, a free wine club, for beginners, enthusiasts, connoisseurs, or those who simply enjoy vinous treats. Previous events include a 1970 Grand Cru Classé tasting, a vintage 2000 tasting with premium wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy and a Barolo and white truffle evening. The club also has its own Twitter account giving information and tips on all things wine-related, from articles on German wines to the perfect vintage to accompany a grouse. Boundary also offers 12 individually-designed rooms and five suites, a British food store, a bakery, a rooftop terrace and three restaurant and bars.

 

 

 

 

Don’t know a Rioja from a Riesling? Boundary, Sir Terence Conran’s hotel in Shoreditch, East London, launched ‘Château Boundary’ in May 2010, a free wine club, for beginners, enthusiasts, connoisseurs, or those who simply enjoy vinous treats. Previous events include a 1970 Grand Cru Classé tasting, a vintage 2000
tasting with premium wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy and a Barolo and white truffle evening. The club also has its own Twitter account, giving information and tips on all things wine-related, from articles on German wines to the perfect vintage to accompany a grouse. Boundary
also offers 12 individually-designed rooms and five suites, a British food store, a bakery, a rooftop terrace and three restaurant and bars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From watching a 3D science show to learning how to cook freshly-caught fish, Alila Diwa Goa offers educational experiences for all ages. The hotel is situated just 500 metres from the beach looking out to verdant paddy fields, and so offers the perfect location for exploration and learning. In the hotel’s ‘Culinary journey’
guests can learn from the Chef about how to prepare and cook local dishes such as a ‘Goan Beef Asado’ or discover the origin and use of different spices. For inquisitive minds the local Goa Chitra Ethnography Museum offers an insight into the region’s past. For children, the Science Centre has fun interactive exhibits,
and if parents feel like taking a break one of the leisure concierges is happy to accompany them. The resort blends contemporary Goan architecture with luxurious facilities, including an infinity-edge swimming pool and several options for wining and dining, including a Spice Studio restaurant with a walk-in kitchen and cooking school.

 

La Réserve Paris, France

Combining the privacy of an apartment, with all the five-star services of a hotel, La Réserve Paris offers a unique experience for the guest. Located on Paris’s monumental Art Deco Place du Trocadero with spectacular hilltop views of the city, the hotel consists of ten elegant and luxurious apartments with high ceilings, double height windows and high-tech amenities. Each spacious apartment has its own housekeeper and concierge, ready to tend to every need, including running errands and arranging in-home spa services. For those with a passion for cooking the hotel can arrange for a personal chef to accompany guests to the local market where they can choose a variety of fresh ingredients. This is followed by a personal cooking class in the guests’ apartment, allowing them to learn about the cooking process from start to finish. Wine tastings and bartending classes are also arranged upon request, or for the musically minded a personal piano teacher trains guests to play a different tune each day. All activities are organised in advance and subject to availability.

 

This serene Balinese getaway offers an impressive range of educational experiences, from adventure treks to observe first-hand the life of local families to learning how to make virgin coconut oil in the hotel’s kitchen. In the ‘Food for your skin’ programme guests are invited to make their own facial treatment using herbs, roots and fruits from the hotel’s garden and nearby vegetation, including the famous local Mangosteen plant which contains a powerful anti-oxidant. Guests can also take Balinese dancing classes or learn about the agricultural practices of Balinese farmers from the hotel’s gardeners. The hotel is located on the unspoilt East coast of Bali and comprises four two-story buildings built around a palm-fringed pool with perfect ocean views.

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