While social distancing may prevent you from checking into a hotel for a getaway, you don’t have to completely miss out on the experience. Properties all over the globe are coming up with fun and creative ways to bring their services to you.
From Instagram cocktail classes to a streaming arts salon, these hotels give you access to their amenities from the comfort of your own home.
Take a virtual vacation to this newly renovated Los Cabos hotel. Follow the @hiltonloscabos Instagram account and keep an eye out for the April debut of the #HiltonLosCabosAtHome series. The resort will spotlight its onsite programming, including traditional, easy-to-follow Mexican recipes from executive chef Mauricio Lopez; arts and crafts projects from the family-friendly hotel’s Kids Club; and language lessons to learn some Spanish.
Although you can’t drop into the California boutique hotel for the weekly yoga class on its verdant grounds, you can catch it online. Instructor Andrea Bogart (also a dancer and actress who recently guest-starred on Hawaii Five-0) leads free vinyasa sessions for different levels on the hotel’s Facebook page. She helps you work on alignment, strength, balance and coping with this difficult time.
One of the world’s best hotel bars is giving out complimentary cocktail classes. Watch the Five-Star London hotel’s Instagram, Facebook or Twitter feeds for Artesian Virtual Bar, where the staff members teach how to make their favorite tipples.
First up is bar manager Anna Sebastian, who gives step-by-step instructions on how to mix up a classic salt-rimmed margarita, an essential skill when you’re stuck at home for hours on end.
Miami’s most cultured hotel will live stream its well-known arts salon to the masses. The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel collaborated with Florida International University and John Stuart, executive director of Miami Beach Urban Studios/FIU, for an interactive series called “Zen and the Art of…Architecture, Photography, Poetry, and Music.”
The first set of salons will feature talks and performances by architect Chad Oppenheim (whose work includes filmmaker Michael Bay’s 30,000-square-foot L.A. home and the forthcoming Banyan Tree illa Bimini Resort & Residences) on March 30; cellist Jason Calloway (who’s toured North America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East as a soloist and chamber musician) on April 6; poet Campbell McGrath (the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant winner is known for long, free-verse poems that touch on pop culture and commerce) on April 13; and photographer Robert Zuckerman (he’s shot celebrity photos for Hollywood publicity campaigns, and his portraits grace the walls of the hotel’s LT Steak & Seafood) on April 20.
Sessions run from 7 to 7:30 p.m. EST and can be accessed via Zoom by sending an RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to use the self-isolation time to focus on your fitness, this L.A. hotel’s state-of-the-art gym can help. Attitude Fitness’ personal trainers are conducting Skype sessions for one-on-one support so that you can counteract the sedentariness and carbo-loading that comes with home confinement.
Also in the works: the gym will launch a Stuck at Home Exercise Program video series, which will allow you to choose from various virtual workouts (we’ll offer details as they become available).
Even though you can’t jet off to St. Barts, this stylish getaway helps you re-create the best part of the island: the beach. The hotel recorded the gently lapping waves and chirping birds from its waterfront perch and made it available as a calming MP3 download. Just close your eyes and listen, and you can almost imagine yourself there.
Music City’s concert venues have been shut down, but the music won’t stop. This lifestyle hotel kicks off a virtual concert series on its IGTV channel March 23 that shines the spotlight on Nashville’s musicians and songwriters throughout the week. If you miss any of the performances, click on its “Keep It Playing” Instagram highlights reel.
Also on that reel, the hotel offers curated Spotify playlists, including Bobby’s Summer Concert Series (which includes tracks like “Kissing” by Revel In Dimes and “Sure Don’t Miss You” by The Dip) and A Weekend of Rock ’n’ Roll (with songs like “Nashville Cats” by The Lovin’ Spoonful and “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival).