Learn Through Travel With Four Seasons
Discover new cultures and natural wonders with these adventurous family vacation ideas.
One of the best things about travelling, especially when you’re young, is experiencing new places, customs and cultures with an open mind. This season, plan your family vacation to include inspiring activities and life lessons that will last long after you’ve returned home. Here, our favourite ways to enrich your getaway and make the most of your time together.
Experience local culture.
In the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles archipelago boasts not only beautiful aquamarine waters and natural beaches but also a unique and vibrant culture. For a thorough introduction to the Creole lifestyle, take advantage of the weekly activities at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. Discover the region’s dynamic history during a Creole culture class, or sample authentic island flavours and seasonal ingredients (cinnamon, cashews, mangos) during a variety of cooking lessons. Meanwhile, kids can play games that are popular with local children, or dance the afternoon away at a sega class. Come together at the Resort’s Creole night, where live music, dancers and a buffet of Creole dishes capture the island’s distinctive flair.
Dive into conservation.
When Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora opened in 2008, its Ruahata (God of the Ocean) Lagoon Sanctuary was little more than a bright idea. It now teems with more than 100 species of marine life, thanks to the Resort’s marine biologist, Oliver Martin. Through the Resort’s Adopt-a-Coral programme, families can help preserve this pristine lagoon while making lasting memories. During a 75-minute guided snorkel with Martin, guests will spot eagle rays, parrotfish, moray eels and other tropical creatures, and each member of the family can plant a nubbin of grafted coral that will continue to grow, thrive and contribute to the lagoon environment. Return home from your tropical vacation with a certificate reminding your family of their small—but meaningful—part in preserving the Earth’s natural beauty.
Explore new frontiers.
With towering mountains, abundant wildlife and a storied heritage, Jackson Hole is a Western playground waiting to be discovered. Children and adults can take it all in at the new Wild West Academy at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole. Young adventurers can embark on a wildlife safari with the Resort’s in-house naturalist, or learn to lasso during a “how to be a cowboy” lesson. From stargazing and historical tours to game-cooking classes and fly fishing, there’s something for everyone to learn and many memories to make together.
Travel through time.
Shakespeare’s era comes alive during a full-day experience created by Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf. Begin your journey to the 16th century with a quill-making lesson at the Hotel before cruising down the Thames to Shakespeare’s Globe. Become immersed in the world of the Bard during a tour of the theatre, after which children can try on Renaissance costumes and watch a sword fight. A British lunch at the Swan Bar & Restaurant provides a retreat to contemporary London before you return to the theatre for a performance of one of Shakespeare’s beloved plays. The journey concludes at the Hotel, with a sonnet-writing lesson for kids and a cooking lesson for parents, who will prepare a historically inspired dinner for the whole family.
Try something sweet.
The rich alfajor—a sandwich cookie filled with dulce de leche—is a prized dessert in Uruguay and throughout South America. Families can indulge their sweet sides and learn to make this decadent treat during a pastry lesson with Executive Chef Lucas Curcio Perez at Four Seasons Resort Carmelo, Uruguay. Donning kitchen whites and personalized chef hats, kids will feel like true pastry chefs for the hour-long class, during which they’ll make the dough, cut and bake the cookie forms, and spread them with a decadent dulce de leche filling. After a quick roll in grated coconut, the delightful confections—best enjoyed with a cup of tea or a glass of milk—are ready to be eaten. Alfajores are reputedly irresistible, so take the recipe home with you.
Look to the skies.
Nearly 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats migrate each year to Austin, Texas, where they call Lady Bird Lake’s Congress Avenue Bridge home. And Four Seasons Hotel Austin is a prime vantage point for watching their nightly emergence. Curious children will be hooked from the moment they bite into the bat-shaped cookies at check-in. They’ll be even more excited to don a specially prepared “Bat Pack”—filled with Four Seasons binoculars and other bat-themed goodies—for a walk along Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Here, discover little-known facts about bats before returning to the Hotel to catch their high-flying performance. While the kids watch, Mom and Dad can sip on a Batini Black cocktail from the Hotel’s Lobby Lounge.